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The Legal 500 UK 2022 has once again recognised Russell-Cooke's breadth and expertise across a broad range of practice areas. In total, the directory has recommended 79 lawyers across 25 areas of practice.

The Legal 500 is an independent guide to the legal sector, ranking law firms and lawyers across legal specialist areas and geographic regions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and highlight the legal teams who are providing 'the most cutting edge and innovative advice'. Research is based on written submissions from law firms, interviews with leading private practice lawyers and client feedback.

Jae Carwardine (crime), Andrew Studd (charity) and James Sinclair Taylor (charity) are listed in the directory’s Hall of Fame which "highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence". In addition, 15 partners are listed as elite 'leading individuals’, five were noted as 'next generation partners' and six practitioners were recognised as 'rising stars'. A further 50 lawyers were recommended in the guide.

Russell-Cooke is ranked in the following London categories:

  • Corporate and commercial: M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m; Tier 3 Great diversity of fee earners, with excellent female lawyers leading client-facing delivery teams. Brilliant to collaborate with. Responsive and knowledgeable.”
  • Crime: general; Tier 2 The Russell-Cooke team are absolutely top notch for the discerning client. They get to grips with the detail of any case, understand the intricacies of the evidence and have an impressive knowledge of the law.”
  • Charities and not-for-profit; Tier 2 Russell-Cooke provides service beyond normal legal advice – coordination for complex projects involving multiple advisors and useful strategic insights.”
  • Clinical negligence: claimant; Tier 2 A really excellent clinical negligence team with strength across the board and a couple of outstanding practitioners. This firm regularly gets some of the highest profile clinical negligence cases because of their reputation in the field.”
  • Court of Protection; Tier 2 Excellent team collaboration especially during the pandemic. Attentive to client needs and very responsive to client wishes.”
  • Education: individuals; Tier 2 The Education team has extensive and practical knowledge of managing the crucial interactions with Local Authorities, schools and diverse professionals to achieve positive outcomes.”
  • Family; Tier 2 The firm has an exceptional pool of talent.  For clients the lawyers provide clear and unequivocal advice and fight their corners extremely well, through collaboration or combat, whatever the case requires.”
  • Family: mediation; Tier 1 One of the best if not the best in terms of efficiency and reliability. The lawyers are always happy to accommodate, and excellent support provided by way of training.”
  • Personal tax, trusts and probate; Tier 2 In a nutshell the firm makes you feel valued and secure, regardless of the complexity of the task at hand.”
  • Professional discipline; Tier 2 The variety of experience and market penetration of Russell-Cooke is remarkable – they quietly do the work without bragging about it on social media.
  • Employment: senior executives; Tier 3 The team is knowledgeable, responsive and has ensured completion of all activities in a timely manner.”
  • Contentious trusts and probate; Tier 2 One of the premier private client litigation practices in London. A private client gem.”
  • Property litigation; Tier 3 This is a high-quality firm and I have always found their advice to be sound, timely and helpful in resolving situations.
  • Social housing: tenant; Tier 3 The team really do go above and beyond the call of duty. They were very clear and concise with their advice and ensured that they were able to provide me with alternative solutions.”
  • Commercial litigation: mid-market; Tier 4 They tailor their resources to the case and produce great outcomes for clients – a pleasure to work with.
  • Fraud: white-collar crime; Tier 5 The fraud team are top of their game and very well placed to deal with serious, complex allegations. They are brilliant at meeting private prosecutions and have a reputation for robustly defending their clients.”
  • Personal injury: claimant; Tier 4 An excellent firm who handle cases of great moment. They have many capable individuals with enormous experience and they are unafraid to run the most difficult of cases with the most knotty of legal problems.”
  • Planning; Tier 5 They are very dynamic, always available, quick workers, great team collaboration.”
  • Sport; Tier 5 The firm has a thorough knowledge of contentious, regulatory and disciplinary matters in sport.”
  • Health and safety; Tier 3 They bring brevity and clarity to the discussion and are always willing to help and support as well as provide direction.”
  • Immigration: businesses; Tier 3 "Very professional immigration service. Russell-Cooke is at the other end of the scale from most firms.”
  • Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay; Tier 3
  • Administrative and public law; Tier 4 The practice is unique in its diverse range of law areas covered and more so it’s ability to quickly and efficiently draft a case and legal standing. Teamwork between different elements of the team enabled a fast result.”
  • Commercial property: Corporate occupiers; Tier 4 “We have a very good existing relationship that goes back some years.”

The firm was also ranked in Kent, Surrey and Sussex for:

  • Family; Tier 4
  • Personal tax, trusts and probate; Tier 3

Senior Partner John Gould said: "Once again we have had to work in different ways over the past year but we continue to focus on the range and depth of our offering and our lawyers continue to offer a top class service. I’d like to thank all at Russell-Cooke for their hard work and to thank our clients and referrers for their kind and helpful comments.”

The full rankings are available to view on the Legal 500 website.