Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Penrith
A top corporate and commercial transaction lawyer. Has successfully completed 200+ jobs on the Lexoo platform.
Partner in charge of the Butterworths Corporate and Commercial Services Team and is Regional Managing Partner for the Butterworths North East division. He is a well-known presence in the legal industry and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on his field of expertise. Prior to joining Butterworths, John practiced at DLA Piper, Walker Morris, and Dickinson Dees.
Clients praise him for his professionalism, responsiveness and patience.
Butterworths Solicitors is a full service law firm based in the North of England, with offices in both the North East and North West. Established in 1993, Butterworths has grown from its humble beginnings to employ circa 100 dedicated professionals working from 5 offices across the North East and Cumbria.
Our services are focused on commercial clients and we offer and expert services in:
• Commercial property
• Company and corporate affairs
• Business sales and purchases
• Banking finance litigation
• Agricultural matters
• Employment advice
• Dispute resolution
Our approach is down to earth and flexible and we know that our clients business are depending on us to deliver. Every time.
John and his team were absolutely a delight to work with. Everything went smoothly i couldn't have asked for more.
Having never used Lexoo before I totally did not know what to expect hiring a solicitor this way... I really couldn't have had a better experience. John was excellent & an absolute pleasure to work with from our very first message right through to the very end of the completion of my business sale. Both myself & my buyer were keen to push through the sale within a 3 week timeframe, so it was a tight schedule, but John went above & beyond to keep to it. Absolutely couldn't fault him. Thanks John.
John is fantastic at what he does; extremely professional and diligent. John and his team always worked with my best interest in mind. He always made me aware of what options were available to me and this really helped my cause and guided me towards making the right decisions. I would also like to give credit to John's team in particular Angela again brilliant! A real peice of mind knowing you have John and his team on side especially if you’re a novice like me. Simply the best!
Absolutely Brilliant would have no hesitation in recommending John.
John provided excellent support and guidance through a unnecessarily protracted lease negotiation due to the other party not responding within reasonable time scales. A good outcome was achieved and I thoroughly recommend him
First class service from Butterworths, thank you.
A very professional lawyer! Will recommend to everyone!
I would have no hesitation in recommending John to anyone looking for assistance with a commercial transaction. He was fantastic on every level and we will certainly be using him again.
John was a friendly helpful person who provided us with an excellent service for our business sale particularly helping us find a way through our complications. He was incredibly patient and helpful during our setbacks from our potential purchasers . He also stuck to the fixed price agreement despite the complications and teh lengthy nature of our sale. Overall I'm very impressed. He has seriously improved my jaundiced view of the legal profession and I would happily buy his services again.
John was fabulous. Great communication, prompt and efficient. Really nice chap to deal with. Would definitely use again and recommend 👍
John was brilliant throughout. Always very helpful and quick to respond to any issues. Highly recommend.
John was a very welcomed find. Very professional and easy going and I really enjoyed my experience with him. I can't recommend him highly enough.
John was simply incredible! From dealing with my lease finalisation with the utmost professionalism and pro-activity to his above and beyond service resulting in multiple savings on my side, John ensured my business would flourish. John’s frequent and poignant communication made lease terminology digestable for a first-time business owner. John’s the real deal, from now on i wouldn’t consider using any other solicitor.
Stayed patient in a long drawn out process. Was persistant on our behalf at the end. Very pleased with the outcome.
Excellent service by this solicitor, his expertise in securing a difficult business purchase and tenancy was superb from start to finish , always contactable with prompt replies , will definitely be using his services again .
John was very knowledgable around the lease negotiation and was able to raise and execute a number of alterations in our best interest. The initial consultant was very swift and documents were very easy to exchange via the online portal and email where required. Most of our communication was via email speaking on phone where necessary and this made it easy for me to manage and progress during busy days. I would definitely use the services again.
John has been incredible from day 1. I spoke to many lawyers who were unwilling to do anything beyond the minimal requirements...this is not John! Even my landlord agreed that his passion drove fast results. He is available and responsive, incredibly business savvy, and ultimately has the clients best interests at heart. I will continue to use John for all of my commercial legal requirements moving forward and am grateful to have engaged such a genuine solicitor for my first business venture.
John is a competent lawyer who is always available and very responsive. He goes the extra mile to provide top class advice and service to get the job done in time. Well supported by an efficient team.
John was great and super responsive given tight timelines. We’ll look to use again next time we need legal assistance. Would recommend!
Got the job done, always available when needed.
John is a great guy, easy to talk to and very efficient, knows his profession, highly recommended 👍👍👍👍👍
John Cook of Butterworths and his right hand woman Angela Newstead have over the last two years given us excellent service on a number of matters.
Good experience and pleased with the. Service 100% recommended.
A huge thank you to John and his team. He made my first-time acquisition of a retail property lease a far smoother and stress-free process than I had anticipated. He kept in constant touch, returned calls ASAP and generally worked away to a successful conclusion with a high degree of professionalism, good humour and the minimum of fuss. I thoroughly recommend using his services.
John is an all round professional , pleasant to deal with and a genuine great guy ! I would not hesitate in recommending John for one second.
John and his team did great work and I will use his service again in future Cheers Conras
John and his team did a fantastic job for what I required. He was knowledgeable and was able to assert when necessary. Clear explanations were given when needed and updates were shared regularly. He was friendly and approachable with any requests. Would recommend.
wow wow wow this man and his team are awesome responded very quickly to all my requests , endeavoured to ring me back when needed or sent an email apology, knowledgeable friendly service if you need his type of services do not hesitate John cook is your man and your price thanks Butterworth thanks John
John drew up a commercial lease for me and was fantastic from start to finish. I would have no hesitation using John in future should the need arise.
I dont usually write reviews on services however on this occasion it is necessary. John and his team are AMAZING!! to say the least. John was available at anytime to assist us with our requirements and made our transaction as stress free and seamless as possible. Nothing was ever a problem for John or his PA Angela and they made us feel assured, comfortable and confident in their services.
He is great - professional, responsive, patient and friendly. He has always taken time to explain the stages of any procedures by email and over the phone. He was ready to answers my calls and explain, once again, something that I was not sure about. In 7 months, we went through 2 commercial lease and I achieved the outcome I was looking for. A really great service. I would highly recommend using him. Also, I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
John was a great guy to work with. The transaction ended up being complex due to the sellers solicitors but John was patient till the end. Great Job.
John was approachable and really easy to deal with. His expertise in the commercial acquisition was invaluable, it was even commented on by the vendors solicitors. Obviously he delegated after the initial phase but he was very hands on for completion, at this critical stage not working to office hours. I have already recommended him to one of my associates
Despite his fee being over fifty percent lower than the highest quotation locally, John Cook provided an excellent service, ensuring our commercial lease assignment was completed inside the deadline. I will certainly use John again in future and have no hesitation in recommending him. Thank you John, you deserve every success.
John was fantastic. Down to earth, friendly and always ahead of the game, he made the whole process feel easy. He was always on the ball, responsive to the case and always on hand to answer questions and give advice. I would have no qualms about using him again and recommending him to family and friends.
A pleasure to work with and very level headed, takes great care over the whole process and would thoroughly recommend to anyone needing a sound solicitor
John Cook was excellent throughout the process and answered all my queries promptly. I would definitely recommend John's services and will use again in the future.
John was brilliant from start to finish. His professional ability and attention to detail ensured that we achieved the outcome we were looking for. John was also very friendly and very easy to deal with. I will use John to provide legal support for my business in the future and would recommend him to you. Edwin
Excellent value for money and very thorough.
I have used John for both property and corporate matters in the past and have found him to be a consummate professional. He is calm under pressure and knows how to get a result. Highly recommended.
