Eric Robinson Solicitors Welcomes Patrick to Private Client
With over a decade of specialist experience in helping people with their personal legal matters and to plan for the future, Eric Robinson Solicitors is delighted to be welcoming Private Client specialist, Patrick Hunter to its Winchester Branch.
Patrick Hunter was always planning a career in the law until, at the age of 17, he volunteered to take part in an archaeological dig and fell in love with the work. He went on to study archaeology at university and spent ten years taking part in digs across the UK and abroad, working for prestigious organisations including The Museum of London and UCL.
In 2000, Patrick set up his own archaeological consultancy, but was keen to balance his teaching with continued learning, which prompted his return to the law. He studied for two years at the College of Law in Guildford, graduated in 2003 and qualified two years later after completing a training contract at Mackarness & Lunt Solicitors in Petersfield.
Patrick went on to support clients and their families with legal work and advice on Wills, Trusts, Inheritance, Tax Planning and Probate, as well as conveyancing and commercial matters (including some Intellectual Property work).
‘I enjoy helping people face challenges, fix problems and plan for the future,’ he explains. ‘As law is my second career, I can still remember the time when the legal profession was alien to me and the jargon and procedures were somewhat of a mystery.’
‘I take pride in keeping clients informed and, most importantly, make sure they understand and have confidence in what is happening. The ‘making law make sense’ philosophy of Eric Robinson Solicitors is one I wholeheartedly subscribe to.’
Patrick joins the firm’s Private Client in the firm’s Winchester office at a time of impressive expansion, with new offices in the historic city and branches opening across the south.
‘Despite a history of over 50 years, Eric Robinson Solicitors projects a young, fresh, ambitious attitude that looks after clients, staff and has a wealth of opportunity for both,’ says Patrick on his impressions of the firm. ‘I asked around my professional contacts for their thoughts about the firm when I was offered the role and they were unanimously supportive of my accepting the position.’
‘We are delighted Patrick has come to join us,’ says Emily Taylor, Partner responsible for both Wills, Trusts and Success at Eric Robinson Solicitors and the firm’s offices in Winchester. ‘To have found someone with such valuable experience, similar professional values and instant recognition of both the progress we have made and have planned for the future is very exciting.’
As a specialist in environmental archaeology, Patrick still consults with various organisations regarding the potential of archaeology being impacted upon by development and even the police in cases where human remains have been found. He also volunteers for the Beaver and Cub groups his two sons are part of and, in rare moments of free time, can be found pursuing his passion for fly fishing.