Archive for September 2019

gunnercooke and its client have been announced as finalists at this year’s Midlands Dealmakers Awards

gunnercooke and its client have been announced as finalists at this year’s Midlands Dealmakers Awards, run by Insider Media.  Amanda Allen’s client, SSE Audio Group, and the firm, are shortlisted for International Deal of the Year.  SSE Audio, a sound equipment supplier for live events, was acquired by Canadian business Groupe Solotech, which has worked […]

gunnercooke employment partner, Angela Brumpton, has commented on a story in People Management about a discrimination employment tribunal

gunnercooke employment partner, Angela Brumpton, has commented on a story in People Management about a discrimination employment tribunal involving the suspension of a teacher with bipolar disorder. You can read the full article HERE.

gunnercooke Partner and Coach, Hannah Beko, has been interviewed about mental health in the law for Harry Clark’s blog for aspiring lawyers

gunnercooke Partner and Coach, Hannah Beko, has been interviewed about mental health in the law for Harry Clark’s blog for aspiring lawyers. Meditation over Mediation – mental health in the legal sector, read the full article HERE. If you would like to know more about Hannah, you can view her website HERE.

Symposium 2019: Just 3 days to go!

We’re returning to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ this Wednesday to celebrate our ninth birthday Symposium – and for good reason! As well as providing the backdrop to one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, Oxford is steeped in history, decked with incredible architecture and boasts over 1,500 listed buildings. Where better to […]

gunnercooke Symposium proves a great success

gunnercooke llp has celebrated its ninth anniversary in style at a two-day Symposium in Oxford. Day One took place at the city’s Saïd Business School where delegates were welcomed by by co-founder, Sarah Goulbourne, and host, TV news presenter, Lucy Meacock. Keynote talks kicked off with author and commentator, Matthew Syed, who talked about how […]

gunnercooke shortlisted for two Business Culture Awards 2020

Following the accolade of being named the overall winner at the Business Culture Awards 2019, gunnercooke is delighted to have been shortlisted for two categories in 2020. Co-founder of the firm, Darryl Cooke, has been named a finalist in the Leadership category, whilst Head of People and Culture, Lucy Hargreaves, has been shortlisted for the […]

gunnercooke team advises on multi-million pound MBO

A team led by Corporate Partner Nick Ducker and Banking Partner Georgina Tripp advised on the sale of SRL Traffic Systems Limited to a management buyout team backed by LDC. SRL is the UK’s leading manufacturer of temporary traffic light systems in the UK.  LDC is a mid-market private equity investor which will support SRL […]

Tribunal on veganism could be first of more to come, warns gunnercooke solicitor

Sacha Sokhi, solicitor at gunnercooke, was interviewed by People Management about a tribunal that found veganism was a lifestyle choice rather than a protected characteristic. She hinted that there could be further tribunal cases testing whether vegetarianism, as well as veganism, fall within protected characteristics. Read more on this tribunal here.

Beware illegal work practices, employers are warned

Employment partner, Paul Ryman, has been interviewed in People Management magazine. This week, news headlines have warned employers against paying below the minimum wage and failing to provide paid holidays. Paul gives his thoughts on the results in the report from the Resolution Foundation. You can read the full article here.

Angela Brumpton interviewed in People Management magazine about unfair dismissal case against Camden Borough Council

gunnercooke Employment Law Partner Angela Brumpton has commented on an employment tribunal which highlights the need for employers to be diligent when going through the process of dismissing an employee. In this case, Camden Council’s investigation into an employee was found to be ‘seriously flawed’. You can read the full article HERE.

Spotlight on holiday entitlement and NMW breaches

New research published on Monday has found that: Around 1 in 20 workers do not receive their legal holiday entitlement Almost 1 in 10 workers do not receive a (now legally required) payslip Last year 200,000 workers were not paid the national minimum wage (NMW) Not the usual suspects? This means that a significant proportion […]

IP Partner Rosie Burbidge has featured on the cover of Trademark Lawyer

Intellectual Property partner, Rosie Burbidge, has written the cover feature for the current edition of the Trademark Lawyer (see Page 26), looking into why design is often neglected within the IP framework, and encourages IP practitioners to realise the opportunities they offer. You can read the full feature HERE.

Spotlight on dual-qualified partner, Claudia Font, who navigated a move to the UK from Spain

How long have you been at gunnercooke? Three and a half years What were your expectations/hopes and dreams when you set out in your career in the law? To be honest, I didn´t really know. I wanted to help others, and to be able to succeed in assisting clients not only doing what was “legal” […]

Darryl Cooke’s book on law firm innovation launches in London

We were delighted to welcome so many guests to Darryl Cooke’s book launch in London last night.  “To Innovate or not to Innovate:  A Blueprint for the Law Firm of the Future” is published by Globe Law Business. The impressive Chrissie Lightfoot, aka @thenakedlawyer, hosted and there was a buzz of support in the room […]

What could employment law look like post-Brexit?

The prevailing UK political climate brings to mind the apocryphal Chinese curse about living in “interesting times” and it has been easy to overlook some recent developments which could have significant consequences for HR practitioners in the near future. Tribunal Fees: Employment Tribunal application fees have become something of an obsession for many employment practitioners. […]

Little-known equality provision deserves more take-up by HR

gunnercooke partner and Creative Equals Advisory Board member, Shilpen Savani, has written an article for Management Today about ‘positive action’. According to the article, “Positive action allows employers to identify a disadvantaged or marginalised group and then take targeted steps to facilitate their inclusion. It’s governed by the Equality Act 2010 and has been in […]