Firm Profile > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England

Russell-Cooke LLP
8 BEDFORD ROW
LONDON
WC1R 4BX
England

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 1

Russell-Cooke LLP has four Family Mediators Association-accredited mediators who mediate on various family and children related matters and operate to a 'high professional standard'. Names to note include Fiona Read who conducts mediation in high conflict cases and does hybrid mediations. James Carroll who mediates on diverse matters such as cohabitation and property disputes as well as international cases involving complex trust and tax matters. Kate Hamilton,  Anna Keat and consultant Louise Connolly are among the other names to note. It 'has real strength and depth in its mediation practice with experienced mediators in all its offices and a genuine commitment to the process'.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Read

Other key lawyers:

James Carroll; Kate Hamilton; Anna Keat; Louise Connolly

Testimonials

‘This is the practice that I refer work to if we have a conflict and particularly for mediation. Fiona Read is particularly impressive. She has been qualified for many years and is known to be a safe pair of hands. James Carroll is also very impressive. Both are mediators and lawyers. Fiona is an arbitrator and a part-time judge‘.

One of the best if not the best in terms of efficiency and reliability. The lawyers are always happy to accommodate, and excellent support provided by way of training. A broad and experienced team. Always popular with clients. Fiona Read is an imaginative and brilliant mediator bringing a real talent to solving difficult and challenging family breakdowns. She has a real knack of taking clients with her. Fiona achieves very impressive results with difficult referrals. Fiona uses her experience as a judge and arbitrator to give real authority and guidance to the mediation clients‘.

‘I often refer clients for mediation with James Carroll and his team. The lawyers are efficient, cost effective and highly knowledgeable. My “go to” mediators. James Carroll is great. Calm, efficient and clear with his advice. He goes above and beyond to help individuals reach agreement. Anna Keat is also highly supportive and practical‘.

‘Kate Hamilton is a fantastic mediator. She offers her mediation clients a clear route map through the minefield of the divorce and separation process providing them with practical information and guidance to help them reach amicable agreements. She does so in a knowledgeable, supportive and intelligent manner‘.

‘The firm has a long mediation heritage and clients benefit from its experience and skill.  It was prepared for the pandemic and responded quickly. Kate Hamilton understands the issues instantly and is sharp as a tack. James Carroll has a calm, reassuring presence and a really kind and gentle way of dealing with fragile clients. Anna Keat quietly gets on with it and clients value her experience and wisdom’.

‘Kate worked with us on getting to navigate our way out of a situation. She managed a high conflict situation with sensitivity. She offered me the opportunity to take a realistic perspective on my situation and how to move forward constructively which has been invaluable.  Kate took the time to devise the best solution for both parties to feel comfortable and listened to. She handled the situation respectfully, thoughtfully but also with incredible insight into how to get the best result‘.

Louise Connolly – is an excellent mediator and solicitor – always happy to discuss matters on the telephone and always looking after her client’s best interests – both legal and financial‘.

‘Louise Connolly is my first choice if clients ask for recommendations for a great family law mediator. I always receive wonderful feedback about her work‘.

 

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

Russell-Cooke LLP fields a large ‘helpful and efficient’ team that advises on the full spectrum of charity matters and has the capability to handle large and complex projects under the leadership of Andrew Studd. It acts for some of the biggest operational and grant-making charities in the country and has particular expertise in advising on charity mergers, demergers and the restructuring of charities as well as considerable strength in providing specialist property advice. The group is skilled at supporting charities that are working internationally as well as advising corporate foundations. It is increasingly becoming known for its work with charities in financial difficulties. Chris Rowse and James Sinclair Taylor  are other key members of the team that was pleased to add Pippa Garland to the group from Bates Wells.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Studd

Other key lawyers:

Chris Rowse; James Sinclair-Taylor; Andrew Small ;Carla Whalen; Pippa Garland

Testimonials

RC provides service beyond normal legal advice – coordination for complex projects involving multiple advisors and useful strategic insights. Chris Rowse and Andrew Studd have provided excellent service and advice‘.

‘Good understanding of charity law – cheaper than some of the leading firms. Good understanding of our medical charity. Responsive and collaborative with in-house teams. Good availability to work on matters. Chris Rowse – knowledgeable in charity law, responsive, works to tight timeframes, has experience of different charitable structures. Carla Whalen – good on data protection aspects and innovative in how to make complex data projects work‘.

‘R-C covers all facets of our complex regulatory landscape. The lawyers support us at the key reactive phases when there is a crisis, but primarily they support creatively in ensuring compliance and with the evolution of best practice. All members of the team inspire confidence, and act in a timely and agile manner. We engage with many members of the team. All offer a high level of customer service‘.

The practice has very good charity sector knowledge which it applies in a pragmatic way that balances with the needs of charity. I would recommend them. The individuals we work with have a good knowledge of our organisation and apply that knowledge to our work. They are always supportive and helpful and look at creative solutions to issues‘.

Very approachable and good knowledge and practical advice. Very good rates and value for money. Understands client needs very well. Good experience of dealing with the regulator. Chris Rowse is always very helpful and a pleasure to deal with‘.

As a charity with property holdings, a membership and a Royal Charter, there are considerable complexities on which R-C LLP has been able to advise. The lawyers have been quick and responsive during a challenging (COVID) year, and have assisted particularly with a governance review and follow-up. Our key contacts in the last year have been James Sinclair-Taylor (governance) and Andrew Small (property) who know our charity well and can instantly bring background knowledge and understanding to support a new situation’.

As I have said before, incredibly capable and excellent quality of work and output. Have got me out of a difficult situation. Andrew Studd – very easy to deal with, formidable, incredibly experienced and capable, very good approach to clients and knows how to handle a variety of types, showing necessary strength when needed‘.

‘Highly experienced, recognised the pressures on unpaid trustees and provided a range of flexible options to help manage that. Clear, comprehensive, pragmatic advice and assistance. Andrew Studd – expert, approachable, friendly, very responsive‘.

 

Key clients

Unicef UK

Breast Cancer Now

Youth Hostel Association (England & Wales)

British Heart Foundation

Anthony Nolan

Quaker Homeless Action

Borough Market

Kick it Out

GroceryAid

Voluntary Service Overseas

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The ‘really excellent clinical negligence team‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP is known particularly for its specialism in brain injuries, both paediatric and adult, and infection cases resulting in serious injuries. Its expertise in the former was recently strengthened further by the arrival of highly regarded consultant Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law. Inquests are another core area of focus for the firm, which fields a discrete sub-group for such work, headed by Lucy Wilton and Dominic Fairclough. In recent highlights, practice head Janice Gardner took a case concerning acts of illegality occurring following negligence to the Supreme Court, exemplifying the firm’s ability to secure work of the highest profile.

