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Hunters recognised in the Spear’s 500 2019

  • March 11, 2019
  • By Hunters Law

Partners Alexandra Sarkis, Henry Hood, Jay Patel and Jonathan Godwin-Austen have been recognised in the Spear’s 500 2019.

Both Alexandra and Jonathan are recognised in the “Tax & Trusts Advisers” category, and both Henry and Jay are highlighted in the “Family Lawyers” category.

Alexandra Sarkis is recognised in the “Tax & Trusts Advisers” category:

“Alexandra Sarkis joined Hunters back when it merged with May, May and Merrimans in 2015, having qualified as a solicitor in 1984. Sarkis was appointed as joint head of the private client department, which constitutes approximately half the firm. Since then, she’s worked for a very broad range of clients and has been the lead legal adviser with a number of important landed estates. ‘The last 12 months have probably been the busiest I can remember, says Sarkis. ‘I’ve been particularly involved with Variation of Trust Act applications for my major clients, and also planning for IHT ten yearly periodic charges.’ Sarkis is known for her discretion. ‘It may be a cliché, but I think all are looking for a “trusted advisor”, someone who can add value beyond their legal expertise,’ she says.”

Read Alexandra’s full profile in the Spear’s 500 2019 here.

Henry Hood is highlighted in the “Family Lawyers” category:

“Hood’s practice, and that of the department he leads, spans the spectrum from clients with vast disposable fortunes, to those where money is much tighter. Notable recent cases have included acting for James Stunt and one of the adult children in the Hagen (Viking cruises) litigation, and Hood’s own farming background perhaps accounts for the number of landed cases that he has recently been responsible for, some involving 100’s of millions of pounds.”

Read Henry’s full profile in the Spear’s 500 2019 here.

Jay Patel is also highlighted in the “Family Lawyers” category:

“With over two decades of experience acting for UHNW and HNW individuals on divorce, civil partnerships, financial remedy claims and children issues, Jay Patel has built a reputation as one of the top figures in family law.”

Read Jay’s full profile in the Spear’s 500 2019 here.

Jonathan Godwin-Austen is recognised in the “Tax & Trusts Advisers” category:

“In the past year, Hunters’ Jonathan Godwin-Austen has been busy with ‘two particularly large generational transfer projects for big landed families’ – an area he has come to specialise in. He describes the steps involved: ‘Defining who “family” is, who the key people are, who should be involved in the decision-making, who should have control, and who should have wealth and in what way.’ Although trusts are still used, they are under intense scrutiny from HMRC. Godwin-Austen insists all is not lost on this front: ‘In the next ten years or so the ball may roll back the other way on that, and the advantage of trusts to society will receive more attention – and not be regarded as a way that toffs avoid tax!’”

Read Jonathan’s profile in the Spear’s 500 2019 here.

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