Law Society Gazette announces gunnercooke Business Crime expert

Caltagirone has built an impressive reputation in business crime law and is respected by his peers and clients as a ‘first-class solicitor’, as noted by the Legal 500 2019. Caltagirone’s career highlights include conducting full-scale corporate internal investigations for suspected wrong-doing in large multi-national companies and advising multiple corporates and individuals in one of the […]

gunnercooke Corporate Partner Amanda Allen Leads Team On Sale Of Butler And Young Group

gunnercooke Corporate Partner Amanda Allen has provided legal advise to the shareholders of Butler and Young Group on the sale of the £10m-turnover building control and fire safety consultancy to France-headquartered SOCOTEC Group. Butler and Young Group has15 offices across the UK and encompasses Butler & Young Approved Inspectors, Trenton Fire and Butler & Young […]

Court of Appeal breathes life into collective proceedings against MasterCard

The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a group of consumers against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s refusal to certify their collective proceedings against MasterCard which it held was “premature and wrong”. The group is represented by Mr Walter Merricks who had unsuccessfully applied in 2016 to the tribunal for a collective proceedings order. The […]

The Supreme Court lands a (soft) blow to landlords opposing tenancy renewals…

Tenants and landlords who are party to Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the Act) tenancies should sit up and take note of recent landmark Supreme Court decision, S Franses Ltd v Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (2018) UKSC 62.  In short, the decision makes it more difficult for landlords to oppose the granting of a new […]

Dispute Resolution Webinar

This webinar includes: • The Nature of Disputes • Managing Objectives, Emotions and Influence • The Five Phases of Negotiated Settlement • Benefits of Direct and Mediated Negotiation • Picking the right form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) • Using Litigation as a tool for Settlement

National Stress Awareness Month: Tackling Workplace Stress

According to a recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Labour Force Survey, published in October 2018, 15.4 million working days were lost last year due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. As April is National Stress Awareness Month, it is an appropriate time to examine the reasons why employees are stressed at work and what […]

New EU super-database raises concerns for civil liberties and security

Civil Liberties groups and security experts have voiced concerns over the EU’s proposed new super-database.  The EU has approved the creation of the gigantic database which will aggregate the identity and biometric details of an estimated 350 million citizens. The “Common Identity Repository” (CIR) is intended to help EU border and law enforcement officers search […]

Global Accolade for gunnercooke’s Rosie Burbidge!

gunnercooke partner, Rosie Burbidge, has been named a trailblazer among WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2019.  This new project by World IP Review celebrates the IP industry’s leading female practitioners from around the world and identified 20 women who are global rising stars in the industry.  Rosie was identified as a trailblazer after her rapid […]

gunnercooke – a finalist at this year’s Lawyer Awards!

Award winning challenger law firm gunnercooke is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Law Company of the Year category at this year’s Lawyer Awards.  The new category recognises the innovative models recently appearing in the legal landscape.  gunnercooke differs from traditional law firms in that its lawyers are given the flexibility and autonomy to […]

How can you improve your mental health and happiness by adopting a powerful morning routine?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.  Here, gunnercooke Partner and Coach, Hannah Beko, suggests starting the day by taking some time to take care of ourselves in mind and body. Our thoughts create our reality.  We get to decide how we feel each day.  In the morning, we don’t have to passively wait and […]

Sarah Goulbourne to take part in Law Society International Symposium

gunnercooke co-founder, Sarah Goulbourne, is delighted to have been invited to take part in the Law Society’s International Symposium on The Power of Gender Equality to Transform the Business of Law.    Sarah will be joining a panel discussing, amongst other topics, agile working.  The Symposium will take place on 20 and 21 June at the […]

gunnercooke in the Times on law firm culture

Co-founder of gunnercooke, Sarah Goulbourne, was interviewed by The Times following the IBA report on bullying and sexual harassment.  Sarah said ‘the report’s findings were no surprise and were the result of entrenched behaviours that stemmed from the antiquated and hierarchical structure of law firms. “The law needs to change and leaders need to transform […]

Litigation Retainers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In this webinar, Costs & Funding Partner Tom Blackburn explains how you can Increase your firm’s profits by slightly changing your litigation retainers. Tom’s simple, easy and straightforward advice can increase your billing and your firm’s bottom line.

