Firm Profile > Hunters Law LLP > London, England

Hunters Law LLP
9 NEW SQUARE
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QN
England

Art and cultural property Tier 2

Gregor Kleinknecht now leads the team at Hunters Law LLP. Kleinknecht has particular expertise in assisting European clients in historical and restitution claims. In addition he is a qualified mediator and arbitrator with Art Resolve. The multi-disciplinary offering advises auctioneers, valuers, dealers, galleries, collectors as well as public and private institutions on a wide range of contentious and transactional matters. Julia Richards is also recognised for her work on tax and trusts matters in this area, along with senior associate Petra Warrington who has a primary focus on the art and the antiques market. The former head of department, Hetty Gleave, is now at Fladgate LLP.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Kleinknecht

Other key lawyers:

Julia Richards; Petra Warrington; Anastassia Dimmek

Testimonials

‘A small, but insightful team (mainly centred around Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington). Both are a delight to work with. Gregor is a patient and understanding European-UK lawyer with great knowledge of the art sector. Petra is a lovely and intelligent associate, with a great handle on the sector‘.

‘Gregor Kleinknecht is the partner at Hunters in this area that I know best. He has built a a good reputation in the area (eg board member of PAIAM), is pragmatic and good to deal with as an opponent‘.

‘Hunters has a very strong art and cultural property team covering both advisory and contentious work, led by Gregor Kleinknecht. They have recently been joined by Anastassia Dimmek‘.

Gregor Kleinknecht has established himself as one of the leading practitioners in the field of art and cultural property. He is an exceptionally able lawyer, with an in-depth knowledge of the art market and all aspects of art-related litigation‘.

Family Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP acts for largely HNW clients on the full range of issues arising from the inception of the relationship to the breakdown of the relationship. Henry Hood leads a talented team  that primarily advises on high-value financial claims on divorce. It is strong at advising on wealth protection through nuptial agreements and is also regularly instructed in challenging private law children matters. A significant proportion of its work is international. The team has three mediators, three collaborative lawyers and one arbitrator (Henry Hood). Richard Kershaw, Jo Carr-West , Jay Patel and Amy Scollan are among the other names to note. Hetty Gleave is now at Fladgate LLP .

Practice head(s):

Henry Hood

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kershaw; Jo Carr-West; Jay Patel; Amy Scollan; Rebecca Christie; Nicole Derham

Testimonials

‘Henry Hood was so incredibly personable and quite simply…nice. I knew in advance he was a highly regarded divorce lawyer so began our relationship slightly daunted but from the offset he was reassuring and whilst his knowledge and experience may easily be assumed – he was able to predict outcomes accurately, foresee how the ‘other side’ would react and prepare me in advance and set best and worst scenarios so that I knew what to expect from a certain situation. The divorce process went on for almost 2.5 years and I can never recall not being able to reach him – text/email/or phone were always an option‘.

‘It offers the best value for money legal advice in the country. And it is the very best advice as well. The client care is also second to none. The lawyers are exactly what a law firm should be: highly skilled, at the forefront of the law and brilliant with clients. Richard Kershaw. He is one of the best family solicitors in the country. However, he does not court publicity. He is immensely busy, successful and nice, but also a great lawyer. He has it all in spades and his clients know that. Amy Scollan is also exceptionally good. Hardworking, determined and very personable‘.

‘A classy, thoughtful firm with wonderful client care that delivers top notch service. Adopts a holistic approach to families and family problems – capable of seeing the big picture without losing sight of litigation goals. Richard Kershaw is a fantastically reassuring solicitor. He is a ferociously bright solicitor with a sure touch: measured and calm when appropriate, tenacious in the defence of his clients when needed‘.

‘A top quality upper end family law firm with a strong team on both children and finances. The partners and associates are excellent, providing outstanding client service and working collaboratively within the team and with counsel. The team has particular expertise in international and domestic relocation disputes. Jo Carr-West (Partner) – a particularly able and nuanced lawyer, Jo is technically excellent while being able to give clear and, if necessary, frank advice to clients. Henry Hood (Partner) – an excellent all-rounder with particular experience of managing difficult clients, giving clear advice and managing complex issues with ease. Rebecca Christie (Associate) – a rising star, just missing out on Family Associate of the Year at the Jordans Family Law Awards’.

