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Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Law LLP

Alexandra Sarkis and Peter Robinson lead the team at Hunters Law LLP¬†that advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious rural and agricultural business and property matters. The group acts for some 90 landed estates which include a mix of tenanted and ‚Äėin hand‚Äô farms that are spread across the country from Northumberland to Wales. A number of these clients have heritage properties that are open to the public. The team has particular expertise in advising on the structuring of the ownership of these estates through partnerships, companies and trusts, and has significant expertise in complex generation and succession planning issues. In addition, the department works regularly with its art practice to provide contentious and non-contentious advice on matters ranging from provenance disputes and heritage property tax matters, through to the movement of fine art and chattels. James Vernor-Miles is another recommended member of the team.

Practice head(s):Alexandra Sarkis; Peter Robinson

Other key lawyers:James Vernor-Miles; Jonathan Thompson


'The team provides good and clear advice and has the ability to look at complicated issues with an open mind and then come up with logical and practical solutions'.

'The team provided practical and reasonable solutions to an extremely complex case and managed the time between partner lead input and that of an associate very well'.

'Jonathan Thompson is extremely knowledgeable. During an extremely complex issue he guided us and made us aware of the issues and pitfalls that no other professional had raised'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of two agricultural tenancy landlords, that enabled a split of the freehold reversion tenancy to be varied, so as to enable both landlords to manage their land without having to refer to one another.
  • Advised on the grant of a gas easement to gas distribution companies.
  • Advising on the strategic future of a third generation landed estate.
  • Advising on the gift of land to a son where there was a risk of undue influence.
  • Advising on development property work for a landed estate client.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP has a multi-disciplinary team that advises dealers, galleries, collectors and public and private institutions on the sale and acquisition of important artworks and other collectables. It also represents clients on title disputes, questions of misattribution and the authenticity of art as well as other complex claims regarding illegally excavated artefacts and advice in relation to treasure. Head of the team is Hetty Gleave who is the deputy chair of the Treasure Valuation Committee and a director and panel mediator with Art Resolve (the specialist Art Dispute Resolution Service). Gregor Kleinknecht is also a panel mediator and arbitrator with Art Resolve and a qualified arbitrator and member of the Board of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).

Practice head(s):Hetty Gleave

Other key lawyers:Gregor Kleinknecht; Petra Warrington;Julia Richards


'Blue-chip clients need blue-chip legal advice - which is what the Hunters' ethic seems to be'.

'The team is very knowledgeable, approachable and well-connected within the art world with a profound understanding of the issues that concern both its private and professional clients'.

'Hetty Gleave is an excellent communicator who is able to articulate complex issues in a very straight-forward manner'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced and pushes hard for his client'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht has huge knowledge of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is an excellent detail man'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced in restitution claims'.

'I have worked mainly with Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington, and have found them both to be exceptional'.

'The team seems to have particular strength with advising on heritage assets'.

'Julia Richards is very understanding of demanding clients'.

Key Clients

Mr Ali Jeddi

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mr Jeddi in the reported case of Jeddi –v- Sotheby's and Ors [2018] EWHC 1491 (Comm) in complex proceedings against Sotheby's and other parties in relation to possession of a valuable antique rock crystal jar consigned to Sotheby's in 2012 for sale by Mr Jeddi's agent.
Leading individuals

Gregor Kleinknecht - Hunters Law LLP

Hetty Gleave - Hunters Law LLP

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

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP acts for a broad range of charities, schools, sports clubs, humanitarian organisations, religious societies, staff associations, trade unions and many other not-for-profit organisations across the charity sector. It advises on a full spectrum of issues facing charities such as governance and regulation, through to fundraising and data protection issues. It has also been advising various new European-based corporations and foundations on diverse matters as well as international charities and NGOs with operations throughout Africa. Paul Almy heads the team and Wilfrid Vernor-Miles is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Almy

Other key lawyers:Dominik Opalińsk; Wilfrid Vernor-Miles


'Dominik Opalińsk has considerable experience of the subject and massive enthusiasm for solving problems'.

'Dominik Opaliński is extremely keen and energetic'.

