Langhams (merged with Gaby Hardwicke in 2000)

The founder of the firm, James George Langham (not to be confused with the 19th-century Hastings solicitor of that name – most likely a relation), qualified as a solicitor and began practising in Uckfield, Sussex in the 1840s. In the early 1880s his son Edward Owen Langham – who was Clerk to the Justices in Eastbourne and Hailsham – joined the practice, which was renamed Langham & Son and based at Grove Road, Eastbourne.

In 1903 Edward Owen Langham took Lionel David Piercy Swift into partnership and the firm practised as Langham & Swift until 1917 when the partnership was dissolved. In the early 1920s the firm was known as Langham, Son & Parkin when E. O. Langham’s son, James Edward Charles Langham, and Charles Parkin became partners. E. O. Langham died in 1924 and accordingly the firm was retitled Langham & Parkin.  

From 1934 it was known as Langham, Parkin & Mason and from 1956 until 1973 Langham, Parkin, Smart & Hickes, as new partners joined.

Partner Peter Smart retired in 1973 and James Webster (who had joined as an articled clerk in 1964 and became a partner in 1969) continued the practice in partnership with Geoffrey Hickes.

Mr Hickes retired in 1985 and two other partners (Charles Down in 1975 and John King in 1987) joined before the firm merged with Gaby Hardwicke in 2000. Langhams had been based at Grove Road Chambers, Eastbourne from the 1880s until that time.    

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