One of the region’s most entrepreneurial and well-known solicitors has sold his stake in the company he set up and will now pursue a new career.
Charles Cook has sold his stake in Cook & Co Solicitors, a firm he founded in 2008 alongside Vicki Neath.
Under their leadership the business enjoyed ten years of organic year- on- year growth in both turnover and profit; growing from a corporate only boutique firm to one with expertise across corporate, dispute resolution, property, private client and family.
Whilst at Cook & Co, Charles built a reputation as one of the leading dealmakers in the region. He has worked on some significant transactions in Bristol including the sale of Williams Automobiles to Vertu Plc and the sale of the private jet operation at Bristol Airport, Bristol Flying Centre, to Guernsey based, PULA Aviation.
Charles has sold his stake to three of his colleagues – Vicki Neath, Peter Golding and Gareth Raisbeck.
Following on from the sale he has set up a new corporate only legal practice called Cook Corporate Solicitors that will specialise in mergers and acquisitions and the private equity markets.
The new company is based in Clifton and Charles says it is already working on some significant deals.
He comments on the recent exit: “I am very excited about the new challenge and what lies ahead.
“Cook & Co has been a huge success story. It was no mean feat to start a law firm from scratch, especially in the recession of 2008/2009. We have built a strong brand under the strap line, the Bristol law firm, and I know Vicki, Peter and Gareth will continue to expand and grow the reputation of the firm.
“My focus as a solicitor is now purely on corporate law and I will have more time to commit to non-exec board positions.”
Charles has other business interests in the region and was a high-profile figure on the board at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club where he was heavily involved in the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the County Ground and the successful bid for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
He is also a director of the Clifton Club, was previously clerk to the governors at Tockington Manor School and is also founder board member of the Bristol Private Equity Club where he is also an active investor.
The club has invested well over £3m in the region since it was set up in 2016. Charles is also Company Secretary of mobile phone and tablet accessory distributor, JL Corporate.