Rita Bhargava > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Private client.


Rita is a partner in the private client team and leads the mental capacity team. She specialises in private client work and advises on a wide range of matters including wills, administration of estates, power of attorney, trusts and tax planning.

Rita leads the mental capacity team and has extensive experience in Court of Protection matters specialising in property and financial affairs


Dale & Newbery 1998-2004, private client lawyer; Carter Bells 2004-2007; Russell Cooke 2007-present.





  • Member Past Chair of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) England and Wales
  • Current committee member of STEP Central London
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of Westminster & Holborn Equality and Diversity Committee


LLB with honours and LPA with Commendation

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Court of protection

Russell-Cooke LLP advises on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious matters. It regularly provides specialist advice on cross-border issues, particularly those with a French element them. Gareth Ledsham heads the contentious court of protection team. Ledsham is particularly recognised for his work on matters involving overseas assets. He advises on the full range of contested mental capacity issues regarding property and financial affairs. Rita Bhargava leads the non-contentious capacity and court of protection offering. Bhargava frequently helps with the management of financial affairs for vulnerable clients and advises on personal injury trusts for those with acquired injuries.