Fast-growing corporate and commercial law firm gunnercooke has bolstered its litigation team with four new partners.
David Joseph, the current vice-president of the Manchester Law Society, joins along with Mike Kenyon, Mark Whittell and Sarah Sharpe.
They take the number of partners at gunnercooke to 28.
Mike Kenyon is recognised as one of the UK’s foremost regulatory and financial defence lawyers, having been a commercial fraud partner at Burton Copeland before setting up specialist litigation practice Cooper Kenyon Burrows and then acting as a national consultant on financial crime to Hill Dickinson.
Sarah Sharpe, a corporate crime and regulatory specialist, was a partner at Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper before setting up Sinclair Sharpe in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, two years ago.
Mark Whittell, formerly a partner at Cobbetts, is an experienced mediator as well as being a commercial litigator.
David Joseph, who moves from Stockport firm Gorvins, will become president of the Manchester Law Society later this year.
The quartet’s arrival comes as gunnercooke launches a fixed-price litigation product. It includes offering clients a strategic review of their case at an early stage to help assess their chances of success if it goes to trial.
The service will include a calculation of the likely costs involved and how much of those will be recoverable or payable should the client win or lose.
Mr Whittell said: “It’s about assessing the risk before litigating, taking steps to mitigate that risk and having complete certainty and transparency about what it will cost you to get the result you want.”
Mr 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.
“Every chief executive or finance director dreads being drawn into, or having to embark on, litigation because of the time it wastes, the damage it can cause their business and the spiralling costs often made worse by the myopic approach taken by lawyers.
“The gunnercooke approach is to consider the wider interests of the business and to fix the fees paid by the client every step of the way.”