Founded in 1880, Russell-Cooke has a rich and interesting history that has shaped the way in which we work today. In 2015, the firm merged with long-established Kensington and Notting Hill solicitors, Alan Edwards & Co. This merger enhanced Russell-Cooke’s property law practice especially enfranchisement and lease extensions.

Russell-Cooke now has almost 300 partners and staff, with 22 of them rated as leading individuals by the legal directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

The firm moves in to a major office building at 10 Putney Hill.

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Russell-Cooke is now a top 100 legal firm with 44 partners and over 230 solicitors and support staff.

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Kingston Bridge

2005 saw two mergers with personal injury & clinical negligence specialists Evill & Coleman and the entertainment & media firm Harrison Curtis. 2006 saw a merger with Surrey based solicitors Caporn Campbell, significantly expanding the Kingston Office and introducing new private client services. In 2007 Russell-Cooke Solicitors converts to a limited liability practice, Russell-Cooke LLP.

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The firm shortens its name to Russell-Cooke, the first name change for over forty years. A merger with charity law specialists Sinclair Taylor & Martin further broadens the firms areas of expertise. Major refurbishment works were carried out at 2 Putney Hill to enhance meeting room facilities.

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The firm acquires the Grade 2 listed premises of 8 Bedford Row from the Princes Trust, moving out 11 Old Square, where it has been based for over a century.

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After eighty years occupying the upper floors of 2 Putney Hill, the firm takes over the ground floor from the national Westminster Bank.

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With Edward Chapman's son Lewin as senior partner the firm continues to grow, with a new focus on business and institutional clients. Coverage of SW London widens with opening of a new office in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Lewis Chapman

Lewin Chapman

The firm grows rapidly developing a thriving real estate department run by Ernest Chapman, who also attracts a number of well known clients from the worlds of pop and entertainment.

The two firms merge to form Russell-Cooke, Potter and Chapman as senior partner.

Russell-Cooke finds it difficult to re-establish its practice after the war and becomes more closely associated with Sloper, Potter and Chapman. Edward Chapman becomes a partner of both firms.

Edward Collingwood Chapman

Edward Collingwood Chapman

The two firms are linked by Russell-Cooke solicitor Edward Chapman; he leaves to join Sloper, Potter and Gosden(soon to be Sloper, Potter & Chapman), but keeps up connections with his old firm.

John Charles Potter

John Charles Potter

The solid suburban firm of Sloper, Potter & Gosden moves into the upper floors of the newly built London & County bank building at 2 Putney Hill, SW15.

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2 Putney Hill 1905 prior to construction of the bank

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2 Putney Hill 1906

Russell-Cooke moves into 11 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, which the firm will continue to occupy until 1997. Clients include the Liberal Party, then the main party of opposition.

Herbert Asquith

Herbert Asquith

William Russell-Cooke and his brother Sir Henry Paget Cooke set up in practice, Sir Henry's connections providing a steady stream of aristocratic clients.

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William Russell-Cooke

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Sir Henry Paget Cooke