Joanne Russell

Charities, Education, Faith Based Institutions, Real Estate

Title: Associate

Tel: 0191 226 7841

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Joanne is an Associate Solicitor in the real estate and faith based institutions teams at Sintons. Her clients include churches, charities, companies, trusts, property investors and private individuals.  She is experienced in working in teams handling substantial volumes of instructions.

Faith Based Institution Expertise:

Sintons are national panel solicitors for the Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church and the head of faith based institutions team, Laura Peace, is the Deputy Diocesan Registrar for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle and the Diocese of Carlisle. Sintons are panel solicitor for the United Reformed Church (Northern Province) Trust and also acts for the Presbyterian Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Newcastle Gurdwara. Joanne is part of the faith based institution team dealing with work for many of these bodies.

Her experience includes a wide range of faith based property transactions and she has undertaken extensive property work for the Methodist Church.

Typically she deal with:

  • sale and purchases of Manses, Churches and Church Buildings
  • occupational leases and licences
  • easements
  • boundary issues
  • auction sales
  • advice on sales at undervalue
  • advice on sales to connected parties
  • development of sites

Commercial Property Real Estate experience:

  • acting for investors and owner occupiers and acquisition and disposal of commercial properties
  • acting in the acquisition and disposal of commercial properties within Healthcare, GP’s and dental
  • acting for retail, office, industrial and leisure sectors
  • acting in a wide range of property transactions (commercial and residential) for charitable organisations
  • non-contentious landlord and tenant matters
  • portfolio management of leasehold properties and associated documentation
  • secured lending work for national lenders in an acquisition and refinance of multi-let commercial property and commercial/residential investment portfolios

Some comments in relation to Joanne’s work from clients include:

  • “Thank you so much for the good news and for you patience and perseverance throughout the transaction which I and the Circuit, have very much appreciated”
  • “Thank you for all the work from yourself and your colleagues to complete this sale, we are very grateful”
  • “Thank you. That’s another one down!! Thank you so much for all your helpful advice and support.  It has been and continues to be greatly appreciated”


The Legal 500 2022 described the real estate team as being “excellent lawyers; dedicated, creative, problem solvers. 100% reliable.”

Key Practice Areas

  • Faith Based Institutions
  • Commercial Property Real Estate
  • Property transactions for Healthcare, GP’s, Dentists, Charities and Businesses
  • Non-contentious Landlord and Tenant