When even trusted technology is hackable, how can you defend your privacy?

Whatsapp Messenger is a highly trusted product used by something like 1.5billion consumers Worldwide. Its end to end encryption protocol provides users with a high level of assurance about the privacy of their calls and messages. But even a robust product like this can fall victim to software hacks. It’s a shame because we would […]

ADR, but not as you know it.

Sapna Garg & Antonello Leogrande ADR experts and solicitors at gunnercooke LLP. A new form of electronic dispute resolution has emerged in recent months.  Its simplicity mirrors the rapidly modernising world, one without geographical boundaries where a myriad of tasks are conducted from the comfort of a laptop.  “Kleros” is an attempt to bring some […]

Employers have to wait to hear a decision in Court of Appeal Trade Union ‘unlawful inducements’ case

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in a crucial case in trade union legislation. Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley & Others concerns collective bargaining and the use of inducements.  Section 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) prohibits an employer from making offers to members of a recognised […]

GDPR marks anniversary but e-privacy regulation is ‘stuck’

Tim Heywood, Data Protection expert at gunnercooke, has commented on the current status of GDPR in the UK and Europe: “It’s a whole year since the GDPR came into force.  Rumour has it that the ICO and its counterparts across the EU are gearing up for some major enforcement measures shortly, armed as they are with […]

Co-founder Sarah Goulbourne writes an opinion piece for New Law Journal

The New Law Journal approached gunnercooke Co-founder Sarah Goulbourne to write an opinion piece on law firm culture, why not check it out? You can read the full article HERE

gunnercooke welcomes Tax-planning Expert

Tax Planning expert Tim Thornton Jones, has joined gunnercooke Tax team. Tim specialises in private client tax planning, mainly for UK domiciled clients, both UK and non-UK resident, landowners, farmers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, sportsmen and entertainers, on heritage property. He advises wealthy philanthropists in the creation of private charities.  He has also built a significant practice […]

A year at gunnercooke

It’s probably true to say that at the end of my time as a partner at my last firm I’d fallen out of love with the law. My average day was spent filling out internal forms, managing a team of fourteen people across three offices and producing reports about reports. On my first day at […]

Disputes: the art of effective negotiation

Many business relationships break down and disputes arise not because of diametrically opposed views on the future path of the business or the project or venture, but because people become entrenched in their views, or they want to have their cake and eat it. But like most things in life, it doesn’t work like that. Effective […]

The BusinessDesk has announced the arrival of Paul Ryman and Rachel Spink to gunnercooke Employment Law team

Online news platform The BusinessDesk has announced the arrival of Paul Ryman and Rachel Spink at gunnercooke, strengthening their Employment Law Team.  Welcome, Paul and Rachel! You can read the full article HERE – free registration is required.

Apprenticeships: A guide to the key issues and potential pitfalls

If an employer engages apprenticeships without being properly advised, the apprentice will probably have far better rights than an employee. However, many employers who engage apprentices are completely unaware of the risks. This Webinar will cover: • The Legal status of apprentices • Traditional v statutory apprenticeships • Apprenticeship agreements • Terminating apprenticeships • National […]

GM Business Connect features Darryl Cooke following K-Club event

gunnercooke co-founder, Darryl Cooke, has featured in B2B magazine, GM Business Connect, following a K-Club event where he spoke at about law firm innovation and philanthropy.  You can read about the event and what Darryl had to say HERE.

gunnercooke was named the Overall Winner at The Business Culture Awards (BCA) 2019

gunnercooke was named the Overall Winner at  The Business Culture Awards (BCA) 2019, beating household names like Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover, Odeon Cinemas and Kellogg’s.   The firm also won the Innovation category.  The reasons for the firm being selected for the accolade, as judged by a panel of 25 business leaders, is set out […]

Court of Appeal overturns Employment Appeal Tribunal in long-awaited Trade Union ‘unlawful inducements’ case

In a case which has had employers and Trade Unions on the edge of their seats, the Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley & Others Section 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act […]

