Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Charlotte Gunn
What is your role in the team and how long have you been at Sintons?
I am a newly qualified solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Estates team.
Tell us about your career to date…
Following my graduation, I worked part time as an NHS administrator before joining Sintons in January 2021 as a paralegal in the commercial property team. I started my training contract in March 2023, and have worked within the commercial property, private client and neurotrauma teams.
In March 2023, I qualified into the Wills, Trusts and Estates team at Sintons.
What attracted you to Sintons?
Growing up in the North East, I knew that I always wanted to live and work locally. I applied for a training contract with Sintons due to the firm’s strong local roots, the breadth of services available to clients and the high quality of work which Sintons attracts.
What does your role involve?
I assist with a number of private client matters ranging from will drafting and lasting powers of attorney to the administration of estates.
What have been your personal highlights to date?
I feel very fortunate to have completed my training contract at such a prestigious North East firm. The Sintons private client team has a number of highly specialist fee earners who I have been able to train alongside and learn from. I have been able to assist on several high net worth estates, often including business and agricultural assets.
My personal highlight to date was being offered a job within the private client team at Sintons at the end of my two year training contract. I very much look forward to seeing how my skillset will continue to develop as a newly qualified solicitor within the department.
The award-winning Wills, Trusts & Estates team is one of the most highly-rated in the North of England. What are the advantages of being part of it?
Being part of the private client team, I am able to work alongside some of the best solicitors in the North East. I have been fortunate enough to train under the supervision of Paul Collingwood, a highly specialist Partner in the team, who has allowed me to assist with complex will drafting and high net worth estates. I have enjoyed being exposed to such high quality work during my training.
Our recent nomination for Northern Powerhouse Private Client Team of the Year is a clear demonstration of the vast breadth of technical knowledge and experience within the team. The team works closely together to provide the very best service to our clients.
What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors. I am a keen baker and have raised over £1,200 for the firm’s charity via bake sales in the last year.
I have recently bought my first house, so my weekends are often spent decorating!