Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP is thrilled to again be recognised within the Legal 500 rankings.

In this year’s publication, Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP is listed as providing excellent advice across the following disciplines: Agriculture and Estates, Real Estate (Commercial Property), Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate.

The firm’s Commercial Property team is growing increasingly stronger, now boasting six expert solicitors. The ‘well-respected’ Allan Sumner fronts the department, alongside fellow Partners Charlotte Russell and David Park. The team has copious amounts of experience in handling all aspects of commercial property and development. The Legal 500 has recognised the team’s ‘diligence’, with testimonies stating that ‘the team helps navigate through complex deals to beneficial conclusions’.

Speaking on his department’s recognition in The Legal 500 rankings, Allan expressed gratitude for the dedication of his team: “ We are delighted to again be included within the Legal 500 rankings. This is evidence of the hard work and commitment of our team to produce the high-quality service we always aim to provide”.

Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand’s Private Client department has enjoyed a particularly successful year, developing into one of the strongest Private Client teams in the Northwest. The department is fortunate to have four fully qualified STEP members. The ‘positive’, ‘proactive’, and ‘approachable’ team has been recognised as being particularly strong on the establishment and restructuring of trusts, including lifetime and personal injury trusts. Working across various estate and succession planning matters, the team has a focus on inheritance and capital gains tax mitigation and is comfortable dealing with assets in foreign jurisdictions.

Leading the firm’s Private Client department is the accomplished Clare Love. Clare has a broad private client practice, with a noticeable specialism in agricultural estates, as well as cross-border estates. Testimonials for Clare include that she ‘always takes the time to understand the client first’ and possesses ‘excellent people skills’ giving ‘honest advice that benefits her client only’. Partner Mark Hutchinson-Lyons has been described as ‘highly knowledgeable’ on matters involving trusts, advising on lifetime matters, creating and maintaining charitable trusts, and exercising trust powers.

Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand’s Agricultural and Estates team has received continual recognition for their expertise. Headed by Partner John Myers, who has been a part of our agricultural team for over 15 years, the team has been recognised as demonstrating notable expertise in the transaction of rural land and property, including advising on surrounding issues such as access rights, private water supplies, and drainage. John is regarded as a highly skilled and knowledgeable solicitor and is one of very few notary publics in the North West of England. Johns’ team is praised for being “great to work with” and “professional with approachable, professional advice”.

Senior Partner David Park is delighted by the firm’s continued success, stating that “It is a fantastic achievement to once again be recognised by the Legal 500 across three departments. This is a testament to the work and expertise of everyone here at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand. We would also like to thank our clients and contacts for the testimonials they provided. The hard work continues to ensure we receive recognition in the Legal 500 again next year.”.