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Ian Cook

Partner & Barrister


I am a Partner in the Private Wealth Family Team in London which provides advice and conducts litigation in all areas of family law, including international matters and property disputes between couples who are not married. My specialism, in which I have been recognised for many years as one of the leaders in my field, is matrimonial finance.

At present I have very wide ranging experience of cases involving:

  • Financial provision for the children of unmarried parents
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Deferred remuneration - such as bonus awards, share options, restricted shares and the like
  • Inherited assets
  • Multiple properties (owned in the UK and abroad)
  • Family-owned businesses including property holding companies (here and abroad)
  • Complex wealth holding structures established in tax havens around the world

Typically my clients are legal, financial, medical and business professionals, their spouses and civil partners, and the independently wealthy, based both in the UK and abroad.

What inspired you to get into law?

I qualified as a lawyer after I had taken a degree in Philosophy. The practice of the law is an intellectually challenging way to earn a living.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I enjoy helping my clients achieve a fair outcome at minimum financial and emotional cost. I am always focused on trying to provide a service which represents good value for money.

In an appropriate case exposing a dishonest litigant or proving the existence of hidden assets is very satisfying.

What do you do away from the office?

I am married with two young children and spend lots of time with my family. My other hobbies include skiing, playing cricket and watching rugby.


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Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 08/01/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Expands Private Client Team In London With New Family Partner

    “This is an exciting time to join the firm as the private client teams at Irwin Mitchell continue to grow and expand. The firm has been at the forefront of family law in recent years, with expert lawyers from Irwin Mitchell successfully taking cases to the highest courts in the land and delivering victories at the Supreme Court, and I can’t wait to become a part of that.”

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