About us

Cooper & Co was formed in 1997 and we are specialists in Civil and Criminal cases on Doglaw.

Although based in Kent we act and advise in cases throughout England and Wales. Our website will provide you with a summary of the principle legal issues involved with the cases that we deal with most regularly. However, if you have a specific issue you must not regard this website as constituting advice and so please contact us by the most suitable method for one to one help.

Doglaw is a complicated area of law and we fully appreciate that if it’s your dog that’s in trouble that it’s never a case of “it’s only a dog”. We hope you will come to regard us as your friends at the end of the phone.

We can also provide advice on civil disputes on cats www.catlaw.co.uk and have recently set up a family law department which is run by an experienced specialist matrimonial lawyer www.divorcelawkent.co.uk

Specialists in Dog Law | Tel: 01304 755 557

Trevor Cooper

Solicitor Trevor Cooper, the Principal, is now in his 27th year of acting for dog owners. Trevor was awarded the Phyllis Mayer Argus Medal by Dogs Trust “in recognition of long and distinguished service on behalf of dogs”.

He was also awarded the Lesley Scott-Ordish Memorial Award by PRO – Dogs for having made “an outstanding contribution to the world of dogs”. Trevor has previously been a Principal Solicitor the Environment Agency prosecuting cases in the North East, the Doglaw Specialist for Dogs Trust and is currently the Doglaw Consultant to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

He is frequently in demand for media appearances and regularly gives seminars to professionals and dog clubs all over the country.

Nik Starmer-Smith

Nik has been a caseworker for over 25 years. Nik undertakes both criminal and civil doglaw work and advice. He came to Cooper & Co. in 2010 having previously been the Head of Office of a large not-for-profit legal service provider. 

Kirstie Devine

Kirstie recently joined us after a period as a paralegal assistant for the CPS at Maidstone Crown Court.  

She is the owner of Reggie, a 16 year old Miniature Yorkshire Terrier, who comes into the office with her.  Kirstie has experience of being a kennel manager and she is a City & Guilds qualified dog groomer.

Hedley Wethered

Hedley (or Fred as we call him) has been with Cooper & Co since the beginning in 1997 and he makes sure that our ledgers balance.

Josh Ingleton

Josh has been with us since Summer 2020 as an administrator.  He has a law degree from the University of Kent and is currently doing the Legal Practice Course on a part time basis

Jack Sullivan

Jack is in his final year of a law degree at the University of Kent and is with us for work experience.  He is a voluntary adviser at the CAB and is the President of the Kent Law Temple Society.