Practice head(s):

Janice Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Towler; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton; Bernadette McGhie

Testimonials

‘A really excellent clinical negligence team with strength across the board and a couple of outstanding practitioners. This firm regularly gets some of the highest profile clinical negligence cases because of their reputation in the field.’

‘Between them they have a wealth of medical knowledge and experience and are well supported by an equally experienced administrative team. They have real strength and depth. There is excellent collaboration between team members. They present as committed, determined and highly competent with the client always at the centre.

‘Lucy Wilton is outstanding. She is one of my first choices when I am asked for a recommendation on high value clinical negligence cases. She is incredibly bright, fearless and utterly dedicated to her clients.’

‘For me as a client their ability to ensure that relevant expertise was used to provide the best possible advice stood out. The whole team had the ability to make me feel that I was always their priority. The logical, methodical and thorough preparation of the case was exceptional.’

‘Good knowledge of their specialism, excellent client management.’

‘Bernadette McGhie has excellent client management, really knows and understands the children and families on the cases she works with and has excellent communication with experts, which is both efficient and personable.’

‘They will look after potential clients with the utmost care, respect and dignity. They are a very professional company, yet approachable.’

‘Dominic Fairclough, Janice Gardner and Lucy Wilton are all highly professional and competent. Dominic is down to earth and easy to get along with. He has an abundance of common sense. He will always go the extra mile for the client but at the same time remains measured in his approach. Janice Gardener has great empathy. She is always practical and focused, and is able to think outside the box. Lucy Wilton is equally impressive. She gets on with the job and is very practical in her approach. She is able to convey complex information to the client in a straightforward and reassuring way. Above all she is decisive and is not afraid of making difficult decisions.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP excels in all areas of trust and estate litigation. It is well-placed to handle complex cross-border succession disputes involving issues of foreign assets, domicile and residence and where there are conflicting issues of civil and common laws. The team’s French team is well-regarded and the firm has developed considerable niche expertise in dealing with applications on behalf of minors to obtain orders for the sale of property that is held in their names abroad. Alison Regan is skilled at advising on complex estate and trust disputes. Gareth Ledsham advises on a wide array of private wealth disputes. Tom Deely receives a lot of plaudits. It is a  ‘first-rate firm. Providing the skill set and professionalism of a City firm in South West London‘.

Practice head(s):

Alison Regan

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Ledsham; Tom Deely; Andrew Morgan

Testimonials

One of the premier private client litigation practices in London. A private client gem. Because the firm is based in Putney its overheads and therefore fees are lower than firms of the same quality in the Temple or City. Alison Regan is a star partner. Great judgment and commercial awareness, terrific with clients, has an easy and disarming charm and is firm when needed. Tom Deely is clever, tactically astute, charming and persuasive. He is a rising star of C&P litigation. Gareth Ledsham is an experienced, clever and understated partner.’

Russell-Cooke has been a very professional firm from day one and has done a very good job making sure it has all the information needed. The lawyers completed the job successfully. Gareth Ledsham who has been helping us with the probate and settlement, he is very detailed in his work and keeps us updated on regular basis.’

A very high-quality team for the whole range of contentious private client matters. Alison Regan and Gareth Ledsham are part of  a very able team. Tom Deely and Andrew Morgan are both associates of the highest calibre.’

‘A very well co-ordinated team that is a well-oiled machine. From the most newly qualified associate to the partners, the whole team understands the area intimately and quickly gets to the nub of a client’s problem and maps out a path to the most effective solution. Alison Regan: a steely litigator who is very well-known and respected by her peers. Gareth Ledsham: a very steady hand who approaches all matters rigorously but with good humour. Tom Deely: a real rising star – extremely calm and competent who gives the clear and sensible advice of someone beyond his years.’

‘I have found the practice to be very professional in its dealings and I am reassured that the lawyers have my best interests and will do their best to get the best result. I have found our solicitor Tom Deely, extremely helpful, professional in his manner and providing us reassuringly with the best outcome for our case. He has been understanding and has provided sound advice to the questions we have asked.’

I have been constantly impressed by the attention to detail, forward thinking consideration of potential issues at litigation, quality of written communication and the excellent personal manner of all the team I have dealt with. The lawyers managed the transition to remote working during the pandemic smoothly, and have always taken steps to plan the potential litigation with a keen eye on managing my own legal costs. I wish to call out Andrew Morgan (associate) who has dealt with every aspect of my case. His thought process has been calm and considered, but his approach to litigation has been exhaustive – in my view, coaching other law firms on the issues under dispute. He is always personable, always willing to explain complex concepts, and has guided me though a difficult decision making process in approaching potential litigation with my opponents.’

A really great team – it manages to pull off the difficult trick of being friendly and approachable and yet fiercely standing up for its own clients. Alison Reagan – friendly, approachable and very capable. Gareth Ledsham – a very good tactician and an asset for any client to have on their side. Andrew Morgan/Tom Deely – very capable associates, both are rising stars and have a great future ahead of them.’

Extremely client focused practice; essential for private client work. Very user friendly and easy to work with. A top quality firm, but not stuffy. Highly collaborative team who appeared to be unaffected by working changes during Covid restrictions. Alison Regan is an exceptional lawyer and very easy to work with. Always on top of every detail in a case and is never unavailable. Gareth Ledsham is a razor sharp lawyer, but also has the human touch. He understands what motivates people and is incredibly practical. Andrew Morgan is an incredibly hardworking associate with an eye for detail. He is ahead of his years and has a great ability to get to grips with a case. Highly recommended.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has been busy advising on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious court of protection matters and has considerable expertise in cross-border issues.  It acts for various private clients as both applicants and respondents, deputies and attorneys as well as for not-for-profit organisations. It has a wealth of experience in other areas such as statutory will applications, applications relating to lifetime gifts and lasting powers of attorney. It frequently advises on health and welfare applications too. Gareth Ledsham and Rita Bhargava co-head the 'remarkably strong COP team, that is perfectly attuned to both the court's modus operandi and the particular needs of the vulnerable'.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Ledsham; Rita Bhargava

Other key lawyers:

Susannah Foden; Georgia Haughney

Testimonials

Rita Bhargava is simply outstanding. She is dedicated to the sector, as shown in her initiatives in law-change, and her senior role within the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners, but even more dedicated to her clients. With her on your side, you are as well-placed as you could be. She is especially good at finding sensitive solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Gareth Ledsham is that rare bird – a litigator who completely understands the Court of Protection. Get him on your side!‘.