'The team works well together, clearly communicates well. It has diverse experiences and a wealth of knowledge to put at our disposal. The team is always ready to help'.

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

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP specialises in complex, high-value and multi-party litigation often involving offshore assets. Head of team Richard Kershaw is skilled at advising on family law matters and the interplay with various contentious matters that arise from relationship-generated trusts in addition to Inheritance Act disputes. David Draisey is another key member of the team that advises trustees, beneficiaries, landed estate clients as well as City professionals on trust and probate disputes in the Court of Protection and the Chancery Division.

Practice head(s):Richard Kershaw

Other key lawyers:David Draisey


'It has the ability and expertise to carry the heaviest cases, while unusually retaining the flexibility and light-footedness to react swiftly and adeptly to the idiosyncratic demands of each client'.

'Richard Kershaw is the contentious private client partner you really want to find: sympathetic, devoted to the cause, but with an unerring ability to weigh up the weaknesses and strengths of the case, both the opponent's and the client's'.

'David Draisey is a one-man powerhouse, who is swiftly developing into one of the most assured CT&E solicitors in the capital'.

Leading individuals

Richard Kershaw - Hunters Law LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP has particular strength in complex and high-value financial work. As well as its work in the heavyweight financial cases the team is also known for its private children work. It routinely undertakes complex work such as advising on child abduction (Hague and non-Hague), wardship and high-conflict cross-border work. Henry Hood heads the team and has been accredited for many years as a Resolution specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law. Hood has also more recently become accredited as a mediator by the Law Society and is, in addition, a collaborative lawyer. Richard Kershaw’s cases often draw on his expertise in trusts, overseas assets and property ownership while Hetty Gleave specialises in complex financial and children work. The team was pleased to add Jay Patel to its ranks from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):Henry Hood

Other key lawyers:Hetty Gleave; Richard Kershaw; Jo Carr-West; Jay Patel; Amy Scollan


'Henry Hood commands a lot of respect'.

'Henry Hood uses his vast knowledge of previous cases wisely and always gives careful consideration about how to act'.

'Hunters is a top-end family law firm with a formidable reputation. The client care and attention to detail here is exceptional'.

'There is no other firm that manages clients' expectations as its lawyers does, or who will better hold the clients' hand in what is often such a traumatic and difficult time for them'.

'Jo Carr-West is an exceptional solicitor. She has fantastic client care skills and a precision that gives her work a real edge. Jo is immensely smart and brings her intellect and experience to bear in all her cases'.

'Hetty Gleave is extremely good, has great judgement, takes her responsibilities to her clients very seriously '.

'Hetty Gleave is friendly, business like and efficient. She has a no-nonsense pragmatic approach'.

'Richard Kershaw is a very good technician and keeps everything moving towards a resolution at a sensible pace'.

'Richard Kershaw is brilliant: insightful, pragmatic and knowledgeable. He has great client care skills and inspires confidence. He identifies strategies from the outset and gives clear and fair advice so clients feel part of a supportive team throughout'.

'Amy Scollan's attention to detail and research capabilities are outstanding. Amy is a first-class lawyer and leaves no stone unturned'.

Key Clients

Timothy Lewis Saxton

Work highlights

  • Acting in an unusual case in which the firm was instructed to act for a former husband concerning an application to set aside a consent order by the former wife that was obtained before the firm's involvement in the case – Saxton v Bruzas [2018] EWHC 3879 (Fam).
  • Acting for wife in high-conflict, high-value divorce.
  • Acting for the wife in a high-value landed estate case.
  • Acting for the wife after a long marriage to HNW husband.
  • Acting for a wife in a big money case where the husband does not understand the concept of sharing after a long marriage.
Leading individuals

Henry Hood - Hunters Law LLP

Richard Kershaw - Hunters Law LLP

Rising stars

Amy Scollan - Hunters Law LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Hunters Law LLP

Henry Hood heads the team at Hunters Law LLP that includes Hazel Wright and Jo Carr-West - each has been working as a mediator for many years. Wright is experienced in sole mediation, co-mediation and increasingly in supported mediation. Carr-West is a Resolution-accredited specialist in high-net-worth financial provision on divorce and in private children law.  A new addition to the team from Shoosmiths LLP is Jay Patel who is a trained mediator with Resolution and who mediates in English and in Gujarati.

