Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 1

Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong focus on ADR and mediation. It offers sole mediation, co-mediation as well as hybrid and shuttle mediation. The agile team mediates on a wide variety of family and children related matters. James Carroll is an accredited mediator and a collaborative family lawyer. Carroll mediates on many issues including cohabitation and property disputes and international cases involving complex trust and tax issues. Fiona Read is an accredited mediator and member of the Family Mediation Council. Read is adept at conducting mediations in high conflict cases and also does hybrid mediation. Kate Hamilton is a trained Resolution mediator who is often asked to mediate on high-net-worth cases and cases with conflict. In addition Hamilton is a trained hybrid mediator.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Read

Other key lawyers:

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP field a team with is experienced working with high-profile individuals and professionals, as well as vulnerable persons and clients affiliated with gangs and organised crime groups. Department head Jae Carwardine is well known in the market, and is praised for her ‘unrivalled commitment to her work and her clients‘. The ‘excellentMartin Rackstraw, who joined the firm from Bindmans in 2019, brings more than 20 years’ experience on a broad range of serious crime matters, including homicide and historic sexual allegations, with additional expertise in miscarriage of justice cases. Associate Jacob Smyth is a key name, and is active on serious sexual offences, drugs supply, and motoring offences.

Practice head(s):

Jae Cawardine

Other key lawyers:


‘RC is an exceptional firm in a highly competitive field. Effective communication between its members ensures that a client’s interests are always protected and promoted.’

‘Jacob Smyth is exceptional. He has a meticulous eye for detail and fearlessly protects his clients interests. He leaves no stone unturned when preparing cases and always goes the extra mile to ensure that their interests are best represented.’

‘Jae Carwardine and Martin Rackstraw are outstanding. They are highly conscientious and go the extra mile for their clients. They are widely regarded as being first-rate criminal solicitors.’

‘The people, work ethic and attention to detail set Russell Cooke apart as a firm.’

‘Jae Carwardine leads the team. She has an unrivalled commitment to her work and her clients.’

‘Russell Cooke has long been one of the best firms practising in crime. Their solicitors are first rate. They are both extremely knowledgeable and provide excellent client care.’

‘A broad range of solid operators.’

‘Martin Rackstraw is one of the most conscientious solicitors. No stone is left unturned for his private clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes, who appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court regarding an incident where his dog briefly chased a herd of fallow deer.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

Fielding ‘one of the best professional discipline teams in London‘, Russell-Cooke LLP consistently represents professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals across several professions, including accountants, solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, academics, architects, financial services professionals, teachers, and charity trustees. Senior partner John Gould is ‘the doyen of professional discipline who has seen it all‘; Matt Bosworth is retained by both regulatory bodies and individual professionals; and Michael Stacey is ‘a standout partner in this field‘. Key expansion within the team during 2021 includes legal counsel Tom Bradford, a professional discipline specialist, who was rehired from Freeths LLP; Robert Stevenson, who regularly represents architects and arrived as consultant from BLM; and ‘up-and-coming senior associateSheetul Sowdagur, who rejoined from Bindmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Gould; Matt Bosworth


‘One of the best professional discipline teams in London. Depth of experience across all professional regulatory bodies, from accountants to sports regulations, auditors, dentists, doctors, solicitors, insurance and banking.’

‘Over 35 years’ experience in both prosecuting and defending. The practice is diverse, employing a broad mix of people with complementary talents, and the experience of the firm in criminal cases assists with its defence work.’

‘Fights clients’ interests fearlessly, and provides that service in a cost-efficient manner.’

‘John Gould – the doyen of professional discipline who has seen it all.’

‘Matt Bosworth always has an eye to the reputation management aspects, and has no peer in ensuring cases go under the radar where possible.’

‘Michael Stacey is a standout partner in this field – huge experience, calm with clients, and a joy to work with.’

‘Legal counsel Tom Bradford – I particularly value his cost-effective and efficient client service.’

‘Sheetul Sowdagur is an up-and-coming senior associate.’

Key clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

CILEx Regulation

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Law Society of England and Wales

Work highlights

  • Assisted the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with professional conduct cases, including resisting a threatened judicial review of a decision to refer a historic complaint to the Professional Conduct Panel.
  • Represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority (as intervener) in an important insurance aggregation dispute in the Court of Appeal.
  • Defended a teacher facing allegations of unacceptable professional conduct, arising from a sexual relationship with a former pupil.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The Putney-based clinical negligence and personal injury outfit at Russell-Cooke LLP is headed by experienced advocate at coroner’s court Dominic Fairclough. The team works on a broad range of complex cases involving such issues as orthopaedic injury, mismanagement of surgery and missed diagnoses. It has also been developing a reputation for its notable expertise in brain and serious injury work, particularly involving failure to treat psychiatric injury. Although many reach the millions in value, the team does not have a monetary threshold for its cases, rather an ethos to assist bereaved and struggling families in often fatal claims with lower damages. The arrival of partner Grant Incles from Kingsley Napley LLP in January 2022 has added a cycling case specialism to the team. Nimmisha Aslam, renowned for championing diversity and inclusion alongside managing her caseload, is a key team member. Janice Gardner is identified by one client as 'the consummate professional'.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Fairclough

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Towler; Teri Gauge-Klein; Janice Gardner; Ruth Roberts; Claire Heneghan; Nimmisha Aslam; Bernadette McGhie; Lucy Lawson; Grant Incles


‘Janice Gardner is very experienced and hugely empathic. Sarah Towler is determined and tenacious. Teri Gauge-Klein is able and clever.’

‘Janice Gardner is the consummate professional with many years of experience, always deployed to good use. She is empathetic but always pragmatic and has a steely determination on behalf of her clients. I would trust her with any case no matter how complex or difficult the client. Sarah Towler is a very capable lawyer who is easy to work with and gets great results for her clients.’

‘Lucy Lawson works really hard for her clients and always has them onside. Ruth Roberts is an up-and-coming lawyer who is thoughtful, thorough and has a lovely manner with clients but will stand her ground with opponents. Claire Heneghan is a conscientious lawyer who works hard for her clients to get the best possible outcome. Teri Gauge-Klein is a capable and hard working lawyer, always calm and personable. Nimmisha Aslam is another up-and-coming lawyer who works really hard to pursue her client’s best interests and has excellent client handling skills.’

‘Janice Gardner at Russell-Cooke is a real fighter who stands her ground and gives realistic and proper advice to her clients in heavy duty cases. She is hugely experienced, has a lightness of touch and brings tactical nous to all her decisions.’