Russell-Cooke is the go to firm for this kind of work. The lawyers have an instinctive understanding of their client’s needs and are very well placed in the market to assist their clients. Their cross-over expertise in contentious and non-contentious private client work is of great assistance in this area and is a real benefit to the clients. The team is well and deeply resourced and has both excellent client management skills as well as real firepower on the legal analysis‘.

Gareth Ledsham is extremely reassuring. He knows everything about the area and is keen to guide his clients to a beneficial outcome. He keeps a tight hold of the matters in which he is involved and really works to achieve the client’s priorities. Susannah Foden is a brilliant Court of Protection lawyer. She is excellent with clients and extremely intelligent and efficient. Georgina Haughney is always alert to find the best route through for the client. She goes the extra mile to deliver what is necessary‘.

It offers, in terms of quality and expertise, a comparable service to the larger London firms at a reduced price. Gareth Ledsham has a fantastic depth of knowledge which he deploys in each of his practice areas‘.

The lawyers absolutely give the right advice, at a reasonable cost. The contentious probate / court of protection team is highly specialised, talented, and good to work with. Gareth Ledsham is a smooth operator. Fights his client’s corner, but gives realistic advice. He knows what matters and what doesn’t. Georgia Haughney is a very strong associate. Very enjoyable to work with‘.

‘Great Team – excellent in all aspects of private client work. Gareth Ledsham – very impressive and calm under pressure‘.

Highly regarded Court of Protection Team. The team  has experts in the field and has an in-depth know of Court of Protection work. In particular Gareth Ledsham has a great approach in looking after clients and their family‘.

‘Excellent team collaboration especially during the pandemic. Attentive to client needs and very responsive to client wishes. Successful in Zoom meetings and effective use of time. Susannah Foden, as the main point of contact, exceptionally responsive to client needs, thorough in her research and approach going over and beyond expectations. Highly professional individual and a very talented operator when dealing with a rival solicitor. Gareth Ledsham equally effective when advising on strategic approach for settlement matters. He was always omnipresent and used his time effectively‘.

 

Key clients

Russell-Cooke Trust Company

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has a track record of work for a wide variety of clients, from high-profile individuals and professionals to vulnerable clients and those accused of sexual offences. Practice head Jae Carwardine has 'unrivalled experience and ability'; she has represented politicians, journalists and other senior professionals in an array of high-profile cases. Martin Rackstraw, who rejoined the firm in 2019 after seven years as head of the criminal law team at Bindmans LLP, regularly advises in media-related cases, and is described as 'an intellectual powerhouse'. A key area of growth for the firm is its work advising clients on private prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Jae Carwardine

Other key lawyers:

Martin Rackstraw; Jenny Boyden

Testimonials

‘The Russell-Cooke team are absolutely top notch for the discerning client. They get to grips with the detail of any case, understand the intricacies of the evidence and have an impressive knowledge of the law. They manage to balance clear sighted, incisive tactical and strategic advice, alongside fantastic client care. Clients obviously and rightly feel like they are in good hands, and that their lawyers are on their side. Russell Cooke represent fantastic value for money for those they represent.’

‘Jae Carwardine: nothing is too much for her clients. She works tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for them.’

‘Russell-Cooke has the unique advantage of being a big enough firm to cover many different practice areas with a large enough pool of talented solicitors, but small enough to feel like you’re dealing with a boutique law firm.’

‘Martin Rackstraw is a calm and confident lawyer who inspires trust from clients and knows what is best for them throughout the life of a case. He is particularly good at breaking a case down and analysing the work that needs to be done to deal with the key issues.’

‘Jae Carwardine has unrivalled experience and ability. She has been involved in many of the highest profile, most complex cases of recent years. She finds the best experts and best barristers for each case. She makes herself available to clients at any time of day and night. She cares deeply about her cases and her work. It is hard to find anyone more committed to their clients than Jae.’

‘Martin Rackstraw is one of the most experienced and dedicated solicitors in the country. He can deal with any area of crime – he is an intellectual powerhouse.’

‘Jenny Boyden is exactly the solicitor you need on your side when things go wrong. She is more thorough in her approach than any solicitor I have met. She is pragmatic and realistic in her advice, works well within a team, is able to lead when necessary and robust (if necessary) when dealing with prosecution agencies. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to any one under investigation for any offence.’

‘Jenny Boyden – once a client has Jenny on their team, she will go above and beyond to ensure their case is prepared to the highest standard from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients – she is an absolute pleasure to work with and any client who is represented by Jenny is lucky to have her.’

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP is best known for its work on behalf of children who are marginalised by protected characteristics including disability, race or gender identity issues. The group has particular specialism in matters involving clients with neurodiversities, including autism and ADHD, and cases brought on behalf of children requiring education outside school. During the pandemic, the department has challenged schools which refused to admit vulnerable children entitled to attend, and challenged GCSE and A-level results awarded without standardised exams. Eva Akins heads up the education law practice, while Samantha Little leads the children's law team.

Practice head(s):

Eva Akins; Samantha Little

Testimonials

‘A very good understanding of the education legal area. A practice which is clear in their advice and very realistic.’

‘Eva Atkins, excellent lawyer, she knew exactly how to get us to our end destination. Quick and efficient.’

‘Highly professional and experienced in the area of Special Educational Needs and the complexities of ensuring that vulnerable children receive the right support and education in their Education and Health Care Plans. The Education team has extensive and practical knowledge of managing the crucial interactions with Local Authorities, schools and diverse professionals to achieve positive outcomes in school placements and receiving appropriate educational and therapeutic support.’

‘We have been dealing with Eva Akins, who from the very start has shown incredible insight into our case, and has given us confidence from the very start. Every time we’ve needed help to understand something, she has been invaluable. She has a calm way of discussing our case, and seems to have a unique understanding of the problems we have encountered with an autistic child.’

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

Private client > Family Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has strength in a broad range of areas ranging from high-net-worth/international cases including child abduction to public law legal aid matters such as forced marriages. It has a wide range of clients from those with substantial wealth and modest means to those who are entitled to legal aid. The group is increasingly focusing too on the alternative family sphere covering cases concerning declaration of parentage and surrogacy arrangements. Its dedicated children team is often appointed by the court to represent children and it has a strong international children law practice covering cases such as international adoptions. James Carroll , Kate Hamilton, Fiona Read and Sarah Richardson are all highly regarded. Hannah Minty was promoted to the partnership. 'The depth and breath of experience at Russell Cooke means that clients are given an incredibly high standard of service and advice across the board'.

