Latimer Hinks, a leading law firm based in Darlington, has again received the highest possible ranking in the Private Wealth Law category in the prestigious Chambers High Net Worth 2018 Guide.

It is the only firm ranked in the top tier in Middlesbrough and Surroundings and one of just seven firms to attain that level in the North East and Yorkshire & Humber regions.

Those ranked as ‘Band 1’ are Elizabeth Armstrong, a Director in the Private Client Department and Head of Tax and Trusts and Anne Elliott, Latimer Hinks’ Chief Executive and Head of the Private Client Department.

The guide, which lists the world’s leading high net worth advisers, quotes several client testimonials. One praised Elizabeth Armstrong as a “competent, thorough and diligent solicitor who is very conversant in hugely complex areas and who has been a pleasure to deal with.”

Anne Elliott is described as “very knowledgeable in the farming sector of legal advice and estate management” and “very competent and experienced”.

Another client says of Latimer Hinks: “They are a serious regional player. Well-connected, solid all-rounders whom I absolutely trust.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide features listings and information about many of the top accountancy and tax firms, private banks, wealth management firms and multi-family offices acting for high net worth individuals.

The rankings are based on in-depth research from clients and peers, with Band 1 considered outstanding.

It is used by family offices and professional advisers as a key reference point for private wealth management work and related specialisms.

The guide says Latimer Hinks “has a great reputation among farmers, landowners and high net worth individuals for wills, trusts, probate, inheritance tax and Court of Protection matters.”

Andrew Way, Latimer Hinks’ Managing Director said: “I’m delighted that Latimer Hinks has once again been recognised for its expertise as well as the range and depth of the legal knowledge we deliver.”

“It is gratifying to know that our high ranking in the guide is based directly on the comments of satisfied clients and that Latimer Hinks’ success flows from its continuing dedication to providing a first class service.”