Practice head(s):Henry Hood

Other key lawyers:Hazel Wright; Jo Carr-West; Jay Patel


'Hunters is able to field a large team of family mediators, all experienced partners in the firm. That enables them to offer an adept, swift response.'

'Hunters offers a good and rounded mediation service. They are all skilled lawyers, adept at seeing the bigger picture, and they bring these skills and intelligence to the practice.'

'Henry Hood is an extremely competent practitioner, his calm and authoritative manner provides great reassurance in troubled times.'

'Henry Hood is known for his effective time and tension management, enabling him to help couples to settlement.'

'Henry Hood brings a combination of considerable personal skills and his business acumen as a former commercial litigator to his mediation work, and is excellent.'

'Hazel Wright is particularly well-regarded for her calm and thorough approach, enabling her to achieve successful outcomes in conflicted cases.'

'Hazel Wright is a hugely experienced mediator. She is thoughtful, empathetic and clear minded.'

'It is a well resourced and high-calibre team. Jo Carr-West is an excellent mediator. Balanced, fair but firm.'

'Jo Carr-West is intelligent and focused and quickly gets to the heart of a problem. She brings these skills to her mediation practice.'

'Jay Patel has been extremely helpful with mediation. He has a very thorough approach, talking through all possibilities and comes up with practical solutions by thinking outside of the box.'

Work highlights

  • Advised in a mediation that involved an English husband and a Swedish wife who was concerned over post-Brexit jurisdiction.
  • Acted in a mediation that was made complex by situational violence, Social Services' supervision of children, court orders controlling harassment and occupation of the home.
  • Advised in a high-conflict mediation following the hostile breakdown of an international marriage that involved a young child.
  • Advised on a complex division of assets for an unmarried couple, including jointly-owned property and chattels and inherited assets.
Leading individuals

Hazel Wright - Hunters Law LLP

Henry Hood - Hunters Law LLP

Jo Carr-West - Hunters Law LLP

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

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP provides high-end tax and trust advice to a wide range of individuals, families and trustees with onshore and offshore interests. The team is recommended for its skill at advising wealthy clients on all aspects of tax and succession planning. The firm also has an extensive landed estate practice advising over 60 estates across England, Wales and Scotland and has acted for some of these families over multiple generations. Its clients variously have family businesses ranging from traditional farming businesses and houses that are open to the public, to highly successful entrepreneurs and property moguls with domestic and international business interests. Alexandra Sarkis and Lucinda Tite head the team.

Practice head(s):Alexandra Sarkis; Lucinda Tite

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Godwin-Austen; Robert Wright; Molly Wills; Charlotte Simm


'Hunters is a very focused firm, with substantial expertise in personal tax, trusts and probate. Great attention to detail, very efficient, responsive and professional, but always approachable.'

'Hunters provides an excellent service tailored to meet its clients' needs. Alexandra Sarkis knows her clients really well and understands complex trust issues and family dynamics.'

'The team is  personable, experienced and thoughtful. Whilst Charlotte Simm is obviously very technically able, she is thoughtful and approachable and is very focused on detail.'

'A really experienced and knowledgeable team  that understands its clients and what they want. Alexandra Sarkis - absolutely first-rate.'

'Lucinda Tite is highly knowledgeable and extensively thorough in these matters. She balances the compassion and emotional intelligence needed for private client work with the necessary technical expertise.'

'Jonathan Godwin-Austen is an experienced professional who has built up a good relationship with clients and other professionals. He is highly regarded.'

'Robert Wright is thorough and efficient.'

'Charlotte Simm is always meticulous, and wants to ensure that clients have a full understanding of what she will do for them.'

Leading individuals

Alexandra Sarkis - Hunters Law LLP

Jonathan Godwin-Austen - Hunters Law LLP

Next Generation Partners

Molly Wills - Hunters Law LLP

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