Gary Attle

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222394
Mobile: +(44)(0)7771 564529
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222220

What can I do for you?

I am a partner and it is my privilege to lead the education sector practice at Mills & Reeve.

We have been recognised in the legal directories as ‘a firm that really understands and is invested in the higher education sector; it is very much respected for its up-to-date knowledge and expertise among universities’. Legal 500 (2018)

Supporting my clients’ objectives

In addition to my management responsibilities as sector leader, I support universities and colleges on a wide range of public law, private law and charity law matters, including:

  • governance and constitutional issues;
  • freedom of information, data protection and privacy law;
  • freedom of speech and defamation;
  • legislation affecting universities and colleges;
  • student matters including complaints, appeals, disciplinary and fitness to practice procedures;
  • equality, diversity and human rights issues;
  • civil claims and judicial review.

What do others say?

“Highly personable and responsive” higher education expert Gary Attle heads the firm’s national education practice and is “exceptional in every respect – strategic, far-sighted and extremely accomplished”. Legal 500 (2018)

“‘Clients say: ‘He really understands us and is very proactive in thinking about what we might need from the firm.’” Legal 500 (2018)

“‘dynamic, knowledgeable and experienced’, peers appreciate ‘a real quality lawyer; he is level-headed and doesn’t make things unnecessarily complex’. Clients point to him as ‘one of the best education lawyers around, he is knowledgeable, an extremely personable guy, client-focused and clever’”. Chambers UK

What else should you know?

I was awarded a first class degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University and undertook my professional training at Mills & Reeve in Cambridge.

I have over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor in private practice. Throughout my legal career I have undertaken a range of professional development activities, including:

  • training as a mediator and supporting clients through mediation processes;
  • serving as a charity trustee / director for the Higher Education Academy;
  • serving as a member of the executive Board at Mills & Reeve;
  • attending the Leading Professional Services Firms programme at Harvard Business School;
  • speaking at various sector and professional conferences on aspects of the law relating to higher education;
  • contributing as a member of the editorial board of a series of education law reports;
  • contributing to the leading textbook ‘Farrington and Palfreyman’s Law of Higher Education’;
  • contributing to policy publications and discussions for the Higher Education Policy Institute;
  • contributing to government and regulatory consultations on legal developments;
  • supporting the work of the charity IntoUniversity which seeks to support young people to aspire to go to university or achieve other opportunities.