Latimer Hinks Solicitors, one of Darlington and County Durhams longest established law firms, has seen two of its Partners cited by one of the UKs most influential legal guides.
Chambers UK Guide, which prides itself on the independence and objectivity of its research, carries out thousands of in-depth interviews to assess the reputation and expertise of business lawyers.
Its rankings take into account technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment to clients.
Latimer Hinks was ranked second in the North East in the Agriculture and Rural Affairs section, with Partner Anne Elliott personally cited. In the regional Real Estate section, Partner Nicola Neilson was also cited.
In the Agriculture and Rural Affairs section, Chambers states: "This Darlington team advises on a range of agricultural matters, including sales and purchases, agricultural holdings, andsuccession planning. More recently it has advised on an increasing number of wind farm developments. The team has a loyal client base who praise the firm for having "a fantastic appreciation of the common concerns held by farmers and landowners."
On client service, it states: "The team provides a very personal service;it is always accessible and very approachable. Anne Elliott is "extremely thorough and very knowledgeable," according to sources quoted in the guide. Sheis commended for her advice on succession planning.
A source quoted in Chambers said of Nicola Neilson, who leads Latimer Hinks residential property practice: "She is very efficient she knows what we want and delivers.
Managing Partner Tim Haggie said: "Testimonials in Chambers UK Guide do not come easily, so to be featured twice is an excellent indication of the reputation earned over many years by Latimer Hinks Solicitors. I am delighted for Anne, who has been at the heart of this firm for many years, and particularly for Nicola, who is one of our newest and youngest Partners.
"It is now our firms job to continue to build on that reputation and continue to provide high quality legal services across our range of expertise and to clients throughout Darlington and County Durham.