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Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘the best in Peterborough area, an excellent local firm that provides a highly organised and extremely committed professional service to their criminal and fraud clients‘. The firm holds Legal Aid Agency contracts in Peterborough and Huntingdon with offices offering criminal advice in St Neots and Oundle when required. It is highly regarded for defending complex crime cases including murder, corporate manslaughter, people trafficking and sexual offences. Lead partner Andrew Cave is ‘fabulous with clients and passionately committed to defending his clients‘ and one client remarks that he ‘has great energy and leaves no stone unturned‘. Simon Milburn left the firm for an in-house role. Criminal law clerk Glenda Hair ‘is always on top of her game, she never drops the ball and keeps the wheels turning‘. Senior associate Richard Boucher manages the firm’s Mental Health Contract.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Shelbourne; Glenda Hair; Richard Boucher
‘The best solicitors in the Peterborough area. They are an excellent local firm who provide a highly organised and extremely committed professional service to their criminal and fraud clients.’
‘Partner Andy Cave is fabulous with clients. He is a committed fighter and passionately committed to defending his clients. He has great energy and leaves no stone unturned.’
‘The team have a wealth of experience, particularly Andy Cave and Martin Shelbourne who deal with the full spectrum of criminal offences. They have an unrivalled understanding of the local police, judges, courts and CPS – which can be very helpful in defending cases in that area.’
‘Glenda Hair – the firm would not be the same without her. Glenda is always on top of her game, she never drops the ball and keeps the wheels turning. She is always very reasonable, level headed and has a can-do attitude to everything. You know when you ask Glenda to do something, or to help, she will get it done.’
‘Andy Cave is a man of the people. Glenda Hair keeps the whole ship running like a well oiled machine. If you ever have an issue Glenda can get it resolved for you.’
‘I deal with the team on mental health side. I am quite impressed how they support mentally unwell patients in exercising their rights while they are detained under the Mental Health Act. I have also worked with the team on a number of medico legal cases and seen how well they know their clients and how they tailor their input to their particular needs.’
‘The whole team was brilliant. Eye to detail, communication and a company who seem to go that extra mile.’
‘Andy cave seemed to be very knowledgable, dedicated and direct. Like his department, was outstanding.’
Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is known for its ‘local knowledge, long-term stability and reliability‘. The firm’s property work includes site acquisition, assembly and disposal, as well as joint ventures, infrastructure and planning agreements, farm business tenancies and other lettings. Property partner Anna Spriggs leads the agriculture and estates practice, and she advises businesses ranging from multimillion-pound commercial enterprises to small ecclesiastical property funds. Henry Anstey and, in Oundle, Paddy Appleton (who ‘provides excellent service regarding probate and wills‘) have extensive experience in dealing with rural estates. Sallyann Short in Huntingdon also focuses on agricultural family estates.
Other key lawyers:
Henry Anstey; Paddy Appleton; Olivia Chalmers
‘Local knowledge, long-term stability and reliability.’
‘The agricultural team has extensive knowledge of all aspects of agricultural law, planning, development, inheritance and succession. We have been clients of Anna Spriggs and her team for very many years, and have found their work on our behalf and advise given, have always been first class. Anna’s thorough approach to recent agricultural development, land sales and acquisition gives us great confidence that all aspects of the legal documentation has been completed with great due diligence, and efficiency.’
‘Anna Spriggs has been looking after our business legal work for many years now, and Olivia Chalmers has worked with us on Land Registry submissions and mortgage applications in more recent times. Both are very willing to meet one to one, and are usually very prompt to answer phone calls and emails. They are also very keen to make sure that we, as clients have full understanding of the work they are doing on our behalf.’
‘Paddy Appleton, from the Oundle office, has also provided an excellent service regarding probate and wills in recent years. I have always found everyone at HC very approachable.’
The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
- Advised the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on various matters including: complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory vesting procedures, disposal of parsonages and land for development, disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and/or education use – including acquisition of new church sites, promotion agreements, collaboration and option agreements.
- Advising The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on two interconnected option agreements with additional complexities of local objections under ecclesiastical law.
Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2Hunt & Coombs LLP has a multidisciplinary practice that draw together property, employment, commercial and governance expertise to advise a diverse roster of charity clients. The practice is led by specialists in charity law, Anna Spriggs in Peterborough and Paddy Appleton in Oundle. Spriggs, predominantly handles property matters and provides ‘punctual responses and clear advice‘, assisted Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance with statutory disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and/or educational use. Private client partner Henry Anstey in Peterborough also advises charities on property matters, wills, trusts and charitable status issues.
