Chambers hails Sintons’ private client team for high net worth expertise


The award winning private client team at Sintons has again been hailed as one of the leading advisors in the North of England, with Chambers continuing to praise the department for its legal capability and commitment to the highest possible standard of client care.

The specialist wills, trusts and estates team, which is one of the largest in the region, acts for clients throughout the UK in matters including wills, trusts, administration of estates and probate disputes, and has a national reputation for both its contentious and non-contentious work.

In newly released rankings, Chambers again rates the team in the top tiers for its work in private wealth law and private wealth disputes, praising its client-centric approach and the legal excellence that runs throughout the entire team.

Paul Nickalls, partner and head of private client at Sintons, alongside Emma Saunders, partner and head of contentious probate, continue to be hailed as go-to experts in their specialist areas of law by Chambers.  Both are regularly independently recognised for their capability and are widely regarded as leading advisors in the North of England. Partner Paul Collingwood and solicitor Emelie Rowell are also highlighted for their technical knowledge and excellent client service.

Chambers carries out an annual, independent ranking of law firms and lawyers, assessing all aspects of their specialism and service, based on examples of work, testimonials and interviews with lawyers.

“We are rightly regarded as being a team at the very top of its game, with huge levels of experience and expertise alongside outstanding young lawyers whose dynamism and ability is helping us to plan for the future,” says Paul.

“We are proud of our reputation for excellence, which we have worked very hard to earn, and our absolute commitment remains to deliver an outstanding service to each and every client.  Independent endorsement, like this one from Chambers, serves to confirm the standing we have in the marketplace – both regionally and nationally – and is recognition of the expertise that the firm possesses in this area of law.

“We are regularly instructed in matters of the highest complexity and value, which is where our expertise comes to the fore and why we are often appointed ahead of other advisors in what is a very crowded marketplace.  We are very proud to be regarded in the highest of terms and to again receive such praise from Chambers.”

Notable Chambers comments:

“The experience and capabilities of their team are varied and extensive,” says a source. “The team is very competent, diligent, and experienced,” adds a commentator.

Paul Nickalls is head of the wills, trust and probate team at the firm. He also leads the personal and family team. Nickalls is “an absolute top-quality lawyer who is so easy to deal with,” says a source. A commentator adds: “Paul consistently delivers and is a highly experienced private client lawyer.”

Emma Saunders is highly experienced in contentious probate and Court of Protection matters. A source says: “Her guidance, experience and knowledge are commendable and impeccable. She is decisive, efficient and very responsive. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.” Her expertise includes trust disputes and Inheritance Act 1975 claims.

Paul Collingwood, a partner specialising in wills, trusts, and the administration of estates, is “very supportive, attentive and has a brilliant client manner. He instils trust and confidence,” states a source.

Emelie Rowell “has given pragmatic, honest advice. She has the client’s interests at heart and pursues matters in a robust and tenacious fashion. She is an excellent communicator, and a highly knowledgeable professional in her field. She is calm, understanding and determined,” states a source. Emelie specialises in contentious wills, trusts and estate matters.


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