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. ”
“ Could not be better ”
“ Excellent service all round, thank you ”
“ I couldn't have had better service from all the staff who dealt with me. They were kind, patient and often went the extra mile. Jonathan Hardiker was sorely tried at times, but he was always helpful and encouraging especially with the disputes. John Cooke did a splendid job of getting me moved into my new home. We are now in, in a state of absolute chaos but very happy! Thanks to you all! ”