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Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans 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.

  • Number of UK partners: 28
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 22

Above material supplied by Hunters Law LLP.

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