The Team at Hunters is rock solid. The communication within the organisation is second to none so that if necessary another partner or associate can deal with an important matter if your allocated solicitor is not available. I think this is key – as you do not feel abandoned in what is already a rather traumatic process. They are total professionals. The two people that stand out to me are Henry Hood and Rebecca Christie. They work fabulously together. They both seem to have the perfect balance of expertise, being fair, kind and tough when necessary. They are both empathetic too which is very comforting for the client – knowing that they understand. I always felt that they were there for me 100% ‘.

‘Very helpful in explaining legal terms and concepts. Nicole Dernham was very helpful and always available to speak‘.

‘One of the unsung star firms of the family law firms. Discrete yet mega-effective. At partner level, Richard Kershaw is as sharp as nails, with shoulders broad enough for any fight, while Henry Hood has seen it all and is a rock for his clients‘.

This is a team of unique talent. Rebecca Christie is superb and wise beyond her years. Jay Patel is sage and wise and calm in the most tense and hostile case. Henry Hood is also wise and holds an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case law. It is a diverse firm and very strongly represents young women who manage hard cases with a refreshingly client focused approach. What I mean by that is, many firms of Hunter’s calibre just drive up bills by litigating over nonuser and making daft threats and firing off stupid applications all of which increase hostility. Hunters does not and refuses to do so.  The firm has a grace and an old school charm‘.

 

Family: mediation Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP has a strong team with three experienced mediators. Henry Hood is one of London’s leading mediators. Hood is accredited as a mediator by both the Law Society and the Family Mediation Council and regularly receives mediation referrals for complex financial cases.  Jo Carr-West is also a talented mediator who is comfortable co-mediating with therapeutic providers and is accredited by the Family Mediation Council. She specialises in both high-net-worth financial provision on divorce and in private children law matters.  Jay Patel is accredited by Resolution and offers mediation in English or Gujarati.

Practice head(s):

Henry Hood

Other key lawyers:

Jo Carr-West; Jay Patel; Nicole Derham

Testimonials

It has always stood out to me that Hunters Law cares about families. The lawyers invest their time (including their lunch hours) to learn and hear from other professionals who they can collaborate with in order to offer the best possible help to their clients. They have always been incredibly professional regarding cases and they would be my first choice when recommending a Family Law service. Jo Carr-West is extremely approachable, passionate, professional and caring. Jo works incredibly hard to ensure her clients have the option of engaging with trusted additional external support, alongside the legal support she offers. Henry Hood is open minded and encourages other professionals in his team to hear about resources that may help the clients‘.

Good all round team with a good private client department‘.

‘It is a technically excellent, but approachable team. All of the partners are strong family lawyers. Jay Patel – a relaxed approach hides a shrewd operator. Very strategic, but also reasonable to work against. Henry Hood – very adept at navigating the money cases. Nicole Derham – highly numerate and pragmatic in her approach‘.

Jo Carr-West is an excellent mediator. Firm and fair, she inspires confidence in clients and steers through the trickiest of situations‘.

Jo Carr-West is very personable and easy to work with. I am happy to refer my clients to her for mediation because she is a very pragmatic mediator who really knows her stuff, and I know that she will treat my clients with kindness and respect‘.

The team responds and replies very quickly. The lawyers keep up with current training practices and informed research. They go for mediation and settlement by preference but are capable of displaying a strong hand when needed. They know the law and use it as their guiding star but are able to show compassion, understanding and a children first philosophy. Henry Hood leads with all of the above. He is available in times of trouble. He treats all clients, rich and poor with equal professionalism. I believe that this is helped by the voluntary work he does for destitute families at a city charity. He displays empathy for the troubled situations that his clients bring to him but when needed he brings the full force of current laws to court for the sake of fairness and a good outcome for his clients. I trust him completely to turn up, be thoughtful, be fair and if necessary be tough‘.

‘Hunters has a strong team and compares well to other firms in the sector. Jo Carr-West is a very good mediator with a strong reputation. I am happy to recommend clients to her and have had good feedback‘.

