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Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

Sintons LLP in Newcastle has a broad and varied licensing practice that includes acting for clients on new applications, significant variations of licences, appeals and defending reviews of licences. The team regularly supports clients with particularly challenging applications in special stress areas or cumulative impact policy areas. Praised for its good working relationship with local authority licensing officers throughout the North East’, the practice is also in well-equipped to negotiate for successful outcomes. Respected expert Sarah Smith heads up the team, drawing on an ‘immense knowledge of licensing’.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Smith


‘The team has over 30 years experience in licensing matters and has built up a good working relationship with local authority licensing officers throughout the North East. With a professional attitude, offering value for money and achieving effective results there is no need to go elsewhere.’

‘Stand out partner is Sarah Smith for licensing experience and depth of knowledge which ensure applications proceed smoothly with a positive outcome.’

‘Sarah Smith is one of the best licensing solicitors in the country. Her friendly and approachable style belies a steely determination to achieve the best outcome for our clients. She is well known and well liked by committees and responsible authorities. She has immense knowledge of licensing and the sector and her applications are always comprehensively tested before being made.’

Key clients

Danieli Holdings Limited

Ladhar Group

Malhotra Group

Apartment Group

Fenwick Limited

Northumberland Estates Ltd

Newcastle United Football Co Ltd

Hibou Blanc Ltd

Market Shaker Ltd

The Auckland Project

Copenhagen 1801 Limited

Sayturk Limited

HRC Newcastle Ltd

Hanson Hotels Ltd

Metropolis Limited

Basement Cocktails Limited

Chandeliers by Annette Limited

The Liquor and Restaurant Group Limited

Cobalt Too Limited

SDD Industries Limited

Tokyo Industries (Ultimate) Limited

Cog and Wheel Limited

Dead Vibey Limited

St John Fitzgerald Limited

Kennedy and Rhind Limited

Tanbul Limited

Work highlights

  • Obtaining a premises licence to allow the client to operate a large open air screening space for the Euros 2021 under tight deadlines and facing a large amount of objection from responsible bodies and residents.
  • Resisting a review of the client Tanbul Limiteds’ premises licence in the face of police and residential objection.
  • Obtaining a new premises licence for an on-licenced venue with late hours in a Special Stress Area.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The Newcastle-based practice at Sintons LLP focuses on personal injury claims, drawing on its practitioners’ specialist expertise. ‘Exceptional solicitor’ Phil Davison heads up the general personal injury practice which includes cases of polytrauma and amputations while ‘very experiencedAndrew McGowan leads the neurotrauma team. Mark Quigley is at the helm of the claimant personal injury department, he is ‘tenacious and meticulous’. Following John Davis’ departure to Slater and Gordon in February 2021, senior associate Alistair Elliot joined the team from Irwin Mitchell in June 2021, bolstering the neurotrauma team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Quigley; Andrew McGowan; Phil Davison

Other key lawyers:

Kate Oliver; David Knipe; Alistair Elliot


‘This firm is able to take an aggressive approach to litigation whilst treating their clients with care and dignity. They do not rush their clients into making decisions, instead they always take time to explain the legal process and to ensure that their clients understand what is happening in their case. This can be especially difficult as they work with a large percentage of clients who have cognitive impairment due to brain injury. This firm works well with clinical colleagues with multidisciplinary teams, always integrating with and listening to the team rather than trying to direct it.’

‘I cannot speak highly enough of Andrew McGowan, Head of Neurotrauma, and Alastair Elliot, Senior Associate. Both gentlemen are extremely driven and passionate about the work they do and about achieving the best possible outcome for their clients. They approach clients with compassion, empathy and understanding, always being client-centred. They approach colleagues with respect. They exude warmth whilst maintaining their professionalism which makes those they work for, and with, feel very much at ease rather than intimidated.’

‘The team is lead by Phil Davison who is vastly experienced and able. He is superb with all clients and easy to deal with. He is personable, respected (and feared) by opponents. The whole team know their law and always go the extra miles for their client.’

‘Alastair Elliot – senior associate – very experienced and capable. Puts his clients at ease and manages to squeeze every last drop out of a case.’

