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Hunt & Coombs LLP

Work 01733 882800
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Huntingdon, Oundle, Peterborough, St Neots

Henry Anstey

Work 01733 882800
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).

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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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough

Within: Leading individuals

Henry Anstey - Hunt & Coombs LLP

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough

‘Solid, reliable and very traditional firm' Hunt & Coombs LLP has a private client department that is ‘competitively priced, professional and approachable'. The firm's wills, tax, trusts and probate practice operates seamlessly across all of its regional offices and Peterborough is home to a key partner in Henry Anstey, who ‘genuinely cares about his clients and how much he saves them'. He is a STEP member and his broad practice includes many matters for elderly clients. He is praised for being 'excellent in long-term care issues and complicated wills and trusts'. Senior solicitor John Wright and solicitor Andrea Harrod are also recommended. Last year, the practice handled the estate of a successful businessman with substantial shareholdings and corporate trusts. This involved a complex valuation and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims.

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