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Hunters Law LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Alexandra Sarkis and Peter Robinson lead the team at Hunters Law LLP that advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious rural and agricultural business and property matters. The group acts for some 90 landed estates which include a mix of tenanted and ‘in hand’ farms that are spread across the country from Northumberland to Wales. A number of these clients have heritage properties that are open to the public. The team has particular expertise in advising on the structuring of the ownership of these estates through partnerships, companies and trusts, and has significant expertise in complex generation and succession planning issues. In addition, the department works regularly with its art practice to provide contentious and non-contentious advice on matters ranging from provenance disputes and heritage property tax matters, through to the movement of fine art and chattels. James Vernor-Miles is another recommended member of the team.


The team provides good and clear advice and has the ability to look at complicated issues with an open mind and then come up with logical and practical solutions‘.

The team provided practical and reasonable solutions to an extremely complex case and managed the time between partner lead input and that of an associate very well’.

Jonathan Thompson is extremely knowledgeable. During an extremely complex issue he guided us and made us aware of the issues and pitfalls that no other professional had raised‘.

Art and cultural property Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP has a multi-disciplinary team that advises dealers, galleries, collectors and public and private institutions on the sale and acquisition of important artworks and other collectables. It also represents clients on title disputes, questions of misattribution and the authenticity of art as well as other complex claims regarding illegally excavated artefacts and advice in relation to treasure. Head of the team is Hetty Gleave who is the deputy chair of the Treasure Valuation Committee and a director and panel mediator with Art Resolve (the specialist Art Dispute Resolution Service). Gregor Kleinknecht is also a panel mediator and arbitrator with Art Resolve and a qualified arbitrator and member of the Board of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).


Blue-chip clients need blue-chip legal advice – which is what the Hunters’ ethic seems to be‘.

The team is very knowledgeable, approachable and well-connected within the art world with a profound understanding of the issues that concern both its private and professional clients‘.

‘Hetty Gleave is an excellent communicator who is able to articulate complex issues in a very straight-forward manner‘.

Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced and pushes hard for his client‘.

Gregor Kleinknecht has huge knowledge of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is an excellent detail man‘.

Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced in restitution claims‘.

‘I have worked mainly with Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington, and have found them both to be exceptional‘.

The team seems to have particular strength with advising on heritage assets‘.

Julia Richards is very understanding of demanding clients‘.

Key clients

Mr Ali Jeddi

Family Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP has particular strength in complex and high-value financial work. As well as its work in the heavyweight financial cases the team is also known for its private children work. It routinely undertakes complex work such as advising on child abduction (Hague and non-Hague), wardship and high-conflict cross-border work. Henry Hood heads the team and has been accredited for many years as a Resolution specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law. Hood has also more recently become accredited as a mediator by the Law Society and is, in addition, a collaborative lawyer. Richard Kershaw’s cases often draw on his expertise in trusts, overseas assets and property ownership while Hetty Gleave specialises in complex financial and children work. The team was pleased to add Jay Patel to its ranks from Shoosmiths LLP.


Henry Hood commands a lot of respect‘.

Henry Hood uses his vast knowledge of previous cases wisely and always gives careful consideration about how to act‘.

Hunters is a top-end family law firm with a formidable reputation. The client care and attention to detail here is exceptional‘.

‘There is no other firm that manages clients’ expectations as its lawyers does, or who will better hold the clients’ hand in what is often such a traumatic and difficult time for them‘.

Jo Carr-West is an exceptional solicitor. She has fantastic client care skills and a precision that gives her work a real edge. Jo is immensely smart and brings her intellect and experience to bear in all her cases‘.

Hetty Gleave is extremely good, has great judgement, takes her responsibilities to her clients very seriously ‘.

‘Hetty Gleave is friendly, business like and efficient. She has a no-nonsense pragmatic approach‘.

Richard Kershaw is a very good technician and keeps everything moving towards a resolution at a sensible pace‘.

‘Richard Kershaw is brilliant: insightful, pragmatic and knowledgeable. He has great client care skills and inspires confidence. He identifies strategies from the outset and gives clear and fair advice so clients feel part of a supportive team throughout’.

Amy Scollan’s attention to detail and research capabilities are outstanding. Amy is a first-class lawyer and leaves no stone unturned‘.

Key clients

Timothy Lewis Saxton

Family: mediation Tier 2

Henry Hood heads the team at Hunters Law LLP that includes Hazel Wright and Jo Carr-West - each has been working as a mediator for many years. Wright is experienced in sole mediation, co-mediation and increasingly in supported mediation. Carr-West is a Resolution-accredited specialist in high-net-worth financial provision on divorce and in private children law.  A new addition to the team from Shoosmiths LLP is Jay Patel who is a trained mediator with Resolution and who mediates in English and in Gujarati.


