Awards & accreditations

Russell-Cooke is a Lexcel accredited law firm

Lexcel is the Law Society's practice management standard. It is a scheme for any type of practice to certify that certain standards have been met following independent assessment. The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards. Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

Russell-Cooke is an Investor In People accredited firm

The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people. Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and national organisations, the Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. Since it was developed, the Standard has been reviewed every three years to ensure that it remains relevant, accessible and attractive to all. The most recent review was completed in November 2010. Over 30,000 UK organisations are recognised as Investors in People, covering a wide spectrum of UK industries. Initially the Standard was administered through a section in the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). As demand for, and interest in, the Standard grew the section became Investors in People UK.

Chambers & Partners

Since 1990, Chambers & Partners has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research.

The Legal 500

Published for over twenty years, The Legal 500 series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, FDs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally - the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.

Living Wage Foundation

Russell-Cooke is an accredited Living Wage employer

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Russell-Cooke, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive the living wage.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

Published quotes

“Led by the ‘tenacious and wise’ Jae Carwardine, the team at Russell-Cooke LLP provides ‘thorough and sensible’ advice to professionals facing allegations of fraud and money laundering.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Crime, fraud and licensing: fraud: white-collar crime

“Dispute Resolution: Professional discipline - Russell-Cooke LLP’s practice is headed by Peter Cadman and includes the ‘towering’ John Gould, ‘exceptional’ Tom Bradford and Paolo Sidoli.” 

- The Legal 500 2016, Dispute resolution: professional discipline

“Russell-Cooke LLP’s four-partner team ‘rates highly for executive work’ and is led by Anthony Sakrouge, who is ‘responsive, efficient and generous with his time’. ‘Seasoned professional’ Jane Klauber is prominent in the not-for-profit sector, and Edward Wanambwa is ‘tenacious and leaves no stone unturned for his clients’.” 

- The Legal 500 2016, Human resources: employment senior execs

“Russell-Cooke LLP’s ‘very diligent’ practice is ‘courteous, helpful and a pleasure to deal with’. The team includes ‘superb’ barrister Tom Bradford and fellow associate Nisha Patel, who is ‘an excellent communicator’.” 

- The Legal 500 2016, Human resources - immigration: business

Janice Gardner is ‘an incredible lawyer and tactician who is tough with opponents, but also fair and approachable’; she recently acted in a high-value infection case arising from a routine thyroidectomy.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Insurance: clinical negligence: claimant

“Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘an excellent track record in child sex abuse cases, as well as employers’ and public liability claims’. Janice Gardner is ‘an incredible lawyer and tactician; there is nothing she doesn’t know about running tricky and challenging cases’. Practice head Deborah Blythe ‘has exceptional client-handling skills’.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Insurance: personal injury: claimant

“Russell-Cooke LLP provides ‘top-quality advice’ on cross-border succession disputes. Alison Regan is ‘extremely thorough’ and Richard Frimston is ‘very experienced at advising on cross-border estates and foreign laws’. The ‘talented and pragmatic’ Gareth Ledsham is praised for his breadth of experience and for his willingness to ‘work hard to keep costs down where possible’. Associate Emma Saunders is ‘diligent and sympathetic, but firm’.”

 - The Legal 500 2016, Private client: contentious trusts and probate

“Russell-Cooke LLP fields a ‘strong and focused team with the necessary expertise to handle complex work and cross-border cases’. The ‘extremely experienced and empathetic’ Rita Bhargava is particularly adept at handling difficult capacity cases. Gareth Ledsham is ‘always ready to go that extra mile’ Richard Frimston is a ‘go-to person’ for advice on the International Protection of Adults.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Private client: Court of Protection

“Russell-Cooke LLP provides ‘clear, pragmatic and quick’ advice. The team is ‘equally at ease with ultra-high-net-worth individuals, as well as individuals with very little money’. Kate Hamilton ‘combines legal experience with emotional intelligence’. Fiona Read is praised for ‘getting the job done quickly and cost-effectively’. Other key figures include the ‘very knowledgeable’ James Carroll, Sarah Richardson, who is ‘great with tricky parent clients in public law cases’, Samantha Little, who has ‘vast experience of complex children cases’, and Camilla Thornton"

- The Legal 500 2016, Private client: family

“Russell-Cooke LLP has the ‘wonderfully supportive, caring and knowledgeable’ Fiona Read. Therese Nichols is a ‘brilliant mediator."

- The Legal 500 2016, Family: mediation

“Russell-Cooke LLP’s Richard Frimston has ‘an excellent reputation for cross-border work and conflict of law issues’.” " Dawn Alderson is well thought of for her French-related advice and Rebecca Fisher stands out for her international and domestic tax and trust planning advice for families during marital breakdown."

- The Legal 500 2016, Private client: personal tax, trusts and probate

“At Russell-Cooke LLP, Eva Akins ‘understands the considerable challenges facing parents of children with special needs’; ‘she makes a frustrating and complicated process as painless and simple as possible, with a down-to-earth and straight-talking approach’.” "The team has specialist knowledge of disability discrimination, admissions and exclusions, and school placement challenges."

- The Legal 500 2016, Public sector: education: individuals

“The ‘self-assured’ Helen Edwards specialises in development work and acted for Petros London on the purchase and development of student accommodation at Canterbury Christ Church University.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Real estate: commercial property

“Russell-Cooke LLP’s merger with legacy Alan Edwards & Co brought a specialist social housing team led by the ‘clear-thinking and knowledgeable’ Graham French.”

- The Legal 500 2016, Social housing: tenant

“Russell-Cooke LLP’s Matt Bosworth, who is ‘a joy to work with’, is acting for Sky UK in various proceedings pertaining to intellectual property rights. Practice head Peter Cadman is ‘a good tactician’ and is ‘calm and unflappable in a crisis’.”

- The Legal 500 2016, TMT (technology, media and telecoms): sport

"The ‘very impressive’ Jae Carwardine heads the ‘extremely diligent’ practice at Russell-Cooke LLP, which is recommended for its ‘excellent client care’, and specialises in representing professionals."  

- The Legal 500 2015, Crime, fraud and licensing/general

"Headed by the ‘committed’ Jae Carwardine, the practice at Russell-Cooke LLP regularly represents high-profile clients in complex fraud matters. Carwardine successfully acted for John Edwards in the 2014 phone hacking trial." 

