How Louis Pasteur Developed Preventative Treatments

Louis Pasteur’s vaccines have saved more lives than any other. His scientific accomplishments and breakthroughs earned him France’s highest decoration, the ‘Legion of Honour’ and consequently there are multiple institutes, hospitals, schools and buildings named after him because of the difference his work has made to modern pharmaceuticals. He used process thinking to build his […]

How Henry Ford Revolutionised Automobile Manufacturing

Henry Ford created an automobile that was affordable for the average worker and, whilst doing so, revolutionised mass manufacturing for the motor car industry. Growing up on a farm, Ford could have safely followed in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer. Instead, he followed his passion and became fascinated with mechanics. He began by […]

How Coco Chanel Altered the Constraints of Women’s Fashion

Known for her timeless ‘Little Black Dress’ and simple, sophisticated designs, Coco Chanel made fashion effortless and comfortable for women, dispelling the fashion ‘norms’ of the time, and introduced the concept of ‘unisex’ dressing. Yet Coco Chanel was far from born into luxury. She began life as an orphan, raised by nuns who taught her […]

People Hour Webinar: not #MeToo sexual harassment claims in the workplace

People Hour Webinar: not #MeToo sexual harassment claims in the workplace Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Simon Horsfield Do you know how to respond to a sexual harassment claim made in the workplace? Sexual harassment in the workplace can explicitly or implicitly affect an individual’s employment by unreasonably interfering with their work performance, creating an […]

People Hour Webinar: making litigation commercially attractive and financially more certain for your clients

People Hour Webinar: making litigation commercially attractive and financially more certain for your clients Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Thalis Vlachos Litigation, or dispute resolution as it’s also known, involves assistance with resolving civil disputes. Such matters can arise between different companies, or between companies and individuals. For a number of parties, litigation can be seen […]

Lessons from 20 Years of a Life in the Law

Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner, Shilpen Savani, is celebrating 20 years as a solicitor. To recognise this milestone, and indeed achievement, Shilpen has put pen to paper to share the lessons he’s learned from a life in the law … So what have I learned in this time, I wonder? Of course, there’s key […]

5 Series Webinar: five quick wins to get your business ready for gender pay gap reporting

5 Series Webinar: five quick wins to get your business ready for gender pay gap reporting By Employment Law Partner, Simon Horsfield If you employ 250 employees or more, the deadline for publishing your first gender pay gap report is fast approaching. Gender Pay Gap reporting legislation requires employers with 250 or more employees to […]

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for negotiating terms of departure with senior executives

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for negotiating terms of departure with senior executives Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Rebecca Davidson In practice, Senior Executive departures can often be complex and the cost of ‘getting it wrong’ can be considerable. They are sophisticated in their approach as many Senior Executives may begin to instruct a […]

Going Solo: time to say good-bye to the office

Historically, the legal profession has been a somewhat prescriptive space to ply one’s trade. Once ensconced within a firm, a newly appointed lawyer has a rigid framework to operate within, and endless lists of protocols to abide by. True enough, for some lawyers this can be a source of comfort and stability, and there is […]

Going Solo: developing your expertise and personal brand

In record numbers, lawyers across the UK are walking out of the offices, never to return. They’re not leaving the profession, rather they’re establishing themselves as self-employed consultants, and taking their careers in a new and exciting direction. gunnercooke’s ‘Going Solo’ series is looking at why this is viewed as such a compelling option for […]

The Countdown to GDPR: is your business prepared?

By Employment and Privacy Law Partner, Carl Atkinson On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK. Implementing the biggest change to data protection law in a generation. Non-compliant businesses are at risk of facing enforcement action that could potentially damage their public reputation and bank balance. The […]

Going Solo: do you crave the opportunity to network effectively whilst self-employed?

The legal profession is continuing to change. Evolving client demands, developments in technology, a mercurial economic landscape. All are  having a significant impact on establishing one of the UK’s longest and most esteemed professions. An observable trend is the number of lawyers breaking out of traditional office life and setting up as self-employed consultants. Gunnercooke’s […]

Going Solo: is your role financially rewarding?

