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Russell-Cooke LLP

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8 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4BX, ENGLAND
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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

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP counts large corporates, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, SMEs and family businesses among its clients, and specialises in the technology, marketing and PR, travel and leisure, and property sectors. Guy Wilmot advised B2B market research consultancy Circle Research on the sale of the company to Next Fifteen Communications Group. David Webster acted for The Gym Limited on its acquisition of a gym from Rush Fitness. Jonathan Thornton leads the team; property sector expert Scott Leonard is also noted. Other clients include Your Self Store, Moulton Goodies, G Adventures and Beavis Morgan.

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP counts large corporates, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, SMEs and family businesses among its clients, and specialises in the technology, marketing and PR, travel and leisure, and property sectors. Guy Wilmot advised B2B market research consultancy Circle Research on the sale of the company to Next Fifteen Communications Group. David Webster acted for The Gym Limited on its acquisition of a gym from Rush Fitness. Jonathan Thornton leads the team; property sector expert Scott Leonard is also noted. Other clients include Your Self Store, Moulton Goodies, G Adventures and Beavis Morgan.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

The ‘excellent’ Russell-Cooke LLP ‘prepares cases carefully and thoroughly’ and provides ‘an outstanding service’. It has recently acted in cases of drug dealing, sexual offences, terrorism and assault. The firm often deals with vulnerable and young clients. ‘Extremely bright and diligent’ Jae Carwardine heads the practice and is supported by Nicola O’Connor who has ‘excellent client management skills’ and ‘remains focused in a pressurized environment’. Senior associate Marie Bourke is ‘bright and incisive’ and ‘her attention to detail, commitment to clients and pro-active case management is particularly impressive’. Kizzy Augustin joined as partner.

The ‘excellent’ Russell-Cooke LLP ‘prepares cases carefully and thoroughly’ and provides ‘an outstanding service’. It has recently acted in cases of drug dealing, sexual offences, terrorism and assault. The firm often deals with vulnerable and young clients. ‘Extremely bright and diligent’ Jae Carwardine heads the practice and is supported by Nicola O’Connor who has ‘excellent client management skills’ and ‘remains focused in a pressurized environment’. Senior associate Marie Bourke is ‘bright and incisive’ and ‘her attention to detail, commitment to clients and pro-active case management is particularly impressive’. Kizzy Augustin joined as partner.

Leading individuals

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘the personnel and experience to deal with the most complex of cases’. Recent highlights include several high-profile HMRC prosecutions. Jae Carwardine is ‘an exceptionally astute lawyer’ and is ‘tenacious but understanding’. Associate Marie Bourke is ‘very able and particularly good with clients’. Nicola O’Connor is also recommended. The team is ‘exceptional in managing cases with a large amount of material’.

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘the personnel and experience to deal with the most complex of cases’. Recent highlights include several high-profile HMRC prosecutions. Jae Carwardine is ‘an exceptionally astute lawyer’ and is ‘tenacious but understanding’. Associate Marie Bourke is ‘very able and particularly good with clients’. Nicola O’Connor is also recommended. The team is ‘exceptional in managing cases with a large amount of material’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is 'very strong for a medium-sized firm'. The practice assists with contractual disputes; commercial fraud and asset tracing; and financial and financial services claims. It is also active in IP disputes, professional negligence, insurance, construction disputes and trust litigation. Commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye  is 'utterly dependable and just a great lawyer'; John Gould is 'hugely wise and experienced'; Paolo Sidoli has substantial experience in contractual and corporate disputes; and insolvency team head Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. 

Russell-Cooke LLP is 'very strong for a medium-sized firm'. The practice assists with contractual disputes; commercial fraud and asset tracing; and financial and financial services claims. It is also active in IP disputes, professional negligence, insurance, construction disputes and trust litigation. Commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye  is 'utterly dependable and just a great lawyer'; John Gould is 'hugely wise and experienced'; Paolo Sidoli has substantial experience in contractual and corporate disputes; and insolvency team head Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. 

