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Russell-Cooke LLP

2 PUTNEY HILL, LONDON, SW15 6AB, ENGLAND
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Work 020 8789 9111
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Fax 020 8780 1194
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59456 PUTNEY
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www.russell-cooke.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜pragmatic, commercial’ and β€˜attentive’ department counts real estate, travel and leisure, professional services, technology and media as areas of particular expertise; it is β€˜good value for money’, and is commended for its β€˜experience and expertise’. Practice head Jonathan Thornton, who β€˜always has an excellent grasp of the situation’ and has β€˜a sharp sense of humour’, β€˜thinks on his feet and articulates clear arguments’. He advised G Adventures (UK) on its purchase of Travelsphere and Just You from All Leisure Group, and acted for Tideway Restaurants on its sale to Stein’s Trading. Scott Leonard, David Webster and technology and media expert Guy Wilmot are also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜experienced and highly proficient across the full range of criminal cases’, and β€˜is best known for its experience, commitment and determination in long and complex matters’. In a recent highlight, the team represented a former Labour MP facing historical allegations of sexual abuse, acting for the client across a series of hearings and a High Court appeal. Practice head Jae Carwardine is β€˜an exceptional practitioner’ who β€˜quickly identifies the relevant issues and puts the necessary enquiries in place to meet the client’s case’.

Leading individuals

Jae Carwardine - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

The β€˜fantastically competent criminal fraud group’ at Russell-Cooke LLP provides β€˜excellent preparation and an insightful approach to difficult evidential issues’, and β€˜is able to handle even the busiest of cases without letting any of the spinning plates fall’. Practice head Jae Carwardine is praised as being β€˜an exceptional practitioner who prepares cases thoroughly’, and is β€˜approachable but authoritative with clients’. β€˜Formidable opponent’ Nicola O’Connor is also a key figure.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜a strong, all-round, mid-sized firm’. Its disputes work covers complex contracts; commercial fraud and asset tracing; financial services; IP; professional negligence; insurance; construction; and statutory trusts. Francesca Kaye is β€˜a very accomplished practitioner’; Paolo Sidoli is β€˜a practical, dedicated lawyer’; and insolvency team head Lee Ranford is β€˜a safe and sensible pair of hands’. John Gould is the recommended senior partner.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP acts both for and against regulators across the healthcare, financial, accountancy and legal sectors. Clients include the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Farriers Registration Council (FRC), and the Care Quality Commission. This year the practice continued to act for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on a number of matters, including disciplinary proceedings arising from the conclusion of the Al-Sweady Inquiry. Practice head Matthew Bosworth and Peter Cadman represented a solicitor in an investigation by the SRA and proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), which led to a re-drafting of the SDT’s rules on regulatory settlement agreements. John Gould (who is β€˜extremely wise’, has β€˜vast experience’, and β€˜can see a case from all angles’) acted in a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of several national regulators concerning the β€˜perimeter enforcement’ regimes of regulators in the UK. Associate Michael Stacey was part of the team acting for ARB in successfully defending an appeal before the Administrative Court against a decision of ARB’s professional conduct committee to erase an architect from the register in the absence of the respondent. The β€˜practical and dedicated’ Paolo Sidoli and Tom Bradford are also recommended. Chris Williams and Marie-Louise Murray joined Blake Morgan LLP and McLaren, respectively.

Leading individuals

John Gould - 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’s department provides β€˜prompt and carefully thought-through advice’ to senior executives across a wide range of sectors, including financial services. Department head Anthony Sakrouge is acting for an equity partner at a Magic Circle law firm on a potential sex and age discrimination claim arising from a reduction in her lockstep. The department includes the β€˜extremely patient and thorough’ Alex Bearman, who often advises senior executives on grievances, whistleblowing claims and bonus matters. Clients also recommend the β€˜excellent’ Edward Wanambwa, and Jane Klauber.

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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 is β€˜a standout firm in business immigration’; it provides a β€˜brilliant service for high-net-worth immigration clients, and achieves impressive results’. For business immigration, the team advises a range of multinational organisations, UK and US-based law firms, and smaller UK-based businesses and education institutions. The team specialises in the immigration law implications of complex and high-value corporate transactions, and also handles contentious matters. On the personal immigration side, it has acted for senior-level directors and partners, and also assists individuals on children and family law issues, with a growing practice in adoption cases. The β€˜experienced’ Edward Wanambwa heads the team, and associate Nisha Patel is β€˜calm and professional’. Tom Bradford recently joined Freeths LLP.