Facebook’s new digital currency marks move to mainstream use of blockchain

Facebook has revealed its plans for a new digital currency which it says will allow people to make instant and almost free money transfers to people and businesses anywhere in the world from their mobile phones. The new digital coin, Libra, has the backing of over 24 companies including household names like Visa, Mastercard and […]

gunnercooke Employment Partner in People Management magazine

gunnercooke Employment Partner, Angela Brumpton, has been interviewed for three topical articles in recent days for People Management: On her own case in the Court of Appeal about ‘unlawful inducements’ On a case about discrimination regarding spoken English abilities On a case about religious discrimination.

gunnercooke ramps up London presence with four new Corporate Partners

Challenger law firm, gunnercooke, has strengthened its London team bringing in four new partners and significantly boosting its corporate and finance presence in the City. Matthew Cahill, Simon McLeod, Graham Reid and Max Beazley have joined gunnercooke as partners. Capital Markets and Structured Finance partner, Matthew Cahill, draws on over 20 years’ magic circle law […]

gunnercooke partner, Rosie Burbidge, appeared in yesterday’s Financial Times talking about the use of blockchain in the jewellery sector

“For LVMH in their jewellery that uses diamonds, being able to prove that those diamonds are conflict-free and haven’t been used in some sort of terrorist funding is really important”… Blockchain is no silver bullet against the black market  (link may require subscription)

Disciplinary Investigations and Unfair Dismissal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently considered whether an employer is acting unfairly if it dismisses an employee without holding an investigation meeting. In Radia v Jeffries International, Mr Radia was dismissed following an unsuccessful employment tribunal claim against his employer. The Judge in that case found his evidence not to be credible in various […]

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently considered the rights of employees who are on-call.

In Frudd v Partington Group the employees worked at a caravan site and were expected to be on-call after their shifts until 8am the following morning. They claimed this was “time work” so that they were entitled to be paid the national minimum wage. The “sleep-in” exception in the Mencap case did not apply because […]

Acas Publishes New Guidance on Age Discrimination

Acas has published a new Guidance on Age Discrimination to help employers manage an age diverse workforce, prevent unfair treatment at work, and eradicate bias against older and younger workers. Follow the link to the Guidance, here. The Guidance includes the following ‘top ten obligations’ as well as a myths v facts sheet. 1. Ageist […]

The Legal Consequences of Suspending Employees

What are the legal consequences of suspending an employee? In particular, in what circumstances will an employer breach the implied term of trust and confidence? The issue has been considered by the Court of Appeal in the case of London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Court has confirmed that an employer […]

Reports find harassment and bullying in Parliament

Two reports out this week have found repeated instances of bullying and harassment in Parliament and amongst staff working for some MPs or political parties. The news that bullying and harassment are rife within and around Parliament comes as no surprise given previous reports and the small world of politics, where fear for career prospects […]

BA fine signals ICO is taking no prisoners ahead of GDPR Phase 2

The ICO has said it intends to fine British Airways £183 million and the Marriott chain £99 million for data breaches each company had themselves notified to the Commissioner in compliance with the notification requirements under GDPR. Both organisations have the chance to appeal against the proposed penalty, but in the meantime what this indicates is that the ICO is […]

Symposium 2019: Wonderful Lives

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again… The gunnercooke Symposium is returning to Oxford on 11-12 September 2019 – and preparations are well under way to make it our greatest event yet! We’re inviting all our partners to join us for two action-packed days brimming with keynote speakers, workshops and insightful discussions to […]

How you can prevent your Deliveroo account from being hacked

The recent experience of a number of Deliveroo customers (especially in London, but elsewhere too) serves to illustrate the importance of customers ensuring that they use different passwords for their various platforms, devices and apps. This particular incident seems to have cost individual customers relatively little because the hackers have simply used the passwords to […]

Employment Partner Angela Brumpton has commented on redundancy consultation tribunal decision

Employment Partner Angela Brumpton, has commented in People Management on a redundancy consultation tribunal decision. You can read the full article HERE