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is highly rated for its 'breadth of experience and range of understanding of a huge number of different regulators across the whole gamut of professionals'. The practice has considerable experience dealing with disciplinary and regulatory matters and proceedings for a number of regulated professionals and regulatory bodies, including solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants and charity trustees. It acted for a solicitor  in disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA; the allegations involved taking advantage of a vulnerable client, lending money to a client on unfavourable terms, and conflict of interest. Practice head Matthew Bosworth is 'unflappable and a very effective defender'; Peter Cadman is 'a very good choice for any solicitor in difficulty, but also represents accountants, doctors, and sports figures'; senior partner John Gould 'thinks very carefully and provides good leadership'; and Paolo Sidoli is 'a fighter'. On the senior associate side, recently promoted Michael Stacey is 'a person of outstanding ability, dedication and care', Michael Colledge 'impresses', and Andrew Pavlovic is also an experienced adviser.

Russell-Cooke LLP is highly rated for its 'breadth of experience and range of understanding of a huge number of different regulators across the whole gamut of professionals'. The practice has considerable experience dealing with disciplinary and regulatory matters and proceedings for a number of regulated professionals and regulatory bodies, including solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants and charity trustees. It acted for a solicitor  in disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA; the allegations involved taking advantage of a vulnerable client, lending money to a client on unfavourable terms, and conflict of interest. Practice head Matthew Bosworth is 'unflappable and a very effective defender'; Peter Cadman is 'a very good choice for any solicitor in difficulty, but also represents accountants, doctors, and sports figures'; senior partner John Gould 'thinks very carefully and provides good leadership'; and Paolo Sidoli is 'a fighter'. On the senior associate side, recently promoted Michael Stacey is 'a person of outstanding ability, dedication and care', Michael Colledge 'impresses', and Andrew Pavlovic is also an experienced adviser.

Leading individuals

John Gould - Russell-Cooke LLP

John Gould - Russell-Cooke LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Stacey - Russell-Cooke LLP

Michael Stacey - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Human resources

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Anthony Sakrouge leads the team of 'tenacious and committed litigators' at Russell-Cooke LLP, which 'delivers appropriate and measured advice that gives clients confidence in its ability'. The department focuses on the financial services sector and regularly handles discrimination and whistleblowing claims, restrictive covenants and bonus disputes. In a recent highlight, the 'outstanding' Alex Bearman acted for an individual in a claim for money owed under a joint share ownership scheme; other work includes Sakrouge representing a senior executive who was mistakenly paid a bonus twice and was subsequently dismissed for gross misconduct and Bearman handling negotiations for a chief information officer relating to the termination of his employment. Charity sector specialist Jane Klauber and 'courageous litigator' Edward Wanambwa are also key individuals.

Anthony Sakrouge leads the team of 'tenacious and committed litigators' at Russell-Cooke LLP, which 'delivers appropriate and measured advice that gives clients confidence in its ability'. The department focuses on the financial services sector and regularly handles discrimination and whistleblowing claims, restrictive covenants and bonus disputes. In a recent highlight, the 'outstanding' Alex Bearman acted for an individual in a claim for money owed under a joint share ownership scheme; other work includes Sakrouge representing a senior executive who was mistakenly paid a bonus twice and was subsequently dismissed for gross misconduct and Bearman handling negotiations for a chief information officer relating to the termination of his employment. Charity sector specialist Jane Klauber and 'courageous litigator' Edward Wanambwa are also key individuals.

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Health and safety
Next generation lawyers

Kizzy Augustin - Russell-Cooke LLP

Kizzy Augustin - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s business immigration team is noted for its experience in advising on the immigration law implications of complex and high value corporate transactions. Its client-base spans the education, professional services, healthcare, finance, media and pharmaceuticals sectors. Acting for individuals, the team also regularly handles complex children and family law issues and also advises on sensitive immigration adoption cases involving adoption of children abroad. The team is also experienced in advising on personal injury claims with an immigration element. Department head Edward Wanambwa is ‘very experienced’ and has a focus on business immigration; and senior associate Nisha Patel is active across human rights, appeals and overstay matters, as well as business-related immigration cases.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s business immigration team is noted for its experience in advising on the immigration law implications of complex and high value corporate transactions. Its client-base spans the education, professional services, healthcare, finance, media and pharmaceuticals sectors. Acting for individuals, the team also regularly handles complex children and family law issues and also advises on sensitive immigration adoption cases involving adoption of children abroad. The team is also experienced in advising on personal injury claims with an immigration element. Department head Edward Wanambwa is ‘very experienced’ and has a focus on business immigration; and senior associate Nisha Patel is active across human rights, appeals and overstay matters, as well as business-related immigration cases.

