Corporate and commercial capability praised by Legal 500 2018


The corporate and commercial team at Sintons has won further praise for its work, with Legal 500 hailing its breadth of offering and depth of expertise.

The specialist team, which handles many of the most significant deals in the North East and beyond, is acknowledged for its niche in acting for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and privately-held corporates on mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, private equity and other corporate finance transactions.

Karen Simms, head of corporate and commercial, was named as one of the leading lawyers in the North, in recognition of her wide-ranging specialism in energy, waste, healthcare and leisure. Senior associates Emma Pern and Lucy Cook are named as next generation lawyers for their outstanding capability and future potential.

Partners Matt Collen, Adrian Dye and Christopher Welch are all also recommended by Legal 500 for their involvement in major North East deals, including the latest hotel acquisition by Gainford Group and the sale of Pennine Windows.

The department has seen significant growth in recent months, underpinned by a number of strategic new appointments to the team, including those of Lucy Cook and Luke Philpott, They have spearheaded the further development of Sintons’ specialist tech and startup offering, which has seen the firm named as legal partner of TusPark Newcastle and premium sponsor of Newcastle Startup Week.

Sintons are further recommended for their specialist advice to charities, with Legal 500 praising the team’s capability and its strength in the education, medical research and public work sectors, alongside its niche specialism in advising religious institutions. Amanda Maskery, Alan Dawson and Laura Peace are highlighted as key contacts.

Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our corporate and commercial team is one of the most capable in the North of England, with a combined experience of over 220 years and expertise in a broad range of specialist areas. We are delighted to again be recognised by Legal 500 for our niche in acting for SMEs and owner-managed businesses, many of whom we have acted for over the course of many years and often generations of ownership.

“The department has seen strong levels of growth, with a number of key new additions to the team, which will support the ongoing development of the firm and ensure we continue to build on the reputation we have built regionally and nationally for our work.”


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