‘Bernadette McGhie is the lead solicitor for my daughter’s case. She is approachable, honest, flexible and I feel that she is in total control. Her wide knowledge of the nursing side of the case is excellent.’

‘Janice Gardner was the solicitor working with us and we couldn’t have asked for a more diligent and understanding person to help us. Janice kept us up to date every step of the way and made sure we were really well represented in every aspect of our case.’

‘Bernadette McGhie has a wealth of experience in clinical negligence. In addition, she was formerly a senior nurse and therefore brings a considerable knowledge of a range of hospital and medical specialties and treatment. Therefore, the team has a very clear understanding of the issues not only legal but those specific to the client in any claim that they deal with.’

‘The team that supported us during our litigation case were always efficient, caring and supportive. Particular strengths were attention to detail and a personal approach. We always felt really well informed and up to date with everything surrounding our case.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant in a case challenging the doctrine of illegality, in which if he had been sectioned as he should have been, he would not have been able to kill a passer-by.
  • Acted for a deaf client who, through a negligent patient mix up, had his prostate removed unnecessarily.
  • Acting for a minor in a claim involving a missed diagnosis of hip dysplasia with three possible defendants and negligence fiercely contested initially before a liability settlement was reached with one of the defendants and a no adverse costs order was issued against the remaining one.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Andrew Studd leads a ‘very personable’ team at Russell-Cooke LLP that advises on the full spectrum of issues from governance, mergers and restructurings to fundraising, charity regulation and data protection matters. It is also adept at advising charities on employment and highly sensitive people issues. In addition it is well-regarded for its work with clients that have unusual governance structures including those charities that are governed by Acts of Parliament, Royal Charter or Charity Commission Schemes. Clients include leading household names, smaller organisations and individuals who are interested in family philanthropy. Chris Rowse, James Sinclair Taylor and Pippa Garland are among the other prominent members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Studd

Other key lawyers:

James Sinclair Taylor; Chris Rowse; Pippa Garland; Gareth Roy


‘Great support and knowledge. Rapid engagement and strategic advice. Great people people. Very approachable, supportive and advice has been great’.

‘Gareth Roy. Provided us with excellent charity law advice but also commercial advice. He understands the needs of the client, is pragmatic, keeps an eye on costs, and inspires confidence from our senior management team’.

‘Russell-Cooke provided practical, commercial advice. They were attentive, available and flexible and understood the specific needs of our organisation. The team made the process incredibly clear and easy to follow and ensured that all the necessary pieces were handled’.

‘We really valued Andrew Studd for his down to earth nature and ability to explain complex charity law issues to a range of non-experts’.

‘Each team member we have worked with has shown to have a friendly and approachable manner, which is of great importance when dealing with legal sensitivities, particularly to work in a manner that allows laymen to understand some complexities behind the legal ask. This provides a sense of trust that we are receiving the best advice’.

‘Professional, quick to respond, excellent advice and support’.

‘Having used Russell-Cooke for a number of years, we can comment on the following strengths-wide range of legal services, well-suited to our global business; resourcefulness, international law and ability of the team to advise on the local code of practice abroad; high-quality advice’.

‘The team members are very experienced in and advised us on various challenges related to the charity law. The team takes a very detailed and structured approach to the issues we have undergone and communicates extremely well about expected timelines, follow-up meetings and any legal documents (outcomes). Cannot recommend enough!’.

Key clients

Unicef UK

Youth Hostel Association (England and Wales)

Consumers International

Impetus, as trustee of the Youth Endowment Fund

British Heart Foundation

Dr. Martens Foundation

National Council for Civil Liberties

Borough Market

Voluntary Services Overseas

Anthony Nolan

Work highlights

  • Advised Consumers International on its research for membership organisation for consumer rights organisations around the world.
  • Advised on the formation of the Dr. Martens Foundation, including advice on the governing documents, formalising the charitable activities, and the charity’s grant making activities.
  • Advised Impetus, as trustee of the £200m Youth Endowment Fund, in relation to data protection, contracts and employment matters.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘absolutely first-class providing a city firm level of service and expertise’. It acts in all areas of trust and estate litigation and is increasingly known for its cross-border and international work involving issues of foreign assets, domicile and residence. Head of department Alison Regan is ‘a superb lawyer who has a great ability to explain complex situations and legal concepts in an accurate but approachable fashion’. She has ‘built up a great’ team, which is ‘exceptional from top to bottom', including Gareth Ledsham, who is ‘an astute analyst of cases who is fearlessly committed to his clients’ interests’.

Practice head(s):

Alison Regan

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Ledsham; Tom Deely; Andrew Morgan


‘This is the London firm I recommend to friends and family for estates and trusts disputes. Everyone in the team is capable and reliable. The support from the partners guides matters beautifully while keeping costs proportionate to the issues and sums at stake’.

‘Alison Regan – a real name who is very well respected. Really experienced and deeply effective as a result. Also a super-nice person. Tom Deely – a rising star who manages his own caseload, it can’t be long before he’s made partner. Strategically very astute’.

‘Alison Regan is a leading light in contentious estates and trusts work. Her leadership has been recognised by her elevation to be joint managing partner of what is a large and diverse multi-services firm. Tom Deely is calm, compassionate and reassuring with clients and steely and dignified with opponents’.

‘I have worked regularly for almost 4 years with Tom Deely, a senior associate whose courtesy and competence are simply stellar. His style provides an unusual balance between advisory and collaborative, making him strategically effective yet pleasant and easy to work with’.

‘I have been very impressed by Russell-Cooke in terms of overall client experience. Firstly my matter has been dealt with expertly, but also I have been billed transparently and in my view fairly for the work executed. Communication from Russell-Cooke has been clear, complete and timely throughout the three years I have been dealing with this team.’

‘I have had a very positive experience dealing with Andrew Morgan in all matters relating to my case. He has always approached matters extremely conscientiously and the result achieved recently in negotiating a settlement exceeded what I had thought possible at points during the proceedings’.

‘A very experienced and capable team, going from strength to strength. Alison Regan – At the top of the field.  Gareth Ledsham – A leader in this area of law, would highly recommend. Tom Deely – Perfect client manner and technical knowledge. Andrew Morgan – Incredible attention to detail and tenacity. A go-to person for tricky matters’.

