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

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Richard was a student at the College of Law in Guildford and qualified as a solicitor in 1980. He joined the firm in 1998 and became partner in 2007.

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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.

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Although Sandie only joined Downie & Gadban in August 2015 she has already made her mark.

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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).

Richard Pigula has practised here since 1998 and became a Partner in 2007.

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.

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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