Law firm Russell-Cooke has announced eight senior associate promotions effective from 1 July 2020.
 
The new senior associate list is 63% female and the practice areas range from real estate, planning, and property and housing litigation to insolvency, private client, trust and estates disputes and children law: indicative of the breadth, quality and diversity of Russell-Cooke’s practice and people.
 
The new senior associates are:
 
Carly Argent
Carly qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 2011 and subsequently as a solicitor into the private client team in 2015. She advises individuals, families, executors and trustees primarily based in the UK on a wide variety of tax, trust, succession and estate planning issues. Carly has a broad experience in many aspects of private client law that individuals face on a day-to-day basis.  Including advising on administering estates, drafting of wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, providing tax advice and advising on the setting up and winding up of trusts.
 
Thomas Bond
Thomas deals with corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy matters, as part of the insolvency and restructuring team. He acts for insolvency practitioners, company directors, shareholders and investors, creditors and those facing financial distress. His work for insolvency practitioners includes acting for trustees in bankruptcy, maximising the return to creditors by investigating the bankrupt’s financial affairs and pursuing and realising assets which belong to the bankruptcy estate. Thomas advises liquidators and administrators of companies on asset realisations, trust issues and contested claims against directors and third parties. He also acts for individuals facing bankruptcy problems themselves, liaising with trustees, dealing with creditors and exploring alternatives.
 
Caroline Brosnan
Caroline is in the property and housing litigation team. She has experience in a range of housing and property matters, including possession, injunction and disrepair claims. She has also issued claims on behalf of clients for breaches of the Equality Act including racial and disability discrimination. She is also advising and representing some of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Caroline has a special interest in homelessness law, particularly homeless appeals in the County Court.
 
Tom Deely
Tom qualified in 2013 and joined the trust and estate disputes team at Russell-Cooke in 2018. He acts for both claimants and defendants on a range of matters including claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, will disputes, domicile disputes, applications in the Court of Protection, disputes with personal representatives and trustees, administration disputes (both domestic and international) and property trust disputes. Tom also has extensive experience acting for protected parties in litigation. Tom is recognised in the Legal 500 and is a member of Contra, the network for Contentious Trusts Associates.
 
Thomas Ferguson
Thomas joined the real estate team in May 2014 after qualifying as a solicitor at one of the leading commercial law firms in Scotland. He then qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in March 2017. He works for a variety of clients including landlords, tenants, investors, residential and commercial developers and both interim and institutional lenders. He has advised in a variety of real estate transactions ranging from investment acquisitions and disposals, company share purchases, landlord and tenant matters and secured lending. He has a particular interest in the hotel and leisure sector advising hoteliers on all aspects of hotel acquisitions and disposals.
 
Natasha Kirk
Natasha joined as a trainee in 2012 and qualified into the children team in 2014. Her client base includes children, parents, grandparents, adopters and foster carers and she is regularly instructed by professional children’s guardians to represent children in complex public law cases. Natasha’s significant experience includes post separation child arrangements, care proceedings, domestic violence injunctions, adoption and international children work. She is routinely instructed by the central authority to represent parents in child abduction cases. Natasha is accredited to the Law Society’s Children Panel and is a Resolution accredited specialist in child abduction and private children law.
 
Lauren Taylor
Lauren is in the property and housing litigation team. She specialises in all aspects of property dispute resolution with particular interest in residential landlord and tenant matters. Her areas of expertise include block management, section 20 consultations, lease extensions, service charge and ground rent recovery, breach of covenant and forfeiture actions and service charge mechanics. Other specialisms include private possession cases, neighbour disputes and rights of way. Lauren acts for several large scale professional landlords and their managing agents, individual tenants, tenant organisations and private individuals. She regularly attends to matters in both the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Carina Wentzel
Carina Wentzel is in the real estate team. She advises on all aspects of planning law, acting for a range of clients including private developers, charities, utility companies, institutional investors, retailers and student accommodation providers. Her experience includes providing strategic advice on planning applications, permitted development rights, the Community Infrastructure Levy and compulsory purchase and compensation.  Carina also advises on planning appeals, judicial review claims, statutory challenges and enforcement.  In addition, she regularly negotiates planning and highways agreements and advises on acquisitions and disposals, as well as on refinancing and forward funding transactions.
 
Managing partner Jonathan Thornton said: “In these difficult and uncertain times I’m delighted to announce some positive news! Our lawyers are of course the heart of Russell-Cooke, and the future of the firm depends on a steady stream of talented individuals coming up through the ranks. The senior associates cohort has a vital role to play supporting the partnership and mentoring and leading our junior lawyers – a role the existing senior associates are doing very well under extremely challenging circumstances. We wish this new group all the best and look forward to celebrating with them in person in the not too distant future.