February 16, 2021 @ 13:09 by Richard Dawson
A North East law firm is looking back on 125 years in business as it looks to chart a course to future prosperity post-COVID-19.
Founded in 1896, Sintons has grown to become one of the leading law firms across the North of England, advising clients throughout the UK.
It provides specialist advice in areas such as licensing, healthcare, private client and neurotrauma.
Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the firm remains confident in its future as it continues to develop and grow.
The Newcastle-headquartered company can trace its roots back to the formation of Sutton Cheshire & Thompson on February 8, 1896, which merged with John H. Sinton & Co in 1971 to become Sinton & Co, and later Sintons.
The expansion of the amalgamated firm has seen it move offices a number of times in order to house its growing number of employees, moving from Portland Terrace in Jesmond to bigger premises in Osborne Terrace which were soon outgrown, resulting in the relocation in 2004 to its current purpose-built home, The Cube, opposite St James’ Park in Newcastle.
Christopher Welch joined the firm in 2003 and took over as managing partner last year.
He said: “Over the past 125 years, we have continually shown we are innovators, we are leaders. We have never been afraid to take bold decisions.
“In these changing times, we will continue to evolve and develop, as we have done throughout our history, to ensure that at all times we are delivering the very best service to all our clients while also building and investing in the firm from within.
“We have stood the test of time for 125 years and are committed to ensuring Sintons maintains the reputation and presence that has been built so carefully into the future.”
Chris is optimistic about the firm’s prospects following the way it has deployed technology to maintain its service offering and client relationships during the pandemic.
He explained: “The use of technology to better serve our clients has always been an essential part of our growth strategy.
“Our founding partners would be aghast at the thought that we were able to have virtually all our colleagues working remotely – with some as far away as the Cayman Islands and Texas – without any impact on client service.
“By investing heavily in our website and online presence, we have created a resource which is available to clients wherever they are in the UK or indeed the world, giving them immediate access to information and support in ways which weren’t available before.”