Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Hannah Mitchell

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

I am a solicitor in the Court of Protection team. I joined the firm in November 2022.

Tell us about your career to date…

I studied law at the University of Edinburgh and spent a year abroad in the Netherlands as part of my studies. After graduating, I moved to the North East where I obtained an English law degree from Northumbria University.

I completed my legal training in 2021 at a law firm in Berwick upon Tweed and joined the Wills, Trusts and Estates team at Sintons the following year.

What attracted you to join Sintons?

I wanted to develop my specialism in Court of Protection work and the opportunity to join the growing Court of Protection team at Sintons allowed me to do just that.

My previous firm did not have a personal injury offering, so I knew that the close relationship between Sintons’ Court of Protection team and the Neurotrauma team would allow me to develop my knowledge into new areas of Court of Protection work.

The firm has a fantastic reputation for excellent client service and a friendly working environment, so I am very grateful to be a part of this as the firm continues to grow.

What does your role involve?

My work within the Court of Protection team is incredibly varied.

I assist clients who lack capacity to manage their property and financial affairs by ensuring that their assets are suitably managed and invested. I oversee applications made to the Court of Protection and can advise on deputyships, personal injury trusts and statutory wills.

What have been your personal highlights to date?

I am currently assisting a client with the redevelopment of their house to ensure that it meets their mobility needs. It is exciting to be involved in such as large build project and a privilege to be able to assist the client in designing their dream home.

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?

Sintons has a fantastic reputation for its supportive and friendly working environment, great teamwork and excellent client care. This is very evident within the firm. Everyone is approachable and friendly and it is clear that they will support you to succeed in your own career ambitions.

There is great co-operation both within the Wills, Trust and Estates Team and across different teams within the firm which ensures that clients receive practical advice which is tailored to their circumstances. Each member of the team is committed to getting to know their clients personally so that long-term relationships can be nurtured.

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

The firm’s social media presence is excellent and the blogs and podcasts on offer help to ensure that our clients have a breadth of resources available to them.

The firm also offers many opportunities and resources to help broaden legal knowledge and expertise and there are lots of networking events to get involved with too. I recently participated in a public speaking training course and I am hoping to attend Deputy Day later this year.

It is also great to see the firm’s commitment to giving back to the local community through the Corporate Social Responsibility program.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy travelling and exploring new places, both in the UK and abroad. I recently visited Greece for the first time and will definitely return for the sunny weather and delicious food.

When I am not travelling, I enjoy reading, listening to music and hill walking. I am also currently learning how to play the piano, which is a skill I have always admired.

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