Latimer Hinks, the long-established Darlington solicitors, completed £150 million worth of property deals in 2016.
New figures from the property department at Latimer Hinks, which offers clients services covering agricultural, residential and commercial sales and purchases, shows that during 2016 the company dealt with almost 300 property sales with a total value of £80 million and over 200 property purchases, total value £67 million. In addition they helped Clients secure funding amounting to almost £3 million.
The results coincided with the inclusion of the firm in two of the UK’s most influential legal guides, Chambers UK, and the Legal 500, which described Latimer Hinks’ property team as “quick to update clients” with “a wide range of knowledge”.
Anne Elliott, Chief Executive of Latimer Hinks, congratulated the department, saying: “It was a very good year for Latimer Hinks, not just in the property department, but across the whole business. We received a Northern Law Award, consolidated our position in the Legal 500, and obtained an exceptionally positive listing in Chambers UK.
“The success of the property department really is the icing on the cake, and is validation of our position as a leading law firm in the North East and indicates to our clients that we have the best and brightest working with us. I’d like to thank the entire team for their meticulous and attentive approach to their work.”
In recognition of their hard work and commitment to the firm, residential property expert Martin Williamson and commercial property solicitor Adam Wood, were both promoted to the position of Director during 2016. The duo join fellow Directors, Neil Stevenson and Nicola Neilson, who both specialise in property law. Four other Directors are involved in private client work.
Martin, who has more than 30 years’ experience dealing with legal matters relating to residential property, including all aspects of property sales and purchases, said: “I’ve been with Latimer Hinks since 2004 and have seen the ups and downs of the North East property market during that time. One thing that has remained consistent is the approach of the business to ensuring clients receive the very best Director led service and value for money.”
Adam, who joined Latimer Hinks in 2013 and specialises in commercial property investment and development, added: “I’m delighted to have joined such a talented team of Directors at Latimer Hinks. Every day my colleagues show me why Latimer Hinks has continued to go from strength to strength during its 125 years serving the people of the North East. Every member of the team is committed to supporting the clients. Whether they’re looking to let out a small property or buy many acres of farmland, each client receives a top level service.”
Anne Elliott added: “Although I commend our team for their hard work, ultimately our success is reliant on our clients. These excellent figures from our property department, which we believe to be our best yet, also indicate that the North East economy is buoyant, in both rural and urban locations.”