Rosie Burbidge comments on Katy Perry copyright dispute

Intellectual Property Partner Rosie Burbidge has featured in The Copyright Magazine sharing her expertise on the recent Katy Perry copyright ruling. You can read the full article HERE

gunnercooke Co-founder Darryl Cooke features in Manchester Law Society magazine

gunnercooke co-founder, Darryl Cooke, features in the Manchester Law Society July edition magazine covering his latest book launch; To innovate or not to innovate. You can read the full feature on page 11 of the magazine HERE

The Stress Solution: 4 key insights from BBC’s ‘Doctor in The House’

Best known for his work on BBC’s Doctor in the House and The One Show, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee has become a figurehead for the nation’s daily health and wellbeing in recent years. We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Chatterjee will be joining us as one of our keynote speakers at this year’s Symposium. Ahead of […]

RICS Consult on Measurement of Land for Development and Planning

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a draft guidance note, Measurement of Land for Development and Planning Purposes (1st edition), and is seeking comments on it. The Consultation closes on 17 September 2019, with a view to it being adopted by the end of the year. There are a number of core […]

gunnerooke partner achieves a fantastic result for client Hitachi

gunnercooke has achieved a fantastic result for our client Hitachi Data Systems lead by Pensions Partner Adam Bushby with his innovate approach. If you would like to know more about this transaction, you can read the full article HERE.

Employment Partner Thalis Vlachos comments on a sexual harassment survey into the retail sector for People Management magazine

Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos has been interviewed by People Management magazine on the recently published sexual harassment survey in the retail sector where 51% of said they experienced inappropriate behaviour from a college. You can read the full article HERE.

Employers need to make sure they protect staff from inappropriate behaviour and harassment

Employment Law Expert, Chris Bushnell, comments on the breaking news that more than one in ten retail workers surveyed have experienced unwanted sexual touching at work A survey of retail employees has discovered that more than one in ten retail workers have experienced unwanted sexual touching at work and more than a third thought their […]

gunnercooke sponsors partner’s London to Paris charity bike ride challenge

gunnercooke Business Crime partner, Simon Caltagirone, is in training to cycle 200 miles from Tower Bridge in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in a gruelling fundraising effort. Simon will be raising money for a charity dear to gunnercooke’s heart.  Astriid  help the chronically ill get back into work so they can regain some […]

Symposium 2019: Meet the speakers

With this year’s Symposium fast approaching, now is the perfect time to take a look at the world-class roster of speakers we’ve got lined up. Staying true to our theme of ‘Wonderful Lives’, we’ve secured an eclectic mix of performance, health, wellbeing and business experts to speak at this year’s event, each with a sterling […]

An extract from Darryl Cooke’s new book has been published in the latest ‘Modern Legal Practice’ publication

An extract from gunnercooke Executive Chairman Darryl Cooke’s new book, ‘To Innovate or Not to Innovate? A Blueprint for the Law Firm of the Future’ has been published in the latest ‘Modern Legal Practice’ publication. You can view the full feature HERE.

gunnercooke Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos has featured in People Management magazine discussing Police Officer discrimination case

Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos has featured in People Management magazine today giving comment on a recent case involving a Police Officer who was stripped of driving duties due to being colour blind. You can read the full article HERE.

gunnercooke and its client have been announced as finalists at this year’s Midlands Dealmakers Awards

gunnercooke and its client have been announced as finalists at this year’s Midlands Dealmakers Awards, run by Insider Media.  Amanda Allen’s client, SSE Audio Group, and the firm, are shortlisted for International Deal of the Year.  SSE Audio, a sound equipment supplier for live events, was acquired by Canadian business Groupe Solotech, which has worked […]

gunnercooke employment partner, Angela Brumpton, has commented on a story in People Management about a discrimination employment tribunal

gunnercooke employment partner, Angela Brumpton, has commented on a story in People Management about a discrimination employment tribunal involving the suspension of a teacher with bipolar disorder. You can read the full article HERE.

gunnercooke Partner and Coach, Hannah Beko, has been interviewed about mental health in the law for Harry Clark’s blog for aspiring lawyers

gunnercooke Partner and Coach, Hannah Beko, has been interviewed about mental health in the law for Harry Clark’s blog for aspiring lawyers. Meditation over Mediation – mental health in the legal sector, read the full article HERE. If you would like to know more about Hannah, you can view her website HERE.

