Three Sintons lawyers named in Business Today’s Lawyer Awards 2023


Three of Sintons’ lawyers have been named in Business Today’s Lawyer Awards 2023.

Tom Wills, Paul Nickalls and Paul Collingwood have all been listed in this year’s round-up of leading names in legal practice.

Tom Wills, who is partner and head of agriculture and estates at Sintons, is named amongst the top 10 agricultural lawyers who are shaping the North East’s rural affairs.

Business Today describes Tom as “exhibiting strong professional acumen,” and says that he has “earned recognition for acting for landowners and developers on complex transactions.”

Tom specialises in legal issues affected rural and agricultural businesses including landlord and tenant law, development and agri-environment schemes. He has acted on a number of wind farm and open cast coal projects in the North East and on the registration and transfer of mineral, manorial and sporting rights.

In Business Today’s Private Wealth Law category, both Paul Nickalls and Paul Collingwood are named in the top 10 private wealth lawyers in Newcastle.

Paul Nickalls is partner in Sintons’ personal and family team and is an expert in the administration of estates, including those with business assets, agricultural land and foreign property. He advises some of the region’s wealthiest individuals and is regularly appointed by the Court of Protection as a professional deputy in relation to vulnerable clients.

Business Today says: “Praised for his congeniality and dedication, he delivers consistently for his clients.”

Also listed in the top 10 private wealth lawyers is Paul Collingwood, partner in Sintons’ personal and family department. Paul advises clients on preparation of wills, he advises on succession planning and inheritance tax for business owners and he prepares lasting powers of attorney. Paul is experienced in preparing personal injury trusts and other lifetime trusts and in advising trustees on their role.

Business Today describes Paul as being “praised for his supportive nature and the excellent rapport he builds with his clients.”

Christopher Welch, Sintons managing partner, said: “I’m proud that we are consistently shown to have the industry’s leading lawyers here at Sintons. Our clients can be confident that they’re working with the best in the business.”

Find out more about Sintons’ services for agricultural and rural businesses here, and about Sintons’ personal and family team, which includes private wealth specialists, here.


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