The private client approach at Sintons


With “Family” synonymous with Christmas, it is timely to examine how important the Private Client Team is within Sintons.

Well, Christmas is fast approaching, with the pace of life seemingly accelerating to Mach 1, only to come to an abrupt halt on the 25th, when, with a couple of burps and a touch of indigestion, it is all over for another year. Then, with a week to recover, the celebrations begin again to herald the start of another year.

To many, Christmas is of course to do with “family”, with as many gathered round as possible, spanning several generations. New Year provides the time to reflect on the successes and failures of the year gone by, and set out hopes for the year ahead.

“What has this festive sentimentality got to do with law?” I hear you ask. Perhaps not that surprisingly, quite a bit here at Sintons. Despite being one of the largest, multi-faceted law firms in the North East with over 250 staff, Sintons still retains its “family firm” values, with the longevity of staff reflecting the longevity of clients. This month, three staff notched up 30 years with the firm, and the whole of the Sintons family will sit down together to celebrate Christmas.

Just like any family, there will be absent friends and new arrivals, triumphs to discuss and mishaps to laugh about, regrets of the past and hopes for the future. At the heart of it all, will be our Chairman, Alan Dawson, a mere 36 years with Sintons. Alan leads the Private Client team, which is the rock on which Sintons is built. Providing expert advice to families over several generations may not be headline grabbing work, but we believe that it is a core value for a law firm that is deeply embedded in the North East.

It is certainly a value that is also embedded in the rural community, with the certainty of a long term arrangement being key to the Sintons/client relationship. We have been helping many of our farming clients for several generations. Our Private Client team, already one of the largest in the region, has recently been further strengthened with the appointment of Paul Nickalls as a new partner charged with further developing the Private Client offering.

With your thoughts on the family this Christmas and on the future this New Year, there may be plans to formulate, documents to review and new instructions to put in place. So, have a very Happy Christmas, a great New Year and we will look forward to doing what we can to help in 2015.

If you would like any further information or to discuss any rural related matter, please contact Tom Wills, head of the agriculture & estates department at Sintons.


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