Archive for October 2022

What’s at stake? The legal treatment of staking

Co-written by James Burnie and Matt Kimber Since 15 September 2022, the majority in number and value of blockchain systems are secured by proof-of-stake consensus mechanisms. Yet the legal treatment of staking has received little attention. Further confusion is caused by the fact that the use of the word “staking” has generally focussed on the […]

Partners share reflections after a decade at gunnercooke

As gunnercooke celebrates its 12th birthday, partners who took a leap of faith to join the firm in its early years are reaching their own milestone anniversary of 10 years. We caught up with four of these founding partners as they share reflections on how their lives, the firm and the industry have changed over […]

Carer’s Leave Bill: a step in the right direction?

The government has recently confirmed that it supports the Carer’s Leave Bill. We await an implementation date when the new rules will be called the Carer’s Leave Act 2022. The Carer’s Leave Bill has had its readings in the House of Commons. It is now in the Committee stage. Once it does become law, the […]

It’s the Ecology, Stupid!

The law is, in a very real sense, all about relationships. Laws are written in order to establish and regulate relationships between individual and the State ( tax laws; public health law; criminal law; education; defence and security etc ) ; between businesses ( commercial contract law; agency, etc ), and between individuals ( domestic […]

Neurodiversity in the workplace: how to create an inclusive working environment

Many employers recognise the importance of having an inclusive and diverse workforce and embrace the many benefits of promoting and managing a culturally diverse working environment.  Neurodiversity, however, is an aspect of diversity at work that is often overlooked and there is much that can still be done to achieve a working world that is […]

What lies behind the iceberg?

In today’s world we are all part of the conversation – Environment, Social, oh and of course, Governance. I say it in that tone simply because when I ask directors ‘do you think you are compliant with good Governance practices?’ I get a blank stare (eyes rolling in their head while their minds think we […]

gunnercooke grows Chambers rankings by 40%

gunnercooke is celebrating another success in Chambers as 23 of its lawyers are ranked as individuals in the Chambers UK 2023 guide. In addition, the firm has doubled its department rankings to four, being recognised in North West Corporate, North West Employment, East Midlands Real Estate, and Trade Finance. Feedback from clients praise the lawyers […]

Clients Benefit from Solicitors’ Advice on Handling DSARs

There can be few organisations that have not received a data subject access request at some point. Most of them probably struggle to respond exactly in the way that the UK GDPR requires. After all,  article 15 is more extensive than they might think and most of them won’t know much about Schedule 2 to […]

Emma Hammond joins expert panel on World Menopause Day

gunnercooke Employment Partner Emma Hammond spoke on a panel in Westminster with the Menopause Mandate on World Menopause Day yesterday with MPs present. Carol Vorderman chaired the ‘Menopause in the Workplace’ discussion, which Emma Hammond joined alongside GP and author Dr Philippa Kaye, HR Director Cathy Hastie and CEO Nina Wright. It’s said that a […]

gunnercooke registers Menopause Mandate as not for profit

gunnercooke Partner Michele Price has registered the Menopause Mandate as a ‘for purpose’ legal entity. The Menopause Mandate was established to raise awareness of the inequalities faced by women during peri menopause and menopause. Michele advised on the most suitable legal vehicle to formalise the organisation while ensuring that it has the flexibility to campaign […]

gunnercooke wins at FT Innovative Lawyers Awards

gunnercooke has taken home the top award for ‘Business of Law: Challenging traditional models’ at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers: Europe 2022.  The firm was recognised for being the first major UK law firm to officially accept payment in cryptoassets, a move which was announced earlier this year. Cryptoasset exchange Coinpass partnered with gunnercooke to […]

Increase in MEES Regulation for Commercial Property

In April 2023, an extension of the MEES regulation will prohibit landlords from leasing out any commercial buildings with an EPC rating of F or lower. The Current Position Currently, landlords of commercial properties in England and Wales are prohibited from granting a new lease unless the property has an EPC rating of an E […]

gunnercooke acts for The Prosperity Group in £multi-million development

gunnercooke Real Estate Partner Sarah Hung has acted for The Prosperity Group Limited in refinancing a £multi-million development project. The client is the developer refinancing a development that was near completion. Sarah’s team also acted for the clients when the land was initially acquired, part of which was formally a ransom strip purchased from the […]

Appeals Against an Enforcement Notice

Faced with an Enforcement Notice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), what is a data controller to do? First and foremost of course, and assuming the controller doesn’t believe they have any real grounds for challenging  the notice, it should comply, fully and promptly. The Notice will have specified a date by which the controller […]

A Q&A with Elle Berrett on her transition from Senior Associate to Partner

Why did you decide to join this model as an associate? I joined gunnercooke in October 2020 having just gone through a very difficult time personally and professionally. Initially, the thought of joining the model terrified me – not having the stability of employment to fall back onto. However, that immediately changed the minute I […]