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Peter Cooke, Leading Employment Lawyer, Joins Covington

February 20, 2006

LONDON, UK, February 20, 2006 -  Covington & Burling announced today that Peter Cooke has joined the firm as of counsel and will lead Covington's European Employment Law Group.  Mr. Cooke is resident in the firm's London office.

Mr. Cooke has experience advising on the employment law aspects of acquisitions, outsourcing and other corporate transactions, employee benefit arrangements, partnership issues and company law issues relevant to directors and officers.  In addition, he has advised companies on a number of appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.  Prior to transitioning into private practice, Mr. Cooke was a legal adviser at the UK employers' organization, Engineering Employers' Federation.  He has been singled out as a leading individual in employment law in the UK Legal 500 directory.

"We are thrilled to have Peter join the firm," said John Rupp, managing partner of the firm's London office.  "Peter's expertise in employment and employee benefits law and labor relations will truly complement and strengthen our European Employment Law Group." 

Based in London, the European Employment Law Group has expertise in UK and European employment and labor laws.  Covington also has significant labor and employee benefits capabilities in Washington, Brussels and New York.

Mr. Cooke, a writer on employment law topics, is a graduate of Southampton University (B. Sc., 1970) and was admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1974.

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