Sintons’ growth continues with raft of new appointments

Law firm Sintons has made a number of key appointments in the last few months to help support its continued growth plans.

The Newcastle firm has taken on a number of high calibre people in practice areas across the business, as part of its Strategy for Growth.

Sintons recently unveiled plans to grow the business to a £20m turnover and to recruit and retain the very best legal talent to help achieve its target. The firm has also been clear about its vision of setting the standard for legal excellence.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “As a business which recognises that people are central to our continuing success, we are committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding people who share our vision of excellence, both in terms of legal work and client service

“We have taken on a number of very high-calibre new people, several of whom have relocated from across the country to join us, which is indicative of our commitment to increasing and strengthening our teams across a range of practice areas, particularly across the Commercial Group. We are always looking to add further to our team – as a growing, ambitious law firm which offers development and progression opportunities for our team, we believe joining Sintons is a very attractive proposition.”

Claire Atkins – Head of HR

Claire has worked in the field of HR for over 25 years, including at the John Lewis Partnership and most recently at law firm Muckle. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is taking an active role in developing Sintons’ recruitment and retention strategy.

Company Commercial

Chloe Dinsdale – Senior Associate

During her 15 years at Womble Bond Dickinson, Chloe has built up a reputation as a leading public sector specialist lawyer, acting for both commissioners and providers of services. She has particular expertise in healthcare, for which Sintons has a national reputation for its work with NHS Trusts, GPs, dentists and other providers across the UK.

Luke Philpott – Solicitor

Having relocated from Manchester for his new role, Luke is a corporate solicitor with specialism in acquisitions and disposals. He has a strong track record in acting for management in venture capital and private equity transactions.

Louise Weatherhead – Solicitor

Louise advises private and public sector clients on a range of commercial matters and procurement projects. She has particular specialism in data protection legislation and is advising clients across all sectors on the impending introduction of GDPR.

Dispute resolution

Emma Saunders – Senior Associate

Emma joins Sintons from Top 100 London-based law firm Russell-Cooke and is a specialist in contentious probate and disputed Court of Protection matters. Hailed for her “no nonsense” approach by Legal 500, she advises on disputes arising from trust and probate issues.

Lewis Couth – Associate

Lewis is a dispute resolution specialist and works widely in the fields of property, commercial and intellectual property disputes. He has moved from a law firm based in Yorkshire to join Sintons.

Private Client

Jonathan Grogan – Solicitor

After more than 17 years with Womble Bond Dickinson, Jonathan moved to Sintons as part of its highly-esteemed private client department. He handles wills and probate work, and has significant experience of handling contentious work. Jonathan is an associate lecturer at Northumbria University specialising in wills and probate.


David Ferguson – Senior Associate

A highly respected name in the field of property finance, David has over 15 years’ experience of acting for major high street banks and commercial lenders and investors. He joins Sintons’ highly-rated banking team from Womble Bond Dickinson.

Personal Injury

David Knipe – Associate

A specialist personal injury lawyer with over 20 years of experience, David handles all areas of personal injury litigation.

Debbie McIvor – Legal Executive

Debbie has joined Sintons’ nationally-leading insurance litigation team, handling cases for an array of major UK insurers.

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