Practice head(s):

Kate Hamilton; James Carroll ; Camilla Thornton; Fiona Read ; Samantha Little; Sarah Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Minty; Jemma Pollock

Testimonials

‘This is a large team which offers legal services across the whole range of family law. Samantha Little is a first rate lawyer with over 25 years specialist experience in family law. Highly respected by judges and other lawyers alike for her expertise in public and private law children work. She is also a Resolution Committee member and highly effective in that role too. Sarah Richardson is a special breed – someone who over many years has been a dedicated public law children solicitor and is now at the very top of her game at this work, always achieving the best for her clients. She is also an excellent mentor for younger lawyers‘.

‘Russell-Cooke is a go-to family law department in London which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.  It is unique in that as well as routinely undertaking the high value financial remedy work, it also has a thriving legal aid children practice which is highly unusual in the market. Hannah Minty is a partner to watch in the future.  Her approach to her cases and her manner are exemplary, and she achieves superb results without any fuss or grandstanding.  Kate Hamilton is a superb practitioner and has a growing reputation as an effective and directive mediator.  Jemma Pollock is going places‘.

‘The team provides a very good service. Hannah Minty and Fiona Read are great. James Carroll is an excellent mediator‘.

There is real depth of talent in the team.  James Carroll and Fiona Read are well known – Sam Little is probably number one in her field but has now been working with Jemma Pollock who is truly exceptional – managing a challenging clients with a calm and wisdom that truly shows her to be another industry leader in the making‘.

The firm has an exceptional pool of talent.  For clients the lawyers provide clear and unequivocal advice and fight their corners extremely well, through collaboration or combat, whatever the case requires. When asked for referrals, they are always top of the list. Kate Hamilton – a no-nonsense lawyer, practical and a superb tactician. James Carroll – experienced, energetic and excellent. Hannah Minty – goes the extra mile for her clients and has excellent judgment. Jemma Pollock – extremely conscientious, very effective and a pleasure to work with‘.

A family team of strength and depth. Impressive in litigation and out of court dispute resolution. Always looking at innovative ways to resolve disputes and support clients. You always feel as if you are working as part of a team with Russell Cooke. An excellent knowledge of law and procedure that is used both tactically and effectively.  Sam Little is a stand out family lawyer for child care law and children disputes. Technically brilliant with a fine attention to detail.  Tremendous lateral thinker. Extremely good at negotiation. Always popular with clients. Very good at difficult, challenging and acrimonious  cases. Speaks with calmness and authority that sets the clients at ease. A powerful advocate‘.

‘The Russell Cooke Family Team has strength in all areas of family law from complex financial work to legal aid children care work. There are not many firms that can offer such breadth. Clients benefit from its ability to operate as a team and share the vast knowledge and experience. Kate Hamilton is liked by lawyers and clients alike for her no nonsense and honest approach. James Carroll makes daunting legal concepts sounds simple and easy to understand. Jemma Pollock has a very bright future‘.

‘Russell Cooke is a firm which has a proven track record of excellent client service and has enormous respect in the industry. The family department in London, Putney and Kingston is highly respected and handles a range of complex high end financial cases as well as complex children disputes. Camilla Thornton is a fantastic lawyer,  very clever and able to get to grips with the most complicated and demanding cases.  She is very experienced at dealing with difficult financial cases and will always be on top of all the detail. She is also very empathetic so that clients feel understood.   Camilla is very practical and focused on sorting things out in the best way possible for her clients.  She is highly respected in the field of family law‘.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Russell-Cooke LLP has witnessed significant growth recently with the addition of a number of new clients, including five family office clients and the lateral hire of Clare Jeffries from Goodman Derrick LLP. Christopher Salomons was promoted to the partnership. The group is well-placed, with its expertise in French succession and property matters, to help international clients and their families on all aspects of private client law. Another area of expertise includes advising on issues such as  EU succession regulation, matrimonial property regimes and family investment companies. Head of department Rebecca Fisher specialises in advising on tax and trust issues in the context of family breakdown and also advises multi-generational family businesses and entrepreneurs on succession planning matters. Consultant Richard Frimston is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Clare Jeffries; Christopher Salomons; Suzanne Mynors; Richard Frimston

Testimonials

The combination of Central London calibre of lawyers, without paying a Central London premium for access to those lawyers is attractive to clients. Christopher Salomons is an excellent private client solicitor.  His charming and steady demeanour is combined with a razor sharp intellect, and a pragmatic approach to solving clients’ problems‘.

‘Everyone I have dealt with at the firm has provided sensible and practical advice with the aim of solving an issue in the best way for me, rather than (occasionally even at the expense of) generating billable hours. The firm is a good mix of top tier advice without the magic circle price rates. The lawyers are able to draw on an experienced knowledge base to address more complex tax issues which gives one confidence in their ability to handle any task – big or small, and all tasks are accomplished with an equal level of gravitas, regardless of the overall project size. In a nutshell the firm makes you feel valued and secure, regardless of the complexity of the task at hand‘ .

Many of the partners I have worked with over the years have now retired, but my most recent engagement was handled by Suzanne Mynors, a senior associate. She and I genuinely enjoyed our interactions, despite the sensitive nature of some of the subject matter. I felt that her advice was reliable and well intentioned and enabled us to wrap up proceedings in an efficient timeframe, despite the restrictions imposed by the latest lockdown‘.

I recently met and instructed Rebecca Fisher to handle both my will and succession planning and found she had a great understanding and insight in this area… she actually pre-empted a number of my questions. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending both her and Russell-Cooke‘.

Russell-Cooke has a very strong private client and tax team.  Members of the team have excellent knowledge of the law and practical experience of dealing with HMRC. Given that the firm has a good private client litigation team, this means that the private client lawyers have support if things go wrong, and are able to anticipate potential litigious issues and deal with them. The French law team means that the firm is well equipped to deal with those who hold property in France particularly but also elsewhere in Europe. Rebecca Fisher – Rebecca has in depth knowledge of capital taxes and always asks insightful but practical questions to ensure that she secures the best result for the client’.

Helpful and responsive. Attention to details‘.

High quality work without eye-watering fees.  Very pragmatic and friendly‘.

‘The team relates to clients with capacity issues as well as in cross-border matters. It is of course able to handle routine private client matters as well. The range of links that the firm has with continental lawyers makes the lawyers essential advisers for those with European continental links.  The advice is at least as good as anything you will find in, probably more expensive, firms with larger teams in central London. Richard Frimston is outstanding in cross-border matters especially when matters have civil law elements.  He has recently published a book on the Succession Regulation which is required reading for everyone in the field. Christopher Salomons is excellent at what he does and again has good links with continental lawyers.  He is capable of explaining complicated issues to clients with different legal backgrounds and is establishing himself as a leading partner not only in the firm but in the field generally‘.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

Handling substantial and complex cases involving the most serious allegations, Russell-Cooke LLP acts for professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals across a range of professions, including solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants, financial services professionals, charity trustees and teachers. Senior partner John Gould‘s experience includes several high-profile disciplinary proceedings; Matt Bosworth, acts for both regulatory bodies and individual members of professions; Michael Stacey‘s key areas are legal services, architects, accountants and charity trustees; and senior associate Andrew Pavlovic‘s experience includes acting for the SRA in influential and reported cases. Notable growth includes legal counsel Tom Bradford, who is experienced in professional discipline matters, rejoining in March 2021 from Freeths LLP, where he was a partner.

