Graham French > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB
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Work Department

Property litigation; housing (both social and private sector) litigation and ancillary advisory work.


Graham is a consultant in the property and housing litigation team now working principally on the Public Inquiry and related litigation on behalf of clients affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Until retiring as a partner in November 2019, in addition to the Grenfell cases he concentrated on residential and commercial property disputeslandlord & tenant, housing, public law and related contractual disputes. He covered all aspects of property and housing litigation acting for landlords, tenants and tenant’s organisations. Graham also worked for housing associations, co-operatives, tenant management organisations and other public and voluntary sector bodies.


He joined Russell-Cooke as a partner in September 2015 following the merger of Alan Edwards & Co and Russell-Cooke.

  • Admitted as a solicitor January 1984
  • Alan Edwards & Co. 1985 (as Partner, 1986) to 2015
  • Deputy District Judge (County Court) since 1998
  • Member of the Civil Justice Council Working Party on property disputes


Very basic Spanish and French


Housing Law Practitioners Association

Property Litigation Association


Undergraduate Degree in Law – Leeds Polytechnic 1977; MPhil Criminology, Clare Hall College, Cambridge University – 1978

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Social housing: tenant

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s social housing team is actively involved in the Grenfell inquiry, and the firm has developed a specialism in cladding and building fire-safety. ‘Vastly experienced’ senior associate Caroline Brosnan and ‘tremendously efficient‘ associate Jodie Green have played key roles in the firm’s Grenfell work, as well as supervising the team’s Legal Aid matters alongside consultant Matilda Rubens. In 2022, the group used Legal Aid funding to appeal homelessness decisions in the County Court, challenge housing suitability through judicial reviews, and to defend possession and injunction proceedings. The team provides advisory and litigation support to vulnerable clients, and to housing co-operatives, a role Brosnan has taken over from Graham French since his move to consultancy.