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Meet Our Team.

  • Angela McGurk

    Angela joined the firm as a trainee in 2005 and became a director in 2019. Since qualifying Angela has specialised in all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, financial matters, private arrangements for children, cases involving domestic violence and cohabitation cases.

    Angela is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law accreditation panel and can therefore represent children in care proceedings. Angela is a keen advocate and frequently appears in courts across the North East.

  • James Cooper

    Director James Cooper joined us as a trainee in 2008 and now specialises in private client and conveyancing work. James advises on a range of wills, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney matters and helps clients to plan for the future. James also maintains a buoyant conveyancing caseload.

  • Katie Cooper

    Joining us in 2019 having spent 11 years at a top 20 law firm, bringing with her a wealth of expertise Katie advises on all aspect of residential conveyancing for individuals and investors. Katie also advises on wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

  • Louisa Bestford

    Louisa is a specialist family solicitor, she joins the team in 2020 after spending ten years advising married and unmarried couples, as well as families. She has a wealth of experience in assisting families during the unfortunate event of separation and helping her clients to reach fair settlements to achieve positive outcomes.  She is a member of Resolution, the organisation for family law professionals and considers court proceeding to be a last resort. However, in cases where proceedings are appropriate Louisa undertakes litigation in divorce, finances and child arrangements. She recognises the impact separation can have on parents and the children of a family, therefore, wherever possible resolves cases by negotiation.

    In addition to dealing with cases where relationships break down Louisa deals with protective planning and future-proofing assets through prenuptial and cohabitation agreements.

  • Kathryn Griffiths

    With over twenty years’ experience, there are not many conveyancing issues Kathryn has not seen before. Kathryn is proud to have built a loyal client base, many of whom return to her time and time again which is testament to her dedicated approach to completing matters swiftly and efficiently.

  • Nigel Cooper

    Nigel qualified in 1977 and joined the firm in 1996. Now semi-retired, Nigel retains an interest in all property law matters and is pleased to act as a consultant for the firm.

  • Kathryn Cooper

    Kathryn joined the firm in 1988 and retired from the practice in 2019. Kathryn continues to act as a consultant for the firm and retains a limited number of clients. Kathryn is a well-respected family lawyer who also sits as a deputy district tribunal judge.

To discuss how Cooper Stott can help you contact us on 0191 384 7210.

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Call: 0191 384 7210

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Aykley Vale Chambers

Durham Road, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5NE

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