‘Russell Cooke has a particular reputation for estates disputes with a cross border element, but actually its expertise is excellent across the range of this type of work. Alison Regan is now managing partner but continues to practise. Gareth Ledsham is a superstar, with excellent judgment and good client manner’.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Gareth Ledsham heads the contentious court of protection team at Russell-Cooke LLP while Rita Bhargava leads the non-contentious capacity and court of protection group. The practice handles a vast array of matters for various private clients as both applicants and respondents and also advises not-for-profit organisations whose users do not have the capacity to manage their own property and financial affairs. It is adept too at advising on statutory will applications as well as health and welfare applications (primarily relating to contact, residence and the provision of care). In addition it has a wealth of experience in areas such as applications to remove attorneys and agreed/contested applications for deputyships.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Ledsham; Rita Bhargava


‘Very personable, always available to answer any questions. Understanding of the situation and very patient’.

‘Rita Bhargava is excellent’.

‘What makes this team is the leadership of Rita Bhargava. Rita has specialised in Private Client work of all kinds, but Court of Protection and Capacity issues in particular, for many years. Her specialist knowledge is second to none’.

‘Rita Bhargava’s hands on approach and ability to get things done mean you can have no one better in your corner and for those who are vulnerable or who are unable to manage their own affairs – they can have no one better advocating on their behalf’.

Rita Bhargava goes above and beyond what is required, she has a real empathy with her clients and looks out for them, so that (whether in care homes or in hospital) they are being properly cared for. This requires not only legal skills but kindness, compassion and a real desire to help those in need’.

‘A lovely team of lawyers who are very knowledgeable and experts in their field. Gareth Ledsham is an excellent lawyer. He has a lovely way about him and is a pleasure to work with’.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP ‘has strength in depth and is able to provide a Rolls Royce service at lower than Rolls Royce prices’. It has a broad practice covering family law agreements such as pre- and post-nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements as well as a thriving international children practice that frequently covers Hague and non-Hague parental child abduction and other cases such as leave to remove. Its international finance practice garners praise too. James Carroll, Kate Hamilton , Fiona Read and Sarah Richardson are among the highly regarded members of the team that provides ‘outstanding support to clients as well as realistic advice’.  Samantha Little is well-regarded too for her handling of all aspects of children law. It was pleased to add Jade Quirke to its ranks from NGA Law who has particular expertise in surrogacy, adoption and fertility law.

Practice head(s):

James Carroll; Kate Hamilton; Camilla Thornton; Fiona Read ; Hannah Minty  ; Hannah Field; Miranda Green; Samantha Little; Sarah Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Jemma Pollock; Jade Quirke; James Sandiford; Sarah Inchley


‘Samantha Little is a stand out solicitor within family law as a whole. She deals with extremely complex cases and is always able to get to grips with very complex medical evidence quickly. She is also regularly sought after in difficult wardship proceedings which are heard in the High Court. She has a superb reputation for hard work and sensitivity which is well deserved’.

Sarah Richardson is a delight to work with; there is nothing she does not know about public law children work. One of the most experienced solicitors in her field. Jade Quirke has an impressive niche practice in surrogacy, complex adoption and difficult modern family parenting issues. She impresses as being very capable , she is extremely tenacious as well as highly efficient‘.

‘The person I have worked closely with recently is Hannah Minty, whom I regard very highly. She has very good judgment, great client skills and is altogether a pleasure to work with’.

‘The sheer excellence and experience of the Russell-Cooke family team is worth having on your side. The team works well together to cover each other’s cases so that no client ever feels unsupported. Miranda Green is a brilliant and experienced family solicitor who I would pick every time. She knows the law and writes brilliant letters. She is solution-focused and confident’.

‘A full service family dept with some outstanding people. Fiona Read – assured, sensible and a safe pair of hands for legal work or mediation. Also James Carroll is exceptionally talented’.

‘There is depth in the RC offering and they have a great next generation in development. Fiona Read, James Carroll, Sam Little , Jemma Pollock, Camilla Thornton. They are properly focused on the family’s future (rather than their own!) see children as a central part of their work (not all family lawyers seem to) and are experienced in non-court dispute resolution processes‘.

‘Sam Little is one of the top two or three children solicitors in the jurisdiction (and probably leads that group) and there are top tier mediators on the team too. Hannah Field is calm and friendly with clients which puts them at ease. She is solution focused and grasps the challenges quickly’.

‘James Carroll is a power house. He handles complex family law cases in all processes from mediation through to litigation and he is a star every time. Kate Hamilton is brilliant. Always constructive and solution focused’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has particular expertise in advising on family offices and this is going from strength to strength. Its clients range in wealth from £35m to £670m. Christopher Salomons leads the cross-border team with Andrew Godfrey  and the team continues to offer advice on French tax and succession matters in addition to private international law. Rebecca Fisher  heads the private client group and the family office practice and advises on the full spectrum of matters for families with a focus on intergenerational wealth planning and protection. Fisher is also skilled at advising on tax and trust issues in the context of family breakdown.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Richard Frimston; Suzanne Mynors; Andrew Godfrey; Christopher Salomons


‘I had first rate advice from senior associate, Suzanne Mynors. She provided clear and concise advice, draft documents accurately reflecting instructions and all at a very reasonable price well within the original estimate. She is articulate, responsive and very clear in her advice as well as draft documents which were provided promptly. I was originally referred to Rebecca Fisher who suggested that Suzanne was well equipped to advise in circumstances which were not entirely straightforward, and so she proved to be’.

‘This firm dealt competently with a large and complex estate. They were self-propelled and did not need to be driven every inch of the way. They had a grasp of the issues that only comes with experience. I dealt with Andrew Godfrey. He seemed to have a command of his subject and delivered the service described above’.

‘I have always been given sound advice. Communication is very good. Suzanne Mynors has been excellent with my trust and complex probate work which has been very complex’.

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has a track record of representing neurodiverse children in claims related to the Equality Act. Head of education Eva Akins is a thought leader on on parenting neurodiverse children, and leads on cases related to life-altering disabilities in education, and is assisted on many of these cases by associate Lenka Wall. The joint heads of children are Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson.

Practice head(s):

Eva Akins; Samantha Little; Sarah Richardson

Other key lawyers:


‘An excellent firm with a proven track record in this niche area.’

‘Eva Akins and Lenka Wall both stand out in this field as highly dedicated expert practitioners; they prepare cases thoroughly with a strategic overview and are excellent in their approach to client care.’

‘Russell-Cooke are well established as one of the foremost firms acting for parents or students seeking to secure better education provision. The firm runs very efficiently with excellent solicitors.’

‘Eva Akins is a very well known lawyer in education. She is a go to for parents who can provide clear and pragmatic advice and is able to mould the best possible legal case.’

‘Hugely supportive and knowledgeable team with unparalleled insight of education law matters and the practical realities of SEND in school and as the issues impact home life.’