‘Sintons has a very strong and experienced team of serious injury lawyers and have recently added to the team with recruits from Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office. They have a specific focus on rehabilitation and setting up MDTs to support clients in their road to recovery.’

‘This is probably one of the most experienced PI teams in the North East and is considered by all to be gold standard. There is a breadth and depth of legal and medical knowledge that means that they can deal with all cases well and successfully.’

‘Mark Quigley has a very calm manner and is tenacious and meticulous with his cases. He has realistic expectations of his cases and is very good at managing expectations and getting the most out of a case by careful and thorough preparation.’

‘David Knipe – willing to back the underdog and cares about clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a pedestrian who sustained aureus lower limb injuries when he was struck by a car which mounted a pavement. A substantial amount of treatment and rehabilitation was required. Ongoing symptoms lead to lower limb amputation on an elective basis.
  • Represented a pedestrian involved serious road traffic accident resulting in traumatic brain injury necessitating care and support on a permanent basis, the exact nature of which was challenged by the defendant.
  • Represented the victim of a hit and run road traffic accident, a cyclist who sustained serious orthopaedic, neurological and psychological injuries. The identity of the driver was subsequently traced and primary liability admitted. Allegations of contributory negligence were successfully resisted.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The specialized team at Sintons LLP in Newcastle regularly handles a range of contentious work, from will disputes and proprietary estoppel claims to more niche issues such as relief from forfeiture applications or domicile disputes. Practice head Emma Saunders, who joined the partner ranks in April 2021, specializes solely on contentious probate and trust. Associate Jonathan Grogan, who joined from Alderson Law in June 2021 has strengthened the team’s capabilities in contentious administrations, combining his contentious and non-contentious expertise.

Practice head(s):

Emma Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Grogan; Emelie Rowell


‘I required urgent legal advice and Sintons got in touch swiftly, unlike other firms that informed me that there would be an expected 48 hour timescale before I would be contacted.

‘I predominantly dealt with Emma Saunders, being my advocate, there was very good communication throughout and was never any delay in waiting for a response.’

‘Emma Saunders was very pragmatic, realistic and honest about the likely outcome of my case from the onset. Au fait with issues that may potentially arise and avoided being jargonistic to the layman.’

‘The Estate was assigned to a Contentious Probate team headed by Emma Saunders (Partner), assisted by Emilie Rowell (Solicitor) and Jonathan Grogan (Associate) at the last stage. Most of the Estate’s contact was through Emelie Rowell . The Estate was impressed with the team’s ability to digest all the information given, separate the relevant, and simplify the matter which was necessary to the English Estate. Their communication were decisive, comprehensive and relevant. Usage of in house specialist teams to assist in the matter was invaluable. The Estate highly recommends Sintons LLP and mentioned team for any similar contentious probate issues .’

‘Emma Saunders is extremely intelligent and capable, and doesn’t rest until the last ‘i’ is dotted and the final ‘t’ crossed.’

‘Sintons are a solid all-round team when it comes to contentious probate and are confortable with the ordinary and the unusual.’

‘I have worked predominantly with Emma Saunders, most recently on a breach of trust dispute with an international element to it. Emma is a star of the firm and her promotion to Partner was well deserved. Emma’s masterful handling of her cases and clients has earned her a well earned reputation as a stellar contentious probate lawyer.

‘Jonathan Grogan is a very thoughtful and careful lawyer who gives his clients very considered advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the claimants in proceedings for a grant of probate in solemn form and the associated defence of a counterclaim for proprietary estoppel over estate assets
  • Assisting a client with an application for relief from forfeiture in a multi-million pound estate following the death of their spouse at an assisted suicide clinic abroad
  • Representing a claimant in a dispute over his late partner’s estate with regards to claims of Constructive Trust and under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Praised for its ‘outstanding’ support of clients, the Newcastle-based team at Sintons LLP is active on leading edge matters, be it advising on a collaboration for the provision of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, supporting the development of a national innovator portal, or advising on the provision of a digital outpatient service. Clients are not only NHS trusts and public sector bodies but also GP practices, dental practices and pharmacies. Amanda Maskery leads the practice with expertise in corporate and commercial issues in the healthcare sector. Victoria Armstrong  handles property issues, particularly for NHS Trusts across the country while senior associate Chloe Dinsdale focuses on commercial contracts in the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Maskery

