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Hunt & Coombs LLP

35 THORPE ROAD, PETERBOROUGH, PE3 6AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01733 882800
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Fax 01733 552748
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12302 PETERBOROUGH 1
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Web:
www.hcsolicitors.co.uk
Huntingdon, Oundle, Peterborough, St Neots

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP is well known in the local area for business asset sales and purchases, shares sales and purchases, commercial agreements, joint ventures and general advice on company law. Lead partner Anna Spriggs counts local companies, charities and ecclesiastical institutions among her clients, for whom she also handles commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Olivia Chalmers; Wendy Davidson; Sarah Morris

Key Clients

The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd trading as AHF

The IS Group Limited

Advanced Handling Ltd

Work highlights

  • New store developments including conditional redevelopment agreement.
  • Re-organisation and sale of a successful family-owned business.
  • A debt for equity exchange for a land investment company.
  • Ongoing general advice retainer for property management company of exclusive and luxury development.  
  • Represented client in negotiation of overseas corporate contracts.

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East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has a large team of specialist crime lawyers. Andrew Cave  and Simon Milburn lead the practice, which handles complex fraud and corporate defence work. Its recent caseload includes matter relating to boiler room fraud, money laundering and fraud by abuse of position. The practice is supported by highly respected criminal law clerk Glenda Hair, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the courts, and barrister Mauro Maselli.

Practice head(s):Simon Milburn; Andrew Cave

Other key lawyers:Glenda Hair; Mauro Maselli

Testimonials

"Hunt & Coombs is one of the leading firms in the Peterborough/Cambridge area and deservedly so. The team is incredibly dedicated, hardworking and creates a positive bridge between lay clients and counsel through their sound judgment and pragmatic approach to cases."

"They garner a large amount of repeat custom and have a loyal client base which speaks volumes about the quality of service they provide."

"Glenda Hair, the Criminal Law Clerk at Hunt and Coomb is fantastic. She is well known and liked by the list offices, CPS and judiciary on the Cambridge/Peterborough circuit and able to ease the burdens on counsel and the court through administrative resolution of problems at an early stage."

"Glenda Hair is meticulous in her case preparation and turns round requests for counsel with an impressive speed. She is well respected by clients."

"The team is unique for the thorough and personalised service it offers to defendants. They are always on top of the cases and all the required deadlines."

"Simon Milburn and Glenda Hair are a formidable team. "Simon gives pragmatic but robust advice to the clients. Glenda looks after the cases day to day, making sure that what is needed for the clients gets done."

"Glenda Hair seems to practically run the Crown courts in the area and can sort out listing and other procedural problems pretty much at will."

"The firm offers tremendous value to the clients, and great reassurance to the counsel they instruct that the best is being done for the lay clients."

"It is very rare to find firms doing legal aid crime that manage to devote so much time to their cases. Glenda Hair comes to court with the clients and counsel as much as she can - an almost unheard to feel of service these days."

"One of the finest practices based outside London. Down through the years their client care never ceases to impress. They are high calibre lawyers with a thorough and intelligent approach."

"They are highly respected in the field and their reputation is richly deserved. Their work ethic is consistent regardless the case."

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

'What makes this practice unique is the depth of experience in the team and how closely they work together', remarks a client of Hunt & Coombs LLP, which is regarded as 'one of the leading firms in the Peterborough/Cambridge area and deservedly so'. Andrew Cave and Simon Milburn, who has particular expertise in prison law, lead the practice. Cave and senior associate Richard Boucher are mental health law specialists. The firm handles Legal Aid and privately funded cases, which last year included motoring offences, proceeds of crime matters and serious violent crimes. Criminal law clerk Glenda Hair also plays a pivotal role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Milburn; Andrew Cave

Other key lawyers:RIchard Boucher; Glenda Hair

Testimonials

"The firm has a strong criminal and a strong mental health department. This makes the firm particularly well disposed to helping mentally vulnerable clients facing criminal allegations."

"Andrew Cave is a natural leader with an ability to put clients at ease very quickly."

"Simon Milburn has outstanding judgment and provides excellent advice."

"Glenda Hair has enormous experience and provides unparalleled support to clients, counsel and the firm generally."

"The team is incredibly dedicated, hardworking and creates a positive bridge between lay clients and counsel through their sound judgment and pragmatic approach to cases."

"Glenda Hair the Criminal Law Clerk at Hunt and Coombes is fantastic. She is well known and liked by the list offices, CPS and judiciary on the Cambridge/Peterborough circuit and able to ease the burdens on counsel and the court through administrative resolution of problems at an early stage."

"Senior solicitor Martin Shelbourne instructed me in a tricky youth court rape which turned on expert evidence as to the defendant's ADHD, ADD and autism. Martin built a good rapport with the young, vulnerable client and dealt with enquiries and routes of investigation from counsel expeditiously and thoroughly."