‘Eva Akins – uniquely qualified to advise SEND parents given her own insights and experience. Practical and tough – exactly what you need when navigating the complexities of dealing with Local Authorities and independent schools in particular.’

‘Lenka Wall – goes above and beyond to assist in getting results for parents and children. Builds up knowledge of a child’s complex needs and experiences and then effectively uses that information to successfully facilitate results.’

Employment > Immigration

The immigration team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by Edward Wanambwa, whose wealth of corporate expertise leaves him especially well-placed to advise on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions such as share acquisitions and dispositions and TUPE transfers. The firm also has a strong litigation offering, spearheaded by legal counsel and former Home Office barrister Tom Bradford, while senior associate Nisha Patel is also noted. Clients range from biotech and investment management companies to individuals seeking entry via the Global Talent route and families facing issues relating to international adoption.

Practice head(s):

Edward Wanambwa

Other key lawyers:

Tom Bradford; Nisha Patel; Bhavneeta Libachia


‘The team response is always very good, their advice is clear, concise and devoid of legal jargon. They are very practical in their advice, offering good solutions to complex issues.’

‘The firm is very responsive from the first contact and clear about time frames and providing preliminary advice pending greater investigation into the issue.’

‘The innate and underlying knowledge and experience regarding nationality, residence conditions, related documentation etc. are self-evident and unusually well established and readily imported on a client-facing basis.’

‘Ed Wanambwa is brilliant with clients, extremely calm and measured, a real expert and someone who inspires complete confidence. They handle things seamlessly and I rate them very highly indeed.’

‘Nisha Patel was sensitive to our case and all the ensuing possibilities; she dealt with it all very fast and efficiently.’

‘My main point of contact is Bhavneeta Limbachia, she is incredibly professional, very responsive, extremely practical and pragmatic with her advice, which is always very clear, and concise.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on UK immigration aspects of a $6bn plus acquisition of a US fintech company by another US fintech company.
  • Advised on immigration aspects of the establishment of a biotech platform in the UK.
  • Advised a UK-based Ukrainian national on how she can sponsor her parents, her cousin and her cousin’s daughter, from Kyiv, to come to the UK.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP has expertise in advising on shares, bonuses, commissions, restrictive covenants, breaches of contract and discrimination and whistleblowing matters. The practice combines this with additional strength in the key related areas of immigration, personal injury, commercial property, criminal and education law. Anthony Sakrouge spearheads the team and specialises in contentious work and negotiations relating to complex starting and leaving packages.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Sakrouge

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bearman; Stephen Clarke; Jannine Gennaris


‘Excellent client focus and professional services with the team members.’

‘A local practice and team members were really helpful offering a personal confidential service. Timely on responses and great interaction.’

‘Russell-Cooke provide top level service at a local level . It is a winning formula.’

‘Excellent knowledge of Commercial and Leasehold Residential Property and Employment law. The partners and team have been in place a long time and continuity of client contact is particularly strong.’

‘I worked with Alex Bearman. He was approachable, just the right balance of formality and friendliness and completely put me at ease.’

‘Reason for them and the team being highly recommended are their availability and client care; they are happy to discuss matters and think of commercial solutions.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP has broad expertise across the full spectrum of property related matters, overseeing business leases, restrictive covenants, rights of way, rights of light, party walls, telecommunications. It advises clients within the retail, charitable and not for profit sectors. Jason Hunter leads the team and focuses on matters pertaining to cladding, building and fire safety. Paul Greatholder is well versed in matters concerning enforcement of lease terms and recovery of money, however has specialist expertise in business tenancy law. Edward Cracknell has a broad range of expertise including adverse possession, dilapidations and rights of way matters. Stephen Small is noted for his vase knowledge in commercial, residential and mixed use property related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent speed of response, knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Jason Hunter and Paul Greatholder are both excellent in understanding the issues quickly and seeking to resolve wherever possible.’

‘They are not merely clever problem solvers – they are also fun, and great to work with. I commend particularly: Paul Greatholder, Ed Cracknell and Jason Hunter.’

‘Fantastic team that offer a first rate service at a surprisingly affordable price for London.’

‘Ed Cracknell: Very solid and reliable. Good in dilaps and boundary disputes.’

‘Stephen Small – previously unsung hero; very, very reliable and sound judgement.’

‘This is a very strong property litigation practice, with a loyal client following, which acts for the full range of clients. The team is led by some very strong partners and is high quality at all levels. Clients get a very good service and are in very safe hands.’

‘Paul Greatholder is exceptionally good. He is a first class lawyer: bright, diligent, tactically astute, sensible, responsive and client-focused. He has a very loyal client following and is highly respected by his peers. When I am asked to recommend good solicitors, he is always on my list.’

Key clients

Pret a Manger



Ilchester Estate


Edward Gostling Foundation

Borough Market

Get Living

Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust

Lok ‘N Store

Royal Shakespeare Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust before the Supreme Court in what is now the leading authority on discharge of restrictive covenants affecting land.
  • Advised Sirosa on substantial service charge dispute with Next relating to prominent building on London’s Oxford Street.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP is adept at representing individual clients in claims against local authorities and social landlords relating to disrepair, possession, allocation, judicial review challenges, leasehold disputes and homelessness appeals. Jason Hunter is the head of the housing and property litigation team, which includes Graham French, who is active in the Grenfell inquiry where he analyses, processes and challenges expert evidence. ‘Exceptional social housing lawyerCaroline Brosnan, ‘excellentJodie Green and ‘exceptionally professionalMatilda Rubens have a focus on legal aid work where they frequently act for homeless applicants and vulnerable clients.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter


‘A uniquely young and determined housing team with excellent knowledge and client focus.’

‘Caroline Brosnan and Jodie Green are two of the best lawyers I have worked with.’

‘Excellent team. One of the things that makes this team stand out is in the access that the team has to expertise in property law, including complex trust arrangements or proprietary estoppels. Therefore, when social housing cases raise those issues, there is the expertise in house to deal with them.’

‘Caroline Brosnan is well known in social housing, and is not only committed to her work and to her clients, but is adept at negotiating and good to work with.’

‘They are able to advise in some of the more complex cases which may involve leasehold disputes. The team is led by Caroline Brosnan who has huge experience in this field and has a reputation for leaving no stone unturned in her cases, her attention to the detail of the case is second to none, and being a Executive member of the Housing Law Practitioner Association she is always up to date with new issues arising in this sector.’

‘Matilda Rubens was exceptionally professional handling our case. She is a knowledgeable and experienced solicitor one can fully trust.’

‘The practice demonstrates a high role of working standards with friendly staff members to communicate with. You are treated with respect on all occasions and kept up to date through out your casework.’