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Armstrong; Karen Simms; Kathryn Riddell; Chloe Dinsdale


‘I have a challenging time trying to push through the sale of the practice and Sintons have been on hand to help.I have been able to e mail with prompt replies coupled with great use of technology to conduct meetings to discuss the process. The zoom meetings have been particular useful to engage with the partners and discuss the selling of the practice. They are very knowledgeable regarding the dental sector and seem to know the solutions to hurdles which have been encountered. They seem to be ahead of the game when compared to the purchasers legal team which is a great strength of the team.’

‘Karen Simms has been my point of contact and she has been fantastic throughout the process. She has fantastic communication and organisational skills which assures me that my part of the process is being dealt with correctly and in an efficient manner. E-mails are replied to promptly with good solutions to any issues. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen for any dental legal work.’

‘I have worked with a handful of firms on contractual matters over several years and Sintons LLP stands out for numerous reasons. The engagement from the start, the approach that is taken and the ongoing support provided is outstanding. The particular project we worked on was multifaceted and the complexities were embraced by the Senior Associate with enthusiasm, hard work and a real dedication to achieve the right outcome for our organisation. When advice from other colleagues was required, they too provided guidance to our organisation in the same professional, timely and focused manner as our main legal contact at Sintons LLP.’

‘Chloe Dinsdale, Senior Associate at Sintons LLP was our main contact throughout a lengthy and complex project lasting several months. It was an absolute pleasure working with Chloe, who approached the project from the start with unrelenting enthusiasm and a consistent friendliness which immediately resulted in an excellent foundation for our project. Chloe always responded to queries, no matter how small, in a timely manner and ensured she was available to attend meetings, on occasion with very little notice. There was also a huge time difference due to the fact Chloe was based abroad, however this never hindered Chloe’s availability or her willingness to join meetings and assist with queries. Even in the early hours, Chloe would attend meetings with both her diligent and conscientious work ethic as well as a sense of humour! Chloe’s advice was always consistent, dependable and her level-headedness was welcomed during the process. Above all, the project was approached with the correct balance, resulting in client trust and faith in the right result being achieved.’

Key clients

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

North East Ambulance Services NHS Foundation Trust (“NEAS”)

QE Facilities Limited

Intrahealth Limited

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (“AHSN”)

Community Based Care Health Limited (GP Federation)

Matrix Health Services UK Limited

NEAS Unified Solutions Limited

Healthcall Solutions Limited

The Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (“SCST”)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria on the National Innovator Portal with NHS England.
  • Advised Community Based Care Health Limited on the provision of the Covid 19 Vaccination Programme 2020/21.
  • Advised Intrahealth Limited on a merger with a GP Partnership.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 2

At Sintons LLP, the ‘tremendously helpful, efficient and effective’ practice recently separated its corporate and commercial offerings into distinct teams, with Adrian Dye and Karen Simms leading respectively. On the corporate side, the group handles M&A work, private equity issues, reorganisations and finance transactions with particular knowledge of the manufacturing, renewables, technology and leisure sectors. The commercial team excels in collaboration agreements, data sharing issues, licenses and regulatory and compliance work, among others. Managing partner Christopher Welch, Matt Collen and newly promoted partner Emma Pern are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Dye; Karen Simms


‘Approachable, pragmatic, happy to re-go over ground where complex scenarios needed understanding.’

‘Chris Welch Managing Partner – an ability to clearly set out his thought processes with a refreshing corporate insight.’

‘Matt Collen is an exceptional, pragmatic and experienced corporate lawyer.’

‘In all of our work with Sintons they have been tremendously helpful, efficient, and effective. Work is done in a timely manner, to a high standard, and within the time frame expected. I have no qualms in recommending them highly.’

‘Very timely responses. Friendly and approachable. Translate complex legal language into easy to understand concepts.’

