Success for Hunt & Coombs Solicitors

as the prestigious Legal 500 UK 2016 rankings results are announced

Solicitors recommended in the top tier in the Legal 500 UK 2016

We are extremely proud to have once more received top tier recommendations in the Legal 500 UK 2016. A rigorous process of assessment was followed where testimonials were scrutinised and specialist researchers provided independent assessments before making their recommendations.

We are delighted to have received ‘Top Tier’ recommendations in Corporate and Commercial, Crime: fraud, Crime: general, Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough, Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia , and Real Estate – Commercial property. Six of our lawyers are listed in the elite ‘Leading Lawyers’ list – the Legal 500 UK 2016’s guide to outstanding lawyers: Denis White, Farhana Butt, Naina Tilney, Anna Spriggs, Andrew Cave and Simon Milburn. This is a credit to each individual but also to the teams that work with them.

Senior Partner, Denis White, commented on the results saying “We are tremendously proud of our achievement in the Legal 500 this year. To have received top tier status in so many areas and to have 6 of our lawyers listed in the elite ‘Leading Lawyer’ list as well as 21 in the recommended list is a fantastic achievement and our best result to date. Our lawyers and support staff work enormously hard to exceed the expectations of their clients and these results reflect our expertise and their commitment.”

The Corporate and Commercial team were delighted with the result, demonstrating their extensive experience and impeccable client care: Hunt & Coombs LLP has a large client base in the retail sector and Anna Spriggs is a trusted adviser to many commercial and ecclesiastical enterprises. Paul Tate, who came out of retirement to become a consultant, advised a manufacturing company on its £7m sale. Anna is also recognised as a leading lawyer for Charities and not-for-profit.

The Crime team were again recognised for their outstanding work by obtaining top tier status in the whole of East Anglia, being one of the biggest crime legal teams in the area with Simon Milburn and Andrew Cave being recognised as leading lawyers. This was an achievement that received notable praise from the assessors: Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘a very good regional firm’. Team head Simon Milburn is ‘hugely experienced and dedicated to getting the best deal for clients, and Andrew Cave is singled out for his ‘strength and dedication to clients’. Mental health law expert Richard Boucher and in-house barrister Davide Corbino are also recommended.

Other comments received for the private client lawyers included head of probate Paddy Appleton ‘explains matters clearly and has excellent technical knowledge’ and Henry Anstey is ‘an extremely competent individual and a safe pair of hands’. He advised on tax planning for an £8m estate. ‘Highly personable’ legal executive Jenny Newell is also recommended.

Particular praise was given to the Personal Injury Team, who are ranked tier 2 in the whole of East Anglia for both claimant and defendant work. Naina Tilney, head of the team, has been recognised as a Leading Lawyer and the directory talked about Naina, saying that she is a lawyer who ‘provides very clear instructions and responds quickly’ and secured £1.25m for a client who required a full leg amputation. ‘Efficient, straightforward’ senior solicitor Richard Moon is one to watch. The team is supported by in-house barrister Davide Corbino.

The Family team also received special recognition with their status in the whole of East Anglia receiving a glowing review: Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘an excellent firm, one of the best in Peterborough’. Team head Farhana Butt is noted for her ‘objective advice; she knows when to twist and when to stick’. Denis White (who is ‘at the top of the game for care work’) and Edward Owen are known for ‘sound advice and a sympathetic approach’ to public law matters. Louise Ballantyne ‘is developing a reputation as one of the best young solicitors in the area’. Both Farhana and Denis were recognised as leading lawyers for Family work.

The Commercial Litigation team were ranked tier 2 for Commercial Litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia with extremely positive comments including Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘extremely on the ball and very robust’. The team is led by veteran litigator and legal executive Lesley Milne, who ‘goes the extra mile and is prepared to fight hard’.

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors has been established in the Peterborough area for over 80 years. We have nearly 100 staff with offices Peterborough, Oundle, Huntingdon and now a new office in St Neots. We offer an extensive range of personal and business legal services to local communities with a personal touch backed up by professionalism and expertise and our regional presence means that we are in touch with the local area.

For further information about Hunt & Coombs please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte Cameron, Marketing & Business Development Manager at charlotte.cameron@hcsolicitors.co.uk .

For legal help and advice please call 01733 882800 or email info@hcsolicitors.co.uk with your enquiry.

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This article has been prepared for general interest and information purposes only; it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. While all possible care has been taken in the preparation of this article, no responsibility for the accuracy and/or correctness of the information and commentary set out in the article, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed or accepted by the firm or the authors.