Anna Spriggs; Paddy Appleton
Other key lawyers:
Henry Anstey; Olivia Chalmers
‘I needed a local solicitor with experience of working for charities. They were able to help me in a timely way and guided me successfully to register my charity.’
‘Anne Spriggs responds quickly to my questions and guides me in decisions which are outside my experience and in the interests of the charity. It is valuable to have advice when faced with unfamiliar situations.’
‘I am happy that the team provides the breadth and skills to offer relevant advice on many areas of legal compliance to assist our work.’
‘They care and ensure that your needs have been met’
‘The practice provides an individualised service, whereby we feel valued as a customer. Throughout we have been assigned a person who has led our work and we have been able to have easy access to senior staff as required.’
‘We have dealt primarily with Olivia Chalmers and Anna Spriggs and both have been excellent in providing punctual responses and clear advice on our project.’
Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
- Advising Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on various matters including: complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and/or educational use – including acquisition of new church sites, complex multi-party Options and Promotion Agreements a number of development sites.
- Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance – advising on two interconnected option agreements with additional complexities of local objections under ecclesiastical law.
- Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance – an intricate and detailed framework of transactional documents negotiated, including a headline legal agreement, various supporting undertakings and a deed of gift for an original Holdich organ gifted to St Peter’s Church in Oundle (the organ will be removed from St Luke’s Chapel in Brompton Hospital, Kensington, fully restored by a national specialist and installed at St Peter’s Church).
Private client > Family Tier 2Hunt & Coombs LLP ‘provides first-class advice in the area of public law care proceedings, and the team is diligent and provides realistic advice in the most difficult of circumstances‘. Practice head Farhana Butt in Peterborough ‘works tremendously hard, giving 100% to each of her clients, which engenders deep-rooted loyalty‘. Also in Peterborough, consultants Denis White and Edward Owen remain closely involved in key matters, and associate Elizabeth Thompson is ‘hardworking and really does go the extra mile for her clients‘. Partner Hannah Byatt in St Neots frequently deals with financial matters involving complex issues and high-value assets.
Other key lawyers:
Hannah Byatt; Denis White; Edward Owen; Rachel Bridges; Elizabeth Thompson
‘Farhana Butt. She works tremendously hard, giving 100% to each of her clients. She engenders deep-rooted loyalty from her clients. I have no doubt that that is why Hunts achieves so much matrimonial work from recommendation.’
‘Rachael Bridges is incredibly conscientious, nothing is too much trouble for her and she has an amazing eye for detail. Her advice to clients is absolutely sound.’
‘Very strong teamwork. I anticipate that clients will feel that, regardless of who picks up the phone when they call, everyone is familiar with them and their case.’
‘Denis White is the stand-out member of the team. His knowledge is second-to-none. He is particularly skilled representing teenagers and is well-respected by the local Children’s Guardians.’
‘Hunt & Coombes provide first-class advice in the area of public law care proceedings (which is the area I have direct experience of dealing with them with). Their team are diligent, and provide realistic advice to clients in the most difficult of circumstances.’
‘Elizabeth Thompson stands out. She is diligent, hardworking and really does go the extra mile for her clients. I would recommend Elizabeth to any families who need someone to help them.’
‘The Family Team at Hunt and Coombs remain absolutely committed to legal aid work. They provide an excellent service to parents and Children’s Guardians in public law Children Act proceedings. They are also developing an interesting practice in complex private law work.’
‘Rachael Bridges is a very caring and conscientious solicitor. Sensible and realistic.’
Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2Hunt & Coombs LLP ‘provides a higher level of personal care to clients than other firms‘. The private client practice excels in the areas of tax planning and will preparation for high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as winding up estates both simple and complex. Henry Anstey in Peterborough leads the probate practice, while Paddy Appleton in Oundle is head of the private client department. ‘They recognise each individual’s needs and requirements, and they pose questions to make you think differently about an issue but are not forceful‘, remarks one client. Up-and-coming partner Sallyann Short in Huntingdon ‘has a manner which puts her clients at ease and as such they feel that they can ask questions and receive clear and understandable answers‘.
Other key lawyers:
Paddy Appleton; Sallyann Short; Sally Power
‘This firm’s personnel have a wide skill base and I am happy with their work.’
‘They recognise each individual’s needs and requirements. Pose questions to make you think differently about an issue but are not forceful.’
‘In my experience, Hunt & Coombs solicitors provide a higher level of personal care to clients than other firms who I have contact with. The solicitors I have worked alongside appear to really understand their clients and genuinely want to give high standards of personalised advice and service.’
