Archive for October 2023

Employment Law Briefing – October 2023

Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill receives Royal Assent At the moment there is no statutory right to request a more predictable working pattern.  However, the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023, which has just received Royal Assent, introduces a right for workers to request a more predictable working pattern, and is expected to […]

Six things you must consider before providing any guarantee

Guarantees are an important part of modern business, providing creditors with recourse to third parties if things go wrong. However, guarantees are complex documents and failing to understand them can have undesired consequences. It is therefore essential that you not only assess, but understand what a guarantee does before committing to it. This article looks […]

“Here’s to the next decade!” – 10 years with Ginevra Gatrell

I joined gunnercooke as a partner in 2013, a decade ago. At that time gunnercooke looked rather different and was smaller than it is today; I was a senior associate at a large multi-national law firm and had previously worked in London for 7 years at a Magic Circle law firm. Something about gunnercooke, and […]

gunnercooke scores best-ever Chambers results with 27 partners ranked

gunnercooke is celebrating another success in Chambers, with 27 gunnercooke lawyers ranked as individuals in the Chambers UK Guide 2024. The firm also has four department rankings: Real Estate (East Midlands), Employment (North West), Employment (Yorkshire: South and West) and Commodities: Trade Finance (UK-wide). Chambers UK is one of the world’s leading independent legal directories. […]

gunnercooke launches ‘Readiness Check’ tool to help lawyers considering a move to a fee share model

Setting up your own practice within a fee share model can be a daunting prospect. Many ask: ‘Am I ready? Will my clients join me? Will I have my own team? Where do I start?’ To help ambitious lawyers considering the next step, gunnercooke has launched a new ‘Readiness Check’ tool. A 15-question assessment around […]

Why are website privacy policies more crucial for blockchain and crypto companies?

Article written by Ash Costello and Holly Joseph. Crypto entities, and other organisations leveraging blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, are built on a tech stack that differs fundamentally from the tech stack of traditional industries.  These differences include transparency, immutability and the potential for immediate global publication.  These differences are the features which enable the […]

Banking on the banishment – Is crypto de-banking causing more harm than good?

Written by Mark Winters, an Operating Partner and Becky Cooper, a Junior Associate Operating Partner. The cryptoasset industry has been disrupting the trad-fi sector for the better part of the past 10 years. However, recently there has been a gradual yet increasing trend of so called “de-banking” and “de-risking” of cryptoasset business by UK banks. […]

gunnercooke recognised by The Legal 500 in 28 practice areas, with 54 individual lawyer recommendations

gunnercooke is delighted to announce that 54 of our lawyers have secured individual recognition in this year’s Legal 500 rankings. The Legal 500 UK Solicitors Guide 2024 recognised the firm for 28 practice areas in London and across the UK, recognising gunnercooke as a ‘Firm to Watch’ in areas such as Transport (Rail) and Charities […]

Cyber security in government contracts

Most public bodies (that’s to say government departments, agencies, NDPBs and the NHS) have been obliged, since 2014, to utilise established cyber security standards as a key means of improving cyber security (and with that, data protection measures) in their supply chains. The Cyber Essentials Scheme, is central to this. Cyber Essentials is a Government […]

Financial Abuse and the signs on separation and divorce

Most people considering whether they may be the victim of domestic abuse think of verbal abuse or physical assault.  However, research shows that financial abuse occurs just as frequently in unhealthy relationships as other forms of abuse.  In a study conducted by the Centre for Financial Security they found that 99% of domestic violence cases […]

How to hit the ground running at gunnercooke

Ed Jenneson, a gunnercooke Employment Partner, joined the firm just 11 months ago and has quickly hit the ground running, winning new clients and working collaboratively with partners across the firm. Here he discusses how he set himself up for success at gunnercooke and how he has managed to build his own personal brand to […]

‘Trusted advisor’- easy to say…hard to deliver

Business is littered with phrases that have become so ubiquitous as to be rendered almost meaningless. In the world of professional services, where often the only differentiator is service quality, the phrase ‘trusted advisor’ has become somewhat over-used. It’s coming from a good place. Trust is obviously vital as advisors deal with specialist, often complex […]

Taking Notice: Do you really need to follow the contract?

Most of us with experience of construction contracts of any description recognise that requests for more money or for longer to complete the job are commonplace.  A good construction contract will clearly establish the circumstances in which additional time or money can be allowed, and a basis for measuring any change. But can a genuine […]

What is a landlord break clause?

What is a break clause? A break clause is a contractual provision in a lease which allows either the landlord or tenant to terminate the lease early. The clause may be drafted to be exercisable on a specified date or at any time during the term on a rolling basis. Any conditions that are attached […]

Inspiring leadership and the importance of kindness in business, featuring international speaker and author Dr John Blakey

gunnercooke has released the latest episode of The Inspiring Leadership Podcast, hosted by Co-Founder Darryl Cooke and Sir Peter Fahy. The series delves into the minds of inspiring businesspeople, to learn from the very best, and to understand what makes a great leader. Insights include recipes for success, behaviours to model and practical tips from some […]

Partners celebrate firm success at annual Symposium

gunnercooke recently celebrated its 13th year in style at the University of Oxford for their annual Symposium event. Day one saw the conference kick off at the Sheldonian Theatre, with talks from co-founders Sarah Goulbourne and Darryl Cooke, as well as keynote speakers Paul Hargreaves and Nigel Risner. Paul discussed the fourth bottom line and […]