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London: Insurance

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence advice from mobility issues to brain injuries and has 'an excellent track record in handling novel, complex and high-value cases'. The 'incredibly intelligent and diligent' Deborah Blythe heads the team and 'shows great competence and compassion'. Janice Gardner is 'at the peak of her powers with a grasp of difficult issues and complex cases that is second to none'.

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence advice from mobility issues to brain injuries and has 'an excellent track record in handling novel, complex and high-value cases'. The 'incredibly intelligent and diligent' Deborah Blythe heads the team and 'shows great competence and compassion'. Janice Gardner is 'at the peak of her powers with a grasp of difficult issues and complex cases that is second to none'.

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is considered by a client to have 'an enormously good reputation' in personal injury work. Deborah Blythe leads a team that offers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury expertise. Its recent work includes acting for the family of a doctor who was killed in a road traffic accident while working abroad. Another complex case concerned the death of an individual in a road accident in the UK where the victim did not have UK immigration status. Janice Gardner is 'diligent and fair' and has a 'strong work ethic and a keen sense of justice', which makes her 'admired by her opponents and loved by her clients'. Other key individuals are Dominic Fairclough, who mainly deals with fatal personal injury claims, and Sarah Towler, who covers accidents in the workplace, public liability and road traffic accidents.

Russell-Cooke LLP is considered by a client to have 'an enormously good reputation' in personal injury work. Deborah Blythe leads a team that offers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury expertise. Its recent work includes acting for the family of a doctor who was killed in a road traffic accident while working abroad. Another complex case concerned the death of an individual in a road accident in the UK where the victim did not have UK immigration status. Janice Gardner is 'diligent and fair' and has a 'strong work ethic and a keen sense of justice', which makes her 'admired by her opponents and loved by her clients'. Other key individuals are Dominic Fairclough, who mainly deals with fatal personal injury claims, and Sarah Towler, who covers accidents in the workplace, public liability and road traffic accidents.

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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

Russell-Cooke LLP has a growing team with six partners and seven associates who work exclusively for charity clients under the leadership of Andrew Studd. Studd is particularly well known for his work with charities on mergers, re-organisations and trading arrangements. Chris Rowse was promoted to partner. Rowse’s clients include 'several household name’ charities as well as a number of smaller voluntary bodies. He led the firm’s work for the Normandy Memorial Trust which was awarded £20m to build a D-Day memorial in France. Andrew Small joined the team from Stone King LLP and is highly regarded for his experience of advising charities and other third sector bodies on various property issues. Small has particular experience of advising on the property issues that arise from charity mergers and acquisitions as well as on property issues for schools. Jane Klauber is recommended for her employment law advice to charities. James Sinclair Taylor is praised for his particular understanding of the workings of the Charity Commission.  The department acts for a number of well-known names such as the British Heart Foundation, the Youth Hostel Association, Action for Blind People, World Vision UK and World Wildlife Fund.

Russell-Cooke LLP has a growing team with six partners and seven associates who work exclusively for charity clients under the leadership of Andrew Studd. Studd is particularly well known for his work with charities on mergers, re-organisations and trading arrangements. Chris Rowse was promoted to partner. Rowse’s clients include 'several household name’ charities as well as a number of smaller voluntary bodies. He led the firm’s work for the Normandy Memorial Trust which was awarded £20m to build a D-Day memorial in France. Andrew Small joined the team from Stone King LLP and is highly regarded for his experience of advising charities and other third sector bodies on various property issues. Small has particular experience of advising on the property issues that arise from charity mergers and acquisitions as well as on property issues for schools. Jane Klauber is recommended for her employment law advice to charities. James Sinclair Taylor is praised for his particular understanding of the workings of the Charity Commission.  The department acts for a number of well-known names such as the British Heart Foundation, the Youth Hostel Association, Action for Blind People, World Vision UK and World Wildlife Fund.

Leading individuals

Andrew Studd - Russell-Cooke LLP

Andrew Studd - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Sinclair Taylor - 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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP  is ‘one of the major players in this area with the names and expertise to compete with the really big central London firms but with a slightly different, more client-focused approach’. The ‘knowledgeable’Alison Regan  ‘robustly fights her clients’ corner- she is always one step ahead while always taking a pragmatic and commercial approach with clients’. Regan advises on the full array of matters and many of the issues she advises on have an international element involving domicile issues or assets based abroad. Gareth Ledsham  is ‘very proactive and attentive and is easy to talk to. He has the perfect combination of sound instincts and deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Hannah Mantle is ‘unflappable and develops a great rapport with clients’. The ‘really reliable team’ is adept at acting for professional administrators in contentious matters and also advises on contentious applications to the court of protection involving issues such as statutory wills.