‘Jodie Green was excellent and the worked she had done gave us a positive outcome and we are always satisfied with her communication.’

Work highlights

  • Successful section 204 appeal against a decision that Waltham Forest could discharge their full housing duty to the client and his family with an out of borough placement in Stoke on Trent.
  • Advised a tenant facing eviction under ground 13 because of dispute over the extent of the adaptations to the property.
  • Assisted a vulnerable tenant facing injunction proceedings which were issued prematurely and to bring a counterclaim for racial discrimination.

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP’s Kingston-based family team acts for mid to high-net-worth clients in relation to divorce and financial settlements, pre and post-nuptial agreements, Schedule 1 Children Act applications, cohabitee issues, child abduction work, and private children matters. Co-heads Hannah Field and Miranda Green are both collaboratively trained, and Green is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in international and European family law.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Field; Miranda Green

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP’s private client team in Kingston has recently seen substantial growth in the number of family office clients, which benefit from the group’s expertise in French succession and property matters. Julie Man specialises in complex estate planning work, inheritance tax advice, trusts, probate and estate administration and mental capacity work, while Kieran Bowe advises on all aspects of private client mandates.

Practice head(s):

Julie Man; Kieran Bowe

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP’s London corporate and commercial team has a strong focus on business start-ups and the technology sector. Working closely with the firm’s real estate team, it also has particular expertise in the corporate real estate sector advising on joint ventures, the sale and purchase of property SPVs and real estate finance transactions. Team head Jonathan Thornton  has extensive experience advising businesses and entrepreneurs across a broad range of industry sectors including property investment and development, manufacturing, retail, logistics and project management, IT and telecommunications, creative enterprises and professional and business services.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Scott Leonard; David Webster; Guy Wilmot; Rachael Taylor; Sally Johnston


‘Russell-Cooke understood what was needed and engaged well with all parties. They were pragmatic and always looked for solutions.’

‘Russell-Cooke are a highly responsive, pragmatic and capable organisation. Not only are they legally highly competent but are also skilled at explaining opportunities, risks and impacts with respect to different courses of action. We highly recommend working with them.’

‘Their attention to detail, and clarity of information was greatly appreciated by us, as we are a very small company with no previous experience of management buyouts, and we never felt talked down to, and were always given the attention and detail that we required. We felt in very safe hands throughout the whole process.’

‘The ability to balance objective legal advice with participation in round table discussions in ways that weren’t overly formal or legalistic. An affable style that assisted when matters became difficult. Willingness to think tactically and to use the strength of their relationships with the other lawyer to provide options that diffused potentially disastrous situations. The tenacity to maintain momentum through apparent deadlock and to see the end goal as achievable.’

‘Along with the high level of professionalism and wealth of knowledge, the firm shows a level of engagement which provides for their integration with the business. This results in a way of working based on a partnership approach.’

‘We are lucky to have Jonathan Thornton as our main corporate partner. Very easy to get on with and a good sense of humour yet unbelievably knowledgeable. A rarity in his field, he never turns up with an ego and so whilst he tends to have very good practical ideas he is not immune to alternatives. He intellectually adores what he does which makes it easier for him to be consistently up to the challenge.’

‘David Webster really stood out for us. He always explained everything very clearly, and made us feel supported, and important. He was always available, even at short notice, and even though we must be a small client, we never felt undervalued, or taken for granted.’

Key clients

The Ilchester Estate

Bloom Real Estate

Bumper International Limited



Oxbury Bank plc

Mexfort Ltd

Project Associates Holdings Ltd

Beavis Morgan LLP

Basis Research Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Bloom Real Estate on the ‘ultra urban’ warehouse joint venture with real estate investor Angelo Gordon.
  • Advising electric vehicle charging infrastructure and software scale-up Limited in connection with a combined investment and secondary purchase by Zouk Capital with a total value of £6.4m.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s ‘very commercial and sensible‘ commercial litigation practice covers civil fraud, professional negligence, construction disputes, insolvency, contractual claims, and director and shareholder conflicts. John Gould‘s practice includes commercial litigation and public law disputes; Lee Ranford is insolvency group leader; Elliot Elseygives great practical advice‘; Michael Stacey assists charities and regulators with disputes; and Mark Fletcher is a ‘good tactician‘. At senior associate level, Emily Mitcheson is ‘one to watch‘ and Ricky Cella is ‘particularly strong‘.

Practice head(s):

John Gould


‘The team is very commercial and sensible, and attuned to client needs – amazing value for such an able group of solicitors.’

‘The team at Russell-Cooke is technically very good – impressive knowledge of the insolvency legislation and how best to use it to the client’s advantage.’

‘Mark Fletcher is particularly good. Always available and responds very quickly to any query.’

‘Mark Fletcher – sound lawyer and good tactician – full of common sense.’

‘Elliot Elsey – very calm and considered, and gives great practical advice. He is pragmatic when he needs to be, and really puts himself in the client’s position.

‘Elliot Elsey is really great – knows which points to push and how to make progress.’

Emily Mitcheson is a very hands-on senior associate and one to watch. She spots issues early and gets on top of the detail. She is also a good communicator.

Senior associate Ricky Cella is particularly strong.

Key clients

Law Society of England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority


Venson Automotive Solutions

FRP Advisory Trading

MX Sports

Health and Protection

Moore Kingston Smith

Work highlights

  • Represented the SRA in the Court of Appeal to determine the ability of insurers to aggregate claims against solicitors (arising from the misappropriation of client money).
  • Acting for an insolvency practitioner in recovering large-value loans from tax investment schemes.
  • Assisting an investment consultant with a claim arising from a £4bn development.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

The Putney-based team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by Sarah Towler. The team covers a broad range of complex injury work, often of substantial value, occasionally with cross-border elements. Notably, it has an offering of dedicated, in-house medical professionals to assist on its cases. Strengths include acting for adults and children on issues including inquests and fatal claims; brain and spinal injury; paralysis caused in youth; and aquatic injuries. In addition, the team works on claims relating historical sexual abuse multi-party actions and resultant psychiatric injury. The arrival of ‘top drawer’ partner Grant Incles, formerly of Leigh Day, in Januar 2022 bolstered the strength of the team; notably, he recently succeeded in the landmark Court of Appel case Swift v Carpenter. Senior associate Nimmisha Aslam, who specialises in road traffic and workplace accidents, is one to watch.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Towler

Other key lawyers:

Grant Incles; Janice Gardner; Lucy Lawson; Dominic Fairclough; Nimmisha Aslam


‘Janice Gardner is hardworking, responsive, kind, professional, organised.’

