Simon qualified in London in 1971. He joined Downie & Gadban in 1975. He has been senior partner since 2008.


Julian De Giovanni advises on all aspects of property including property development, acquisitions and disposals of commercial property, landlord and tenant, financing and residential property.


Lara started her legal career as a trainee solicitor in 1996 based on Richmond Green and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.


Sandie has almost 20 years’ experience acting on behalf of buyers and sellers in relation to sale and purchase transactions in Alton, Hampshire, Surrey, London and elsewhere in England and Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals.


Sophie has over nine years’ experience of working in legal practice. In 2015 she became a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives specialising in Private Client Law, and in January 2018 she qualified as a solicitor.


Kerry Bayley - Accounts Manager at Downie and Gadban Solicitors

Kerry Bayley

Katie Sweeney - Digital Marketing at Downie and Gadban

Katie Sweeney


Downie & Gadban Past and Present

We are a small, but dynamic law firm with a rich heritage formed in 1905, with offices at 46 High Street, Alton.

The original partners were Alexander Downie, who had practised in the area since the 1880s, and Victor Gadban.

In 1962 Mr Gadban died and the firm moved to our current offices at 100 High Street. In 1963 Peter Bathurst joined the firm as a Partner as did Jeremy Orsborn in 1972 and Simon Acworth in 1978. Mr Acworth is now the Senior Partner at the firm.

Mr Bathurst retired in 1991 and Mr Orsborn retired in 2008 (although he continued as a consultant for a period).

Julian De Giovanni joined the firm as a Partner in 2018 having previously practised at the firm between 2008 and 2014.

What sets us apart is our personal service – we aim to offer our clients a professional and personal service, providing legal expertise which is both tailored to the individual needs of our clients and value for money.


As Lawyers dedicated to looking after our client’s needs, we provide a comprehensive range of Legal Services tailored for both private and business clients in Alton, Hampshire (including Alresford, Bentley, Bordon, Four Marks, Medstead and Selborne) and Guildford, Surrey as well as beyond.

We provide expertise and an astutely pragmatic approach in respect of our legal services to private clients and businesses.

We cover Property Development and Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing, Wills, Probate, Inheritance and Trusts, Powers of Attorney and we also offer the services of a Notary Public, who is able to notarise, certify and authenticate documents for use abroad.


– 1880s – 1890s, The Beginning

Alexander Downie practised as a solicitor in the Alton area in the 1880s.

Victor Gadban joined him in the early 1900s.

– 1905, Opening

The firm Downie & Gadban was formed in 1905, with offices at 46 High Street, Alton.

In February 1963 Peter Bathurst joined the firm as a partner, as did Jeremy Orsborn in 1972 and Simon Acworth in 1978.

– 1962 , New Offices

In 1962 Mr Gadban died and the firm moved to our current offices at 100 High Street.


  • We offer you:

    • Expert legal advice through a dedicated and flexible team of lawyers
    • A solicitor led relationship
    • A personal approach
    • Value for money
    • A quality legal service
  • Why choose us?

    We aim to meet and exceed our client’s expectations and to offer a cost-effective service. We will always give you impartial independent advice.

    We are proud that many of our new clients come from recommendations or from families who have used Downie & Gadban for generations. We’d be delighted if you would join them. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Geographic Area Served

Traditionally the firm has served clients in Hampshire, particularly Alton, but also in;

  • Alresford
  • Bentley
  • Bordon
  • Four Marks
  • Medstead
  • Selborne
  • Winchester

Presently our contacts include not only Hampshire but also Guildford, Surrey, London and beyond.


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