Tony joined Hextall Erskine (Hextalls) in 1974 and was Managing Partner from 1991 to 1998. In 2002 he moved to Vizard Oldham Brooke Blain (Veale Wasborough Vizards) and in 2012 he joined Royds – now Royds Withy King.
Tony’s interests include travel, food and drink (whether travelling or otherwise) and bridge; he is a member of Sussex County Cricket Club and is generally a keen sports watcher.
He has been a member of the board of trustees of a number of pension schemes and charities. He is currently a trustee of Choice Support.
Tony’s expertise spans these key areas:-
1. Re Erskine Trusts, Gregg and another v Pigott  EWHC732
Tony was the instructing solicitor in this leading European Convention on Human Rights case where adopted sons won the right to be considered next of kin in this High Court decision.
2. Re Estate of Dorothy Whelen Deceased; RNID, RNIB, Marie Curie Cancer Care and ICR v Turner  EWHC3301(Ch)
Along with Royds Withy King partner James Millar Craig, Tony successfully acted for these four leading charities in a lengthy and complex Chancery case in relation to the estate of Dorothy Whelen deceased involving both a lost Will and a disputed Will. As the estate was valued at over £2m the charities were delighted to succeed and the judgment was widely reported.
3. Dealing with family trusts worth in excess of £50m. Estate Planning involving younger second wife.
4. Dealing with partition of a family trust (worth approx. £7m) on the breakdown of the relationship between the two sides of the family.
5. Producing secret trust in the Will of a businessman (£10m estate).
6. Creating a number of lifetime trusts (before the change in rules to pilot trusts) for a family with assets of £10m.
7. Dealing with a family with assets of £5m or £6m with two different sets of children; making arrangements to benefit both sets of children.
8. Assisting commercial department in the sale of a family company worth tens of millions. Tax planning for one particular shareholder for he continues to act.
9. Acting as attorney, then executor, for an estate of £2m, where the donor/deceased suffered severe psychiatric problems (one of her phobias being solicitors!).
10. Dealing with an estate of £6m where the younger (second) wife predeceased her husband. Inheritance Tax planning for the older surviving widower. Dealing with share valuation issues as between the two families.
11. Administration of estate worth £5m where there was a breakdown of trust between four children (executors were a son and son-in-law).
12. Dealing with one of the first cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; acting for a former wife who had remarried but was still being maintained by her former husband at his death.
13. Acting in the unreported case of Winter –v- Winter (1986) where we successfully argued that the terms of an undated letter of wishes could be incorporated into a subsequent Will.
14. Executor of the estate of a Marquis and subsequently his widow, the Marchioness; continuing as trustee of the widow’s estate as the bulk of the estate was sold off but former employees were allowed to live in their tied cottages until their deaths.
15. Acting for a family who founded, and now run, a museum exhibiting items about which they are passionate – involved for nearly 40 years.
16. Pro bono formation of a music charity (Concordia Foundation) with which he is still involved.
17. Acting for a wealthy Somali family in relation to their UK interests.
18. Acting for a wealthy Jordanian family in relation to their UK interests.
19. Helping more elderly clients with their financial dealings; some of these relationships going back 40 years.
Tony was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors by the Law Society in 1976 and is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors.