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About Charlotte

Charlotte is a Partner in the Social Housing arm of our Real Estate team. She has extensive experience working with Registered Providers, NHS bodies, local authorities, and with other care and support organisations. She has particular expertise in development work (including planning gain and management areas, as well as construction and ancillary matters, both on greenfield and regeneration sites) as well as working with sheltered, supported housing and extra care providers.

Charlotte also advises on non-contentious housing management matters including tenancy agreements, support contacts and handbooks. She is also Chair of Winckworth Sherwood’s CSR Committee.

Recent Experience

  • Acting on behalf of an RP in its land based acquisition at the Linmere development, a significant redevelopment of land in Houghton Regis, in conjunction with Avia Life & Pensions Limited, as site wide “master developer”.  This forms part of an ongoing much wider regeneration of the area, with associated major infrastructure works, including the build of new highways infrastructure, and a new junction to the M11 motorway.  This is an ongoing newbuild project on ex-farmland, and satisfaction of LA Local Plan concerns has been key to achieve an effective and sensible redevelopment. Environmental matters and place making have been key. This is a continuing phased development, and our role has regard to the all parties desires to strategically land plan throughout.
  • Acting for St Mungo in conjunction with its use of Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government funding (“everyone in”) for the provision of supported care accommodation for ex-street homeless individuals. This has required the acquisition of a significant portfolio of street properties across Britain and the South-West for the Association, acting at speed to ensure the use of grant funding within the timetabling set by the Ministry.
  • Acting for One Housing Group in the disposal of extra care units at its BankHouse development (a Berkeley Homes development, within a Norman Foster designed scheme) on the London Embankment. The partnership with LGBTQ+ provider Tonic will offer accommodation to individuals often marginalised from society. The scheme has seen much publicity and is a foundation project for and a front runner in the provision of accommodation for this user group.

Professional Memberships

  • Trustee of local charity Bede House.
  • Shadow chair of the Friends of West Ham Park

Career Experience

2010 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2008 to 2010: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2004 to 2008: Senior Solicitor - Housing and Regeneration

2002 to 2004: Senior Solicitor - Housing Department

2001 to 2002: Solicitor - NHS Property Department

1998 to 2001: Newly Qualified Solicitor - Housing Department

1996 to 1998: Articled clerk

“Charlotte Cook, whose expertise spans development work and assisting sheltered, supported housing and extra care providers.”

Legal 500, 2017

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Charlotte Cook, who is ‘a rock’ and ‘fun to work with’.

Legal 500

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“Charlotte’s knowledge and experience in the social housing sector is, I would say, the broadest I have yet come across and it is refreshing to work with a solicitor who will advise their clients according to their client’s needs, rather than simply highlighting risks”

Regional Development Director, national RP

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