‘Lucy Lawson is my absolute rock through the hardest time in my life! Without her help and constant support I wouldn’t be where I am today that’s for sure! She means the world to both me and my partner and is a credit to the firm.’

‘Janice Gardner combines integrity, a sense of fun and a laser focus on her client’s interests with real attention to detail and a great commercial sense of what is and is not possible. I cannot praise her highly enough.’

‘Grant Incles is quite exceptional. He is a very intelligent solicitor with a great grasp of the law. He is extremely astute when it comes to tactics and his ‘bedside manner’ when dealing with terribly injured clients and/or their families is not, in my experience, surpassed. If I was badly injured, he’s the solicitor I would turn to.’

‘When I am asked for a recommendation in London or the South East, I always start with Russell-Cooke. They are excellent at what they do and they have a size where I can guarantee that any case sent to them will be dealt with excellently by someone in their team.’

‘Dominic Fairclough is a tactical and strategic master. Sees the wood for the trees right from the outset.’

‘Sarah Towler is fantastic at client care – a hardworking lawyer that gets results for her clients efficiently and in good time.’

‘Grant Incles is a top-drawer claimant personal injury lawyer – incredibly efficient and tactically astute. A formidable litigator, but approachable and courteous. He operates at the the very highest level in the claimant personal injury market.’

Work highlights

  • Settled a claim for a 24-year-old man rendered tetraplegic in a waterslide accident.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Under the leadership of John Gould, Russell-Cooke LLP's 'fantastic team' continues to stand out for its judicial review expertise, and particularly its activity on behalf of professional regulatory bodies; the recent addition of CILEx Regulation as a client is testament to the firm's reputation in this area. Former civil servant Michael Stacey is praised for his 'bags of experience, common sense and legal knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

John Gould

Other key lawyers:

Graham French; Alex Ground; Michael Stacey; Lauren Cormack; John Webster


‘A fantastic team of people with good commercial experience and knowledge of regulatory law.’

‘Michael Stacey is a new partner with bags of experience, common sense and legal knowledge.’

‘Russell-Cooke are a very good firm with broad expertise in judicial review and regulatory matters.’

‘Lauren Cormack is very knowledgeable with a good eye for detail.’

‘A young and very committed group of highly determined and intelligent lawyers. Fantastic to work with.’

‘Extremely professional, with deep knowledge in the area which I hired them to help me with. Very committed with excellent contacts to professionals outside of the practice to help with the case (used the services of an exceptional barrister).’

‘John Webster. Very dedicated to the case. Extremely knowledgeable. Was always very flexible to accommodate my busy schedule, which included calls out of normal office hours. Always made sure to respond as soon as possible to inquiries or requests. Always made sure to guide in the correct direction trying to take out the emotional side in my decision making.’

‘Michael Stacey is outstanding. Not only does he go above and beyond for clients, responding to urgent matters on evenings and weekends, but he also brings a wide range of cross-sector experience that is particularly useful in complex cases. His work is always of the highest standard and he listens carefully to clients working closely with them to understand their individual needs.’

Key clients

Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

CILEx Regulation Limited

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Triplerose Limited

Authentic Equity Alliance

Borough Market

Work highlights

  • Representing 15 clients who are core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, including previous residents who escaped from the fire, bereaved families whose relatives were victims, and residents of the local area who were adversely affected by the fire.
  • Acted for Authentic Equity Alliance in a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Statutory Code of Practice on Services in respect of separate sex and single-sex services and whether it strikes a reasonable balance between the rights of women and the rights of transsexual people.
  • Acted for a developer on a planning appeal in relation to the conversion of an industrial warehouse to residential use.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

The ‘solid, all-round team’ at Russell-Cooke LLP frequently collaborates with firm’s planning and construction groups to handle landlord and tenant matters, investment transactions and redevelopment projects. Counting national food and beverage operators, fashion retailers and property investment funds among its key roster of clients, the team has demonstrable experience in office relocations and portfolio management, as well as advising landlords on the grant of leases. Matt Garrod leads the practice and advises on portfolio transactions, in addition to premises acquisitions for retail clients.

Practice head(s):

Matt Garrod

Other key lawyers:

Arnold Isaacson; Robert Lusher


‘The team at Russell-Cooke were excellent when acting for us in relation to our office relocation in London.’

‘A very solid, all-round team with sensible fees.’

‘Russell-Cooke are a breath of fresh air. Their communication is regular, with a clear wealth of experience. We have utilised both commercial property litigation and commercial property conveyancing services.’

‘Chris Barkley is extremely capable, professional and commercial and I would recommend his services to anyone seeking sound legal advice in this area.’

‘Pieter Boodt has real attention to detail.’

Key clients

Clipstone Industrial Unit Trust

Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited & Eat Limited

Newable Group

Edward Gostling Foundation (previously ACT Foundation)

Goldcrest Land Limited

Viewranks Ltd

Southern Properties Group

UK Land Limited

Campden Hill Limited

Oxbury Bank plc

Strandbrook Limited

Swim Studio Limited

Carter Ruck Solicitors

Wasabi Co Ltd

M & Co Trading Ltd

Voith Turbo Limited


Lok’n Store Limited

Gorillas Technologies UK Limited

The Karma Co-Kitchen Limited

Cantinetta London Limited and RB London Group Limited (t/a Beefbar)

Red Lion Chambers

Netwise Hosting Limited

QA Limited

Mitsubishi HC Capital UK plc (formerly Hitachi Capital plc)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pret a Manager on transactional and contentious property matters, including the expansion of its portfolio of shops.
  • Acted for GorillasTechnologies on its investment in 20 new lettings of hubs of sites throughout London and in Manchester.
  • Acting for Sharkmob on the letting of the fourth floor of the 80 Strand Grade II listed building.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

The ‘exceptional‘ team at Russell-Cooke LLP is praised for its ‘effective communication‘ and versatile offering, with specialist criminal litigators providing expertise in financial crime, extradition, and corruption cases, and able to handle high-profile and sensitive proceedings on behalf of individuals of public note. Key names in the team include Jae Carwardine, Martin Rackstraw, and ‘brilliant‘ associate Jacob Smyth. Frances Murray joined from Rosenblatt in May 2022.


‘It felt that I had a team of support, instead of a person. That any question could be asked and discussed and would be answered by the appropriate professional but fed back and filtered through my solicitor so that he could be part of the process.’

‘Jacob Smyth, was brilliant. He kept me on track, focused our conversation to understand the situation better and took advice when he didn’t know the answer. There were some questions that needed a employment law specialist.’

‘RC is an exceptional firm in a highly competitive field. Effective communication between its members ensures that a client’s interests are always protected and promoted.’

