Fond farewell for firm’s founder Tony

Tony Gilroy (seated) of Solicitors Gilroy Steel has retired
Tony Gilroy (seated) of Solicitors Gilroy Steel has retired

A partner is leaving the law firm he put his name to and if his wife gets her way, they will be cruising around the Med next week.

Tony Gilroy, 64, launched Gilroy Steel Solicitors in 2007 and he has been working out of the same Brackley office since 1991.

But on Tuesday, his colleagues threw him a retirement party to thank him for his service.

Kelly-Jayne Steel, who took on half of the Barnes Campling Gilroy business, described Tony as a ‘very large pillar of the community’ who will be ‘sorely missed’.

Tony, who is expecting his first two grandchildren very soon, said he is leaving the ‘booming’ business in good hands.

“It’s an exciting time for the company,” said Tony. “I’m 65 soon and we have some really excellent and young staff – I’m leaving them to it.”

Mr Gilroy has lived in Brackley for 20 years and is looking forward to spending more time with his daughters Emma, 31, Katie, 29, and Lucy, 25.

But his wife Gill, who works as an artist, is keen to take him on holiday.

“My wife wants cruises so I think it will be cruises,” Tony said.

With more than 40 years of law experience, Tony thinks the secret is simple.

“Just be nice to your clients,” he said. “The better you treat your clients, the better the firm will be. It’s no more complicated than that.”