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Law firm Sintons eyes growth with personal and family department appointments

A law firm has announced a new department leadership team it says will help grow its presence across the North East and beyond.

Sintons’ personal and family department is now being overseen by Paul Nickalls.

It has also been boosted by the appointment of partners Louise Masters and Emma Saunders.

Officials say the new leadership of the department – which brings together Sintons’ family, residential property, court of protection and wills, and trusts and probate teams – will continue to develop its range of services, while bringing in new talent and developing its existing team of lawyers.

Paul, regularly named as one of the leading solicitors in the North of England by both the Legal 500 and Chambers, is a highly experienced private client lawyer who is appointed to work on complex, high value administration of estates and inheritance tax planning matters.

He continues in his role as head of the wills, trusts and probate team, which was named private client team of the year at the most recent Northern Law Awards.

Louise, a specialist family solicitor who regularly works in high-value matrimonial matters and in cases involving children, has also become the new head of the family team, which won family law team of the year at the Northern Law Awards.

Emma, hailed as a leader in her specialist area of contentious probate work by the Legal 500 and Chambers alike, has significantly raised the profile and capability of Sintons in the field of contentious private client work since her relocation from a top 100 London law firm.

Additionally, Sophie Robinson-Davies, who leads the court of protection team, has been promoted to associate in recognition of her achievements in growing the team and its national reputation.

“Our personal and family department is one of the strongest and most highly-esteemed in the North of England, and we are regularly instructed in matters from across the UK in all four of our specialist teams, particularly those of significant value and complexity,” said Paul.


Pictured, from left to right are, Emma Saunders, Paul Nickalls and Louise Masters


“Through the new senior appointments and leadership changes, we are better positioned than ever before to continue to progress.

“Backed by a team of dynamic and highly capable lawyers, I will work alongside Louise, Emma, Sophie and our head of residential property Anna Barton to develop our presence on a national level even further.”

Christopher Welch, Sintons’ managing partner, added: “Our personal and family department comprises the expertise our private clients need, with the levels of unrivalled client service which means we have become the trusted advisor to generations of families across the UK.

“Sintons as a firm is built on this ethos, and we are very proud of our reputation for consistently delivering this.

“Through the appointment of Paul as head of department, supported by the promotions of Louise, Emma, and Sophie to reflect the leadership roles they fulfil within the firm, coupled with the outstanding service they continually deliver to clients, we are again demonstrating our commitment to investing in our people and offering opportunities for professional development.

“We will continue to invest in the progression of our personal and family team as we press on with efforts to grow further both regionally and nationally.”