Anthony is a commercial lawyer with international experience
As a commercial lawyer who has worked and lived nationally and internationally, Anthony has been a leader in building teams, developing and reorganising businesses, has sat on Boards in the UK and abroad and chaired an international strategy committee for a leading firm. Clients call him their external / internal general counsel, and with good reason. He has worked with clients who have changed the world and is looking to use his experience, expertise and networks to help the next generation of entrepreneurs to do so too.
After a decade of knockabout general commercial practice in the UK and the UAE, Anthony joined Clyde & Co. in 1990 to develop a commercial practice in the Guildford office. The practice focused on the subsidiaries of inward investing multinationals within the M25 and locally based PLCs. Over time, Anthony’s team developed a business law group, the model for which forms the basis of that firm’s MENA regional practice (and Jurit LLP).
Anthony was a member of the local PYBT board, helping disadvantage young adults to create a business – a humbling experience – and with Surrey First, a private public initiative to attract inward investment to the county.
In 1999, and as a Partner in Clyde & Co., the family moved to Dubai. Through the ups of the hectic growth of the City state and downs of the Gulf War, 9/11 and a deep recession, Anthony was key in creating a well-regarded, well – run, full service, regional practice, providing 250 jobs in a respectful environment to people from over 30 countries.
Returning to the UK in 2012, Anthony continues to be determined to make the most of his rich experience, expertise and connections made over his career and to help create a network of trusted practitioners (a virtual corporate office) to support an innovation ecosystem.
Anthony truly believes that Jurit, along with other initiatives, is the means by which that objective will, hopefully, be fulfilled.
Anthony’s standing in the Middle Eastern market is reflected in various legal directories, such as indicated below:
Anthony Garrod is ‘always available at a moment’s notice and able to either give a quick analysis or direct the client to an appropriate individual in the firm’.
– Legal 500 EMEA 2011
Anthony Garrod is “very proactive and commercial in his approach; he’s great to bounce ideas off.”
– Chambers Global 2011
“Clients rate TMT expert Anthony Garrod very highly as being “incredibly responsive and client-oriented.”
– Chambers Global 2010
“Anthony Garrod ‘provides a personal and tailored service, and understands the requirements of technology companies’”
– Legal 500 2010
“Anthony Garrod is renowned for his work in the technology sector, with one client saying: “He provides really commercial, excellent and fast service. I’d recommend him to anyone.”
– Chambers Global 2009
“Anthony Garrod “offers excellent commercial advice very quickly.”
– Chambers Global 2009
“Clyde & Co’s corporate and commercial partner Anthony Garrod is well known in the IT, technology and telecoms industries”
– Legal 500 2009
“Clyde & Co’s resources in the [IT] sector continue to impress, and the firm has established itself as synonymous with the region’s top-end technological advancements… with department head Anthony Garrod remaining the ‘preferred choice of counsel’ on a number of major IT and telecoms-related projects”
– Legal 500 EMEA 2006
“Anthony is passionate about what he does, and his energy and enthusiasm are an obvious strength. He transcends the professional gap between external resource and trusted advisor with ease, and clients (old and new) value his thoughtful insights and observations. As a leader, Anthony fostered an environment, which encouraged those around him to learn, to share, to take on new challenges and responsibilities, and to maximise our talent. I benefited significantly from the time working with Anthony, and I matured both professionally and personally. Anthony is a mentor and a friend, and I wish him every success in the future.”
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