“What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?” It’s a question that gets asked a lot and we’ve all asked it ourselves. As much as answers may vary between which car we’d buy and which holiday we’d book for our next adventure, one of the most common is “I’d quit my job.” […]

Why Freeing up Your Time Can Make You a Better Professional

“There is no substitute for hard work.” The famous musing of iconic American inventor and businessman Thomas Edison, remains as true today as it did a century ago. Edison however, neglected to mention that, although there is no substitute to working hard, there is a crucial accessory to it; working smart. It’s become fashionable these […]

Leaders – are you inspiring and motivating your team?

Four simple habits that leaders should adopt when inspiring and motivating their team Every CEO will tell you that they have a number of ‘high-performers’ in their organisations. The idea generators, the doers, the people that drive the business forward. As a leader, your role is to nurture as many of these people as possible – inspiring and motivating your […]

Company Culture: the three best applications of Apple’s excellent customer service

Apples customer service At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. We passionately believe that without a culture, any business model can be copied. For this reason, we place so much emphasis upon developing and strengthening the ethos and cultural heart of gunnercooke. We strive to enable our lawyers to operate quickly, […]

Disruptive Growth: an insight into the changes to the legal sector

When we think about sectors undergoing disruptive growth and transformation, some come to mind more readily than others. IT, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing – to name a few – regularly feature in news reports. All detailing how they are morphing in ways congruent with the digital age. Less likely to make synapses glow, is the legal […]

Goal Setter: five essential steps to achieve any major goal

“Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” It’s a question we’ve all been asked, and a question most of us dread thinking about. We all have our own aspirations of what we want to achieve in life – they’re our ‘silver linings’, our ‘light at the end of the tunnels’. But when does […]

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for directors

What are directors and what do they do? Hosted by Dispute Resolution Partner, Christine Oxenburgh A director is an appointed or elected member of the board of directors of companies who, along with other directors, have the responsibility for determining and implementing company policy. As a director, your duties are a series of statutory, common law […]

Company Culture: three approaches Lush have taken to apply expertly crafted customer service

Our Company Culture At gunnercooke, our model is based around a company culture of innovation. We passionately believe that without a company culture, any business model can be copied. For this reason, we place so much emphasis upon developing and strengthening the ethos and cultural heart of gunnercooke. We strive to enable our lawyers to […]

How Going Self-Employed Means an End to Office Politics

The Benefits of a Law Firm but None of the Office Politics The point at which an individual decides that structured, office-based employment isn’t for them is rarely a snap decision. It usually comes after a period during which certain events contribute to a moment in time when they stop what they’re doing and think, […]

The Countdown to GDPR: processing of personal data and acquiring consent

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. In order to comply businesses have started to implement compliance strategies to mitigate the risk of an enforcement action. In our last blog we considered the initial steps businesses should take to make compliance with the GDPR as painless as possible, starting with […]

Company Culture: three practices Virgin Trains use to ensure they go the extra mile

At gunnercooke, our model is based around a company culture of innovation. We passionately believe that without a culture, any business model can be copied. For this reason we place so much emphasis upon developing and strengthening the ethos and cultural heart of gunnercooke. We strive to enable our lawyers to operate quickly, efficiently and […]

Team Dynamics: the barrister / solicitor relationship

Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner, Shilpen Savani, features in Grania’s latest article for Counsel Magazine looking into the changes in the way barristers and solicitors team dynamics work, in the same fashion as both sides of the profession. Shilpen, along with barrister Adam Chichester-Clark of Three Stone Chambers, draw on their experience of working together […]

How to serve court proceedings on your opponent

Serving you When starting court proceedings against someone, you must ensure that your proceedings have been validly served on your opponent. If they haven’t, there is a risk that your claim will never get past first base! Judgement was handed down by the Supreme Court in February 2018, as the Court was asked to decide […]

Company Culture: three methods Brainshark use to gain ferocious reputation for exquisite customer service

Our Company Culture; At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. We passionately believe that without a company culture, any business model can be copied. For this reason, we place large much emphasis upon developing and strengthening the ethos and cultural heart of gunnercooke. We strive to enable our lawyers to operate […]

