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Hyphen Law
20 St. Andrew Street

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Hyphen Law is a specialist Deputyship practice and is best known for supporting clients nationwide who have received or go on to receive substantial compensation awards as a result of severe and complex injuries. Clients are those who usually lack the necessary mental capacity to manage their property and affairs by reason of a catastrophic brain injury or severe mental health difficulties. Head of team Christine Bunting is adept at handling deputyships that involve complex and personal arrangements. Kelly Knight is also recommended. Tom Hall is now at Thomson Snell & Passmore.

Practice head(s):

Christine Bunting

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Knight; Emma Costin


‘Christine Bunting. Absolutely excellent lawyer, very hardworking and great attention to detail‘.

‘I have always found Kelly and the team supporting her to be highly professional, responsive and committed to obtaining the right results for their clients in the right way. That is to say, clients can be proud of the way their cases are advanced by her team. Kelly is incredibly capable, engaged and will do whatever it takes to get the right results for her clients‘.

‘It takes a positive and inclusive approach to the client’s needs and is keen to ensure the client’s wellbeing throughout the process. On a number of occasions, we have worked with Ms Kelly Knight and also Ms Christine Bunting on various projects for their clients and have always found that they are very approachable and keen to ensure that any assistance or decisions required to keep the project moving are quickly provided. This is greatly appreciated as it helps to complete projects on time, allow the client to move back in to the adapted property and keep the work on budget’.

I like the personal approach of the deputies I work with. They really take the time to get to know the clients and the way they live, which makes it much easier to communicate and discuss services and equipment that the client wants to purchase. Christine Bunting – very approachable, really nice and calm manner with clients, very down to earth and clients feel easily reassured and trust her. Kelly Knight – very efficient and pro-active and ensures that the client receives value for the money they spend. Also very approachable and easy to talk to for clients and professionals‘.

Christine Bunting is superb – a real leader in her field. Christine Bunting is fantastic – knows deputyship work inside and out – she is incredibly knowledgeable, thorough, hardworking and a joy to work. Simply one of, if not, the best deputyship experts in the country‘.

‘The Deputyship team that I have connection with is very approachable, with consideration to the needs of the client’s individual needs. There are always key people to speak to for the client which ensures continuity. I have a close working relationship with Emma Costin, she is very approachable with attention to detail keeping the client’s best interests in mind at all times‘.

‘A solid Court of Protection team. Christine Bunting is first-class, she is highly organised, meticulous and very approachable. She gives sound advice‘.

‘Christine is highly experienced and knowledgeable in her field of Deputyship. She understands the demands of the litigation process. Her expert witness reports are well considered, well written and delivered on time. In discussions with her opposition she offers a pragmatic approach but is able to justify her position and stand her ground when the need arises‘.

Hyphen Law is a specialist deputyship practice and is best known for supporting clients nationwide who have received or go on to receive substantial compensation awards as a result of severe and complex injuries. These clients usually lack the necessary mental capacity to manage their property and affairs by reason of a catastrophic brain injury or severe mental health difficulties.  Hyphen Law also support, advise and assist lay deputies. Hyphen Law act in a number of joint deputyships with lay deputies.  Many of Hyphen Law’s clients are children.

The majority of the deputyships and trusts that Hyphen Law manage involve complex financial and personal arrangements with substantial sums under management, these include deputyships with property and other assets held abroad or where the protected party lives abroad. All clients have acquired their funds as a result of damages claims and the majority involves the management of multimillion pound awards. Hyphen Law is known for its breadth and depth of experience in this field and for consistently offering a flexible, responsive and client centered approach. For example the deputies at Hyphen Law are happy to work jointly with lay deputies, where this is in the best interests of the client.

Christine Bunting is highly sought after as a deputy, expert witness and leader in her field.

Tom Hall are Kelly Knight are both senior associates who have worked with Christine since 2012 and been closely involved with the setting up of Hyphen Law and its growth and strategic development. Both are highly regarded within the profession and increasingly sought after by clients in their own right.

Emma Costin has  joined recently, having practiced as a litigator specialising in serious injury and industrial disease for many years. Emma now works exclusively in the area of Court of Protection and deputyship and is particularly sought after in cases where there is ongoing litigation.

