‘Highly active’ commercial litigation team praised by Legal 500


Sintonscommercial litigation team has won praise from Legal 500 2023 for its “in-depth knowledge” of the market and breadth of its expertise.

The team is “highly active” in the local and regional marketplace in commercial contract and warranty claims, says Legal 500, and is increasingly significant in IP, data protection, regulatory and property litigation.

Its focus on its native North East region enables it to have specialist, in-depth knowledge of the local market, which enables it to give a first-rate offering to clients.

Legal 500 says of the commercial litigation team: “They take time to listen and understand the issues… they are always attentive and explain in a clear, easy to understand way. Refreshing.”

Led by “outstanding” tax disputes specialist Hilary Waters – named as a next generation partner – the team is said to have an “unusually broad range of expertise for its size”, with other specialist areas including healthcare and construction.

Sintons’ commercial litigation team continues to grow its presence in the market, with its team playing a key role in that progress.

“Consummate professional” Angus Ashman is again named as one of the leading individuals in the North of England and associate Cristina Falzon is hailed as a rising star in recognition of her expertise, notably in the manufacturing sector.

Partner Graeme Ritzema also wins praise for his specialism in healthcare.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “Our commercial litigation offering has developed strongly in the recent past, building on our years of expertise to really drive the department forward, and with it, our offering to clients. Outstanding legal and client service is at the heart of everything we do, and that has been at the heart of the growth of this particular area of the business.

“We are very pleased with this recognition from Legal 500 of our capability and commitment to our clients, and their recognition of the role we play in the North East market. We have three of the leading names in this field here at Sintons – Hilary Waters, Angus Ashman and Graeme Ritzema – whose capability and reputation individually combines to create a department with true expertise.

“This is an area we believe will continue to grow strongly, as we continue to build presence in the marketplace, and this independent recognition from Legal 500 only confirms the great strides we are making.”


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