Archive for January 2020

Tribunal has determined ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has determined that veganism is a “philosophical belief” which should be protected by the Equality Act 2010. An interim hearing in a claim which is being pursued by “ethical vegan” Jordi Casamitjana against his former employers the League Against Cruel Sports has reached a decision on whether or not they […]

Intellectual Property Partner Rosie Burbidge has featured in the World Trade Review on law firms evolving model

Intellectual Property Partner Rosie Burbidge, has featured in the World Trademark Review discussing the evolving model of the traditional law firm and how the gunnercooke model has allowed Rosie to reduce her hourly rate, but yet still increase her actual earnings. You can find out more in the full feature HERE.

The importance of harassment investigations in the workplace

Complaints of sexual harassment are often complicated and tricky for employers to handle. The potential risks can be high: to the individuals involved and the organisation and its reputation. Properly investigating these complaints is absolutely key because it means that the employer can a) take action to protect its employees, and b) manage its risks […]

Darryl Cooke Discusses the Principles of Inspiring Leadership in Director Magazine

gunnercooke Co-Founder and Executive Chair has featured in Director discussing the principles of inspiring leadership. He explains how the command-and-control approach is outmoded, and inspirational leaders persuade others to their thinking and their cause. Read the full article here. To find out more about gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership programme, click here.

Regulations Issued Relating to Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Update

The Draft Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (Electrical Safety Regulations) was laid before Parliament on 13 January 2020, under the power granted to the Secretary of State under Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing & Planning Act 2016.  If the Electrical Safety Regulations are passed then they will […]

Breaking away from Blue Monday by Partner Sarah Cato

Long gone are the days of rushing for the 6.30 am train whilst worrying if my tiny boys had all they needed for the day. Fast forward five years and now all I need to worry about is trying to get them out of the house for school on time. I can now attend that […]

Five years on by Partner Richard Linskell

My first five years with gunnercooke have passed quicker than I could ever have imagined, which must be a good thing, right? One thing I know for sure is that there is no going back to the traditional law firm model. These years have been amongst the most fulfilling in my career and I know […]

A law firm without politics, a year at gunnercooke by Russell Davidson

I was really fed up at the last large law firm I worked with. “Targets, Targets, Targets” every day: the repeated pronouncements of greedy managing partners. OK, every firm has bills to pay, wages to meet, but I’d generated my own work for over 25 years, so didn’t need my time constantly being wasted with […]

Further changes to the Electronic Communications Code

The Government gave their response to the consultation regarding Code Operators’ ability to seek Code Rights 10 October 2019.  This has resulted in the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill being introduced to Parliament on 15 October 2019.  It has it’s first reading in the House of Commons on 8 January 2020. The Code already provides […]

Wellbeing in Residential Development

At present there is a growth in regulatory activity concerning ideas of environmental, social and corporate change, which are having an impact on the residential property market.  The idea of wellbeing and “well buildings” is already well-established in commercial property sectors and is now emerging as an influence in the residential property sector.  There is […]

Landlord Electrical Safety Checks by Partner Claire-Elaine Arthurs

The Government has now started the process under the Housing & Planning Act 2016 for bringing into force the requirement for all Landlords to carry out electrical safety checks.  From 25 October 2019 the provisions of the Act relating to electrical safety checks came into force.  The next stage will be to make further regulations.  […]

Trust Barometer – A Wake Up Call

Why would anyone be led by you, follow your vision, and do what you need them to do if they don’t trust you? We are not sheep, we are not slaves and we will only give everything to our leaders if we trust them. Which is why the latest Edelman Trust Barometer (2020) is so […]

Darryl Cooke will be speaking at the Manchester Law Society Conference

gunnercooke Executive Chairman Darryl Cooke will be speaking in the closing session at the MANCHESTER LAW SOCIETY conference tomorrow which looks at how to adapt your firm in an ever-changing market. Darryl is excited to share his story of how gunnercooke has grown to 200 partners through culture, flexibility and freedom for both partners and […]

Zero-Hour Contracts: Time for Businesses to Review Their Use?

Last week saw the launch of ‘Zero Hours Justice’, a campaign that aims to ban the use of zero-hour contracts. It is being bankrolled by Julian Richer, of Richer Sounds, and was announced all over the national press.  The momentum against these type of contracts is continuing to grow; speeding up even. This got me […]