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Firm Profile


Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 2 Putney Hill
  • Putney
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SW15 6AB

Firm profile submitted by Russell-Cooke

Senior Partner: John Gould
Number of partners: 61
Number of lawyers: 114
Languages:   Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Russell-Cooke is a top 100 London law firm with around 200 specialist solicitors and lawyers. It’s highly regarded specialists, breadth of expertise and mix of commercial, private and public sector clients reflect the complex legal needs of contemporary London. Many of the firm’s teams are leaders in their fields, with peer-group accolades in areas as diverse as real estate, professional regulation, crime and children law. Pursuing its strategy of sustainable development, the firm has expanded through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. It has extended its breadth but retained a strong focus on service quality and a principled commitment to a small proportion of publicly-funded work.

Estate Planning:

The private client team has considerable expertise in cross-border tax and succession planning, the tax and trust implications of family breakdown, and succession planning for entrepreneurs and family businesses. The team act for clients with significant wealth often held within corporate structures, large family trusts or across multiple jurisdictions, with a particular focus on those with French, Italian, Dutch and US connections. Advice covers all aspects of private client law including wills, tax advice, administration of estates and trusts, tax and trust implications of claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, creation of family investment companies and the care and protection of vulnerable persons. Working very closely with the French law and property team, clients are offered a unique and seamless service in relation to all aspects of UK/French private client law.
Contact: Richard Frimston
Tel: +44 20 8394 6217
Email: [email protected]

French Law & Property:
The specialist dual-qualified team advise individuals on all aspects of French property law, including sales and purchases and ownership structures. The team is increasingly sought after for succession issues involving France and the EU Succession Regulation 650/12, estate planning, wills, cross-border tax advice, French probate and administration of successions. Complex cross-border issues, capacity issues involving French property, and transfers of property following divorce, are also matters in which the team act regularly.
Dawn Alderson
Tel: +44 20 8394 6373
Email: [email protected]

Trust & Estate Disputes:
The team advises on dispute resolution involving high value trusts and estates, including disputes concerning claims by or against estates or trusts, the validity of documents, capacity, undue influence, applications for rectification or construction, and the removal of fiduciaries. The team has significant experience of advising on matters involving corporate or cross-border elements.
Contact: Alison Regan
Tel: +44 20 8394 6549
Email: [email protected]

Family & Children:
The team has considerable experience in advising on cases involving individuals with significant resources, including those with company interests and complex corporate structures, large family trusts, overseas assets and pensions. The team regularly advises high net worth clients on the full range of issues arising on divorce and separation, as well as arrangements for children, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, applications for removal of children from the jurisdiction, international children matters, and complex pre and post nuptial agreements. The team can turn to its colleagues for advice on matters which may arise, including company issues, tax and other private client matters, bankruptcy, civil litigation, reputation management, property advice, and immigration. While the firm does litigate, where necessary, its focus is on settling cases without the cost (physical, emotional and time) that goes with litigation. The team leads in resolving cases using dispute resolution and includes many ADR practitioners, including mediators, collaborative lawyers, and an arbitrator.
Contact: Fiona Read
Tel: +44 20 8394 6324
Email: [email protected]

The immigration team has advised on numerous areas of UK immigration law as it relates to high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals, including having advised on the tier 1 (investor) visa and overseas representative of business visa categories.
Edward Wanambwa
Tel: +44 20 8394 6445
Email: [email protected]

Property: The team advises on high-value residential and commercial property transactions for high net worth individuals and investors including acquisitions and disposals, development and construction, funding, investment, secured lending, landlord and tenant, planning and portfolio management. Acting for many overseas clients, the team has considerable experience in auction work and transactions that are particularly complex as well as those that are time critical.
Contact: Arnold Isaacson
Tel: +44 20 8394 6511
Email: [email protected]


  • 2 Putney Hill,
  • Putney,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SW15 6AB
  • Tel (020) 8789 9111
  • Fax (020) 8780 1194
  • DX 59456 Putney
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Bishop's Palace House,
  • Kingston Bridge,
  • Kingston-upon-Thames,
  • Surrey
  • UK
  • KT1 1QN
  • Tel (020) 8546 6111
  • Fax (020) 8541 4404
  • DX 31546 Kingston
  • Email : [email protected]