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Toni Spencer

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Academic Tutor and Clinic Supervisor

I started my legal career as an office junior with a small property firm in Newcastle. I then undertook my legal studies on a part-time basis while working full-time and graduated from Northumbria University in 2008. I continued to work full-time and commenced my Training Contract at the same firm while I completed the Legal Practice Course, also on a part-time basis. I completed this in 2010 with commendation. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2011.

Over the next few years I was unsure of which area of law I wished to specialise in as I had spent most of my career to that point working within Property Law. I was fortunate enough to be able to experience different practice areas at several well known law firms across North and South Tyneside. I spent time working in Family Law where I represented parents and carers facing removal of their children from their care under Public Law Proceedings and time working within Criminal Law where I was able to undertake further training to obtain my Police Station Accreditation. This also allowed me to expand on my advocacy experience in different courts.   

I still practice as a Solicitor with a small conveyancing firm in Cramlington which I enjoy greatly. I have a particular interest in Leasehold Enfranchisement and assisting homeowners in obtaining a fair deal for their lease extensions or purchasing the Freehold to their property. I will also shortly be starting further training to obtain relevant qualifications to expand my knowledge within Wills and Probate.

I joined the University in January 2019 as an Academic Tutor and Clinic Supervisor within the Sunderland Student Law Clinic.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach on the following modules:
  • Law in Society (LAW252)
  • Property and Practice (LAW253)
  • Property Law and Practice (LAWM72)

I am also Clinic Supervisor within the Sunderland Student Law Clinic (LAW340) where I supervise an undergraduate firm.


I have a particular interest in Public Law and issues which arise as a result of our ever changing society. In particular, the Equality Act and how we can achieve fairness to the public as a whole.
  • Property Law
  • Leasehold Enfranchisement
  • Family Law
  • Wills

Last updated 25 June 2019