Key clients

UTS Group

Advanced Electric Machines Group Ltd

Ascot Care North East Ltd

Cheaperwaste Limited

Barker & Stonehouse Limited

Agricore Limited

North Tees Group

Ritchie Bland Energy Limited

Ladhar Group

Gisela Graham Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the selling shareholders on the disposal of Intumescent Protective Coatings Limited to Fieldway Group.
  • Acting for the two major sellers and 24 minority sellers on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of The Hansen Partnership Limited.
  • Advising Ritchie Bland Energy Limited on its equity and debt investment in Gap Group North East Limited, a electrical waste recycling business with its head office in Gateshead.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Under the leadership of the ‘outstandingHilary Waters, who specialises in tax disputes, Sintons LLP is ‘very regionally focused which gives it in-depth knowledge of the needs of the local market’. The team is highly active in representing local and regional clients in commercial contract and warranty claims, and is increasingly present in IP, data protection, regulatory and property litigation. Angus Ashman is singled out as ‘the consummate professional’ and Graeme Ritzema acts in the healthcare sector, while associate Cristina Falzon has notable experience in the manufacturing industry. Aimee Hubbard departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Hilary Waters


‘They are always attentive and explain in a clear, easy to understand way. Refreshing. Cristina Falzon in particular stands out.’

‘Leading commercial litigators in the North one of whose USPs is the unusually high number of female solicitors. They are very regionally focused which gives them in-depth knowledge of the needs of the local market with an unusually broad range of expertise for its size – commercial property, warranties, IP, data protection, health care and construction.’

‘Hilary Waters has outstanding expertise in indirect tax.’

‘They take time to listen and to understand the issues.’

‘Angus Ashman and his team were very professional, managed our expectations and were able to deliver us a positive outcome.’

‘Angus Ashman was the consummate professional who was able to guide and advise us through our litigation. He was clear, concise and delivered news, whether good or bad, in an understandable way.’

Key clients

Quanta Services Group Limited

Zynk Software Limited

Matrix Health Services UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully on behalf of a farming business in its £1.5m claim for professional negligence for its lawyer’s alleged failure to serve a Counter Notice to prevent the loss of its secure Agricultural tenancy.
  • Represented a charitable trust in opposing a trade mark application.
  • Advising a large European Catalogue Company in respect of a multi-million pound VAT recovery case as well as challenging the statutory provisions for interest with national impact, pursuant to European Law.

Employment Tier 2

Employment expert Keith Land heads up the Newcastle-based team at Sintons LLP. Praised for his ‘responsive and attentive’ approach, Land acts for both public and private sector clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice also draws on sector strengths such as in healthcare, charities and construction. Associate Ailsa Hobson regularly provides a broad range of employment advice, while Angela Carver contributes her litigation and advocacy experience.

Practice head(s):

Keith Land

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Hobson; Angela Carver; Catherine Hope


‘Clear communication and team work are a clear strength. We have one main contact person, and if they are out of the office a full handover is done to a named individual who in my experience understands everything about the case when we contact them. Appreciate that Sintons LLP have embraced video conferencing and are able to provide training on this format for our managers.’

‘Angela Carver is simply put the reason we use Sintons LLP. She is always available, responds quickly, and treats every query with the same respect. She has taken the time to understand our company, our ethos and approach and factors this in to the advice she provides. She talks our managers through the situations that arise, providing coaching, support and advice. She helps them learn from every situation, much more than just legal advice.’

‘The time taken by the team to get to know my business has helped incredibly as the advice provided fits the commercial context.’

‘The level of customer service I receive from Catherine Hope is excellent particularly the quick responses to my queries regardless of the time of day and I am kept up to date with the timescales of her dealings with our matters. To know I can rely on an immediate response is reassuring in a fast paced business environment.’

‘I have always found the team at Sintons to be incredibly approachable, friendly and professional. They provide the personal touch which makes all the difference. The work Sintons do for me by definition tends to be sensitive in nature, and often urgent, and I have complete confidence in the team’s abilities and responsiveness.’

