Firm Profile > Hunt & Coombs LLP > Peterborough, England

Hunt & Coombs LLP
35 THORPE ROAD
PETERBOROUGH
PE3 6AG
England

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is 'the market leader in Cambridgeshire and offers an unparalleled service in mental health work'. The firm has extensive experience in advocacy in a diverse range of matters, among them complex crimes including murder, corporate manslaughter, people trafficking and rape. The 'dynamic, creative and charming' Andrew Cave and Simon Milburn, who has more than 20 years' experience in court representation, lead a vastly experience team of solicitors. The firm has a Crime Duty contract and a Mental Health contract, the latter managed by Richard Boucher.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cave; Simon Milburn

Other key lawyers:

Richard Boucher; Glenda Hair

Testimonials

‘Hunt & Coombs is the market leader in Cambridgeshire and offers the full suite of legal services. They have particular experience in mental health work and can offer an unparalleled service for those clients who find themselves drawn into the criminal justice system. ’

‘Andrew Cave is dynamic, creative and charming. He immediately puts clients at ease and is very supportive of counsel when he is needed. Glenda Hair is the backbone of the team with years of experience and extremely well known and liked within the Cambridgeshire area. She is outstandingly competent and diligent and her involvement in a case is always an indication of smooth progress. ’

‘By far the best criminal team in Peterborough. Highly respected in all the local courts. ’

‘Glenda Hair is the powerhouse who has Hunt & Coombes running like a slick machine.  Andy Cave is an active criminal solicitor, with a no nonsense approach to representing his clients best interests. ’

‘The team are focused, hard working and dedicated. ’

‘The team at Hunt & Coombs are are amongst the best I have worked with. They are extremely organised, prepared and go the extra mile for their clients. Their client care is second to none. Their status and reputation in the Cambridge/Peterborough area means that they are extremely well respected within the courts and the judiciary there.’

‘All of the partners in Hunt & Coombs are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. As compared to their competitors they are prepared to do whatever work it takes to achieve the best outcome for their client. The standout individual at Hunt & Coombs is Glenda Hair who keeps everything running smoothly.’

‘An extremely busy firm that achieves a very high level of service across a wide spectrum of general crime and fraud cases.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a multi-disciplinary practice that advises on property, corporate and private client matters, often for landed estates and clients in the agricultural sector. Practice head Anna Spriggs in Peterborough is a specialist in agricultural property work and ecclesiastical law, handling complex and obscure matters of land law ranging from reverter rights to the acquisition and disposal of ecclesiastical properties including parsonages and glebe properties. She is supported by tax, trusts and estates partners Paddy Appleton in Oundle and Henry Anstey in Peterborough.

Practice head(s):

Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Appleton; Henry Anstey

Testimonials

‘Hunt and Coombs has the ability to deal with a wide range of legal issues.’

‘Anna Spriggs is excellent.’

Key clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Handelsbanken Plc

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP is one of the leading advisers to ecclesiastical charities in Rutland, Northamptonshire and the Peterborough Diocese, providing support to many churches on land transactions, and also acting for numerous schools. Anna Spriggs in Peterborough, who has extensive experience in ecclesiastical matters, and trusts and probate expert Paddy Appleton in Oundle are the lead lawyers. Peterborough-based private client specialist Henry Anstey also assists charity clients with wills, trusts and charitable status issues.

Practice head(s):

Anna Spriggs; Paddy Appleton

Other key lawyers:

Henry Anstey

Testimonials

‘Team is well known and individual contact is good. Good reputation and attention to detail.’

Key clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Private client > Family Tier 2

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is 'a well-known high street firm that is a market leader in family law in its geographical area and is friendly, approachable and hardworking'. Handling both private and public family law matters, the firm has one of the largest practices in the region. Practice head Farhana Butt 'commands great client loyalty and is always willing to go the extra distance when the pressure is on'. Consultants Denis White and Edward Owen play pivotal roles in the practice, as do associates Hannah Byatt, who is 'great at managing tricky litigants on the other side', and the 'personable and efficient' Louise Ballantyne.

Practice head(s):

Farhana Butt

Other key lawyers:

Denis White; Edward Owen; Hannah Byatt; Louise Ballantyne

Testimonials

‘The firm has long been established as a market leader in family law in its geographical area, and it works hard to continue to maintain that presence and reputation.’

‘Farhana Butt is extremely hardworking, she commands great client loyalty, she is a great communicator and is always willing to put in the hours to go the extra distance at times when the pressure is on. She does not buckle and she fights hard for each client.’

‘I have worked with Louise Ballantyne for many years and she is hardworking, personable, efficient and also a good advocate.’

‘The team is dedicated to the job it does providing a wide range of family law services which are adapted to meet each clients needs. They are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘Farhana Butt is able to deal with clients of all backgrounds in a sensitive and compassionate manner whilst also being able to pack a punch in Court or when dealing with opponents.’

‘Hannah Byatt is extremely thorough in her preparation and knowledge of the client and their case. She is sensitive to the client’s needs and gives realistic, proper and well thought through advice.’

‘The family team in Hunt & Coombs are friendly, approachable and there is strength and depth across the team with strong individual practitioners. They are very client-focused and provide a very high quality client service.’

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP has 'an old-fashioned ethos to client service' across its office network. The team is noted for its skills in tax planning and wills preparation for high-net-worth individuals and families, and it frequently deals with estates with a value in excess of £1.5m. Private client head Paddy Appleton in Oundle and lead wills, trusts and probate partner Henry Anstey in Peterborough are veteran practitioners with a loyal following. Associates Sallyann Short (who is 'great with clients and very quick to respond') and Sally Power are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Henry Anstey; Paddy Appleton

Other key lawyers:

Sallyann Short; Sally Power

Testimonials

‘The fees charged are absolutely fantastic for the efficient and very professional work done.’

