Irwin Mitchell expands private client team in London with new family partner

Ian Cook, partner in Irwin Mithcell London office

Irwin Mitchell has appointed the vastly experienced and highly regarded family and divorce barrister Ian Cook as a partner in its London office.

Ian has been qualified for over 20 years and is a specialist finance practitioner within family law, with vast experience of all aspects of divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and financial provision for the children of unmarried parents. He is recommended as a leader in his field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK independent guides to law describing him as “Tenacious, client-friendly and pragmatic”.

He has regularly been instructed in cases involving family trusts and complex wealth holding structures situated in the UK and offshore including in Switzerland, Jersey, Isle of Man and Liechtenstein.  Ian is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He joins from 1 Kings Bench Walk Chambers and will be part of Irwin Mitchell’s large private client team which has grown rapidly with the acquisition of Berkeley Law and merger with Thomas Eggar. The firm also launched its specialist private wealth offer for high net worth clients earlier this year.

Irwin Mitchell’s family law team has offices across the country and has been involved in some of the most high profile family law cases of the past few years such as the Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court cases in which the two wives successfully challenged their divorce settlements after being misled by their husbands in relation to their wealth. The firm also acted for Ms Roocroft in her landmark victory at the Court of Appeal.

Elizabeth Hicks, head of Irwin Mitchell’s family law team in London, said: “Ian’s addition to the team will strengthen our offering significantly with his ability to advise clients on complex family and divorce matters both in the UK and abroad. Our award-winning private client team is going from strength to strength and this appointment is further proof of our commitment to providing clients with a first class service.

“The complexity and profile of the cases we are dealing with as a group of family lawyers is why we are able to attract a Partner of Ian’s calibre and he will provide us with even more flexibility in how we can advise clients.”

Ian said: “This is an exciting time to join the firm as the private client teams at Irwin Mitchell continue to grow and expand. The firm has been at the forefront of family law in recent years, with expert lawyers from Irwin Mitchell successfully taking cases to the highest courts in the land and delivering victories at the Supreme Court, and I can’t wait to become a part of that.”

The joints Heads of Chambers of 1 King’s Bench Walk, Deborah Eaton QC and Phillip Marshall QC warmly congratulate Ian Cook upon his appointment as a partner at Irwin Mitchell: “Ian has been a member of 1KBW for over 20 years, and as a member of one of the premier family law sets in the country has earned an excellent reputation as a leading financial remedies practitioner. 

“This is an exciting and innovative appointment, and Ian leaves 1KBW with our very best wishes for his future success. We are sure that he will be a major force in his new role.

“We look forward to continuing to work with him in the future and to strengthening our already excellent relationship with Irwin Mitchell.” 

In other recent family law moves, partner Katharine Shaw also recently joined Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton office and Nicola Walker has been named as head of the Bristol team, Clare Wiseman has taken charge in Birmingham and Teresa Davidson now heads the Leeds family law team.


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