‘My main contact in the Sintons employment team is Keith Land. I couldn’t be more impressed by him. Over the years I have approached Keith for all kinds of employment advice and issues. As soon as I involve Keith in an issue, he puts me at ease and helps to reduce the stress of a situation. I have complete confidence in him and know that he will provide pragmatic, easy to understand advice. He is very responsive and attentive, and will work outside of office hours, and recently even on his holiday, in order to see an urgent case through to completion. I can’t recommend Keith highly enough.’

Key clients

The Auckland Project

Waste Managed Limited

Thomas Swan & Co Limited

Motel One (UK) Limited

Cramlington House Limited

Heating Trade Supplies Limited

Atom Bank PLC

Svanehøj Group A/S

Drayton Partners Limited

CF Motoring Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported the Auckland Project with the integration of staff from the Weardale Railway, including managing historical practices and harmonising terms and conditions of employment in line with TUPE legislation.
  • Advised Waste Managed Limited on the suspension, disciplinary process and dismissal of employee JT who was diverting business opportunities to his brother operating from a similar company to our client. Further support was given in response to a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of post termination restrictions.
  • Assisted Cramlington House Limited to navigate the rules imposed by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Sintons LLP is noted regionally for its real estate finance work and expertise in corporate refinancing transactions, and has excelled throughout the pandemic in advising clients on CBILS and RLS facilities, repayment holidays and emergency overdraft facilities. The team also has key sector focuses across the healthcare, charity and agriculture industries. Jane Meikle leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jane Meikle


‘Jane Meikle is exceptionally hardworking, dedicated and consistently goes the “extra mile” to deliver an excellent service. She has detailed knowledge of our business and funding requirements and is always proactive in raising pertinent issues. Jane is a solutions driven lawyer with an excellent grasp of the detail who I highly recommend.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Atom Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.

Ladhar Group

Handelsbanken plc

Bank of Scotland plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Sintons LLP in Newcastle acts for a wide range of clients, including local farmers, landowners, rural businesses, developers, private clients and estates. The team advises clients on acquisitions and disposals, estate management and tenancies, and also acts in disputes. Tom Wills leads the team, with expertise including agricultural tenancies, minerals and manorial rights. Paul Liddle is experienced in supporting landowners and developers in the energy, waste and renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wills

Other key lawyers:

Paul Liddle; Sam Watts


‘There was no single item that made the practice unique, it was the summation of attention to detail, working within the agreed timescale, availability for discussions and willingness to suggest the way forward that made the team stand out’

‘The team was made by the individuals who exhibited all the skills mention for the team. We worked with Tom Wills and Sam Watts whose interest in all the details of our project inspired confidence’

‘Direct contract and personal approach in favouring the phone above other means.’

‘Very personal approach and absolute discretion.’


Key clients

Suez Recycling

Embleton Parish Council

The Lambton Estate

Darlington Football Club

Stephen Gair / Bowes Manor Equestrian Centre

HJ Banks Company Limited

Cussins Homes Limited

Lord Ravensworth / Ravensworth Estate

Holystone Civil Engineering Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Embleton Parish Council as they acquired Embleton Quarry and surrounding land by way of a community asset transfer. They have exciting plans which include education and giving something back to the local community.
  • Instructed by Ravensworth Estate to complete the surrender of an Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy and it was then regranted over part and to allow the succession to a tenant who may have struggled to meet the complex legal criteria.

Private client > Family Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable and respected’ team at Sintons LLP in Newcastle offers a broad practice, ranging from high-net-worth financial remedy matters over pre-nuptial agreements to complex, multijurisdictional child arrangements. Louise Masters leads the practice, having been promoted to partner in April 2021. A ‘highly skilled’ practitioner, Masters is a trained collaborative lawyer as well as an adept litigator and advocate. Consultant Elizabeth Gallagher offers deep experience and expertise that is ‘second to none’. Steven Freeman retired in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Louise Masters

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Gallagher; Sophie Dodd


‘The family law team have provided extremely sound advice over 5 and a half years. A complicated divorce hacase has concluded with a result that is better than I hoped for.’

‘Louise Masters has been exceptionally competent and always been kind & caring.’

‘Elizabeth Gallagher was my solicitor and I found her to be kind, supportive, and understanding. She was always available when I wanted to speak to her and listened to my concerns. She responded quickly to my requests and had a very professional approach. Her expertise in the subject was second to none.’

