Solicitor • Kendal
I joined Thomson Hayton Winkley in December 2016 after practising as a solicitor in London for a number of years.
I now work in the Kendal office as part of the private client team where I specialise in:
- Probate and estate administration
- Powers of attorney
- Court of Protection
- Inheritance Tax planning.
I have particular experience of working with clients with mental and physical disabilities and with their families.
I grew up in Scarborough in North Yorkshire and went on to do a degree in biology at Imperial College in London. My first career was as a journalist in local newspapers (I can still take notes in shorthand!) but I then moved into legal publishing, while studying law part-time in the evenings.
I trained as a solicitor at Kingsley Napley LLP in central London and I qualified into their private client team in 2011. I worked there for five years before relocating to Cumbria.
I am a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), having passed my diploma with distinction in 2014.
I am very excited to be living and working in Kendal and am looking forward to lots of long walks in the Lake District. I also enjoy singing, reading and spending time with my family.
“ Sarah Playforth dealt with my will in a very friendly and approachable way. She kept me updated with email and facilitated time for me to come to the office. Happy overall with my dealings with THW. ”
“ Excellent service as always ”
“ I was really impressed with the service received in respect of my father's will back in 2013 and this was the reason for choosing your firm to draw up wills for myself and my husband. I was not disappointed and know that in the event of difficult circumstances my loved ones will receive the same excellent care that I was fortunate to receive myself. Thank you ”
“ Everything was very good, thank you very much ”
“ It was a pleasure to meet and work with Sarah. Thank you Sarah ”
“ Very thorough service. Sarah was very helpful and professional and her secretary was very friendly, helpful and understanding. ”
“ Extremely courteous and helpful. The whole matter was handled expeditiously and with no problem. Thank you. ”
“ Excellent service throughout. ”
“ Sarah explained fully all that was involved and why. Excellent service and very well looked after. Many thanks ”
“ Extremely friendly and approachable, explained things clearly. Very open and willing to seek advice when required. Any misunderstandings quickly resolved. Many thanks, especially to Sarah Playforth for her first class, efficient advice and service. ”
“ Excellent, friendly service throughout by all concerned, especially Sarah Playforth, the solicitor directly involved. ”
“ Sarah was so lovely to deal with. Explained everything to me. I initially met her when applying for probate for my late dad. I thought it would be a very upsetting thing to deal with, but Sarah made the whole experience easier. Would highly recommend her. ”
“ Very happy with the service we received ”
“ With grateful thanks to Sarah Playforth and Anna Billing. ”
“ Though personal contact was not possible due to distance, the person dealing with my matter was warm and pleasant on the telephone and contact by email and letter was excellent ”
“ I am very grateful to Sarah for her kindness and helpfulness. Thank you for being so efficient and making it all go so smoothly ”
“ Very expert, and caring. The care and understanding way that everything was dealt with was very appreciated. ”
“ I am most grateful to Sarah Playforth for her understanding of my needs and for her competent handling and efficiency in advice etc. ”
“ Very fast service. Very much appreciated ”
“ Sarah Playforth is very helpful ”
“ It was a great pleasure to meet Sarah. I particularly appreciated the clarity of her explanations, the easy to read documents (ie without "legalese") and the promptness with which she dealt with everything. It was a free wills service, but nevertheless I was treated with the utmost friendliness and professional respect. Many thanks. ”
“ The process was just what we required - many thanks for your help ”
“ Sarah Playforth conducts business in a very friendly and relaxed way while at the same time delivering good advice. A very comfortable atmosphere in which to do business. Matters concerning a family trust and codicil to an existing will both handled in a very timely fashion/ ”
“ Sarah was a pleasure to deal with, making a difficult process manageable. ”
“ Overall the service has been very good and you have always been helpful with any questions I have had. I felt Sarah Playforth was very helpful as regards tax issues with the trust fund that was set up for my grandsons, so helping to pay less tax in the future. A very favourable thing to do. ”
“ Very efficient, good explanation of wills. ”
“ I would like to thank Sarah, for all the help she gave me and my sister, through the difficult time of sorting out my late father's estate. ”
“ Personal interest, and speed and efficiency of follow up communication better than I expected. ”
“ Sarah Playforth could not have been more helpful. She was very thorough and flagged up issues we might not have considered. A pleasure to deal with. ”
“ Brilliant, fully informed. Information at all times. Sarah is friendly, professional and I felt I could completely trust her with the advice she gave me. Her secretary Anna is also brilliant - professional but with a sense of humour! Will certainly be using your firm again. Every solicitor I've met there for various different things I've felt they've given me the best advice and have explained things so they are fully understood, rather than too much legal jargon which hardly anyone understands. The main reason I think highly of your firm is trust that they are honest and are working for you. Five stars to you all. ”
“ Could not have been better. A very pleasant and friendly experience. Thought it would have been stressful and time consuming, but it was the opposite. All parts of the service I received were all very professional, helpful and friendly ”
“ A very professional service. This was a very stressful time and Sarah was very supportive throughout the whole process. We are very grateful for her support, guidance and kindness. Thank you ”
“ Very efficient and professional throughout our experience. Sarah was very patient and understanding of our needs and we really felt she was acting in our best interests. Thanks so much. ”
“ I was impressed by the solicitor's thoroughness and professionalism. I would recommend her without hesitation. ”
“ Really helpful and took time to explain in person at my home. ”