Michelle Cookson

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222234
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 355848

What can I do for you?

I am a partner in our award winning real estate practice. I specialise in complex investment and development projects.

I advise investors on the strategic management of their operational and investment portfolios and landowners and developers on the acquisition and development of sites.

Supporting clients' objectives

Our focus is on delivering outstanding client service. Partner led, dedicated client teams allow us to build close, long lasting working relationships with our clients and so support their objectives.

With a team of over 100 real estate lawyers, and access to other lawyers specialising in planning and environmental law, corporate, construction, finance and tax, we have the capacity and expertise to handle the largest and most complex property transactions.

My recent work highlights include:

  • Providing advice on the strategic management of Trinity College’s substantial investment portfolio which includes The O2, Cambridge Science Park, Felixstowe Docks and Dunsfold Airfield, a large mixed use site which includes the Top Gear track
  • Advising landowners on major development opportunities on six sites for more than 6,000 new homes across London and the South East
  • Advising a US REIT on its £110 million acquisition of a portfolio of private hospitals in the UK
  • Advising Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which includes a £200 million LMB for the MRC, the relocated Papworth Hospital and the new global headquarters of AstraZeneca
  • Leading the real estate team advising a fund providing a £124 million loan to refinance two property portfolios comprising more than 120 properties. This complex transaction included on-shoring and restructuring and involved a team of lawyers from our national real estate, corporate and tax teams

What do others say?

I am described as a leading individual in Legal 500 2018. Clients say that I am “highly skilled and a pleasure to work with”. They also recognise my ability to build strong relationships and appreciate my commercial approach.

Mills & Reeve is “the standout team at the forefront of the local market, additionally noted for its strong capabilities on both a regional and national level. Frequently sought after to assist a range of prominent clients with high-value and complex matters ranging from investment and development to real estate management.” Chambers 2018

“Mills & Reeve LLP’s team is very efficient and knowledgeable, and very good value for money. Planning partner Beverley Firth oversees a department which is rated by clients as 10 out of 10 for value and appropriateness of advice. The firm is a respected national player that handles high-quality work on a regional, national and international level for investors, nationally known developers, strategic landowners, major corporates, and education and health care providers.” Legal 500 2018

“It is a team with the quality of a top-tier London firm, but which comes with the value you associate with a regional firm.” Chambers 2018

"They perform excellently and provide a very efficient and focused service. They understand our business exceptionally well." Chambers 2018

What else should you know?

Mills & Reeve is a top UK law firm with offices in six key UK cities: London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Norwich. We are used to working on and managing projects spanning international boundaries and our clients have access to a worldwide network of trusted partners for international advice.

The firm’s experience speaks volumes but it’s our ambitious, collaborative culture that drives the business.