Russell-Cooke has announced 10 senior associate promotions with effect from 1 July 2023. The promotions take place in teams across the full range of services offered by the firm; for commercial, individual and charity/social business clients, spanning both contentious and non-contentious work.
Annika Bell: private client
Annika advises clients across the full gamut of private client work including wills, estate administration, lifetime gifts and inheritance tax planning, powers of attorney and trusts. Many of her clients have high value estates and she often deals with cross-border issues and clients with business assets ensuring she optimises the tax situation on those estates.
The range of expertise these individuals bring demonstrates some of the breadth of our practice and our diverse client base.
Emma Cooper: real estate
Emma advises clients on a wide range of property transactions including commercial and residential acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters and option agreements. Clients include retailers, publicans, investors and developers. She is experienced in finding practical solutions and resolving nonstandard and complex matters to achieve her client's objectives.
Chris Edwards: real estate
Chris advises on a varied range of real estate and landlord and tenant matters. He advises both landlords and tenants on issues including: buying and selling a property, the granting or taking of a lease, wayleave agreements and lease surrenders.
Catherine Flexer: charity and social business
Catherine specialises in charity property matters, acting for all types of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including medical research charities, alms-houses and social care providers, heritage charities, religious organisations, universities and community centres. She regularly deals with issues arising from complex charity structures and legal restrictions and advises clients on all aspects of transactional property law.
Bhavneeta Limbachia: immigration
Bhavneeta specialises in immigration law and advises businesses, from start-ups to the some of the world’s largest businesses, as well as high net worth individuals on a range of corporate, personal and human rights-related immigration matters.
She regularly provides practical and strategic immigration advice to businesses to support them through key growth milestones and navigating geopolitical challenges such as COVID-19 and Brexit. Her clients are drawn from all sectors including energy, healthcare, finance, retail, professional services, technology and media.
Joshua Mitchell: dispute resolution/litigation
Joshua is a litigator with significant experience in advising individuals and businesses on a wide range of disputes. His practice includes commercial disputes, corporate disputes, and negligence claims against professionals.
He assists his clients by seeking to resolve disputes before any formal legal proceedings are commenced. Where legal action is required, he remains focused on settlement and alternative dispute resolution options.
Imogen Nolan: family
Imogen specialises in all aspects of private family law including divorce, financial disputes, pre and post nuptial agreements and children matters.
Imogen is a member of Resolution and whilst she is committed to resolving matters outside of the court process where possible she is also experienced in advising clients through contested litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes.
Ruth Roberts: personal injury and clinical negligence
Ruth has a wealth of experience in personal injury and clinical negligence claims and has helped clients achieve settlement in a wide range of cases, in particular acting for bereaved family members in fatal accident claims, cases involving surgical errors and cases where negligent treatment has led to the development of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Ruth also advises clients in personal injury claims, including road traffic collisions and accidents at work. She has experience in a number of niche areas, including industrial disease and cases involving robot-assisted surgery.
Jasmin Talai: family
Jasmin advises clients on a wide range of family law issues arising from the breakdown of relationships or where disputes relate to children. These include divorce, financial settlements, domestic abuse, arrangements for children, pre and post-nuptial agreements and issues arising between non-married couples. Jasmin has a particular focus on and interest in disputes relating to children including cases of internal and international relocation.
Lenka Wall: children and education
Lenka has a breadth of experience in advising parents and young people on all aspects of education law including securing, challenging the contents, and enforcing EHC plans, securing placements at highly specialist schools and colleges as well as comprehensive packages of education and therapy otherwise than in school, conducting successful school admission appeals, ensuring that children who are out of school receive suitable full-time education, challenging decisions to refuse school transport, appealing school exclusions, and advising on disability discrimination in schools.
Congratulations to our new senior associates. It has been a privilege to observe them throughout this process. I have been impressed by the quality of the candidates in terms of their initiative, energy and drive and also how they demonstrate the breadth and quality of the work we do at Russell-Cooke. Our senior associates play a crucial role in developing and managing client and referrer relationships while mentoring our more junior fee-earners. I wish this new cohort the best of luck and have no doubt that they will thrive.
It is always a pleasure to see talented lawyers within the firm promoted. Our new senior associates reflect of the quality of the individuals we have at Russell-Cooke, and the promotions, for recognition of their expertise, hard work and commitment to client service, are well-deserved. The promotion of eight women in this round also demonstrates the firm’s commitment to supporting women in advancing their careers. Our partnership is now just under 43% female, and senior women at partner and senior associate level provide crucial role models for women entering the firm and considering their future career options. My congratulations to all our successful candidates on their forthcoming promotions and I wish them well in their new roles.
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