Sintons’ private client strength hailed by Legal 500 2021


The expertise of Sintons in both contentious and non-contentious private client work has been praised by Legal 500 2021.

Sintons is hailed for offering a “rounded service, covering the full range” of matters in wills, trusts and estates work, alongside contentious trust and probate matters.

In non-contentious work, Legal 500 notes its wide client base, from high net worth individuals and ecclesiastical organisations, to large landowners, to whom Sintons often provides advice on global assets and the interplay between multiple tax jurisdictions.

The breadth of its contentious work is also highlighted, which extends beyond wills, administration and trust issues, to include the highly specialist areas of domicile disputes, will rectification applications and relief from forfeiture applications.

Paul Nickalls, head of wills, trusts and estates, is again recognised as a leading individual in the North of England, and is hailed for his “expertise” in preparing complex wills, often as part of a wider succession planning or tax saving scheme.

Senior associates Paul Collingwood and Emma Saunders are both again named as rising stars. Paul, a private client specialist, is praised for his “very caring and professional” approach, with contentious specialist Emma hailed as “excellent…knowledgeable, gives rational, objective advice”.

Alan Dawson, Chairman of Sintons who has become the trusted advisor to many private clients and their families during his 40-year career, is also named as a key lawyer in this field. Angus Ashman and Emelie Vardon are further hailed for their work in contentious matters.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Sintons has established a reputation throughout our 124 year history as being the trusted advisor to individuals and families across the North East and wider UK, assisting them in their future planning and supporting them during their difficult times. Regularly, we are appointed to act for several generations of families, such is the trust we build with our clients and the confidence they have in our legal ability and the outstanding service we continually deliver.

“To again be recognised by Legal 500 for our strength in both legal and client service is excellent news, and our capability in both contentious and non-contentious work sets us apart in the marketplace. We have a number of very highly-regarded individuals in our team alongside several young lawyers who are being mentored by some of the very best practitioners around, and that is a combination which will help us ensure we continue to offer an outstanding private client team into the future.”


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