Russell-Cooke LLP  is ‘one of the major players in this area with the names and expertise to compete with the really big central London firms but with a slightly different, more client-focused approach’. The ‘knowledgeable’Alison Regan  ‘robustly fights her clients’ corner- she is always one step ahead while always taking a pragmatic and commercial approach with clients’. Regan advises on the full array of matters and many of the issues she advises on have an international element involving domicile issues or assets based abroad. Gareth Ledsham  is ‘very proactive and attentive and is easy to talk to. He has the perfect combination of sound instincts and deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Hannah Mantle is ‘unflappable and develops a great rapport with clients’. The ‘really reliable team’ is adept at acting for professional administrators in contentious matters and also advises on contentious applications to the court of protection involving issues such as statutory wills.

Leading individuals

Alison Regan - Russell-Cooke LLP

Alison Regan - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious property and affairs matters. The ‘very proactive and attentive’ Gareth Ledsham  leads on the contentious side and ‘takes time to explain complex points. He gives measured advice’. Rita Bhargava  is adept at advising on all capacity issues. The skilled team is experienced at handling complex cross border/ private international law issues. It also acts (through Russell-Cooke Trust Company) as an independent attorney, deputy for financial affairs as well as trustee on various matters. It is recommended for its ability to combine tax and succession advice with general advice on property and other matters for those who lack capacity.

Russell-Cooke LLP advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious property and affairs matters. The ‘very proactive and attentive’ Gareth Ledsham  leads on the contentious side and ‘takes time to explain complex points. He gives measured advice’. Rita Bhargava  is adept at advising on all capacity issues. The skilled team is experienced at handling complex cross border/ private international law issues. It also acts (through Russell-Cooke Trust Company) as an independent attorney, deputy for financial affairs as well as trustee on various matters. It is recommended for its ability to combine tax and succession advice with general advice on property and other matters for those who lack capacity.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP  is an ‘excellent firm with many experienced practitioners who really understand the law’. The ‘calm and technically creative’James Carroll  is a ‘star’. The ‘clever, insightful and empathetic’ Fiona Read ‘brings her years of experience as a deputy district judge to her cases to really good effect’. They both have ‘the ability to digest complex information swiftly and economically and have their clients’ best interests at heart’. Samantha Little  is a ‘brilliant’ children’s lawyer whose ‘knowledge is second to none’. The ‘bright’ Kate Hamilton  is ‘always looking for creative and constructive ways to resolve issues’. For financial cases Camilla Thornton  is ‘able to get to grips with complicated financial arrangements’. Sarah Richardson is a ‘superlative strategist who always goes the extra mile for vulnerable clients’. Senior associate Anna Keat  is ‘one of the hidden gems in family law’.

Russell-Cooke LLP  is an ‘excellent firm with many experienced practitioners who really understand the law’. The ‘calm and technically creative’James Carroll  is a ‘star’. The ‘clever, insightful and empathetic’ Fiona Read ‘brings her years of experience as a deputy district judge to her cases to really good effect’. They both have ‘the ability to digest complex information swiftly and economically and have their clients’ best interests at heart’. Samantha Little  is a ‘brilliant’ children’s lawyer whose ‘knowledge is second to none’. The ‘bright’ Kate Hamilton  is ‘always looking for creative and constructive ways to resolve issues’. For financial cases Camilla Thornton  is ‘able to get to grips with complicated financial arrangements’. Sarah Richardson is a ‘superlative strategist who always goes the extra mile for vulnerable clients’. Senior associate Anna Keat  is ‘one of the hidden gems in family law’.

