Henry Anstey gained an LLB at Guildhall University in London. He then attended the College of Law in London and qualified as a solicitor in 1992. Henry is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners, a member of the Law Society Probate Section and an Accredited Member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Legacy Management.

In 2022, Henry, continued to be a Leading Individual and is recommended by the Legal 500 in his areas of expertise. He has also made it into the Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’.

Henry is described as being a ‘notable practitioner’ and has received a Band 1 recommendation for his Private Wealth Law work in Peterborough and surrounds from Chambers UK HNW Guide 2020.


Specifically, Henry can advise you on:

  • Preparing a Will – helping you to draw up a Will and consider the tax implications of how you leave your property and how that might impact on care going forward.
  • Tax Planning – helping you to reduce the amount of tax due on your death, whether by the use of trusts or other planning vehicles permitted under the law.
  • Advising on the creation and use of trusts as part of family wealth protection and the fiscal advantages that can be obtained.
  • Care Home Fees – planning for the possible impact of care home fees in the future by developing strategies to fund such care which minimize the impact on your assets and also working with other professionals to ensure that appropriate advice is sought to minimize the potential capital drain.
  • Obtaining NHS Continuing Care for elderly clients or challenging the decision not to award Continuing Care, including representing clients at panel meetings and on to the Parliamentary and Health Care Ombudsman
  • Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney – preparing for the future by drawing up an LPA to ensure that your property and your welfare are managed as you wish if you become incapable of doing so yourself.
  • Assisting with applications to the Court of Protection where mental capacity has been lost and Court approval is required to enable attorneys or deputies to continue to be able to make lifetime gifts out of the Donor’s estate.
  • Preparing applications for the appointment of Deputies where no power of attorney has been made but there are finances to be managed. Preparing Statutory Will applications where amendments or new wills need to be made for those lacking mental capacity to do so themselves.
  • Drafting Advance Directives or Living Wills covering end of life decision making.
  • Administering an Estate when someone has died – carrying out the paperwork and applying for Probate or Letters of Administration and subsequently administering the estate. In addition, ways in which an inheritance can be ring fenced against future Inheritance Tax issues on the next generation.
  • Advising on care planning after the first death of a couple.


"Henry Anstey is very knowledgeable in key areas. He is able to explain complex legalities in a way that invokes client confidence. It is very important that any professional can explain their specialties in the simplest language without resorting to unnecessary jargon."

"I'm not at all sure you could improve your service. In addition to the helpful way in which the advice was given, Henry and Sarah went out of their way to ensure we understood every detail and steered us in an informed and caring manner. First class service in every respect."

We were recommended to Mr Henry Anstey and were not disappointed. Listening to what we thought we needed, Henry gave us other options and after he explained so eloquently we realised another path was far better suited for us. Thank you Mr Henry Anstey.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Henry Anstey for his compassion, kindness and understanding. Henry's help has been invaluable to me these last few months and for that I shall be eternally grateful. The whole process was made a lot easier so for that once again, thank you Henry.

As always it is a sheer pleasure to deal with Henry. He always is clear in expressing himself and explaining matters totally unknown to me in an easy to understand way. Reception response is cheerful and efficient.

It was very sad circumstances that I had to see Henry but throughout every meeting he was compassionate and very understanding making details etc. a lot easier for me to deal with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hunt & Coombs but especially Henry Anstey.

Henry gave us thorough and comprehensive advice in all areas that needed to be considered when drawing up our Wills. We received excellent advice and we were happy with the service he and his team provided.

A very professional service. Thanks Henry.

Usually when you make contact about a legal matter the whole process is long and drawn out. However, Henry Anstey covered all the necessary information and paperwork in a very efficient and timely manner.

Henry Anstey is at the top of his game with Wills and Trusts. Given that my affairs concern existing trusts and new family members, the advice given was intuitive, concise and expertly arranged. My thanks to him and the Hunt & Coombs team!

We have used Hunt & Coombs for our legal needs for about 20 years and have always been very satisfied with the service we have received. This is certainly the case with Henry Anstey who again had helped us with our Wills.

The service received from Henry was excellent, in as much as every aspect was explained at the level we needed to fully understand. As well as giving professional and friendly service, all of the necessary work was completed on a very tight time schedule, to meet the requirements of our upcoming travel plans. Good job by all involved at H&C.

My wife and I cannot imagine that anyone would be able to give us better advice and support than Henry Anstey and his team.

The service received from Henry was excellent. All aspects explained about the options open to us, so we could make the correct informed decisions.

Henry Anstey was very trustworthy. Everything Henry did for me was just what I wanted for my Will and LPA.

Henry was interested in our circumstances and tailored our revised Wills to cover all anticipated eventualities. A very good service.

Henry Anstey is regarded by us, and many others, as being a highly trust-worthy and discreet specialist in Wills and probate. We would recommend him to anyone seeking advice in this field.

We have every confidence in Henry Anstey's expertise and we enjoy meeting with him.

Our grateful thanks to Henry Anstey for arranging to see us at our home on 3 occasions due to illness. He gave us a very understanding and caring service and it was very much appreciated.

Additional Information

        Legal 500 and Hall of Fame logo    Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer    

  • College of Law, London
  • Guildhall University – LLB

  • Solicitor (1992)

  • Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners
  • Law Society Probate Section
  • Accredited Member of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers
  • Institute of Legacy Management (Associate Member)

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