Russell-Cooke has appointed Martin Rackstraw as a partner in the firm’s fraud and criminal litigation department.

Martin joins from Bindmans where he was a partner, serving as Joint Head of Criminal Law and Fraud between 2012 and 2019. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at Russell-Cooke.

Specialising in defending serious and complex cases for over 20 years, Martin represents clients in investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of financial and business crime, homicide, international bribery and corruption, sexual offences as well as other serious cases, particularly those involving political or human rights elements such as extradition. He regularly represents professional individuals such as company directors, teachers, lawyers and medical professionals and has experience in private prosecution cases.

Martin is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and is ranked by the two leading legal directories – Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Jae Carwardine, partner in the criminal litigation team at Russell-Cooke, commented: “It really is a pleasure to welcome Martin back to the firm. Russell-Cooke is recognised as one of the leading criminal solicitors in the UK and Martin’s addition to the team further enhances our collective expertise, experience and overall client offering. Given the growth in instructions in complex fraud cases and private prosecution work, Martin’s return is all the more timely and important. We are delighted to be working with him.

Martin Rackstraw added: “Having trained at the firm this feels very much like a homecoming. Russell-Cooke has grown exceptionally in that time and the fraud and criminal litigation team in particular has developed a reputation for being one of the best in the business. It’s an exciting time to join.

Martin’s appointment brings the total number of partners at Russell-Cooke to 60.