‘Jo Carr-West is an excellent mediator and one to whom I have referred clients on a number of occasions, with the utmost confidence in her ability to assist. She is firm and directive as a mediator and I would feel confident sending a client who feels potentially “outgunned” by their partner to Jo, in the knowledge that she would quickly ensure that there was an even playing field for both parties and that any power or knowledge imbalance were not exploited. I have come across many mediators who, with the best of intentions, are not able to do that successfully and where the more vulnerable client has left feeling bullied or overpowered by their more dominant partner – with Jo, I know that will not happen‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP has considerable experience in the administration of complex estates, the re-sealing of foreign grants of probate and post-death tax planning in addition to court of protection work. Lucinda Tite and Wilfrid Vernor-Miles co-lead the team that is also skilled at advising on international matters which are frequently high-value. It has an extensive landed estate practice where the assets are frequently held through complex structures involving partnerships, companies and trusts. Vernor-Miles advises on all aspects of international succession planning and advises a broad range of UK and offshore families, trusts and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Tite; Wilfrid Vernor-Miles

Other key lawyers:

Mary Elliott; Julia Richards; Alexandra Sarkis

Testimonials

My experience of the Hunters private client team is one of continued excellence and thoroughness. Alexandra Sarkis is a highly competent and thorough lawyer with many years’ experience – which shows. I have worked with her in regards to a highly complex estate where she balances the interests of the trust, the recipient charity, as well as the professionals involved, in processing the estate administration (foreign lawyers, accountants and bankers). What’s more, she is directional, by which I mean she knows her field of practice and the laws involved in that well enough to cut through distracting information/opinions and to go straight to the key points that need addressing‘.

Good solid and reliable legal practice with very good private client team. Give robust advice in a timely and proactive manner. I work with Mary Elliott (partner) who is very accomplished. Mary is very empathetic and gives timely and value for money advice‘.

The Hunters team comprises both experience and efficiency. Billing arrangements have been clear and simple and within the estimates provided. Both the partner involved and the associate allocated have been extremely effective. Discussion of options available to me as an executor has been full and informative. When action has been decided on, the execution has been extremely efficient. On occasions when either member of the team assigned to us has been absent, the other has always stepped up to ensure continuity of service. Overall the right balance has been struck between the requirements of the law, the complexities of the family and the desire of the executors to expedite the administration of the estate’.

‘Hunters’ history, quality of service and quality of client in the UK is second to none. The firm does not appear to rest and rely on this though. There are no weak divisions at Hunters but the private client, charity, property and estate planning/services divisions are exceptional. Hunters’ strength is not in its long history. It is the other way round. That long history was made possible by its strength in services, capabilities and impeccable reputation‘.

The stand out partner is Wilfrid Vernor-Miles. His sharp legal mind complements his affable character. Attention to detail, industry knowledge and delivery of service ensures top quality execution at a price well worth paying. There are more and less aggressive lawyers around the UK but none strike the correct balance of approach required for each individual case/project quite like Wilfrid’.

One of the best private client firms around. Great calibre of people, outstanding presence in high value estates and trusts. Very long-standing but better than ever as the merger with May, May and Merrimans has bedded in over the years. Recommended without hesitation or qualification. Key contact recently is Julia Richards. She is a consummate private client solicitor well capable of handing the most complex trust and estates. Thoroughly recommended‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Hunters Law LLP has an experienced team that acts for a broad range of charities, schools, sports clubs and humanitarian organisations as well as other bodies such as trade unions and not-for-profit organisations across the charity sector. It advises on the full spectrum of issues that face charities. Dominik Opaliński has considerable expertise in safeguarding matters. Paul Almy routinely guides on sensitive employment issues and disputes and has considerable experience too in diverse areas such as care homes and Royal Charter companies. Wilfrid Vernor-Miles advises charities on all aspects of charity formation, regulation and administration.

Practice head(s):

Paul Almy; Dominik Opaliński

Other key lawyers:

Wilfrid Vernor-Miles

Testimonials

The Charities and Not-for-Profit team at Hunters is extremely experienced having represented a large number of charities and religious organisations for decades. The team covers the whole spectrum of advice that charities need, from tax issues all the way through to handling the litigation and dispute resolution problems that such institutions face in the present day and age. This is a bespoke team of lawyers for a specialist service and those that I have dealt with have great client-handling skills‘.

James Vernor-Miles has a wealth of experience in providing advice across the whole spectrum of charity law and is a skilled adviser who has sound judgment. Dominik Opalinski is in constant demand in relation to issues pertaining to safeguarding issues and has a substantial case-load dealing with child welfare matters. This involvement extends to claims brought against charitable institutions both in this jurisdiction and abroad’. 

‘Dominik Opanlinski is currently involved in setting up a very important alternative dispute resolution scheme in East Africa to enable claims of misconduct by a charitable organisation to be adjudicated there. This has necessitated delicate approaches involving the Chief Justice of one of the East African countries where misconduct by a representative of a charity has allegedly taken place. Devising and establishing this scheme has required a considerable amount of inventive planning and the production on a structure within which the Adjudicators will operate. All this Dominik Opalinski has achieved with great diplomatic skill and energy. The scheme he has devised may well prove to be a standard for other countries in Africa where religious institutions have been operating and which wish to continue their mission in Africa‘.

