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Hunt & Coombs LLP

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is 'an excellent regional firm that is very well run and client-committed'. Complex crime and mental health specialist Andrew Cave leads the practice along with associate Kashif Khan, who frequently handles cases of youth crime, often working with the Youth Offending Service to divert young individuals away from the criminal justice system. Cave is'goes out of his way for his clients, and the whole team has a very good manner and nothing is too much for them'. Senior associate Richard Boucher manages the firm’s Mental Health Contract.

Practice head(s):

Kashif Khan; Andy Cave

Other key lawyers:


‘An excellent regional firm that are very well run and client committed.’

‘Great company. Very knowledgable and great results.’

‘The team is led by Andy Cave who goes out of his way for his clients, the whole team has a very good manner and nothing is too much for them.’

‘Andy Cave is an outstanding solicitor – he knows his business inside out and exudes confidence when speaking to clients, putting them at ease that they know they have someone looking after them who knows what they are doing.’

Private client > Family Tier 2

The family practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘empathetic and good at listening to clients, and it puts the client at the heart of the issue'. Partner Hannah Byatt in St Neots took over leadership of the practice from Farhana Butt in Peterborough in 2023, though Butt remains an active fee earner. In Peterborough, consultants Denis White (who is ‘a legend in the field') and Edward Owen (who is ‘the calm port in a storm') remain closely involved in family law matters. The firm has 13 specialist family lawyers and frequently handles cases with multimillion-pound assets.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Byatt; Farhana Butt

Other key lawyers:

Denis White; Katie Copsey; Rachael Bridges


‘The team are proactive in signposting their clients to alternative dispute resolution resources alongside their legal services, offering a holistic approach to family matters. This I feel puts the client at the heart of the issue and it reduces the cost for the client significantly. They are empathetic and good at listening to their clients and enabling them to feel supported during what is a a challenging journey. The team are keen to learn and adopt new approaches within the family arena.’

‘I value the integrity and professionalism of the team . They provide clients with information relevant to the layperson in a way they can understand rather than legal terms which they may find difficult to process. Hannah Byatt, Farhana Butt, and Katie Copsey are a pleasure to be associated with and I have the utmost respect for them and the role they play in the family law arena.’

‘Rachael Bridges works incredibly hard and truly goes above and beyond in terms of client care. Her advice is also spot on and she is not afraid to give clients advice that they might find difficult to hear’

‘Particularly strong in public law. Denis White is a legend in the field.’

‘Denis White is incredibly knowledgeable in public children law, including in some quite niche areas.’

‘The family team is efficient and knowledgeable. As counsel, they always respond to my queries quickly and helpfully.’

‘Rachael Bridges is excellent and gives easy-to-follow advice.’

‘Hunt & Coombs is a leader in family law in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Their work standards are extremely high and the client care is reliable and consistent.’

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

At Hunt & Coombs LLP, Oundle-based Sally Power who frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals, landowners, farmers, and business owners, now leads the practice, having taken over from Peterborough-based Henry Anstey at the start of 2023. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Anstey remains a key partner in the practice. Paddy Appleton, who also works from the Oundle office, has vast experience in all areas of private client law and Huntingdon-based Sallyann Short is known for her ‘professional manner and caring nature’.

Practice head(s):

Sally Power


‘Anyone I have had contact with is always extremely helpful, for all matters, big or small. The firm’s entire approach seems to be client-focused, which I value greatly.’

‘I have found Sallyann Short so helpful in all elements; her attitude to her clients is brilliant and her advice is always detailed but easy to digest.’

‘Henry Anstey is very knowledgeable in key areas. He is able to explain complex legalities in a way that invokes client confidence. It is very important that any professional can explain their specialties in the simplest language without resorting to unnecessary jargon.’

‘The team are extremely helpful and very knowledgeable.’

