Archive for February 2023

It’s all about the people: one year at gunnercooke with Ninos Simon 

What a year it’s been! Looking back, I wish I had never doubted what I viewed as a ‘leap of faith’ when joining gunnercooke. Moving to the firm has been the best decision for both my practice and my career so far.  I’m surrounded by some of the most highly regarded Real Estate Finance Partners […]

What would life be like in a Security Token Economy?

With the rapid development of infrastructures and handling of blockchain-based tokens, our communities are acclimatising to the notion of having multiple parallel token payment structures outside our traditional currencies, which can be combined with participation structures. But this unprecedented shift in perception of how we set up participations and make payments poses an important question […]

Employment Tribunal Hearing wait times

On 8 February 2023, Mike Freer, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, answered a written question in Parliament, providing information on the average waiting times in the employment tribunal from receipt of claim to first Employment Tribunal Hearing. Below is a table, showing wait times from 2008 – 2021 (there is no […]

Government consultation on fire and re-hire

The government has published a draft Code of Practice which seeks to crack down on employers using “fire and rehire” to change staff terms and conditions. It requires employers to use fire and rehire as a last resort, and consult with employees in a fair and transparent way when proposing changes to their employment terms. […]

A Question of Sex…or Gender?

Protected characteristics of sex, gender reassignment and philosophical belief have not been far from recent headlines. In January 2023, the Secretary of State for Scotland made an order under section 35 of the Scotland Act preventing the Scottish Parliament’s Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill) from receiving Royal Assent. This is the first time […]

The secret of good business, ambition, and inspiring leadership – an interview with Sir John Timpson and Roger Lane Smith 

In a recent episode of gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership Podcast, gunnercooke founder and host Darryl Cooke interviews retail legend Sir John Thompson and business expert Roger Lane Smith. Sir John Timpson is the owner and chairman of Timpson, a UK shoe repair chain with over 2,000 shops. Roger Lane Smith set up DLA law firm, now […]

What makes a successful business? With Sir John Timpson and Roger Lane Smith 

“You’ll need some luck, but take advantage of the luck when it comes your way”  In a recent episode of gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership Podcast, gunnercooke founder and host Darryl Cooke interviews retail legend Sir John Thompson and business expert Roger Lane Smith. Sir John Timpson is the owner and chairman of Timpson, a UK shoe […]

Bringing an EU citizen to work in the UK

It often feels like Brexit is something from the past, but it still impacts how businesses operate in the UK, with each organisation facing different challenges. From an immigration perspective, every business in the UK has had their workforce affected post-Brexit.   The Immigration Work System Regulation is not something new, however, the difference is […]

A year of flexibility and growth with Rachel Dunn

Rachel Dunn, a Real Estate Partner with gunnercooke Glasgow recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with the firm. To celebrate, Rachel sat down with the team to give her insights and tips. How has your practice changed over the last year? I moved to gunnercooke a year ago to join my business partner, Simon Etchells, our […]

The gunnercooke foundation supports 11 charities through Christmas Care Box campaign 

During Autumn 2022, whilst working with charities supported by the gunnercooke foundation, the team were made aware of one very specific hardship that people were facing due to the cost-of-living crisis. People were now having to choose between staying clean, staying fed or staying warm.   Whilst people were able to access food via food […]

gunnercooke supports innovative app acquisition

International law firm gunnercooke has helped facilitate the sale of Stagedoor App UK Limited to Trafalgar Entertainment Group (TEG) for an undisclosed sum. Kyri Papantoniou, Corporate Partner at gunnercooke with over 20 years’ M&A experience, was lead legal advisor to the principal shareholders of Stagedoor App UK Limited. Founded by Michael Hadjijoseph and Alex Cican, […]

Money vs. Blockchain: Where could society be heading?

With rapid and innovative developments in token-related structures, our concept of money and payment is changing. Currencies outside our traditional structures can allow for a variety of benefits. But how could the introduction of parallel alternative renumeration methods transform our society and the way we connect money to potential futures and employment? Based on the […]

Why I recommend business coaches

By Damian Hughes With the current cost of living crisis looming over us, entrepreneurs and businesspeople will be looking at how they can make their businesses as successful as possible.   I’m a firm believer in business coaches for entrepreneurs of all levels, whether you’re just starting out or you’re a running a multi-million pound business […]

New year, new you? How to make 2023 your best year yet with visualisation – interview with Damian Hughes

With the New Year now behind us, it’s the perfect time to look forward to 2023 and start visualising the upcoming year. The use of visualisation can’t be underestimated in helping you to achieve your goals, especially in high pressure environments.   In a recent episode of gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership Podcast, Founder and host Darryl Cooke […]

“FIT for 55” and levies on CO2 imports – what do they have to do with each other?

What sounds at the beginning of the new year of 2023 like a fitness program for people of the baby boomer generation or the advertising slogan for a fitness studio, turns out on closer inspection to be a fitness program for European climate and energy policy. Presented and determined by the EU on July 14th […]

At a career crossroads? Let ambition guide you

Sima Kanan is a Corporate Partner with over 17 years’ experience gained at a large City law firm and in-house as a Head of Legal & General Counsel. Sima joined gunnercooke when she reached a key stage in her career and wanted a new challenge. After just one year, Sima has a strong client roster […]

Building value through business consultancy

Tony Lockwood has over 25 years project, programme, change management and consulting experience. He specialises in helping executive teams develop and deliver strategic plans that improve operational efficiency and profitability in manufacturing, support services and construction, retail and e-commerce and business services. He began working for gunnercookeOP in 2017 as he had a desire to […]

‘A new lease of life at any age’

The thing is the new lease of life that was brought about by gunnercooke was just one of a series of things. In the same era of time I had a new home, a new office, a new partner. But the new lease of life with gunnercooke was definitely the best. Tell us about your […]

Walking into a ready-made referral network

Simon Williams is a Corporate and Commercial Partner with around 20 years’ experience. Like many of gunnercooke’s Partners, his previous role was at a traditional law firm where he found his needs in terms of a career and ambitions were not being met. Simon found that joining gunnercooke meant he could create a practice with […]

gunnercooke appoints Matthew Dashper-Hughes as International Director

gunnercooke has appointed Matthew Dashper-Hughes as International Director following the firm’s growth into Germany and the US, as well as its legal technology office in Hungary. Matthew has a background in senior leadership, business development and operations and extensive experience in the client-side experience of legal services. Previous roles for major brands have included Managing […]