Sintons excels again, this time in the Chambers UK 2016 Guide
Published annually in October, the guide covers 50 cities and counties in England Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and 70 specialist areas of law including Agriculture, Construction, Healthcare, Employment, Licensing & Corporate.
The guide not only ranks individual practice areas but also individual lawyers.
Please see below for a breakdown of Sintons’ 2016 results.
‘Well-known name in the Newcastle family law market. Particularly active on matrimonial issues and financial disputes. Additional expertise in collaborative family law’
- Private Client
‘Best known for its work on estate administration, often with an international flavour. Advises high net worth individuals on tax planning, wills and asset protection. Additional expertise in professional indemnity. Described as being ‘an excellent firm, the lawyers are responsive and I felt very well looked after’
‘Front and back-end practice with nationwide reach. Acts in a wide range of sectors with notable strength in the healthcare and student accommodation sectors’
‘Active across the full range of public and private corporate matters. Renowned for its expertise in sectors such as energy and waste. Also proficient in the healthcare industry, with a team of experts advising on transactions for pharmaceutical and dental clients’
‘Acts for employers on a full range of matters including tribunal litigation, as well as non-contentious issues. Clients come from a number of sectors including education, charities and construction’
‘Equipped to deal with a broad range of commercial and residential property matters, including development, investment and portfolio management. Additional expertise in energy and land reclamation, as well as a growing healthcare practice’. Described as having ‘excellent attention to detail, and they showed great care and concern to get the right result for the client. They are very good at solving problems and very detailed in their analysis’
‘Strong regional licensing practice that’s capable of advising on a range of matters. Notable expertise on the niche area of taxi licensing where the team advises local and national clients’
‘Known for providing specialist advice to pharmacies, dental practices and GP surgeries, as well as NHS trusts, particularly in the North East. Areas of expertise include commercial issues, M&A, procurement and healthcare-related disputes’. Described as being ‘very approachable’
- Paul Liddle – Real Estate – Band 1
‘Clients commend Paul Liddle as being “very good to deal with.” He has considerable knowledge of complex lease work and options agreements, and is also frequently consulted on a variety of energy-related projects’
- Keith Land – Employment – Band 1
‘Handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters ranging from discrimination claims to TUPE transfers. “He’s very practical in his application of advice,” according to commentators’
- Katharine Lowthian – Family/Matrimonial – Band 1
‘Advises on separations and financial remedies. She is well respected by peers, with one identifying her as “a top lawyer” in the area’
- Amanda Maskery – Medical Partnerships – Band 2 – UK Wide & Healthcare – Band 5 – UK Wide
‘The eminent Amanda Maskery is praised for her “genuine sector specific expertise” and “as a dedicated individual who has a huge passion for understanding the healthcare sector”.
- Jamie McCabe – Personal Injury – Band 2 – UK Wide
‘The “superb” Jamie McCabe of Sintons is praised by commentators, one of whom regards him as “a supremely persistent and hard-working litigator with great judgement.” He regularly defends claims relating to amputations and brain and orthopaedic injuries’.
- Pippa Aitken – Intellectual Property – Band 2
- Matt Collen – Corporate – Band 3
‘The “excellent” Matt Collen is well regarded for undertaking complex transactions in the financial services industry as well as offshore matters. Sources call him a “very personable and very commercial” lawyer’
- Tim Gray – Family/Matrimonial – Band 3
‘Is well regarded in the market. He represents wealthy individuals in disputes relating to relationship breakdowns’
- Sarah Smith – Licensing – Band 3
‘Sarah Smith leads the group’s licensing and gaming work. She is known to be a strong advocate for her clients who include Breeze Ventures and Keeping Inn. She advises on all areas including liquor, entertainment and gaming’
- Chris Welch – Corporate – Band 4
‘Is a highly experienced lawyer who is regularly involved in corporate and M&A work in the leisure and healthcare sectors. Commentators say: He is responsive and professional and ensures that all aspects of transactions are dealt with properly.’
- Tom Wills – Agricultural & Rural Affairs – Recognised Practitioner
- Paul Nickalls – Private Client – Notable Practitioner
‘Paul Nickalls is the head of department and key contact’
- Hilary Parker – Healthcare – Notable Practitioner – UK Wide
- Adrian Dye – Corporate – Up & coming
‘Is highly thought of by peers and clients alike for his prowess in corporate matters. He has particular expertise in recycling and waste management’
- Alex Rayner – Construction – Associate to watch
‘Is described as ‘very knowledgeable’ by one source and ‘an excellent negotiator who is calm under pressure and delivers a very good service’ by another. He represents clients from across the industry in both contentious and non-contentious matters’