Archive for November 2020

gunnercooke wins Law Company of the Year at The Lawyer Awards

gunnercooke is delighted to have been awarded ‘Law Company of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2020, having been shortlisted the previous year. The Lawyer Awards is organised by media publication The Lawyer and is the largest celebration of legal excellence in Europe. This year’s winners were revealed by host Dara O’Briain via a virtual […]

Leading Yorkshire family lawyer Siddique Patel makes move to gunnercooke

Top family lawyer Siddique Patel has joined leading challenger law firm gunnercooke as Partner. Moving to the firm from Shoosmiths LLP, he will bring a wealth of experience in family law, specialising in all areas of matrimonial work, including complex private law children, matrimonial finance and Islamic divorce. Siddique advises a diverse range of clients […]

Schrems II – What’s next?

Background In July we wrote an article reporting on the recent Schrems II judgement.  By way of a reminder, this was the successful legal challenge issued by Mr. Schrems against the US Privacy Shield framework for the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US.  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) agreed with […]

What the furlough?!

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown, Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, paused the launch of the Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) which was due to commence on 1 November and has instead extended the existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”). Whilst this has come as welcome news to many, this seemingly simplistic extension of the CJRS […]

Bank of Scotland Plc V Burnley Borough Council [2019] UKUT 370 (LC)

The facts Burnley Borough Council wished to acquire a property, subject to a mortgage in favour of the Bank of Scotland, under s.15 Compulsory Purchase Act 1965.  The property was in a state of disrepair and the valuation was significantly less than the mortgage.   The question was what was the correct sum the Council should […]

The secrets of the very best leaders: Jack Welch

What does it mean to be a great leader? It can sometimes feel like you need to have all of the answers yourself. Yet the most successful leaders are those who have an insatiable curiosity, a hunger for learning and who recognise that there are always lessons to be learned from others. In this series […]

gunnercooke advises on Heptonstalls restructure

gunnercooke has advised on a series of transactions involving the acquisition and restructuring of Heptonstalls Solicitors. The restructure involved the acquisitions and sales of multiple legal businesses throughout 2020, beginning with the purchase of Midlands-based law firm, HH Legal, earlier this year. Yorkshire-based Heptonstalls Limited was acquired from Administrators in September by HH Legal, and […]

Webinar – The Pension Regulator’s ‘new teeth’: where does this leave employers and trustees?

The pandemic has shown that the Pensions Regulator wants to give direction to employers and to schemes. This can be helpful, but is it also a sign of a more interventionist approach? The Pensions Regulator has a new Enforcement team and is preparing for stronger powers from Parliament. What should you look out for as […]

The Pensions Regulator in the Pandemic Webinar

The pandemic has shown that the Pensions Regulator wants to give direction to employers and to schemes. This can be helpful, but is it also a sign of a more interventionist approach? The Pensions Regulator has a new Enforcement team, and is preparing for stronger powers from Parliament. What should you look out for as […]

Further frustrations for Landlords seeking to evict or recover arrears

On 17th November 2020 the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and taking control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.  Essentially this puts a stop to the enforcement of possession orders and bailiffs recovery of good from domestic premises in England until after 11 January 2021. The run up to these regulations being issued is […]

High court tells Trustees they must revisit past transfers

In another landmark judgment, given on Friday 20th November, Mr Justice Morgan told pension scheme trustees that they will need to revisit many past transfers out of their schemes made in the last 30 years – although possibly not in all circumstances. The decision is the third High Court judgment given in litigation over GMP […]

gunnercooke welcomes 17 new partners over autumn period in huge recruitment drive

gunnercooke has bolstered its roster of partners with another 17 hires over the autumn months. The newest senior lawyers take the number of recruits up to 40 in 2020. The new joiners include London banking & finance partner, Paul Harrison, who moves to the firm from Taylor Wessing, and corporate partner Rebecca Holden from DLA […]

How will Brexit affect data protection?

In the latest of our series of articles on Brexit and the changes we can expect come 1st January 2021, Partner Tim Heywood looks at the implications and considerations for data protection. As if managers and business leaders did not have enough on their hands, 31st December is the deadline for taking some important legal […]

How will Brexit impact trade marks and designs?

In the latest of our series of articles on Brexit and the changes we can expect come 1st January 2021, Intellectual Property Partner, Rosie Burbidge, looks at the implications for trade marks and designs. EU trade marks Trade marks give the owner a monopoly in a particular word, logo or similar in relation to particular […]

Brexit’s impact on commercial contracts for UK businesses

In the latest of our series of articles on Brexit and the changes we can expect come 1st January 2021, Partner Rebecca Kelly looks at the implications for UK businesses and their commercial contracts There are likely to be significant changes to certain commercial contracts come the 1st January 2021. In order to best understand […]

How will Brexit impact employment law? Laws are unlikely to change significantly, in the short term at least

In the latest of our series of articles on Brexit and the changes we can expect come 1st January 2021, Employment Partner Paul Menham looks at the implications for UK Employment Law and highlights any potential changes we may see. Whilst a good proportion of UK Employment Law emanates from the European Union, I do […]

How will Brexit affect businesses that employ European workers?

In the latest of our series of articles on Brexit and the changes we can expect come 1st January 2021, Partner Vitoria Nabas looks at the implications and considerations for UK businesses who employ European workers. With less than a month to go before the UK finally and formally leaves the EU at the end […]