Denis White > Hunt & Coombs LLP > Peterborough, England > Lawyer Profile

Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Denis is a consultant at the firm and key member of the family team. Denis is one of Peterborough and Cambridge’s leading family lawyers and has worked with children and families in the Peterborough area for over 30 years. Denis is accredited by Resolution in dealing with complex financial arrangements following the breakdown of relationships in cases involving people with medium or high incomes, valuable assets, tax implications and sometimes foreign and company or partnership issues. He is particularly experienced in dealing with complex childcare cases and has extensive Guardianship expertise. In 2013 he was appointed to the Cambridge Family Justice Board.


Trained Peterborough; qualified 1976; partner Hunt & Coombs 1991. Denis became a consultant at Hunt & Coombs in 2017. Denis was formerly chairman of Peterborough and District Round Table and having been chairman of a local primary school Board of Governors for many years, is now a secondary school Governor. He is the chairman of the Diocese of East Anglia Safeguarding Commission and Vice-Chairman of Drinksense.


Collaborative Family Law Group, the Law Society Children’s Panel and the Charity Law Association.


Xaverian College, Manchester; Sheffield University (1973 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford.


Hill walking.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Family

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.