Director • Kendal
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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!
“ 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. ”
“ Thanks to John Cooke who made a stressful and potentially complicated process manageable and as speedily carried out as was possible. ”
“ 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! ”
“ We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr John Cooke and his team for their help in bringing our move to a successful conclusion. The journey was thwarted with difficulties and without the tremendous help and support from "the team" at THW we may have faltered, but their tenacity prevailed in the end. A major THANK YOU to all concerned. ”