Tony Pearce grew up on a council estate in Manchester and left school at 15 without any qualifications serving with Commando Forces and the Royal Marines. When he left the Armed Forces he worked, amongst other jobs, as a diver and sales executive selling chocolate, before deciding to “take the plunge” and retrain as a solicitor. He says he took up the law “by accident”, thanks to a chance encounter in a pub with a solicitor. Although Tony never imagined he could work in an office, he realised that the law suited his ambitions and presented an opportunity for an interesting career.
Having experienced life and various types of work gives Tony a different perspective to someone who came into the profession straight from school and university. The work he does requires patience, understanding, knowledge, training and experience and he says. “despite my long experience in the law no one day goes by without learning something new”. Tony says that he is never happier than when he is helping clients resolve complicated family disputes. He says that to do so effectively you need a mixture of understanding, life experience and proven ability as a solicitor specialising in family inheritance and property disputes.
WILLS, TRUSTS & PROBATE
Tony is a consultant solicitor with Curtis Whiteford Crocker, dealing with contentious trust and probate issues and other disputes involving disputed wills, estates and trust property for private and commercial clients. Tony is a full member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (www.actaps .com) and is an affiliate member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He has acted for trustees, executors and administrators when problems arise using the skills he has learned from over 30 years as a lawyer to assist clients. Tony has written a number of legal articles for leading training organisations some of which can be found searching his name under “expert articles” at www.lawskills.co.uk
OUTSIDE THE LAW
Tony was formally on the committee of the International Association of Maritime Security Professionals and is now a Trustee of DDRC Healthcare. Tony is grateful to be doing a job he enjoys. When he isn’t working he likes to spend a lot of time with his family, particularly walking on Dartmoor with his wife. He also enjoys reading history, science and law. He studied Japanese language, history and culture for over 10 years and is now embarked on trying to speak French.