Work highlights

  • Representing a Senior Detective Inspector charged with historic domestic violence.
  • A Complex Court Martial where the defendant was charged with rape, unlawful imprisonment and indecent assault.
  • Representing a prison officer accused of causing Actual Bodily Harm.
  • A Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm case involving slashing with a knife.
  • A multi-handed conspiracy to cause Grievous Bodily Harm.
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 in Peterborough is 'a powerhouse in the region; this firm has clients that other firms dream of', according to one client. Versatile and highly experienced legal executive Lesley Milne is the key practitioner and clients note that she is 'at the top of her game and equally comfortable in local courts as she is in the High Court'. The firm handles shareholder and contractual disputes ranging from small to high-value matters for companies and private individuals.

Practice head(s):Lesley Milne; Andrew Cave

Other key lawyers:Nina Bhatti

Testimonials

"The litigation team is diligent, dedicated, and very detailed in its approach to handling cases and offering support to its clients."

"What makes the team stand out is its persistent efforts in going the extra mile and its honest approach while doing it. ."

"Lesley Milne stands out - she is entirely dedicated to the needs of her clients, and I always feel that I am able to make contact, even when the firm is at its busiest."

"The seamless organisation makes it so clients always feel that their cases and need for advice are always prioritised. I consider Lesley Milne to be highly knowledgeable and skilled in her position."

 

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a claim against it for €15,000 and a counterclaim of £46,000 involving two related Dutch companies and their failure to honour contractual arrangements in the UK.
  • Representing the director of a firm in a claim for unfair prejudice against him as a minority shareholder.
  • Claim against opponent for damages in the region of £300,000 for breach of contract.
  • Representing the client in a claim for damages for misrepresentation and rescission of contract.
  • Representing client in a claim for breach of contract for the provision of internet services.
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

The health and safety practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has two highly knowledgeable and long-serving crime partners in Simon Milburn and Andrew Cave. It offers a full service to both individuals and corporate clients, who appreciate the strong advocacy skills of the key partners. Milburn handles both prosecution and defence work, while Cave handles a high volume of motoring and vehicle licence offence prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Simon Milburn

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cave

Work highlights

  • The firm is appointed to represent DVSA in an area covering 9 courts in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, and receives approximately two cases per month of varying complexity.
  • Defended a business against charges of corporate manslaughter.
  • Defending a client prosecuted for selling cigarettes that did not meet health & safety standards in the UK.
  • Advising a private individual on a potential prosecution for causing death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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East Anglia: Insurance

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP focuses on high-value and complex cases and deals purely with multi-track claims. Practice head Naina Tilney, who handles both claimant and defendant matters, has 30 years' experience in personal injury law. During the last five years, she has helped the firm increase its flow of serious injury work by 900%, handling cases with damages ranging from £100,000 up to £9.5m. Her practice includes rising star Richard Moon, who handles brain, orthopaedic and psychiatric injury matters, and has a particular interest in cases involving chronic pain disorders.

Practice head(s):Naina Tilney

Other key lawyers:RIchard Moon; Mariam Alipour; Darren Fletcher

Testimonials

"The firm's letters of enquiry and instructions are always very clear."

"The team is easy to communicate with and is responsive to queries and requests."

"I have valued Naina Tilney's direct approach and the ease of working with her."

"The concern for client care shown by this team is stronger than others."

"An excellent firm local to East Anglia. It has a strong knowledge base."

"I regard this firm as an excellent example of a mid-size regional firm, which provides the 'human touch' to its clients, including some who have suffered life changing or disabling injuries."

Naina Tilney. She is the heart and soul of the personal injury team.

Work highlights

  • A £2m claim for a pillion passenger involved in a serious road traffic accident who sustained life-changing orthopaedic and vascular injuries which are being investigated with medico-legal experts. She also sustained a head injury which resulted in neuropsychological intervention.
  • A £100,000 claim for a cyclist involved in a road traffic accident. He suffered a double open fracture of the left tibia and fibula and required skin grafting of his upper leg. An interim payment was obtained to assist him in his recovery and rehabilitation, and his home has been adapted.
  • A £9.5m claim for a man involved in an RTA which resulted in full amputation of his right leg, and further life-threatening injuries including internal pelvic injuries, and resulting in the use of a stoma bag and ongoing complications.
  • A £1m claim for a young mother and wife involved in motorbike accident whilst travelling as a pillion passenger. She sustained serious multiple injuries including a brain injury, and her mobility was restricted. Recovered £100,000 interim payment to assist the claimant with intense physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and psychological support.
  • A £500,000 claim for a client injured in a head-on RTA. Initial symptoms of neurological damage to the spine and shoulder, which have gradually developed into a psychologically-mediated chronic pain syndrome, alongside PTSD.
Leading individuals

Naina Tilney - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Rising stars

Richard Moon - 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 has three long-serving and knowledgeable specialist partners who have extensive experience in dealing with rural estates. Agricultural property expert Anna Spriggs and wills, trusts and probate specialist Henry Anstey in Peterborough, and Paddy Appleton in Oundle, who handles tax planning, trusts and estates, are the key names in a practice that acts for numerous landed estates. Last year, the firm handled the refinancing of landed estates with a combined value in excess of £10m.