‘Good handover when my lawyer was on leave.’

‘Personal attention from a lawyer with lots of experience in the field’

‘Elizabeth Gallagher is a very experienced and highly competent family lawyer’

‘Louise Masters is an extremely capable family lawyer and collaborative lawyer. She is innovative and forward thinking and a good leader.’

‘The Family Team has a great breadth of experience in terms of levels of qualification and both dispute resolution and court work.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Sintons LLP fields a ‘full service team with highly qualified and skilled staff at all levels’, acting from the Newcastle office for a wide range of clients in the region and beyond. The practice’s expertise spans complex wills, tax planning, trusts and the administration of estates, including matters regarding assets abroad. The team also handles court of protection work, particularly for injured adults or children who lack capacity. Paul Nickalls  leads the practice, drawing on over two decades of experience while Paul Collingwood is an up-and-comer with a broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Nickalls

Other key lawyers:

Paul Collingwood; Sophie Moore


‘The practice has adapted to the difficulties of the pandemic and delivered a quality service in a highly professional manner whilst maintaining the friendly contact that is so vital to good legal work.’

‘Full service team with highly qualified and skilled staff at all levels. Approachable and professional, with the ability to meet needs of clients with similar levels of care regardless of value or complexity.’

‘Paul Nickalls – well deserved strong reputation as both a practitioner and leader. Empowers team members to manage client relationships directly.’

‘Paul Collingwood – all too rare combination of high level of technical and empathic skills. Very easy to work with collaboratively and high standard of professionalism in delivery.’

‘The team are very proactive and forwards thinking, they take a person centred approach when dealing with vulnerable adults. I have found the team to be very organised and thorough. Compared to other firms, this team are far more involved with the clinical team to ensure they are fully aware of client individual needs.’

‘Staff are dilligent and always have the client’s best interest at heart. The team is always availble when wanted and have a pro-active approach to solving any outstanding issues.’

‘Sophie Moore is always extremely helpful and handles client matters very well.’

‘Sintons are a full service law firm who specialise in owner- managed businesses. The individual teams are strong and collectively they work together to provide a full and excellent service. They work well with local accounting and Financial Advisor firms and have hosted joint seminars for the general public with a number of them to show how law, tax and financial matters are interlinked.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 2

Mark Dobbin heads up the group at Sintons LLP, which excels across commercial real estate matters and developments with additional expertise in the healthcare sector, exemplified by the firm’s dedicated NHS real estate team, and further distinct teams handling real estate finance issues, rural property matters, and faith-based instructions; the latter are often led by Laura Peace. At a sector level, the group is recognised for its energy, waste and renewables, retail and leisure industry knowledge. Alok Loomba advises on real estate transactions, Paul Liddle is active in the energy sector, David Ferguson handles finance mandates, and Tom Wills leads the agriculture work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dobbin


‘The team is excellent. Very knowledgeable, easily approachable and professional. For many years I have worked with the team and they have been able to navigate through sometimes complex transactions making them as smooth as possible.’

‘Very strong team of highly experienced property specialists.’

‘Mark Dobbin is of the highest quality. He studies contracts in great detail, thinks about how best to resolve issues and negotiates the changes on your behalf whilst maintaining excellent relations with the other party. Brilliant legal mind, impressive negotiating skills, pragmatic, creative and always polite and courteous to all involved. 10/10.’

‘The most proactive legal team I have ever known, rapid response to all communications, very knowledgeable on all property matters including complex sales and purchases, leases etc.’

‘The team are pleasant and friendly under the excellent leadership of Laura Peace.’

Key clients

Crown Care Developments V Limited

Northumberland Estates Developments Limited and Tynemouth Developments Limited

Cussins (North East) Limited

Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church (nationally)

Rosco Property Group Limited (formerly Metnor Property Group Limited)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumberland Estate in respect of complex estate set up matters and programme of dealing with the disposal of plots.
  • Acting for an investor client in respect of the acquisition of a city centre hotel investment.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Sintons LLP acts for a roster of employer, developer, contractor and sub-contractor clients on the full range of construction and engineering contracts relating to projects spanning food production facilities, care homes, schools, data centres and residential developments. The team has also seen its contentious workload expand including damages claims and adjudication proceedings. Alex Rayner leads the group and is ‘very good at providing advice in a clear uncomplicated manner’.

