One of the North East’s best-known and highly regarded lawyers has joined Newcastle law firm Sintons after more than 42 years with Samuel Phillips.
Barry Speker OBE DL will be working as a consultant focused on a variety of areas, including healthcare.
Speker, a former president of Newcastle Law Society and an employment judge sitting in tribunals in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and London, has built his reputation across the North East and beyond for his work in healthcare, employment and family law. A senior partner at Samuel Phillips for more than 25 years, he has acted for major healthcare clients for many years, and remains Trust Solicitor to The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Speker, who was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to business and the community in Newcastle, is equally well known for his work on the boards of numerous charities, community groups and business forums across the region.
He is also Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear and chairman of the Chinese Futures Group.
Sintons anticipate his expertise will bring additional capability and breadth to its 14-strong healthcare team, led by partner Hilary Parker.
Speker said: “After many years with Samuel Phillips, I decided the time was right to leave. Sintons is a firm regarded very highly both for the quality of its legal advice and its exceptional client care.
“My move to Sintons may surprise some people, but it is one I am very pleased to have made. I look forward to contributing to the further development of Sintons’ ambitious healthcare practice.”
Sintons chairman Alan Dawson said: “Barry is rightly regarded as one of the most capable and best-known lawyers in the North East and far beyond. We are delighted to welcome him to Sintons, as we continue to develop as one of the leading law firms in the region.”