‘Jacob Smyth (Associate) is exceptional. He has a meticulous eye for detail and fearlessly protects his clients interests. He leaves no stone unturned when preparing cases and always goes the extra mile to ensure that their interests are best represented.’

‘Jacob Smyth is utterly devoted to his clients and able to magic an acquittal out of the most unpromising facts.’

‘This is a particular area of expertise for the firm. they have considerable experience and expertise and are able to cover any case however complex or large.’

‘Jae Carwardine is hardworking and able to manage the largest cases.’

‘Jae Cardwardine and Martin Rackstraw are outstanding. They are highly conscientious and go the extra mile for their clients. They are widely regarded as first-rate criminal solicitors and are at the top of the tree.’

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s planning practice consists of the ‘knowledgeable, approachable and likeable’ Alex Ground, who leads the team alongside John Webster with his ‘excellent technical skills‘ and his expertise in the planning consenting process and compulsory purchases. The firm’s strengths include contentious work and enforcement matters, acting for a roster of clients including developers and investors.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ground; John Webster

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Brodie; Rohini Vekaria


‘Russell Cooke have acted for me and my colleagues for more than 40 years. They have always provided an excellent service. Whenever there has been an “issue” it has been handled with complete integrity which is a refreshing change.’

‘Alex Ground is a very good planning lawyer. She is knowledgeable, approachable and likeable, and has a clear grasp of both planning and commercial matters.’

‘This is a practice which builds genuine and successful relationships with clients and other professionals. Its culture is open and collaborative, to the great benefit of client outcomes.’

‘Alex Ground is an astute, careful and committed lawyer with a good eye for detail.’

‘John Webster – Excellent technical skills but presented in a clear and understandable fashion and used to the greater advantage of the client.’

Key clients

Triplerose Limited

Countryside Properties Plc

Publica Properties Limited

Redcar Bulk Terminal Limited

Goldcrest Land

Kerio Limited

SG Smith Properties Limited

Copperwood Developments Limited

Callum Park Limited

Nueva Limited t/a Ziser London


Viewranks Limited

Lok’n Store Group PLC

Cube Real Estate

Quantum Land and Planning Limited

Gorillas Technologies UK Limited

Woodcock Holdings

Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited & Eat Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Publica Properties Limited on the planning application for the extension and refurbishment of the flagship former House of Fraser building on Oxford Street.
  • Advising Triplerose Limited on enforcement notice appeal public inquiry.
  • Advised Countryside Properties PLC on the promotion of a compulsory purchase order for the development of 1,300 homes at Tangmere, Chichester.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Russell-Cooke LLP advises on the administration, governance and purchase of professional football clubs, constitutional regulatory matters and setting up sporting organisations as charitable trusts. The practice also deals with child protection policies and immigration issues for sports companies. Practice head Matt Bosworth handles reputational issues for sports-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bosworth


‘The firm don’t brag about work in the sector – they just get it done and keep it confidential.’

‘Good on disciplinary and regulatory matters.’

‘Matt Bosworth is superb in understanding client’s product offering, market place and strategic objectives.

‘A leader in protecting intellectual property rights for live sports events.’

‘Matt Bosworth really provides a first class service to his clients. His knowledge and experience in intellectual property rights for live sporting events has been key in the brand protection of our business.’

Key clients


British Fencing

Cobham Rugby Football Club

Sport Resolutions UK

Surbiton Hockey Club

Barnes Rugby Football Club

Thames Ditton Cricket Club

Kick It Out

Chelsea Football Club

South East > Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Russell-Cooke LLP’s Kingston-based family team acts for mid to high-net-worth clients in relation to divorce and financial settlements, pre and post-nuptial agreements, Schedule 1 Children Act applications, cohabitee issues, child abduction work, and private children matters. Co-heads Hannah Field and Miranda Green are both collaboratively trained, and Green is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in international and European family law.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Field; Miranda Green

Russell-Cooke is a leading London law firm comprised of highly regarded specialists across a vast breadth of expertise. Its mix of commercial, private and public sector clients reflects the complex legal needs of contemporary London. The firm’s legal experts are leaders in their fields in areas as diverse as commercial property, professional regulation, crime and children law.

Principal areas of work: Russell-Cooke is an unusually broad-based practice spanning commercial and private client, civil and criminal, contentious and advisory work.

The firm’s large real estate team has a wealth of experience including in investment and development, in sectors including hotels and leisure, logistics and retail. Its specialist planning and construction lawyers and its highly regarded property disputes team complement its capabilities in this space.

Russell-Cooke offers a full range of services for private clients including highly regarded children, family, wills and probate, employment, clinical negligence, personal injury and criminal litigation services. Private clients also benefit from the firm’s specialist expertise in probate disputes, French law, tax and cross-border estates.

The charity and social business team is amongst the top legal teams in the sector and has an impressive roster of clients. The team covers the full spectrum of issues from governance and commercial to property, employment and disputes.

The Russell-Cooke family office team is made up of recognised experts from a range of legal disciplines, enabling them to help with an unusually broad mix of issues. Whether it be regarding family interests and assets, wills, pre-nuptial agreements, the family business or property portfolios, the team provides clear, practical advice to help high net worth families.

The specialist corporate and commercial team handles the whole range of contentious, non-contentious and transactional work, with a recent focus on supporting startups from inception through funding rounds to onward growth and/or sale.

Clients: The firm has built an outstanding client base including The Law Society, Prêt a Manger, Sky UK, Chelsea FC, Lendlease and the British Heart Foundation. Russell-Cooke’s ability to tackle complex, multidimensional cases means that a significant proportion of its work comes from referrals by other solicitors and many of its clients are solicitors, barristers and judges.

International: The firm advises a wide range of businesses, individuals and charities on their cross-border matters. Russell-Cooke acts as part of clients’ professional inner circles and has a wide network of international advisers allowing them to seamlessly project manage transactions involving other jurisdictions. The firm is the sole UK member of international legal networks Legus and LexUnion.

Sustainability and corporate responsibility: As a modern business, Russell-Cooke is aware of its impact on the environment and its place within the local community. As part of its 2019-2022 strategic plan “to improve the environmental sustainability of the firm and take significant steps towards carbon neutrality,” Russell-Cooke has already offset its 2020 and 2021 emissions and has committed to do so in the future. The firm’s Putney office not only boasts solar panels which push energy into the local grid, it is also home to two hives of Buckfast bees.