Practice head(s):

John Gould; Matt Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stacey; Andrew Pavlovic; Tom Bradford

Testimonials

They are the best at professional discipline – these lawyers know their stuff.

The variety of experience and market penetration of Russell-Cooke is remarkable –  they quietly do the work without bragging about it on social media.

They bring a wealth of experience across numerous sectors to solving problems for clients, and are commercial, strategic and fighters when necessary. Their work covers nearly every conceivable profession – auditors, solicitors, architects, police officers, sportsmen, to name but a few.

Strength and depth within the professional discipline team, including excellent client trust building/rapport, strong expertise and experience (particularly of the SDT).

Excellent strategic judgement.

Matt Bosworth is calm, committed and a winner.

Michael Stacey is a very exciting recent addition to the partnership, with significant commitment to cases, excellent judgement and a delight to work with – invites trust from clients and supports counsel well.

Andrew Pavlovic is excellent. He understands that litigation and investigations can have a huge impact on mental health, so he is always cautious in how he communicates with clients.

Key clients

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Law Society of England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Architects Registration Board

Sir Ian Andrews

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by 'exceptional and accommodating' Kizzy Augustin . The team has significant expertise advising charities, corporates, and individuals in the construction, real estate and retail sectors.  The health and safety offering is strengthened by the integration with the firm's criminal litigation team, providing assistance in contentious issues. Non-contentious, preventative advices is also a strength. The team often undertakes its own advocacy in the Magistrates' and Cornoners' court, providing continuity for clients where appropriate.

Practice head(s):

Kizzy Augustin

Testimonials

‘I was very impressed by their speed of response and their willingness to engage in several distinct areas, related to commercial contracts, insurance risks and Regulatory compliance.’

‘Any legal team that are willing to donate their time and expensive resources to a small charity stand out from the rest.’

‘Russell Cooke have partnered us with a number of events over recent years, bringing a legal perspective to discussions on health and safety management. They bring brevity and clarity to the discussion and are always willing to help and support as well as provide direction.’

‘Kizzy is excellent at what she does and brings a great level of understanding to the events and discussions we have. Whether through legal updates or supporting our seminar events (which she is always happy to do) she is knowledgeable and approachable, tailoring her discussions to the audience and keeping it relevant to their needs’

Key clients

Cosmo Restaurant Limited

Martyn Crute

Roehampton Golf Club

Tropical Hero (Reggae Brunch) Limited

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP has notable experience of the immigration considerations in major corporate transactions, with practice head Edward Wanambwa  drawing on significant previous experience at firms such as Clifford Chance LLP. The team, which is known for providing a ‘very good standard of service’ receives a significant amount of this type of work via referrals from its larger counterparts, while it also has notable contentious capabilities, with ex-Home Office barrister Tom Bradford joining as legal counsel in early 2021. His experience includes judicial reviews, conducting matters up to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The team’s work also covers visas, citizenship applications and sponsorship issues.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wanambwa

Other key lawyers:

Nisha Patel; Tom Bradford; Bhavneeta Limbachia

Testimonials

‘Nisha Patel is a very knowledgeable immigration lawyer. She has excellent client care skills.’

‘Ed Wanambwa is a good immigration lawyer. He attracts some very interesting work.’

‘Bhavneeta Limbachia is super nice and competent.’

‘Very professional immigration service. Russell-Cooke is at the other end of the scale from most firms.’

‘Very good standard of service in business immigration.’

‘They are very knowledgeable, responsive and willing to help. They kept the process simple for us. They were fair in their billing.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP acts for a wide variety of established corporates, high-net-worth individuals and SMEs, particularly in the technology sector. In addition to fielding a dedicated family office desk, the team is also noted for its corporate real estate practice, where practice head Jonathan Thornton and the 'exceptional' Scott Leonard advise stakeholders on the sale and purchase of SPVs. David Webster focuses on the sale and purchase of private companies, while Guy Wilmot focuses on the technology and media sectors. Sally Johnston, who arrived from Ignition Law Services Limited, is especially experienced in advising start-up and scale-up businesses. Rachael Taylor is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thornton

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Russell-Cooke are the right size for our organisation. They have been with us from the start . They are pragmatic, always able to fit into our budget yet provide us with outstanding service.’

‘We have worked with Guy Wilmot for almost 20 years and couldn’t recommend him highly enough.’

‘Great diversity of fee earners, with excellent female lawyers leading client-facing delivery teams. Brilliant to collaborate with. Responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Guy Wilmot and Sally Johnston are excellent advisers. They are advisers who advise and recommend as opposed to being consultants listing out various options and risks. Invaluable for entrepreneurs of high growth businesses.’

‘Good responsiveness and engagement from lead partner.’

‘Jonathan Thornton led an excellent team, offering swift practical advice, working well with our tax specialist. He had great support from Sally Johnston and Rachael Taylor giving advice on TUPE.’

‘Scott Leonard is a delight to work with. He makes law understandable to the lay person. His attention to detail is second to none and always provides sound, practical advice.’

‘Scott Leonard gives exceptional advice and more importantly, has always be available and accessible to give that advice. With events unfolding so swiftly, Scott’s support has been essential in our venture becoming a success.’

‘Collaborative and yet authoritative.’

Key clients

The Ilchester Estate

Phrasee Limited

Beavis Morgan LLP

G Adventures

mQube (Spring Financial)

The Edward Gostling Foundation

Bumper International Limited

char.gy Limited

Oxbury Bank Plc

Nanny Louenna Limited

Rathfinny Wine Estate Ltd

Onlife Limited

Getenergy Field Ready Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP has particular expertise in handling disputes arising out of the private rented and build-to-rent sectors, such as rent arrears, nuisance claims and possession matters, but it is also well versed in leasehold and service charge litigation for freehold owners and block management companies. Other work includes landlord and tenant and neighbourly matters, including CVAs, right to light and litigation pertaining to renovation projects. Jason Hunter heads the team and acts on matters across the commercial, residential and mixed-use property sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Greatholder; Edward Cracknell; Stephen Small

Testimonials

A well-respected team in the real estate sector.

The team have good breadth of knowledge whilst still seeming to know the ins and outs of everything too.

