Jeremy
Gillham

BA (Bus Law) Hons

SOLICITOR

T:          01462 623456

E:          jeremy.gillham@thelawfirm.group

BIOGRAPHY

Jeremy was educated at St Edmund’s College, Ware (England’s oldest Catholic school) and studied Law at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was captain of rugby and opened the batting for the College 1st XI. He also played cricket for Cambridge University Crusaders.

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EDUCATION

St Edmund’s College

BIOGRAPHY

Jeremy was educated at St Edmund’s College, Ware (England’s oldest Catholic school) and studied Law at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was captain of rugby and opened the batting for the College 1st XI. He also played cricket for Cambridge University Crusaders.

After graduation, he studied for his Solicitor’s Final Exam at the College of Law, Lancaster Gate and was then articled to Nick Lear at Debenham & Co, a seven-partner firm in Knightsbridge specialising in major property development work for public companies. The firm also had a busy private client practice. Nick Lear, Jeremy’s principal, was an ideal mentor, combining clarity of thought and clear drafting with attention to detail, although by today’s standards he might be considered something of a maverick! Jeremy also learnt from Richard Woof, the senior partner, the disciplines of managing one’s workload, keeping an orderly file and, most important of all, keeping the clients happy.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1977, Jeremy became a partner in Debenham & Co in 1979. He remained a partner there until 1997 when the firm merged with international lawyers, Coudert Brothers, where Jeremy was a partner for the next three years. After that, he was a partner in three Hertfordshire firms. He also enjoyed a four-year stint as a partner in a practice on the beautiful North Devon coast, a welcome change from the pressures of working full tilt in London and the Home Counties.

Jeremy is now relishing the challenge of building on the well-established property reputation of the Group’s Hitchin office, which has carried on business as Chamberlins in this historic market town since 1954.

Although work must come first, Jeremy has several other interests. He still plays cricket every Saturday in the summer and is coach and manager of Letchworth CC’s U/11s team. He played his last competitive game of rugby at the age of 63. He chaired Letchworth CC for ten years and Datchworth RFC for seven years. Sport and education remain major interests. He spent sixteen years on the Governing Body of St Edmund’s College, eight of them in the Chair. He is currently one of two Chairmen of the Herts RFU Disciplinary Panel.

His four children also attended St Edmund’s College. Family time with them, their partners and his eleven grandchildren remains a top priority.