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 > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

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.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

(Leading individuals)

Anna SpriggsHunt & Coombs LLP

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.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

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.