Anthony Collins, founder and former senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors, has been awarded the 2014 Birmingham Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award was presented by Martin Allsopp, president of the Birmingham Law Society, in recognition of Collins’ involvement in the region’s legal profession and with Birmingham’s professional life more widely for more than 40 years.
Collins began his legal career as an articled clerk at Wragge & Co, then spending time in Canada and returning to work in the UK at his father’s firm, Johnson and Co. On 20 August 1973, he acquired premises in Cherry Street and decided to start his own practice to serve particularly private clients.
Over the years, the firm, which still carries his name, has grown into a sector-specialist, values-based law firm with more than 220 staff and a national profile in a number of sectors, including local government, social housing and adult health and social care.
Collins was appointed president of Birmingham Law Society in 2002 and launched the ‘Advised in Birmingham’ brand to promote legal excellence in the city. He retired as senior partner in 2003 at the age of 60 and has remained active in Birmingham professional life through his involvement as chair of the Cathedral Council, as a director of the Birmingham Civic Society, as trustee of Chaplaincy Plus and with his retirement consultancy work.