- The Legal 500 2015, Crime, fraud and licensing/fraud

"Russell-Cooke LLP ‘is a big player in the regulation of solicitors and architects’, and is ‘particularly well known for its SRA work’. Senior partner John Gould is ‘the elder statesman of the field’ and ‘an outstanding tactician’, and barrister Tom Bradford is a ‘rising star’ who is ‘ruthlessly efficient and client focused’. Department head Peter Cadman has a ‘real depth of knowledge’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Dispute resolution/professional discipline

"Russell-Cooke LLP frequently handles ‘high-value senior executive employment cases’, where it leverages the firm’s professional discipline and personal injury expertise. Anthony Sakrouge and ‘exceptional talent’ Edward Wanambwa are the key contacts." 

- The Legal 500 2015, Human resources/employment

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s ‘very good’ team receives a flow of referrals from international law firms, and is adept at handling business visitor visas. Edward Wanambwa ‘brings the highest standards of professionalism and skill’, and associate Tom Bradford ‘knows his law inside-out’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Human resources/immigration

"The ‘incredibly experienced’ Deborah Blythe heads the team at Russell-Cooke LLP, handling matters ranging from vascular complications to back injuries. Janice Gardner is ‘a powerhouse in the clinical negligence field’, with particular expertise in cases related to cosmetic surgery and hospital-acquired infection. Other key contacts include Lucy Wilton and the ‘level-headed’"

- The Legal 500 2015, Insurance/clinical negligence: claimant

“Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘a niche team that punches seriously above its weight in child sex abuse cases, and employers’ and public liability claims’. Janice Gardner is ‘a powerhouse in the field of catastrophic injury’, and practice head Deborah Blythe ‘has particular empathy with the client’"

- The Legal 500 2015, Insurance/personal injury: claimant

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s charity and social business team has broad capability, and specialist teams in employment, governance and commercial law, and property relating to charities. Partners James Sinclair Taylor and Mary Cheves are all well-established names in the field. Chris Rowse is ‘bright, thoughtful and commercial, and has good attention to detail’. Richard Frimston has ‘expertise in complex issues that require a human touch’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Private client/charities and not-for- profit

"‘Superb leader’ Alison Regan heads ‘a brilliant team that consistently achieves good results for clients’ at Russell-Cooke LLP. The team fields an up-and-coming associate in Emma Saunders, who is ‘extremely hardworking and dedicated to clients’, and ‘calm under pressure’. Gareth Ledsham, who has ‘a great grasp of tactics and strategy’, is now a partner. Successes in 2015 include Graham-York v York, a landmark case that clarified how a cohabitee’s beneficial interest in a property should be assessed, and whether it had priority over the mortgagee’s."

- The Legal 500 2015, Private client/contentious trusts and probate

"Russell-Cooke LLP is recommended for its work on ‘complex issues where a human touch is required’. Alison Regan has ‘an excellent way with clients’, and Richard Frimston is ‘skilled’ at advising on conflicts of law. The team is ‘particularly strong in cases with a French law element’. Rita Bhargava is recommended on the non-contentious side, and senior associate Gareth Ledsham ‘is always willing to go the extra mile for the client’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Private client/court of protection

"Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘highly skilled practitioners who consistently deliver excellent legal advice ’. Newly promoted partner Sarah Richardson ‘represents vulnerable parties with a rare combination of tenacity and grace’, and Kate Hamilton is ‘pragmatic’. James Carroll and Fiona Read ‘achieve excellent outcomes’; Camilla Thornton ‘knows what she is doing’; and Samantha Little’s ‘approach to cases can’t be faulted’. Therese Nichols is ‘very able’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Private client/family

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s Fiona Read ensures that ‘everyone immediately trusts her and is calmed by her presence’. Therese Nichols ‘invariably finds an agreed solution’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Private client/family: mediation

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s head of team Richard Frimston has a stellar reputation for expertise in private international law and tax planning for cross-border estates. The six-partner team includes Dawn Alderson, who specialises in French-related advice, and Rebecca Fisher, who provides international and domestic tax and trust planning for families during marital breakdowns."

- The Legal 500 2015, Public sector/education: individuals

"Acting for Petros London, Russell-Cooke LLP assisted with the development of student accommodation for Canterbury Christ Church University. The firm also helped to reorganise The ACT Foundation’s Basepoint Business Centres portfolio. Helen Edwards’ ‘very commercial approach enables deals to be completed without aggravation’. Arnold Isaacson is ‘well-connected, personable and respected’. Peter Dawson leads the team."

- The Legal 500 2015, Real estate/commercial property

"Russell-Cooke LLP ‘provides strong planning guidance’. The team advised Perenco UK on the submission of 39 planning applications, to enable extension of an oilfield development’s operational life. Senior associate Alex Ground ‘makes complex issues understandable’."

- The Legal 500 2015, Real estate/planning

"Russell-Cooke LLP is praised for its ‘professionalism and personal service’. Stephen Small ‘provides clear advice’ and Paul Greatholder is ‘very bright and hardworking’. Head of department Jason Hunter is highly recommended. Graham French and Matilda Rubens joined following the firm’s merger with Alan Edwards & Co."

- The Legal 500 2015, Real estate/property litigation

"The two-partner team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by the ‘bright and streetwise’ Peter Cadman, who ‘has sound judgement and builds good relationships with his clients’. The practice has notable experience in regulatory and disciplinary matters, with highlights including defending Michael Boateng against allegations of match fixing. Clients recommend the ‘hardworking and tenacious’ Matt Bosworth."

- The Legal 500 2015, TMT (technology, media and telecoms)/sport

"Headed by the ‘highly intelligent' Peter Cadman, Russell-Cooke’s two-partner team is ‘strong on the disciplinary aspects of sport, as well as on litigation'. Alongside the ‘tenacious Matt Bosworth, Cadman handles work for Newcastle United FC, including advising on issues of privacy and reputation management. The team also assists BSkyB in the protection and enforcement of its IP rights in relation to broadcasting throughout England and Wales."

- The Legal 500 2014, Sports

"Jason Hunter is recommended at Russell-Cooke, whose clients include Matalan."