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London: Insurance

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜efficient, effective and approachable’ team has a β€˜terrific reputation’ and provides the full range of clinical negligence support to clients, with notable expertise in public law and Court of Protection matters. The practice is experienced in handling β€˜a large number of claims of very high value and enormous complexity’, including brain injury, surgical negligence, obstetric mismanagement and dental negligence cases. Recent work includes acting in a claim against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust on a delay in diagnosis and negligent discharge from hospital case, ultimately reaching a settlement of Β£250,000. Heading the β€˜excellent’ team is Deborah Blythe who β€˜works tirelessly for her clients’ and is β€˜utterly professional’; Blythe recently secured a multimillion-pound settlement in a case concerning midwifery mismanagement on behalf of a client suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related injuries. The β€˜very experienced and very capable’ Dominic Fairclough regularly handles cases involving surgical negligence and misdiagnosis. Janice Gardner (β€˜a practitioner of very high calibre’) is praise for her experience in cases involving obstetric mismanagement and surgical negligence.

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜highly regarded’ practice has β€˜a terrific reputation’ and β€˜a fantastically high-quality team’ experienced in cases involving amputation, psychological damage, workplace accidents and road traffic accident claims. The firm recently acted on a Β£1.3m liability claim in which the client had to undergo a leg amputation as a result of a road traffic accident; the case was led by β€˜supreme performer’ Janice Gardner, who is β€˜incredibly client-focused’ and β€˜a practitioner of very high calibre’. Department head Deborah Blythe is β€˜hugely experienced and completely unflappable’ and specialises in catastrophic complex injury claims. The β€˜tough, dependable and collaborative’ Dominic Fairclough is experienced in handling workplace accident claims and high-profile inquest cases.

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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 β€˜makes a great effort to understand not just the legal framework under which charities operate but also their ethos and aspirations for the future’. Andrew Studd leads the team, and has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a genuine interest in it. He totally supports clients when they have to make key investment decisions and when they are reviewing their governance procedures’. James McCallum is β€˜excellent’; and, on the employment side, Jane Klauber is β€˜very approachable, responsive and supportive’. Other members of the team are the β€˜highly professional’ James Sinclair-Taylor, who provides β€˜clear advice’; and Chris Rowse, who β€˜really wants to get to know and understand his clients and what they need’. In a high-profile matter, the team advised 4Children, an important national charity supporting children, young adults and their families, after the loss of a key contract; the charity faced medium-term insolvency and the group advised the charity, its trustees and administrators in the run-up to its administration and the transfer of its services to other providers. In another major matter, the firm advised Anthony Nolan (the UK blood cancer charity) and Leuka (the leading leukaemia research charity) on their innovative collaboration with NHS Blood & Transplant and the University of Birmingham to provide a national platform for the development, approval and delivery of clinical trials in the field of stem cell transplantation.

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

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜very highly regarded and well equipped to deal with all issues. It has some excellent practitioners and is handling many of the more sizeable, complex and high-profile matters out there’. The β€˜very practical’ Alison Regan heads the team and β€˜gets on top of the facts incredibly quickly while never losing sight of the bigger picture’. Richard Frimston is β€˜technically superb’, and the β€˜very knowledgeable’ Gareth Ledsham is β€˜great with clients’. Among the associates, Hannah Mantle is β€˜a rising star’ who is β€˜very bright and offers clear and precise advice’; the β€˜no-nonsense’ Emma Saunders β€˜identifies and deals effectively and efficiently with the issues and the other side’; and Andrew Morgan is β€˜very approachable and proactive, with great attention to detail’. The group is experienced in handling complex disputes involving cross-border estates as well as acting for professional administrators in contentious estates.