The Changing Employment Landscape: disruptive technology and the gig economy

Below is a copy of the latest virtual series publication published by IR Global featuring Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner, Shilpen Savani. In this issue, employment law experts discuss some of the specific challenges and opportunities presented by the gig economy, and look at how this is shaping employment law litigation. They assess what this […]

Recovering the costs of third party funding

Litigation Tactics: myths, legends and fairy tales series by Partner, Tom Blackburn Imagine we live in a post-apocalyptic world. Access to justice is being denied to those that can’t afford to pay ‘normal’ hourly rates, therefore creating a two-tier civil justice system. Trump is the leader of the free world. The UK government is propped […]

How Young Lawyers Can Build New Business Skills at an Early Age… and Why It Matters

How Young Lawyers Can Build New Business Skills at an Early Age… and Why It Matters Written by Anna Beaumont, CEO of gunnercooke, on behalf of Lawyer Monthly Magazine Anna shares insight into how young lawyers can tackle the rapid transition from academic to working life – how they need to put into practice what they’ve […]

How to Become a Networking Pro

How to Become a Networking pro Effective networking and running a business is a classic combination – like jelly and ice cream, it just works. How to beome a newroking pro Even our most successful business entrepreneurs can dread the idea of introducing themselves to a group of strangers. It’s a daunting and therefore an […]

People Hour Webinar: how will GDPR impact HR in 2018?

People Hour Webinar: how will GDPR impact HR in 2018? Hosted by Employment and Privacy Law Partner, Carl Atkinson The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching. Due to come into force across the UK on 25th May 2018, it will implement what has been described as the biggest change to data protection law in […]

Company Culture: three techniques Ritz-Carlton use to cater extraordinarily for their guests

At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. When your standards of service are set way above the average, the task of ‘WOW’ing’ your customers becomes much harder. Let’s take Ritz-Carlton for example – a global, luxury hotel chain with a reputation for treating its patrons like royalty. With authority, experience and […]

Comeback for Commonhold?

Written by Property Partner, Tom Seabrook Last year the government announced plans to reform residential leasehold ownership in England and Wales. This was in no doubt driven in part by lurid headlines. In reality a very limited number of leasehold properties were affected by onerous escalator clauses, which in time lead to ridiculous ground rents […]

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for managing sickness absence

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for managing sickness absence Hosted by Employment Law expert, Simon Robinson It’s an inevitable fate that people are going to be off sick from time to time, and while most employees feel they are neglecting their duties, absence because of sickness can potentially put any business in a tricky […]

Company Culture: three attributes Metro Bank invest to guarantee they execute quality customer service

At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. Challenging the way more traditional businesses serve their customers is something we’re no stranger to at gunnercooke, and it’s great to see other businesses at the forefront of providing brilliant client service. Take Metro Bank for example, as Britain’s first high-street bank in over […]

Five reasons why our lawyers at gunnercooke are happy

At gunnercooke, we are making law work better. We exist to deliver a better service to businesses, a better life for our lawyers, and a better world than we found – and what better way to celebrate International Day of Happiness than to share five key reasons why our lawyers at gunnercooke are happier than […]

The Countdown to GDPR: new concepts and how to implement them

By Employment and Privacy Law Partner, Carl Atkinson During our countdown we have outlined the initial steps businesses can take to establish a secure foundation for their GDPR compliance programme. All businesses are different, and consequently a ‘one size fits all’ approach towards GDPR compliance based upon a generic GDPR solution / toolkit is unlikely to […]

Company Culture: three features that help Travel Counsellors deliver the service you need

At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. Every valued customer knows that it’s personal, passionate service that truly makes the difference. Although most businesses would argue customer service is an important element of their model, it still takes a unique kind of client service that ensures customers feel appreciated on an […]

People Hour Webinar: do’s and don’ts when tackling sensitive workplace issues and defending a disciplinary

