Senior Partner: Paul Almy
Partners: 27 Assistants: 19 Other fee-earners: 18
The firm Hunters incorporating May, May & Merimans is an integrated medium sized all service partnership providing expert legal advice for private clients, businesses and charities. The partners are known for their approachability and work together to give an efficient and comprehensive service. The firm has practised from its seventeenth century premises in Lincoln’s Inn for nearly three hundred years, a mark of the firm’s stability and permanence. This continuity is reflected in the lasting service given to clients, old and new. The firm concentrates on looking after its clients’ individual needs. A partner is personally responsible for every client and this special relationship, often built up over many years, is the bedrock of the practice. Since 2011 the firm has expanded significantly. In April 2011 it merged with the private client firm Vernor-Miles and Noble, which enhanced its private client, property and charity client base. Over the following 18 months five new partners joined the firm, one each in business services, charity and litigation and two in family. Further, in February 2014 the firm merged with the boutique firm Klein Solicitors which specialises in international dispute resolution, business transactions and contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and art law. On 1st April 2015 Hunters merged with the private client firm May, May & Merimans. By joining forces the firm has created one of the largest private client departments in the country, with the expertise and resources required to maintain the highest standards in what has become a very specialist area.
Main Areas of Practice:
Private Client: The firm is best known for its long-standing expertise in acting for private individuals and trustees. The private client services include all aspects of tax planning, trusts and settlements, wills and probate, and income tax as well as offshore advice. Heritage property is an area of special expertise, including exemption from inheritance tax and the establishment of maintenance funds. The firm has expanded its international work advising both UK domiciled and non-UK domiciled clients on all aspects of their affairs. The firm’s landed estate expertise is an important practice area with the firm acting for over 65 estates.
The firm’s property partners handle all aspects of conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters relating to domestic property and agricultural and landed estates. The firm also handles a wide range of commercial property work, including development, construction and all aspects of secured lending, as well as undertaking a significant amount of banking security work.
The family department offers expertise on all aspects of family law, particularly in relation to high value ancillary relief and complex pre and postnuptial agreements, as well as child law issues, both public and private, domestic and international. The department also has an established ADR capability with many of the team being qualified and experienced mediators and collaborative lawyers.
The firm has a substantial and well established background in charity law work, giving pragmatic and practical advice to a broad range of national and private charities. The work includes the formation and administration of charities, charity schemes, Housing Association work and all legal matters with which the firm’s charity clients become involved.
The firm has also developed a significant dispute resolution department which deals with all civil matters ranging from personal injury to contract disputes, bailment and disputes as to title, and contenious trust and probate matters. It also has expertise in the law of art and cultural property both contentious and non-contentious.
The firm provides advice upon merger and acquisitions, finance and security, company formation and organisation, partnerships and inward investment. As with private client work, the firm’s practice has an increasing international focus, which has been enhanced since the merger with Klein solicitors.
The amount of employment work undertaken by the firm has increased in recent years. This includes representing clients on contentious matters at Employment Tribunals, as well as advising on and drafting employment contracts, disciplinary and grievous procedures and all other related matters.