Practice head(s):Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Henry Anstey, Paddy Appleton; Sarah Morris

Key Clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

East of England Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Advised The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory vesting procedures, disposal of glebe land for development, management of glebe land, farm business tenancies and surrenders - including promotion agreements, collaboration and option agreements on a number of sites all in excess of £1m.
  • Proposed residential development of 200 acres of agricultural land.
  • Option Agreement for a proposed garden village.
  • Collaboration Agreement with adjoining landowner.
  • Grant of an option of land.
Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP has two knowledgeable charity lawyers in Peterborough-based Anna Spriggs, who is a Diocesan Registrar and has in-depth knowledge of ecclesiastical law, and Oundle-based head of private client Paddy Appleton. The firm frequently handles property matters, wills, trusts and charitable status issues. Spriggs and consultant Lynne Ayres are trustees of Peterborough Cathedral Development and Preservation Trust.

Practice head(s):Paddy Appleton; Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Lynne Ayres; Henry Anstey; Denis White; Sarah Morris; James Steward, Andrea Harrod; Olivia Chalmers

Testimonials

'The practice is a local firm that knows the area exceptionally well and supports the development of Peterborough. Its staff have always worked exceptionally well and have provided robust advice and guidance.'

'Their legal knowledge is robust and they develop an in-depth knowledge of our business and the specific industry we operate within.'

'They always seem accessible and willing to help and support. They undertake a lot of work with the community and are a visible presence within the City, supporting important causes as part of their social responsibility agenda.'

'We have dealt mainly with James Steward, and have found him responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance - Property portfolio and governance

East of England Agricultural Society

The Leprosy Mission

The Peterborough School

Peterborough Town Sports Club

The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral

Work highlights

  • Various matters for Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance including: complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and/or educational use – including acquisition of new church sites, complex multi-party options and promotion agreements for a number of development sites at Earls Barton, Moulton, Kings Sutton and Kettering, all well in excess of £1m.
  • A major disposal project of nine properties, some of which were grade II listed.
  • Application out of time under the Clergy Discipline Measure regarding allegation of abuse.
  • A complex option agreement for development land sale which completed in August 2015 but with ongoing matters relating to overage and deferred payments.
  • Acquisition and transfer of assets from trust to incorporated CIO.
Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Paddy Appleton - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a seven-lawyer family law practice based in Peterborough that also provides services to clients through the firm's St Neots, Huntingdon and Oundle offices. Practice head Farhana Butt and vastly experienced consultants Denis White and Edward Owen are strong advocates who handle complex and high-value cases. Butt is also well known as a family mediator. The firm excels in both public and private law matters. Senior solicitor Louise Ballantyne is a rising star.

Practice head(s):Farhana Butt

Other key lawyers:Edward Owen; Denis White; Louise Ballantyne; Sophie Scotcher; Giuseppe Pingerna

Testimonials

'A highly efficient and supportive team offering excellent care and guidance to clients, always with a view to sensible, realistic and good results.'

'Farhana Butt and Sophie Scotcher are impressively effective, great at understanding the needs of client's case and able to implement steps to a good result with great efficiency.'

'This is a busy high street practice with decades of experience in all aspects of family law. They have a detailed local knowledge and are well known in the local legal community as active and responsible professionals.'

'Farhana Butt has a long-standing and detailed knowledge of local issues. She has experience in all aspects of family law. She is not afraid to fight for her client's aims and objectives and is user-friendly.'

'Sophie Scotcher is organised and empathetic with a good legal knowledge. She presents beyond her years of experience and thinks outside of the box to get things done.'

'Farhana Butt is modernising and revitalising a long-established family law team, and working hard to build and grow a strong team around her.'

'Farhana Butt commands great loyalty with her client base, and applies a mixture of hard work and robust common sense to everything she does.'

'Sophie Scotcher is diligent, efficient, well-organised and unflappable and quickly establishing herself as an indispensable part of the team.'

'Denis White and Edward Owen are often the first choice "go-to" people if there is an urgent family case at court and a party needs a lawyer urgently. Both are very experienced and ideal for this type of case because of their calm and measured approach. Louise is particularly good on her feet.'

'An excellent firm with a very good reputation and it is always well received by other lawyers when they are involved in a case.'

