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Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Huntingdon, Oundle, Peterborough, St Neots

Denis White

Work 01733 882800
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.


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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Hunt & Coombs LLP is 'good, professional and thorough'. Head of charities Paddy Appleton advises numerous charities on the drafting, amendment or interpretation of their constitutions and their registration with the Charity Commission. He also supports them in tax planning matters. Diocesan registrar and head of the firm's commercial team Anna Spriggs has ‘a high level of drive and integrity; she is discreet with a good sense of priority'. Spriggs and Lynn Ayres  are trustees of Peterborough Cathedral Development and Preservation Trust. Private client partner Henry Anstey and family law specialist Denis White also play key roles in the practice. Last year, the firm acted for Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance in complex covenant releases and reverter provision, the statutory disposal and management of glebe land, commercial leases and licences for church and educational use, and options and promotion agreements for development sites at Earls Barton, Moulton, Kings Sutton and Kettering.

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Within: Leading individuals

Denis White - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Within: Family

At Hunt & Coombs LLP ‘the overall level of service is excellent, and the advice is appropriate and made in good time‘. 'This firm appears to be at the very top of the market for family work in Peterborough', according to one client. The firm has the largest family practice in the city and it handles both private and public law cases. It acts in high-value private matrimonial finance cases and has expertise in farming matters, business assets, pensions, pre-nuptial agreements and Trusts of Land cases. The ‘very knowledgeable and supportive' Farhana Butt leads the family practice and 'knows when to move a case to the next level; she considers all possible outcomes and always provides sound advice that guides clients to make good decisions'. 'Very experienced, insightful and wise' senior partner and head of private client Denis White has ‘immense knowledge and experience; he is particularly good at supporting those who are new to the role of Children’s Guardian‘. Edward Owen is ‘a determined, realistic and able advocate in care proceedings; he is committed to getting as good an outcome as possible and does so with undaunted good grace'. Senior solicitor Louise Ballantyne is 'intelligent and conscientious, with a commitment to fair and proper outcomes in difficult cases'. Solicitors Sophie Scotcher and Giuseppe Pingerna  are also recommended.

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