Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Sophie Moore
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 and I joined Sintons in April 2020.
Tell us about your career to date…
I studied Law, and the Legal Practice Course, at Northumbrian University and graduated in 2012. My first job was in the charity sector as a specialist welfare benefits adviser at North Tyneside Citizens Advice Bureau.
I then moved to London and secured a job as a paralegal in the Court of Protection department of a leading London law firm. I later commenced my training contract, with seats in Court of Protection and Injury and Medical Claims. I qualified into Injury and Medical Claims, but changed to specialising in Court of Protection when I joined Sintons.
Having prior experience of serious injury litigation set me in good stead for assisting those who have suffered life changing injuries, most of whom are going through the claims process, and enables me to provide my clients with complete support as a Court of Protection lawyer.
What attracted you to Sintons?
Sintons has an outstanding reputation for both excellence and culture. You only need to look at Sintons’ core values to know that the firm places as much importance on producing excellent results for clients, as it does on staff welfare and morale. This is a hard balance to achieve, but Sintons gets it right.
In addition to looking after clients and its people, Sintons does so much for the local community and charities close to individual departments. The firm takes corporate social responsibility very seriously and as an employee you can get involved in as much, or as little, as you want.
What does your role involve?
I am responsible for managing the Court of Protection team on a day-to-day basis. Collectively, the team and I assist the Sintons Trust Corporation Limited to carry out its professional role as deputy. The role is varied and involves managing multimillion pound settlements, overseeing property adaptations, recruiting care staff, facilitating specialist rehabilitation packages and approving investment planning.
Attorneys and lay deputies also instruct me to prepare complex Court applications involving, for example, personal injury trusts and statutory wills.
It is a great privilege to work so closely with our clients and the team are passionate about what we do. We put absolutely everything into achieving the highest standard of client care.
What have been your personal highlights to date?
Being an integral part of developing the Court of Protection team is my personal highlight to date. The team has grown considerably over the last two years and being involved in developing the teams structure and it being a success for my colleagues and clients, has been a huge achievement.
I am looking forward to seeing the Court of Protection team continue to grow and thrive.
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?
Everyone individual the Private Client team is exceptional at what they do and are committed to achieving excellence for our clients. Being surrounded by knowledgeable and supportive colleges is the best part of being in the team. We all work collaboratively, sharing knowledge and experiences to better our practice.
How does Sintons differ from other firms you have worked in?
Sintons prioritise their workforce and you are made to feel like a valued member of the firm every day. Management and heads of department are personable and approachable, and this ethos filters down in all areas of the firm.
What are your interests outside of work?
It is important in our industry to find what helps you relax outside of work. My go-to is a weekly Yoga class and I also enjoy walking.