‘Henry Anstey is clearly extremely well thought of by his clients, who also show that they trust him 100%’
‘Sallyann Short’s ability to communicate with her clients is clear, understandable and her use of language/how she explains matters makes her stand out from her peers. She has a manner which puts her clients at ease and as such they feel that they can ask questions and receive clear and understandable answers. Sallyann has had experience of working within financial services in the past and therefore her understanding of financial products is high, which is refreshing.’
‘Working with Sallyann Short and Henry Anstey has been a real pleasure over recent years. Other solicitors I know within the firm are Sally Power and Paddy Appleton, both of whom are very friendly, capable and genuine.’
Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3At Hunt & Coombs LLP, 'the team is personable and approach legal issues in a pragmatic and practical manner ensuring that work completed efficiently and in the best interest of the client'. In Peterborough, lead partner Anna Spriggs and associate Olivia Chalmers 'cut through the jargon and help you understand the legal issues and resolutions in a straight forward and easy to understand way - a refreshing approach in comparison to other lawyers'. The firm advises sole traders, grassroots start-ups, regional SMEs and national companies on all aspects of M&A and commercial matters. Spriggs also frequently acts for ecclesiastical clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are personable and approach legal issues in a pragmatic and practical manner ensuring that work completed efficiently and in the best interest of the client. The partners and team are active in the local community and support the area where they work.’
‘The team cut through the jargon and help you understand the legal issues and resolutions in a straight forward and easy to understand way – a refreshing approach in comparison to other lawyers.’
‘Working with Olivia Chalmers, Associate, advising our mutual client on the sale of their company, I found her and the practices she adopted to be very commercial and this was key to completing a corporate transaction of this nature.’
‘Olivia Chalmers provided assistance to the sellers on the due diligence and disclosure process with patience and was insightful answering the client’s questions.’
‘Olivia Chalmers had a good understanding of the deal mechanics including completion accounts definitions, estimates for cash, debt and working capital and how the corporate finance advisers brought this together on the deal. Olivia was able to collaborate well with us and offer guidance on any accounting, tax and legal points associated with the deal mechanics to ensure we were acting in the best interests of our mutual client.’
Shareholders of Aprenda Limited
Stamford Country Inns Limited
Anglia Home Furnishings Limited
East of England Showground Services Limited
Airscience Technology International Limited
Lattice Labels Limited
- Advised the shareholders of Aprenda Ltd in the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to the international BRUSH Group.
- Advised Stamford Country Inns Limited and certain individual shareholders in a hive-down asset sale of the trading business and grade II listed freehold property of a historic local village inn.
- Ongoing general corporate and commercial services to Anglia Home Furnishings Limited, including 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 3Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough has a commercial litigation team that is ‘technically gifted, has the brightest legal minds and delivers outstanding customer service‘. Newly promoted partner Helen Townsend leads the practice, working closely with head of commercial Anna Spriggs. Townsend is ‘very professional – response times are quick and communication clear‘. Her work encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, restrictive covenants, contractual disputes, professional negligence and insolvency matters. Senior associate Norman Hunter-Goulder joined from Pellys to add advocacy experience in commercial and civil litigation.
Helen Townsend; Anna Spriggs
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice was recommended to us by a solicitor acting for us who was retiring, on the basis of their professional competence and ability to deal with our litigation . We have not been disappointed.’
‘The partner, Helen Townsend, and her team have been very professional in the way they have dealt with us. Response times have been quick and communication clear. Helen has made herself available despite the pandemic.’
‘Hunt & Coombs get the balance right between professional specialist legal advice and friendly case support. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Hunt and Coombs, like all great firms, strive to recruit the best staff for their specialist teams, staff who, without exception, uphold the highest legal standards and expertise. Their teams are technically gifted; have the brightest legal minds, who challenge processes that no longer work and remove the roadblocks that prevent them from loving their jobs and delivering outstanding customer service. As a client I found that Hunt and Coombs value the important things like integrity, collaboration, respect, inclusivity and performance.’
Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3Headquartered in Peterborough, Hunt & Coombs LLP is a ‘long-established and well-regarded local firm with an excellent reputation for quality service and range of expertise‘. The firm frequently advises on the management of complex property portfolios and acts for numerous public sector bodies, among them drainage authorities. Practice head Anna Spriggs handles the sale and acquisition of church, charity and development land as well as leasehold and freehold commercial sales and purchases. She has ‘a real breadth of skills and is always very personable‘. Associates James Pepperdine in Peterborough and James Steward in Oundle also play key roles in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Amazing availability of our solicitor.’
‘James Pepperdine is a fabulous solicitor who seemed to be available day and night and even answered on his days off. Anytime we had concerns with our transactions he was straight to the rescue and is excellent at his client relationships.’
