Tilly Bailey & Irvine based in Barnard Castle
Tilly Bailey & Irvine based in Barnard Castle


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.

In the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, populated by a strong farming community, the firm holds a prime spot in Newgate and continues to be a popular choice for legal advice thanks to its numerous specialist solicitors.

Among them include several specialists working on the subject of agricultural law, while the firm’s strong work in probate, inheritance tax planning and commercial matters recently confirmed them as a leading firm in the region.

Managing Partner Carolyn Tilly and Partner Nicola Dalzell take great pride in Wills and Probate matters, while fellow Partner Helen Dexter adds agricultural knowledge for local clients.

In the words of the latest Legal 500 rankings: “At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, the team led by Helen Dexter provides 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. Dexter continues to administer the estates of several deceased landowning farmers, and associate Andrew Beattie assisted J.O. Brewis & Sons with the sale of a mixed farming estate.

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 than ever following the firm’s recent appointment of specialist solicitor, Jessica Morton, who joins the private client team.

Other areas highlighted in the rankings included the firm’s corporate and commercial services, as well as litigation, real estate, financial and insurance-based claims across six offices in the North East.

The firm’s history spans back as far as its Hartlepool roots in 1842.

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 01833 830 326 or visit their website to find the right solicitors in Barnard Castle for you.