‘Hunters is able to field a large team of family mediators, all experienced partners in the firm. That enables them to offer an adept, swift response.’

‘Hunters offers a good and rounded mediation service. They are all skilled lawyers, adept at seeing the bigger picture, and they bring these skills and intelligence to the practice.’

‘Henry Hood is an extremely competent practitioner, his calm and authoritative manner provides great reassurance in troubled times.’

‘Henry Hood is known for his effective time and tension management, enabling him to help couples to settlement.’

‘Henry Hood brings a combination of considerable personal skills and his business acumen as a former commercial litigator to his mediation work, and is excellent.’

‘Hazel Wright is particularly well-regarded for her calm and thorough approach, enabling her to achieve successful outcomes in conflicted cases.’

‘Hazel Wright is a hugely experienced mediator. She is thoughtful, empathetic and clear minded.’

‘It is a well resourced and high-calibre team. Jo Carr-West is an excellent mediator. Balanced, fair but firm.’

‘Jo Carr-West is intelligent and focused and quickly gets to the heart of a problem. She brings these skills to her mediation practice.’

‘Jay Patel has been extremely helpful with mediation. He has a very thorough approach, talking through all possibilities and comes up with practical solutions by thinking outside of the box.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Hunters Law LLP provides high-end tax and trust advice to a wide range of individuals, families and trustees with onshore and offshore interests. The team is recommended for its skill at advising wealthy clients on all aspects of tax and succession planning. The firm also has an extensive landed estate practice advising over 60 estates across England, Wales and Scotland and has acted for some of these families over multiple generations. Its clients variously have family businesses ranging from traditional farming businesses and houses that are open to the public, to highly successful entrepreneurs and property moguls with domestic and international business interests. Alexandra Sarkis and Lucinda Tite head the team.


Hunters is a very focused firm, with substantial expertise in personal tax, trusts and probate. Great attention to detail, very efficient, responsive and professional, but always approachable.

Hunters provides an excellent service tailored to meet its clients’ needs. Alexandra Sarkis knows her clients really well and understands complex trust issues and family dynamics.

The team is  personable, experienced and thoughtful. Whilst Charlotte Simm is obviously very technically able, she is thoughtful and approachable and is very focused on detail.

‘A really experienced and knowledgeable team  that understands its clients and what they want. Alexandra Sarkis – absolutely first-rate.’

Lucinda Tite is highly knowledgeable and extensively thorough in these matters. She balances the compassion and emotional intelligence needed for private client work with the necessary technical expertise.

Jonathan Godwin-Austen is an experienced professional who has built up a good relationship with clients and other professionals. He is highly regarded.

Robert Wright is thorough and efficient.

‘Charlotte Simm is always meticulous, and wants to ensure that clients have a full understanding of what she will do for them.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Hunters Law LLP 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 across the charity sector. It advises on a full spectrum of issues facing charities such as governance and regulation, through to fundraising and data protection issues. It has also been advising various new European-based corporations and foundations on diverse matters as well as international charities and NGOs with operations throughout Africa. Paul Almy heads the team and Wilfrid Vernor-Miles is also recommended.


Dominik Opalińsk has considerable experience of the subject and massive enthusiasm for solving problems‘.

Dominik Opaliński is extremely keen and energetic‘.

The team works well together, clearly communicates well. It has diverse experiences and a wealth of knowledge to put at our disposal. The team is always ready to help‘.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Hunters Law LLP specialises in complex, high-value and multi-party litigation often involving offshore assets. Head of team Richard Kershaw is skilled at advising on family law matters and the interplay with various contentious matters that arise from relationship-generated trusts in addition to Inheritance Act disputes. David Draisey is another key member of the team that advises trustees, beneficiaries, landed estate clients as well as City professionals on trust and probate disputes in the Court of Protection and the Chancery Division.


It has the ability and expertise to carry the heaviest cases, while unusually retaining the flexibility and light-footedness to react swiftly and adeptly to the idiosyncratic demands of each client‘.

Richard Kershaw is the contentious private client partner you really want to find: sympathetic, devoted to the cause, but with an unerring ability to weigh up the weaknesses and strengths of the case, both the opponent’s and the client’s‘.

David Draisey is a one-man powerhouse, who is swiftly developing into one of the most assured CT&E solicitors in the capital‘.

Hunters is an integrated medium sized all service partnership providing expert legal advice for today’s clients. The partners are known for their approachability and work together to provide an efficient and comprehensive professional service.

The firm: The firm has practised from its 17th century premises in Lincoln’s Inn for over 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.