Leading individuals

Alison Regan - Russell-Cooke LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has β€˜a specialist team that is quick and provides very sound advice. It is able to deal with complex matters including cross-border capacity issues well’. Practice head Rita Bhargava is β€˜a real expert and is passionate about her work. She genuinely cares about the clients whose affairs she looks after. She is professional and compassionate, and is someone whom you can turn to on all capacity-related issues’. Gareth Ledsham is β€˜clever as well as practical’, and Richard Frimston is β€˜beyond excellent on complex cross-border matters’. Associate Hannah Mantle is β€˜highly knowledgeable and diligent as well as very personable and approachable’. The team is experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters, and has considerable expertise in matters of complex private international law.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP β€˜undertakes the full range of family law work, both within the private law field and public law proceedings. It is highly regarded for international children matters and also provides high-class advice to very-high-net-worth clients while never losing its human touch’. Therese Nichols β€˜has decades of experience that she deploys to great effect to ensure that her clients’ cases are managed supremely well’. Fiona Read has β€˜a first-class brain’, and the β€˜thoughtful and clever’ James Carroll β€˜fights his cases in a low-key way and secures excellent results for his clients’. Samantha Little β€˜gets to grips with complex cases very quickly, and has been involved in the groundbreaking set of cases involving errors at fertility clinics. She deservedly has a superb reputation for hard work and sensitivity’. Camilla Thornton is β€˜loved by clients, and will fight all the way but without the histrionics’. Sarah Richardson is β€˜outstanding at representing both parents and children in public law proceedings, with a combination of compassion and strategic acumen that puts her head and shoulders above the crowd’. Kate Hamilton has β€˜a tremendous knack of getting it right’. β€˜One of the things that sets the firm apart is that the senior partners train and bring through more junior practitioners so that the expertise percolates throughout the whole team’.

Leading individuals

Fiona Read - Russell-Cooke LLP

Kate Hamilton - Russell-Cooke LLP

Samantha Little - 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 has β€˜a strong and growing reputation in this area; it is biting on the ankles of the "Magic Circle" firms’. James Carroll β€˜works very effectively with the parties and has the rare knack of being able to satisfy both parties’; he has β€˜a razor-sharp brain and a constructive, "let’s sort it out" approach’. Fiona Read β€˜can mediate difficult disputes (with difficult people) effectively’. Therese Nichols is β€˜intelligent, rounded and insightful. She puts clients at ease, even those who are reluctant to be present at the mediation’. Kate Hamilton is β€˜a practical and constructive lawyer who looks for solutions rather than staring at the problem. Her mediation practice is also growing’.

Leading individuals

Fiona Read - 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’s team is β€˜extremely responsive and knowledgeable, and provides clear and unambiguous advice’. The head of the team is the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Richard Frimston, who is β€˜clearly one of the most knowledgeable practitioners on the EU Regulation on succession, and is a true leader on this subject. He is beyond excellent on complex cross-border issues’. Dawn Alderson provides β€˜concise and helpful advice on the French aspects of private client law in a way that really assists a client’. Rebecca Fisher is β€˜a first-class communicator with an intelligent and pragmatic approach to problem solving’. Andrew Godfrey is β€˜excellent’ for international trust, tax and succession advice, with a focus on US and Italian matters. Senior associate Arshoo Singh β€˜pays great attention to detail. She explains things in layman’s terms about what course of action clients should take and how to approach each problem. Importantly she follows through until the end’. Andrew Robinson is the team’s in-house accountant, and is β€˜very empathetic. He has good experience of trust accounting and tax matters, and is always very reliable’.

