Tony Baldry has been in practice at the Bar continuously since 1975, with the exception of the eight years in which he was a Government Minister.
Tony Baldry is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a qualified Mediator.
He is qualified to undertake Direct Access work.
Much of Tony Baldry’s practice relates to dispute resolution for overseas clients, and over the years he has represented overseas Governments, overseas Companies and significant individuals in assisting with dispute resolution.
Tony Baldry was knighted in 2012 and appointed to the Privy Council in 2014.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators International Bar Association
2010 - present
2010 - present
Commercial and International Law
The Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry was elected in 1983 and served continuously as a Member of Parliament for almost 32 years, until 2015.
He was Personal Aide to Margaret Thatcher in the October 1974 General Election and subsequently remained in her private office when she became Leader of the Opposition.
Sir Tony was a Minister for some eight years, appointed to Government by Margaret Thatcher, and then served in the Conservative Government throughout the whole of John Major’s premiership until the 1997 General Election.
His various ministerial posts included:
1990: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Energy - when together with John Wakeham he privatised the electricity industry.
1994: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of the Environment - responsible for all aspects of the Department's work including environmental protection, construction, housing and planning.
1994-1995: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office - wide range of responsibilities including South Asia, Africa, North America and the West Indies.
1995-1997: Minister of State Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Whilst a Minister, Sir Tony led numerous overseas business export missions which won millions of pounds of orders for UK plc.
During the 2001-2005 Parliament, he chaired the Commons Select Committee on International Development and continues to take a close interest in International Development and Foreign Affairs.
Sir Tony was for a number of years Chairman of the Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission.
He was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contribution to European politics in 1975 and was named the E-Politix International Charity Champion 2003.
He served as Second Church Estates Commissioner from June 2010 until March 2015, a Crown appointment.
He was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012, appointed a member of HM Privy Council in November 2013 and became a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in January 2015.
In September 2014, Sir Tony announced that he would not stand in the General Election in 2015. Following his announcement and in respect of his time in Parliament, the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP said that Sir Tony was “the finest example of an MP” and that his “wise counsel” would be missed.
Sir Tony has a Master of Arts Degree in International Development and a Bachelor of Law Degree, both from the University of Sussex. He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1998-1999 and continues to be a guest member of the College.
Roles & Responsibilities
Sir Tony is a Director of the following companies:
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hashoo Group (which is a global oil and gas company whose main resources are located in Pakistan).
Woburn Energy plc (Deputy Chairman). AIM-listed company. Oil and gas exploration.
Kazakhstan Kagazy plc: (Chairman). An LSE quoted company, leading Central Asian paper manufacturer and logistics provider in the Central Asian region.
Werner Capital LLP (Associate Director). A partnership which develops sustainable residential and commercial projects.
Chair of the Trustees of the Kazakhstan Centre for Peace and Accord.
He was awarded a 48 Group fellowship in recognition of outstanding contribution to Sino-British Relations in 2013.
Other roles past and present include:
Governor of the Commonwealth Institute 1997-2005.