Anna specialises in dispute resolution, including litigation and international arbitration. She has particular expertise in contractual disputes, IT projects, outsourcing and services, copyright and confidentiality. Her work often includes multiple jurisdictions and close coordination with foreign lawyers.
Anna’s practice has focused on the IT sector since 1997. She regularly advises clients about commercial law and large-scale IT projects, including the management of risk in ongoing projects, termination and exit. Anna has acted in some of the largest and most complex IT projects including De Beers v Atos Origin, and is well regarded for her commercial approach.
Anna is a Fellow of the Society for Computers and Law and a member of its Advisory Board, after serving as a Trustee of the SCL from July 2012 to February 2019. The SCL's mission is to inform and educate legal and technology professionals, academics and students on the impact of IT on law and legal practice through the promotion of best practice, thought leadership and the creation of a global tech law community.
Anna is also the Vice Chair of International of the Cyber Security, Data Privacy and Technology Committee of the IADC.
BA (Hons) History, University of Leeds
Admitted in Republic of Ireland (non-practicing)
CPE and LPC, College of Law
Partner in private practice since 2005
- Information Technology - Chambers and Partners (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
- Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Information Technology Law (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
- Commercial contracts - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
- Commercial litigation - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017)
- IT and Telecoms - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
- Litigation - Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (2018/2017)
- The Lawyer Hot 100 (2018)
"Anna Cook is recommended for her handling of high-value IT disputes. Her client base includes multinational digital media companies and financial services infrastructure providers." - Chambers and Partners 2019
"Anna Cook 'tailors advice and strategic suggestions to clients' requirements'." - Legal 500 2019/2018
Anna Cook is particularly noted for her work in technology litigation, and she represents both suppliers and customers when IT contract disputes arise. She is valued for her commercial awareness, with commentators noting that she has "a progressive in-houser's view of the way technology works." - Chambers and Partners 2018
"Anna Cook, who recently made partner, is a key name for complex IT litigation." - Legal 500 2017
"The commercial and technology disputes team promoted Anna Cook, who is ‘extremely able and commercial’, to the partnership." - Legal 500 2017
‘technically excellent’ - Legal 500 2017
"Anna Cook recently joined the team from RPC. She is praised for her 'exceptional' knowledge of IT law, and noted in particular for handling software and contractual litigation." - Chambers and Partners 2017
"Clients appreciate that Anna Cook 'understands what we are trying to achieve' and the fact that 'working with her is a pleasure, even in a difficult case'. She has an excellent reputation as a litigator and an expert in international arbitration in the IT space." - Chambers and Partners 2016