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Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

At Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans Peter Robinson  and James Vernor-Miles  are key contacts. The team advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious agricultural and landed estates matters and acts for approximately 90 estates stretching from Cornwall to Scotland. These estates range in size from houses with amenity land to large landed estates of several thousands of hectares often with diverse interests such as tenanted farms, residential units, commercial operations as well as renewable energy and historic rights. Highlights included advising a landowning family in Suffolk on a conditional agreement for the sale of a site for development. On this matter there was a separate overage agreement and the sale was also complicated by the fact that it was a joint sale by the firm’s client and another adjoining landowner. The team co-ordinated the drafting and negotiation of the documents between the firm’s client and the co-seller and the buyer. The ‘extremely able and thoroughJonathan Godwin-Austen  advises a broad range of landowners and specialises in trust, estate and tax law in addition to the preservation, management, enhancement and devolution of capital wealth.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  fields a ‘professional and capable’ team under the leadership of Hetty Gleave who has an ‘excellent track record in this area’. It has ‘several very able and knowledgeable practitioners who deal with all aspects of art and cultural property from litigation to problem solving for clients with cultural assets. The team also has a nice human touch’. Gleave has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ and the ‘very responsiveGregor Kleinknecht  ‘has a great eye for detail and is very well-informed in this area’. Senior associatePetra Warrington  is ‘very patient and is building up considerable experience in this field’ and all three make a ‘great team’. The skilled team has a ‘very good ethos and range of clients’ such as artists, dealers, galleries and collectors as well as public and private institutions. It advises on the full spectrum of issues from title disputes to other issues such as questions of misattribution. It also advises on a myriad of other complex issues including claims regarding illegally excavated and/or exported artefacts and advice in relation to treasure. Gleave is a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee which advises the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared treasure finds from the UK which museums may wish to acquire. Both Gleave and Kleinknecht are mediators and members of the Art Resolve (this is a specialist Art Dispute Resolution Service). In addition Gregor is a qualified arbitrator and is a member of the PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market) board.

Leading individuals

Hetty Gleave - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  is an ‘established firm with strong ethical standards and a very loyal client base which is founded on its depth of expertise in this field’. Practice head Paul Almy advises on all aspects of charity law with particular expertise in advising on commercial and residential property, company and commercial affairs and on employment matters for charity clients. Both Dominik Opalinski and Wilfrid Vernor-Miles  are ‘highly knowledgeable and technically excellent with strong client skills’. Opalinski has established niche expertise as a child protection adviser to numerous national and international clients many of whom are registered charities or NGOs. The skilled team acts for a broad range of charities, schools, sports clubs, humanitarian organisations, religious societies, staff associations, trade unions and many other not-for-profit organisations. It has substantial experience of handling complex matters with a cross-border or international dimension, with particular expertise in Africa.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  is praised for its ‘high level of success in difficult cases’ with the ‘fantastic, very savvyRichard Kershaw  at the helm. Kershaw ‘can see the answer straight away and can then get there with the minimum of fuss’. Newly promoted partner David Draisey  adopts a ‘calm and methodical approach to his work and is a rising star in contentious trust litigation’. The team handles an impressive range of matters both onshore and offshore for trustees and beneficiaries as well as for landed estates and City professionals, and acts on a broad range of trusts and probate disputes in the Court of Protection and the Chancery Division.

Leading individuals

Richard Kershaw - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  has a ‘calm team that provides intelligent and cost-effective advice – in a word it is ‘classy’. It is attentive to the clients’ needs whilst giving them robust and sensible advice’. Henry Hood heads the department, which includes the tactically superbRichard Kershaw, who is a ‘force to be reckoned with’. Hetty Gleave  is ‘charming, efficient and a very strong lawyer’ and Jo Carr-West 'leaves no stone unturned; she has a great eye for detail and approaches each case with sensitivity’. Hazel Wright  is ‘sympathetic and a wonderful mediator’. The team is ‘strong’ across the board and is regularly involved in high-value financial cases and complex children work. Senior associate Amy Scollan  is a ‘rising star of the future – she is clever and extremely thorough’.

Leading individuals

Henry Hood - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Next generation lawyers

Amy Scollan - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  is ‘very strong in and committed to the field of family mediation whether children finances or all issues by either sole or co-mediation’. It has a ‘very solid practice in mediation’ and Henry Hood  ‘in particular has an extremely effective style as a mediator and he is going from strength to strength with a high success rate. He has a natural air of authority which imbues clients with confidence’. Hazel Wright  is ‘bright, quick, empathetic and calm’ and Jo Carr-West is ‘always focused on getting a good resolution for her client’. Senior associate Vanessa Friend  is also well-regarded.

Leading individuals

Hazel Wright - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Henry Hood - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Jo-Carr West - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans ‘brings to its work a very personally tailored approach. It has a reputation for complete technical competence and fair dealing’. The practice is led by the ‘very experienced’ Alexandra Sarkis, who ‘handles what can be delicate family issues arising out of a trust and its complexity with great skill and tact’. Sarkis along with Julia Richards  ‘both take the time to really get under the skin of their very different clients and their needs and then tailor their approach accordingly. They provide clear advice and are excellent communicators whilst also being tough negotiators’. Jonathan Godwin-Austen  is ‘extremely able and thorough’. The ‘diligent and helpfulRobert Wright  is ‘never too busy to pick up the phone or answer an email’. The ‘charming, knowledgeable and efficientMatthew Yates is ‘highly recommended for anyone wanting top quality assistance in this field’. Newly promoted partner is the ‘simply exceptional’  Molly Wills  who provides an ‘exemplary service’. The ‘first-class’ team acts for an impressive array of high-profile clients, from celebrities to titled individuals with a mix of domestic and international work.

Leading individuals

Alexandra Sarkis - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Jonathan Godwin-Austen - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Next generation lawyers

Molly Wills - Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

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