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Hunt & Coombs LLP

12 EATON COURT ROAD, COLMWORTH BUSINESS PARK, ST NEOTS, PE19 8ER, ENGLAND
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Work 01480 702207
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Fax 01733 552748
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www.hcsolicitors.co.uk

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
Corporate and commercial: Peterborough - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

The corporate and commercial practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP is driven by the extensive experience of commercial and property team head Anna Spriggs, who regularly advises clients in the retail, not-for-profit, education and finance sectors. The IS Group Limited and The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance are among her clients. She recently assisted furniture retailer Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd with new store developments. Consultant Paul Tate  has retired from the practice but senior associate Edward Taylor is well-regarded for advice on commercial agreements, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, corporate transactions, company law issues and commercial contracts. 

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East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†has 'a strong criminal practice and is an outstanding firm, well respected by clients and Judges alike'. One barrister remarks that 'the firm stands out for its commitment to its clients and dedication to ensuring every brief is thoroughly prepared irrespective of its size or seriousness'.¬†Another comments that 'it falls into the top 5% of criminal firms who instruct me in terms of the high standard of care they provide and the quality of their case preparation'.¬†Andrew Cave¬†and Simon Milburn¬†¬†have 'sound judgment and a manner with clients that is reassuring but nonetheless realistic'. Milburn is currently defending a multimillion-pound fraudulent evasion of excise duty claim.¬†Criminal law clerk Glenda Hair has more than 40 years‚Äô experience in the courts and ‚Äėcan get pretty much anything reasonable done for the client; she is great for client care and the fact that she comes to court most days means that defendants get a great service and counsel are well supported'.

Leading individuals

Andrew Cave - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Simon Milburn - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†is a standout firm for mental health tribunals and criminal defence matters, and clients are¬†‚Äėvery impressed with the service provided‚Äė.One comments that ‚Äėthe team provides excellent support and good advice, the lawyers have always been friendly, approachable and shown a genuinely caring approach to complex mental health issues‚Äė. Another remarks that it is ‚Äėa very good firm, old-fashioned in a good way in that it prepares cases well and supports counsel in court‚Äė. Head of crime and assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Simon Milburn¬†is ‚Äėvery thorough, but also very realistic so that clients get proper and credible advice and can decide accordingly‚Äė.¬†Andrew Cave, who is currently handling a people trafficking trial,¬†and mental health law specialist¬†Richard Boucher¬† ‚Äėhave an excellent understanding of the issues, court procedures and cases where mental health is an issue, including fitness to plead, and are extremely supportive'. Cave and criminal law clerk Glenda Hair¬†are¬†'intelligent, able, have excellent judgement and are extremely committed to their clients'. Barrister¬†Mauro Maselli¬†also plays a key role in the practice.

Leading individuals

Andrew Cave - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Simon Milburn - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a highly experienced litigator in legal executive Lesley Milne who leads the commercial litigation team and has 'vast dispute resolution experience that enables her to put clients at their ease; she never loses sight of the commercial realities of a dispute and the outcomes her clients desire'. Milne and personal injury partner Naina Tilney recently acted for a client who alleged that overseas companies had failed to honour contracts under a distribution agreement for the supply of heavy equipment. The same team also acted for a company director and shareholder in a claim concerning prejudicial treatment by other board members that resulted in a winding up order being issued. The case was settled favourable at mediation. Former in-house barrister Davide Corbino joined Chambers of Paul Hollow in Cambridge.

Leading individuals

Lesley Milne - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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East Anglia: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough draws on the experience of two specialist crime lawyers, Simon Milburn and Andrew Cave, who advise both corporates and individuals on health and safety matters. Milburn prosecutes and defends HSE matters, proceeds of crime cases, environmental and trading standards matters. Cave has a strong reputation in motoring and vehicle licensing law and frequently handles DVSA (VOSA) prosecutions. The practice also undertakes regulatory prosecutions on behalf of local councils and other public bodies. Recent highlights for the practice include appealing against health and safety prohibition and improvement notices to enable a client to continue operating at its premises; supporting clients following investigation and prosecution for breaches of health and safety obligations; and defending a company against manslaughter charges following the death of a worker on a construction site.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