- The Legal 500 2014, Property Litigation

"Russell-Cooke ‘provides a first-class professional service through a strong, well-connected team'. Retail is a major strength; clients include Pret A Manger, Matalan Retail and Arnold Isaacson ‘takes a keen personal interest in client matters', and Howard Swindall is ‘a great team player'; Helen Edwards and Matt Garrod are ‘very personable, with an excellent commercial attitude'.

- The Legal 500 2014, Commercial Property

"Russell-Cooke has strength in international law issues such as cross-border succession, matrimonial property regimes and capacity. Richard Frimston is ‘a highly experienced and impressive adviser'; and Dawn Alderson leads a team acting for high-net-worth French nationals. Rebecca Fisher joined the firm in 2013."

- The Legal 500 2014, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

"Fiona Read is a ‘skillful mediator’ and ‘a first choice when selecting a collaborative practitioner for the other party'".

- The Legal 500 2014, Family Mediation

"Russell-Cooke’s lawyers ‘know their stuff and approach cases in a collaborative way'. Fiona Read is ‘noted for financial matters, often with an international element'; pre-nuptial agreement expert Kate Hamilton’s ‘knowledge of the black-latter law is excellent'; Sarah Richardson is ‘fantastic'; Samantha Little is praised for her ‘empathy and intellectual rigour'; James Carroll displays ‘attention to detail'; Therese Nichols is ‘an innovator and enthusiast'; and Camilla Thornton is ‘the perfect support for the difficult case'."

- The Legal 500 2014, Family

"Russell-Cooke is ‘a very strong firm in the area, particularly on the property and financial affairs side'. The firm handles both contentious and non-contentious work, including personal injury trust matters. Gareth Ledsham is ‘very experienced, and attuned to the needs of his clients'; and associate Emma Saunders is ‘fantastically thorough and conscientious'. Kieran Bowe displays ‘compassion and understanding'. Richard Frimston, Alison Regan and Rita Bhargava are also significant figures in the team."

- The Legal 500 2014, Court of Protection

"Russell-Cooke is noted for its ‘quick response times and in-depth knowledge', and handles matters ranging from will and administration disputes to trust and estoppel cases. Alison Regan ‘grasps the key points', and ‘impresses'."

- The Legal 500 2014, Contentious Trusts and Probate

"Excellent in all respects', Russell-Cooke provides ‘clear, concise information to the client'. The well-regarded James Sinclair Taylor recently advised Brook, the young people’s sexual health charity, on a group restructuring, and Weir Archer Academy and Plan UK are also clients of the team. Mary Cheves ‘goes the extra mile', and Sukanya Ransford ‘meets deadlines and keeps to budget'."

- The Legal 500 2014, Charities and Not-for-Profit

"Recent work for Putney-based Russell-Cooke includes a historic sexual abuse claim as well as serious road traffic accident cases and a range of inquest work. Deborah Blythe heads the team, with Janice Gardner, Dominic Fairclough, and Sarah Towler also recommended."

- The Legal 500 2014, Personal Injury

"Russell-Cooke fields a team of five partners covering both clinical negligence and personal injury. Deborah Blythe heads the practice and has expertise in areas including cancer diagnosis; Janice Gardner specialises in cases relating to hospital-acquired infection and cosmetic surgery; and Sarah Towler regularly acts in cases for vulnerable adults and children."

- The Legal 500 2014, Clinical Negligence

"Edward Wanambwa leads the ‘competent' team which advised on securing a Tier 2 (ICT) long-term staff extension visa for a senior executive."

- The Legal 500 2014, Immigration

"Russell-Cooke is ‘extremely thorough and client-focused', and has a strong practice representing both senior executives and employers. Clients include Unicef UK and Glen Hill. Department head Anthony Sakrouge is ‘exceptionally bright, and brings a creative, analytical approach to all of his cases', Edward Wanambwa is valued for his ‘technical knowledge', and Jane Klauber is also recommended."

- The Legal 500 2014, Employment

"Russell-Cooke has a ‘particular strength in SRA matters', in which the firm has been known to act on both sides. Senior partner John Gould ‘is very impressive with a wealth of experience'; the ‘able and hard-working' Matt Bosworth is considered ‘a rising star'; and Peter Cadman, who leads the team, is ‘an excellent strategist'."

- The Legal 500 2014, Professional Discipline

"The ‘totally committed' Jae Carwardine heads up the department which is acting for a number of individuals being investigated for fraud by HMRC, and is also representing defendants in several large-scale boiler room frauds."

- The Legal 500 2014, Crime, Fraud and Licensing

"Jae Carwardine‘works tirelessly' on cases. The team, which includes senior associate Nicola O’Connor , has seen an increasing flow of private client work for professional people, and also an increase in sexual offences work, in particular cases involving marital rape allegations following divorce proceedings."

- The Legal 500 2014, Crime, Fraud and Licensing

"Senior associate Rachel Beaumont is ‘commercially savvy’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Property

"Arnold Isaacson, ‘always takes a keen personal interest in clients’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Property

"John Gould’s ‘advice is always carefully considered and tailored, taking into account the particular nature of the organisation’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Litigation

"Matt Bosworth is ‘very clever’, he is ‘efficient, determined and hardworking’. The team is representing a client charged with large-scale fraud by Trading Standards."

- The Legal 500 2013, Crime, Fraud and Licensing

"Senior associate Nicola O’Connor is ‘very dedicated’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Crime

"Head of department Jae Carwardine ‘never gives up’,and is ‘very, very hardworking’. She has developed particular expertise representing professionals accused of criminal matters with potential career-threatening implications. Clients include Johannes Skulason."

- The Legal 500 2013, Crime, Fraud and Licensing

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s team is led by ‘hardworking, skilful advocate’ Peter Cadman. The firm’s most notable source of work is the SRA, for which it carries out both prosecution and defence work; it is ‘very strong in this area’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Litigation

"A ‘total star’, Anthony Sakrouge leads the team and is a ‘terrific employment lawyer’. The team provides ‘exemplary’ service and represents corporate and charity clients, including Hotelplan, The Architects Registration Board and Unicef UK."

- The Legal 500 2013, Employment

"The ‘professional’ Edward Wanambwa is recommended."

