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Senior Partner: John Gould
Managing Partner: Jonathan Thornton
Number of partners: 61
Other fee-earners: 104

Areas of Practice:
Charity & Social Business: 9%
Corporate, Commercial & Employment: 10%
Family, Children & Education: 14%
Litigation: 18%
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: 6%
Property: 25%
Regulation: 5%
Wills, Trusts, Probate & Tax: 13%

Contacts:
Senior Partner:
John Gould
Managing Partner: Jonathan Thornton
Administrative Law & Solicitors: John Gould
Charities & Social Business: Andrew Studd
Child Abduction: Fiona Read
Children Law: Samantha Little
Commercial & Construction Litigation/ADR: Mark Fletcher
Corporate & Commercial: Jonathan Thornton
Conveyancing: Donall Murphy
Construction: Peter Kitson
Criminal Litigation & Fraud: Jae Carwardine
Cross-border Estates: Andrew Godfrey
Employment: Anthony Sakrouge Education: Eva Akins
Immigration: Edward Wanambwa
Insolvency: Lee Ranford
Family: Camilla Thornton Family Mediation: James Carroll
French Law: Dawn Alderson
Personal Injury & 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 & Estate Disputes: Alison Regan
Startups: Guy Wilmot
Health & Safety: Kizzy Augustin

THE FIRM 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 London’s demanding businesses, third sector organisations and professionals all benefit from the firm’s combination of serious expertise, straightforward style and creative, problem-solving approach. The firm has built an outstanding client base including The Law Society, Pret 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 Russell-Cooke’s clients are highly international. The firm advises a wide range of businesses, individuals and charities on their cross-border matters. Whether they are looking to invest in or move to the UK, have already established connections between the UK and overseas, or are making their first connection overseas, Russell-Cooke specialists have extensive experience in providing practical advice to ensure a smooth resolution. This is especially true where there are complex or time-sensitive international issues including in cross-border child claims, international injury claims and cross-border wills and inheritance issues. 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.

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