Director, Family Solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer
Edward Cooke is a specialist family lawyer, an accredited mediator and a collaborative lawyer. He is regarded as a leading practitioner in his field and has almost 20 years of experience.
Edward is a director and National Committee member of Resolution, the nationwide organisation of over 6,500 family law professionals. In addition, he is the Resolution National Committee member responsible for sitting on Resolution’s Parenting after Parting Committee.
After obtaining a degree in History at Bristol University, Edward attained his Post Graduate Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.
Having started his legal career at leading London law firm Slaughter and May, he decided to specialise in family law and as such has spent 18 years practicing as a specialist family lawyer in both West Sussex and Hampshire.
In 2018, he founded Edward Cooke Family Law as a specialist family law practice.
Areas of work
Edward’s work as a family law solicitor 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. He not only has wide experience in dealing with the full range of family cases, but also regularly handles complex court cases involving substantial assets, trusts, farms and family businesses.
He writes articles for leading legal publications, including “Family Law” and Resolution’s “Review” magazine, and has been involved in a number of reported cases.
Edward believes firmly in the benefits of non-court resolution. He is an experienced and accredited family law mediator and collaborative lawyer and is also qualified to meet with children in the mediation process.
Regardless of whether he represents clients in court, through the collaborative process or in mediation, he always seeks to find solutions which are constructive, child-focused and fair.
Edward is a founder member of the Chichester and South Downs and Portsmouth Collaborative Law Groups, or “Pods”.
He is a Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist (Advanced Financial Provision 1 and Private Law Children) and a member of the Law Society Family Law panel.
In addition, he is a former President of the Chichester and District Law Society.
In March 2018, Edward was awarded a Chichester City Council Civic Award for services to the city of Chichester and, specifically, for his ‘outstanding contribution’ to the city in leading a campaign to keep court provision in Chichester.
As a result of this campaign, the government suspended the closure of the Chichester Combined Court until alternative court provision was opened in the city at East Pallant House in January 2019.
In April 2018, Edward was presented with the John Cornwell Award by Resolution, the family justice organisation.
Named after Resolution’s founder, the John Cornwell Award recognises a Resolution member who has gone above and beyond in his or her commitment to Resolution’s Code of Practice, to resolve issues in a non-confrontational manner and keep the interests of any children at heart.
Edward grew up in Chichester and was head chorister at Chichester Cathedral. He continues to enjoy all types of music, in addition to walking his golden retriever, running and spending time with his family.