One of the things I really like is that we are not passed around the department to someone new. Each time we deal with two people, partner and associate, which means we have built a good relationship and understanding of the way we like to work. Both members of the team are happy to chat things through, which helps on the more complicated things rather than relying on emails, and they are very proactive.

This is a high-quality firm and I have always found their advice to be sound, timely and helpful in resolving situations.

We work mainly with Jason Hunter who is responsive and proactive.

Excellent knowledge of their subjects, clear and concise advice with the client’s best interests considered at all times.

They identify and understand the issues quickly and do not make a meal of the subject, which can give the impression of trying to generate fees rather than give the best advice.

Over the last year we have used Russell-Cooke for relatively small-scale disputes but they have shown a responsive approach, taking full account of what we are seeking to achieve while being commercial in terms of fees incurred and outcomes achievable.

Key clients

Pret a Manger

Grainger

Clipstone

Ilchester Estate

Matalan

Edward Gostling Foundation

Borough Market

Get Living

Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

The Russell-Cooke LLP team combines expertise in professional regulations, personal injury and crime as it intersects with employment law. It negotiates on behalf of senior executives and partners in relation to exit packages and also litigates in a range of discrimination cases including race, sex, and equal pay issues. It also acts on whistleblowing and the related harassment matters. Team head Anthony Sakrouge understands 'the nuances of employment law and has a very pragmatic approach to dealing with complex situations'. Alex Bearman is also well rated, including on TUPE procedures in the charities, financial services and sports and leisure sectors. Edward Wanambwa heads up the immigration group and combines this expertise with employment cases.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Sakrouge

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bearman; Edward Wanambwa

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Alex Bearman on a difficult employment appeal. I have been very impressed by Alex. His judgment is excellent. In a difficult case he has been able to cut to the heart of the key points.’  

‘My overall experience of dealing with Russell Cooke has been very positive. The team is knowledgeable, responsive and has ensured completion of all activities in a timely manner.’

‘Anthony Sakrouge is my primary partner contact at Russell Cooke. My overall impression of Anthony is that he is a sensational business partner, applying a deep understanding of the law with practical application to ensure the best possible outcome for me.  Anthony could be direct and tough, but fair, however his calm demeanour and authoritative approach defused tension by bringing clarity and understanding. I have recommended Anthony to numerous individuals in my network.’

‘I have been working with Anthony Sakrouge.  He has a very good understanding of the nuances of employment law and has a very pragmatic approach to dealing with complex situations. Anthony is very focused on protecting his clients and the advice provided is such that ensures his clients are not exposed.’

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 3

Russell-Cooke LLP is an 'excellent one-stop destination for most legal issues', as is evidenced by it acting on matters concerning disrepair, possession and allocation claims. It is also instructed in judicial review challenges and homelessness appeals. The team, which is led by Jason Hunter, 'goes above and beyond the call of duty'. It has a niche specialism in acting for tenant-run housing co-operatives. Graham French continues to act for clients affected by the Grenfell disaster and is involved in the inquiry. Caroline Brosnan, Jodie Green and Matilda Rubens advise vulnerable tenants and homeless applicants under legal aid.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Graham French; Caroline Brosnan; Matilda Rubens; Jodie Green

Testimonials

‘The team really do go above and beyond the call of duty. They were very clear and concise with their advice and ensured that they were able to provide me with alternative solutions.’

‘Matilda Rubens was the consultant who took on my case. She was exceptional from start to finish. I appreciate that she was always available and helped me even when the language barrier was difficult. She showed a very personal approach and I felt that she built rapport with me very easily.’

‘Good team. Very professional, very thorough. Very good cross-over knowledge in property law – very good on leasehold work for example and disrepair.’

‘The team are approachable. On initial contact even the reception staff were helpful and engaged and knowledgeable. Jodie Green explained the process of legal aid with great care and attention to detail, and in so doing, managed expectations. This practice has many areas of expertise and is therefore an excellent one stop destination for most legal issues.’

‘Jodie Green was straightforward, sensible and very calm. She has extensive experience and invaluable knowledge. Jodie was approachable and was very good at responding swiftly and in person to my many panicky calls/emails. (even in lockdown when working remotely).’

‘You are treated with respect by the staff members, your case is taken seriously with the aim of reaching a suitable outcome. The communication level is very effective and you are kept up to date with every stage of your case.’

‘My solicitor Jodie Green, delivered an excellent services from start to finish. Jodie prepared and presented every piece of work to the point, and I was satisfied with all the work she had provided with a successful outcome.’

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP handles judicial reviews in various sectors, acting primarily for professional regulatory bodies. It is particularly well known for its focus on legal challenges relating to planning, housing, immigration and criminal law. John Gould has broad expertise in public law litigation and regulatory matters; he acted for former cabinet minister Peter Hain in a case involving allegations relating to the late registration of donations in the election for the deputy leader of the Labour Party. Edward Wanambwa specialises in immigration law, both in terms of advising businesses on the implications of Brexit on their workforce, and bringing legal challenges against decisions made by the Home Office.

Practice head(s):

John Gould

Other key lawyers:

Edward Wanambwa; Michael Stacey; Lauren Cormack

Testimonials

‘Russell-Cooke are specialists in crime and extradition, with an excellent and dedicated team with experience in complex and niche extradition cases.’

‘The practice is unique in its diverse range of law areas covered and more so it’s ability to quickly and efficiently draft a case and legal standing. Teamwork between different elements of the team enabled a fast result. Furthermore the ability to act remotely with Covid social distancing was a big plus.’

‘John Gould: Intellectual clarity and an ability to think outside the box. Michael Stacey: excellent understanding of administrative and public law and an unswerving desire to deliver what is possible for his clients whilst keeping balanced judgment.’

‘Michael Stacey, Partner. Michael quickly surpassed my expectations. He has an incisive mind and rapidly grasped previously unfamiliar points of law. He is thoughtful and considerate and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Senior Partner, John Gould and Associate Lauren Cormack. John fruitfully brought a wealth of experience to bear. Lauren proved to be an attentive listener [an underrated skill]. Lauren also displayed clear sightedness and creativity in compiling a jumbled array of evidence into an easily digestible format.’

‘High degree of specialist knowledge and diligence.’

Key clients

Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Authentic Equity Alliance C.I.C.

Triplerose Limited

Borough Market

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s practice covers civil fraud, professional negligence, construction, contractual and director/shareholder disputes. In addition, insurance disputes are a new area of focus. Senior partner John Gould undertakes a mix of commercial litigation, regulatory matters and public law disputes. Lee Ranford is the head of insolvency. Elliot Elsey acts for clients in professional negligence cases, contractual disputes and civil fraud matters. Michael Stacey focuses on handling commercial and professional liability disputes for charities and regulators. Also recommended is Mark Fletcher (who made partner in 2020), as are senior associates Andrew Pavlovic and Emily Mitcheson.