People Hour Webinar: do’s and don’ts when tackling sensitive workplace issues and defending a disciplinary Hosted by Employment Partner, Thalis Vlachos Tackling a disciplinary issue is never a pleasant experience, even more so when they are centred around sensitive issues in the workplace. In this insightful webinar, Thalis provides a strategic road-map on how employers […]

gunnercooke Launches Professional Trustee Company

    gunnercooke have launched a new Professional Trustee Company, gcTrustees Limited, to further boost the range of pensions services we can offer our clients. Experienced pension partners Suresh Bhatt and Adam Bushby will be utilising their decades of professional trusteeship experience to spearhead this new offering, which will act as a trustee of pension […]

Company Culture: three ways Gaylord Opryland houses exceptional customer service

At gunnercooke, our model is based around a culture of innovation. Great companies recognise the long-term value of looking after their regular customers. It is often repeat business which really helps to generate profits and spread the word about a product or service. After all, what better or more genuine PR than a glowing recommendation […]

Changes to the Taxation of PILONs

As you may be aware, the government has embarked on a series of reforms with a view to simplifying, clarifying and tightening the tax treatment of termination payments to employees.   From Friday 6 April 2018 inclusive all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) will be treated as earnings.   This means that all PILONs […]

Changes to workplace pensions in April 2018

Workplace Pensions – what do employers need to contribute? From 6 April 2018, the total employer contribution rate to workplace pensions will increase from 3% to 5%, with the minimum employer component increasing from 1% to 2%. In 2012, the government introduced Automatic Enrolment (AE). At the time it was ground-breaking, as for the first time […]

5 Series Webinar: five top tips for appointing a professional trustee for your pension scheme

Hosted by Pensions Partner, Suresh Bhatt Professional Trustees have been an established part of the pensions industry for a number of decades now. However, the growth in the number of individuals and companies acting as Professional Trustees has been particularly significant over the last 15 years or so. It’s no surprise that this has coincided […]

The Law, Pimlico Plumbers and the Gig Economy

What is the gig economy and how does the law treat it? As more and more employees begin to work flexibly, the term ‘gig economy’ has become a frequently used term. In particular, it is a term linked with a number of high profile employment disputes! In this webinar, Susie looks at: The key definitions […]

Unilateral Notices: revisited

Written by Property Litigation Partner, Tom Seabrook Some years ago, as a fresh faced young associate, I wrote an article called ‘Unilateral Notices; Exploding the Myths’ that took the internet by storm. It went almost viral and if you Google ‘Unilateral Notice’ now you will see it is still one of the top results. *pause while […]

Can businesses still benefit from EMI share option schemes?

EMI share option schemes – an update on the law Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share option schemes allow certain companies to grant tax-advantaged share options to their key employees. They were first introduced in 2000 and have proved popular with many SMEs as a way of recruiting or retaining senior employees. The schemes incentivise them […]

The gunnercup draw is now closed!

The gunnercup draw is now closed! The FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14th June 2018 and all places in our sweepstakes draw have now been filled! Due to the number of people who entered the draw, we will be assigning three people per team so that everybody who signed up can get […]

A New Future for Law? Presenting a challenger law firm

A challenger law firm gunnercooke is a challenger law firm. It challenges the way that legal services are delivered to clients. It challenges the way that lawyers balance their lives. It challenges the way our communities are served by those of us more fortunate. Most of all, it gives lives back to our lawyers and enables […]

What is a CVA and why are so many retailers using one?

House of Fraser proposes a CVA In June 2018 House of Fraser became the latest multi-site retailer to propose a CVA. It follows the recent CVAs of ToysRus, Mothercare, Carpetright, New Look, Prezzo and Jamies Italian. The national press has run stories questioning the use of CVAs but has failed to properly explain what the […]

Warrington technology firm IESA sold in a deal worth £88m

A gunnnercooke team led by Mark Whittaker, has advised on the sale of IESA, a market leading business process outsourcer. The buyer was leading distributor of electronics, engineering tools and consumables, Electrocomponents PLC. The sale provides an exit for Gresham Private Equity, who invested in the company through an MBO in 2012. Headquartered in Warrington, IESA has frequently […]

gunnercup 2018: Has a new dark horse been revealed?

For those of you who haven’t been tuning into the matches so far, it’s been an all-action start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia… Halfway through the group stages and we’ve seen goals in every single match so far! The number of surprise results and impressive performances might well be enough to say […]

Since #MeToo, is it too difficult to bring a sexual harassment claim in the workplace?