- The Legal 500 2013, Employment

"Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘in-depth knowledge of immigration’, and is particularly strong on contentious immigration matters and Tier 1 (investor and entrepreneur) visas. Edward Wanambwa heads the team."

- The Legal 500 2013, Immigration

"Russell-Cooke's clinical negligence team is active in inquests and judicial reviews, and has a growing presence on the regulatory side. It maintains ‘excellent working relationships with expert clinicians’, is ‘very client focused’, and ‘handles cases with great sensitivity’. Head of department Deborah Blythe is ‘highly professional’, ‘approachable’ and ‘above all pragmatic’"

- The Legal 500 2013, Clinical Negligence: Claimant

"Head of department Deborah Blythe is ‘highly professional’, ‘approachable’ and ‘above all pragmatic’

- The Legal 500 2013, Clinical Negligence: Claimant

"Russell-Cooke LLP’s personal injury department is ‘very client focused, and handles cases with great sensitivity’. It has recently grown its inquest and judicial review practice. Deborah Blythe heads the four-partner team, and is ‘highly professional’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Personal Injury: Claimant

"James Sinclair Taylor’s ‘excellent’ team includes James McCallum and Mary Cheves on the property side, and is well placed to handle major transactional work in the sector. The firm recently acted on Prostate Cancer UK’s merger with Prostate Action, and on Volunteering England’s merger with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Andrew Studd ‘gets to the nub of issues quickly’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Charities and Not-for-profit

"Hannah Mantle is praised for her ‘attention to detail and tenacity’ in private client disputes."

- The Legal 500 2013, Contentious Trusts and Probate

"Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘A1, and professional at all times’. Alison Regan and is praised for her ‘attention to detail and tenacity’ in private client disputes. Regan is noted for her ‘dogged approach to litigation’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Contentious Trusts and Probate

"Francesca Kaye handles contentious matters with offshore and commercial elements. In 2012, the firm was active in reported cases such as Scarfe v Matthews and Berry v IBS-STL (in liquidation)."

- The Legal 500 2013, Contentious Trusts and Probate

"Emma Saunders’ ‘grasp of the law, in combination with her ability to absorb information, is impressive’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Court of Protection

"Rita Bhargava handles contentious and non-contentious matters respectively."

- The Legal 500 2013, Court of Protection

"James Carroll is ‘an exceptional talent’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Family

"Samantha Little is ‘one of London’s “go-to” specialists for complex children’s issues’"

- The Legal 500 2013, Family

"Russell-Cooke is ‘pre-eminent in an area where changes in family law demand an increasing range of creative and cost-effective responses’. Key figures include Fiona Read, Therese Nichols, James Carroll, Camilla Thornton and Samantha Little."

- The Legal 500 2013, Family

"Dawn Alderson is always ‘precise’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

"Richard Frimston has ‘unparalleled expertise in multi-jurisdictional estates, and deserves praise for making the profession aware of developments in this area, lobbying the European Commission, and raising cross-border mental capacity issues’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

"Peter Dawson leads ‘a strong, well-connected, personable and respected team’. The firm has a flourishing retail practice for clients including Matalan, Pret A Manger and Kingdom of Sweets."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Property

"Helen Edwards, has an ‘excellent commercial attitude’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Commercial Property

"Russell-Cooke LLP is noted for its ‘professional, prompt and flexible’ handling of residential and retail matters, for clients including Grainger and Pret a Manger. Jason Hunter is ‘responsible and sensible’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Property Litigation

"Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘strong in the more contentious aspects of sport’. The group represents several Premier League football clubs, including Newcastle United FC, as well as certain individuals in the sport. Other clients include BSkyB and British Fencing. Disputes and investigations specialist Peter Cadman is ‘a very tactically astute lawyer with charm’."

- The Legal 500 2013, Technology, Media, Telecoms and Sport

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Advice was always tailored to our sometimes unique circumstances and was always given to timetable."

"A close-knit, smart team which is willing to work to tight deadlines."

Described as "a guru on charity law," James Sinclair Taylor is best known for advising senior staff and trustees on governance, regulatory and constitutional issues. Strongly committed to the sector, he is also the founder and trustee of several charities.

Andrew Studd advises several well-known charities on governance, commercial issues and reorganisations. One client says: "He understands the issue immediately and takes a pragmatic approach."

Chambers UK 2017, Charities

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were superlative - thoughtful, considerate, knowledgeable, experienced and clever." "They handled themselves with intelligence and legal acumen. The team did a great job, and was pragmatic and strategic about the whole thing."

James Carroll predominantly handles the financial side of matrimonial disputes, focusing on issues relating to tax and trusts. He is regarded as a "very strong tactician" who "gives first-class advice and works incredibly hard for his clients, maximising what can be achieved in a case."

Kate Hamilton handles both financial remedy and private children proceedings for married and unmarried couples. Sources say she "is absolutely first-rate and gives no-nonsense and straightforward advice that inspires confidence," as well as being "super intelligent, quick and effective."

Camilla Thornton covers the full spectrum of family matters, exhibiting particular expertise in collaborative law and negotiating prenuptial agreements. She is "measured and considered," according to market sources, and clients praise her for being "supportive whilst remaining pragmatic."

Samantha Little is an "extremely experienced solicitor and advocate" in the public law and international adoption space, and is considered "a real leader in this field." Market commentators say she is "a superstar care practitioner" and "an excellent tactician."

"Exceptional public lawyer" Sarah Richardson focuses on public children matters, particularly in the field of adoption, where she offers services including mediation and court advocacy. She is considered "phenomenally committed" by sources and has an "excellent grasp of the law and ensures the client understands what will happen every step of the way."

Chambers UK 2017, Children: public law matters: London same as Children: Cross-Border Disputes and Family/matrimonial: London

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They handle things in a professional, boutique way, despite being quite a big firm."

"Very efficient and prompt service."

The "excellent" Deborah Blythe is a leading practitioner with an outstanding reputation for handling cases involving severe brain, spinal and other injuries.

Janice Gardner is well regarded for her clinical negligence practice, which features an emphasis on cosmetic surgery and hospital-acquired infection cases. One source notes: "She is highly intelligent and she brings that to bear by spotting the issues in the case long before anybody else does."

