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Tony — A Level alumnus

Tony Coyne

Studying A Levels at College was an excellent foundation and prepared me for the level of learning expected from me as I progressed to study for a Law degree at Brunel. 

Tony — A Level alumnus — 

Now, a successful partner of a large law firm based in the City of London office, Chair of the Action West London charity, and an Honorary Doctor of Law at Brunel University London, Tony shares with us some of his fond memories from College, as well as some advice to students who may be interested in pursuing law as a career. 

College memories

I have very fond memories of my time at the College, particularly my English teacher, who was excellent and really brought the subject alive. 

 — Tony

Tony has practised as a Commercial Property Solicitor throughout his professional career, working on multi-million pound real estate transactions for UK and international clients across a variety of sectors, including: pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, hotel and leisure, aviation, health, education and infrastructure projects.

What is it about this profession that you enjoy?

What I like most about my job is the problem solving, and providing advice to my clients in a clear, concise and intelligible way. It’s a very satisfying career but it is a high-pressured profession so you have to be prepared to commit to hard work. 

 — Tony

Advice to students

My advice to anyone considering a career in the law is to recognise up-front, that it is a demanding occupation but the intellectual stimulation will far outweigh the downsides. The job is extremely rewarding and one which has opened so many doors and opportunities for me. 

 — Tony

When Tony was a student, A Level Law wasn’t an option, but his time at College studying English and Geography prepared him for university and set him on his path to further education. With hard work and a passion for law, Tony has enjoyed a successful career and wants to inspire and encourage the next generation. 

It’s important to “give back”

I would say to all the students at the College, yes, pursue your career ambitions and dreams but also make time to give back” as well. It’s really important not to take one’s own good fortune for granted and to share your skills and talents for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s why I accepted the position at Action West London (AWL).

AWL has been making a difference to the lives of people from disadvantaged backgrounds in West London for over 20 years and I am very proud to have played a small part in that. 

 — Tony

Our High Pavement Sixth Form is a dedicated A Level Centre, located in the City Centre, next door to Nottingham Trent University’s city campus. There are 27 different A Level subjects to choose from, with the addition of Law, Philosophy and Religious Studies starting this September 2021. Find out more.