Angelique M Watkins joins as a general commercial lawyer with particular experience in the areas of transport and insurance. Formerly an insurance defence litigator, she now provides advice for numerous transport industry companies, primarily in the aviation and shipping sector.
Antonia Gardner brings to the company over 15 years’ experience as a commercial property solicitor. Her work includes acting for a wide range of commercial clients, from individuals to major corporates.
Clare Jones has practiced in the area of commercial litigation for over 14 years, with a particular emphasis on banking litigation. Immediately prior to joining gunnercooke, she worked as the sole in-house lawyer at an SME.
Rory Tait is one of the UK’s leading energy lawyers with a particular emphasis on the renewable and sustainable energy sector. He has advised, and continues to advise, the developers of large-scale renewable generation projects in the UK.
Jocelyn Taylor has been appointed as a highly experienced construction solicitor. She has worked at a number of firms including Slaughter and May before moving to the Midlands to join Eversheds where she became a partner and head of Construction and Engineering in the East Midlands.
Shilpen Savani joins from DWFM Beckman where, as a partner, he specialised in high-value commercial dispute resolution and employment law. His diverse client base includes SME businesses, designer fashion brands, a global private equity firm, professional clients and senior executives in the financial and media sectors.
Christopher Bushnell also joins as an accomplished legal counsel, formerly at CRS. His work covers the broad spectrum of employment relations, from start to finish.
Real estate lawyer Benjamin Zatman moves to gunnercooke’s Manchester office following 10 years at BBS Law. Working closely with a broad range of financial and third sector clients, Zatman’s portfolio covers commercial acquisitions, sales, secured lending, as well as advising landlords and tenants.
Saad Ahmed, former partner at both Ward Hadaway and Hill Dickinson, specialises in UK and international corporate and business tax. He will also join the team in Manchester to provide advice on corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, share options and complex restructuring.
Nicky Androsov acts for a wide range of clients, including start-ups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations, SMEs and entrepreneurs, across many sectors. She focuses on commercial and technology dealings, such as agency, distribution, marketing and franchise agreements, research and development agreements.
Tejinder Mahil has been practising for over twenty years as a corporate and commercial solicitor in London and Hong Kong. He has represented vendors and purchasers, investors and investees, lenders and borrowers, owners, sponsors and developers on numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments.
gunnercooke is a full service corporate and commercial legal firm, comprising solely senior lawyers with a minimum 10,000 hours practising experience. The firm operates across the UK, with offices in Manchester and London.
Founding partner Darryl Cooke commented: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome 12 distinguished lawyers to our team as part of our on-going recruitment, and their wide-ranging expertise will add tremendous value to our client offering.
“gunnercooke is continuing to expand at a remarkable rate, demonstrating the success of our unique operational model, and we’re looking forward to bringing even more partners on board in the coming months.”