Archive for July 2021

Thinking of Signing a Lease Without Legal Advice? Just Don’t Do It!

Entering into a lease, whether commercial or residential, without taking legal advice is, to say the least, highly unwise. A landowner who fell into that trap put himself at serious risk of an unwanted tenant moving into his newly built home. The man bought 40 acres of land on which stood a racing stable. A […]

Landlords Beware: Are you paying more than you should for utility supplies to vacant properties?

Throughout the pandemic, thousands of tenants have chosen to delay payments of their rent. Some through choice and others because they are simply unable to do so.  This is adversely effecting cash flow for landlords, who still have outgoings to pay. As tenants vacate premises through choice, or being forced due to insolvency, or forfeiture, the […]

Two gunnercooke lawyers shortlisted at Women in Pensions Awards

Two gunnercooke pensions partners have been shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year at the 2021 Women in Pensions Awards. Helen Miles and Parminder Latimer both joined the firm last year and have been recognised in the legal category of the industry awards hosted by Professional Pensions. The Women in Pensions Awards aim to celebrate and […]

Turning over a new lease? Navigating the maze of non-till revenue and turnover rents

Turnover rents have been with us for decades, possibly centuries. However, they have received increased attention recently as retail landlords and tenants look to them to resolve the challenge of fixing rents at a time of market uncertainty. The increased use comes at a time when changes in shopping habits create some challenges in adapting […]

Disabled Would-Be Tenant Discriminated Against by Letting Agency ‘No DSS’ policy

The much-criticised practice of some landlords and their agents of excluding those in receipt of state benefits from obtaining private rented accommodation has been effectively outlawed by a judge’s ruling on the basis that it amounts to indirect disability discrimination. The case concerned an energetic and determined young man who wished to provide for his […]

gunnercooke Crypto podcast welcomes guests from leading industry brands and institutions

A leading cryptocurrency podcast hosted by gunnercooke Partner James Burnie has welcomed some of the biggest names, brands, and experts in the industry in its first year. The series which launched in July 2020, now has a global reach with audiences tuning in from across Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia, South America, and Africa. […]

gunnercooke Co-Founder releases short story to inspire business leaders to act with moral purpose

Darryl Cooke, Co-Founder of gunnercooke has published The Square Mile, a short fictional story with the aim of encouraging business leaders to act with moral purpose. The book is part of gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership series and is illustrated by Lisa Williams. Darryl commented: “This short story follows a business owner who is awakened to the […]

Property transactions in an Anglo-French divorce context

For married couples divorcing in the UK, a French property may be part of the assets to consider in the separation process. Nonetheless, there are many possible modalities depending on the actual circumstances of the couple, the way they own the French property and what is intended with the said asset. Property ownership Prior to […]

In Dispute with Your Neighbour? We Can Help to Restore Peace

Disputes between neighbours frequently inflict enormous emotional and financial harm on all involved. A High Court dispute concerning use of a shared driveway showed why any lawyer would advise sensible negotiation as a far better alternative to litigation. A couple’s right of way over the driveway, by which they accessed their rural home, was restricted […]

Foreign Markets Opportunities

Software Industry in Argentina Software is the most fast-paced growing industry in Argentina in recent years and continues growing steadily. It´s an industry that puts forward a highly competitive offer in the global market and is ranked in 3rd place in the country’s export goods. After the enactment of both National Law N° 25.856 that […]

Teamworking: how does it work in a fee share firm?

The alternative business model thriving in the legal sector has been getting a lot of attention, as the Arden report predicted that the fee share model will be the dominant model in the market within five years. There are still many misconceptions and myths about working in this new model, with one of the biggest […]

Morley v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Morley v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2021] EWCA Civ 338 The claimant borrower defaulted on a financial agreement, totaling £75m.  Both parties agreed that a considerable chunk of £10m would be ‘written off’ by a number of properties being transferred to the defendant lender.  The rest of the properties would remain with the […]

Second bite of the cherry?

Fernandes v Bank of Scotland Plc [2021] EWHC 1610 (Ch) (Falk J, 18 May 2021) The defendant borrower defaulted on a finance agreement with the claimant. The claimant repossessed the subject property and sold it with a shortfall of £128,000.   The shortfall was reduced by £72,000 further to a successful professional negligence claim against the original […]

Force Majeure: Protecting yourself against divine intervention.

Dispute Resolution & Employment Law Partner Shilpen Savani has contributed to the latest IR Global Disputes Virtual Series – Force Majeure: Protecting yourself against divine intervention. Shilpen and fellow Dispute Resolution experts from IR Global discuss the complexities of force majeure, what potential remedies there are in case of a force majeure event, and how frustration […]

gunnercooke Private Equity advises Telcom Group on £63m investment deal

gunnercooke’s Private Equity team has advised UK internet service provider Telcom Group on a major £63m investment that will see the company enter a major period of growth. The investment from specialist alternative asset manager, Gresham House, came through its British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF). BSIF was established to invest specifically in the sustainable infrastructure […]

Carl Atkinson Comments British Airways Data Breach

Employment Partner Carl Atkinson has shared his insight on the latest headlines about the British Airways data-breach. “The group action against British Airways is reported to have been the largest group action personal data claim in UK history and it may be an indicator of the way in which these cases are likely to be […]

Father Fends Off Son’s Claim to Half His Home

Those who don’t have big enough incomes to raise the mortgage finance they need to buy a home are often tempted to include the name of a better-off friend or loved one on the title deeds. As a High Court case showed, however, such a step can have dire and unforeseen legal consequences. The case […]

How to incorporate a Spanish Company

Some UK Ltd companies trading in Spain are considering incorporating a Spanish subsidiary or affiliate due to BREXIT. The majority of UK companies who are relocating their headquarters or subsidiaries to Europe due to Brexit, are going to cities such as Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam, however, a few of them have chosen Spain as […]

gunnercooke acts for Kostal UK Ltd in major Supreme Court case

gunnercooke Partner Angela Brumpton has advised Kostal UK ltd on the high-profile case of Dunkley & Others v Kostal UK Ltd which was heard by the Supreme Court last year. The matter revolves around whether automotive parts company Kostal made ‘unlawful inducements’ when it offered staff a pay deal, and whether a “prohibited result” under […]

gunnercooke wins at major employment tribunal for high profile discrimination case

gunnercooke Employment Partner Angela Brumpton has successfully led a major tribunal case against national law firm Freeths LLP on behalf of a senior equity partner on the grounds of discrimination. The case was heard at the Employment Tribunal in Nottingham over a three-week period between November and December 2020, with a decision issued in April […]

gunnercooke wins on UK law in cross-border case for taxpayer

Challenger law firm gunnercooke has won a cross-border case in favour of the taxpayer, its client Andreas Rialas, in a contentious litigation with HMRC. The case, which was taken to the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery), was won on UK law. Points argued included EU laws in relation to freedom of establishment.   gunnercooke Partners […]