Archive for March 2023

My work life balance isn’t about managing just one role

I love being a lawyer, particularly as part of the pensions industry. The work is technically challenging but that’s what makes it stimulating.  Most pension lawyers and other industry professionals have worked alongside each other, whether as part of a client team or on transactions and projects, over the years.  This makes for a strong […]

How can law firms retain female lawyers?

Ironically enough, justice is personified by Lady Justice, whose statue is outside the courts in many countries, and yet women’s representation in the legal profession, especially the judiciary, is an ongoing issue. I do not think there is a lawyer who has not encountered or noticed in their career the lack of women representation. Throughout […]

The Four-day Working Week – what’s the latest?

Between June and December 2022 sixty-one different organisations in the UK took part in a four-day working week trial. This pilot scheme was launched by the 4 Day Week Campaign and involved approximately 3,000 workers receiving 100% pay for working 80% of their previous hours, with a commitment to maintain 100% productivity (known as the […]

Spring Budget 2023: Changes to pensions and the actions employers should be taking

The changes particularly affect employees retiring before 05/04/2023   In this year’s Spring Budget, the Chancellor decided to meet expectations by increasing the amount that can be saved into a pension scheme from £40,000 to £60,000 per year, but unexpectedly, removed the lifetime allowance tax charge in April 2023, together with abolishing the lifetime allowance […]

Beware of Harassment: the Worker Protection Bill

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recently announced that it has signed a binding agreement with IKEA UK following sexual harassment complaints. This follows similar agreement being signed last month with McDonalds about its handling of staff sexual harassment complaints. The EHRC is the regulator of the Equality Act 2010 (Equality Act) in England, […]

What are the potential changes to the PDO/PGI scheme?

Simon Thorpe MW, CEO of WineGB, set out the progress update on the English wine PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) scheme at the WineGB Industry conference earlier this month.  The UK wine industry is currently the biggest growing agricultural industry in the UK with the number of vineyards doubling since […]

gunnercooke real estate team completes a £7.93m deal at MIPIM 

A gunnercooke team of Real Estate Partners completed a £7.93m deal for AssetStone at MIPIM with the clients present at the close. The team consisted of Dan Whebell, Real Estate Finance Partner,  Pavinder Boparai, Real Estate Senior Associate and Howard Ross, Commercial Real Estate Partner.  The team advised the lender client on a bridging transaction […]

gunnercooke awarded Law Firm of the Year at LexisNexis Legal Awards

Leading International firm gunnercooke has been awarded the prestigious award of Law Firm of the Year at the 2023 LexisNexis Legal Awards. This marks the 70th award recognition for the firm, including The Times Best Law Firms 2023, the Crypto A.M. awards and the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards. The LexisNexis Legal Awards aim […]

The EU ETS – what does it mean for UK Shipping?

Summary and analysis by gunnercooke marine and shipping lawyer Simon J Murfitt 麥富德 Intro The EU ETS is a “cap-and-trade” legislative scheme by which the European Union is striving to cap certain emissions of certain greenhouse gases (“GHG”). As a result, it is one of the three relevant CO2 reporting schemes for shipping companies. The […]

gunnercooke Scotland expands with appointment of two Partners  

International law firm gunnercooke has strengthened its Scottish presence to six partners, with Katy Wedderburn and Alex Innes joining its Scotland team.  Katy Wedderburn is an experienced Employment specialist with over 20 years in the industry. She joins from leading Scottish law firm MacRoberts LLP, where she was a partner for nearly 17 years and […]

Ramadan rights – key legal considerations for employers

March 22nd sees the beginning of Ramadan when people of Muslim faith observe a period of fasting, prayer and reflection. It is important for employers to create a supportive environment for staff during the Islamic holy month, whilst also considering the needs of the wider workforce. Richard Linskell is an employment Partner at gunnercooke with 30 […]

Landlord’s Certificates – A New Requirement under the Building Safety Act 2022

Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations), setting out the details of the practical actions leaseholders and landlords will be obliged to take under the Building Safety Act 2022 (the BSA 2022). The Regulations have been designed in support of one of the objectives of the BSA 2022, which was to shift responsibility for the […]