Leading individuals

Richard Frimston - Russell-Cooke LLP

Next generation lawyers

Arshoo Singh - Russell-Cooke LLP

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜outstanding’ team β€˜knows the law and the subject matter inside out’. β€˜Compassionate and understanding’ team leader Eva Akins is β€˜passionately devoted to the area of work and really goes the extra mile to get results for her clients'. The group acts for clients in matters ranging from reviews of ENC plans to disability discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010, claims for failure to provide reasonable adjustment and disputes with schools and local authorities arising from insufficient SEN support. Cases involving neurodevelopmental conditions and dual exceptionality are other core strengths.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Russell-Cooke LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s practice is β€˜commercially aware, pragmatic, efficient and provides good value for money’. The team remained active on behalf of various high profile retailers, including Sports Direct Group and Pret A Manger, and in one recent mandate Helen Edwards (who β€˜gets deals done in commercial and friendly way’), advised Matalan Retail on an agreement for the lease-surrender and downsizing of a Matalan store in Sunderland. Edwards was also active in the investment sub-sector, advising a joint venture comprising RoundHill Capital and Starwood Capital Group on the Β£73m acquisition of student accommodation properties in England and Scotland. Howard Swindall focuses on complex development schemes and assisted Newable Property Developments on its Β£2.6m acquisition of a brown field site in Rainham for commercial redevelopment. The team was strengthened by a number of hires including Peter Nicholson who joined from Blake Morgan LLP. Peter Dawson heads the practice.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s team, which is singled out for its β€˜detailed work with fantastic insight’, handled a high volume of contentious mandates in 2016, including acting for Perenco UK in its application to extend the operational life of an oilfield development at Wytch Farm Dorset, and representing Woodcock Holdings in its High Court challenge to the Secretary of State’s refusal of planning for a mixed-use scheme at Sayers Common in West Sussex. In other highlights, the team acted for Stonegate Homes and Littleworth Properties in the first successful judicial review of a Neighbourhood Plan, and advised Big Sur on a judicial review claim against the decision of Bristol City Council not to take enforcement action against an unlawful nightclub. In the non-contentious space, the team assisted Limitbrook with a section 106 agreement relating to brownfield land in Leiston Suffolk, where the site was allocated in a Neighbourhood Plan. Head of practice Alex Ground β€˜provides an efficient service and explains planning matters in a manner that is easy to understand’.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Russell-Cooke LLP

Peter Dawson heads Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜very commercial, practical and cost-effective’ practice, which handles refinancing, acquisition finance and development finance. He acted for Clipstone Industrial Trust Unit on a Β£25m loan from Santander UK to refinance 18 of Clipstone’s industrial estates. Senior associate James Harris is very active in the space: he advised Bank of Singapore and various offshore trust companies operated by Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Jersey, as lender and borrowers respectively, on the refinancing of a mixed-use portfolio owned by three of the trust companies. He also acted for Calmez as mezzanine and bridge lender on a Β£1m loan to finance a development in Kent.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

At Russell-Cooke LLP, the β€˜excellent team does a great job for clients and is highly knowledgeable’ thanks to the experience of joint practice heads Jason Hunter and Graham French; Hunter regularly acts in party wall disputes and nuisance cases, and French is recognised for his expertise in landlord and tenant and breaches of lease disputes. Paul Greatholder, who is β€˜knowledgeable and practical in his approach while being personable and fun to work with’, is also singled out. The group recently acted for Norfolk Square as landlord in several disputes including an injunction to gain access and damage claims; handled a rent review case for the Spitalfields Small Business Association; and acted for Grainger in several possession orders. Consultant Matilda Rubens and senior associate Stephen Small, who is β€˜knowledgeable, thorough and practical’, are also noted.

Leading individuals

Jason Hunter - Russell-Cooke LLP

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

Russell-Cooke LLP

β€˜Highly professional firm’ Russell-Cooke LLP has β€˜an exceptional record in the property field and is expanding that knowledge into the social housing area’. Practice head Graham French is β€˜in the absolute top drawer of excellent lawyers working in this area’ and associate Caroline Brosnan is β€˜a truly brilliant young lawyer with particular expertise in homelessness law and possession claims’. The group assists with a range of mandates including disrepair matters, landlord and tenant disputes and possession proceedings, and has particular expertise advising tenants affected by housing regeneration schemes, and assisting with homelessness applications and issues surrounding the rights of private tenants. Loughborough Estate Management Board is a noteworthy client.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s practice is strong in IP protection, acting for sports regulators, and handling emergency reputation management work for high-profile athletes. It is also commended by clients for its β€˜wide experience in corruption inquiries and anti-doping’. The β€˜tough’ Peter Cadman is β€˜impossible to intimidate by the press or investigators’; he jointly heads the team with the β€˜savvy, responsive’ and β€˜vastly experienced’ Matt Bosworth, who is singled out for his β€˜expertise in criminal and civil remedies for IP infringements’. The β€˜relaxed style’ of β€˜very knowledgeable’ associate Semin Taner belies her β€˜tenacious approach to cases’. Clients include British Fencing, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Lord Coe confidant Nick Davies and Sky UK.

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