Gary Attle

Gary Attle


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What can Gary do for you?

Gary is a partner at Mills & Reeve and he advises higher education and research institutions on a range of public, private and charity law matters, including:

  • Governance and constitutional issues
  • Legislation and policy issues
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of information, data protection and privacy law
  • Equality and human rights
  • Student matters
  • Civil claims and judicial review

Supporting your ambitions

Gary has over 30 years experience as a Solicitor in private practice of advising universities, colleges and research institutions on their legal issues and has acted in test cases in the courts and tribunals throughout his career.

He was invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights as part of its inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Universities. The JCHR published its report and guidance in 2018 which sets out the legal and constitutional framework in this important area.

He has contributed to textbooks, law reports and policy papers relating to the law of higher education.

What do others say?

“He is an exceptional higher education specialist.”
Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession (2022)

"He's experienced and regularly handles thorny issues."
Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession (2023)

Clients gave very generous testimonials in support of this:

“He’s very well known in the higher education sector as being the person who is most knowledgeable on education matters.”

“He’s the reason the firm are so well recognised in the higher education sector. As a lawyer, he is knowledgeable and well connected.”

What else should you know?

Gary values the opportunities which education and learning can open up for people from all backgrounds and parts of society. 

He has supported and championed the work of IntoUniversity for many years. IntoUniversity is a charity which seeks to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to aspire to go to university or to achieve other opportunities.

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