Agriculture and estates team praised for legal and client service excellence


The specialist agriculture and estates team at Sintons has again been hailed by Legal 500 as a leading name in its field, with expertise across a host of areas and deep commitment to its clients.

Sintons was praised by Legal 500 2023 for its wide range of clients, which span local farmers, landowners, rural businesses, developers, private clients and estates. Routinely, many of these clients have been with Sintons for many years, often spanning many generations of families and business ownership.

Praised for offering a “very personal approach and absolute discretion”, the firm was hailed for its breadth of expertise, covering acquisitions and disposals, estate management and tenancies, disputes, minerals, manorial rights, as well as supporting landowners and developers in energy, waste and renewables matters.

Tom Wills, head of agriculture and estates, was hailed as a next generation partner by Legal 500 in recognition of his “expertise” in a host of specialisms within the niche practice area.

Partner Paul Liddle, a renowned specialist in energy, waste and renewables, again won praise for his experience, and solicitor Sam Watts was also named as a key figure.

“There was no single item that made the practice unique, it was the summation of attention to detail, working within the agreed timescale, availability for discussions and willingness to suggest the way forward that made the team stand out,” quotes Legal 500 2023.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “Our agriculture and estates team has, for generations, supported rurally-based and farming families and businesses and have become a trusted advisor in this specialist area across the North of England.

“This latest independent endorsement of our work from Legal 500 2023 confirms the high quality of what we offer – expert legal advice in what can be highly complex matters, which we combine with outstanding client service throughout. This is fundamental to everything we do at Sintons.

“Tom Wills is fast becoming a leader in his field, combining his specialism in agricultural work with leading the ongoing growth and development of the team. Paul Liddle continues to be a highly respected name and we are also delighted with the rightful recognition for Sam Watts, a young solicitor who is playing a key role in the team.”


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