Leading real estate and finance lawyer moves to Sintons


A well-known and highly experienced real estate finance lawyer has moved to Sintons as a partner, further confirming the strength of its real estate finance and banking offering.

Sarah Willshire arrives at Sintons with a strong track record in her field, having established, managed and developed a significant real estate finance and banking team at another North East law firm.

Sarah’s expertise encompasses acting for lenders and borrowers, including a number of national high street lenders, and is experienced in taking security over a wide range of properties spanning a variety of sectors.

Hailed as being “fast, efficient, with a solution and client-oriented approach” by Legal 500, Oxford graduate Sarah has been involved in many significant transactions during her 17-year career.

Her expertise means she also plays a key role in training for clients and colleagues in real estate finance and banking matters.

Her move to Sintons comes at a time of ongoing progress and development for the firm, with its banking and real estate finance specialisms continuing to be a key area of growth.

Hailed by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners alike for its offering of legal excellence and the highest standards of client service, the real estate finance team – led by David Ferguson – and banking department, which is headed by Jane Meikle, are widely regarded as leading names in the marketplace.

“I am very pleased to join Sintons. I of course know the firm very well by reputation, and am impressed with its growth as well as its reputation and positioning within the North East,” says Sarah.

“The real estate finance and banking specialists in the firm – including Jane and David, both of whom I have worked with previously – are known regionally and beyond for the work they do for clients, and the fact they leave absolutely no stone unturned on their behalf. I’m really delighted to be joining such a committed and capable team.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our reputation in real estate finance and banking in the North East is second to none. The role Jane and David have played in developing this over the last few years has been absolutely outstanding, and this is a key growth area for the firm, with increasing numbers of major clients appointing us to act for them.

“Sarah’s reputation in this very specialist area of work is excellent, so we are very excited to add her expertise into what is an already thriving area of the firm. Her talent and capability, alongside that of Jane, David and others in the team, will mean Sintons are now an even more compelling offering for clients across banking and secured lending.”


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