I would highly recommend John - I started the process with low expectations, based on previous solicitors I have dealt with. After a couple of communications, I realised I had chosen very well. John was extremely responsive and very patient with what was a painful business acquisition, due to a vendor presenting various excuses. In the end, the purchase fell through but John could not have done more to try and keep it going. Will definitely use John again on future opportunities.
This whole process took 6 mths for a normal commercial lease, usually between 8-12 weeks on a similar one. Land registry issued took 8+ wks and should have been done earlier. Had to chase to get things moving in the end, not proactive at all could be done at start. Complaints from agent on how slow matters progressing.No completion statement of invoice at end, chased still nothing. Whole process cost me £1800 3mths rates and loss rent. Feel fee should be fully refunded under this circumstances.
Excellent service, my sale was delayed by a long time and John kept me up to date and in the loop, trouble free solicitor. Five star
John Cook was an absolute pleasure working with. He was professional, always available on the phone and by email. was very generous with his time to give an advise, proactive, constantly chasing up other parties to stick to the timeline, etc. I had an experience working with other legal professionals before and must say that Johns' services are a very good value for money.
I could not have asked for a more professional, responsive, patient and competant solicitor than John. It took 12 months to get the deal done in the end, with so many obstacles along the way we lost count, and John was very patient and flexible throughout what was a very tough commercial sale. The sale fell through with one buyer, and it's common to charge 100% fees in that instance but John is a man of integrity + was v reasonable about that. The rest of his team were lovely as well. A+ service
Not the cheapest but very fast and responsible
The process of negotiating this commercial lease was a lot more complicated than expected due to the landlords solicitors, John sailed through it, had imense patience with them was obviously very professional and guided them in the right direction on occasion, which resulted in a good contract for both parties. All this whilst keeping me well informed all the time what more could you want, Knowledgable on the subject, great communicator and diplomatic under duress. Perfect
I appointed John Cook in order to buy a business. Excellent service, very promptly email answers and clear reporting. I was very happy to work with him. Right person on the right place. Thank you!
Professional and responsive to our requests and need. John met a tight turn deadline to oversee the legals on a lease agreement for a central London office. Would highly recommend to others.
No problems. Would use again.
John is a great lawyer. You really get the feeling he is on your side and wants to protect you from the sharks in the property industry. My previous experience of lawyers, is that all they do is think of ways to prolong the process by creating overly verbose and useless communications, whereas John is straight talking and straight to the point. He pushed through a very big commercial property deal exactly on time. He will also pursue the seller very doggedly for due diligence. Highly recommended
John cook did everything he said he would, I talked to him on the phone once or twice and he was a really nice fella,cheaper than everybody else, I'm now trading in my shop after John sorted out the commercial Lease for me,highly recommended
Highly recommended. Friendly and efficient. I will be back. Thank you
Very efficiency service. Recommended 👍
I wanted to review a lease agreement. The service was prompt and professional. No added costs occurred in the process.
John was a great help, very efficient and I would highly recommend using him
John and his team worked very hard to get my property purchase completed as there was a lot of changes through out the purchase which added more work load onto them. They still only charged the set fee so very pleased with their efforts. Good communications and great service over all. Highly recommend them.
Brilliant. Couldn't have made it easier.
John has great customer service and listening skills and is a very flexible and is able to adapt to requirement changes. I would highly recommend John and his team.
John Cook has been great - quick responses, friendly and professional throughout, his input has been invaluable and he has steered my client away from a lot of liability that they otherwise would have taken on. His fees are also competitive in what is typically an expensive sector. I will be taking John's advice again in future. Chris Cousineau Lynwoods Building Consultancy www.lynwoods.com
John Cook, and his entire team are excellent. I am thankful especially to John, who has been exceptionally cooperative and highly professional in getting my tenancy lease agreement completed. There were so many ups-and-downs in this lease and landlord's solicitor had been extremely difficult to deal with. It took 4 months due to the other side solicitor and at the end looking at John's work even the landlord dropped his solicitor and got all done by John as well. All done with great satisfaction
John has bern fantastic and very supportive throughout the process I would recommend for other colleagues and friends
John was amazing, helped us patiently and methodically through absolutely everything, always going above and beyond. He also spotted a few key mistakes made by Macfarlane's which saved us several thousand pounds. Would 100% recommend him.
