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Our History

Gross & Co traces its origins to 1848, when Woolnough Gross was admitted as a solicitor.  The firm became Gross & Son, and went through several further changes.

From 1929 the firm was based in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.  In 1965 the firm became Gross & Co, and in 1981 moved to its present home at 83/84 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds.  The Senior Partner at the time was John Knight; twice Mayor of Bury St Edmunds.

Supporting the Local Community

We have been associated with the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds for well over a decade. We made significant capital contributions to the refurbishment of the Theatre, and are proud to sponsor the Theatre’s lunch time concerts. Partner and head of our Probate Department Gary De’Ath served as a member of the Development Board of the Theatre.

Our senior partner Graeme Kirk, is a former President of the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society. Graeme Kirk is a past President and member of the Bury St Edmunds Rotary club, and Elizabeth Hodder is a former member of  Bury Abbey Rotary Club. They both play an active role in the local community, particularly with charitable fundraising. Gross & Co provides the history prize at the County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds. Client Care Partner Elizabeth Hodder has served in a number of roles; Trustee of Bury St Edmunds Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Women’s Aid and Relate (formerly Marriage Guidance Counselling). Recently she has become a Trustee of Meningioma UK, a charity supporting people with a rare form of brain tumour.

Partner Gary De’Ath is a Director of Commissions East, which sponsors arts across the East of England. Gary donates his time to this organisation entirely free of charge and is strongly committed to the project.

Raising money for Charity

Our Partners and staff play an active role in the local community helping raise money for local and international charities.

We provide sponsorship and financial support for a wide range of charities including, but not exclusively:

  • Cancer Research UK
  • Bury St Edmunds Contact Centre
  • The Association of Young People suffering with ME
  • St Nicholas’ Hospice
  • West Suffolk Hospital
  • Amnesty International
  • Meningioma UK
  • Help for Heroes
  • Peoples’ Dispensary for Sick Animals
  • Gatehouse Caring
  • The Lennox Childrens Cancer Fund
  • The Brain Tumour Charity

Our help has ranged from direct gifts/sponsorship, to providing Wills free of charge, or baking and selling cakes. We also open our garden annually in June to support St Nicholas Hospice with the Hidden Gardens of Bury event.

We have taken part in the Bandana’s for Brain Tumours fundraising event since 2014.

In September 2016, we sponsored the blue colour station in the East Anglian Children’s Hospice Colour Run in Nowton Park.

Colur Run 2016