Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Emelie Rowell

What is your role in the team and how long have you been at Sintons?

I am a solicitor at Sintons specialising in contentious wills, trusts and estate matters, in addition to disputed Court of Protection issues. I have been at Sintons for over five years, after completing my training contract at the firm and qualifying as a solicitor in September 2019.

Tell us about your career to date…

I completed my MLaw (Exempting) Degree at Northumbria University, incorporating the Legal Practice Course, graduating in July 2017 with first-class honours. I commenced my training contract at Sintons in September 2017 and over the course of two years, I undertook six months in each of Private Client, dealing with personal and family matters, Employment, Real Estate and Contentious Probate (where I qualified).

In 2021, I completed the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) course to hone my expertise in this field from the outset of my career.

What attracted you to Sintons?

Despite originating from outside of the North East, I was already aware of Sintons’ excellent reputation, not only in relation to its diverse areas of work, including its private client team, but also for its trainee solicitor programme.

I knew training at Sintons would provide me with the greatest start to my legal career and ensure I was well-equipped with the knowledge and experience required to start my journey as a qualified solicitor.

What does your role involve?

As part of our growing contentious probate team, I advise on a range of disputes concerning a deceased’s estate which often involves those relating to the estate administration, will challenges and Inheritance Act claims. I navigate our clients through sensitive issues, often involving delicate family relationships.

I work closely with our private client team to ensure our clients receive comprehensive advice on both non-contentious and contentious matters that may arise on their death, and often work alongside the dispute resolution team due to the litigious nature of our work. Our expertise overlaps which assists in a full service to clients to ensure things are dealt with effectively.

What have been your personal highlights to date?

Being recognised as an associate to watch in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2022 and listed as a key individual in the Legal 500 2022 and 2023 guides are personal highlights. It demonstrates my growing reputation in this field at an early stage in my career, alongside other key professionals who are recognised for their expertise.

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?

The private client team is known for its expertise in the region. I am consistently challenged to aid my development and I have been involved in a variety of complex matters from the initial stages of my career.

Having a great team dynamic and enjoyable place to work is another key advantage! This is particularly important when the nature of our work can cross over in a number of areas and allows us to support our colleagues with ease.

How does Sintons differ from other firms you have worked in?

Everyone at Sintons is very welcoming and having trained at the firm, I have had the opportunity to get to know and work with all staff right up to partner level. This has really helped with internal referrals to ensure our clients receive a full service, as I already know who specialises in which area of law.

I do feel appreciated at Sintons for my contribution to work but also in promoting the firm and our CSR activities, which makes it all worthwhile.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work I spend a lot of my time out with my family and cocker spaniel, discovering some of the wonderful places the North East has to offer. I am also a music enthusiast and play a variety of instruments including the flute, piano and saxophone.

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