Prestigious accreditation adds further endorsement of specialist rural team


The head of Sintons’ specialist rural team has been confirmed as a leader in his field through being one of a handful of lawyers in the North of England to hold a prestigious accreditation.

Tom Wills is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA), a body which promotes the understanding and development of the role of law in agriculture and environment-related issues, and provides a forum for specialist advisors in this sector to support each other in their work.

Tom, head of agriculture and estates at Sintons, has held Fellowship of the ALA for a number of years, confirming his position as one of the leading specialist advisors to rural families and businesses in the North of England.

His team has grown strongly in the recent past, with a series of instructions in major transactions, including the recent donation of Carrawburgh Roman Fort to the nation, in which Sintons acted for the landowner, Jennifer du Cane, in the nationally-significant matter.

The team works throughout the North of England, building on the core client base of families and business who have been with Sintons for many years and often through several generations, and to whom the law firm is the trusted advisor.

Tom said: “Our rural team works with families and rurally-based businesses across Northumberland, the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and we are proud of the reputation we have built as trusted expert advisors in this very specialist area. Our team is growing quickly on the back of the increasing volumes of new instructions we receive, and our capability has seen us involved in a number of highly significant transactions in the recent past.

“I am delighted to be a Fellow of the ALA, which is an endorsement held by very few lawyers, and confirms specialism and capability in this area of work. Clients who come to us can be assured they are being advised by true specialists in their field, with genuine expertise and understanding of rural and agricultural matters.”


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