Firm Profile > Hunt & Coombs LLP > Peterborough, England

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Crime: fraud Tier 1

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.


“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.”

Crime: general Tier 1

'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.


“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.”

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough Tier 1

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'.


“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.”

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

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.

Key clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

East of England Agricultural Society

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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.


‘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

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

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.


“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.”


Commercial property: Peterborough Tier 2

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.


“The firm is easy to reach and pleasant to deal with.”

Key clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance


The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral

East of England Agricultural Society

The IS Group Limited

Corporate and commercial: Peterborough Tier 2

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.

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

Family Tier 2

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.


‘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.’

Health and safety Tier 2

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.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

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.


“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.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

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. 


‘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.’

Property litigation Tier 3

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.


“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

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors provides a comprehensive range of business and personal legal services from its offices in Peterborough, Oundle, Huntingdon and St Neots. The firm has always offered a broad spectrum of legal advice and works strategically with a strong and diverse commercial client list while maintaining its position as the leading provider of private client, family and crime services in the area.

The firm: Hunt & Coombs Solicitors prides itself on giving the best quality advice for businesses, charities, the agricultural sector, families and individuals. It was established in 1934 by Jack Hunt, who provided court representation free at a time when there was no legal aid for those that needed it most. Since then the firm has seen the addition of three branch offices: Oundle, Huntingdon and St Neots. Organisational changes have enabled the firm to build a robust and profitable organisation that is growing steadily and continues to support its clients. The firm now has approximately 85 staff and further strategic acquisitions may well develop as the firm continues to grow.

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors continues to recruit talented and dedicated individuals and nurtures and develops them. In recognition of the firm’s legal expertise and the legal service they provide, it has received many industry accreditations and the firm’s fellow professionals consider it to be professional and responsive.

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors’ mission is that our firm is built upon a foundation of core values which inform how we treat our clients, partners and each other. We believe passionately in these values and we are proud of the environment they create and the loyalty, enthusiasm and tenacity they generate. The culture within the firm, and our talented and committed team who contribute to it daily are our greatest assets and ensure we deliver exceptional service.

Types of work undertaken: Hunt & Coombs Solicitors has extensive expertise across all business and personal areas of law with particular strength in commercial property, charity law, ecclesiastical law, legal work for the agricultural sector, corporate, employment, motoring law, contentious probate, Wills, tax planning, collaborative law, child protection, murder, manslaughter and serious fraud.

The firm’s portfolio ranges from large-value company commercial cases, commercial property, estate matters and complex probate, Wills and tax planning issues through to personal injury and executive and business crime and private family and child care work and residential property. The firm works with high-net-worth individuals on all manner of private client matters and has an excellent reputation in this area while maintaining a strong commercial focus and work with businesses and charities of all sizes.

Company commercial and property: the firm is experienced in all aspects of property and company law whether the organisation is a commercial enterprise, a charity, agricultural business, an ecclesiastical body or any other type of organisation.

Commercial Litigation: the commercial litigation team assists clients in resolving disputes through negotiation or court action. They cover contractual disputes, professional negligence, shareholder/partnership disputes, property litigation and employment issues.

Private client and probate: the probate team focuses on offering practical, straightforward advice on managing wealth, inheritance and assets with a service tailored to the needs of high-net-worth individuals. The team excels in the areas of tax planning and Will preparation, as well as winding up estates of all sizes and degrees of complexity regularly dealing with estates with a value in excess of £1.5m.

Family and child care: the family team excels in the areas of high-value private matrimonial work and public law care work, regularly acting for the guardians. The team is committed to finding solutions to family problems collaboratively and avoiding court where possible.

Crime: the firm deals with all aspects of complex crime, as well as mental health cases. They are gaining strength in corporate defence work and health and safety matters, proceeds of crime recovery, environmental and trading standards matters.

Personal injury: the PI team deals with claimant work for accidents with serious injuries.






Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Commercial Property Team Anna Spriggs 01733 882800
Partner and Head of Crime and Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Simon Milburn 01733 882800
Partner and Head of Private client and probate Paddy Appleton 01832 273506
Partner and Head of Personal injury Naina Tilney 01733 882800
Partner and Team Leader of Family and child care Farhana Butt 01733 882800
Partner and Team leader of Wills, Trusts & Probate Henry Anstey 01733 882800
Partner Andy Cave 01733 882800
Team leader of Mental health Richard Boucher 01733 882800
Team leader of commercial litigation Lesley Milne 01733 882800
Miscellaneous Simon Milburn 01733 882800
Photo Name Position Profile
 Henry Anstey  photo Henry Anstey
 Farhana Butt  photo Farhana Butt
 Andrew Cave  photo Andrew Cave
 Simon Milburn  photo Simon Milburn
Ms Lesley Milne  photo Ms Lesley Milne
 Edward Owen  photo Edward Owen
 Anna Spriggs  photo Anna Spriggs
 Naina Tilney  photo Naina Tilney
 Denis White  photo Denis White
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43