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.

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.

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What our clients and the legal directories say

“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

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