Sintons is a full-service law firm based in the North East of England, which works with clients both regionally and nationally. Sintons, founded in 1896, has more than 200 employees, and with 33 partners and over 120 lawyers, is one of the largest law firms in the region. The firm has a leading national reputation in many areas of practice, and routinely works around the UK, with many of its clients being long-standing and relationships often span several generations of families and business ownership. Sintons has recently opened a consulting office in York to help service the volume of instructions it receives from outside of its native North East. The firm, which has amassed a reputation during its 120-year history of providing outstanding legal advice coupled with the highest standards of personal service, has also secured a number of professional endorsements to confirm its quality. It was one of the first North East law firms to receive Investors in People status, has been awarded the coveted CyberEssentials Plus status, and is also one of few firms to secure the Lexcel accreditation at the first time of assessment.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK:
Sintons works across the UK in a wide range of specialist practice areas, and is regularly acknowledged as a regional and national leader in many areas of its work.
Agriculture & rural:
The firm’s specialist team works extensively across the North East, North Yorkshire, Northumberland and Cumbria working with farmers, landowners, rural businesses, Estates, landowners, private clients, banks and investors on a wide range of projects.
Banking & finance:
Sintons has a well-established reputation for real estate finance and complex corporate refinances, acting for banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on major transactions in the North East and beyond.
Sintons is well-known for its expertise in advising charities, and has enabled a number of its private clients to establish their own charitable foundations. The department counts a number of religious organisations as clients, and is one of only five firms nationally to act for trustees of Methodist Churches.
Construction & engineering:
The specialist team advises the full range of stakeholders in the construction industry on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Instructions are on a national basis, and major clients include Greggs, The Auckland Project, Tolent Construction and Northumbrian Water.
Corporate & commercial:
Sintons is highly regarded for its work in M&A, buy-outs, private equity, reorganisations and corporate finance transactions for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and privately-held corporates. The team is nationally-known for its work in healthcare, and is also a leader in renewables and leisure.
The team is renowned for its strategic and direct advice. It acts for clients across a range of specialist sectors, including healthcare, education, charities, construction and renewables. Family: Sintons is regularly appointed to act in high-value complex divorce and separation cases, with specialism in cases involving children. The firm has clients across the UK.
Sintons is a national leader in advising healthcare professionals and organisations, with expertise in all aspects of NHS and secondary care. The team acts for NHS trusts, pharmacies, GPs, dentists, and other care providers. Areas of specialism include procurement, Federations, mergers and AQPs.
IT & Tech:
The team is a go-to advisor to many ‘disruptors’ whose use of tech is redefining traditional industries, including StudyAtlas, Shoptimised and Sub10. The firm works widely in the startup community, as well as in healthcare in supporting med/health-tech and life science businesses.
Sintons is acknowledged as the leading licensing firm in the North East, dealing with all levels and areas of licensing law. The department counts leading regional and national leisure operators among its clients, and has a strong reputation for its collaborative working with licensing authorities and responsible bodies.
Sintons has wide-ranging expertise in the field of litigation, encompassing matters as diverse as business protection, property, mis-selling of financial products, infrastructure, regulatory matters and is known as a leading name in disputes arising out of estates and trusts.
Personal Injury (Claimant):
The team are one of the most highly-rated in the UK, with particular capability in complex and high-value serious injury matters. The department encompasses Sintons’ specialist neurotrauma team, which is known as a go-to advisor in life-changing injury cases.
Personal Injury (Defendant):
Sintons is a UK leader in this field and acts for a number of leading UK insurers, particularly in handling their catastrophic injury claims. This is a highly niche area of work, which involves defending multi-million pound claims, often many of the most serious cases the insurers have in their litigation portfolio. The firm is also able to handle claims in relation to accidents abroad, and advise insurers on settlements for claimants based outside the UK.
The specialist team is a leading advisor on real estate matters, acting for some of the biggest names in the sector in the UK, with clients including the Church Commissioners. It is known for its work in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, real estate finance, residential and commercial development, and waste and energy. Residential Property: Sintons is a specialist in handling high value residential property transactions, and acts for private purchasers and property investors across the UK in buying and selling properties.
Wills, Trusts and Probate:
The team is known for its ability to act for high net worth clients on matters including complex wills, tax planning, trusts and the administration of estates. Work comes from across the UK. The team also encompasses Court of Protection work, working alongside specialist neurotrauma lawyers to advise clients sensitively in matters regarding protection of their interests.
Sintons is a member of International Jurists, a global network of independent law firms which work in close collaboration to refer matters between different jurisdictions, with the client’s lawyer remaining their point of contact throughout. Sintons is one of only two members of this highly-esteemed network in the UK.
Sintons is actively adding new legal talent to the business and has made a number of key new senior appointments in the recent past to help the firm pursue its Strategy for Growth, with lawyers relocating from London and Manchester to join Sintons. Training and development is at the heart of Sintons’ recruitment and retention efforts, and there are many examples within the firm of trainees who have progressed to Partner level.
Recent significant hires include:
Adam Burton, associate (personal injury)
Lucy Carlin, senior associate (tech)
Angela Field, associate (employment)
Louise Kelly, senior associate (real estate)
Kate Nicklin, associate (neurotrauma)
Matthew Pexton, associate (construction)
Emma Saunders, senior associate (litigation)