The team at¬†Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†is ‚Äėdedicated and client-focused‚Äė. 'It is an excellent example of a regional firm which provides good quality legal services, primarily to the injured victims of accidents', comments one barrister. 'Shrewd and tough'¬†head of department¬†Naina Tilney¬†handles both claimant and defendant matters and has nearly 30 years' experience in personal injury law. The firm focuses on high-value and complex cases and deals purely with multi-track claims. Tilney and solicitor¬†Mariam Alipour¬†acted for a client involved in a head-on car collision, which resulted in the death of the third-party driver driver who was driving on the wrong side of a dual carriageway. The claim was settled for ¬£620,000. The same team advised a young mother involved in a motorcycle accident as a pillion passenger, who sustained multiple serious injuries.¬†Senior litigation executive¬†Darren Fletcher¬†and senior solicitor¬†Richard Moon¬†play key roles in the practice.

Leading individuals

Naina Tilney - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a large personal injury team that handles both defendant and claimant work. It is the only firm in Peterborough to handle the full range of defence litigation for both insurance companies and self-insured organisations. It also has in-house experience in costs, which means insurer clients do not have to bear the expense of an external costs draftsman. Practice head Naina Tilney has nearly 30 years' experience in personal injury law and specialises in complex and high-value claims, among which are those arising from amputations, brain injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries and complex psychiatric injuries. Her caseload consists exclusively of multi-track claims. Her six-lawyer team includes senior litigation executive Darren Fletcher and senior solicitor Richard Moon. The practice recently defended a self-insured company against a claim by a man who injured his non-dominant hand, in which a favourable settlement was reached without the need for an expensive joint settlement meeting. She is currently defending a claim against a logistics company brought by a client who injured his foot in an accident at work.

Leading individuals

Naina Tilney - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP calls on lawyers in its property and private client departments to advise on the sale and purchase of farms and land, and to support clients with complex trusts and probate issues involving agricultural assets. The practice is a key adviser to landed estates in the region and in 2017 it assisted those clients in refinancings with a combined value in excess of £10m. Head of the commercial and property practices Anna Spriggs in Peterborough is the key contact and her work includes site acquisition and assembly and disposal, as well as deals involving clawbacks and overage provisions. She recently acted for a selling landowner in negotiations with prospective developers for a new, 200-acre residential project. She frequently advises The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on matters including agricultural tenancies. Senior associate Edward Taylor is an experienced corporate lawyer who deals with business restructuring in the agricultural sector. In Oundle, land and estates specialist Peter Izod also handles high-value residential and commercial development projects.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†is 'good, professional and thorough'. Head of charities Paddy Appleton¬†advises numerous charities on the drafting, amendment or interpretation of their constitutions and their registration with the Charity Commission. He also supports them in tax planning matters.¬†Diocesan registrar and head of the firm's commercial team¬†Anna Spriggs¬†has ‚Äėa high level of drive and integrity; she is discreet with a good sense of priority'.¬†Spriggs and Lynn Ayres¬†¬†are trustees of Peterborough Cathedral Development and Preservation Trust.¬†Private client partner¬†Henry Anstey¬†and¬†family law specialist¬†Denis White¬†also play key roles in the practice. Last year, the firm acted for¬†Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance in¬†complex covenant releases and reverter provision, the statutory disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and educational use, and options and promotion agreements for development sites at Earls Barton, Moulton, Kings Sutton and Kettering.

Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Paddy Appleton - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