‘Sally Power – what a classy lady and so on top of her game and advice. A highly professional individual, who I would thoroughly recommend. The fees were more than acceptable.’

‘They are well versed in dealing with the general matters that we come across, but also have the expertise to deal with the more complicated cases as well.’

‘They have an old-fashioned ethos to client service, which I like. Are always very transparent on fees, which is great for clients.’

‘Sallyann Short – great with clients, very quick to respond. Excellent knowledge. Very easy to work with in a team. Always puts clients first.’

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP is known for its 'promptness, knowledge and willingness to always going the extra mile'. The firm handles a broad palette of work that encompasses shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant cases, professional negligence claims and contractual disputes for regional businesses. Helen Townsend, who leads the commercial litigation team and is 'a fountain of knowledge, and extremely kind and courteous' and head of commercial Anna Spriggs oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Helen Townsend; Anna Spriggs

Testimonials

‘We were very impressed with promptness, and knowledge and always going the extra mile. All involved work well together and communicate efficiently ’

‘Helen Townsend is a fountain of knowledge and extremely kind and courteous. Always professional and always goes out of her way to help in any way she can!’

‘Helen Townsend is very easy to work with. She provided clear instructions and responded to queries promptly.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough handles high-value real estate transactions for businesses, charities, high-net-worth individuals and, notably, ecclesiastical organisations; 'the team is extremely professional and capable', notes one client. Practice had Anna Spriggs handles both commercial and rural property deals for a diverse array of clients, ranging from multimillion-pound corporates to small ecclesiastical property funds. Legal executive Sarah Morris is 'absolutely outstanding' and has particular expertise in acting for banks and other lenders.

Practice head(s):

Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Morris

Testimonials

‘Hunt and Coombs has the ability to deal with a wide range of legal issues.’

‘Anna Spriggs is excellent.’

‘The team at HC work well together and provide a joined up service. Our instructions always tend to have two points of contact which helps with transaction progression in the absence of either one. They are clear on pricing and stick to their quote unless there are significant additional workloads which neither side identified which is entirely fair.’

‘We work closely with Anna Spriggs and Sarah Morris who in turn work well together and we have built up a solid working relationship and mutual respect with them both over many transactions.’

‘The team is extremely professional and capable, and what really stands out is the level of personal service received.’

‘I worked with Sarah Morris, who was absolutely outstanding. She consistently delivered quality and timely work, provided invaluable advice, and always made time to discuss relevant issues on the phone. She took challenges presented by other parties in her stride, and always ensured results were achieved.’

‘The team is well known and has a good reputation and attention to detail.’

‘The firm is well known to the business.’

Key clients

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Handelsbanken Plc

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

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has a small corporate and commercial practice that nevertheless has a strong local following, particularly among SMEs. Lead partner Anna Spriggs focuses mainly on commercial real estate matters, but her broad practice also sees her involved in corporate transactions involving ecclesiastical clients and agricultural businesses. This work encompasses commercial agreements, share purchases, joint ventures and advice on company law.

Practice head(s):

Anna Spriggs

Key clients

Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd

East of England Showground Services Ltd

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Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has a 'friendly and positive' approach to property litigation and is praised by clients as 'knowledgable and client-focused'. 'Helpful, reassuring' head of commercial litigation Helen Townsend and head of commercial property Anna Spriggs oversee the practice. Townsend has 15 years' experience in property litigation, which she brings to bear on matters involving restrictive covenants, lease renewals, possession and dilapidation claims. She also has in-depth knowledge of boundary and right of way cases.

Practice head(s):

Helen Townsend; Anna Spriggs

Testimonials

‘Helen Townsend has been helpful, reassuring and nothing was too much trouble. Even when things where super though she keep us reassured and up to date matters.’

‘From the first contact with Hunt & Coombs, all issues concerning my property in London and necessary litigation were handled with perfect professionalism. It was a complex situation involving three countries with different legal systems. Their expertise included a deep knowledge of the law in all three countries as it related to property, ownership, marriage law, legal procedures that were deemed necessary. A good working relationship developed.’

‘All other contacts with staff were friendly and positive. The willingness to be of help was noted and appreciated. I was always treated with respect.’

‘Knowledgable and client-focused.’

‘Helen Townsend is conscientious and knowledgeable.’

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 anna.spriggs@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Partner and Head of Crime and Assistant Coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Simon Milburn simon.milburn@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Partner and Head of Private client and probate Paddy Appleton paddy.appleton@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01832 273506
Partner and Head of Personal injury Naina Tilney naina.tilney@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Partner and Team Leader of Family and child care Farhana Butt farhana.butt@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Partner and Team leader of Wills, Trusts & Probate Henry Anstey henry.anstey@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Partner Andy Cave andy.cave@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Team leader of Mental health Richard Boucher richard.boucher@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Team leader of commercial litigation Lesley Milne lesley.milne@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Miscellaneous Simon Milburn simon.milburn@hcsolicitors.co.uk 01733 882800
Photo Name Position Profile
 Henry Anstey  photo Henry Anstey Henry specialises in wills, trusts, probate and care for the elderly. He…
 Andrew Cave  photo Andrew Cave Andrew is an experienced high-level advocate who specialises in complex crime, high-value…
 Simon Milburn  photo Simon Milburn Simon heads the crime and mental health department. There are now ten…
 Edward Owen  photo Edward Owen Edward is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation,…
 Anna Spriggs  photo Anna Spriggs Anna has extensive experience in commercial property having helped businesses ranging from…
 Naina Tilney  photo Naina Tilney Naina joined Hunt & Coombs Solicitors in 2014 as a director and…
 Denis White  photo Denis White Denis is a consultant at the firm and key member of the family…
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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