Symposium 2019: Just 3 days to go!

We’re returning to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ this Wednesday to celebrate our ninth birthday Symposium – and for good reason! As well as providing the backdrop to one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, Oxford is steeped in history, decked with incredible architecture and boasts over 1,500 listed buildings. Where better to […]

gunnercooke Symposium proves a great success

gunnercooke llp has celebrated its ninth anniversary in style at a two-day Symposium in Oxford. Day One took place at the city’s Saïd Business School where delegates were welcomed by by co-founder, Sarah Goulbourne, and host, TV news presenter, Lucy Meacock. Keynote talks kicked off with author and commentator, Matthew Syed, who talked about how […]

gunnercooke shortlisted for two Business Culture Awards 2020

Following the accolade of being named the overall winner at the Business Culture Awards 2019, gunnercooke is delighted to have been shortlisted for two categories in 2020. Co-founder of the firm, Darryl Cooke, has been named a finalist in the Leadership category, whilst Head of People and Culture, Lucy Hargreaves, has been shortlisted for the […]

gunnercooke team advises on multi-million pound MBO

A team led by Corporate Partner Nick Ducker and Banking Partner Georgina Tripp advised on the sale of SRL Traffic Systems Limited to a management buyout team backed by LDC. SRL is the UK’s leading manufacturer of temporary traffic light systems in the UK.  LDC is a mid-market private equity investor which will support SRL […]

Tribunal on veganism could be first of more to come, warns gunnercooke solicitor

Sacha Sokhi, solicitor at gunnercooke, was interviewed by People Management about a tribunal that found veganism was a lifestyle choice rather than a protected characteristic. She hinted that there could be further tribunal cases testing whether vegetarianism, as well as veganism, fall within protected characteristics. Read more on this tribunal here.

Beware illegal work practices, employers are warned

Employment partner, Paul Ryman, has been interviewed in People Management magazine. This week, news headlines have warned employers against paying below the minimum wage and failing to provide paid holidays. Paul gives his thoughts on the results in the report from the Resolution Foundation. You can read the full article here.

Angela Brumpton interviewed in People Management magazine about unfair dismissal case against Camden Borough Council

gunnercooke Employment Law Partner Angela Brumpton has commented on an employment tribunal which highlights the need for employers to be diligent when going through the process of dismissing an employee. In this case, Camden Council’s investigation into an employee was found to be ‘seriously flawed’. You can read the full article HERE.

Spotlight on holiday entitlement and NMW breaches

New research published on Monday has found that: Around 1 in 20 workers do not receive their legal holiday entitlement Almost 1 in 10 workers do not receive a (now legally required) payslip Last year 200,000 workers were not paid the national minimum wage (NMW) Not the usual suspects? This means that a significant proportion […]

IP Partner Rosie Burbidge has featured on the cover of Trademark Lawyer

Intellectual Property partner, Rosie Burbidge, has written the cover feature for the current edition of the Trademark Lawyer (see Page 26), looking into why design is often neglected within the IP framework, and encourages IP practitioners to realise the opportunities they offer. You can read the full feature HERE.

Spotlight on dual-qualified partner, Claudia Font, who navigated a move to the UK from Spain

How long have you been at gunnercooke? Three and a half years What were your expectations/hopes and dreams when you set out in your career in the law? To be honest, I didn´t really know. I wanted to help others, and to be able to succeed in assisting clients not only doing what was “legal” […]

Darryl Cooke’s book on law firm innovation launches in London

We were delighted to welcome so many guests to Darryl Cooke’s book launch in London last night.  “To Innovate or not to Innovate:  A Blueprint for the Law Firm of the Future” is published by Globe Law Business. The impressive Chrissie Lightfoot, aka @thenakedlawyer, hosted and there was a buzz of support in the room […]

What could employment law look like post-Brexit?

