Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Nikita Noel

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

I joined Sintons having worked at my previous company for just over seven years. I am a solicitor in the department.

Tell us about your career to date…

I achieved my law degree at Northumbria University, qualifying with an MLaw degree after completing their Exempting route course. Born and raised in Teesside, I began my career as a legal secretary at a local company before being offered a training contract in their private client department. I qualified as a solicitor in Wills, Trusts and Estates with them just over five years ago and have enjoyed a fulfilling and challenging career ever since.

What attracted you to join Sintons?

Having lived in Newcastle whilst studying, I always had a burning desire to return, if not to live, then simply to experience working in a city where I have such vibrant memories.

I was well aware of Sintons’ glowing reputation, and from the moment I met the team, I knew it was the place for me. I felt immediately welcomed, valued and excited to embark on a new adventure! The team is ambitious with a desire to constantly grow and it’s a pleasure to be part of it.

What does your role involve?

I specialise in a range of private client matters including the preparation of wills, drafting lasting powers of attorney, the administration of estates and providing tax advice to high net worth clients. I try to maintain quite a high face to face presence with clients, particularly given the type of people that we meet and also to offer some normality for people following the pandemic.

I involve myself in a lot of the networking events that are not only held in house but also those which are hosted externally by referrers, with a view to building a network in the city. I am also a dementia friends champion and an associate member of the Solicitors for the Elderly. My resolution for the year is to start my journey to becoming a fully qualifies member with the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP).

What have been your personal highlights to date?

Moving to Sintons was a huge step for me – not only because I was working in a new city, but also because I have only ever worked at one firm previously in my adult life, a firm I had grown very comfortable working for.

Working alongside such a supportive team and community has been a huge personal high for me. I felt welcomed and valued – not only professionally but personally too. I am constantly encouraged to ‘be myself’ and I think that this has a positive impact on how I connect with clients too.

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 at Sintons are constantly excelling and it’s a pleasure to be part of such a highly regarded team of professionals in the North East. Paul Nickalls is an exceptional role model, constantly offering support and ensuring the wellbeing of his team members.

Working for a company with such a high reputation naturally motivates you to want to contribute to that and it’s evident from every team member that we all pride ourselves on doing the best that we possibly can. It is also really comforting that we have such a tight working and personal relationship with each other as it means that we are all supportive of one another which, again, can only have a positive outcome for clients.

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

I have spent my whole adult working life working locally at a firm that supported me through my progression and gave me high quality private client knowledge for which I will always be grateful for.

I always feared that if I moved I would lose the ability to progress professionally or that I would miss out on the opportunity to grow, but this is definitely not the case at Sintons. I am constantly exposed to interesting cases and have opportunities to assist on a wide range of matters.

Sintons are fully supportive of each and every individual and are always striving to ensure the best and most comfortable working environment. I always thought that moving to a city firm, I may feel like a ‘small fish in a big pond’ – I can safely say, that Sintons have made me feel quite the opposite!

What are your interests outside of work?

I love staying active and keeping fit – I particularly enjoy playing netball for my local team and am a frequent gym goer. Ben, my partner, and I love to travel so we try to get away as much as possible during the course of the year.

I spend most of my free time with friends and family but most importantly, my little cockapoo Finn, comes everywhere with me. We’re always out walking and enjoying the fresh air – really, he’s my main interest outside of work!

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