At¬†Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†‚Äėthe overall level of service is excellent, and the advice is appropriate and made in good time‚Äė. 'This firm appears to be at the very top of the market for family work in Peterborough', according to one client. The firm has the largest family practice in the city and it handles both private and public law cases. It acts in¬†high-value private matrimonial finance cases and has¬†expertise in farming matters, business assets, pensions, pre-nuptial agreements and Trusts of Land cases. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and supportive'¬†Farhana Butt¬†leads the family practice and 'knows when to move a case to the next level; she considers all possible outcomes and always provides sound advice that guides clients to make good decisions'. 'Very experienced, insightful and wise' senior partner and head of private client¬†Denis White¬†has ‚Äėimmense knowledge and experience; he is particularly good at supporting those who are new to the role of Children‚Äôs Guardian‚Äė.¬†Edward Owen¬†is ‚Äėa determined, realistic and able advocate in care proceedings; he¬†is¬†committed to getting as good an outcome as possible and does so with undaunted good grace'. Senior solicitor¬†Louise Ballantyne¬†is 'intelligent and conscientious,¬†with a commitment to fair and proper outcomes in difficult cases'. Solicitors¬†Sophie Scotcher¬†and¬†Giuseppe Pingerna¬†¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Denis White - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Edward Owen - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Farhana Butt - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Next generation lawyers

Louise Ballantyne - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Hunt & Coombs LLP

‚ÄėSolid, reliable and very traditional firm'¬†Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†has a private client department that is ‚Äėcompetitively priced, professional and approachable'. The firm's wills, tax, trusts and probate practice operates seamlessly across all of its regional offices and Peterborough is home to a key partner in¬†Henry Anstey, who¬†‚Äėgenuinely cares about his clients and how much he saves them'. He is a STEP member and his broad practice includes many matters for elderly clients. He¬†is praised for being 'excellent in long-term care issues and complicated wills and trusts'.¬†Senior solicitor¬†John Wright¬†and solicitor¬†Andrea Harrod¬†are also recommended. Last year, the practice handled the estate of a successful businessman with substantial shareholdings and corporate trusts. This involved a complex valuation and¬†Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims.

Leading individuals

Henry Anstey - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia
Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†has a well-established private client practice in Peterborough and a strong presence across the region through its offices in Oundle, Huntingdon and St Neots. The practice is ‚Äėcompetitively priced, professional and approachable‚Äė and clients note that the lawyers are ‚Äėall friendly, helpful and demonstrate excellent client-facing skills‚Äė.¬†Head of probate Paddy Appleton in Oundle is ‚Äėlikeable and friendly and explains things simply;¬†he is very good with estate probate and agricultural issues‚Äô. He recently handled a ¬£3.5m probate matter involving assets in the US, a venture capital trust and an enterprise investment scheme.¬†Partner¬†Peter Izod¬†is recommended for matters involving elderly clients.¬†Associate¬†Fiona Prince¬†in St Neots joined the firm after a career break and has 18 years' experience in wills, probate and trusts law. Senior legal executive¬†Anne Dickens¬†in Huntingdon is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paddy Appleton - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough
Commercial property: Peterborough - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

The commercial property practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP handles transactional work for a diverse client base that includes businesses, charities and private individuals. The practice is geared towards landed estates, private clients, institutional lenders, not-for-profit organisations, developers and statutory bodies. 'Commercially aware and responsive' department head Anna Spriggs is the key contact for the sale and acquisition of church, charity and development land, as well as leasehold and freehold commercial sales and purchases. Her recent highlights include advising the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on numerous matters including complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory vesting procedures, the disposal of parsonages and land for development, and the management of glebe land. She also acted for AHF Ltd on the acquisition of furniture stores on major retail parks across the UK involving with annual rental value of £225,000, and assisted Deene Park with an option agreement for garden village development. Consultant Paul Tate retired in late 2017.

Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

'Despite its small size, it packs a punch,' says one barrister of the property litigation team at Hunt & Coombs LLP. 'It provides good value for money and the expertise equates with much larger and more expensive firms; the close-knit team ensures clients feel their needs and concerns are getting the personal attention they deserve', he adds. Legal executive Lesley Milne, who is a member of the Property Litigation Association, leads the team and 'stands out from the crowd; having vast dispute resolution experience enables her to put clients at their ease, even when dealing with complex and inflammatory situations'. The practice frequently handles matters relating to restrictive covenants on residential property, lease renewals, property-related trust disputes, TOLATA claims, dilapidation and disrepair matters, possession claims, and disputed boundaries and rights of way. Milne and property partner Anna Spriggs acted for Olive Properties Consultants Limited in a dilapidation and rent arrears claim following the termination of tenancy agreements.

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