With its strong private client base and real estate team Hunters is at home in Lincoln’s Inn.

Paul Almy
Paul Almy

The firm, which has a 200-year history, is attempting to ­accelerate growth without moving away from its roots. In April Hunters merged with Vernor-Miles & Noble, adding three ­partners to boost its private client, property and charity practices.

“It fits well,” reflects recently elected senior ­partner Paul Almy.

Around half of the firm’s £9m revenue come from its private client base, with a further 20 per cent from its property practice. The remainder is made up from the charities practice (20 per cent), ­corporate ­commercial (5-10 per cent) and family and litigation (10 per cent).

The hire of Dawsons’ former head of corporate ­commercial Stephen Morrall last month (The Lawyer, 9 May) marks the start of a strategy to extend the client base into Europe, in ­particular Germany.

“Stephen’s vice-chair of the British-German Jurists Association and has good contacts there,” Almy comments. “He’s supported by [associate] Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor – also a German-speaker. We’re also keen to expand our offshore practice.

We do a lot of work for non-doms. [Partner] Jo ­Richardson does a lot of immigration work.”

Typically the firm acts for clients with assets ­valued at more than £100m. The largest growth area is litigation ­spinning out of trust and probate work.

According to Almy, head of litigation Richard O’Halloran is Hunters’ highest fee-earner.

“We have a number of multimillion-pound ­disputes going on – we’re up there with Taylor ­Wessing and Charles Russell,” he says.

Almy says clients are as loyal to the firm as its lawyers. Of the partners, he says: “They’re team ­players and nobody’s jumping ship. We’ve got a good spirit – we’re not huge on rules and yet we’re ­commercially minded. It’s a good balance.”

Senior partner: Paul Almy

Turnover: £9m

Number of partners:22

Number of equity partners:12

Number of offices:One

Location: Lincoln’s Inn

Main practice areas:Charities, corporate commercial, family and litigation, ­private client, property

Key clients: The Estate of Ronnie Barker Deceased, Greg Rusedski, Railway ­Convalescent Homes, Little Sisters of the Poor