Practice head(s):

Alex Rayner

Other key lawyers:

Jay Balmer


‘Alex Rayner has a great understanding of the complex contractual and legal issues associated with construction and civil engineering disputes. Alex is particularly good at guiding and advising his clients as to the most appropriate strategy for resolving their disputes, and is measured and authoritative in his approach and advice.’

‘Very knowledgeable team with dedicated departments for differing areas of work which I found communicate very well between each other and appear seamless in conversation with them.’

‘Alex Rayner, very helpful and approachable man. He understood my strengths were not in the legal game as an engineer but he made the process very easy explaining my options and the consequences of each option to be able to make an informed decision.’

‘We have worked with the Sintons team and find them experienced and driven whilst also providing value for money. Alex Rayner as lead Partner in their team has a commercial construction background which supports his approach as an experienced lawyer.’

‘Alex Rayner and Jay Balmer lead the Sintons Construction team in Newcastle. Both Alex and Jay are able to understand and advise clients on the key matters in construction disputes and provide and deliver clear strategies to either resolve matters amicably with or without the need for formal dispute proceedings. Their attention to detail has led to successful outcomes in many disputes that we have worked with them on. Both are readily available and engage early and positively to provide clear direction.’

Key clients

Greggs Plc

West Midlands Combined Authority

Tolent Construction Ltd

Meldrum Group

Jerram Falkus Construction Ltd

McNally & Thompson (UK Contracts) Ltd

Compass Developments (NE) Ltd

Dalton Homes (North East) Ltd

Cussins (North East) Ltd

Hodgson Sayers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority in relation to the contract for the design and construction of a new data centre in Birmingham.
  • Advising Dalton Homes (North East) Ltd, a regional specialist care home, on the construction contracts for the design and construction of a 71 bed care home in Hampshire.
  • Advising Jerram Falkus Construction Limited, a City of London based main contractor, on the construction contracts for the design and construction of new build low energy homes for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Sintons LLP is a key name in the local market and counts a variety of regional clients on its roster including the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust and Greggs; the group also acts for high-net-worth individuals and charitable trusts. Key individuals include the ‘extremely experiencedAngus Ashman, health sector specialist Graeme Ritzema, and dispute resolution team head Hilary Waters. Aimee Hubbard departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Hilary Waters; Angus Ashman; Graeme Ritzema


‘Sintons represented us when we began the process of litigation related to a property we owned. The service provided was excellent. The approach used was tenacious and appropriately pitched to secure a positive outcome for us without huge costs. We were very pleased with the successful outcome.’

‘Angus Ashman represented us. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. He employed just the right strategy to ensure that we had a successful outcome. He was very generous with his time and available at all hours. We were very impressed by his professionalism.’

‘The team offers a full range of litigation support. I have used them in a number of transactions and have been impressed at their thoroughness and commerciality.’

‘My contact has been Angus Ashman. He is extremely knowledgeable and deals with complex matters in a practical and pragmatic way. His communication skills are excellent.’

Key clients

Greggs Plc

Cussins (North East) Limited

Tolent Group

JG Windows

Hadrian Estates

The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

API Limited

The Church Commissioners for England

The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Metnor Group

Newcastle upon Tyne YMCA

JGW Patterson Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Student Accommodation developer in a Partnership and Proprietary Estoppel dispute over a £15m property portfolio.
  • Acted in an Expert Determination process for an Agricultural Partnership on the interpretation of what constituted “mutually satisfactory compliance” with the terms of an Agricultural tenancy for the purposes of the Partnership receiving compensation at the end of the tenancy.
  • Acted on behalf of a Commercial land development business in a £90m dispute over the interpretation of a lease user clause and the use of the leased land in breach of that clause by its Petro Chemical industry tenant.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