Practice head(s):

John Gould

Other key lawyers:

Lee Ranford; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey; Mark Fletcher; Andrew Pavlovic; Emily Mitcheson; Ricky Cella

Testimonials

Very hands on and practical, and with good strategic sense.

The Russell-Cooke team does a great job with cases of all shapes and sizes.

They tailor their resources to the case and produce great outcomes for clients – a pleasure to work with.

The team is very client friendly, provides regular updates, and is very reasonable with billing.

John Gould has unrivalled knowledge of legal services – he literally wrote the book.

Elliot Elsey always adds value. He is extremely commercial and practical in his thinking, and is great at dealing with difficult and demanding clients.

Mark Fletcher is excellent on the detail and very organised – a great advantage particularly where disputes have a TCC element. Very easy to work with.

Emily Mitcheson is an excellent senior associate. She is very clever and conscientious, as well as a great team member. She is also extremely responsive, which is very important for counsel.

Key clients

Law Society of England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Shurgard

Voluntary Service Overseas

Youth Hostels Association

GroceryAid

British Gas Energy Trust

Venson Automative Solutions

Architects Registration Board

Sky

FRP Advisory

Toynbee Hall

MX Sports

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Russell-Cooke LLP fields a full-service commercial property department, which is adept in handling investments, landlord and tenant work, finance transactions and development projects. The practice is particularly active in the corporate occupier space, where recent work included advising landlords on the grant of leases, portfolio management and office expansions. Matt Garrod leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Matt Garrod

Other key lawyers:

Arnold Isaacson; Kathrin McClintock

Testimonials

‘We have a very good existing relationship that goes back some years.’

Key clients

Clipstone Investment Management Limited

Goldcrest Land Limited

Ilchester Estates

Newable Group

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited & Eat Limited

Viewranks Limited

Edward Gostling Foundation

Southern Properties Group

UK Land Limited

Campden Hill Limited

Esas Holdings Limited

Padmanor Investments Limited

Benson Elliot / Cube Real Estate

Coldunell Group

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

With ‘fantastic‘ practitioner Janice Gardner at the helm, the ‘group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP are ‘unafraid to run the most difficult of cases‘. Although the firm is proficient in the full range of personal injury work, brain injury remains a particular area of specialism; the recent arrival of Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law strengthened this expertise even further.

Practice head(s):

Janice Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Nimmisha Aslam; Sarah Towler; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton; Lucy Lawson; Bernadette McGhie

Testimonials

‘The cross-border team at this leading London firm bring passion and activism informed by the firm’s strength and depth in a wide number of specialist fields.’

‘Janice Gardner is a real enthusiast in her client’s interests. Down-to-earth, hard working (above and beyond the call of duty), she always has her client’s back. She has been ferocious in her clients’ interest and brings energy and commitment to everything she does. The kind of lawyer that clients love.’

‘Dominic Fairclough is a wily litigator. He can see the key points in a case immediately. Sarah Towler is another senior of the highest quality. Sarah provides realistic and appropriate advice from the outset. She is excellent with clients. Lucy Wilton’s knowledge of all medical matters is first rate. Her attention to detail is exceptional.’

‘The team are a group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators.’

‘Janice Gardner, Dominic Fairclough and Sarah Towler are all fantastic solicitors. They are all truly dedicated to their clients; they work tirelessly for the best outcome; and they all have great judgement.’

‘An excellent firm who handle cases of great moment. They have many capable individuals with enormous experience and they are unafraid to run the most difficult of cases with the most knotty of legal problems.’

‘Good, respected and experienced firm with long history and community ties.’

‘Nimmisha Aslam is an excellent junior solicitor who is destined for great things. Easy to work with, approachable, and committed to assisting injured people. Good instincts and excellent at assessing risk and managing claims for maximisation of outcomes.’

Key clients

Grenfell Victims

 

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

Russell-Cooke LLP houses ‘some very talented individuals’, who are experienced in representing a mix of witnesses, defendants and victims of fraud. The team is recommended for its private prosecution work, and is often engaged in tax fraud prosecutions by the HMRC – a key area of focus supplemented by expertise in bribery, corruption and money laundering. Standing out for her 25 years of experience, practice head Jae Carwardine has ‘a sharp eye for detail’ and is ‘an exceptional leader’.

Practice head(s):

Jae Carwardine

Other key lawyers:

Martin Rackstraw; Marie Bourke; Jenny Boyden

Testimonials

‘Russell-Cooke LLP are an excellent outfit, with some very talented individuals.’

‘Russell Cooke has a history and reputation of quality defence work in white-collar crime.’

’24-hour response, 365 days a year for clients all over the world, many of whom are famous and high profile HNW individuals (including nobility and governments), yet the firm doesn’t brag about it! Clients love the firm’s discretion, tough and no-nonsense approach, and practical advice. This is a firm that solves problems quickly if they can be solved.’

‘The fraud team are top of their game and very well placed to deal with serious, complex allegations. They are brilliant at meeting private prosecutions and have a reputation for robustly defending their clients.’

‘Jae Carwardine is a truly impressive operator. She takes client care to another level. She is ideally suited to this field because of her sharp eye for detail and her photographic memory. She is hugely experienced and has done it and seen it all before. Yet she remains motivated. An exceptional leader in this field.’

‘Martin Rackstraw is superb and a heavyweight in the fraud arena. Gutsy and unflappable. Extremely clever, wise and tactically astute; able to navigate complex cases with ease.’

‘I work with Jenny Boyden. Jenny’s background is in the defence of large-scale serious crime. She brings that experience and tactical intelligence in her representation of all of her clients. Her specific strength is her ability to get the best out of her clients, by understanding what each of them require in a solicitor, and adapting her approach accordingly. She is particularly strong with anxious clients who are navigating the criminal justice system for the first time.’

‘Marie Bourke is without doubt a star performer at the firm. She is very result-focused and has a great strategic brain. She does not leave any part of the case to chance and has a unique ability to process large volumes of dense information and yet understand what points work best in front of a jury. She cares about her clients and ensures no stone is left unturned in the preparation of their cases. She works extremely hard and gets the most out of her instructed advocates and experts. Ultimately, she is a terrific blend of an exceptional bright lawyer with a human touch.’

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP's growing team acts on the full range of planning issues, including heritage and CIL. John Webster, who joined from Osborne Clarke LLP in September 2020, co-heads the practice with Alex Ground. The team has a strong contentious practice, with developers and high-net-worth individuals making up its client base.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ground; John Webster

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and detailed in their advice. Able to comment in detail at short notice.’

‘They are very dynamic, always available, quick workers, great team collaboration.’