Good charity knowledge. Good relationship with partner Paul Almy‘.

‘Hunters is a friendly, niche firm which takes care to look after its clients’ interests. It has a traditional approach but refreshingly modern ways of working. Dominik Opalinski is an enthusiast for the law, the Catholic faith, charities and his clients and a strong feeling against injustice. He is never cynical or bored’.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The contentious trusts and probate team at Hunters Law LLP straddles two of the firm’s key departments. Practice head Richard Kershaw specialises in family law and contentious work arising from relationship generated trust and Inheritance Act disputes. It has an impressive range of instructions including onshore and offshore work for trustee and beneficiary clients.  In addition it works with landed estates and for City professionals in the Court of Protection and Chancery Division. David Draisey has a particular emphasis on trust and probate claims.

Practice head(s):

Richard Kershaw

Other key lawyers:

David Draisey; Polly Atkins

Testimonials

‘Focus on finding practical solutions for the clients. I have worked with Richard Kershaw – I have found him to be a very effective lawyer and very good to work with.

‘It has a first-class “private client” client base established over many decades, and excellent technical proficiency in the field of trusts and taxation.’

‘A high-quality smaller firm in the heart of Chancery London with excellent practitioners and good work. David Draisey: personable, capable, calm and reassuring to clients. Richard Kershaw: strategically astute and experienced litigator in family and private wealth disputes.’

The team handles a broad range of disputes, making it absolute masters of litigation, capable of bringing skills from different fields of litigation together. That allows the lawyers not just to concentrate on the essential feature or features of their cases, but gives them a richer arsenal to call upon than many of its competitors. They do not just fight, they deliver. At partner level, Richard Kershaw is as adept with the sabre as with the stiletto, while David Draisey is a remarkably effective litigator who does not miss a trick. New associate Polly Atkins has been well-trained in the team, is completely unflappable when the heat is on, and hugely sympathetic to her clients. A star for the future.’

‘Strong private client (contentious and non-contentious) team. Richard Kershaw – hands on, great engagement with clients.’

‘A well-established and consistently excellent private client team. David Draisey is a young partner who is a pleasure to work with. He is organised, calm and diligent – the case will always be in good order when counsel is updated or brought back in.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the Caldicott Will Trust

Hunters is known for combining top-class legal advice with exceptional, partner-led, personal service. We are consistently ranked as one of London’s top firms, serving a largely HNW client base of private individuals, trusts, landed estates, businesses, and charities. Situated in the heart of legal London, we offer a range of specialist inter-linking services which allow us to meet our clients’ legal needs, whether that be for wealth management, tax and estate planning, trust affairs, divorce and relationship breakdown, nuptial agreements, residential and commercial property, business services, philanthropy or litigation.

Hunters’ partners are known for their approachability and work together to provide an efficient and integrated service. The firm has practised from its seventeenth century premises in Lincoln’s Inn for nearly 300 years, a mark of the firm’s stability and permanence. This continuity is reflected in the lasting service given to clients, old and new: a partner is personally responsible for every client and this relationship, often built up over many years and sometimes spanning multiple generations, is the bedrock of the practice.

Main areas of practice:

Private Client 

The firm is best known for its long-standing expertise in acting for individuals, families and trustees. The private client department advises on all aspects of tax, trusts and succession planning for clients in the UK and further afield. The team has considerable experience in the administration of complex estates (often with an international element) and Court of Protection work. The firm also has an extensive landed estates practice, some of which are extremely high value and are held through complex structures involving partnerships, companies and trusts.

Family 

Our family team act for largely HNW clients on the full range of issues arising on relationship inception and breakdown. We offer particular expertise on complex high value financial claims on divorce, as well as wealth protection through nuptial agreements. Our team are also experienced in advising on child arrangements and issues arising in cohabiting relationships.

Property 

The growing property department has a dual function. They support clients and colleagues in the private client, family and business services teams when, inevitably and regularly, property matters arise in those realms. Yet the department has a substantial independent practice handling all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, and landlord and tenant matters, relating to homes, urban estates, investments, development, agriculture, rural property and landed estates. They also handle a wide range of secured lending and banking security work.  Hunters is CQS accredited.