‘Long-established and well-regarded local firm with an excellent reputation for quality service and range of expertise. Their reputation is based on many years of representation and high client service levels and increasingly this is what makes any service provider stand out.’
‘Anna Spriggs is our main contact and has been for many years. Anna has a real breadth of skills and a specialism in landed estates/older properties and is always very personable.’
The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd t/a Fabb Furniture
Stamford Country Inns
Anglia Components Ltd
The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance
- Advised The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on two interconnected option agreements with additional complexities of local objections under ecclesiastical law.
- Advised Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd t/a Fabb Furniture on various commercial retail park 10 year leases for this long standing client.
- Advised Anglia Components Ltd on surrendering existing lease and creating new one for a special purchase vehicle company. Dealing with finance element of the transaction. Simultaneous completion, funds received and surrender of existing lease.
Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough handles a diverse range of contentious property matters, including matters arising from restrictive covenants, lease renewals, TOLATA claims, rights of way, boundaries, and possession claims. It also acts for builders and their clients in matters concerning building work from the construction of entire buildings to extensions or smaller projects. Head of the commercial practice Anna Spriggs works closely with lead commercial litigation partner Helen Townsend to handle property disputes. Townsend is ‘exceptional and displays a full understanding of the law‘.
Helen Townsend; Anna Spriggs
‘Access to partners at a personal level who bring their own area of specialism to bear on the problems at hand.’
‘Direct contact with the appropriate partner who becomes personally involved in all areas of the problem at hand. Helen Townsend was exceptional and displayed a full understanding of the law relating to the issue. Very helpful in drafting letters to address specific issues to do with current property law relating to residential lettings. Made to feel valued as a client and readily available to answer questions.’
‘The team at Hunt & Coombs provided clear instructions including duty of care information. The billing has been detailed and prompt. Overall a very professional feeling.’
‘The Hunt & Coombs commercial property team assisted me with the purchase of shares in a grade 2 listed building. I found the team able to respond to a number of diverse issues with speed and efficiency whilst maintaining a reasonable fee structure at all times.’
Hunt & Coombs LLP > Firm Profile
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.
Personal injury: the PI team deals with claimant work for accidents with serious injuries.
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|Alison Banerjee||Alison is an associate in our Employment team. Alison specialises exclusively in…||View Profile|
|Richard Boucher||Senior Associate and Mental Health Team Leader. Richard represents patients, both in…||View Profile|
|Rachael Bridges||Rachael is a solicitor in our Family & Divorce team. Rachael specialises…||View Profile|
|Farhana Butt||Farhana is a Partner and leads the Family Team at Hunt &…||View Profile|
|Hannah Byatt||Hannah is a Partner in our Wills Trusts & Probate team and…||View Profile|
|Andrew Cave||Andrew is an experienced high-level advocate who specialises in complex crime, high-value…||View Profile|
|Olivia Chalmers||Olivia is a Partner within our Corporate Commercial team. Olivia has pursued…||View Profile|
|Leeanne Cooper||Leeanne joined the Hunt & Coombs Crime Team in August 2021 as…||View Profile|
|Sarah Dawson||Sarah is a senior solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team…||View Profile|
|Kashif Khan||Kashif is an Associate in the Criminal Department. Kashif specialises in representing…||View Profile|
|Emily Lowndes||Emily is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Wills, Trusts and Probate…||View Profile|
|Mauro Maselli||Barrister||View Profile|
|Jenny Newell||Jenny is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive in the Wills, Trusts and Probate…||View Profile|
|Edward Owen||Edward is a leading family law solicitor who helps clients with separation,…||View Profile|
|David Read||David is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive and has been a Fellow…||View Profile|
|Martin Shelbourne||Martin is a Senior Solicitor and a member of the Crime and…||View Profile|
|Abbie Smith||Abbie is a solicitor in our Commercial Property team and has experience…||View Profile|
|Anna Spriggs||Anna has extensive experience in commercial property having helped businesses ranging from…||View Profile|
|James Steward||James is an Associate in our Commercial Property team and in March…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Thomas||Rebecca is a solicitor in the family team and can advise on…||View Profile|
|Naina Tilney||Naina joined Hunt & Coombs Solicitors in 2014 as a director and…||View Profile|
|Helen Townsend||Helen is a Partner and Team Leader of our Commercial Litigation team.…||View Profile|
|Lauren Walker||Lauren joined Hunt & Coombs Solicitors in 2021 as a solicitor in…||View Profile|
|Denis White||Denis is a consultant at the firm and key member of the family…||View Profile|
|Laura Wilcox||Laura is a Solicitor in our commercial property team. She advises a…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 11 Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
LanguagesUrdu Punjabi Lithuanian Gujarati
- Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Private client > Family
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia