We are delighted that six of our departments have been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2023:
Family: Mediation – Tier 2
Family – Tier 2
Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Tier 2
Art and Cultural Property – Tier 3
Charities and not-for-profit – Tier 3
Contentious Trusts and Probate – Tier 3
Read Hunters’ full The Legal 500 UK 2023 rankings here.
Hunters is ranked in Tier 2 in Family: Mediation, with Jo Carr-West and Henry Hood recognised as Leading Individuals.
‘Jo Carr-West is a calm and conscientious mediator’.
‘Jo Carr West is exceptional, balanced and able to guide parties towards settlement in a calm, balanced and gentle way’.
‘Hunters has a strong reputation for its mediation practice and in Henry Hood and Jo Carr-West they have two of the leading mediators in this country. I am very happy to recommend them to my clients’.
‘Henry Hood has a strong reputation and a force amongst his peers’.
‘Jo Carr West – I have had very good feedback from clients and colleagues and am happy to refer my clients to her regularly’.
Hunters’ Family department is ranked in Tier 2, with Henry Hood and Richard Kershaw recognised as Leading Individuals and Amy Scollan considered a Next Generation Partner. Additionally, Jo Carr-West, Polly Atkins, Eri Horrocks and Mark Stiebel have been recognised as Recommended Lawyers.
‘They have one of the best family departments in the country which is populated by some of the most able practitioners and led by the celebrity family lawyer, Henry Hood. Their client care is second to none and their legal ability is first rate. Richard Kershaw, Henry Hood, Jo Carr-West’.
‘Classy, sophisticated and thoughtful, the firm exudes confidence borne of generations of experience at the top end of financial relief work. Richard Kershaw is a gentleman and a scholar with a high level of emotional intelligence, a cracking eye for a case and a charming and reassuring manner: he puts clients at ease with his unflappable air’.
‘Niche mature team. Richard Kershaw – very experienced. He is fantastic with. nervous clients with a wonderful calm and reassuring manner. They trust him completely’.
‘A small family law team punching well above its weight, with top class lawyers throughout. The firm has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with a real rise in profile so that the team is now clearly amongst the best in the family law sector for both money and private law children’.
‘Henry Hood is the award-winning senior partner, whose commanding presence is a reflection of his enormous experience and depth of knowledge. His ability with clients is exceptional, and he always offers a clear case strategy’.
‘Jo Carr-West is truly outstanding, with the ideal combination of humanity and detailed technical knowledge. Her client skills are exceptional, and her ability to manage the most difficult of cases is second to none. Associates Polly Atkins and Eri Horrocks are ones to watch for the future, their stars definitely on the rise’.
‘You have an exceptionally talented team of professionals who deliver outstanding results who are not afraid to take on the most challenging of cases who get the balance right. Amy Scollan and Polly Atkins were at all times incredibly professional attentive and responsive and I always felt they went above and beyond expectations to help me navigate a particularly tricky divorce. They provided me with expert counsel moral support and rational advice’.
‘Jo Carr-West is an exceptional person. From the first meeting I knew I was in safe hands. The paperwork produced was very professionally and clearly written. Her style of letter writing was as I expected, always dignified. She completely understood me and this was proven when choosing a Barrister that suited me. I totally trusted her’.
Hunters is ranked in Tier 2 for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, with Alexandra Sarkis recognised as a Leading Individual and Mary Elliott, Julia Richards, Charles Richardson, Lara Barton, Charlotte Simm and Matthew Yates recognised as Recommended Lawyers.
‘Hunters has given our family attentive support over many years. Competent, proactive and very conscious of costs. Turnaround time is good and particularly difficult issues are dealt with in a sensitive, professional and timely manner’.
‘Mary Elliott is always available and always attentive. She has an excellent grasp of Trust and taxation matters. A very good hardworking team’.
‘Small, select and professional. Hardworking, knowledgeable and decent’.
‘Alexandra Sarkis and Mary Elliott are consistently excellent – completely fluent in the application of the relevant tax and trust laws involved in sensible trust and estate tax planning, highly practical and efficient, and wearing their brilliance lightly’.
‘Julia Richards is also first-class as is Charles Richardson. Also particularly impressive is Lara Barton – not only exceptionally able technically but also determined to achieve the best outcome and adept at resolving complex tax issues in conjunction with HMRC’.
‘I used the services of Hunters as a client (although I am a barrister). A really efficient and superb service. Provided clear and helpful advice in an efficient and timely manner. Priced fairly too. I have recommended the firm to others, all who have also been delighted. Charlotte Simm was outstanding. She looked after us extremely well, gave excellent advice and was a model solicitor’.
‘Very knowledgeable and completely client-focussed’.
‘I have used Matthew Yates since before he became partner. He has all the skills that you would want in a lawyer in this field of practice: on top of the law, attentive to detail and, perhaps most importantly, extremely wise and thoughtful’.
Hunters is ranked in Tier 3 for Art and Cultural Property, with Julia Richards and Anastassia Dimmek recognised as Recommended Lawyers.
‘Personal service, up to date knowledge and efficient communication. Everything that you might hope for from a firm of such high standing- extremely able and knowledgeable’.
Hunters is ranked in Tier 3 for Charities and not-for-profit, with Paul Almy, Dominik Opaliński and Wilfrid Vernor-Miles recognised as Recommended Lawyers.
‘Hunters has a decades long history of involvement in charity and not-for-profit entities. Dominik Opaliński is the go-to person in this firm for such work. He is an immensely hardworking, tenacious and innovative lawyer. No set backs put him off. He persists to the end of the processes he has devised, deploying his personal charm and ability to persist in explaining the advantages inherent in the advice he has provided to his clients’.
‘A large company able to deal with the vast array of services we require across our business, education, charity, investment and property departments. Our very long involvement with Hunters indicates the very good service we have received over many, many years. The service we receive across all sectors is excellent and they maintain our interests at all times’.
‘They have a thorough understanding of the Charity sector and in particular our specific Charity and history. We deal with Paul Almy as senior partner, who has worked with us for many years’.
‘The team has clear experts in their chosen field. Sound, practical advice is given and responses are always prompt and easy to understand. Paul Ridout is a joy to work with. He is approachable and his responses are always practical whilst demonstrating his deep knowledge of his subject area’.
‘This is a niche firm with good experience in charities, trades unions and kindred organisations’.
‘Paul Almy, senior partner, is a confident lawyer with high diplomatic skills’.
‘Dominik Opaliński, partner, is enthusiastic and willing to go the extra mile for his clients’.
‘Competence. Good use of ZOOM and other technologies, friendliness. The concern they have for our problems and the good advice. Dominik Opaliński stands out for us’.
Hunters is ranked in Tier 3 for Contentious Trusts and Probate, with Richard Kershaw recognised as a Leading Individual and David Draisey and Polly Atkins recognised as Recommended Lawyers.
‘Personal and knowledgeable service, especially for HNW individuals. David Draisey is a total delight, a wonderful instructing solicitor’.
‘Deep experience in traditional private client work and an excellent client base’.
‘A cutting-edge dynamism hidden in the sleepy Georgian enclave of Lincoln’s Inn. A sparkling synergy of energy and strategy’.
‘Partner Richard Kershaw carries the heaviest case lightly, with an unerring ability to find the opponent’s soft underbelly. Associate Polly Atkins is fast establishing a reputation as sure-footed and cool under fire’.
‘Excellent client care, exceptional attention to detail’.