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Hunt & Coombs LLP

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Huntingdon, Oundle, Peterborough, St Neots

Anna Spriggs

Work 01733 882800
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).

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Peterborough

Within: Corporate and commercial: Peterborough

The corporate and commercial practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP is driven by the extensive experience of commercial and property team head Anna Spriggs, who regularly advises clients in the retail, not-for-profit, education and finance sectors. The IS Group Limited and The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance are among her clients. She recently assisted furniture retailer Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd with new store developments. Consultant Paul Tate  has retired from the practice but senior associate Edward Taylor is well-regarded for advice on commercial agreements, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, corporate transactions, company law issues and commercial contracts. 

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Hunt & Coombs LLP calls on lawyers in its property and private client departments to advise on the sale and purchase of farms and land, and to support clients with complex trusts and probate issues involving agricultural assets. The practice is a key adviser to landed estates in the region and in 2017 it assisted those clients in refinancings with a combined value in excess of £10m. Head of the commercial and property practices Anna Spriggs in Peterborough is the key contact and her work includes site acquisition and assembly and disposal, as well as deals involving clawbacks and overage provisions. She recently acted for a selling landowner in negotiations with prospective developers for a new, 200-acre residential project. She frequently advises The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on matters including agricultural tenancies. Senior associate Edward Taylor is an experienced corporate lawyer who deals with business restructuring in the agricultural sector. In Oundle, land and estates specialist Peter Izod also handles high-value residential and commercial development projects.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

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 ‚Äėa 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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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Peterborough

Within: Leading individuals

Anna Spriggs - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Within: Commercial property: Peterborough

The commercial property practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP handles transactional work for a diverse client base that includes businesses, charities and private individuals. The practice is geared towards landed estates, private clients, institutional lenders, not-for-profit organisations, developers and statutory bodies. 'Commercially aware and responsive' department head Anna Spriggs is the key contact for the sale and acquisition of church, charity and development land, as well as leasehold and freehold commercial sales and purchases. Her recent highlights include advising the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance on numerous matters including complex covenant releases and reverter provision, statutory vesting procedures, the disposal of parsonages and land for development, and the management of glebe land. She also acted for AHF Ltd on the acquisition of furniture stores on major retail parks across the UK involving with annual rental value of £225,000, and assisted Deene Park with an option agreement for garden village development. Consultant Paul Tate retired in late 2017.

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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

'Despite its small size, it packs a punch,' says one barrister of the property litigation team at Hunt & Coombs LLP. 'It provides good value for money and the expertise equates with much larger and more expensive firms; the close-knit team ensures clients feel their needs and concerns are getting the personal attention they deserve', he adds. Legal executive Lesley Milne, who is a member of the Property Litigation Association, leads the team and 'stands out from the crowd; having vast dispute resolution experience enables her to put clients at their ease, even when dealing with complex and inflammatory situations'. The practice frequently handles matters relating to restrictive covenants on residential property, lease renewals, property-related trust disputes, TOLATA claims, dilapidation and disrepair matters, possession claims, and disputed boundaries and rights of way. Milne and property partner Anna Spriggs acted for Olive Properties Consultants Limited in a dilapidation and rent arrears claim following the termination of tenancy agreements.

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