Anna Spriggs > Hunt & Coombs LLP > Peterborough, England > Lawyer Profile

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Work Department

Commercial property, charities and ecclesiastical.


Anna has extensive experience in commercial property having helped businesses ranging from multi-million pound commercial enterprises, particularly in the retail sector, to ecclesiastical property funds and small local charities. As well as broad property skills, Anna also has significant specialist experience in ecclesiastical law and charity law.


Qualified 1988, trained Breeze & Wyles and Percival & Son. Director Hunt & Coombs Solicitors. Since 1995 Anna has been assistant coroner for Peterborough and was appointed Bishops Legal Secretary and Registrar of Peterborough Diocese in October 2014. She is also a trustee of the Peterborough Cathedral Development and Preservation Trust. She is Senior Partner and heads the non-contentious department at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors.


Agricultural Law Association, the Charity Law Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.


Peterborough High School; Hull University (1985 LLB (Hons)); College of Law Guildford (1986).

Lawyer Rankings

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

At 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.

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

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

Headquartered 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.

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & 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.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & 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.

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

Hunt & 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.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

Hunt & 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‘.