Wills, trusts and estates team hailed for legal and client service excellence


The “highly qualified and skilled” wills, trusts and estates team at Sintons has again been confirmed as one of the leading names in its field, with its deep expertise and client focus hailed by Legal 500 2023.

The team works with private clients from across the UK, many of whom are longstanding and whose families have been with Sintons for generations, with the practice continuing to grow significantly on the strength of its hard-earned reputation.

Known for its capability in the most complex of matters, Legal 500 2023 again highlights its “expertise” across the whole private client domain, including complex wills, tax planning, trusts and administration of estates, including matters involving assets overseas.

Its Court of Protection specialism also wins praise for its work, particularly with injured adults and children who lack capacity.

The team’s client-centred approach is praised by Legal 500, which points to the fact that “staff are diligent and always have the client’s best interest at heart. The team is always available when wanted and have a proactive approach to solving any outstanding issues.”

Head of department Paul Nickalls maintains his “well deserved reputation” as a leading individual in the North of England, with over 20 years of experience in handling highly complex and high value claims. His leadership of the team is also praised.

Partner Paul Collingwood is named as a next generation partner, with Legal 500 highlighting his “all too rare combination of high level of technical and empathic skills. Very easy to work with collaboratively and high standard of professionalism in delivery.”

Court of Protection specialist solicitor Sophie Moore is also listed as a key name in the team.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “Legal 500 2023 rightly recognises the commitment of the wills, trusts and estates team to its clients, as well as the levels of experience and expertise we have. Paul Nickalls is again confirmed as one of the leading lawyers in the North of England, with his expertise and client-centric approach combined with his leadership of the team and overseeing its ongoing growth and development.

“We are very proud to be known nationally for our expertise in wills, trusts and estates, handling matters of the greatest complexity while delivering an outstanding service to each and every client. These values of legal and client service excellence underpin everything we do at Sintons and are at the root of the longstanding, trusting relationships our team has built for over 125 years.”


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