Henry Anstey > Hunt & Coombs LLP > Peterborough, England > Lawyer Profile

Hunt & Coombs LLP

Work Department

Private client – wills, trusts and probate.


Henry specialises in wills, trusts, probate and care for the elderly. He is an expert in tax planning and has considerable experience in helping clients to plan for the future. He has a particular interest in obtaining NHS continuing care and helping clients to plan for the possible impact of these by developing strategies to fund such care which minimise the impact on the clients assets.


Qualified 1992; partner 2004; Partner and head of probate at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors.


Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners, Law Society Probate Section, Solicitors for the Elderly, Institute of Legacy Management (associate member).


Clifton College; Metropolitan University, London (1988 LLB Hons); College of Law, London (1988-89 LSF).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Henry AnsteyHunt & Coombs LLP

Hunt & 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‘.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

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 > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

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.