The firm concentrates on looking after its clients’ individual needs; a partner is personally responsible for every client. This special relationship, often built up over many years, is the bedrock of the practice.

Since 2011 the firm has expanded significantly. In April 2011 it merged with private client firm Vernor-Miles & Noble, which significantly increased its private client, property and charity client base. Over the following 18 months five new partners joined the firm, one in business service, charity and litigation and two in family. Further, in February 2014, the firm merged with boutique firm Klein Solicitors, which specialises in international disputes resolution and business transactions as well as having a well developed expertise in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and art law. This complements the firm’s increasing art and heritage law practice.

On 1 April 2015, Hunters merged with private client firm May May & Merrimans. By joining forces, the firm now has one of the largest private client departments in the country, with the expertise and resources required to maintain the highest standards in what has become a very specialist area.

Types of work undertaken: The firm is best known for its longstanding expertise in acting for private individuals and trustees. The private client services include all aspects of tax planning, trusts and settlements, wills and probate and income tax. Heritage property is an area of special expertise, including exemption from inheritance tax and the establishment of maintenance funds. The firm has expanded its international work advising both UK domiciled and non-domiciled clients on all aspects of their affairs. The firm’s landed estates expertise is an important practice area, with the firm acting for over 65 landed estates.

The property department handles all aspects of conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters relating to domestic and commercial property, and agricultural and landed estates. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of banking security work and handles a wide range of commercial property work, including development, construction and all aspects of secured lending, much of it for charity and institutional clients.

The family department offers expertise in all aspects of family law, particularly in relation to high value ancillary relief and complex pre and post nuptial agreements, plus child law issues, both public and private, domestic and international. The department also has an established ADR capability with many of the team being qualified and experienced mediators and collaborative lawyers.

The firm has a substantial and well established background in charity law work, giving pragmatic and practical advice to a broad range of national and private charities. The work includes the formation and administration of charities, charity schemes, housing association work and all legal matters with which the firm’s charity clients become involved.

The firm has a significant dispute resolution department which deals with all civil matters ranging from personal injury to contract disputes, bailment and disputes as to title and contentious trust and probate matters. It also has expertise in the law of cultural property, both contentious and non contentious. This complements the firm’s company/commercial work, which covers all aspects of private company law, partnerships, commercial contracts, acquisitions and disposals. As with its private client work, the firm’s practice has an increasing international focus, which has been enhanced since the merger with Klein solicitors.

The amount of employment work undertaken by the firm has increased in recent years. This includes representing clients on contentious matters at employment tribunals, as well as advising on and drafting employment contracts, disciplinary and grievous procedures and all other related matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Almy
Private client Alexandra Sarkis
Private client Lucinda Tite
Family Henry Hood
Art & Cultural Property Hetty Gleave
Charity Paul Almy
Dispute resolution Richard Kershaw
Business services Stephen Morrall
Residential property James Vernor-Miles
Commercial property Peter Robinson
Landed estates James Vernor-Miles
Landed estates Peter Robinson
Intellectual Property Gregor Kleinknecht
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Almy  photo Paul Almy
 Lara Barton  photo Lara Barton
 Jo Carr-West  photo Jo Carr-West
 David Draisey  photo David Draisey
 Mary Elliott  photo Mary Elliott
 Hetty Gleave  photo Hetty Gleave
 Jonathan Godwin-Austen  photo Jonathan Godwin-Austen
 Henry Hood  photo Henry Hood
 Richard Kershaw  photo Richard Kershaw
 Gregor Kleinknecht  photo Gregor Kleinknecht
 Ian Layzell-Smith  photo Ian Layzell-Smith
 Gerald Moran  photo Gerald Moran
 Stephen Morrall  photo Stephen Morrall
 Dominik Opaliński  photo Dominik Opaliński
 Jay Patel  photo Jay Patel
 Julia Richards  photo Julia Richards
 Peter Robinson  photo Peter Robinson
 Alexandra Sarkis  photo Alexandra Sarkis
 Amy Scollan  photo Amy Scollan
 Charlotte Simm  photo Charlotte Simm
 Lucinda Tite  photo Lucinda Tite
 Wilfrid Vernor-Miles  photo Wilfrid Vernor-Miles
 James Vernor-Miles  photo James Vernor-Miles
 Louise Walker  photo Louise Walker
 Petra Warrington  photo Petra Warrington
 Molly Wills  photo Molly Wills
 Robert Wright  photo Robert Wright
 Hazel Wright  photo Hazel Wright
 Matthew Yates  photo Matthew Yates
Number of UK partners : 28
Number of other UK fee-earners : 22
Chinese (Cantonese
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Agricultural Law Association
International Bar Association (IBA)