‘John Webster – In my experience John really adds value to a case, drawing on his extensive legal and practical experience to achieve the best possible outcome for the client in an efficient way. He is a real asset to Russell Cooke.’

‘Paul Reed – Very thorough, offers excellent advice, works to the timeframe required’

Key clients

Perenco UK Limited

Woodcock Holdings Limited

Newable Property Developments Limited

Copperwood Developments Limited

Goldcrest

Graham Oates Associates

Fairfax Properties

Triplerose Properties

Pret A Manger

Viewranks

Quantum Developments

Imperial London Hotels

Frendcastle

Countryside Properties PLC

Hodson’s Mill Limited

Upminster Properties Limited

Scorpio Properties Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Russell-Cooke LLP possesses a ‘thorough knowledge of contentious, regulatory and disciplinary matters’ - the sports team is led by Matthew Bosworth, who routinely appears as an advocate before disciplinary and appeal tribunals. The practice also advises on the administration, governance and purchase of football clubs, anti-doping offences, child protection policies, sports-related immigration and a wealth of IP activities, including brand protection. A number of sporting organisations who wish to operate as charitable trusts call upon the group, as do Premier League clubs, high-profile athletes, institutions and governing bodies.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Peter Cadman

Testimonials

‘Peter Cadman is really outstanding in terms of his experience and ability to act in a range of disputes.’

‘Peter Cadman provides good judgement, is an excellent advocate and fights hard for his clients.’

‘They have a unique scope, assisting clubs on contracts, media issues including libel, arbitrations, regulatory matters and criminal investigations.’

‘Matt Bosworth is very switched on and streetwise, an indispensable and calm voice of reason when people are under stress.’

‘The team have a detailed understanding of my business area, it challenges and objectives.’

‘Matt Bosworth is an excellent practitioner with in depth sector knowledge. He has the detailed knowledge of both criminal and civil remedies to protect and grow my business.’

‘The firm has a thorough knowledge of contentious, regulatory and disciplinary matters in sport.’

‘Matt Bosworth is gaining in reputation each year.’

Key clients

Sky UK PLC

Chelsea FC

British Fencing

Sport Resolutions UK

Surbiton Hockey Club

Barnes Rugby Football Club

Thames Ditton Cricket Club

Kick It Out

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

Russell-Cooke LLP is skilled at advising high-net-worth, domestic and international clients on contentious trusts and probate matters and tax planning. Julie Man joined the private client team in 2020 from Mundays; she has a focus on business succession planning and cross-border matters for high-net-worth clients, and co-heads the team with Kieran Bowe.

Practice head(s):

Julie Man; Kieran Bowe

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Hannah Field heads the Russell-Cooke LLP family law team in Kingston, which handles divorce and financial settlements, Children Act claims and other child matters for mid to high-net-worth clients. The team is increasingly acting in cases involving nullity and family property disputes. Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson both have expertise in children law, whilst Miranda Green has expertise in international and European family law.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Field

Other key lawyers:

Miranda Green; Samantha Little; Sarah Richardson

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 & 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

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kizzy Augustin photo Kizzy Augustin Kizzy is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team, specialising in health and safety.  She…
 Matthew Bosworth  photo Matthew Bosworth Head of regulation department specialising in regulatory law, professional disciplinary law, sports…
Mr Tom Bradford photo Mr Tom Bradford Tom is Legal Counsel at Russell-Cooke. He is a barrister and worked…
 Peter Cadman  photo Peter Cadman Consultant. Retained by the Architects Registration Board, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives,…
 James Carroll  photo James Carroll James is a partner in the family team and Joint Managing Partner…
 Stephen Clarke  photo Stephen Clarke Stephen is a partner in the real estate team. He undertakes a…
 Peter Dawson  photo Peter Dawson Consultant in the real estate team. Specialises in strategic land (in particular,…
 Neil Dryer  photo Neil Dryer Neil is a partner in the real estate team. He has extensive…
 Pippa Garland photo Pippa Garland Pippa is a partner in the charity and social business team. She advises charities,…
 Paul Greatholder  photo Paul Greatholder Partner; specialises in all areas of property litigation work, including business tenancy…
 Kate Hamilton  photo Kate Hamilton Kate has considerable expertise in acting for barristers, solicitors and clients in…
 Jason Hunter  photo Jason Hunter Partner and mediator specialising in all aspects of commercial and residential property…
 Arnold Isaacson  photo Arnold Isaacson Partner specialising in real estate. Advises on all aspects of property acquisitions…
 Morris John  photo Morris John Morris is a partner in the conveyancing team. He specialises in all…
 Kathrin McClintock  photo Kathrin McClintock Partner. Kathrin advises on complex real estate acquisition and disposals, real estate development projects…
 Bernadette McGhie photo Bernadette McGhie Bernadette is a consultant in the personal injury and clinical negligence team and heads the brain…
 Chris Rowse  photo Chris Rowse Chris is a partner in the charity and social business team. Chris…
 Emma Shipp  photo Emma Shipp Emma is a member of the corporate and commercial team, specialising in…
 Camilla Thornton  photo Camilla Thornton Partner specialising in family law, family mediation and collaborative lawyer; in particular,…
 John Webster  photo John Webster John is a partner in our real estate team. He is especially…
Number of UK partners : 63
Number of other UK fee-earners : 109

The Lex 100 Verdict

Known for its ‘culture’, ‘better hours’ and ‘work/life balance’, Russell-Cooke impresses with glowing reports from its trainees. A Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, vacation scheme, remuneration and inclusiveness, Russell-Cooke deserves its ‘good reputation for quality of work, small trainee intake, training, and for being a nice, inclusive firm’. Trainees enjoyed the vacation scheme and particularly the ‘mix of people from different backgrounds’. As one trainee highlights, Russell-Cooke ‘seeks out those with previous careers, plus it did not see my uncertainty as to where I might like to qualify as a negative’. The firm offers a ‘wide variety of practice areas with opportunities to work with both private and corporate clients, a lack of hierarchical structure, plus a sense of corporate social responsibility’. Russell-Cooke’s intake size and focus on training earns high praise; with ‘lower chargeable time targets than City firms, and a greater level of responsibility, combined with a greater level of client contact’, trainees feel they are getting an excellent training experience. ‘I get so much time with my supervisor and other partners at the firm giving me feedback and really good quality work’. Negatives include ambiguity around newly qualified salaries in different departments and Covid-related restrictions. High points were ‘being involved in an intermediate trial in a family law case, and assisting in the negotiation of a financial settlement’ and ‘the chocolate-making event with a Michelin-starred chocolatier'. A firm that values work/life balance and provides thorough training, Russell-Cooke is a great option.