Court of Protection and Deputyship Christine Buntingcbunting@hyphenlaw.co.uk
Court of Protection and Deputyship Kelly Knightkknight@hyphenlaw.co.uk
Court of Protection and Deputyship Emma Costinecostin@hyphenlaw.co.uk
Christine Bunting photo Christine BuntingDirector
Emma Costin  photo Emma Costin Senior Soliicitor, Associate
Tom Hall photo Tom HallSenior Associate
Kelly Knight photo Kelly KnightAssociate Legal Director

Encouraging and celebrating diversity means recognising the individual contribution that makes up the potential of the organisation as a whole.

At Hyphen Law we work hard to recognize the value of differences between our employees. We know that everyone has a part to play in our organisation, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, religious or political beliefs or other ideologies.

Our commitment to diversity is woven into our values and that of the Solicitors Regulation Authority competencies, encouraging all walks of like to play a part in our success.

Hyphen Law commits to:

Educating managers across the organization to create diverse teams that foster engagement, creativity and support

Implement effective recruitment, onboarding and development programmes that imbed diversity principles and reflect the clients that we serve

Provide all new employees with compulsory Diversity e-learning

Create an ‘employer of choice’ brand, encouraging talent to recognize that we are working hard to achieve these principles

Encouraging business relationships with groups, charities and organisations that champion and value diversity

Actively monitor diversity metrics to ensure we are working at our best to put these principles into practice

Using language that is free of bias


Our Senior Managers are responsible for driving these ideologies and principles down into the organisation, making it second nature for employees to treat each other with respect.

Our Managers will embrace these principles that encourage empathy, collaboration, creativity and kindness within their local teams.

Our Employees will be supported to be open, honest and transparent with each other.

Our Clients will benefit from our approach to diversity by feeling represented in not only a professional way, but in a way that appreciates their heritage and way of life.

Taking Action

As part of wide-ranging policy suite, our Equality and Diversity Policy enforces the importance of applying good principles in the workplace, and clearly outlines the consequences of breaching those principles. The right intervention will be applied to the right situation, whether it is done by following laid-down procedures, using mediation as a tool for resolution or by other means as necessary.

The message will be clear; we will not tolerate any instances of bullying and harassment made by or towards employees, managers, consultants, contractors or clients in any circumstance.

Any allegation of harassment, bullying or victimisation will be treated seriously, regardless of seniority and our principles will be applied robustly and consistently to ensure a thorough and transparent process is followed.

In summary

Hyphen Law will champion the value of diversity, in its many forms. It will encourage a transparent environment in which everyone can thrive, develop and be confident in their abilities. Our organization and in turn our clients can only benefit from this approach, now and in the future.

COMPANY/FIRM: David Goodheart, Adaptation Design
TESTIMONIAL: “As a specialist architectural and building surveying company, we are fortunate to work with several of the main law firms within this sector and therefore I feel we can generally ascertain the level of input that is required to keep all parties satisfied. Hyphen Law always go the extra mile.
Adaptation Design Ltd are very happy to work with Hyphen Law and their clients, Chris, Kelly and Tom and their colleagues are always professional, available and very much focused on their client’s specific requirements, which makes our role straightforward and tends to save time and resources, which can only benefit all involved.”

CLIENT: Deputyship
COMPANY/FIRM: Bolt Burden Kemp
TESTIMONIAL: “Christine and Kelly have been extraordinarily helpful in a highly complex case, by highlighting potential issues and putting forward constructive solutions, to inform the litigation strategy’. ‘Christine is highly experienced and knowledgeable and Kelly is extremely well organised, efficient and approachable. They make a great team’.
‘I have been particularly impressed with their handling of an extremely challenging and traumatised litigation friend, whose distress at her child’s injury made taking instructions and giving advice required unprecedented patience and sensitive communications’. ‘The staff at Hyphen Law are always generous with their advice and time and very responsive to calls and emails. It is a pleasure to work with Christine and Kelly’””.

CLIENT: Deputyship
COMPANY/FIRM: Lianne (Client’s mother)
TESTIMONIAL: “Christine has helped us as a family adjust to my son’s predicament with helpful ideas and ways to encourage him to live a full life. Christine and Kelly are always happy to listen to our ideas, always approachable and available. They treat my son as an individual”

CLIENT: Deputyship
COMPANY/FIRM: Harpal Sra, Barclays Wealth
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Tom and the team at Hyphen Law for several years and my experience is that they take a very pragmatic approach in the support of their clients. This allows for clear and focused communication with no risk of ambiguity that can cause the client and their family to become frustrated. When supporting clients in difficult and complex situations the team will give true person-centred guidance based on the Mental Capacity Act. This approach also allows for a collaborative teamwork with clear roles and responsibilities to obtain the best outcome for the clients.”