Atherstone & Cook can trace its roots back about 85 years.

The present firm was founded in 1957 by William Atherstone (now deceased) and Lindsay Cook, the present Senior Partner.  Over the years, in past and recent times, the firm has represented high profile clients in civil, criminal and constitutional matters; and also the indigent,  without fear or favour.   These have included nationalists during the pre-Independence Lancaster House talks; and detainees, activists, and unionists, post-Independence.

This strong foundation has enabled us to build the firm to what it is today: a leading firm committed to producing expert legal advice and advisors.


In 2009 the firm merged with Wickwar & Chitiyo, thus fortifying the Conveyancing Department with Cathrine Chitiyo at the helm.

Chris Mhike is currently on the Zimbabwe Media Commission, a statutory body whose functions include to uphold and develop press freedom.

2012 and 2013 saw the firm being recognized as a leading firm in Zimbabwe in business law with a top, Band 1, ranking by Chambers & Partners.  Individually ranked partners include Lindsay Cook, together with Innocent Chagonda and Gary Crosland – both ranked in Band 2.

In early 2013 the firm proudly announced the admission to partnership of Tawanda Nyamasoka and Miranda Khumalo. Both had risen through the ranks since joining the firm more than five years ago.

Also in 2013 the firm has been nominated by World Finance magazine for ‘Best Corporate & Commercial Law Firm in Zimbabwe’.

Lindsay Cook has been nominated for 'Best Lawyer in Zimbabwe'.