Established for over 40 years, Tunbridge Wells-based CooperBurnett is focused on building long-term relationships with our clients, based around excellent communication and high levels of service.
With expertise in Commercial Law and Private Law, our team comprises experienced and skilled professionals, many of whom have built strong regional reputations. We provide excellent, professional advice and deliver this in a friendly, straightforward manner.
At CooperBurnett we pride ourselves on providing an exceptionally high level of service - this is what drives us and we aim to deliver this to every single client.
Within our team we boast extremely high levels of expertise and we deliver this knowledge in an efficient, friendly and professional manner.
At CooperBurnett, you can be sure of the same level of service and delivery that you’d expect from a City law firm but, as you would imagine, at lower rates. You’ll also be supported by the same lawyer throughout, which helps to build exceptional trust and a long-term relationship.
Having been based in Tunbridge Wells for many years, we feel very much part of both the business landscape and the local community.
We proactively support the business community in West Kent and East Sussex. Victoria Sampson and Katie Gillam have both held the role of President of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society, while John Spence is its current Vice President. Victoria was President of West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry on two occasions.
After the demise of the Chamber in 2020, Victoria joined with two other Tunbridge Wells-based business owners, Lynne Gadsden and Pam Loch, to launch enTWine, a new business forum for the town. This was initially hosted on Zoom and is now being held partly online and in person.
We take pride in sharing our knowledge with the community at large – with our partners often submitting articles and papers, speaking at conferences and seminars, and appearing in the media. For instance, Partner Thomas Lumsden, provides a regular column in The Care Home Environment magazine.
Every two years, our team at CooperBurnett selects a charity to support and our charity committee – Katie Hilsdon, Gareth Warner and Lisa Connolly – drives the fundraising. Over the years, this has included team members cycling from London to Paris in just 24 hours, completing the Three Peaks Challenge, again in just 24 hours, and walking 100km in just one day as part of the Race To The King challenge.
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A number of our team support local initiatives through volunteering. Partner Gemma Gillespie volunteers for Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District, while she and Associate Solicitor Melissa Gire support DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service). In both cases, they offer free guidance sessions on family matters.
Natasha Smith, Senior Associate in our Employment team, is a trustee for the children’s hospice charity, Demelza, our most recent charity of choice.
CooperBurnett is officially recognised by Kent County Council as a Dementia Friendly Business, the first in Tunbridge Wells to achieve this status. Associate Solicitor Katie Hancock is a Dementia Friends Ambassador and, as a firm, we are committed to making our business more dementia aware and dementia friendly wherever possible.
We have supported the Walk Tonbridge Festival since its inception in 2021, which encourages the community to get outside to enjoy Tonbridge and its surroundings. In 2023, the event raised an amazing £27,242.09 for charity, with £10,057.59 heading to Sustain, the community food and fuel bank in Tonbridge. The flagship event, the Walk Tonbridge Marathon, recently welcomed 125 participants.