Thanks to campaigns such as #MeToo and the exposure of Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment in the workplace is now a very hot and live topic. As a result, a spate of claims against employers is inevitable as more victims have the courage to come forward. But how difficult is it to bring a claim? Nearly […]

gunnercup 2018: Who has the easiest route to the final?

Things are heating up in Russia as the dust settles on the group stages and 16 teams now begin to dream big. Credit to Uruguay and Croatia who both coasted through to the knockout round without dropping a single point. The same goes for Belgium… although under slightly different circumstances as discussed below. Elsewhere, Leo […]

gunnercup 2018: Opportunity knocks…

Only eight teams remain in the quarter finals, each with a big chance to send their country into raptures this weekend. If you thought the group stages were exciting, it already seems the knockout stages are taking things up a notch. France’s 4-3 win over Argentina is up there in the stakes for best game […]

Five Key Provisions Introduced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017

Hosted by Business Crime Partner, Richard Cannon What does the introduction of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 mean for businesses? This key legislation alters the financial crime landscape and will increasingly impact on business life. It includes a new corporate tax evasion offence, unexplained wealth orders, human rights abuses as a ground for seizing criminal […]

gunnercup: The champions have been crowned

After four weeks of scintillating football over in Russia, we finally have a winner! France toppled Croatia 4-2 to lift the trophy for just the second time in their history. As far as World Cup finals go, it’s fair to say the entertainment value matched the tournament as a whole. We had fantastic finishing, own […]

Taming Tigers with Jim Lawless

Very few people choose to risk their own life when putting their principles to the test. Jim Lawless is one of them. As a world-leading authority on change and personal development, Lawless has shared his remarkable experiences and insights with over half a million people across five continents. His framework for successful adaptation and transformation […]

People Hour Webinar: Internationally Mobile Workers

What are the obligations for companies with mobile workers? Do your employees travel for business, or work overseas? In an increasingly global landscape, mobile workers form a key part of any strategy for international success. Regulators around the world are increasingly concerned by the implications, from a tax, social security and immigration perspective. Companies with […]

Employer Health & Safety Responsibilities – Ever increasing circles…

It has never been more important for employers to develop best practice to ensure the safety of their employees and to develop a coherent policy for what to do in the event of the worst-case scenario. The noose has been steadily tightening around the proverbial corporate neck as awareness increasingly grows relating to the responsibility […]

Accepting Part 36 Offers

The Power of Part 36 Offers Part 36 offers are vital tools for Dispute Resolution. When used effectively, they can result in early settlement and significant cost savings. The intention behind Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) is to encourage parties to make tactical offers. These are designed to focus the opponent’s mind […]

Symposium 2018: Going From Good to Great…

Our fifth annual Symposium is shaping up to be our biggest yet! We’re immensely proud of what gunnercooke has accomplished in that time. Our focus on culture has enabled us to become the fastest growing firm in UK legal services. And we’re not about to slow down now. We will continue to stay ahead of the […]

Compulsory Protection of Client Money for English Property Agents

On 21 June 2018, new regulations were passed setting out the process for the approval of new Client Money Protection (CMP) Schemes. Hot on their heels, parliament is now considering further regulations which would make it mandatory for letting agents to join one of these schemes by 1 April 2019 or face fines imposed by […]

Can an allegation be a protected disclosure for the purposes of the whistleblowing legislation?

The Court of Appeal decision in Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth has clarified whether an allegation can amount to “information” for the purposes of the whistleblowing legislation.  It takes bravery to be a whistleblower. Even when they act with the best of motives, they risk being branded a snitch or a traitor and stigmatised. There […]

Symposium 2018: A sneak peek at our venues for this year

It’s just over a month to go until we head down to Oxford for our fifth annual Symposium! We’re currently putting the final touches to the programme, though it’s shaping up to be our best yet. What better time to take a quick look at the accommodation and venues we’ll be taking over this year…   […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to gig economy employers

