Contentious probate team given top-tier ranking by Legal 500 2023


The contentious probate team has been awarded a top rating by Legal 500 2023, confirming it as one of the leading specialists in its field in the North of England, in recognition of its legal and client service excellence.

The team, nationally-renowned for its work, attracts instructions from across the UK in a range of areas including will disputes and proprietary estoppel claims, through to more niche issues such as relief from forfeiture applications or domicile disputes.

Legal 500 2023 awarded it a band one ranking, hailing its breadth of expertise and the outstanding service and support it gives to clients.

Head of department Emma Saunders, regularly named as a go-to individual nationally in this highly specialist area of work, again wins fulsome praise from Legal 500, which names her as a next generation partner.

“Emma’s masterful handling of her cases and clients has earned her a well-earned reputation as a stellar contentious probate lawyer….she doesn’t rest until the last ‘i’ is dotted and the final ‘t’ crossed,” the independent publication quotes.

Associate Jonathan Grogan – who has “expertise” in contentious and non-contentious work – and solicitor Emelie Rowell are also highlighted for their efforts.

Quoting one testimonial, Legal 500 states: (The client) “was impressed with the team’s ability to digest all the information given, separate the relevant, and simplify the matter which was necessary.

“Their communication were decisive, comprehensive and relevant. Usage of in house specialist teams to assist in the matter was invaluable.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “We are known on a national basis for our capability in what is a very specialist and complex area of law and regularly attract instructions from across the UK. Our presence in contentious probate has grown significantly in the recent past, and we are now very much regarded as a leader in our field.

“Legal 500 2023 gives yet more confirmation of that, with a top-tier ranking in addition to the excellent endorsement of the legal and client service we provide.

“Emma Saunders is a stand-out name in contentious probate nationally, with deep specialism in contentious work and commitment to her clients, and under her leadership the team continues to grow strongly. We are very pleased to see recognition too for Jonathan Grogan and Emelie Rowell. At Sintons, it is our people who make us what we are, and it is excellent news that so many of our team are being given rightful recognition.”


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