LEGAL & ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

In addition to having taught international business, business finance, and law at several colleges, Richard Cookson practiced law in England with one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in the world followed by providing international counsel to several leading firms in Colorado and South Africa.

Legal Career

  • Completed a diverse legal career, practicing within a prestigious law firm in London, and providing legal counsel to law firms, corporations, and businesses in several international jurisdictions
  • Admitted to legal professions in England, Hong Kong, and South Africa
  • Recognized for resourcefulness, creativity, innovation, and timely completion of substantial projects
  • Established a reputation as a skilled negotiator for achieving win-win scenarios
  • Developed skilled and highly motivated teams
  • Cultivated and maintained successful client relationships

Private Legal Practice

Private practice in London included a wide variety of non-contentious work, including corporate and commercial transactional matters, civil litigation, administrative matters, establishing and jointly managing a new department to administer substantial property and related commercial transactions (including writing the authoritative handbook complete with procedures and precedents), and advising in the development of one of London's largest real estate agencies. Corporate and commercial advice included banking, company and business acquisitions and sales, shareholders' agreements, ship acquisition and financing, partnership matters, distribution agreements, franchising, captive insurance companies, intellectual property matters, sports organizations (including licensing agreements), various oil industry transactions, and ensuring regulatory compliance.

International Legal Counsel

  • Counseled Colorado law firms, including managing significant international civil litigation and dispute resolution in Brazil, Channel Islands, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa, and United Kingdom
  • Counseled law firms in London and Cape Town with respect to international acquisitions
  • Provided a wide variety of international professional advice, including turnkey contracts, joint ventures, shareholders' agreements, financing, and other commercial agreement preparation and negotiation

Academic Teaching Career

  • Lectured in Business Administration and Business Finance, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Lectured in Company, Contract, and Commercial Law, Technikon Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Delivered guest lectures on cross-cultural business and international accountancy
  • Affiliate Faculty in International Business, Colorado Christian University, Colorado

Publications

  • Served on Editorial Board of Natal University Law Review
  • Published articles in Natal University Law Review, South African Chartered Accountant, and Comparative International Law of Southern Africa
  • Authored complete law notes for evening (part-time) students (company, contract and commercial law)
  • Compiled handbook on commercial and real estate aspects of large-scale sales of housing societies (procedures and precedents)
  • Compiled handbook in the packaging industry (later developed into industry text on the subject)
  • Authored complete teaching notes for evening (part-time) students to address lack of available texts and need to focus on teaching extensive curriculum to working professionals