Private Client - North East & Yorkshire
Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds
What the team is known for Applauded for the diversity of its private client practice, and well versed in services for the elderly (including care fee planning), estate work and contentious probate. Also noted for its charities and Court of Protection capabilities.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Reassurance: "I found in Clarion a group of professionals who, although maintaining a professional, objective and realistic approach, enabled me to regain the confidence that I needed to successfully fight the case and to make the necessary decisions."
Client service: "I believe they have passion and that they think of the person first. They can communicate so well, and with kindness, whilst remaining professional."
Market dominance: "They're rising in the market very quickly - I have a lot of respect for them. They're a young team and they're going to be big market players."
What's new? In June 2012, the team moved to a new city centre location in Leeds.
Work highlights The team continues to administer the substantial and complex estate of the late James Heselden OBE.
Sara Rogers remains a leader in the private client field and is praised for balancing solid legal skills with an ability to put clients at ease. One impressed source commented: "When I was, from time to time, distressed by events, she recognised and responded to me as an individual. As a result, I have always felt able to be open and honest in my dealings with her."
Senior associate Lynsey Harrison spearheads the team's contentious trusts and probate arm and is a highly regarded litigator in the area. Reassured clients comment: "She is incredibly knowledgeable but also able to explain the legal terms so that I could understand. She is really busy but she always made me feel I could take as long as I needed."
Sharon Pallagi continues to garner praise as a result of her friendly demeanour and substantive knowledge of private client issues: "I am always impressed at how approachable Sharon is. She has a kind approach and an ability to explain complex details to the layperson."