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Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

James Vernor-Miles and Peter Robinson co-head the team at Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans. It acts for approximately 90 estates stretching from Cornwall to Scotland, ranging in size from houses with amenity land to large landed estates covering several thousand hectares. The team is experienced in the full gamut of issues, from matters concerning tenanted farms, residential units, commercial operations and renewable energy to development land and historic rights. Jonathan Godwin-Austen, Alexandra Sarkis and Patricia Sykes are well regarded for their work in the areas of trusts, estates and tax law. The team’s expertise includes capital raising to support landed estates, whether through the sale of extensive development land or the sale of individual properties.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 3

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

At Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans, Hetty Gleave β€˜is doing high-quality work and is a real art expert who really knows her stuff’; Gregor Kleinknecht is β€˜prominent in the area and is known as a tough litigator’; Alexandra Sarkis is β€˜excellent with clients and is also very knowledgeable and experienced’, acting for a number of major landed estates with significant heritage property; and associate Petra Warrington provides β€˜great support within the team’. The multi-disciplinary team acts for over 60 landed estates and has specialist experience in relation to art and antiquities. It regularly advises dealers, galleries, collectors, and public and private institutions on title disputes, questions of misattribution and authenticity, IP issues, and matters relating to treasure. Gleave is a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee, which advises the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared treasure finds from the UK which museums may wish to acquire. Both Gleave and Kleinknecht are mediators and members of the Art Resolve, a specialist art dispute resolution service.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

The experienced Paul Almy heads a β€˜strong’ team at Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans, which assists clients β€˜in a friendly and professional way’. It acts for a broad range of charities, clubs, societies, institutions and not-for-profit organisations, and has substantial experience in complex matters with a cross-border or international dimension, with particular knowledge of Africa. Dominik Opalinski and Jamie Lester are β€˜very thorough, have creative legal minds and provide an excellent service to clients’. Recent highlights include receiving instructions from the senior representatives of a spiritual leader in the US who operates a network of charitable organisations providing food, housing, education and medical services to the poor; the team is assisting the UK branch of this charity as part of its major expansion into the UK, on matters including the acquisition of land and premises in London. Other clients include Genetic Alliance UK, The Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Treatment Trusts, and the Zubaidah Trust.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans has β€˜a great team that is knowledgeable and thorough. It combines a client-focused approach based on forming lasting relationships with the ability to act quickly and decisively when needed’. Head of department Richard Kershaw is β€˜an impressively clear thinker who makes sound judgements based on the correct combination of legal, tactical and practical considerations. He works quickly and is an excellent choice where it is necessary to keep ahead and face down a strong opponent’. Associate David Draisey is also recommended. The team specialises in complex and high-value multi-party litigation that is almost exclusively conducted in the High Court and often involves offshore assets, and has acted in a broad range of matters for landed clients, City professionals, and trustees and beneficiaries.

Leading individuals

Richard Kershaw - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans’s β€˜matrimonial department is filled with real talent. It is a heavyweight family law team’. Henry Hood’s β€˜client list really does include the great and the good. He is a first-rate mediator and is always in command of the details of the case. He is one of the most emotionally intelligent matrimonial solicitors in London, and manages clients’ expectations with great tact’. The β€˜very thorough’ Richard Kershaw β€˜manages to balance a pragmatic approach to his cases while simultaneously being willing to really fight his clients’ corner when required’. Hetty Gleave β€˜brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the table. She is immensely hardworking and clients feel assured that they are in safe hands from the very start’. Hazel Wright is β€˜an extremely experienced mediator with great insight and sharp intelligence’, and Jo Carr-West β€˜is quickly becoming a real force to be reckoned with’. Recommended associates include Amy Scollan, who has β€˜exceptional technical ability and an authoritative understanding of international family law’, and Vanessa Friend, who is β€˜very good’. The firm is β€˜a major player in the area of prenuptial agreements and private family national and international law. It is a real match for anyone, with a real focus on giving sound advice from start to finish’.

Leading individuals

Henry Hood - Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans has β€˜a strong mediation focus, with several experienced and effective mediators’. Henry Hood is β€˜judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions for participants to consider’. Jo-Carr West has β€˜an excellent manner with clients and helpfully leads them towards a negotiated agreement’. Hazel Wright has β€˜many years of experience. She wastes no time in the process, making herself readily available to assist the parties towards a mediated solution that is likely to gain the court’s approval. She is also strong on cross-border and cross-cultural mediations’. These three practitioners β€˜are committed to the use of the out-of-court route to reach settlement’. β€˜The firm has a greater ratio of mediators within the family law team than many family departments; it is clearly something the firm takes seriously and wants to get right.’

Leading individuals

Hazel Wright - Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Henry Hood - Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Jo Carr-West - Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans is β€˜a genuine centre of excellence in non-contentious private client work. The firm has an outstanding record of forming and preserving long-term relationships with clients, and it has first-class technical expertise’. Alexandra Sarkis is β€˜a meticulous and highly skilled private client practitioner who can handle the most complicated matters with confidence. Her technical expertise is tremendous. She has a portfolio of first-class clients and dedicates herself to looking after them’. Jonathan Godwin-Austen is β€˜an experienced professional who has built up a good relationship with clients and other professionals. He is highly regarded and has a good grasp of US/UK tax issues’. Julia Richards is β€˜a thoughtful, conscientious and expert practitioner who exemplifies the firm’s valuable combination of a client-focused approach and professional competence’. Louise Walker is β€˜technically excellent and also has a very good understanding of the complex tax needs of families’. The β€˜highly knowledgeable’ Lucinda Tite β€˜balances the compassion and emotional intelligence needed for private client work with the necessary technical expertise’. The β€˜vastly experienced’ Mary Elliott advises a wide range of individuals, families, trustees and executors on all aspects of wills, estates, trusts and tax planning. Matthew Yates is β€˜very discreet and patient’, and with him β€˜you always know what is happening and why’.

Leading individuals

Alexandra Sarkis - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Jonathan Godwin-Austen - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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