Planning for the future

December 1, 2020

As a growing number of people make plans to protect their families into the future, specialists at Sintons have increasingly been called upon for support.

With the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, nationally, there has been a significant increase in the levels of individuals looking to make a will or make future provision by way of a Lasting Power of Attorney or a trust.

This upturn in instructions has been true of Sintons’ specialist Wills, Trusts and Probate Team, which continues to be instructed by individuals across the UK wanting to ensure their loved ones are protected should the worst happen, as well as acting for existing clients in revising and updating plans already in place.

The reputation and capability of the team at Sintons – named Private Client Team of the Year at the most recent Northern Law Awards – means its reach in both contentious and non-contentious matters is national.

Regularly confirmed as one of the leaders in its field by both Legal 500 and Chambers, Sintons’ legal capability and ability to handle the most complex of matters – including those involving business assets, agricultural property and assets located abroad – coupled with its commitment to outstanding client service, makes it a standout name in the private client field.

Led by Paul Nickalls – consistently named as a leading individual in the North by Legal 500 – the team brings together significant experience with emerging talent, to create deep and trusting relationships with clients, which often span generations of families.

Alan Dawson, chairman of Sintons and a member of the team, has been a leading private client specialist for more than 30 years and has become the trusted advisor to countless families during that time.

Alongside Paul, they are regarded as two of the most capable private client lawyers around.

The huge potential in the team includes Paul Collingwood and Emma Saunders, both hailed as rising stars by Legal 500, with Emma also being hailed as an ‘associate to watch’ by Chambers.

Paul Collingwood’s specialism includes administration of estates and trust planning and he was recently hailed as “brilliant” by Legal 500.

Emma is a contentious probate specialist and is regularly appointed in complex matters nationally.

Chambers cited Emma as “wonderful” in naming her a key advisor in her very niche area of work.

“For over 120 years, Sintons has built a reputation as an expert and caring advisor to individuals and families across the country, supporting them in making plans to provide for the future of their loved ones and sensitively advising them on their options,” says Paul Nickalls.

“That commitment to looking after our clients is still as important today as when we were founded in 1896, and always will be.

“We have huge capability in our team, which makes us the advisor of choice for so many people, including many new clients from around the UK who come to us on the strength of our reputation.

“We have supported many clients, new and existing, during the pandemic in putting plans in place or updating existing arrangements.

Paul continues: “Our team has the legal expertise to handle matters of the greatest complexity, and regularly we are instructed in high-value cases with international dimensions.

“Such matters can only be overseen by the most capable of advisors, and we have many in our team.

“Non-contentious work has been a longstanding central part of what we do at Sintons, but our contentious work has grown significantly in recent times, with Emma playing a key role in that.

“We have again won praise from Legal 500 and Chambers this year, both of which point to the values that are at the heart of everything we do – legal excellence and outstanding client service – which continues to independently endorse our capability and the efforts we make on behalf of our clients.”


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