‘Sallyann Short is one of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. She is so good at dealing with the complex needs of clients whilst maintaining a professional manner and caring nature. Clients don’t feel under pressure with her either.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is described as ‘long-standing firm in the area, with great local knowledge'. The corporate and commercial team 'provide an efficient service'. Former practice head Anna Spriggs departed in April 2023 to the Northampton office of Howes Percival LLP; April 2023-promoted partner Olivia Chalmers now leads the practice. The team is adept in acting for a diverse client base of sole traders, start-ups, regional SMEs and leading national brands, among them Anglia Home Furnishings Limited.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Chalmers


‘A long-standing firm in the area, great local knowledge and strong partners.’

‘Approachable, good local knowledge and provide an efficient service.’

‘In 40 years of working with solicitor in my profession, I can say that Olivia Chalmers is one of the best.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Aprenda Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Aprenda Ltd in the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to the international BRUSH Group.
  • Providing general corporate and commercial services for Anglia Home Furnishings Limited to include group company secretarial services, corporate guidance for on-boarding of new directors and general commercial contracts advice.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has a diverse litigation practice that encompasses a broad-range of work, namely the contentious trusts and probate matters handled by practice head Helen Townsend. In regards to commercial litigation, senior associate Rebecca Beynon-Phillips who joined the team from Rosling King's London office in February 2023, brings valuable experience. Senior associate Norman Hunter-Goulder has extensive advocacy experience in both commercial and civil litigation contexts. Former head of commercial who worked closely with the litigation team, Anna Spriggs, departed to Howes Percival LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Helen Townsend


‘Helen Townsend showed insight and knowledge in this area and was good to work with to achieve a settlement. She is very empathetic with her clients and their needs.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP's practice handles property, corporate and private client matters relating to the agricultural sector, and is noted as providing ‘prompt clear and excellent advice'. Peterborough-based April 2022-promoted partner Olivia Chalmers leads the practice. Former lead partner Anna Spriggs moved to Howes Percival LLP's Northampton office in April 2023. Associate James Steward handles real estate matters and is based in Oundle, whilst senior partner Paddy Appleton advises rural clients on wills, trusts and probate matters. Private client partner Sallyann Short in Huntingdon frequently assists agricultural family estates.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Chalmers


‘Prompt clear and excellent advice.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is known for ‘excellent and prompt service delivery‘, as well as ‘expertise in private lettings which is not generally available in many provincial practices‘. Practice co-head Helen Townsend handles property disputes, working closely with co-head and civil litigation specialist Naina Tilney. Townsend and Tilney are 'extremely dedicated and will go above and beyond for their clients', often acting in disputes concerning the breach of leases, dilapidation claims, and constructions.

Practice head(s):

Helen Townsend; Naina Tilney


‘Expertise on property law particularly with regard to private lettings which is not generally available in many provincial practices. Excellent and prompt service delivery.’

‘Partner in charge of property services, Helen Townsend, very helpful and knowledgeable And willing to help on all matters with regard to a particularly difficult tenant and negligent property management company.’

‘They are extremely dedicated and will go above and beyond for their clients. I was impressed with Helen Townsend’s attention to detail particularly.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 4

Working out of Peterborough, the team at Hunt & Coombs LLP frequently advises businesses, charities and individuals on property transactions. Former practice head Anna Spriggs has since departed the practice to join Howes Percival LLP, and is succeeded by Olivia Chalmers  who now leads the practice. Clients praise Chalmers for her ‘expertise and attention to detail', which are 'second to none'. Senior associate David Marsh joined the team from Chattertons in February 2023, bringing extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of development land. Associate James Steward in Oundle also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Chalmers

Other key lawyers:


‘This firm is excellent. Their expertise and attention to detail are second to none.’

‘Olivia Chalmers with whom we worked made the property sale so straightforward and she guided us, with her expertise to a satisfactory conclusion.’

