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Latimer Hinks Celebrates Recognition as Leading Law Firm


The Legal 500 gives in-depth information and recommendations on law firms in more than 70 countries across the world. Six of Latimer Hinks’ core team have been specifically named in the rankings: Nicholas Poole, who heads the Corporate and Commercial Team; Anne Elliott, Neil Stevenson and Tim Haggie, from the Agriculture and Estates Team; Anne and Elizabeth Armstrong for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, and Neil and Nicola Neilson for Commercial Property.

Latimer Hinks is one of Darlington and County Durham’s longest established law firms. Founded in 1892, it has been serving the people and communities of Darlington and County Durham for more than 120 years. The firm’s private client team was named as the best in the North at the prestigious Northern Law Awards 2016 and, in 2015 was shortlisted for the Law Society’s Excellence Awards.

Anne Elliott, Chief Executive of Latimer Hinks Solicitors, commenting on the outcome of the rankings, said:  “We are all tremendously proud to have, once again, received recognition from the Legal 500 for the work we do with clients in the Northern Region and beyond. Although some members of our team are mentioned specifically this acknowledgement is a tribute to the hard work of all our people.”

“Each member of our team mentioned in the prestigious publication, has been identified by researchers from the Legal 500 as proficient and recommended in their particular areas of expertise. Of course, we have a team of more than 40 at Latimer Hinks, all of whom contribute invaluably to the high level of client service, which is at the very heart of our business.”

The Legal 500 praises Latimer Hinks’ Solicitors, as “very quick to respond” and that they don’t “baffle clients with legal jargon.”

Specific mention is given to the Agriculture and Estates Team: “Anne Elliott’s agricultural expertise includes succession planning and inheritance tax planning for farm owners. Other key individuals include Neil Stevenson, who specialises in renewable energy projects, and consultant Tim Haggie, who advises on property transactions for high-net-worth individuals, and assists with mineral options and leases.”

Elizabeth Armstrong, who majors in personal tax, trusts and probate is described as “great at building client trust, which will not only help the client now but over many years.”

Nicholas Poole, has been hailed by the rankings, “for his significant experience of sales and acquisitions in the care home sector.”

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