Other offices: Putney, Kingston upon Thames

Senior partner John Gould
Joint Managing partner Alison Regan
Joint Managing Partner James Carroll
Administrative law and solicitors Michael Stacey
Charities and social business Andrew Studd
Child abduction Fiona Read
Children law Samantha Little
Commercial and construction litigation/ADR Mark Fletcher
Corporate and commercial Jonathan Thornton
Conveyancing Donall Murphy
Construction Peter Kitson
Criminal litigation and fraud Jae Carwardine
Cross-border estates Andrew Godfrey
Employment Anthony Sakrouge
Education Eva Akins
Immigration Edward Wanambwa
Insolvency Lee Ranford
Family James Carroll
Family mediation James Carroll
French law Christopher Salomons
Personal injury and medical negligence Janice Gardner
Property litigation Jason Hunter
Professional regulation Michael Stacey
Real estate Matt Garrod
Sports Matt Bosworth
Tax Scott Leonard
Trusts Rebecca Fisher
Trusts and estate disputes Alison Regan
Start-ups Guy Wilmot
Health and safety Kizzy Augustin
Shabnam Ali-Khan photo Shabnam Ali-KhanShabnam is a partner in the enfranchisement team. She specialises in lease…
Alex Bearman photo Alex BearmanAlex is a partner in the employment team. He specialises in all…
Rita Bhargava photo Rita BhargavaRita is a partner in the private client team and leads the…
Deborah Blythe photo Deborah BlytheDeborah is a consultant in the personal injury team. Deborah specialises in…
Pieter Boodt photo Pieter BoodtPieter is a partner in the real estate team. He advises developers,…
Jae Carwardine photo Jae CarwardineJae has over twenty years’ experience; renowned as a tenacious and tactically…
Alan Edwards photo Alan EdwardsAlan is a consultant in the conveyancing team with extensive experience in…
Dominic Fairclough photo Dominic FaircloughDominic is a partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team.…
Rebecca Fisher photo Rebecca FisherRebecca is an experienced private client lawyer working with both UK and…
Graham French photo Graham FrenchGraham is a consultant in the property and housing litigation team now working principally…
Richard Frimston photo Richard FrimstonRichard is a consultant in the private client team. He advises clients…
Janice Gardner photo Janice GardnerJanice is a partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team.…
Matt Garrod photo Matt GarrodMatt advises clients on a range of real estate transactions including investment…
Andrew Godfrey photo Andrew GodfreyAndrew is a partner in private client team. Andrew is recognised for…
John Gould photo John GouldSenior Partner John Gould’s area of particular expertise is regulation and public…
Alex Ground photo Alex GroundAlex is a partner in our planning team and specialises in the…
Peter Kitson photo Peter KitsonPeter is a partner in the real estate team, and has specialised…
Jane Klauber photo Jane KlauberPartner in the charity and social business team. Employment law specialist undertaking…
Gareth Ledsham photo Gareth LedshamPartner specialising in all types of trust and estate/succession-related litigation, including will…
Scott Leonard photo Scott LeonardScott is a partner in the corporate and commercial team. He advises…
Donall Murphy photo Donall MurphyDonall is a partner in the conveyancing team. He advises both buyers…
Lee Ranford photo Lee RanfordLee is a partner and the head of the insolvency team. He is…
Fiona Read photo Fiona ReadSolicitor, mediator, collaborative family practitioner and family arbitrator; undertakes all aspects of…
Alison Regan photo Alison ReganJoint Managing Partner of Russell-Cooke and partner specialising in contentious trust and…
Anthony Sakrouge photo Anthony SakrougePartner specialising in contentious employment law. Has acted for a wide range…
James Sinclair Taylor photo James Sinclair TaylorJames is a consultant in the charity and social business team. He…
Andrew Studd photo Andrew StuddAndrew is a partner in the charity and social business team advising…
Howard Swindall photo Howard SwindallHoward is a consultant in the real estate team. Howard advises private,…
Jonathan Thornton photo Jonathan ThorntonJonathan Thornton is head of the corporate and commercial team. A hugely…
Edward Wanambwa photo Edward WanambwaEd is one of a very small number of solicitors to be…
David Webster photo David WebsterDavid is a partner in the corporate and commercial team. He advises…
Guy Wilmot photo Guy WilmotGuy Wilmot is a partner in the corporate and commercial team. He…
Number of UK partners : 63
Number of other UK fee-earners : 109

Diversity and Inclusion

Russell-Cooke is committed to promoting equality and diversity by providing training, raising awareness and creating an inclusive work environment.

We seek to reflect the communities in which we operate and the clientele with whom we work. Our broad practice brings us into contact with an unusually diverse client group. But ultimately, being fully inclusive in our recruitment and treatment of our people is simply the right thing to do.

Our key objectives are to:

  • maintain a culture of mutual respect and consideration, ensuring that everyone is treated equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect.
  • work to improve the diversity of our workforce across all the protected characteristics.
  • continue to develop our social mobility inclusion

We strive to achieve these objectives through a variety of initiatives including:

  • Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network.
  • Our Women’s Group, the Wellbeing Group and Wellbeing Champions.
  • The Working Parent and Carers Network


We commit to carrying out our business in a responsible and sustainable way by minimising our impact on the environment through awareness of the resources we use, the waste we produce and the carbon emissions for which we are responsible. We seek to proactively contribute to sustaining our natural resources where we can.

  • We aim to procure and use sustainable or recycled resources.
  • We aim to reduce the waste we produce by re-using, donating and/or recycling the majority of our waste.
  • We aim to minimise carbon emissions arising from travel to work and within work.

We offset the firm’s carbon emissions by sponsoring development projects around the world through

We seek to help sustain the bee population of London and installed beehives on the roof of our Putney office.

Community involvement

Supporting charities

We support a number of local and national charities through sponsorships and staff fundraising events. We donate £5 to charity for each client feedback form returned. Each year the two charities we donate to are selected by our staff and are currently:

  • First Touch – dedicated to the neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital.
  • Mind – offers information and advice to people with mental health problems.

We also support the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney which provides specialist services for patients with brain injury and neurological diseases, and Friends of Richmond Park.

We also host visits from the National Citizen Service – the Challenge, a government-funded initiative bringing together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.

Supporting local sports clubs

Russell-Cooke is delighted to support a number of sporting organisations in Surrey and SW London. We are principal sponsor of Cobham Rugby Club, and we sponsor Cobham Netball Club, Barnes RFC Minis Club and Roehampton Gold Cup, a pro-am tournament for female golfers. We provide sponsorship and legal support to Surbiton Hockey Club.

Supporting the arts

Russell-Cooke supports a number of arts organisations in and around London including the Rose Theatre in Kingston and Temple Music Foundation.