Building the future of Sintons

September 3, 2020

Having become one of the most highly respected lawyers in the North of England during his three-decade career, Christopher Welch has now become managing partner of Sintons. North East Times speaks to him about his aspirations in his new role

Known as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the North of England, Christopher Welch routinely acts for some of the most recognisable names in business, regionally and nationally.

With a reputation as a skilled and meticulous advisor who has worked on some of the region’s biggest and most complex deals during his 30-year career, Christopher is renowned as a formidable opponent with an absolute commitment to delivering excellence for his clients.

Now, having become so highly respected for his corporate work, Christopher is taking on his latest challenge, having been appointed managing partner of Sintons, the firm he has been with for the past 17 years.

As a partner and member of the Sintons management committee, Christopher has helped to shape the future of the law firm – winner of a record five awards at the Northern Law Awards 2019, including Law Firm of the Year – for some time, including playing a central role in its recent re-brand.

Now, he takes over at the helm – a role he will combine with continuing his client work – and will work alongside Sintons’ chairman, Alan Dawson, and its management committee to map out what lies ahead.

He takes over from Mark Quigley, who was appointed the first-ever managing partner of Sintons in 2017, and who steps down after his fixed three-year term to return to his specialist field of personal injury work, which is a key area of growth for the firm.

Christopher says: “I am very pleased to be appointed to the role of managing partner and look forward to meeting the challenges ahead. We broke new ground for Sintons three years ago with the creation of the position of managing partner, but it has been proven to be a highly effective move for the business, Mark has worked tirelessly during his time in the post, working closely with our management team to help build the future of Sintons, and my thanks go to him for the excellent work he has done.

“During the past few years, we have made great progress and successes in a number of key areas for the business. The fact we won five awards in the Northern Law Awards, as well as the overall Law Firm of the Year, shows the regard in which we are held in so many of our practice areas and we continue to build on that.

“We have strong growth potential in so many areas of our business, including neurotrauma, corporate and commercial, wills, trusts and estates and real estate, and we will continue to work to build on our progress so far.

“Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty and challenges presented by COVID-19, we remain in a strong position and are very confident for the future of Sintons.”

The Newcastle-based law firm has seen significant gains across the business in the past few years, with major new client wins combining with the recruitment of outstanding legal talent, some of whom have relocated from elsewhere in the country, to make Sintons a stand-out name in the North of England’s legal community.

Its commitment to clients and to setting the standard for legal excellence – something that Christopher has personally prided himself on for the past 30 years – is also central to the future of the firm.

“Since we were founded in 1896, Sintons has built a deserved reputation as an outstanding
law firm you can return to time and again on the strength of the legal excellence and exceptional client service we deliver,” Christopher explains.

“We have many examples of families and businesses who have been with us for several generations, who trust us to look after their best interests and help them achieve the best outcome for them, whatever that may be.

“The people we have at Sintons are central to us delivering that. We have a hugely capable team with many talented, committed people, who share our vision of excellence and want to deliver that to each and every client we act for. As managing partner, it gives me great confidence to know I have a team around me that I can put my trust in. We will work tougher to achieve our ambitions as a firm, for the benefits of all our colleagues and clients.”

Alongside his new role as managing partner, Christopher will continue client work, having built deep and trusting relationships with countless clients, some of whom have been with him for decades.

The new managing partner says: “Having built longstanding relationships with my clients, many of whom have been with me since the earliest days of my career, I will continue in my role as a corporate lawyer.

“Being the trusted advisor to clients whose businesses and aspirations you come to understand over the course of many years carries great responsibility, and I will continue to act on their behalf and support them as we emerge from the pandemic and into the future.”


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