About us

Tracy Chacksfield-Maidment

Hedley Wethered

Trevor Cooper

Nik Starmer-Smith

Christina Mihoko Deakin

Cooper & Co was formed in 1997 and exclusively specialises in Civil and Criminal cases on Doglaw. Although based in Kent we act and advise in cases throughout England and Wales. On the pages of this website we 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.


Solicitor Trevor Cooper, the Principal, is now in his 24th 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 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.


Trevor is assisted by a team which includes the following:-


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.  He is married with three grown up sons and is an avid motorcyclist and scuba diver.  He has a black belt in taekwondo but says that he's a bit too old for that malarky any longer preferring to keep body and soul together as a yoga practitioner.


Tracy Chacksfield-Maidment - Your first contact with Cooper & Co is likely to be when you speak with Tracy who is our super efficient receptionist / Senior Administrator and has been associated with the firm for 6 years. Tracy is the proud owner of 4 dogs, Ralfie, Murray, Anni and Sponge.


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.


Christina Mihoko Deakin - Christina is Cooper & Co’s current intern. She is completing her BA in Law and History at the University of Kent. She assists with reception and admin work around the office and shadows our case work. She was drawn to Cooper & Co’s creative approach to solving legal issues.