Chambers UK 2017, Clinical negligence: mainly claimant: London

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent strength in depth, from partner level to new associates. It is refreshing to see a firm invest in new talent and maintain the highest standards in the current legal market."

"Extraordinarily good service."

According to impressed interviewees, Jae Carwardine has a "fantastic strategic brain and is a first-class litigator." She is particularly renowned for her "very strong grasp" of serious criminal cases.

Nicola O'Connor handles a broad range of criminal cases, including sexual offence charges and child assault. Sources commend her "wonderful way with clients" and "enviable rate of success."

Chambers UK 2017, Crime: London

Jae Carwardine of Russell-Cooke is praised as "approachable and understanding" and is said to "fight the client's corner well."

Chambers UK 2017, Financial crime: Individuals

Alex Ground of Russell-Cooke has experience in the full spectrum of planning law. "She is very thorough, very proactive in terms of responses, and exactly who you need in a contentious or tricky development scheme," says a source.

Chambers UK 2017, Planning: London

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm provides good, in-depth advice and offers a good partner-led service."

Richard Frimston "has unrivalled expertise as the guru of cross-border and conflict of laws in the private client space,"

Chambers UK 2017, Private client: London

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They were good at dealing with document-heavy cases in a timely way. They were very helpful and very knowledgeable; I couldn't have asked for more.”

John Gould is regarded as a "guru on Law Society interventions." Clients regard him as "unsurpassed in terms of intellect and knowledge" and say that he "makes it his business to know our business."

Peter Cadman frequently represents both regulatory bodies and individuals before regulatory tribunals. Sources describe him as “genuine and confident, with an intelligent approach.”

Matthew Bosworth is particularly experienced in SRA and ARB disciplinary matters. Sources say he "possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge" and that "he knew every detail of our case."

Paolo Sidoli receives particular acclaim from clients for being “thorough, proactive, knowledgeable about his area and easy to work with.”

Chambers UK 2017, Professional discipline: UK wide

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They actually put you right in the picture for every little thing that is going on."

"They are supportive, tactical, practical, and we felt assured we were getting the best advice."

Jason Hunter is "a very good lawyer with a very good understanding of the law," according to sources.

Paul Greatholder regularly advises private individuals and organisations in the not-for-profit sector. His practice has seen him taking on numerous leasehold enfranchisement disputes. "He’s a very good guy, very sensible, and he thinks things through very well," says one impressed source.

Chambers UK 2017, Real estate litigation: London

"They are a team who really understand their client as a brand. They are commercially aware, pragmatic, efficient and provide very good value for money."

Chambers UK 2017, Real estate: lower mid-market: London

Peter Cadman of Russell-Cooke acts for sports clients on regulatory and disciplinary matters, where interviewees say he "handles things with incredible calm and efficiency."

Chambers UK 2017, Sports law: UK wide

"What the team is known for: Strong focus on the health and social care sector as part of a broad charities practice. Handles issues including public service delivery contracts and social finance initiatives as well as governance, employment and transactional concerns.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They worked hard and always delivered on time in a format that we could digest and use."

 "A flexible and sensible practice." 

"James Sinclair Taylor chairs the firm's dedicated charity and social business group. Work highlights include his key role for St Mungo Community Housing Association on its merger with Broadway Homelessness Support. Sources say he has "a great knowledge of the voluntary sector which helps him to identify priorities."

"Andrew Studd acted as the lead lawyer on behalf of Charities Evaluation Services, on its merger with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Clients say: "He is extremely knowledgeable on the subject area, and can break down complicated legal documents into a form that's much easier to understand and review."

Chambers UK 2016, Charities

Samantha Little advises on a wide range of family law work while maintaining a focus on major children matters. She is "one of the leading lights in public law work" and is "extremely tenacious, fighting really hard on behalf of every single client she has."

Chambers UK 2016, Children: public law matters

"What the team is known for: Specialist claimant department that deals with a broad range of difficult cases encompassing such matters as birth injury, stillbirth and psychiatric injury. Helps clients, including those who lack capacity, to navigate all aspects of the legal process."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They work as a team but have strong leadership. They know what they are doing.”

Deborah Blythe heads the department and has a wide-ranging caseload spanning all kinds of clinical negligence. “I have the highest regard for Deborah whose dedication resulted in the best possible outcome for me," imparts one client. 

Janice Gardner advises clients on personal injury and clinical negligence claims. “Janice was extremely helpful and translated a complicated legal process into language that I understood in a helpful and empathetic way,” shares one source.

The "determined and excellent" Dominic Fairclough deals with a variety of clinical negligence claims concerning such matters as obstetrics and fatal accidents.

Commentators report that Janice Gardner is "renowned for her deft and masterful handling of heavy and complex litigation and battling endlessly for clients." One source notes that she "is passionately devoted to the job that she does, is hugely well prepared and attracts a huge following from a grateful client list because she wins difficult cases time and time again." She regularly represents clients who have suffered severe brain and spinal injuries.

Chambers UK 2016, Clinical negligence: mainly claimant 

"What the team is known for: Represents both privately funded and legal aid clients. Recognised for assisting professionals with reputation management matters in the context of serious criminal charges. Significant experience advising on sexual offences."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Russell-Cooke is at the top end of firms doing legal aid work." 

"Jae Carwardine is well regarded for her practice advising on violent criminal matters, including sexual assault and rape allegations. Sources report:" She is outstanding in heavyweight criminal matters. The client care and the commitment she puts in is really is outstanding."

Chambers UK 2016, Crime

"Jae Carwardine of Russell-Cooke focuses on advising individuals from a range of industries involved in serious criminal allegations. She is particularly well versed in tax fraud, corruption and VHCC cases."

Chambers UK 2016, Financial crime: individuals

"Anthony Sakrouge is the head of Russell-Cooke's employment team. He specialises in handling contentious matters for both employers and employees, and is praised by sources for his intelligence and dedication to his clients."

Chambers UK 2016, Employment: senior executive

"What the team is known for: Recognised for its full-service practice, which includes market-leading public and private law children cases. Expertise across domestic and cross-border matters such as adoption and child protection issues. Fields significant matrimonial finance experience and ADR capabilities."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deserve the utmost praise for how they handled our case. They always left us feeling that not only were our legal rights at the forefront of their care and advice, but that our emotional wellbeing was also of utmost importance to them."  

