Review for clients 2017

work in focus / challenging times

Amid upheaval, dependable expertise After the political shockwaves of the past year, uncertainty is starting to look like a permanent feature of London life and business – complicating decision-making for many organisations and individuals. We aim to support our clients not only by solving problems, but also by helping build resilience: giving them the legal tools to plan ahead, manage risks and exploit opportunities – always with the best expertise and tactical intelligence on hand.

In the public eye

Cases in the news show the breadth of Russell-Cooke expertise

The Times featured senior partner John Gould as Lawyer of the Week after he acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the case of Phil Shiner, who was struck off as a solicitor after having 22 charges of professional misconduct proved against him. The case followed on from the Al Sweady public inquiry, which rejected allegations of murder and torture against British soldiers in Iraq.

Store giant Lidl appointed regulatory lawyer Matt Bosworth (“possesses encyclopaedic knowledge”, says Chambers UK 2017) as their independent compliance contact – someone for insiders to get in touch with if they have concerns about possible malpractice.

Cross-border guru Richard Frimston (who “has forgotten more about European succession issues than anyone in London has ever known”, according to Chambers UK 2016) addressed a European Parliament-hosted inquiry into what have become known as the Panama Papers – 11.5 million leaked documents relating to offshore clients of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Housing and property litigation specialist Graham French led a legal team whose work enabled residents of the Loughborough Estate in Lambeth to take back control of the estate, after a four-year dispute with the London Borough of Lambeth. Tenant Management Organisation chair Peter Shorinwa praised the team’s “superb and meticulous work”. Find more news, expert analysis and comment at russell-cooke.co.uk/opinion

D-Day memorial A team of our French, charity and construction law specialists has been advising The Normandy Memorial Trust on a project commemorating the 21,000 members of the armed forces killed during the D-Day invasion. Funded from LIBOR fines levied on the banks, the memorial will be unveiled on the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings.

About us Over 20,000 current clients 200 specialist lawyers 9,000 cases under way 94 per cent of clients likely to recommend us

Decisive action by a corporate and commercial team led by Jonathan Thornton saved customers’ holidays when tour operator

All Leisure Group, owner of brands including Swan Hellenic, went into administration. The deal saw subsidiaries Travelsphere and Just You bought by the travel adventure group G Adventures.

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