In the latest in a series of gig economy cases, the Supreme Court has decided that a plumber described in his contract as “self-employed” was a “worker” and therefore entitled to employment rights. The case against Pimlico Plumbers Gary Smith is a plumbing and heating engineer who worked for Pimlico Plumbers (PP) for six years […]

Appellate decision of preference: don’t presume to save your MC Bacon!

gunnercooke has recently acted on behalf of the successful Respondents in an appellate decision (the Respondents winning at first instance) on insolvency preference delivered on 17 July. Given the dearth of decisions on preference over the last 40 years or so since MC Bacon (especially at appeal level), it is likely to be of significant […]

Age discrimination in the workplace

A report earlier this summer claimed that the government is failing to protect millions of UK workers from age discrimination. Around a third of UK workers will be over the age of 50 within two years. This is a ticking time bomb for employers. In this blog, Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos looks at the […]

Symposium 2018: Who are our speakers?

It’s just under a week to go until we head down to Oxford for our fifth annual Symposium! We’re currently putting the final touches to all our preparations for the big event to make sure its our best yet, and what better time to found out more about our fantastic speakers. Here’s some information about them […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases: Part 1

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, will be presenting a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She will be considering how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 1: Begin as You […]

Is your business set up to deal with a sexual harassment claim?

In a previous blog, Thalis examined the law relating to sexual harassment and the hurdles a complainant needs to overcome when bringing a claim. In this blog, he looks at things from a different angle. He considers the importance of employers having a proper process in place to deal with allegations of sexual harassment. In […]

5 Ways to Manage Conflict Effectively at a Senior Leadership Level

Hosted by Employment Law Partner & Workplace Mediator, Rebecca Ireland Negative conflict can be highly destructive in any team, but when in a senior leadership team it can have a material impact on profitability and other key performance indicators. Of course, conflict can be positive for a business particularly at senior leadership level. A good challenging […]

Family Friendly Policies in the Modern Workplace

Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Rebecca Davidson The modern workplace is rapidly changing, and many employees are striving to find a different way to work to achieve a better work-life balance. In this webinar, Rebecca looks at the current law on family friendly policies in the workplace and consider what policies employers should have in […]

#MeToo Is it time up for discrimination in the workplace?

Below is a copy of the latest virtual round table series publication by IR Global featuring Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner, Shilpen Savani The #MeToo movement officially began in October 2017 as a social media hashtag in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations aimed at high profile Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. In this issue, IT Global’s […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases: Part 2

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, will be presenting a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She will be considering how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 2: Common Issues During […]

Is artificial intelligence a friend or a foe to the legal profession?

Is artificial intelligence a friend or a foe to the legal profession? Written by Thalis Vlachos, Employment Law Partner at gunnercooke. Some argue artificial intelligence (AI) is a threat and claim that it will lead to widespread job losses. Others see it as an opportunity to improve legal services and change them for the better. In this […]

Professional Negligence Update

Professional Negligence Update It is an unpleasant reality that solicitors operate in a more litigious environment than ever before and that claims are a growing area of risk for firms. With their relatively deep pockets, solicitors are vulnerable, easy targets for claims by those who may be hit hard by the recession and Brexit. Solicitors have […]

5 Top Tips Relating to Financially Troubled Businesses

5 Top Tips Relating to Financially Troubled Businesses Hosted by Restructuring & Insolvency Partner, Jeremy Goldring Jeremy’s experience spans the whole spectrum of the Restructuring & Insolvency business environment, across just about every business sector. He advises anyone who is an existing stakeholder or is thinking of investing in a distressed business – or is […]

Leasehold Reform Consultation

Developers and Investors will be particularly interested to note that, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched a consultation paper, Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England on 15 October 2018. This continues the Government’s campaign to reform the leasehold market. The Government’s White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, which was […]

Anticipatory Injunctions to Protect Against Trespassers on Development Land

In the recent case of Vastint Leeds BV -v- Persons Unknown Entering or Remaining Without Consent of the Claimant on Land and Buildings Comprising Part of the Development Site Known as the Former Tetley Brewery Site, Leeds [2018] EWHC 2456, Mr Justice Marcus Smith granted an owner of development land an injunction on a quia timet basis, […]

gunnercooke win ‘Law Firm of the Year – Large’ at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018

