Quality service from Sintons

SINTONS’ confident and consistent upward progress continues to be reflected in its increasing prominence among the North-East legal sector.

SINTONS’ confident and consistent upward progress continues to be reflected in its increasing prominence among the North-East legal sector. This well- thought-of firm is very much on the way up with perceptions rapidly catching up with the strength and calibre of the work it handles.

Sintons’ Legal 500 rankings recognise its excellent performance with rankings climbing in four specialisms this year plus a new entry in the banking and finance category.

Sintons has always had an enviable reputation as a firm that prides itself on the quality of service and personal care and attention that partners and staff deliver to their clients. With 20 partners and 150 staff, these values are extremely important and still reality, even with its significant growth. This approach means the firm retains its clients exceptionally well – sometimes for generations – and very often acts for them across both their business and private legal needs.

Chairman of Partners Jim Dias, sums up the firm’s year: “Overall, our revenue grew by 13% this year to £7m. Our approach to growth has led to an expansion of our client base as well as an increase in the complexity and value of the work we handle.

“We currently handle a strong flow of mergers, acquisitions and general commercial transactional work throughout the region and nationally and this area of work alone grew by nearly a quarter over the last year.

“These transactions require very close working relationships with the accountants, banks, investors and other firms involved.

“We also carry out work for many professional practices themselves including doctors, dentists, barristers and other solicitors which is always satisfying especially as these sectors are undergoing considerable change at present.”

Sintons’ Commercial Property Department has enjoyed strong growth. It now has four partners, supported by a strong team of lawyers. Paul Liddle joined as a partner in 2007 with clients such as the Church Commissioners, SITA, Northumbrian Water and H J Banks following him to Sintons. Planning expertise has been further strengthened with Graham Snowdon’s arrival. Revenue in commercial property is up nearly a third.

Paul Liddle said: “I was attracted to Sintons because of the calibre of clients it acts for, the potential for developing more business in the future and their culture which is very professional and yet confident and relaxed.”

Sintons’ multidisciplinary Leisure Services Group includes one of the strongest licensing departments in the region which is recognised as being in the top tier of service providers within the North. Lucy Winskell and Sarah Smith continue to act for clients in licensing matters including Alnwick Castle, NUFC and the Yo Sushi! cafe in Fenwick. The Leisure Services Group is also active in transactional work for many leisure operators across the North-East including Pure Leisure, Fluid and the Ladhar Group.

Sintons continues to be very strong in high value personal injury and industrial disease cases acting for both claimants and defendants including Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland where the relationship extends nearly 20 years.

Sintons recently announced its sponsorship of the Centre for Life Sciences (CELS) business awards reflecting its ever expanding work in the healthcare sector.

Sintons has had a lot of success this year with both long standing and new clients. It continues to attract many excellent lawyers because of its combination of high calibre work, growth opportunities and a very attractive culture. The ‘on your side’ theme of its latest advertising encapsulates the experience of its clients – as demonstrated by the firm’s current success and growth.

For further information contact: Charles Penn, Marketing Manager, Sintons LLP, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6DB. Tel: (0191) 226-7896 or email c.penn@sintons.co.uk

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