Michelle Cookson > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

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.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge

(Leading individuals)

Michelle CooksonMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘a solid dependable property practice offering an attractive supporting breadth of services‘. The firm has an 18-partner real estate practice across its office network, in which the Cambridge office plays a key role in national and cross-border transactions. The practice also handles high-profile regional matters, including the £96m purchase of Cambridge Retail Park for RPMI Railpen. Charles Staveley, who is head of the real estate investment group, is the lead partner in Cambridge. Michelle Cookson handles complex investment and development projects, Christine De Ferrars Green on strategic development projects, and Nick Finlayson-Brown on property investment and development projects. Newly promoted partner Joanna Davies and a strong team of associates, among them Laura Ludlow, Christopher Pike and Tom Nash, are key practitioners.