Edward Cooke Family Law is a niche firm focusing solely on family law. As specialists in our field, we are passionately committed to utilising modern, constructive approaches to our work in order to ensure the very best service and outcomes for our clients.

We are recognised as a Leading Firm in The Legal 500, 2022, and two of our Directors, Edward Cooke and Lauren Guy are ranked as Recommended Lawyers. Edward Cooke is a Ranked Lawyer in Chambers and Partners 2022.

Our child-centred, tailored approach enables us to help individuals, couples and families navigate their changing circumstances in the most constructive way, whenever possible through non-court dispute resolution. However, where the courts offer the only solution, our extensive experience and network of expert barristers and other key professionals ensures our clients benefit from the same quality service one would expect from the larger London firms.

As a growing firm with focused ambitions, we are always interested to hear from specialist family lawyers who share our philosophy and are looking to take the next step in their career.

Please explore this page and our current vacancies and get in touch if you would like to discuss current and future opportunities to join the firm.

”There is a dedication to the client and a professionalism with the service offered that is unmatched in the area.”
The Legal 500, 2022

Current Vacancies

Our team is at the heart of our success and our ability to offer our clients the very best family law solutions. We are in an exciting period of sustained growth and are keen to hear from like-minded family law specialists who share our philosophy and are looking to take the next step in their career.

Current opportunities are shown below; however, if your skills and experience fall outside these specific vacancies, but you would like to explore opportunities to work with us, please do get in touch. We would be happy to hear from you.


Family Lawyer (Associate)


Chichester/Brighton (including flexible working)


Competitive, dependant on experience

Apply by:

31 May 2022

We are looking for a bright and forward-thinking family lawyer to join us at associate level, ideally between 2-6 years PQE but we would be happy to consider interested candidates who fall outside this qualification range. This offers an opportunity to join us at an exciting time of growth, with excellent prospects for career progression. 

We are looking for a principled and people-focused family lawyer who is fully committed to the Resolution ethos and is currently undertaking a mixed caseload of financial and children work. The candidate should be a Resolution member. Collaborative training is a plus; however, if the successful applicant has not yet undertaken collaborative training, this may be offered, given the practice’s strong focus on dispute resolution and dedication to supporting the professional development of all its lawyers.


Our Philosophy

We are specialists in our field - we focus on one area alone: family.

We are Resolution members - As active members of Resolution, we all fully embrace their devotion to the constructive resolution of family disputes as well as their ongoing training and development programmes.

We are committed to providing constructive solutions - All our directors are cross-trained so that they are not only highly experienced family lawyers, but also mediators and collaborative lawyers. We are proud to be among the relatively small proportion of family lawyers who are equipped to provide all three of these essential facets:  advice, mediation and collaborative support.

We provide a “London-quality service” on the South Coast - We have all practiced in larger commercial firms and work with the same professionals as larger firms; however, we appreciate the benefits to our clients of operating in a niche, boutique family law practice. We offer the same quality service as larger city firms, at a more affordable rate. And, of course, as a niche, family-focused firm, we are highly accessible.

We are innovators - We use the very latest methods in order to help our clients find solutions. For example, we offer hybrid and child-inclusive mediation and interdisciplinary collaborative practice, working with other professionals and the very latest technological developments in the family law sector.

We understand modern families - The 21st century family comes in all shapes and sizes. We support modern families of all structures and are specialists in the issues they face.

We are thought leaders - Our founder, Edward Cooke, chairs Resolution’s Training and Learning Committee and is a Resolution National Committee member. He writes regularly for specialist journals and the press on family law issues. Lauren Guy is a leading practitioner in modern family work, including surrogacy and same-sex families.

We are passionate about access to justice and court work - While we always seek to help our clients reach a resolution without recourse to the court where possible, when court is necessary we represent clients robustly in order to achieve the best outcome for their family. Edward Cooke is also a renowned campaigner for family justice and court provision in the region.

We provide therapeutic support to all our lawyers - We look after our own physical and mental wellbeing as we believe that, to provide the very best service to our clients, we need to make sure we are properly supported, too. All lawyers in the practice have a confidential monthly meeting with a psychotherapist.

We understand that teamwork matters - We work collaboratively as a team, supporting each other, sharing best practice and working together towards the best outcomes for our clients. We also offer a weekly team exercise class to encourage all members of our team to be fit in body and mind and have a bit of fun together.

We are committed to giving back - Although we are rooted in our communities in Chichester and Brighton, we are focused on supporting families wherever we can. In our first three years, we are proud to have supported a range of outreach projects in the UK and abroad.


We are a close-knit team of individuals and are committed to achieving the best outcomes for our clients. We are proud that our approach and professionalism since we launched in 2018 has been recognised by our ranking in The Legal 500, 2022.

We are equally passionate about creating a working environment which is professionally and personally fulfilling, enriching and supportive.

Being part of the Edward Cooke Family Law team brings: 

  • A supportive, nurturing team environment
  • Clear career progression opportunities
  • Family-friendly and hybrid working practices
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Modern, spacious offices in Chichester and Brighton
  • A generous holiday allowance
  • A stakeholder pension scheme
  • Team events and charity release days
  • A weekly (non-compulsory!) team exercise class
  • Monthly, confidential one-on-one therapeutic support from a psychotherapist
  • Excellent ongoing professional and personal development opportunities
  • First class support from our experienced administrative and paralegal team

The Team

Learn more about our current team! We are a friendly and supportive group of experienced legal professionals and support staff, based across our two modern, spacious offices in Chilgrove and Brighton.

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