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Latimer Hinks ranked amongst the best in prestigious guide
1st August 2020
Latimer Hinks Solicitors, a leading law firm based in Darlington, has retained its ‘Band 1’ status in the Private Wealth Law category in the Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide, a position it has held since 2017.
The guide identifies the world’s leading high net worth advisers and each firm is placed according to their geographic location and firms are ranked according to tiers. Notably, Latimer Hinks is, once again, the only law firm ranked in their location, Middlesbrough and surrounds.
Chambers High Net Worth Guide is, as the name suggests, bespoke to high net worth individuals and features listings and information about many of the top accountancy and tax firms, private banks, wealth management firms and multi-family offices. The guide is used by family offices and professional advisers as a key reference point for private wealth management work and related specialisms.
The guide contains reviews of the firm and its notable practitioners. One source said: “The team at Latimers are incredibly client-focused, which fits in well with our culture. They take time to get to understand clients and what they are trying to achieve.” Another interviewee said: “The practice offers a very personable service where the client matters; they are proper family solicitors. The practice has Northern grit and its partners are more than a match for any top London practice.”
Managing director Elizabeth Armstrong and former chief executive Anne Elliott were highlighted as notable practitioners.
Natalie Palmer, a director of Latimer Hinks, said: “We are incredibly proud to have again been listed in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide as recognition of the exceptional work our highly qualified team does.
“We are privileged to have one of the largest private client teams in the whole of the North East and North Yorkshire with fourteen expert advisors, ten of which are fully-accredited members of STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
“Our focus has always been to provide city-level expertise to the region, and we act for a diverse range of clients which include landed estates, wealthy families and business owners, farmers, entrepreneurs and banks. We are equally proud too of our ability to serve those in need of the specialist legal services we offer, regardless of wealth.
“We never take for granted being included in a prestigious guide like Chambers and will continue to work hard to ensure we retain our Band 1 status again in 2021.”
Media Release Issued on Behalf of Latimer Hinks Solicitors
Media Contact: Rosie Earl 01325 363436
NOTES TO EDITORS
Latimer Hinks solicitors, based in Darlington, has a team of around 50 people serving private and corporate clients. Their range of expertise and services covers legal issues surrounding commercial, residential and agricultural property, farming partnerships, wills and lasting powers of attorney, trusts, probate, long-term care, tax planning, commercial law, alternative and renewable energy, employment, and land-owning.
From the HNW Guide
The private client team at Latimer Hinks has expertise in advising landowners on probate, trusts and wills, as well as tax and succession planning. One interviewee observes: “The team are all very approachable, knowledgeable, efficient and work in a co-ordinated and collegiate manner.”
One source says: “The team at Latimers are incredibly client-focused, which fits in well with our culture. They take time to get to understand clients and what they are trying to achieve.” Another interviewee enthuses: “The practice offers a very personable service where the client matters; they are proper family solicitors. The practice has Northern grit and its partners are more than a match for any top London practice.”
Elizabeth Armstrong heads the firm’s trusts department and is highly rated in the market. A peer remarks: “She is very collaborative, very intelligent and very easy to work with. She is one of my favourites; I always refer clients to her if they need a will or an estate plan.” Another interviewee says: “As well as being technically very sound, Liz has an open and approachable manner which makes it easy for clients to discuss what can be very personal or sensitive matters with her. She is very good at getting down to the detail while still keeping the bigger picture of an individual’s wider circumstances and needs in focus.”
Anne Elliott advises high net worth individuals and families on wills, trusts and tax planning matters. One source says that “she is superb.” A peer comments: “She has a good reputation in the agricultural farming and landed estates arena. She is well thought of and really well known.”
Natalie Palmer (TEP)