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Cooper Burnett LLP

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Cooper Burnett LLP is a ‘local Kent firm but has the punch of a London firm’ with another client noting the team is ‘very polite, helpful and professional’. Operating out of Tunbridge Wells, the practice is led by the ‘highly responsive and articulate’ Victoria Sampson who ‘goes over and above to help clients’. The team frequently advises on commercial contracts such as change of control agreements and sale of businesses and share capital in the education and hospitality industries, among others. Russell Brinkhurst joined the firm in April 2023 and has a broad M&A practice, advising across a range of industries including the publishing and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst; Nusrat Qureishi; Katie Hilsdon


‘Cooper Burnett LLP is a local Kent firm but has the punch of a London firm. The partners take time to learn the needs of your business, so it feels like a very boutique approach to law. I’ve worked with the firm for some years and they truly understand the requirements of our business.’

‘The people are Cooper Burnett’s greatest strength along with their amazing levels of knowledge too. The care and attention they give you is second to none.’

‘We could not have managed the sale of the business without the sterling help, advice, guidance and magnificent support from the legal team at Cooper Burnett LLP.’

‘Victoria Sampson goes over and above to help clients. She is highly responsive and articulate. She is easy to work with, down-to-earth and knocks the spots off the lawyers we have to deal with.’

‘Victoria Sampson more than proved she knew her business, I absolutely knew she was looking after my business. Nusrat Qureishi was my first port of call and without exception was amazing. Nusrat was informative, gave very sound legal advice and was always contactable. To be honest I don’t think I have ever felt so comfortable dealing with a company, they get a 10/10 from me.’

‘Everyone we encountered from Cooper Burnett was very polite, helpful and professional. I have recommended them to a number of my clients and friends.’

‘Victoria Sampson was the lead in the sale of a division of our business. Victoria is a pleasure to deal with as she gave us confidence whilst negotiating the terms of the agreement. She had the experience to be very direct with us whilst being personable and honest. She made the whole process a lot less stressful than it could have been.’

‘The corporate finance team is very focused, efficient and driven by customer satisfaction. They communicate and liaise well with all relevant parties. They work hard to ensure client goals are securely met. We have used them for over 20 years and they have always been consistent.’

Key clients

Alpha Schools Group

Syd Bishop & Sons Group (inc Watch It Come Down Ltd and Pinden Limited)

Four Seasons Fencing Ltd

Tunbridge Wells-based law firm CooperBurnett celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021 and, over that time, has built an enviable reputation across the South East and beyond for the knowledge and expertise within its teams.

CooperBurnett offers both business and private client services and provides an exceptionally high level of service to every single client. We have extremely high levels of expertise and we deliver this knowledge in an efficient, friendly and professional manner.

At CooperBurnett, you can be sure of the same level of service and delivery that you’d expect from a City law firm but, as you would imagine, at lower rates. You’ll also be supported by the same lawyer throughout, which helps to build exceptional trust and a long-term relationship.

CooperBurnett prides itself on being a firm which people enjoy working for and somewhere they want to forge their careers. The firm both develops and mentors junior members of the team.

CooperBurnett boasts an impressive client base for a regional law practice, supporting firms in a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare (care homes, dental and veterinary), IT, education, charity and hospitality.

We pride ourselves on working closely with our private clients – some of whom have been with us since CooperBurnett was established in Tunbridge Wells over 40 years ago. They have remained loyal – and recommended us to others – because of our caring and professional approach. The extensive experience we offer within our team means we are able to provide tailored advice to our clients in all aspects of their personal affairs, at every stage of their life, from purchasing their first home, providing specialist tax planning, preparing Wills, and supporting them through family issues.

The team at CooperBurnett has gained an excellent reputation in the local community and a number of recent award wins are testament to the excellent reputation of the firm and include: ‘Best Professional Private Law Practice – South East’ in the 2021 Legal Awards hosted by SME News Magazine, ‘Best Corporate & Commercial Law – South East’ (2020), with Partner Andrew Hawkins named as the ‘Leading Legal Mind in Corporate Law (South East – 2020).

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution John Spence 01892515022
Corporate and Commercial Victoria Sampson 01892 515022
Corporate and Commercial Russell Brinkhurst 01892515022
Photo Name Position Profile
Gemma Gillespie photo Gemma Gillespie Gemma is a partner in CooperBurnett’s Family & Matrimonial department. Gemma has in-depth…
Jennifer Irving photo Jennifer Irving Jennifer is head of our Residential Property team and a member of…
Thomas Lumsden photo Thomas Lumsden Tom is a Partner at CooperBurnett and based within the Corporate and…
Joseph Oates photo Joseph Oates Joseph is a partner and member of the firm’s Management Board. He…
Jonathan Rowe photo Jonathan Rowe Jonathan is a partner and specialises in commercial property and deals with…
Victoria Sampson photo Victoria Sampson Partner at CooperBurnett, member of the CooperBurnett’s Management Board, Head of Corporate…
John Spence photo John Spence John is a partner with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of…
All staff : 43
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