This is a fantastic achievement for gunnercooke. It’s always been our aim to challenge and improve the way legal services are delivered to businesses and so we are honoured to have won such a prestigious award. This was the 12th annual Excellence Awards hosted by the Law Society, and the first year they have recognised ‘Law […]

Have you got your HMO Licence? New Rules may mean you now need one…

Properties qualifying as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have long presented a potential headache for landlords. Originally, the requirement for an HMO licence only applied to properties that comprised at least three storeys. However, from 1 October 2018, size is no longer relevant. It is expected that it will bring an additional 160,000 properties within […]

Using blockchain technology to manage IP rights

What is blockchain? Blockchain is essentially any form of ‘decentralised’ database. Unlike traditional databases where there is a single ‘true’ version which is stored centrally, in a blockchain system ‘true’ copies of the database are shared with every computer which is part of the blockchain network. Every time there is a change to the database—for […]

Work-Related Stress: the risks for employers and how to minimise them

Work-Related Stress: the risks for employers and how to minimise them Hosted by Emma Tegerdine, Employment Law Partner at gunnercooke work-related stress Work-related stress is on the increase, and is now the most common form of work-related illness. In this webinar, Emma looks at employers’ legal obligations around employee health and well-being, while explaining how to effectively identify […]

Should the law relating to NDAs in sexual harassment cases be changed?

By Employment Law Expert, Thalis Vlachos Sexual harassment has been in the news more or less constantly over the past year. I have already written a couple of blogs on this topic, most recently Is your business set up to deal with a sexual harassment claim? This blog is on a related issue, namely the […]

‘Banter’ is not a defence to sexual harassment despite what Philip Green may think

Sexual harassment has hit the headlines again after Peter Hain outed Sir Philip Green as the businessman who obtained an injunction preventing The Telegraph reporting allegations of sexual harassment against him. What lessons can we learn from this latest episode about the myths that still surround sexual harassment?  One of the most remarkable things on […]

‘Let Only’ Agent Found Responsible for HMO Licensing

By Property Litigation Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs Most letting agents, in their terms and conditions, will put the responsibility for licensing a property firmly with the Landlord. Having included that clause, they then leave the issue to the landlords to resolve, incorrectly thinking that ensuring any required HMO Licence is in place is not their responsibility. […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases: Part 3

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, will be presenting a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She will be considering how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 3: Variations to the Lease […]

inspire* Gift of Time Charity Pledges

This year our Christmas campaign is to raise 1,000 hours of resource and support for charities and help make a difference. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be campaigning to get as much help as possible from businesses to give the gift of time to our inspire* charities. We will culminate in a celebratory event […]

Is the Google walkout a sign of things to come for even the most (allegedly) progressive of companies?

An estimated 20,000 Google workers took part in a global walkout last week in protest against claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism at the company. This is the first time the tech giant has been the subject of this type of group action and is remarkable given its culture of individualism. In this blog, […]

New Access Rights for Telecommunications Operators

Under the current Electronic Communications Code (Code) operators wishing to provide upgrades to tenants have to obtain formal permission from the landowner in the form of an access agreement or wayleave. However, operators have complained that high levels of landlords are not responding to requests. An operator who does not get cooperation from a landlord […]

New SDLT Filing Window due March 2019

From 1 March 2019 it is proposed that the window to file a Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) return, and pay any SDLT due, will reduce from 30 days to 14 days from the effective date of the transaction. In most cases the “effective date” is the date of completion. However, where a contract for […]

inspire* Gift of Time Charity Pledges

This year our Christmas campaign is to raise 1,000 hours of resource and support for charities and help make a difference   Over the next few weeks, we’ll be campaigning to get as much help as possible from businesses to give the gift of time to our inspire* charities. We will culminate in a celebratory event […]

5 Top Tips on How to Respond to Intellectual Property Infringement

Hosted by Rosie Burbidge, Intellectual Property Partner at gunnercooke Rosie’s experience as an intellectual property litigator and strategist means that she has experience of the many different intellectual property issues which can affect all types of business. She has helped resolve a wide range of disputes relating to copyright, designs, trade marks and patents, both pre-action […]

