Lee Ranford > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Insolvency and commercial litigation


Lee is a partner and the head of the insolvency team. He is dual qualified as a solicitor and a licensed insolvency practitioner, authorised by the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

His role as a solicitor and insolvency practitioner means that he can offer a broad spectrum of insolvency advice to those involved in the insolvency process.

Lee’s insolvency work covers all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency from bankruptcy through to administrations and liquidations. He acts for a wide range of clients, such as  insolvency practitioners, companies, directors, creditors and debtors on restructuring and recovery options.

Lee  is an expert in dealing with  complex  misfeasance claims, as well as many other types of insolvency related disputes.

Lee advises companies and directors where financial difficulties have arisen and advice is needed to avoid breaching the relevant duties owed by those directors.

Lee also deals with advice regarding business and asset sales by insolvency office holders, including pre-pack transactions. That work often involves acting for office holders in dealing with their appointment as administrator or liquidator.


Trained Stephen Rimmer & Co; qualified 1992; Evill & Coleman 1995; partner 1996; later merged with Russell-Cooke; qualified as an insolvency practitioner 2010. Authorised by the IPA to act as an insolvency practitioner.


  • Licensed insolvency practitioner
  • Author of Insolvency chapter of the book The Law of Legal Services.
  • Author of the “Financial Difficulties and Winding Up” chapter of the Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Handbook.
  • Full member and Fellow of R3 (The Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
  • Licensed by the IPA to act as an insolvency practitioner
  • Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association


Caterham School.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s multi-disciplinary department comprises experts in a range of contentious matters, including civil fraud, professional negligence, construction, insolvency, and contractual and director/shareholder disputes. Senior partner John Gould specialises in commercial litigation, regulation, and public law matters; insolvency head Lee Ranfordbrings decades of experience‘; Elliot Elsey‘s practice encompasses contractual and quasi-contractual disputes, as well as claimant-side professional negligence; Michael Stacey is ‘a standout solicitor with excellent regulatory knowledge‘; and Mark Fletcher maintains a broad litigation practice. Joshua Mitchell (promoted in July 2023, David Fendt and Emily Mitcheson are the senior associates to note.