Charles Shepherd of Carey Street, London appears in the Law Lists of 1787 and 1789.


Thomas Adlington of Clifford's Inn appears in the Law List.


Thomas Adlington and Charles Shepherd form the firm of Shepherd and Adlington practising at 4 John Street, Bedford Row.


The firm moves to 1 Bedford Row.


John Swarbreck Gregory joins the firm and the name changes to Shepherd, Adlington & Gregory. In 1812, Charles Shepherd is appointed one of the Side Clerks in Exchequer.


Thomas Adlington is appointed as one of the Side Clerks in Exchequer.


Thomas Adlington becomes a member of the Committee of Management of the Law Institution, the foundation of the present Law Society.


Thomas Adlington becomes Chairman of the Law Institution, the equivalent of the modern day President of the Law Society.

1821 - 1842

George Faulkner joins the firm in 1821; Robert Bayly Follett joins the firm in 1835; Thomas Adlington retires in 1842; Robert Bayly Follett is appointed a Taxing Master in 1842; George Burrow Gregory and Stafford Bourdillion join the firm in 1842. The firm is called Gregory, Faulkner, Gregory & Bourdillion.

1845 - 1851

The Law Society recieves its Charter and J S Gregory is a member of the first Council of the Society. In 1851, he becomes President of the Law Society.


Following various departures and the arrival of William Rowcliffe in 1860, the firm becomes Gregory & Rowcliffe.


George Burrow Gregory becomes a Member of the Council of the Law Society. In 1868 he is elected Member of Parliament for East Sussex, a seat he retained until his retirement in 1885. In 1875, he became President of the Law Society.


Thomas Rawle becomes a partner of the firm in 1866 and in 1904 is President of the Law Society. The firm is called Rowcliffes, Rawle & Co.


John Roger Burrow Gregory becomes a Member of the Council of The Law Society and is Knighted in 1921. In 1933, he is appointed Deputy Chairman of the West Kent Quarter Sessions.


The name of the firm is changed to Gregory, Rowcliffe and Co.


Sir Roger Gregory becomes President of the Law Society, being the third member of his family to occupy that position and the fifth member of the firm to hold the position as head of the solicitor's profession.


The practice of Evans Barraclough & Co. of Orme Court, Bayswater, a firm which had practiced for over a century in Gray's Inn, is acquired.


Hugh Rowcliffe retires from the firm in 1969 and is a consultant to the firm until his death in 1978 ending the connection of the Rowcliffe family with the firm which had lasted for almost a century and a quarter.


Merger with the London office of Milners Curry & Gaskell. MCG had opened a central London office as a base for the first Baron Milner of Leeds, who, as M.P. had risen to Deputy Speaker in the 1930s, before being ennobled. His son, Michael Milner and John Sharpe together looked after much of the property and constitutional work of the Labour Party. The name of the firm became Gregory, Rowcliffe & Milners.


Merger with Mawby Barrie & Scott which occupied part of no.52 Bedford Row. The firm had a substantial practice acting for German companies' operations in England, a legacy which the firm has endeavoured to maintain.


Significant merger with Simmonds Church Smiles, a long established practice at 12-13 Bedford Row with additional offices in Wandsworth and Tunbridge Wells. Simmonds Church Smiles was itself an amalgam of several practices including Fowler Legge & Co and Carleton Holmes & Co who drew up the original laws of

rugby union. The merger did not result in a change of name of the firm, but a decision is taken to rebrand as Gregory Rowcliffe Milners, which prompted speculation in the Law Society Gazette and the Lawyer as to how much management time had been taken to delete one comma and one ampersand!


The firm embarks on the next stage of its growth and development and rebrands to GRM Law.