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North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Latimer Hinks Solicitors provides a broad range of services with a specialism in non-contentious work spanning sales and purchases of agricultural property and succession planning matters, including wills, trusts and inheritance tax, alongside renewable energy project work and mineral-related options and leases. Nicola Neilson is regularly called upon to advise on renewable energy transactions in addition to handling matters pertaining to leases of agricultural property. Anne Elliott’s and Elizabeth Armstrong’s strength lies in assisting landowning clients including farmers and individuals with succession and inheritance tax planning, while Armstrong’s expertise also spans the administration of estates and trusts where agricultural land is involved. Neil Stevenson has notable experience in agricultural property and renewable energy work, which includes development and acquisition funding matters. Adam Wood is another key individual.

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

Latimer Hinks Solicitors

The ‘highly approachable and knowledgeable’ practice at Latimer Hinks Solicitors provides ‘high-quality’ advice utilising its ‘excellent spread of knowledge’. The team fields a number of ‘technically excellent partners who understand their clients’ needs’, including ‘very bright and conscientious’ head of tax and trusts Elizabeth Armstrong, who has the ‘rare talent of balancing difficult technical work with good humour and an approachable manner’, while ‘always staying on top of things’; and ‘very knowledgeable and hugely experienced’ private client practice head Anne Elliot, who ‘goes the extra mile for clients’. The practice acts for agricultural and business families as well as individuals on inheritance tax and asset protection planning matters, the preparation of tax-efficient wills, trusts and property-related issues. Other key individuals include Andrew Way and Natalie Palmer. Solicitor Jennifer Quayle is also recommended.

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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

Providing an ‘exceptional level of service’, Latimer Hinks Solicitors' ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and diligent’ team ‘deals with small details with professional expertise’ and also receives praise for its ‘unswerving commitment to its clients’ and ‘very good advice’, which ‘always highlights the risks and benefits’. The practice advises on transactions and land development matters alongside landlord and tenant issues involving commercial, residential and agricultural properties. Neil Stevenson specialises in the sale, acquisition and letting of commercial, retail and industrial premises with a focus on the agriculture and renewable energy sectors, while Nicola Neilson complements this offering with her expertise in secured lending. ‘Extremely good’ investment acquisition and disposal specialist Adam Wood has ‘extensive knowledge’ in landed estates and mineral leases and provides ‘honest advice’, and Martin Williamson is noted for his ‘critical eye for detail’.

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