Archive for July 2020

COVID-19: New Voluntary Code of Practice for The Commercial Property Sector

On 19 June 2020 the Government published its Code of Practice aimed at assisting landlords and tenants as they navigate the effects of COVID-19 on their relationships and obligations.  Although it had been mooted back in May that the Code could be made mandatory, what has been published is a voluntary code, designed to assist with […]

What does your ideal legal practice look like – and could you run it?

As the entire legal industry continues to rethink the way services are delivered in the wake of COVID-19, now is an opportune time for lawyers to explore their options and find a better way of running their practice. I speak with experienced lawyers in private practice almost every week that are stressed out and struggling […]

TAX BRIEFING NOTE Summer Statement 2020: SDLT temporary reduced rates

All purchasers of residential property in England and Northern Ireland will benefit from a reduction in SDLT for transactions that complete on or after 8 July 2020 and before 1 April 2021. The threshold of the nil rate band is being raised from £125,000 to £500,000, so now any purchase of a home up to […]

What has COVID-19 taught us about remote working as a lawyer?

There’s no doubt we’ll look back on 2020 as a watershed moment for remote working, particularly within professional services and law. Every legal practitioner out there has been forced to rethink the way their services are delivered whilst striking a new balance between work and home life. Those that considered commuting to the office every […]

Look a mile beyond your business: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I wrote: Do you want to be remembered for making money or for the legacy that you have left behind? Do you want your employees to know you for your business efficiencies or for how you changed the world? Do you want your children to remember you because you […]

Award-winning litigation lawyer, Rashmi Dubé, further boosts gunnercooke’s Leeds office

gunnercooke is delighted to announce that Rashmi Dubé has joined the firm. Rashmi’s move to gunnercooke has been covered in The Business Desk and Yorkshire Business Daily. Rashmi is an award-winning solicitor and mediator. She is an experienced litigator with almost 25 years’ practicing experience and previously ran her own law firm, Legatus Law, giving […]

How to create a solid business plan for your own legal practice

Taking full control of your own legal practice is a big step for any senior lawyer; though by joining forces with a challenger law firm, you certainly don’t have to go it alone. Having welcomed over 250 legal practitioners into the gunnercooke family over the past decade, it’s clear to me that one of the […]

Residential Possession Claims Update

Landlords will be relieved to hear that the Government intends to resume possession claims on Monday 24 August 2020 and have stated that they do not currently intend to extend the present stay that is in place.  Plans are already underway to deal with the resumption of claims.  On Friday 17 July 2020 the Civil […]

So, you thought you knew your A B C?

The government published draft legislation this week which proposes the first major overhaul in 30 years to the Use Classes Order, due to take effect from 1 September 2020.  A number of the familiar use classes will disappear altogether, and new, more flexible uses will be introduced in order to bolster Britain’s challenged high street […]

Heavyweight hire strengthens gunnercooke pensions team

One of the UK’s leading pensions lawyers, Helen Miles, has joined innovative law firm gunnercooke as a partner in its now six-strong specialist pensions team. Helen, who is also Chair of the NHS Pensions Board, has more than 25 years wide-ranging experience in the sectordealing with all aspects of pensions legal advice to trustees and […]

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: What do Landlords need to know?

The Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations Since 1 April 2018, it has been an offence under the Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations (‘the Regulations’) for private landlords to grant new residential tenancies if the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is below and E (i.e. F or G) unless a valid […]

Build, build, build – new residential permitted development rights unpacked

The government has published a number of new permitted development rights due to take effect at the end of the summer.  The rights allow existing residential properties to be demolished to make way for new dwellings.  There are also new upwards extension rights for certain dwellings and commercial premises to create new, self-contained residential dwellings.  […]

Crypto Cast EP1: Pricing Tips To Improve Profitability

In this episode, gunnercooke FinTech Partner James Burnie is joined by pricing expert and gunnercooke Operating Partner David Abbott to discuss pricing tips to improve the profitability of your business.  

Crypto Cast EP2: What is Crypto accounting and where is it going?

In this episode, gunnercooke FinTech Partner James Burnie is joined by Antoine Scalia, Co-founder & CEO of Cryptio, bookkeeping software for crypto assets. Antione and James discuss what is Crypto accounting? and the challenges involved with it.