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Michelle Cookson

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


Partner specialising in complex investment and development projects with extensive experience in the higher education and health sectors. She leads the team advising Trinity College, Cambridge, providing advice on the strategic management of their investment portfolio including Cambridge Science Park, Felixstowe Docks and the O2. Other recent work includes advising: Addenbrooke’s Hospital in relation to its £850m expansion of its existing campus; Cheung Kong Infrastructure holdings Ltd, the Hong Kong listed infrastructure company, on the sale of its subsidiary, Cambridge Water, to HSBC bank; and Trinity College on its acquisition of a 50% interest in a limited partnership joint venture with Tesco into a portfolio financed by a £450m loan backed by 30 year bonds on the Irish Stock Exchange.


Trainee solicitor Glaisyers, Manchester 1982-83; Wakefield & Co, London 1983-84; solicitor 1984-85; solicitor Francis & Co, Cambridge 1985-87; partner Mills & Reeve, Cambridge 1987-94; consultant Mills & Reeve, Cambridge 2007-09; partner Mills & Reeve, Cambridge June 2009 to date.




Newton-le-Willows High School; Manchester Polytechnic (1978-81 BA law with French); Chester College of Law (1981-82 solicitors finals).


Spending time with family and friends, cinema, travel.

East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals

Michelle Cookson - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Commercial property: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP‚Äės has ‚Äėcommercial and responsive lawyers‚Äô that¬†represent 'good value for money in relation to London-based practices'. Planning partner¬†Beverley Firth¬†is national head of the firm‚Äôs real estate practice, which has an extremely talented bench. 'Strong property partner'¬†Christine de Ferrars Green¬†is ‚Äėalways available to try and help manage her team and assist with all matters‚Äė.¬†Nick Finlayson-Brown¬†has more than 20 years' experience in real estate matters and his role as head of the firm's China team sees him handle many cross-border property matters. He is 'entirely commercial in his approach and provides excellent service and advice'. Partner¬†Charles Staveley¬†leads the firm's real estate investment sector group, which advises institutional pension funds, management houses, property companies, onshore and offshore investors. He assisted HPG Gonville Ltd with the ¬£6.5m purchase of properties and their lease back to Cambridge Education Group.¬†Vincenzo Maggio¬†focuses on investment work and landlord and tenant matters with an emphasis on science parks. He acted for Babraham Institute on a review of its multimillion-pound portfolio. Also recommended are¬†Michelle Cookson, who specialises in complex investment and development projects; real estate finance specialist¬†Tim Allsop, who is¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď detailed, commercial and very responsive on more complicated matters‚Äė; and senior associate¬†Tom Nash, who¬†is praised for ‚Äėhis clarity of thought, expression and delivery, which are invaluable‚Äė.

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