Anthony was with Sharman Law for over 40 years and for the last 10 years up to April 2013, as Senior Partner. Throughout that time, he acted for many clients, both commercial and private and dealt with their legal issues and problems in a practical and sensitive way. After graduating with a Law degree from Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge University), he did his articles (now known as a Training Contract) with Daynes, Chittock and Back, which is now part of Eversheds in Norwich and then joined the firm, which was known as Sharman & Trethewy in 1972.
In April 2013, together with Ian Codrington, the other Notary and previous senior partner at Sharman Law, Anthony relocated the Notarial practice known as Bedford and Ampthill Notaries at Palmers Solicitors, as a partnership between them.
Having received his Notarial Faculty in 1979, Anthony has practiced as a Notary continuously since then. In addition to carrying out Notarial work, Anthony specialises in Planning and Development work, Agricultural and Commercial work, plus Wills, Trusts and Probate. He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association (A.L.A.), is an accredited Member of the Law Society’s Specialist Planning Panel and a qualified member of S.T.E.P. (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a qualified Chartered Marketer.
He has for many years been actively involved with and continues to be active with the Ampthill Business Chamber, the Ampthill Rotary Club, the Ampthill Stakeholders Group (the successor body to Revamp (Ampthill) Limited and the Ampthill Town Plan Group) and the Surveyors 1921 Club. Over the years he has been President of the Ampthill Chamber of Trade and Commerce (now renamed Ampthill Business Chamber), the Ampthill Rotary Club and the Surveyors 1921 Club, as well as having been President of the Bedfordshire Law Society. He was involved with the setting up of the Ampthill Wine Appreciation Society and was secretary of it for several years and continues to a member of it.
He continues to be on the Council of the Notaries Society (the representative body for Notaries throughout England and Wales) after being President of that Society in 2009 – 2011. He is also a Vice President of W.O.N. (the World Organisation of Notaries), which is the newly formed global representative body for Notaries in Common Law countries.
He was actively involved with the 2015 Magna Carta 800th Anniversary programme and the interconnected Global Legal Forum being planned, which took place in London in February 2015.
Anthony lives in Ampthill and is married with two grown up sons. One of them is a Town Planner with Rectory Humes the other one is an Education Consultant.
His interests include travel, Gardening, rugby and rowing.
Ian joined Sharman & Trethewy (now Sharman Law) as an Articled Clerk in 1959, following Bedford School and Cambridge University (Fitzwilliam College). qualifying with Honours in 1962 and being admitted to Partnership in 1967. He retired as a partner in April 2003, having been senior partner and continued as a consultant until 2013.
He qualified as a Notary in 1974 and has practiced as a Notary ever since.
In April 2013 he, together with Anthony Northey who was retiring from Sharman Law, as the only Notaries in that firm formed Bedford and Ampthill Notaries in partnership with each other
In addition to his work as a Notary he specialised in Commercial Property and Company Law dealing with the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold property and portfolio estates comprising multiple properties, together with the acquisition and disposal of private companies.
He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Loriners. Apart from connections with several charitable organisations within Bedford, his main interest remains with rowing having been President of Bedford Rowing Club, Secretary of the Bedford Regatta for 16 years and served on the committee of the Leander Club, Henley on Thames (which is the centre for the Men’s Heavyweight National Squad) for 20 years, for the last three of which were as Chairman.
We are members of the Notaries Society and the Common Law Association of Notaries (C.L.A.N.) as well as the World Organisation of Notaries.