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Strong Legal 500 Rankings For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine law firm has again been recognised as one of the North East’s leading legal practices in The Legal 500 Guide 2018.

We act for individual and business clients across the region from offices in Hartlepool, Wynyard, Stockton and Barnard Castle, and have once again been ranked by the publication in the top tiers in a number of specialist fields.  A number of our Partners have also been highlighted as some of the best in their field.

Clients have praised the ‘strong’ Commercial Litigation team for its ‘excellent service level’ and ‘very good response times’. ‘Shrewd and practical commercial litigatorAlison Leith heads the team.

The firm’s Corporate and Commercial team is praised for its 'great depth of knowledge’, while ‘extremely knowledgeable and personable’ team head Craig Malarkey specialises in share and asset sales and acquisitions.

The eight listed rankings for Tilly Bailey & Irvine within the latest Legal 500 rankings are:

These include:

  • Corporate and commercial
  • Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
  • Finance: Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance: Professional negligence
  • Private client: Agriculture and estates
  • Private client: Contentious trusts and probate
  • Private client: Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Real estate: Commercial property

Helen Dexter leads the firm’s Agriculture and estates team “providing farmers, landowners, investors and property developers with succession planning advice and assistance with the sale and purchase of land and farms, agricultural tenancies and the sale and purchase of mineral and sporting rights”.

Private Client work continues to be successful across each of our offices; “Tilly Bailey & Irvine handles a wide range of probate and trusts-related mandates and specialises in wills, the administration of estates, inheritance tax planning and Court of Protection work. Nicola Dalzell heads the wills, probate, trusts and tax department team and advises individuals and business owners on the full spectrum of private client work, while managing partner and head of private client services Carolyn Tilly is frequently involved in elderly client matters and the creation of trusts. Martin Brown, who handles various contentious and non-contentious matters, and Helen Dexter are also key individuals; Dexter is particularly experienced in high-net-worth estate administration.”

It is not just individuals that benefit - businesses do too, and now more so than ever following the firm’s recent appointment of specialist solicitor, Jessica Morton, who joins the private client team at the firm’s commercial hub at Wynyard.

Our commercial property team is singled out for being “a ‘commercially minded, forward-thinking and approachable’ team. Handling the full spectrum of commercial property work, the practice is adept at advising lenders and borrowers on real estate matters, assisting landlords and tenants with the acquisition and disposal of investment properties, and dealing with property transactions for self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs).”

‘Hard negotiator’ and ‘very professional’ associate Andrew Beattie was singled out for his ‘incredible attention to detail’.

If you have a legal matter that you require support with, our teams are now better equipped than ever to help you across five North East offices. Call 0333 444 4422 or visit