Corporate law firm gunnercooke has signed up four litigation partners
29 May 2013
Fast-growing corporate law firm gunnercooke has lured four new partners to its litigation team.
David Joseph, current vice-president of the Manchester Law Society, joins along with Mike Kenyon, Mark Whittell and Sarah Sharpe.
The recruitment of the quartet brings the number of partners at the Manchester firm to 28.
Joseph is a commercial litigator with more than 20 years’ experience and moves from Stockport practice Gorvins, where he is a consultant. He will become president of the MLS later this year and is also a non-executive director of telecoms firm Callcare and a trustee of charity Medequip4kids. Joseph said: “It was a real wrench to leave Gorvins but I am thrilled and delighted to be joining such an ambitious and forward-thinking law firm.”
Kenyon is recognised as one of the UK’s leading regulatory and financial defence lawyers. He was a commercial fraud partner at Burton Copeland, before setting up specialist litigation practice Cooper Kenyon Burrows. Kenyon has also acted as a national consultant on financial crime to Hill Dickinson, which has an office in Manchester.
Sharpe was a partner at Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper before setting up Sinclair Sharpe, in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, two years ago. She is a corporate crime and regulators specialist.
Whittell, formerly a partner at failed solicitors Cobbetts, is an experienced mediator, as well as being a commercial litigator.
Gunnercooke was founded in 2010 by Darryl Cooke and Sarah Goulbourne and in November opened an office in London.
Cooke named it after his late father Derek, with ‘Gunner’ having been his nickname as a child. The firm is looking to grow across Europe. Cooke said: “We are delighted to welcome these new partners on board and I believe that their combined seniority gives us a truly powerful litigation offering.”
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