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.
WHO WE ARE
– 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.
Geographic Area Served
Traditionally the firm has served clients in Hampshire, particularly Alton, but also in;
- Four Marks
Presently our contacts include not only Hampshire but also Guildford, Surrey, London and beyond.