Business 

Our experienced business services team acts for foreign and domestic investors, companies, partnerships and entrepreneurs. The team has particular expertise in assisting the firm’s private clients with the corporate and commercial elements and business interests of their sophisticated trust and close family structures. We advise clients from numerous jurisdictions in relation to their UK activities, corporate transactions, day to day operational issues and regulatory legal requirements, including employment law, and commercial contracting. We act for clients at all stages of their business lifecycle from start-up to listing and beyond.

The team’s extensive international experience positions Hunters perfectly to advise domestic and foreign clients on their cross-border activities and the continuing challenges presented by Brexit and the pandemic. Our clients operate in most economic business sectors with particular strengths in intellectual property and technology, FMCG, foreign direct investment and art and cultural heritage. As well as giving corporate and commercial advice the team regularly assists clients with fundraising, corporate finance and investment agreements, business acquisition and disposal, stakeholder relations and corporate governance.

Art and Cultural Property 

The department shares its clients’ passion for art and is recognised as a leader in the field, bringing its lawyers’ experience and expertise to bear when clients want to transition art to the next generation, buy or sell artworks, or are involved in disputes in both the UK and international art markets. The team provides effective, discrete advice to individuals, businesses, trusts, landed estates and charities, preserving and protecting its clients’ interests and artworks.

Charity 

The firm has a well-established practice and reputation in charity law work, providing discreet and pragmatic advice to an eclectic mix of charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations including trade unions and international NGOs. The practice has been further strengthened in 2021 by the arrival of Paul Ridout, who brings with him over 20 years’ experience of advising faith-based organisations and charities in cultural/heritage, medical and conservation fields.  The Charities group at Hunters covers everything from the formation of charities, governance and regulatory advice through to mergers and safeguarding support, and offers charity clients a multidisciplinary service that includes a full range of property, legacy and philanthropy, litigation, commercial and employment law services.

Dispute Resolution 

Hunters acts for clients in resolving disputes across a broad range of civil matters, most notably contentious trust and probate, where clients include trustees, beneficiaries, executors and other interested parties. Much of the department’s work concerns complex, high-value cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes for UK and overseas clients, often arising from relationship generated trust and Inheritance Act disputes. Members of the team use a combination of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and where necessary, court action to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. The team also regularly act in disputes relating to property, professional negligence, contracts, business relationships and intellectual property.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Almy paul.almy@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Private client Wilfrid Vernor-Miles wilfrid.vernor-miles@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Private client Lucinda Tite lucinda.tite@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Family Henry Hood henry.hood@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Art & Cultural Property Gregor Kleinknecht gregor.kleinknecht@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Charity Paul Almy paul.almy@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Dispute resolution Richard Kershaw richard.kershaw@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Business services Stephen Morrall stephen.morrall@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Property James Vernor-Miles james.vernor-miles@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Intellectual Property Gregor Kleinknecht gregor.kleinknecht@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Employment Stephen Morrall stephen.morrall@hunterslaw.com 020 7412 0050
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Almy  photo Paul Almy Senior Partner, specialising in all aspects of charity law, and handles commercial…
 Lara Barton  photo Lara Barton Partner in the private client department specialising in wills, trusts, administration of…
 Jo Carr-West  photo Jo Carr-West Partner in the family department. Jo has broad experience of the complex…
 David Draisey  photo David Draisey Partner dealing with a wide range of contentious issues with particular expertise…
 Mary Elliott  photo Mary Elliott Partner specialising in wills and estate planning, trusts and related tax issues,…
 Henry Hood  photo Henry Hood Partner and head of the family department dealing with all aspects of…
 Richard Kershaw  photo Richard Kershaw Partner specialising in matrimonial and family work, particularly complex financial proceedings and…
 Gregor Kleinknecht  photo Gregor Kleinknecht Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Business Services departments with a broadly…
 Ian Layzell-Smith  photo Ian Layzell-Smith Partner specialising in commercial and agricultural property work primarily for landed estate…
 Stephen Morrall  photo Stephen Morrall Corporate partner advising companies, partnerships and entrepreneurs on all aspects of their…
 Dominik Opaliński  photo Dominik Opaliński Partner, dealing with all aspects of charity law, particularly the business of…
 Julia Richards  photo Julia Richards Julia has strong trusts expertise and a particular interest in landed estates…
 Charles Richardson  photo Charles Richardson Partner in the private client department acting for individuals, families, trustees and executors…
 Peter Robinson  photo Peter Robinson Partner specialising in commercial property work. Peter acts for clients in all…
 Alexandra Sarkis  photo Alexandra Sarkis Alexandra qualified with May, May & Merrimans in 1984, becoming a partner…
 Amy Scollan  photo Amy Scollan Partner with significant experience in divorce and finance cases which often involve…
 Charlotte Simm  photo Charlotte Simm Partner in private client department. Areas of work include: estate, tax and…
 Lucinda Tite  photo Lucinda Tite Partner and joint head of private client department specialising in tax planning…
 James Vernor-Miles  photo James Vernor-Miles Partner specialising in Property and Landed estates work. He also has extensive…
 Wilfrid Vernor-Miles  photo Wilfrid Vernor-Miles Partner in, and joint head of, the private client department specialising in…
 Louise Walker  photo Louise Walker Partner in the private client department, specialising in will and trust drafting,…
 Vanina Wittenburg  photo Vanina Wittenburg Senior Associate in the private client department specialising in wills, administration of…
 Matthew Yates  photo Matthew Yates Partner in the private client department specialising in wills, trusts, administration of…
Number of UK partners : 24
Number of other UK fee-earners : 33
French
German
Spanish
Italian
Portuguese
Japanese
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Resolution
Agricultural Law Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
Association of European Lawyers (AEA)
Justinian Lawyers
The Law Society
European Circuit
Member of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM)

