Partner and Head of the Education Team
With over 20 years’ experience of advising clients in employment and education law, Tony is rightly proud to have developed a reputation as one of the region’s leading education lawyers. As such, he regularly advises educational establishments and their governors on complex contentious and non-contentious matters, and has extensive experience advising on regulatory, HR and student matters.
The sector is, Tony acknowledges, undergoing dramatic change, and as a result he is increasingly helping organisations gain a pragmatic appreciation of current statutory, regulatory and policy requirements, as well as the wider education objectives facing their establishments. As someone who enjoys giving strategic advice, Tony was flattered to be described by delegates to his seminars at a recent Schools NorthEast Summit as ‘outstanding’ and ‘on a different level.’ Elsewhere, Legal 500 ranks his Education Team in Tier one, praising the ‘professional team’s excellent level of service and outstanding response times.’ You would always want Tony on your side.
You’d probably want Tony on your side in a rugby match too, as he has spent most of his free time over the past couple of decades watching, playing and coaching the game. It is, he believes, a great sport which allows kids to develop many of the tools they need in life. For several years Tony was Chairman of Northern Rugby Mini and Youth Rugby and received the Northumberland County RFU ‘ doing my bit ‘ award for volunteers.