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Russell-Cooke LLP

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8 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4BX, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7405 6566
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Fax 020 7831 2565
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11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.russell-cooke.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP 's clients are a mix of large corporates, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs, and they are typically London-based. The firm's sector specialities include technology, travel and leisure, and real estate, with the team collaborating with the real estate department on complex transactions with property assets involved. In the technology sector, the team primarily advise start-ups, and is the UK legal partner for the Founder Institute, a pre-seed accelerator for young businesses. Jonathan Thornton is head of the corporate and commercial team, and is the key name to note for advice to creative and professional partnerships regarding shareholding activities.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'assiduous' team has been kept busy recently handling cases of historic and current sexual offences, assault, firearms and motoring offences. Practice head Jae Carwardine is 'meticulous, immensely intelligent and knowledgeable'; she is supported by the 'super-capable' Nicola O’Connor. Senior associate Marie Bourke is recommended. In June 2019 Martin Rackstraw returned to the firm after seven years at Bindmans LLP, where he had been joint head of the criminal law team.

Leading individuals

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

Rising stars

Marie Bourke - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP handles confiscations, forfeiture, restraint and freezing orders, and defence and prosecution of private prosecutions. Areas of expertise include multijurisdictional cases, employment, regulatory, international and tax advice. The firm is particularly adept at handling cases that involve intrusive media attention. Head of team Jae Carwardine is experienced in advising all levels of professionals and has defended cases against the SFO, FCA, HMRC and CPS. Hannah Bains joined as senior associate from Bark&co and Martin Rackstraw joined as a partner from Bindmans LLP.

Leading individuals

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP 'concentrates on providing great value for money and quality advice'. Senior partner John Gould's areas of practice include complex financial schemes; Paolo Sidoli is noted for claims involving fraud and asset-tracing, minority shareholders, directors and partnerships, and breach of warranties; and Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. Elliot Elsey and Michael Stacey were recently made partners, while former commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye was appointed a Master of the Chancery Division.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Acting for both professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals, Russell-Cooke LLP has 'amassed a considerable amount of knowledge over many years in relation to numerous areas of professional discipline'. The practice has particular expertise in complex and high-profile cases involving solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants and charity trustees. Matt Bosworth is a highly rated adviser, and senior partner John Gould and Paolo Sidoli acted for the SRA in a landmark appeal that concerned the concept of lack of integrity for professionals, which had not previously been defined. Michael Stacey and Andrew Pavlovic are the senior associates to note; former senior associate Michael Colledge left for Blake Morgan LLP.

Leading individuals

John Gould - Russell-Cooke LLP

Rising stars

Michael Stacey - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

The 'strong and responsive' team at Russell-Cooke LLP regularly represents senior executives in discrimination and whistleblowing claims and in disputes relating to share schemes, bonuses, commission, restrictive covenants and team moves. Anthony Sakrouge, who advises on all aspects of employment law, with a special emphasis on contentious and advisory work, leads the team that includes the 'sharp and straightforward' Alex Bearman and 'savvy litigator' Edward Wanambwa.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP 's team is led by the 'inspirational' Kizzy Augustin, who is an expert in both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters. She has represented organisations and individuals in HSE investigations and coroners inquests.

Next Generation Partners

Kizzy Augustin - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's business immigration team regularly advises national and multinational businesses on the immigration implications of complex and high-value transactions. The team is also able to advise on complex sponsor license issues; it is regularly engaged in cases where sponsor licences have been revoked or are under threat and the team is noted for its education sector expertise. The team is also engaged by high-net-worth, ultra-high net worth and professional foreign nationals on Investor and Entrepreneur visas. The team also handles a raft of human rights, appeals and overstay mandates; the team advises on complex issues and has a growing reputation for sensitive adoption cases and is also advises families and individuals facing complex immigration issues. Senior associate Nisha Patel leads on personal immigration work for individual clients and is experienced in complex appeals, spousal visa applications and applications outside of the immigration rules. The 'experienced' Edward Wanambwa heads the team.

Leading individuals

Edward Wanambwa - Russell-Cooke LLP

Rising stars

Nisha Patel - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP offers representation to the full-range of individuals requiring legal services, advising adults from all walks of life as well as children who  have been victims of medical negligence. Key areas of work include acting on claims concerning injuries sustained at the time of birth, head and spinal injuries, delays in treatment, misdiagnoses of sepsis and cancer, as well as dentistry, ophthalmology and orthopaedic injuries. Team leader Deborah Blythe acted in the landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Darnley v Croydon Hospital NHS Trust, which further defined the legal principle of the duty of care for non-medical staff and A&E departments.

Leading individuals

Deborah Blythe - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong record presenting the 'very best cases for its clients'. The team assists individuals who have sustained serious injuries, and occasionally attracts work where novel and interesting points of law are raised. Janice Gardner, whose personal injury legal experience spans nearly 25 years, supervises large multi-party actions as well as high-value cases involving psychiatric and criminal injury compensation claims, and those arising from road traffic accidents. Sarah Towler specialises in claims against local authorities, notably in relation to abused children. Deborah Blythe heads the team.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is particularly recommended for its work at advising on charity mergers and the restructuring of charities. Under the leadership of Andrew Studd the practice is increasingly becoming known for its work at supporting charities in financial difficulties. It also continues to advise charities with unusual governance structures such as charities governed by Acts of Parliament, Royal Charter and Charity Commission Schemes. Chris Rowse is experienced at advising on international projects and James Sinclair Taylor is another name to note for his work on sensitive contractual, funding and risk management issues.