The prevailing UK political climate brings to mind the apocryphal Chinese curse about living in “interesting times” and it has been easy to overlook some recent developments which could have significant consequences for HR practitioners in the near future. Tribunal Fees: Employment Tribunal application fees have become something of an obsession for many employment practitioners. […]

Little-known equality provision deserves more take-up by HR

gunnercooke partner and Creative Equals Advisory Board member, Shilpen Savani, has written an article for Management Today about ‘positive action’. According to the article, “Positive action allows employers to identify a disadvantaged or marginalised group and then take targeted steps to facilitate their inclusion. It’s governed by the Equality Act 2010 and has been in […]

A sense of mission which is positively infectious – Darryl Cooke’s book on Innovation

‘Solo’, the Sole Practitioner solicitors’ group publication, has written a sterling review of Darryl Cooke’s new book. Co-founder of gunnercooke, Darryl is also a writer and his latest book ‘To Innovate or not to Innovate: A blueprint for the law firm of the future‘ has recently been published. The reviewer explains that the book tells […]

gunnercooke has been shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year at British Legal Awards

gunnercooke is delighted to have been shortlisted for UK Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious British Legal Awards, organised by Legal Week.  We are proud to have grown from the brainchild of two pioneers nine years ago, to a partnership approaching 200 across the UK and in international locations. Best of luck to […]

An investigation.. Not what the doctor ordered?

gunnercooke restructuring and insolvency partner, Alyson Reilly, and Nora Wannagat, a pupil at 9 Stone Buildings, have published an article in the autumn edition of Recovery magazine about a recent ruling where the subject of a s236 investigation tried to adjourn on medical grounds. First published in the Autumn 2019 edition of RECOVERY magazine and […]

gunnercooke Leeds growth makes headlines

After ten-fold growth in three years, gunnercooke has moved to new premises at Avenue HQ. The move has been picked up in the Yorkshire Post, Business Insider and The Business Desk.

gunnercooke Partner Rebecca Ireland features in People Management magazine on over-50s unemployment

gunnercooke Employment Law Partner Rebecca Ireland has featured in People Management magazine giving comment on the fact that 37% of 171,000 people facing unemployment for more than two years were over 50. If you would like to read the full article, click HERE.

Whatever floats your boat – celebrating individuality during Work Life Week

It’s National #WorkLifeWeek, an initiative to encourage employers and employees to focus on well-being and work-life balance. To mark the week, we have been looking into the working lives of some of our lawyers to see how they manage the tricky balance between home and work.   Flexible working is one way to encourage well-being and […]

Facebook and Libra tackling more issues of trust

According to a report by the BBC, Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency faces yet another challenge as the G7 group have warned it must not be launched until security and safety provisions have been proven. Rosie Burbidge, an expert on intellectual property and cryptocurrency from gunnercooke, commented on what the latest development mean for the cryptocurrency and […]

Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos covers recent Sexual Harassment statistics in People Management magazine

Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos has featured in People Management magazine sharing his expertise on the recent statistics released by Young Women’s Trust on the likelihood of employees reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. You can read the full article HERE

gunnercooke Partner Sarah Armstrong features in People Management magazine on recent unfair dismissal case

Dispute Resolution & Employment Law Partner Sarah Armstrong has featured in People Management magazine sharing her expertise on a recent case in which a Financial Advisor was unfairly dismissed after being ‘blackmailed’ to sign a restrictive covenant.   You can read the full article HERE.

gunnercooke’s social enterprise, inspire*, has been listed in I News in an article about businesses that ‘care and give back’

The article looks at finalists in the National Business Awards ‘that deserve special mention for their incredible campaigns to better the lives of the people in their communities’. You can read the full article HERE.

How a Game of Cards changed the nature of Dishonesty

The Landscape of criminal prosecutions for crimes involving dishonesty was fundamentally reshaped by the case of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd [2017] UKSC 67, which led the Supreme Court to redefine the criminal test for what constitutes dishonesty. For those who were unaware, the case that was the ‘definitive authority’ in all criminal proceedings […]

Darryl Cooke has been interviewed for ‘The Brief’ about his passions and interests

gunnercooke Executive Chairman Darryl Cooke has been interviewed for ‘The Brief’ about his passions and interests.  Read about his favourite books and inspirations HERE.

