Craig Malarkey
  • Craig Malarkey

  • Partner


  • Newcastle (2000 - 2003)
  • Law Degree (LLB Honours 2:1)

Legal Qualifications:

College of Law (York) (2003 - 2004)
Legal Practice Course

Year Of Admission:

September 2006

Career History:

  • Trainee solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2004 to 2006
  • Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2006 to 2014
  • Associate, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2014 to March 31st 2016
  • Partner, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, from April 1st 2016


I work in the Corporate and Commercial team, generally advising companies and business people on all matters of company law and commercial contracts.

I deal in share and asset sales and acquisitions; corporate restructuring; management buy outs; equity and debt investment and partnership and LLP advice. I regularly advise clients on commercial agreements, including e-commerce and consumer/retailer relationships as well as preparing bespoke agreements for the sale of goods and supply of services.

I act for clients across a range of sectors, including leisure and tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, dentistry, education, charitable and other professional services.

I also lead the Academy Conversion Team.

Legal 500:

2017 - Corporate - Craig Malarkey focuses on acquisitions and share and asset sales, and solicitor Matthew Smith has expertise in drafting and reviewing commercial agreements. Representative matters include advising on academy conversions for both Ad Astra Academy Trust and Stranton Academy Trust, and assisting with the sale of a multi-practice veterinary surgery.'

Banking and Finance - Craig Malarkey heads the practice at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, which includes John Walters, consultant Martin Levinson and associate Andrew Beattie. Malarkey and Walters regularly advise on security matters and on corporate governance issues.

 2016 - John Walters and Craig Malarkey 'form the backbone of the corporate team and offer excellent advice'.

2015 - 'Strong technical background and put the client's interests first'.  Has advised client Tesserrae Holdings on its acquisition of Betabite Hydraulics


I have presented to numerous sets of school governors on academy conversions and also to doctors on the value of partnership agreements.

Pro Bono:

I have provided pro-bono advice to a number of clients including Stranton Academy Trust in Hartlepool and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain rescue Team.

I have previously volunteered as a steward on the finish funnels of the Great North Run on 5 occasions.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I considered a career in both the police and the army before deciding on my chosen career path, but the first thing I can remember wanting to be was an author or journalist.

Why law as a career?

After deciding the army was not for me I initially took my law degree without knowing that was the job for me, looking to get a solid degree which would leave many opportunities. After a short time on the course I established that there were many aspects of the profession that I felt suited that my skill set and the requirements of the job appealed.

Describe any interesting facts about yourself

I have completed the Great North Run twice so far.

I have done a skydive and bungee jump, both just for my own amusement.

My wife and I were born 3 days apart in the same hospital and spent the first few weeks of our lives in the same intensive care unit (“meeting” again many years later).

What one thing could you not live without?

My two children (obvious as it is)

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy most sports, both playing (infrequently) and watching. I still play football and squash. I enjoy movies, TV drama and music to relax (along with wine) and really enjoy watching live music. I am on the lookout for my next hobby to escape the madness of home and trying to re-ignite a love of reading.