"A top-notch firm, with such a breadth of skills. They are a force to be reckoned with."

"Very well established, talented and multifaceted, with a very good mediation practice."

Matrimonial finance expert James Carroll is "very committed to collaborative law," according to impressed sources. He is described as "very personable, straightforward, commercially aware and pragmatic."

Therese Nichols heads the family team and is recommended for her experience in litigation and mediation. Market commentators note that she is "immensely good with clients."

Fiona Read "stands out as a multifaceted family practitioner with a variety of skills and is extremely well regarded," according to sources. She regularly advises on cross-border financial settlements, including those with property issues and private law children matters.

Chambers UK 2016, Family/matrimonial: London 

"What the team is known for Provides excellent service to clients following injuries or fatal accidents. Further support is provided by an in-house medical adviser."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent. They took a lot of the work out of it and really looked after me."

"They explained everything very clearly, I could ask them anything and they communicated well."

"Dominic Fairclough has a sizeable inquests practice and acts on a range of serious injury claims. Sources say that he is "a tough operator when it comes to litigation."  

Commentators report that Janice Gardner is "renowned for her deft and masterful handling of heavy and complex litigation and battling endlessly for clients." One source notes that she "is passionately devoted to the job that she does, is hugely well prepared and attracts a huge following from a grateful client list because she wins difficult cases time and time again." She regularly represents clients who have suffered severe brain and spinal injuries.

Sarah Towler is described by sources as "calm and knowledgeable" and "tireless in seeking justice for her clients." She assists clients, both in the UK and abroad, with workplace accidents, public liability claims and injuries caused by negligence.

Lucy Wilton impresses observers who describe her as "hugely talented" and a "rising star." Her recent caseload includes matters for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries in traffic accidents.

Chambers UK 2016, Personal injury/mainly claimant

"The "exceptionally bright" Alex Ground, a senior associate at Russell-Cooke, is well respected by market commentators. An interviewee states: "She is an excellent black letter lawyer in a very fast moving regulatory environment.""

Chambers UK 2016, Planning

"What the team is known for: Experienced advising on cross-border succession and tax planning matters, especially with French elements. Additional expertise and experience across the full range of private client matters."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very well respected. They are a class act in private client work."

Commentators say that Richard Frimston "is a leading light in conflict of law issues" who "has forgotten more about European succession issues than anyone in London has ever known."He leads the firm's private client team.

Chambers UK 2016, Private client

"What the team is known for: Regarded for its regulatory work in the finance, healthcare and legal sectors. Regularly works with regulators including the CIPFA, ACCA and NMC."

The "assertive and experienced" John Gould focuses his practice on assisting law enforcement agencies, government departments, regulators and statutory and professional bodies.

Peter Cadman is described by sources as "very experienced and very personable." He regularly acts for both individuals and regulatory bodies.  

Matthew Bosworth is considered "very capable and very highly thought of." His solicitor-focused regulatory practice is complemented by his work on Libor-related cases.

Chambers UK 2016, Professional discipline

"What the team is known for: Active in the private rental sector, advising clients on all aspects of portfolio management such as leasehold enforcement, possession orders and nuisance claims. Also demonstrates expertise on charity matters and work for retail clients, providing key litigation support to a number of high-street occupiers."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely responsive, very commercial and practical."

Jason Hunter is particularly active on party wall issues and other residential disputes. Sources say: "He's aware of the legal background and gives straightforward, sensible advice in the timeframe the client needs." 

Paul Greatholder is described as a "very practical and commercial" practitioner who provides"very sensible advice." He predominantly acts on behalf of retailers and developers, in addition to private clients.

Chambers UK 2016, Real estate litigation

"What the team is known for Particularly active in the retail space, advising both retail investors and big-name occupiers. Also draws on planning and construction expertise to provide clients with a full development service."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent. They are quick, commercial and they are proactive so they will put forward suggestions."  

Peter Dawson is the head of the commercial real estate team and is particularly known as a"good client partner." He is an expert in landlord and tenant matters, as well as in a range of commercial property development and investment work.

Helen Edwards offers clients the benefit of her broad expertise across development, investment and occupier-side leasing. "She has that pace of work and commercial approach. She's very personal," comments an interviewee.

Chambers UK 2016, Real estate: lower mid-market

"Observers note that Tom Bradford of Russell-Cooke possesses "an outstanding analytical mind and has consistently demonstrated excellent tactical and strategic abilities." His experience leading a team of lawyers in-house at the UK Border Agency's Judicial Review Unit makes him an ideal choice for contentious business immigration matters."

Chambers UK 2016, Immigration

"Peter Cadman of Russell-Cooke acts for governing bodies, rights holders and broadcasters and individuals on a whole host of sports matters. In particular, he has strong knowledge on issues around IP protection, media relations and reputation management and disciplinary prosecutions."

Chambers UK 2016, Sport

"Peter Cadman of Russell-Cooke LLP maintains a strong reputation for advising on regulatory matters, including handling a wide range of contentious cases. He has significant experience in acting for high-profile football clubs, including Newcastle United. One source said: "He's good at doing confrontational stuff without throwing his toys out of the pram, and he's a very good negotiator."

- Chambers 2015, Sports

"Helen Edwards handles developments and transactional matters as well as property finance. Clients regard her as a "very personable lawyer with an excellent commercial attitude."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate, Lower Mid Market

"Head of department Peter Dawson acts on corporate occupier leasing, investment and development matters. "He's very astute, good at cutting to the quick and getting to the main points of an issue, and he's always very approachable," clients report."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate, Lower Mid Market

"What the team is known for: Advises clients including developers, bank lenders and private investors on acquisitions and development. Retail property is a key specialism, acting for retailers on new leases and asset management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
They have a strong, well-connected, personable and respected team that deals with all matters in a timely fashion."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate, Lower Mid Market

"Paul Greatholder handles real estate disputes for a wide range of clients, from high net worth individuals to businesses. Peers say he "will give the client good pragmatic advice."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate Litigation

"Jason Hunter is an experienced property litigator and mediator. "I rate him very highly; he's a sensible lawyer in terms of knowing when to turn the screw and when to step back and broker a deal," reports one source. He advises on landlord and tenant issues, as well as boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and rights of light."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate Litigation

"What the team is known for: Often retained by major landowners on portfolio management issues, including private rented sector residential matters. Also acts for charities and retailers."