Diversity and Inclusion is part of the DNA at Hunters. As a firm where families and private clients form a principal part of our client base, we reflect the modern family, acting for many families across several generations.

Our value statement is:

“The firm is committed to promoting equality and diversity for all members of the firm and job applicants and to running its business in a way which encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make the best use of their skills, free from discrimination and harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.”

We believe that every person at Hunters has a responsibility to ensure that diversity in practice means inclusion and dignity at work for all.

As a firm we recognise that diversity generates better strategies, better risk management, better debates and better outcomes. We appreciate that there is a substantial body of research which shows that diversity brings increased profitability, increased creatively, stronger governance and better problem-solving abilities.

We have made a significant investment this year to enable all applications for positions within the firm to be made online. The software we are working with was chosen because of the improvements it can bring to the promotion of diversity at Hunters. It enables all the applicants’ personal details (name, gender, address, hobbies etc) to be redacted, so that the applications are considered and filtered blind, and on merit alone. This ensures that unconscious bias will play no role in the selecting of applicants for
interview. The software also allows us to consider the characteristics of those applying to us. For example, if on studying the data it becomes clear that the number of disabled people applying to us is below the national average, then we can focus next year on reaching out to disability job boards and
charities.

Over the last few months we have been collaborating with other industry leaders to help formulate a questionnaire for our colleagues to measure how included they feel within the firm, and whether they feel free to be their authentic selves and able to do their best work.

Our advice to clients is based on diversity in action. This is perhaps best evidenced by the numbers, which reflect diversity at every level of seniority: 33% of our partners, 63% of our senior associates, and 70% of our associates are female. In total, 51% of Hunters lawyers are women – a true gender balance.

The national workforce is made up of BAME people, and for the last two years 18% of Hunters’ colleagues are BAME.

During the next few months, we hope to consider the make up of our staff in terms of education, disability, caring responsibilities, and consider whether there is more we can do to promote and support diversity.

This is a continuous conversation.

We would like to be in a position over the next few years where the diversity in our firm exceeds the average statistics quoted by the Law Society. We want to achieve the most diverse and inclusive workplace we are capable of because this is the right thing to do, and also there is a business case for it –
we want the best talent working for us to improve our profitability.

A key priority over the coming months is to make our approach to diversity and inclusion more visible to those outside of the firm – we appreciate that there is significant work to do on this front.

Our diverse lawyer profile is the product of years of sustained commitment to diversity, but we do not stand still in continuing to pursue and enhance a diversity strategy. The Hunters Family mediation team is one example. Comprised of two men and a woman, they deliver a diverse range of mediation experience to our clients, each bringing their own distinct expertise and approach to a broad range of complex financial, family and personal dispute matters to ensure that each case is considered holistically.

Much of our work has an international element. This requires understanding the diversity of our clients who come from many different cultures. Cases in the past year have involved Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, Cyprus, Abu Dhabi, France, Canada, Italy, the US and Russia. A significant number of
our HNW and UHNW clients are based offshore and require specialist cross-border estate planning advice. Most of our UHNW clients have assets in multiple jurisdictions and we are adept at dealing with the issues that presents. We also regularly give advice in relation to trusts and estates spanning multiple jurisdictions.