Based at our Chichester office, Edward Cooke joined Anderson Longmore & Higham as a Partner and Head of the Family Law Department in 2010. He has overall responsibility for family law, collaborative law and family mediation services at the firm’s Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Billingshurst and Storrington offices.
Edward’s work encompasses all areas of family law, including divorce, financial issues, children work and cases involving unmarried couples and civil partners. He has built a reputation as a leading specialist in the area and regularly handles complex cases involving substantial assets, trusts, farms and family businesses. He has written articles for leading legal publications, including “Family Law”, and has been involved in a number of reported cases.
Edward qualified as a solicitor in 2000. He commenced his legal career at leading London law firm Slaughter and May, having graduated with a degree in History from Bristol University.
Edward helps clients find solutions in a constructive, practical manner. He is a Resolution Trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer and is a member of the Chichester and South Downs Collaborative Law Group, or “Pod”. Whilst he believes firmly in the benefits of family mediation and collaborative law, he also assists clients with court representation where appropriate.
Edward is Vice Chairman of the West Sussex branch of Resolution, the nationwide organisation of family lawyers committed to a constructive, conciliatory approach to resolving family law issues.
Edward is a Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist (Advanced Financial Provision 1 and Private Law Children). He is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a past President of the Chichester & District Law Society.
Edward grew up in Chichester and was Head Chorister at Chichester Cathedral as a boy. As such, he continues to enjoy all types of music (even moonlighting at one stage as a backing singer for Barry Manilow). He also enjoys walking, running and spending time with his children.