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Latimer Hinks has a team of experienced practitioners specialising in private client, property (agricultural, commercial and residential) and commercial work.

The firm: Latimer Hinks has a team of around 45 people serving private and corporate clients and providing legal advice for families, business clients and for farmers, landowners and landed estates.

For over 125 years, the firm has maintained a strong reputation for €˜going the extra mile" and looking to clients changing personal and business needs. The team is friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and supportive. Matters are dealt with quickly and efficiently and clients are provided with clear, concise and practical advice.

Latimer Hinks lawyers strive for excellent technical knowledge and are members of a number of recognised specialist practice organisations including STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners), SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), CLA (Country Land Association), ALA (Agricultural Law Association) and TFA (Tenant Farmers Association).

Types of work undertaken: Private client: the private client team has an excellent reputation for providing estate and succession planning advice to a wide range of clients, including agricultural and business clients. The team's work is focused on wills, trusts, tax planning (particularly IHT and CGT), family wealth protection, succession planning as well as Court of Protection and elderly client work. The team provides a full a €˜trust service" from creation, administration and management to completion of all tax returns including tax advice and compliance. The private client lawyers are dementia friends and one of the directors is a dementia champion. In 2016 the team won Private Client Team of the Year at the Northern Law Awards.

Residential property: the experienced residential property team advises on sales and purchases, remortgages and refinancing including the Help to Buy scheme, part exchanges, right to buy, transfers of equity, tenancy agreements and compulsory purchases.

Agricultural: the agricultural department has specialist areas including providing advice to farmers and to landed estate owners, IHT and succession planning, leasing of mineral rights, sales and purchases of farms and agricultural land, and renewable energy projects including wind and solar farms. By working closely with the private client team the firm is also able to deal with non-property aspects of agricultural work, especially succession and inheritance tax planning. The team is highly respected in the agricultural/farming community and is often asked to speak at seminars about succession planning.

Commercial property: the firm's specialist team provides advice on a wide range of commercial transactions for vendors and purchasers, landlords and tenants, lenders and trustees relating to portfolios of commercial, residential and agricultural properties regionally, nationally and internationally. The team's areas of expertise include sales; purchases and option agreements; negotiating with developers; developers agreements; advising landlords and tenants; lease renewals and extensions; advising on pension schemes; and renewable energy for landowners and developers. In 2018 the Property Department was a finalist at the Insider Media North East Property Awards in the category, Property Law Team of the Year.

Commercial law: Nicholas Poole, consultant, provides commercial law advice to a range of businesses. His work includes start-ups, businesses which are expanding, sales and purchases, commercial contracts and succession planning, often working closely with the firm's property and private client departments.

  • Number of UK partners: 8
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 14
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Private client: 60
  • Company and commercial: 25
  • Residential: 10
  • Agricultural: 5

Above material supplied by Latimer Hinks Solicitors.

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