Whistleblowing Claims and How to Defend Them

Whistleblowing Claims and How to Defend Them Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Angus Menzies Whistleblowing is regularly in the news and it increasingly forms part, if not the main basis, of claims in the Employment Tribunal. The fact that there is no two-year service requirement for bringing claims, and the absence of a statutory cap […]

Male Domination: Why the Legal Sector Pushes Women Away

Male Domination: Why the Legal Sector Pushes Women Away With the results of the Gender Pay Gap showcasing a huge disparity between men and women in the workplace, we question why women are pushed aside when it comes to their career. Regardless of sex, colour and interests, we all have the same ability to perform […]

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier The UK’s largest sound equipment supplier for live events, SSE Audio Group Holdings Limited (‘SSE’), has been acquired by Groupe Solotech INC (‘Solotech’) in Canada. gunnercooke Corporate Partner, Amanda Allen, acted as the legal advisor to long-standing client SSE and its Stakeholders. SSE was […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, has produced a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She considers how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 1: Begin as You Mean to Go On […]

5 Top Tips on Responding to Allegations of Intellectual Property Infringement

Hosted by Rosie Burbidge, Intellectual Property Partner at gunnercooke Rosie’s experience as an intellectual property litigator and strategist means that she has experience of the many different intellectual property issues which can affect all types of business. She has helped resolve a wide range of disputes relating to copyright, designs, trade marks and patents, both pre-action […]

Settlement Agreements: When and how to use them properly

Settlement Agreements: When and how to use them properly Hosted by Angela Brumpton, Employment Law Partner at gunnercooke Angela is a highly experienced employment lawyer covering the full spectrum of employment law advice and support. She has particular expertise in business protection work, which includes obtaining and defending High Court Injunctions and drafting restrictive covenants. […]

gunnercooke awarded for our unique and innovative culture

gunnercooke have been awarded two awards at the Business Culture Awards 2019, including the overall Business Culture Achievement Gold Award for our innovative and comprehensive approach to advancing our organisational culture throughout our business.  Since inception in 2010, we have put our clients and our culture at the heart of everything we do. We’ve created […]

Leasehold Reform Consultation

Developers and Investors will be particularly interested to note that, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched a consultation paper, Implementing reforms to the leasehold system in England on 15 October 2018. This continues the Government’s campaign to reform the leasehold market. The Government’s White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, which was […]

Christmas Reading List 2018

Christmas Reading List 2018 Wonderful Lives by Dr Nick Bayliss – this Cambridge Don and Psychologist explains fundamental principles and every day skills drawn from remarkable individuals to create a great life The 100 Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott about what our lives will look like. Most people born today will live […]

Is the Google walkout a sign of things to come for even the most (allegedly) progressive of companies?

An estimated 20,000 Google workers took part in a global walkout last week in protest against claims of sexual harassment, gender inequality and racism at the company. This is the first time the tech giant has been the subject of this type of group action and is remarkable given its culture of individualism. In this blog, […]

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier

gunnercooke advise on the sale of UK’s largest sound equipment supplier The UK’s largest sound equipment supplier for live events, SSE Audio Group Holdings Limited (‘SSE’), has been acquired by Groupe Solotech INC (‘Solotech’) in Canada. gunnercooke Corporate Partner, Amanda Allen, acted as the legal advisor to long-standing client SSE and its Stakeholders. SSE was […]

New Commercial Service Charges Code

New Commercial Service Charges Code The RICS have issued a new Professional Statement entitled “Service charges in commercial property (1st Edition)” (New Code), which comes into force on 1 April 2019. It replaces the third edition of the Service Charge Code. As the New Code is a Professional Statement, all RICS Members and Regulated Firms […]

Proactive Management of Commercial Leases

Property Dispute Resolution Partner, Claire-Elaine Arthurs, has produced a Four Part Series exploring the common issues that arise with Commercial Property Leases. She considers how a proactive approach can manage risks, avoid disputes and allow both Landlords and Tenants to get the best out of their Tenancy. Part 1: Begin as You Mean to Go On […]