The Team

Our Team

Charles Cook

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial

Charles is the managing partner and founder of the firm and specialises in corporate law combining a personal approach with pragmatic commercial advice.
Charles can advise and act on company acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, share options, partnership agreements, company group restructures and all forms of commercial agreements and matters with a regulatory or corporate insolvency flavour.
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Roger Lane-Smith

Non-Executive Chairman and Consultant Solicitor

Roger is the non-executive chairman of the firm and works closely with Charles on matters of the firm’s strategy and direction of travel. Roger is also an active solicitor and has a substantial client portfolio including some well known names. He is a seasoned and highly commercial corporate lawyer and also undertakes high end private client work. He is a trustee and executor of some significant estates.
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Ed Schofield


Ed is a Solicitor. He works closely with Charles, and has done so since the incorporation of the firm in December 2018. Ed advises across the full range of corporate and commercial matters as well as assisting with company secretarial services and is also well versed in advising on private client and employment matters. Ed predominantly thrives on assisting with all manner of M&A transactions.
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Peter Hambly-Smith

Consultant Solicitor

Peter is a highly experienced commercial property solicitor who enjoys finding creative solutions to problems for clients.

He is an expert in all matters to do with freehold and leasehold property and has a particular flair for site acquisition and secured lending.

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Malcolm Harris

Consultant Solicitor

Malcolm is an assertive and creative litigation solicitor who looks at all options to find the best route forward to resolve disputes. He deals with many kinds of commercial disputes as well as private client and inheritance and probate issues including breach of trust cases.

Malcolm undertakes detailed investigation work where fraud or employee theft is suspected, ready to seek appropriate remedies through the courts or via confidential settlements.

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Sophie Brown

Trainee Solicitor

Sophie is a trainee solicitor at Cook Corporate Solicitors. She works closely with the team on all matters including on commercial property matters, involving Land Registry applications, the registration of charges against properties and organising comprehensive searches and with corporate and company transactions such as the coordination and management of post completion tasks including Companies House filings, stamp duty applications, and the drafting of documents.

Sophie is studying the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law alongside working at Cook Corporate Solicitors.

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Claire Cook

Office Manager

Claire is involved in all operational aspects of the firm and handles matters such as accounts, finance, HR, marketing, facilities and administration.

She works closely with the team to ensure excellent client service is delivered.

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Amina Harvey

Office Administrator

Amina is an office administrator at Cook Corporate Solicitors. She is an integral part of the team and works closely with senior management and suppliers to ensure all aspects of the firm run smoothly. She also provides full corporate support on large transactions as well as handling client relations.
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