Award-winning Stockton-based law firm Jacksons continues to expand with the recruitment of one of the region’s leading agricultural property law experts.
Partner Nicola Neilson joins Jacksons’ commercial property department as its head of agricultural property to strengthen the support offered to the firm’s farming and National Farmers Union (NFU) clients based in the North-East.
Nicola, originally from Lancashire, moved to the region to study at Law at Teesside University and then Durham University where she completed a master’s degree.
Following completion of her LPC at the College of Law in York, she made the decision to stay in the North-East and was offered a training contract with another firm in the Tees Valley where she remained for over 18 years.
In 2011, she qualified as a Fellow of Agricultural Law Society, one of the first in the North-East to do so.
Nicola – pictured above (third left) with the Jacksons Law team – specialises in agricultural tenancies and farm sales and purchases.
In addition to working with the firm’s commercial property department, she will be working alongside agriculture experts from across Jacksons including members of the Dispute Resolution, Wills, Trusts and Probate and Corporate and Commercial teams, bringing a more cohesive approach to expand the firm’s farming client base.
Senior partner Geoff Skeoch said: “I am delighted to welcome Nicola to Jacksons at this stage in the firm’s expansion.
“She will no doubt make a significant contribution to the success of the team. Nicola’s appointment reflects our strategy to develop our presence in the North East and to provide our NFU and farming clients with the highest quality of advice.”
Nicola added: “It’s an exciting time to join Jacksons, a firm I have long recognised as being innovative and have admired from a distance over the years.
“I am looking forward to working with the partners and staff at Jacksons and developing relationships with the regional teams at the NFU and the firm’s clients.”
In addition to Nicola, the commercial property team at Jacksons comprises three partners, two associates, one assistant solicitor, a trainee and one paralegal, all working on behalf of a wide range of commercial clients in the North-East as well as those based in other parts of the UK.
The commercial property department continues to go from strength to strength has seen a growth of 20% in turnover in the last two years which has led to the expansion of the team by way of an appointment of a solicitor and a promotion of solicitor to associate.
The department was delighted to be the winner of the Insider Media Property Award – Property Law Firm of the Year 2018.
• Pictured above – back row (left to right) is John Bewick, Sophie Lynas, Nicola Neilson, Erica Turner, Diane Wentworth, Geoff Skeoch; and front row (L–R) Jane Armitage, Rebecca Webster, Helen Marram.