We are very satisfied with john's work.This case had its difficulties which John overcame and we would not hesitate in using him again and also recommending.
John was excellent - very down to earth and pushed to get the deal completed as fast as possible. The price was very reasonable which was why I went through Lexoo but I did not feel that this influenced the level of service. I was able to get hold of John and he would call me back. He highlighted areas which required my attention. Very easy to work with.
I was introduced to Mr John Cook of Butterworths in Newcastle in March of this year for a retails leasehold transaction. I found the firm's approach very client-entric, the response time for queries from the other side's solicitor and to my own emails and phone calls was very prompt. I would recommend Butterworths any time to my friends and business associates. All in all a very pleasant experience and a great team to work with as well- Natalie, Charlotte and Carol. Ashok Bhagani
Very professional and fast. Great service with excellent outcome.
John was extremely helpful and I genuinely felt he was looking after our best interests. Nothing was too much effort. First class.
John was the consummate professional throughout the negotiation with regard to leasing our Retail unit. I can only add that we shall certainly use there services again as was a pleasure to work with them and would not hesitate in recommending to others.
John was very experienced at dealing with my business sale well priced for the legal work and is highly recommended.
Very good indeed. Speedy and professional service. Good value for money (Comparing with some London's solicitors VERY good). Highly recommended.
Johns quote was by far the cheapest and I did wonder whether if they were going to be the best solicitor to use. I could not have been more wrong. They have been excellent from day one. Answered and responded with detail to all quires and guided me through what turned out to be a bit of a complex lease. I would not hesitate to recommend them and will use them again in the future. Thank you Butterworths.
John was excellent. I would highly recommend him.
My experience with John was one of professionalism and attentiveness. He handled the exchange of my commercial lease smoothly and swiftly, and took all the stress out of the process. Excellent value for money and I'd definitely work with him again. Highly recommended.
The experience I had dealing with John was second to none. The effort John made towards the end of my lease when the other party was unresponsive was incredible. John is very polite and ensures someone gets back to you if he is unavailable. His firm is very I.T orientated which is excellent in this day and age. I would not hesitate to use John again and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to secure a commercial lease.
They are professional and look after your interests.
John was extremely helpful and efficient and I would have no hesitation in recommending him and would definitely use him for any future work.
We found John Cook at Butterworths to be very professional and approachable throughout a fairly lengthy project, and the documents he produced were of a very high quality. We would definitely engage again.
John Cook did a fantastic job on our somewhat complex five-party property transaction deal; amazingly responsive and hard working, stayed cool and charming at all times. After 25 years in business, and half a dozen lease negotiations, John is the first commercial property lawyer I've not hated! I would recommend John to anyone.
John assisted my wife and I with our recent property purchase. He was fantastic from instruction to completion. I would certainly use him again.
John was extremely helpful and kept on the case of our the property management company to make sure everything was seen through to conclusion. He also kept us informed throughout the whole process. Many thanks again John. D&J Henry Ltd
John is great ge really did live up to all our conveyancing expectations.
John was very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, and very insistent in the face of stone-walling from the other party. I was extremely confident to be able to leave him to get on with it.
We didn't finish the process yet. By now everything is OK, But I'm more in touch with Natalie Bell than MR John Cook. She is really great .
We've not quite finalised the lease yet but John has been top class trying to get things sorted. No complaints whatsoever.
John was very fast to respond to my enquiry and further questions. He has offers a one price option for commercial lease agreement and has managed to fit the work into the busy period before Christmas.Still on-going but vary happy to have found John.
John is handling a commercial lease renewal for me. It is progressing well and John has been very prompt dealing with any matters that have arisen.
Cannot find fault with service we received. Nothing was ever a problem and we were kept informed every step of the way, we had a very tight timescale and John pulled out all the stops to make sure this was achieved. We would not hesitate to recommend John and will definitely be using him again in the future.
