Join us If you set out to create a new law firm, what would it look like?

Be your own boss
Be a gamechanger
Be a gunnercooke lawyer

A firm for senior lawyers with commercial ambition and an appetite to change the way legal services are delivered. Lawyers who want to deliver the best possible service to their clients, not for the corporate machine.

gunnercooke lawyers work to their own time – free of timesheets and the ticking clock. Supported by the gunnercooke brand and a passionate peer group, our lawyers work on their own terms – free to maximise their earning potential.

Our business is going through a massive period of change and growth – so it’s great to work with a team that has ‘seen it all before’. They understand the way to structure a transaction to get the best result for both us and for our acquisition target.

Culture and social

We are an ambitious company, driven by the desire to make law work as it should. Our four central values reflect this and run throughout the company:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Client first

These values don’t just relate to our clients. We are dedicated to creating a supportive environment where talented lawyers are nurtured but have the freedom to give the best possible service on their own terms.

We exist to deliver better. A better legal service, a better legal career and ultimately a better world.

Getting together

Freedom is a central pillar for gunnercooke and what it stands for. We’re proud to say our lawyers are based all over the country and are empowered to work flexibly – but that’s not to say we don’t relish getting together.

Our culture is celebrated and enriched by meeting each other. We host a wide range of social and structured development events, operating an extremely active programme across our London and Manchester offices.

The biggest event in our calendar is the gunnercooke annual, Symposium, which celebrates our anniversary in September each year. It’s a great opportunity to hear from world-class speakers, hone business skills, reinforce our values and spend time with colleagues.

Support team

We pride ourselves in offering a flexible yet supportive work environment for our lawyers. To help us do this we have a team dedicated to delivering the best possible support to our talent. We call this team gcTrust – a reflection of our core values.

The work of gcTrust is to enable our teams. It aims to be a valued partner and a safe pair of hands – there to take care of: marketing and business development, finance, compliance, post and administration and IT systems. This team takes care of the entire infrastructure, which enables our lawyers to focus on what they do best, advising clients.

Facilities

Compliance

  • Advice on compliance with all SRA rules
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Client on-boarding and AML checks
  • CPD training

Finance

  • Client and office account facilities
  • Invoicing and credit control
  • Financial management: payment, remittances, bank queries

IT and Systems

  • IT set up, support and backup
  • Cloud-based intranet
  • Online ‘how to’ videos
  • Online learning portal
  • Online precedent database
  • Internal social network and app

Marketing and Business Development

  • Awards submissions
  • Branded template documents
  • Business cards
  • Client events
  • Client feedback programme
  • Company research software
  • Database management
  • Email accounts
  • Email campaigns
  • Firm newsletters
  • Pitch and proposal support
  • Stationary
  • Webinars

Cross referrals and social network

  • Regular internal networking with colleagues in complementary practice areas
  • Annual conference
  • Internal social network

Management of your practice

  • Access to secretarial and paralegal support
  • Conference call facilities
  • Document archiving and secure storage
  • Document management system
  • Hot-desking facilities and meeting rooms in Manchester, Leeds and London
  • Legal Counsel; highly experienced support lawyers
  • Legal Research facility
  • Telephone answering and call forwarding

Going through a transaction can be very distracting when you’re running a business. gunnercooke’s Matthew Searle advised that the most important thing for me was making sure that the business ran smoothly. He protected me from all of the legal jargon and the back and forth. He kept me involved in what I needed to know, he translated for me – and above all he made sure I felt in control at all times.

Offices & HubsFlexibility and freedom

Flexibility and freedom are two of the founding principles of gunnercooke.

We believe our clients and talent can achieve the best results when they’re free to operate without boundaries.

With this in mind, our lawyers are technologically enabled and ready to work from anywhere with an internet connection. We have invested in secure cloud based systems, which gives our lawyers the flexibility to choose where they work from.

We also provide high-quality, fully serviced office space with hot-desking in London, Manchester and Leeds, with meeting and event space facilities also available. This provides our lawyers with inspiring space to work, collaborate and meet with clients as required.

Development officeTraining and support

Our lawyers are experienced – with a minimum of 10,000 hours’ technical service under their belts. But it’s our role to make their transition to working in a more commercial environment as easy and successful as can be.

Our Development Office supports this, offering a range of business coaching facilities to our lawyers such as; one-to-one coaching with leading business consultants, group sessions led by world-class outside trainers, technology and systems classes and a wide variety of internal networking events.

We’re proponents of lifelong learning and understand that careers, skills and interests develop. With this in mind, we have an active CPD programme for our lawyers and everybody is encouraged to take part in it.

The aim is to help our lawyers to continue to develop as exceptional advisors, with a heavy focus on supporting the shift to a more entrepreneurial way of working. We advise all of our lawyers to take full advantage of the development office programme, so that they are maximising the opportunities within their own practice and also with the wider gunnercooke group.

Technology

With innovation at the core of our model, gunnercooke prides itself upon a passion for technology.

gunnercooke lawyers are connected via a cloud-based internet, which provides masses of support on delivering and sharing client work effectively and securely. We are keen advocates of using technology to drive efficiencies across complex legal processes such as due diligence and litigation, so that our lawyers time is spent on aspects of their role that they can add most value to.

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We want to speak to senior lawyers who enjoy the freedom of working collaboratively amongst highly experienced peers within a high quality brand. People with the appetite and ambition to change the way that legal services are delivered to businesses.

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