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


The 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 acts for clients throughout the UK in matters including wills, trusts, probate, administration of estates and succession planning, and has a national reputation in both its contentious and non-contentious work.

In newly-released rankings, Chambers again rates the team highly for its work in high net worth matters, praising its client-centric approach and the legal excellence that runs throughout the private client team, which won team of the year in the most recent Northern Law Awards. The team has also increased its guide ranking from band 3 to band 2.

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. Senior associate Paul Collingwood has also been named as an associate to watch.

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:

Paul Nickalls leads the wills, trust and probate team at the firm, and is also responsible for its personal and family department. He is noted for his “significant technical expertise and depth of experience” in private client matters.

Emma Saunders is an expert in contentious probate and Court of Protection matters, including Inheritance Act (1975) claims and trust disputes. “I would highly recommend her,” says a barrister, adding: “She is intelligent, pragmatic and hugely technical.”

Paul Collingwood is a senior associate in the firm’s personal and family department. “I regard Paul as an excellent solicitor, as well as a very decent and caring individual,” says an interviewee. “Paul has impressed with his patience, diligence, professionalism and caring attitude,” states another, adding: “Paul is swift to respond and has always provided sound and independent advice.”


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