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North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Latimer Hinks Solicitors (Darlington)

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team at Latimer Hinks Solicitors focuses on non-contentious matters such as agricultural property sales and purchases, tax and will planning, renewable energy projects, AHA tenancies, minerals options and development matters. ‘Go-to lawyerAnne Elliott is recommended for succession and inheritance tax planning and ‘is able to flex her style well to suit any particular situation’. The ‘first-rateNeil Stevenson is noted for his experience in property issues and renewable energy projects, and ‘excellent all-rounderNicola Neilson advises on property sales, purchases and leases. Other key names include the ‘trustworthyElizabeth Armstrong and Adam Wood, who focus on estate administration and transactional matters respectively.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Latimer Hinks Solicitors (Darlington)

The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ practice at Latimer Hinks Solicitors is led by the ‘highly regardedAnne Elliott, who is ‘extremely approachable and can adapt her style to any and every situation’. Elliott handles wills, trusts, tax planning and succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and is a well-regarded dementia friend. Also recommended are Andrew Way, who is praised as ‘a first-rate lawyer’; Elizabeth Armstrong, who leads the trusts practice and specialises in tax, estate and succession planning; and ‘all-round professionalNatalie Palmer, who heads the Court of Protection team. Clients of the department include agricultural and business families, entrepreneurs and vulnerable individuals.

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North: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North - ranked: tier 2

Latimer Hinks Solicitors (Darlington)

Latimer Hinks Solicitors fields ‘an exceptionally professional and pragmatic’ group, which includes Neil Stevenson, who is recommended for agricultural and renewable energy property issues; Nicola Neilson, who focuses on agricultural work; and the ‘very diligent and trustworthyMartin Williamson, who is the key name for residential property matters. Investment acquisition and disposal expert Adam Wood also advises on landed estates, mineral leases and secured lending mandates. Consultant Tim Haggie advises on landed estate acquisitions and management, mineral options, development contracts and promotion agreements.

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