Latimer Hinks Solicitors handled more than £72million-worth of property deals during the first half of 2017 – an increase of almost 50 percent from the same period last year.

Figures from the property department at Latimer Hinks indicate that the Darlington-based legal firm is on track to surpass last year’s trading, which saw it handle more than £150million-worth of property deals over a 12 month period.

During the first half of 2017, the property department, which offers clients agricultural, residential and commercial property services, handled more than £72million in property sales and purchases – around 47 percent more than the same period in 2016.

The largest area of growth came from instructions to purchase, where the total figure for the value of properties exceeded £35million, a 60 percent increase from 2016.

The growth in the value of work carried out by Latimer Hinks coincides with the 125thanniversary since it began offering legal services in the region.

Anne Elliott, Chief Executive at Latimer Hinks, welcomed the results. She said: “These outstanding figures indicate that we are on track for a record year at Latimer Hinks. It seems that sales and purchases in the region’s urban and rural locations have continued unperturbed by last year’s EU Referendum result, and the uncertainty associated with it.”

Martin Williamson, a Director and Head of Residential Property at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, believes that the growth is a result of the legal firm’s approach to dealing with its clients. He said: “We have seen a surge in demand for our services across the board, with a particularly high number of instructions relating to rural properties. This is in part due to referrals from existing clients and partners, who recognise that we offer a personal service geared to pro-actively manage their transactions.

“Latimer Hinks is known for its personalised service. We don’t just follow a tick box exercise, instead we take an individual approach to ensure that we fulfil and exceed our obligations to our clients.”