- Chambers 2015, Real Estate Litigation

"Matthew Bosworth represents solicitors and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in disciplinary proceedings. He is experienced in sports disciplinary matters."

- Chambers 2015, Professional Discipline

"John Gould frequently acts for regulators in disciplinary proceedings. He is particularly knowledgeable about legal services regulation, but is also active in other sectors, including financial services. Sources describe him as an "effective litigator."

- Chambers 2015, Professional Discipline

"Peter Cadman defends regulated individuals in the legal services sector. Sources say he is "very approachable, pragmatic and easy to get on with."

- Chambers 2015, Professional Discipline

"What the team is known for: Represents regulators and regulated individuals. Particularly noted for its expertise in the legal sector. Additional expertise includes architecture."

- Chambers 2015, Professional Discipline, UK wide

"Richard Frimston is a renowned expert in the field of international tax and a highly regarded figure in the private client legal market. "He is a guru on cross-border issues and is always willing to share his background knowledge," comments one source."

- Chambers 2015, Private Client

"Lucy Wilton demonstrates strength and experience in an array of serious and catastrophic personal injury cases. Observers remark that she is "very efficient, detail-oriented" and "technically good."

- Chambers 2015, Personal Injury

"Anthony Sakrouge of Russell-Cooke LLP has a client following which spans multiple sectors including legal, media and higher education. He advises these clients on all aspects of employment law. He gives "commercial, sensible and caring advice" and that "even the most discerning of clients are impressed by him."

- Chambers 2015, Employment

"Jae Carwardine is highly praised by market commentators, who say: "She is unsurpassed in her attention to detail. She is really hard-working and is all over every aspect of every case she does."

- Chambers Global 2015, Financial Crime

"Nicola O'Connor offers experience in handling complex sexual offences cases. She is praised for "her ability to advise and assist clients in a way that inspires confidence and progresses cases quickly and successfully."

- Chambers Global 2015, Crime

"Jae Carwardine is identified as having "a compendious working knowledge" of criminal law. Sources report that "she dedicates herself to cases and pursues the interests of her client with level-headed tenacity."

- Chambers Global 2015, Crime

"Camilla Thornton deals with substantial financial remedy disputes and prenuptial agreements. Clients value her approachability."

- Chambers Global 2015, Public Law Matters

"Fiona Read is recognised for her talent in the fields of arbitration and collaborative law relating to financial proceedings. She maintains an active practice in private law children cases."

- Chambers Global 2015, Public Law Matters

"Therese Nichols is noted for her skill in sizeable divorce proceedings and complex financial disputes. She is also respected as an advocate of the collaborative model in such cases."

- Chambers Global 2015, Public Law Matters

"James Carroll specialises in substantial divorce and financial proceedings. He is described as a "very precise character; he has great attention to detail and he's very thoughtful."

- Chambers Global 2015, Public Law Matters

"Samantha Little undertakes significant children work relating to complex international adoptions and leave to remove applications, as well as care proceedings. Sources admire her dedication to her clients' interests in difficult cases."

- Chambers Global 2015, Public Law Matters

" Dawn Alderson heads the firm's French law and property team and is a qualified practitioner in England and Wales and in France. She is experienced in cross-border private client work, advising on property, estate planning and tax planning."

- Chambers Global 2014, Foreign Expert

"Richard Frimston focuses his practice on international private client concerns, often advising on Anglo-French matters. Sources comment: "He is very personable; clients like him and he treats matters with an excellent lightness of touch".

- Chambers Global 2014, Foreign Expert

"Patrick Delas is dual-qualified in France and in England and Wales. He previously worked in Monaco and now heads the French practice group in London. He specialises in advising clients on tax matters, including capital gains, inheritance tax and French wealth tax (ISF)."

- Chambers Global 2014, Foreign Expert

"The France desk advises a number of high-profile individuals in the UK and France on cross-border estate planning, tax matters and family law. The group includes a number of bilingual lawyers who can assist with French property law and French successions."

- Chambers Global 2014, Foreign Expert

"Peter Dawson is head of the real estate department and has a wide-ranging practice. Areas of particular expertise include business tenancy provisions and pre-emption rights relating to the Landlord and Tenant Acts of 1954 and 1987."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market - London

"Helen Edwards's practice covers investment, development, pre-letting and property management. Clients say she "is very efficient, keeps the client informed of progress and delays, and provides clear recommendations."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market - London

"What the team is known for:
Acts on the acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolios, with expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Also active in development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "Russell-Cooke is a fantastic legal firm which provides strong advice with clients' interests at the core. Each member of the team is extremely attentive, and they handle each matter with due care and attention."

Commercial awareness: "They are reliable and understanding of a client's requirements."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market - London

"Paul Greatholder is renowned amongst clients for getting "straight to the point" and being "extremely good at strategically dealing with matters." He manages complex and high-value work for the practice and has recent experience of handling rent reviews and major redevelopments."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate Litigation - London

"Jason Hunter is a highly experienced leader in the real estate litigation field. Regarded by sources as an "excellent lawyer," he has expertise in advising on business and residential lease issues, as well as specialist areas such as enfranchisement, rights of way, rights of light and boundary disputes."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate Litigation - London

"What the team is known for:
Handles a wide range of residential and commercial disputes for large companies and high net worth individuals, often taking on referred cases from larger City practices which require particular residential expertise. Also acts for major retailers and non-profit organisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "A fantastic legal firm which provides strong advice with the clients' interests at the core."

Technical ability: "Each member of the team is extremely attentive and they handle each matter with due care and attention."

Partner involvement: "The reassurance from speaking with a senior member of staff at short notice is a great advantage."

- Chambers 2014, Real Estate Litigation - London

"Camilla Thornton frequently advises on high-value matrimonial finance disputes. Clients appreciate that she is "incredibly sensitive and very careful in her guidance," and consequently they have "absolute confidence in her legal skills".

