Director • Kendal
I deal with a variety of property related work, including residential, commercial and agricultural transactions. I have particular experience with more complicated transactions, including unregistered titles, dealing with rural and higher value properties and acting for developers and other businesses, as well as private individuals.
I studied law in Huddersfield and Leeds and qualified as a solicitor in 1987, and since then I have spent most of my career with THW and its predecessors. I became a partner in the firm in 1989. During the early part of my career, I dealt with a large range of legal work, including dispute resolution, criminal work, acting as a deputy Coroner, local authority work as well as within my main area of conveyancing. I now specialise in property work, but feel my range of experience helps in my understanding of our clients and the issues they face. I am a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
My approach is to take time to listen to clients and get a good understanding of their needs and what outcome they want, as well as looking beyond their immediate issues. I take care to investigate every aspect of a property transaction, to make sure that no stone is left unturned. I often adopt a collegiate approach to a client’s work to involve colleagues with other specialities, so that at all times clients know that their interests are being fully advanced and protected.
I originally came from Yorkshire in the early 1980s, but am now firmly embedded in Kendal and the local area. I am married with four children, all of whom attend school in Kendal. I am actively involved in my local church and am associated with a number of charities in the area. I enjoy travel and occasionally I find time to enjoy walking with his family in the Lake District, sometimes even spending time under canvas!
“ From the start we felt we were dealing with the most professional and helpful service, particularly John Cooke who went out of his way – e.g. coming in over Christmas to progress our matter. I have nothing but the highest regard for Mr Cooke and the firm. Excellent. ”
“ As always, your service is of a high standard. We are treated in a friendly yet respectful manner and matters are fully explained. In this case completing the legal work in a short timescale was much appreciated and again carried out with usual THW friendliness and understanding. Thank you. ”
“ In all our dealings with THW no task/dealing was a straightforward one. However we were comforted by THW’s depth and breadth of knowledge. We have always achieved a successful outcome with THW. ”
“ I felt 100% confident in John’s ability to deliver what we needed and he always made the time to talk through the issues arising from the transaction. ”
“ Thanks to John Cooke who made a stressful and potentially complicated process manageable and as speedily carried out as was possible. ”
“ Went the "extra mile" ”
“ As always John Cooke and team were superb. ”
“ Mr Cooke was very thorough and his advice was excellent. I was completely satisfied with the service given by Mr Cooke. ”
“ Great job as ever - thanks John! ”
“ Very helpful and thorough ”
“ John was a pleasure to deal with. He couldn't have been more reassuring and helpful. The sale of my house seemed so straightforward and stress free. He kept us calm when we had a delay with our mortgage when purchasing our house - he was always available by email and phone which was greatly appreciated. A huge thank you to him! ”
“ Excellent service. Very pleased with the speedy completion. Thank you John! ”
“ Already use Thomson Hayton Winkley for Business Disputes and litigation and find them very helpful and efficient. ”
“ Was very pleased with the service you gave me. The secretary came and spoke to me personally which I very much appreciated and I was kept updated all along with documents and correspondence. ”
“ A friendly, approachable and professional solicitors. We were kept informed at all times, even out of hours on occasion which was "above and beyond"... and much appreciated. ”
“ I am lost for words at the wonderful service which went beyond, and exceeded my very high expectations. Seriously, my fellow directors were all very impressed. ”
“ Extremely good value, especially given various unforeseen complications. ”
“ Excellent service - a big thank you ”
“ We were pleased with the professional, efficient manner the buying and selling of our houses was dealt with by John Cooke and staff. ”