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Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Bishop's Palace House
  • Kingston Bridge
  • Kingston-upon-Thames
  • Surrey
  • UK
  • KT1 1QN

Firm profile submitted by Russell-Cooke

Senior Partner: John Gould
Managing Partner: Jonathan Thornton
Number of partners: 61 Other fee-earners: 148

Administrative Law & Legal Services:
John Gould
Charities & Social Business: Andrew Studd
Child Abduction: Fiona Read
Children & Education Law: Samantha Little
Commercial Litigation/ADR: Francesca Kaye
Commercial Property: Peter Dawson
Construction: Peter Kitson
Corporate & Commercial: Jonathan Thornton
Conveyancing: Nigel Coates
Criminal Litigation & Fraud: Jae Carwardine
Cross-Border Estate Planning: Andrew Godfrey
Employment: Anthony Sakrouge
Enfranchisement: Alan Edwards
Family Law: Camilla Thornton
Family Mediation: Therese Nicholls
Forensic Investigation & Intervention: Nigel Coates
French Law: Dawn Alderson
Immigration: Edward Wanambwa
Insolvency: Lee Ranford
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: Deborah Blythe
Planning: Alex Ground
Property Litigation: Jason Hunter
Professional Regulation: Matt Bosworth
Sports Law: Peter Cadman
Tax: Scott Leonard
Trusts & Estate Disputes: Alison Regan
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning: Richard Frimston

The Firm
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 commercial property, 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.

Areas of Practice

Charity & Social Business:
Corporate, Commercial & Employment: 10%
Family, Children & Education: 13%
Litigation: 14%
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: 7%
Property: 28%
Regulation: 8%
Wills, Trusts, Probate & Tax: 14%


Russell-Cooke is one of a select group of broad-based practices in the Top 100. There are few other substantial London firms offering such a full range of legal services. The firm handles virtually the whole range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial work, with its real estate and property litigation teams enjoying a particularly high reputation. The charity and social business team is amongst the top three legal teams in the sector and advises across all areas of law from governance and commercial through to property, employment and disputes. Russell-Cooke offers a full range of services for private clients including highly regarded children, family, employment, clinical negligence, personal injury and criminal litigation services. Private clients also benefit from the firm’s specialist expertise in probate disputes, French law, tax and cross-border estates.


London’s demanding businesses, public organisations and professionals are attracted by the firm’s combination of serious expertise, unstuffy style and value for money fees. Its clients are hugely diverse, reflecting its range of work. The firm helps clients from abroad who are looking to invest in or move to the UK, clients who already have established connections between the UK and overseas, and clients who are making their first connection overseas. The firm has a reputation as the ‘lawyers’ lawyers’, with a client base including the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Magistrates Association, CILEX and many barristers’ chambers. Russell-Cooke’s ability to tackle complex, multidimensional cases means that a significant proportion of its work comes from referrals by other solicitors.


  • 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]