Leading individuals

Andrew Studd - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Sinclair Taylor - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Alison Regan is a highly recommended head of department at Russell-Cooke LLP. The department deals with a broad range of succession disputes across borders and is particularly adept at advising on conflict of law issues and on the interplay between common law and civil law jurisdictions. In addition it is skilled at advising on will challenges on the basis of testamentary capacity and on applications for rectification of wills. Gareth Ledsham has developed a niche practice in applications to the court to deal with property that is owned by minors in civil law jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Alison Regan - Russell-Cooke LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gareth Ledsham - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has a well-regarded full-service Court of Protection property and affairs practice that advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. It acts as an independent attorney, deputy for financial matters and trustee in relation to those lacking capacity through progressive illnesses such as dementia or for those who have suffered brain injury. It also helps those who are vulnerable to abuse. The skilled team is particularly known for its expertise at handling cross-border/private international law matters. Rita Bhargava and Gareth Ledsham are the names to note.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP acts on complex and interesting cases. Clients range from those with substantial wealth through to those with modest means or those who are entitled to legal aid. It is at the forefront of new and emerging areas of law such as declaration of parentage, international and domestic surrogacy as well as female genital mutilation and forced marriages. As part of its full service offering it also advises on complex private children law cases involving serious domestic abuse or on issues of adoption. The group is often appointed by the court to represent the children when the children are joined in proceedings. Six of its partners are trained as mediators, five are collaboratively trained and one acts as an arbitrator. James Carroll, Kate Hamilton, Fiona Read and Sarah Richardson are all well-respected practitioners. Hannah Field was promoted to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Camilla Thornton - Russell-Cooke LLP

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

Kate Hamilton - Russell-Cooke LLP

Samantha Little - Russell-Cooke LLP

Sarah Richardson - Russell-Cooke LLP

Rising stars

Hannah Minty - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Mediation is a central part of the practice at Russell-Cooke LLP and it offers sole mediation as well as co-mediation and shuttle mediation. Fiona Read, who is a deputy district judge as well as an arbitrator, heads the team and has mediated for many years along with James Carroll who also has an excellent reputation for mediation. Therese Nichols has now retired and Louise Connolly is also recommended. The team mediates on a variety of family and children law-related issues, including cohabitations and property ownership.

Leading individuals

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is highly regarded for its work on complex cross-border tax planning and succession issues, particularly those relating to France. Key clients include entrepreneurs, family businesses, celebrities, senior civil servants as well as politicians, lawyers and judges. Its clients range from the substantially wealthy to longstanding clients and their families. The team has also launched the Russell-Cooke Family Office service that is led by Rebecca Fisher. This provides a range of legal services that are tailored to UHNW and HNW clients in relation to their wealth and succession planning. Dawn Alderson is another name to note. Richard Frimston is now a consultant.

Leading individuals

Rebecca Fisher - Russell-Cooke LLP

Richard Frimston - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Eva Akins heads the education team at Russell-Cooke LLP, which has experience acting for children with SEN and disabilities, as well as for transgender and non-binary pupils who face marginalisation and difficulty accessing school facilities. Associate Georgina Downard assists clients with securing education provision and with appeals. Specialist children law solicitors Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson are also key practitioners in the team; they also handle complex cases involving vulnerable adults.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's ‚Äėtechnically skilled' team provide¬†'a personalised and responsive service‚Äô. Headed by Matt Garrod, the practice has a well-established reputation in the retail sector where it assists clients with the full range of commercial property issues including acquisitions, lease renewals and developments. Additional strengths for the team include inward investment by overseas clients, landlord and tenant work, residential sales and purchases, real estate finance, redevelopments, joint ventures, overage agreements and the regeneration of brown sites.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP regularly advises private sector clients on their residential-led development schemes in London and throughout the UK. Alex Ground provides the full spectrum of assistance on planning issues such as section 106 applications, CIL, highways agreements, CPO compensation advice, and office-to-residential conversions. The team has a strong contentious offering, with experience acting on planning appeals, enforcement appeals, judicial reviews, and High Court challenges. Clients are drawn from a broad range of sectors including retail, residential development, student accommodation, and private individuals.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'strong' practice draws on a wealth of expertise assisting retail industry clients, charitable organisations and high-net-worth individuals, among others, with landlord and tenant disputes, various matters involving freehold land, such as restrictive covenants, rights of way and rights to light issues and party wall disputes, alongside issues pertaining to build-to-rent projects, telecoms sector work and property development matters. The 'excellent' Jason Hunter is the main contact and handles a wide range of commercial, residential and mixed-use property disputes.

Leading individuals

Jason Hunter - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong commitment to legal aid work, in addition to advising clients on a private basis. Many of its clients are vulnerable, including victims of domestic violence and individuals with severe mental health difficulties. In addition to acting for private individuals, the team demonstrates strong capabilities advising tenant management organisations (organisations run by tenants for tenants) and housing co-operatives. It has been assisting families directly impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire with obtaining long-term/permanent housing, and is also representing a number of households in the inquiry into the disaster. The scope of its broader social housing practice is wide ranging, with the team advising clients on matters including disrepair, possession proceedings, homelessness reviews and appeals, and judicial review claims. Associate Caroline Brosnan has more than a decade of experience of the social housing sector. Another key figure is consultant Matilda Rubens, whose expertise includes homelessness cases that often involve domestic violence issues. Graham French heads up the practice.

Rising stars

Caroline Brosnan - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP acts for broadcasters, football clubs, governing bodies, charities and individuals, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, work includes acting for broadcasters in IP infringement cases, representing football clubs in employment disputes and advising on disciplinary proceedings. In the non-contentious space, matters relate to privacy, reputation management, data protection and incorporation, including establishing charitable vehicles. Solicitor advocate Matthew Bosworth, who specialises in professional disciplinary matters and intellectual property rights, is retained by Chelsea FC and Tottenham FC to provide ongoing advice in relation to privacy, on-field issues and reputation management.

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