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors provides a comprehensive range of business and personal legal services from its offices in Peterborough, Oundle, Huntingdon, St Neots and Cambridge. 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 four branch offices: Oundle, Huntingdon, St Neots and Cambridge. 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 100 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Paddy Appleton 01832 273506
Partner & Mediator Naina Tilney 01733 882800
Partner, Family Mediator & Collaborative Lawyer Farhana Butt 01733 882800
Partner Henry Anstey 01733 882800
Partner Andy Cave 01733 882800
Team leader of Mental health Richard Boucher 01733 882800
Partner, Team Leader Dispute Resolution Helen Townsend 01733 882800
Partner, Team Leader Wills, Trusts & Probate Sally Power 01832 273506
Partner Sallyann Short 01480 411224
Partner, Team Leader Family Hannah Byatt 01480 702207
Partner, Team Leader Corporate & Commercial Property Olivia Chalmers 01733 882872
Associate, Team Leader Crime Kashif Khan 01733 882858
Photo Name Position Profile
Katie Copsey photo Katie Copsey Katie is a Chartered Legal Executive and advises clients on a range…
Emily Lowndes photo Emily Lowndes Emily is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Wills, Trusts and Probate…
Irina Moore photo Irina Moore Irina is Police Station Representative and has extensive experience advising clients on…
Jenny Newell photo Jenny Newell Jenny is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive in the Wills, Trusts and Probate…
Edward Owen photo Edward Owen Edward is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation,…
David Read photo David Read David is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive and has been a Fellow…
Denis White photo Denis White Denis is a consultant at the firm and key member of the family…
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Henry Anstey photo Henry Anstey Henry specialises in wills, trusts, probate and care for the elderly. He…
Patrick Appleton photo Patrick Appleton Paddy is a solicitor specialising in wills, trusts and probate. He also…
Rebecca  Beynon-Phillips photo Rebecca Beynon-Phillips Rebecca is a Senior Associate and has experience in advising a diverse…
Richard Boucher photo Richard Boucher Senior Associate and Mental Health Team Leader. Richard represents patients, both in…
Rachael Bridges photo Rachael Bridges Rachael is a solicitor in our Family & Divorce team. Rachael specialises…
Farhana Butt  photo Farhana Butt Farhana is a Partner and leads the Family Team at Hunt &…
Hannah Byatt photo Hannah Byatt Hannah is a Partner in our Wills Trusts & Probate team and…
Andrew Cave photo Andrew Cave Andrew is an experienced high-level advocate who specialises in complex crime, complex…
Olivia Chalmers photo Olivia Chalmers Olivia is a Partner within our Corporate Commercial team. Olivia has pursued…
Katie Coles photo Katie Coles Katie is a solicitor in our Family & Divorce team and advises…
Samantha Crombie photo Samantha Crombie Samantha is a solicitor and advises clients on: Preparing a Will to…
Sarah Dawson photo Sarah Dawson Sarah is a senior solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team…
Anne Earle photo Anne Earle Anne is a solicitor in our Family & Divorce team.
Luke Edwards photo Luke Edwards Luke is a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team and has experience…
Kashif Khan photo Kashif Khan Kashif is an Associate in the Criminal Department. Kashif specialises in representing…
David Marsh photo David Marsh David is Senior Asoociate and  specialises in commercial property and development work…
Sally Power photo Sally Power Sally is a Partner in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team and…
Abbie Smith photo Abbie Smith Abbie is a solicitor in our Commercial Property team and has experience…
James Steward photo James Steward James is an Associate in our Commercial Property team and in March…
Rebecca Thomas photo Rebecca Thomas Rebecca is a solicitor in the family team and can advise on…
Naina Tilney photo Naina Tilney Naina joined Hunt & Coombs Solicitors in 2014 as a director and…
Helen Townsend photo Helen Townsend Helen is a Partner and Team Leader of our Commercial Litigation team.…
Laura Wilcox photo Laura Wilcox Laura is a Solicitor in our commercial property team. She advises a…
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Mauro Maselli photo Mauro Maselli Barrister
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43