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Mills & Reeve LLP

BOTANIC HOUSE, 100 HILLS ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1PH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
DX:
122891 CAMBRIDGE 4
Email:
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

Michelle Cookson

Tel:
Work 01223 222234
Email:
Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Real estate.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

French.

Education

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

Leisure

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 has a large commercial property practice that handles regional, national and international property transactions for blue-chip clients. It has a nationally recognised specialist real estate finance team, led from Cambridge by Charles Staveley, who acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, property companies, and onshore and offshore investors. Key partner Vincenzo Maggio handles investment work and landlord and tenant matters, particularly those involving science parks. The firm's development work in the higher education sector is led by partner Michelle Cookson, while Christine De Ferrars Green handles large development projects for clients such as Urban&Civic and Keepmoat Homes. Nick Finlayson-Brown, who is now head of the Cambridge office, Richard Noble and Tim Allsop are also key partners in the practice.

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