Very pleased. Top service and very thorough - would definitely recommend
easy to deal with, very responsive and understanding
5 star rating, what more can i say....well worth the money
Very efficient service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend John or to use his services again
John Cook and his team were awesome! We had a tight time frame and he helped make the process seamless and on-time, communicated every detail and kept me in the know even out of working hours all the way through till completion. I'll have him represent me again, and again in the future. Thanks a lot for everything.
John has a great, cost effective offering.
John was professional at all times yet spoke in plain english as opposed to legal 'speak' making the communication process far easier than anticipated. He was also extremely accommodating and patient particularly when dealing with a very difficult situation and I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
John was great to deal with from start to finish on a shop lease. He gave me a swift quote after the job was posted. The advice he gave was excellent and he was professional, friendly and easy to deal with at distance. I would recommend John and would definitely go to him again if the need arises.
Always made himeself or his PA available. Sometimes a little hard to get hold of but i am not his only client and have to wait my turn, otherwise he always returned my calls, which i find amazing in this day and age, he and his PA always knew what was going on and kept me up to date. Advise was good and accurate, fees very reasonable. Who said sloicitors are shonky? Not this guy. Can highly recommend him and will definitely use him when the need arises again.
Earnestly I wasn't sure about Lexoo because compare to my previous experiences with local based solicitor John offered almost half amount money for the same job. But after complete the contract I'm very sure he did a very good job with friendly and professional manner. Thank you John. I will keep in touch with you future.
Every step of the way, John and his team were truly impressive. I would never dream of using anyone else after the quality of service I got from him. It was a tough transaction with lots of unforeseen issues and John made sure through his tireless commitment that we made it past the finishing post. Hat's off!
Excellent, John went above and beyond and provided a top notch and top quality service, we were extremely pleased and highly recommend his services to anyone. Thank you.
John was both professional and flexible by working within our very tight timescales. He completed the work diligently and to the standard that we needed and was responsive with any queries that we had. I would definitely go to John again for future work.
John was superb. Both he and his PA were approachable, responded quickly to calls and emails, answered questions, and pushed our transaction through with the sense of urgency that we required. There were no hidden costs. I can't recommend him highly enough.
excellent lawyer and valued for money. Job completed very quickly. highly recommended.
Have spoken to and had emails galore and very polite a professional. A pleasure to have john representing me.
I am still in the process of dealing with our case, but so far so good. I have received the service and attention I was expecting and I have confidence my interests will be properly looked after.
John has a passion for his work. he was very accurate motivated, and patience. very hard working, reliable and thorough with his job.
John Cook has been exceptional in his service, in the way he has communicated with us throughout the process and in his knowledge and guidance. I have no qualms in recommending John Cook.
Great service, I recommend to all
I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Cook of Butterworths Solicitors for his professional work. I have a neighborhood dispute regarding the parking area in front of the house. John Cook of Butterworths Solicitors agreed to look at our lease for a reasonable fixed price. I hind his explanations very clear and I feel confident in his advice. The manner in which the situation is deal with leave me feeling at ease in what is already a stressful situation. I have and will be recommending John Cook of Butterworths highly.
John Cook of Butterworths has been a pleasure to work with, he went the extra mile to ensure we had what we needed to ensure our process ran smoothly and without delay. John was always prompt with resolutions, responses and clearly knew his subject matter exceptionally well. I would highly recommend John, in any law related matter, and will be working with him again in the future. True to his word the finances came in as promised & expected, which in some instance is rare when dealing with solicitors. Huge thank you John, and to the team at Lexoo for making the introduction. Johanne Banks - MD Boxed Ltd
John was very responsive and provided a quality overall service. If he was unable to act on my behalf because he was away from the office, he kept me informed of who would be available to contact. As this was the first business lease I was working on, I needed a bit of advice along the way which John happily provided. I would have no hesitation contacting John Cook in the future should the need arise!