Hunters has been recognised as one of the top 200 legal practices in England and Wales, and has been commended for “Inheritance & Succession (private client)” in The Times Best Law Firms 2019.
One of London’s oldest law firms, Hunters was founded in 1715 and moved into its Lincoln’s Inn offices 30 years later. In its tercentenary year it merged with May, May & Merrimans, which can trace its origins to 1786.
Fittingly for a firm in which continuity is the watchword, it specialises in landed estates, numbering among its clients 67 estates in England and Wales and others in Scotland, Ireland, Europe and the United States. Many clients in this market retain the firm’s services over several generations, with each client the personal responsibility of a particular partner.
Almost every fee-earning employee is involved in landed estate work, which requires legal expertise across a wide range of specialisms, including tax planning for estates and trusts, divorce and family, property, agriculture, employment, development and planning, arts and heritage, dispute resolution and business structures. In one recent case a landowner was penalised 75 per cent of his single farm payment after his gamekeeper was prosecuted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 for killing ten buzzards and a sparrowhawk. The fine was overturned on appeal on the grounds that the employer landowner could not be held liable for the criminal folly of the gamekeeper.
Hunters is one of few firms with expertise in heritage and cultural assets, not just in historic homes, but also on the international art market, where the multilingual partner Gregor Kleinknecht conducts cross-border arbitration and litigation concerning high-value works of art. Another partner, Hetty Gleave, is deputy chairwoman of the government’s treasure valuation committee, which rules on treasure troves unearthed by archaeologists or metal detectorists.
Please find a link to the feature in The Times here, behind a paywall.