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"Fiona Read primarily handles matrimonial finance cases, often involving substantial overseas assets. Sources describe her as "fiercely intelligent and extremely able."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"Therese Nichols is noted for her expertise in finance cases and is also a qualified mediator. Sources highlight her "great client care - she is very user-friendly."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"James Carroll is noted for his expertise in matrimonial finance cases, often with an international element."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"John Hackett handles care proceedings and adoption matters, and is widely admired for his "calm, measured" approach to litigation."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"Samantha Little is described as "a superb lawyer who works tirelessly for clients." She specialises in complex public law children matters."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"What the team is known for:

Widely regarded as market leaders on public law children matters, covering care proceedings and adoptions. Also has a substantial private law family practice that advises clients on high net worth divorces, frequently involving cross-border aspects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Breadth of services: "They work really well to provide an all-round service, accessing expertise and working in a way to provide expert coverage."

- Chambers 2014, Family/Matrimonial - London

"Head of crime Jae Carwardine "spots good points and pursues them relentlessly," sources say. She is highly praised for her "eye for detail" and "extremely effective" client manner"

- Chambers 2014, Crime - London

"What the team is known for:
Known for representing professionals in the media spotlight. Highly praised for its exceptional levels of client care.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "The firm puts client care at the forefront of its approach. The team is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure all possible investigations are made."

Strategic planning: "The firm's approach is outstanding, and hugely effective."

- Chambers 2014, Crime - London

"Dominic Fairclough is regarded as a "good business brain and tactician" in the negotiation of claims. His workload encompasses infection, surgical negligence and fatal claims."

- Chambers 2014, Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - London

"Janice Gardner advises on brain and spinal injury cases as well as claims arising from infection. One impressed source states: "She is phenomenal – energetic, clever, good at analysing the medical aspects of the case, and determined to get to the bottom of seemingly impossible issues."

- Chambers 2014, Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - London

"Department head Deborah Blythe remains a leading figure in the London clinical negligence field, and is particularly well known for her handling of birth injury and wrongful birth cases. Clients appreciate that she is "knowledgeable, considerate and compassionate; she is empathetic towards the sensitivity of a situation."

- Chambers 2014, Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - London

"What the team is known for: Advises claimants on a range of clinical negligence cases, including matters arising from birth injuries, failure to diagnose and surgical negligence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "I never felt like I was rushed, and I was always kept up to speed with what was happening. They tried to reduce costs and explored every possibility in the case."

Technical ability: "The experience they bring to the claim is very useful in identifying the merits of the claim, in addition to providing early reference to problems that are likely to arise in the claim."

- Chambers 2014, Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - London

"Key partner Sarah Towler is singled out for praise for her specialist expertise in serious injury claims. Clients comment that "she's very thorough and provides good advice."

- Chambers 2014, Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - London

"What the team is known for:
Highlighted for its handling of complex injury work, including serious and catastrophic claims arising from RTAs and cases involving assaults and fatalities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Technical ability: "They pursue cases with great diligence, hard work and good knowledge of a multidisciplinary subject. A good firm doing a very good job."

Market standing: "They're very good - they do a lot of complex, high-value cases and we notice them in the marketplace."

- Chambers 2014, Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - London

"James Sinclair Taylor leads the team at Russell-Cooke. He has "huge experience of the voluntary sector" and a "range of skills in advising voluntary organisations," and is described by clients as "personable and committed" and "an extremely bright lawyer."

- Chambers 2014, Charities - London

"Andrew Studd is characterised by clients as a friendly and efficient charities lawyer with a strong client care ethic. Clients particularly praise his "ability to have an honest conversation that leads to easy decision-making."

- Chambers 2014, Charities - London

"What the team is known for:
Advises a range of health and social care charities, as well as heritage groups and royal charter organisations on M&A, governance and reorganisation tasks. Also noted for its good track record on contentious work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "They have an overall system that provides excellent service from the moment an enquiry or piece of work is submitted to them to the final billing."

Efficiency: "They have the right balance between light touch and detailed analysis, and know when to alert us to high risk issues."

- Chambers 2014, Charities - London

"What the team is known for: Highly experienced in the legal sector. Acts for the SRA

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Expertise: "The team is hard-working and very experienced. The firm has been doing this work forever and it does it well."

Notable practitioners: 
Peter Cadman exclusively handles defence work within the legal sector. Sources characterise him as "very experienced and a courageous advocate."

John Gould deals with commercial litigation that arises out of disciplinary and regulatory work. Sources describe him as "a formidable opponent" who is "very experienced in regulatory matters."

"Matthew Bosworth regularly advises individual professionals and bodies on complex issues of professional discipline. Clients say: "He is very team-focused and very keen to take on board our views."

- Chambers 2014, Professional Discipline - UK-wide

"What the team is known for:
Specialists in cross border tax and trust work, with particular expertise in French law. Offers advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service: "The team is very impressive, offering a blue-chip service. Its ethos is to give the client advice that is technically competent and takes account of wider considerations. Astute and sensitive."

Technical ability: "The team handles a broad range of contentious probate and inheritance act claims and they have a good level of experience in that specialist area. Very strong on cross-border estate issues."

Notable practitioners: 
Richard Frimston focuses his practice on international private client concerns, including cross-border estate matters. Sources comment: "He is very personable; clients like him and he treats matters with an excellent lightness of touch."

- Chambers 2014, Private Client - London

"Richard Frimston is considered "one of the rare UK advisers who has a firm grasp of what is going on abroad." He offers clients a range of private wealth management skills, but places particular emphasis on non-domestic estates and international private client laws. Like several of his colleagues, Frimston counsels on matters involving French estates and other private client concerns."

- Chambers & Partners 2013

"Russell-Cooke houses a team of French experts that is well placed to deliver practical advice on French estate planning, trusts and tax concerns. Several members of the team are fluent in French and have spent time practising in France. Recent experience includes representing UK nationals who are or were residing across the Channel."

- Chambers & Partners 2013

"Dual-qualified Dawn Alderson heads the work of the French team and possesses sound experience of advising on French private client legislation. She advises on issues faced by foreign nationals residing in France."

- Chambers & Partners 2013

"Patrick Delas is a qualified French avocat with experience of having practised in French law. He specialises in cross-border concerns, including disputes and the interplay between the private client laws of two or more different jurisdictions."

- Chambers & Partners 2013