The team at Sintons LLP supports the technology sector on a range of issues, from investments, over M&A deals, to high value vendor contracts. Particular expertise lies in health tech and the intersection of intellectual property with technology. Experienced corporate and commercial practitioner Karen Simms leads the practice. On the associate level, specialist data protection lawyer Louise Weatherhead, Pippa Aitken who acts at the nexus of IP and IT and Chloe Dinsdale are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Karen Simms

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Trade Interchange Limited

Cambridge Education Group

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (“AHSN”)

Healthcall Solutions Limited

Classbento PTY

Cockerel Software

Sapphire Technologies Limited

Care IQ

Kani Payments Limited

The Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (“SCST”)

Barker & Stonehouse Limited

Headbox Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Trade Interchange Limited on its SaaS contracts with a number of well-known national and international companies including Morrisons, Whitbread, Domino’s Pizza, AAK, Brakes, Barchester Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, and McKesson UK.
  • Advising AHSN on the National Innovator Portal. AHSN is one of the lead support organisations who will be assessing innovations via the National Innovator Portal. Advising on the form of the Support Organisation Agreement with NHS England and the terms of use of the National Innovator Portal by Support Organisations and Innovators.
  • Advising Sapphire Technologies Limited who have 25 years’ experience mitigating cyber risk for some of the UK’s largest organisations, to ensure robust, fair and easy to transact contracts, that are fit for purpose.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Sintons LLP’s dedicated debt recovery practice covers pre-legal collections, litigation, enforcement and insolvency work at a regional and national level for a client base ranging from SMEs to national businesses. Under the leadership of Allison Thompson, general litigator Angus Ashman and tax specialist Hilary Waters also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Angus Ashman; Allison Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on the recovery of overdue invoices.
  • Advised a client on the recovery of unpaid salary.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

With Karen Simms, Graeme Ritzema and senior associate Pippa Aitken leading the team, the Newcastle-based team at Sintons LLP advises a broad range of clients with particular sector strengths in healthcare and technology. Simms is an experienced commercial and corporate lawyer while Aitkins is an active practitioner with expertise in brand protection and trademark portfolio management. Hilary Waters has strengthened the practice’s contentious offering.

Practice head(s):

Pippa Aitken; Karen Simms; Graeme Ritzema


Other key lawyers:

Chloe Dinsdale; Hilary Waters

Key clients

Happy Brain Co Limited

Northumberland Estates Limited (Alnwick Castle)

The Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Trade Interchange Limited

Livitay Limited trading as Sanctuary

Headbox Solutions Limited

Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (“AHSN”)

Cambridge Education Group

Healthcall Limited

The Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (“SCST”)

Sapphire Technologies Limited

Space Architects (Europe) Limited

Barker and Stonehouse Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Medway NHS Foundation Trust on a Trade Mark Licence Agreement in relation to a lottery being run by a Hospice.
  • Advised Healthcall Solutions Limited in relation to a digital outpatient service to be provided to NHS bodies. This included advice on ownership and licensing of intellectual property rights.
  • Advised Happy Brain Co Limited in relation to its brand protection, copyright ownership in its book and licensing arrangements.

Sintons LLP has a history stretching back over 125 years. Throughout this period, the firm has operated from single office premises located in Newcastle. Whilst the firm is immensely proud of its North East roots, it has never allowed geography to limit its ambitions.  Indeed, many of the firm’s clients are based outside the region which is testament to both its reputation and the quality of the service it provides.

The firm’s vision is to consistently set the standard for legal excellence and, in doing so, to be the law firm of choice for businesses, organisations and individuals. This is reflected in its values of teamwork, professionalism and delivering an exceptional service. Sintons final value, its people, is the most important of all as without the dedication and commitment of everyone within the firm it will fail to realise its vision.  The firm’s aim is to actively encourage and promote an attitude among everyone that the way to achieve excellence is by taking real pride in what it does and how it does it.

The firm differentiate itself through the range of services it can offer, from property transactions and all aspects of commercial advice, for both the public and private sector, corporate work, private client matters, and personal injury litigation. Given this breadth of service offering there is no such thing as a typical Sintons client, but what brings the greatest sense of achievement is being able to advise a senior officer holder in a business on any aspect of their corporate or commercial matters whilst also being able to assist with their personal affairs.

Managing Partner Christopher 226 7831
Law Society
Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)