Three lawyers who enjoy the freedom of working for a ‘law firm with a difference’ are encouraging others to come on board as the company plans to expand across the region.
gunnercooke, which was established in Manchester in 2010, operates a different business model to the traditional law firm. All its self-employed partners are senior lawyers with a minimum of 10,000 hours practising experience, who offer a fixed fee to their clients.
The company has around 105 partners in the UK but is looking to expand that this year.
Antonia Gardner and Jocelyn Taylor joined gunnercooke last year as a real estate partner and construction partner respectively
Ms Gardner, who has worked for firms including Eversheds and Geldards, said: “It’s refreshing to be able to offer legal services in a way that is genuinely different and benefits my clients’ businesses. My clients have responded very well, and we are keen to build our team in the East Midlands through the recruitment of senior, experienced lawyers, who can advise businesses at boardroom level. It’s very exciting.”
gunnercooke, which has doubled in size year on year, was named alternative business structure of the year at the 2015 Modern Law Awards.
Ms Taylor, who has around 40 clients across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, said: “It’s fabulous because you have the complete freedom to do exactly what you want for your clients, and because we don’t have to log hours we can spend as much time as we like with them. It’s also more transparent for the clients so they know exactly what they are in for.”
Patrick Billyeald is the latest addition to the Nottingham team, having been appointed corporate partner. He previously worked for Actons and Shakespeare Martineau.
He said: “I decided to join gunnercooke because I was impressed and excited by its business model and ambition. It provides me with freedom from the budget pressures and office politics found in traditional law firms, enabling me to do what I like best, namely, working closely with my clients to meet their needs.”
Ms Gardner added: “It’s great to have access to Patrick’s experience, and his local reputation is second to none.
“We are always happy to meet with people [potential employees] to have a coffee and chat. The more people we have the more we can offer.”
Article originally featured on The Nottingham Post: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Law-firm-Gunnercooke-looks-expand-Nottingham-team/story-28503907-detail/story.html
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