Leading individuals

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

Kate Hamilton - Russell-Cooke LLP

Kate Hamilton - Russell-Cooke LLP

Samantha Little - Russell-Cooke LLP

Samantha Little - Russell-Cooke LLP

Sarah Richardson - Russell-Cooke LLP

Sarah Richardson - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

‘Few firms have such a strong offering and commitment across the board to ADR as Russell-Cooke LLP’. It has a large team of well thought of mediators. ‘Equally with its lawyers’ hats on, the team at RC is always supportive of mediation. It has an excellent reputation in this area’. Head of team Therese Nichols ‘has been at the forefront of the development of mediation in family law for many years. She is charming, reassuring and experienced’. James Carroll is a ‘very skilled mediator’ both in financial and children cases. ‘He tunes in sensitively to individual and family needs and can help couples to understand things to be able to cut through difficult issues in order to be able to cooperate in future’. The ‘very balanced’ Fiona Read is ‘focussed on really assisting couples to find constructive outcomes and to avoid proceedings’. The ‘pragmatic and empathetic’ Kate Hamilton is ‘effective and thorough’.

‘Few firms have such a strong offering and commitment across the board to ADR as Russell-Cooke LLP’. It has a large team of well thought of mediators. ‘Equally with its lawyers’ hats on, the team at RC is always supportive of mediation. It has an excellent reputation in this area’. Head of team Therese Nichols ‘has been at the forefront of the development of mediation in family law for many years. She is charming, reassuring and experienced’. James Carroll is a ‘very skilled mediator’ both in financial and children cases. ‘He tunes in sensitively to individual and family needs and can help couples to understand things to be able to cut through difficult issues in order to be able to cooperate in future’. The ‘very balanced’ Fiona Read is ‘focussed on really assisting couples to find constructive outcomes and to avoid proceedings’. The ‘pragmatic and empathetic’ Kate Hamilton is ‘effective and thorough’.

Leading individuals

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

Therese Nichols - Russell-Cooke LLP

Therese Nichols - 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

Russell-Cooke LLP fields a ‘professional team that has a keen eye for detail’. Head of team is the ‘highly intelligent’ Rebecca Fisher who is a ‘real joined-up thinker who conveys her advice with impeccable reasoning and with a friendly manner’. Richard Frimston is one of the leading experts on the EU Succession Regulation. Dawn Alderson heads the French team, which includes ‘always helpful and efficient’ senior associate Patrick Delas, who is a dual-qualified solicitor and avocet au barreau de Paris. Andrew Godfrey provides advice on international trusts, tax and succession issues with a particular emphasis on the US and Italy. Godfrey is ‘intelligent and has an ability to cut through complex legislation to explain things in an easy to understand manner to clients. He adopts a pragmatic approach which clients like’. Key clients include solicitors, QCs, judges, bankers, accountants, celebrities, entrepreneurs, family businesses, senior civil servants and politicians. Arshoo Singh joined Blake Morgan LLP.

Russell-Cooke LLP fields a ‘professional team that has a keen eye for detail’. Head of team is the ‘highly intelligent’ Rebecca Fisher who is a ‘real joined-up thinker who conveys her advice with impeccable reasoning and with a friendly manner’. Richard Frimston is one of the leading experts on the EU Succession Regulation. Dawn Alderson heads the French team, which includes ‘always helpful and efficient’ senior associate Patrick Delas, who is a dual-qualified solicitor and avocet au barreau de Paris. Andrew Godfrey provides advice on international trusts, tax and succession issues with a particular emphasis on the US and Italy. Godfrey is ‘intelligent and has an ability to cut through complex legislation to explain things in an easy to understand manner to clients. He adopts a pragmatic approach which clients like’. Key clients include solicitors, QCs, judges, bankers, accountants, celebrities, entrepreneurs, family businesses, senior civil servants and politicians. Arshoo Singh joined Blake Morgan LLP.

Leading individuals

Richard Frimston - 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

Russell-Cooke LLP

At Russell-Cooke LLP, head of the children and education department Eva Akins 'has excellent knowledge and great empathy'. The team is acknowledged as 'excellent' for its specialism in assisting children with special education needs and disabilities. Its work encompasses challenges to exclusions, admissions decisions and assistance with funding issues for entry to independent schools. In recent work, Atkins advised the parents of a child with epilepsy and anxiety disorder whose place at an independent school was terminated when the parents requested that the child’s exam load be reduced; te school was found  by a tribunal to have breached the Equality Act. Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson are other senior members of the group.