The perfect environment to thrive

Alex Connah is a Senior Associate solicitor within Simon Williams’ Corporate and Commercial practice and was recently promoted from Associate. He qualified in 2018 but had already started to become disenchanted with life in a traditional law firm. Here he discusses why he joined gunnercooke early in his career. A new challenge At gunnercooke we […]

Brand power helping fashion NFTs weather the crypto storm…but ‘MetaBirkins’ highlight IP risk

Co-authored by Kathryn Dodds and James Burnie. Despite high profile turmoil in other areas of crypto, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the fashion industry look set to continue their growth and journey towards the mainstream. Unlike crypto currency and more esoteric NFTs, these digital assets provide fashion-focused consumers with a unique link to their favourite brands […]

Let’s make a change to how we view menstrual pain in the workplace

In the past 10 years or so, employers have become more aware of women’s health and how it can impact their career and productivity. Up until then, and even now to some extent, most legislation and corporate policies have been written by men with male biology in mind. It was only in 1993 that the […]

What’s the latest with the Tate viewing platform?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Fearn and others v Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery that the viewing platform at the Tate Modern is an actionable nuisance. This follows earlier judgements by the High Court and Court of Appeal which were in favour of the Tate. The 2016 extension to the Tate created […]

Constructing the Gold Standard

To many working in, and with, the public sector frameworks are a cumbersome but necessary tool to enable public authorities to comply with their obligations under procurement regulations and get on with their business for up to four years. It was Professor David Mosey CBE of the Centre of Construction Law at King’s College London, […]

gunnercooke team helps secure more than 300 jobs

Simon Williams, a Corporate & Commercial Partner, headed up the team that advised Vanguard Cleaning on a deal that secured more than 300 jobs. The gunnercooke team consisted of Simon Williams, Associate Alex Connah and Paralegal Lewis Dawson. Churchill Support Services, a security firm, took over Vanguard Cleaning, who provide medical and non-medical cleaning services. […]

gunnercooke Corporate team advise inTEC on acquisition strategy

A group of gunnercooke Partners have come together to advise inTEC group on its acquisition of IT Managed Services provider FROG IT Services Ltd. The gunnercooke team consisted of Partners Jo Glass, Georgina Tripp, Elle Berrett, Melloney Guiver, Gaynor Bannon and Julian Moran. As well as trainee Rebecca Davies and associate Daniel Knowles. The acquisition […]

Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations – What You Need to Know

Whilst the Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations (“MEES”) are not new, they are important if you’re buying a commercial or a residential property which you are intending to let out, particularly in light of the pending 1 April trigger date. Here is an overview of what you need to know: The MEES Regulations apply to domestic […]

Are you claiming the maximum VAT back for your business?

In most instances, yes! Sometimes though, you can overlook opportunities for recovering VAT on purchases. Examples include: Am I too late? Good news – you have 4 years “and a bit” to claim VAT that you previously hadn’t recovered. For example: Then the latest you must adjust this is in your VAT return ending on […]

How a global pandemic has led to even stronger bonds with our clients

Three years on from the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been reflecting back on how the world has changed from that pre-Covid era. As we finally come out of the lockdowns and quarantine, in light of the challenges we all faced, it’s clear that we’ve built an even stronger bond with our family and friends as well […]

Joining gunnercooke as a trainee

Shabab Ahmed is a Trainee Solicitor who works within the gunnercooke Corporate & Commercial team headed up by Partner David Salamons. Here Shabab discusses the benefits of working alongside and learning from entrepreneurial Partners and legal professionals at gunnercooke. Learning from the best At gunnercooke we have a diverse mix of people who have a […]

Power, NDAs and Matt Hancock

Power is never balanced. We do not live in a world of perfection. One party will always have more than the other. We see this in the corporate commercial world where on a  scale of 1 to 100,  the Small Medium Business (SME) has the power of just 1 whilst and the larger corporates are […]