Leading individuals

Denis White - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Edward Owen - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Farhana Butt - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Rising stars

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

The practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP excels in tax planning and will preparation for high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as winding up estates of all sizes and degrees of complexity. The firm regularly deals with estates with a value in excess of £1.5m. Henry Anstey is the lead partner in Peterborough and he has more than 25 years' experience in this area of law. His recent work includes the development of strategies to fund care home fees and obtaining NHS Continuing Care for elderly clients. One client remarks that he is is 'extremely good at explaining difficult subjects to clients in straightforward language'.

Practice head(s):Henry Anstey

Other key lawyers:John Wright; Andrea Harrod

Testimonials

"The team is a joy to work with as it is both friendly and helpful. Most importantly the level of genuine expertise within the team is incredible."

"They are truly interested in the needs and wants of the client. The staff often go that extra mile on behalf of those clients who need it."

"Henry Anstey is a truly professional and knowledgeable solicitor who has the uncanny ability to explain complex ideas in a manner which is intelligible to all."

"Henry Anstey has a warmth of character which is infectious and clients only have praise for what he does to make sure their wishes are met."

"Andrea Harrod is the future of Hunt & Coombs and it is safe to say the firm will be in good hands. She is an engaging character with whom clients find it easy to work."

Work highlights

  • Acting for a £12m estate following the early death of a director and significant shareholder of a private company.
  • Dealing with an estate where children are in three different jurisdictions and assets are in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting as attorney with two lay clients, adult safeguarding issued.
  • Wills and tax planning for husband and wife with large estate.
  • Wills and tax planning for unmarried couple with a sizeable estate including business assets.
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

The bulk of Hunt & Coombs LLP's private client practice is based in Peterborough, but its Oundle and St Neots offices also house significant expertise. Head of probate Paddy Appleton in Oundle and associate Fiona Prince in St Neots are the key practitioners. They excel in the areas of tax planning and will preparation for high-net-worth individuals, as well as winding up complex estates. The firm also has niche expertise in eligibility for fully funded NHS care for the elderly and issues surrounding mental capacity. Peter Izod retired from the practice. 

Practice head(s):Paddy Appleton

Testimonials

'They are very approachable and friendly, have a good knowledge of things that are important, and are good at sharing the knowledge amongst their team.'

Work highlights

  • A sizeable estate with a property and a number of accounts and investments moving onto future tax planning for the widow.
  • High-value estate including foreign assets, a venture capital trust, an enterprise investment scheme and complex tax issues.
  • Complex estate due to different jurisdictions and compliance regimes and complex tax issues with repatriating the trust.
  • Inheritance Act claim and complex property issues due to previous lack of legal advice of deceased.
  • Contentious agricultural estate due to decisions on who receives what and what the valuations are.
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

Hunt & Coombs LLP handles high-value real estate work for businesses, charities and other organisations, as well as individuals. The practice is geared towards landed estates, private clients, institutional lenders, not-for-profit entities, developers and statutory bodies. Practice head Anna Spriggs deals with the sale and acquisition of church, charity and development land, as well as leasehold and freehold commercial sales and purchases. Legal executive Sarah Morris handles landlord and tenant matters, as well as advising both lenders and borrowers on property finance.

Practice head(s):Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morris; Olivia Chalmers

Testimonials

"The firm is easy to reach and pleasant to deal with."

Key Clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

AHF Ltd

The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral

East of England Agricultural Society

The IS Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Various matters for longstanding client The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance, including: complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory vesting procedures, disposal of parsonages and land for development, disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and/or education use – including acquisition of new church sites, promotion agreements, collaboration and option agreements on a number of sites all well in excess of £1m.
  • Acquisition of a number of furniture stores on major retail sites for AHF Ltd.
  • Promotion agreement for garden village development.
  • Triggering of an option agreement for a major development.
  • Purchase of a grade II listed property.
Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Legal executive Lesley Milne is a member of the Property Litigation Association and leads the practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough, with the support of commercial property partner Anna Spriggs. The practice is highly regarded in the local market for its work on restrictive covenants in respect of both residential and commercial property, lease renewal matters for both landlords and tenants, property-related trust disputes, TOLATA claims, dilapidations and possession claims, and matters relating to boundaries and rights of way. 'The team was refreshingly straightforward, with no legal jargon that went over our heads', remarks a client.

Practice head(s):Lesley Milne; Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Nina Bhatti

Testimonials

"Lesley Milne was very friendly, approachable and spoke in simple terms that put us at ease from the outset. We now wouldn't look anywhere else for our needs."

Key Clients

GAP Home Improvements Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing the client in a Part 20 claim brought by one of its clients.
  • Advising the client in respect of a claim being brought by a building company for alleged non-payment.
  • Representing a builder in relation to issuing a claim against a company for damages caused to their customer's property as a result of unsafe scaffolding.
  • Representing the client in a claim by a builder for the balance cost of work done.

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