At Russell-Cooke LLP, head of the children and education department Eva Akins 'has excellent knowledge and great empathy'. The team is acknowledged as 'excellent' for its specialism in assisting children with special education needs and disabilities. Its work encompasses challenges to exclusions, admissions decisions and assistance with funding issues for entry to independent schools. In recent work, Atkins advised the parents of a child with epilepsy and anxiety disorder whose place at an independent school was terminated when the parents requested that the child’s exam load be reduced; te school was found  by a tribunal to have breached the Equality Act. Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson are other senior members of the group.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

The real estate team at Russell-Cooke LLP exhibits ‘exceptional commercial awareness and excellent legal ability’, and while the ‘partners are always engaged’, the team has ‘the consistency and the depth to cover most transactions’. The department particularly stands out in the retail and restaurant space, where Peter Nicholson advised Khaadi Fashions on a lease acquisition in Westfield London, and consultant Rachael Rigamonti acted for Lord Alpha Investments in relation to the letting of a Grade II listed building at London Bridge to a Hong Kong Michelin-starred restaurant group. Department head Helen Edwards advised The Gym on the leasing aspects of the client’s purchase of multiple facilities in the Midlands and norther England. Matt Garrod is instructed by long-standing client Pret A Manger, which he assisted with a pre-let agreement for a Grade II listed building in the Tottenham Court Road Cross Rail development. Howard Swindall has advised clients such as Newable Property Developments on multimillion-pound development site acquisitions. Peter Dawson and Arnold Isaacson are additional contacts.

The real estate team at Russell-Cooke LLP exhibits ‘exceptional commercial awareness and excellent legal ability’, and while the ‘partners are always engaged’, the team has ‘the consistency and the depth to cover most transactions’. The department particularly stands out in the retail and restaurant space, where Peter Nicholson advised Khaadi Fashions on a lease acquisition in Westfield London, and consultant Rachael Rigamonti acted for Lord Alpha Investments in relation to the letting of a Grade II listed building at London Bridge to a Hong Kong Michelin-starred restaurant group. Department head Helen Edwards advised The Gym on the leasing aspects of the client’s purchase of multiple facilities in the Midlands and norther England. Matt Garrod is instructed by long-standing client Pret A Manger, which he assisted with a pre-let agreement for a Grade II listed building in the Tottenham Court Road Cross Rail development. Howard Swindall has advised clients such as Newable Property Developments on multimillion-pound development site acquisitions. Peter Dawson and Arnold Isaacson are additional contacts.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP specialises in residential development and attracts praise for its ‘great attention to detail’. The ‘clear and concise’ Alex Ground heads the practice and is advising Perenco UK on the purchase of the Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields. Other highlights for the team included advising Woodcock Holdings on the planning application for 120 residential units at Sayers Common, as well as a community facility, office space, care home and retail units. Associate Linda Boateng joined the team from the London Borough of Southwark in January 2017.

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP specialises in residential development and attracts praise for its ‘great attention to detail’. The ‘clear and concise’ Alex Ground heads the practice and is advising Perenco UK on the purchase of the Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields. Other highlights for the team included advising Woodcock Holdings on the planning application for 120 residential units at Sayers Common, as well as a community facility, office space, care home and retail units. Associate Linda Boateng joined the team from the London Borough of Southwark in January 2017.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP  has strong relationships with a number of bank clients, including Barclays, Habib Bank AG Zurich and Bank of Singapore; it also recently acted for Standard Bank Jersey and several offshore trust companies in relation to the refinancing of a portfolio of commercial properties. Also on the lender side, the team advised Calmez, an SPV, on development stretch financing for a residential conversion project in Cornwall. The team also acts for borrower clients, particularly developers and offshore investors. Helen Edwards leads the team, which also includes Matthew Garrod,  Kathrin McClintock, Scott Leonard, David Webster and James Harris, who was promoted to partner in July 2018.

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP  has strong relationships with a number of bank clients, including Barclays, Habib Bank AG Zurich and Bank of Singapore; it also recently acted for Standard Bank Jersey and several offshore trust companies in relation to the refinancing of a portfolio of commercial properties. Also on the lender side, the team advised Calmez, an SPV, on development stretch financing for a residential conversion project in Cornwall. The team also acts for borrower clients, particularly developers and offshore investors. Helen Edwards leads the team, which also includes Matthew Garrod,  Kathrin McClintock, Scott Leonard, David Webster and James Harris, who was promoted to partner in July 2018.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘happy to go the extra mile’ and offers ‘both service and litigation skills of a very high standard’. Practice head Jason Hunter ‘constantly drives matters towards resolution’ and excels on party wall disputes, nuisance cases and providing strategic advice to developers. The firm regularly receives instructions from the retail and private rented sectors and clients include Matalan, Grainger and Get Living London. Partner Paul Greatholder's 'oversight of any given case is always thoughtful, conscientious and driven by a desire to ensure that the client is well served’. Graham French is recommended while Edward Cracknell is ‘personable, accessible and concise’. The firm was recently instructed by Norfolk Square in relation to three associated pieces of litigation against a single tenant, the proceedings include an injunction to gain access to the let property and a claim from the tenant of substantial damage. Lauren Brown joined the team from W H Matthews & Co.

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘happy to go the extra mile’ and offers ‘both service and litigation skills of a very high standard’. Practice head Jason Hunter ‘constantly drives matters towards resolution’ and excels on party wall disputes, nuisance cases and providing strategic advice to developers. The firm regularly receives instructions from the retail and private rented sectors and clients include Matalan, Grainger and Get Living London. Partner Paul Greatholder's 'oversight of any given case is always thoughtful, conscientious and driven by a desire to ensure that the client is well served’. Graham French is recommended while Edward Cracknell is ‘personable, accessible and concise’. The firm was recently instructed by Norfolk Square in relation to three associated pieces of litigation against a single tenant, the proceedings include an injunction to gain access to the let property and a claim from the tenant of substantial damage. Lauren Brown joined the team from W H Matthews & Co.

Leading individuals

Jason Hunter - Russell-Cooke LLP

Jason Hunter - Russell-Cooke LLP

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has a team of 'assertive, experienced and thorough' lawyers, who have considerable experience in representing individuals and tenant management organisations in a variety of housing disputes and homelessness claims. The team is headed by Graham French, 'a long-established leader in the field', who has been involved in a litany of possession claims, and is also instructed by tenant management organisations including Loughborough Estate Management Board. Associate Caroline Brosnan has 'a record of success in homelessness appeals', and Jodie Green is known for her 'sensitive and respectful approach to the most challenging clients'. Associate Lauren Brown joined the team from W H Matthews & Co.

Russell-Cooke LLP has a team of 'assertive, experienced and thorough' lawyers, who have considerable experience in representing individuals and tenant management organisations in a variety of housing disputes and homelessness claims. The team is headed by Graham French, 'a long-established leader in the field', who has been involved in a litany of possession claims, and is also instructed by tenant management organisations including Loughborough Estate Management Board. Associate Caroline Brosnan has 'a record of success in homelessness appeals', and Jodie Green is known for her 'sensitive and respectful approach to the most challenging clients'. Associate Lauren Brown joined the team from W H Matthews & Co.

Next generation lawyers

Caroline Brosnan - Russell-Cooke LLP

Caroline Brosnan - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'astute' team is 'always readily available' and 'understands the sector'; particularly experienced in contentious work, it 'simply wants to win cases as efficiently as possible'. The practice is 'strong in regulatory and governance matters, including the skilful handling of disciplinary cases': it continues to represent Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and their players in a range of contentious matters. 'Hardworking, diligent and forceful advocate' Matt Bosworth, who heads the group, is 'a leading expert in private criminal prosecutions'; he has experience across 'a broad spectrum of sports law', though he is singled out for his 'vast IP experience' and 'growing stature in television rights'. He and 'strategic, skilful advocate' Peter Cadman, who is a 'shrewd, tough and commercial' consultant, assisted Sky UK with protecting its IP in relation to European sports broadcasts. Other clients include British Fencing, Esher Tennis Club, Surbiton Hockey Club and weightlifter Sonny Webster.

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'astute' team is 'always readily available' and 'understands the sector'; particularly experienced in contentious work, it 'simply wants to win cases as efficiently as possible'. The practice is 'strong in regulatory and governance matters, including the skilful handling of disciplinary cases': it continues to represent Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and their players in a range of contentious matters. 'Hardworking, diligent and forceful advocate' Matt Bosworth, who heads the group, is 'a leading expert in private criminal prosecutions'; he has experience across 'a broad spectrum of sports law', though he is singled out for his 'vast IP experience' and 'growing stature in television rights'. He and 'strategic, skilful advocate' Peter Cadman, who is a 'shrewd, tough and commercial' consultant, assisted Sky UK with protecting its IP in relation to European sports broadcasts. Other clients include British Fencing, Esher Tennis Club, Surbiton Hockey Club and weightlifter Sonny Webster.

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