‘It often takes something life-changing to make you realise’ National Stress Awareness Day

On National Stress Awareness Day, we ask Property Dispute Resolution Partner, and Director of UK Deaf Sport, Tom Seabrook, how he manages life as a man with many demanding roles. Does being a litigator mean you are always arguing with people? A great deal of my practice revolves around advisory and dispute avoidance work. You […]

gunnercooke Partners Alastair Wilson and Menna Bowen feature in Taxation Magazine

gunnercooke Partners Alastair Wilson and Menna Bowen summarise the case of Andreas Rialas and the lessons that can be learned on the rules relating to the transfer of assets abroad. Read the full feature HERE.

Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner Sarah Armstrong features in People Management magazine

Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner Sarah Armstrong has featured in People Management magazine this week giving comment on a case involving a Retailer discriminating against an employee by insisting she work late shifts. You can read the full feature HERE.

Join us and Lady Justice Thirlwall for our Women in Business event

To mark the end of our 100 years of Women in Law celebrations, we are delighted to invite you to an evening of festivities where we will be joined by guest of honour Lady Justice Thirlwall. In celebration of the achievements of Women in Law, and in recognition of the issues that female professionals still […]

Operation Eyesight CEO to join Conscious Capitalism debate with gunnercooke

We are delighted to welcome the CEO of a truly inspirational organisation, Operation Eyesight, as part of gunnercooke’s Conscious Capitalism series. Aly Bandali leads this international development organisation which works to eliminate avoidable blindness with the help of donations and support from foundations, corporations and governments. Based in Canada, they have brought sight-restoration and blindness-prevention […]

gunnercooke to join other finalists at prestigious National Business Awards

We are very excited to be attending as finalists in two categories at this year’s National Business Awards this evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Co-founder Darryl Cooke will be attending as a finalist in the Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year category, and also represents the firm which has been shortlisted for the Innovation Award. The […]

Protecting your position, a note on shareholder disputes

In many SMEs and family owned businesses, there will usually be a small number of shareholders who also happen to be directors and/or employees of the company. You know how it goes. A small group of like-minded entrepreneurs decide to start a company. They all decide to take broadly equal shareholdings in the business. They all […]

gunnercooke Head of People and Culture wins Ambassador of the Year at the Business Culture Awards

In November 2019, gunnercooke attended the Business Culture Awards where our very own Head of People and Culture, Lucy Hargreaves, took home the Ambassador of the Year award. This award comes after the firm was the Overall Winner for Business Culture at the 2018 event. We are incredibly proud to be continually recognised in these […]

General Election 2019: What are the parties promising workers?

With the 12 December 2019 Election fast approaching, it would be remiss of us not to look at what the main political parties, Conservative and Labour, are promising in relation to employment law and industrial relations if they are elected.  In case you want to look at the other parties’ views, and in the interests […]

Redundancy: Ensure that the statutory trial period has actually started

If you haven’t already watched Simon Horsfield’s webinar: “Cutting HR Costs Without Cutting Jobs”, you can do so by clicking here. If you still need to make redundancies having explored the other options in Simon’s webinar, remember that a redundancy dismissal may be unfair if the employer fails to make a reasonable search for suitable […]

The Extension of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime

The extension of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) comes into effect on 9 December 2019 and regulated firms irrespective of size will have identified their Senior Managers and Certified Persons. SMCR applies to those individuals who are not Senior Managers but who could nonetheless pose a risk of ‘significant harm’ to the firm, […]

Employers beware: your company may be liable for the actions of its employees at this year’s Christmas party

Employers beware: your company may be liable for the actions of its employees at this year’s Christmas party To what extent is a company vicariously liable for the actions of its employees? With Christmas party season upon us, where behaviour of employees can be an area for concern, a recent decision by the Court of […]

Is the regulatory reference the new passport to working in finance?

A recent employment case led by gunnercooke partners Jonathan Golden and Carol L’Heveder working respectively on employment and regulatory issues has highlighted the real challenges faced by senior financial executives when leaving their firm and looking for a new role. Using their combined experience in this sector, they forced a resolution of an unresolved disciplinary […]

Should employers offer hangover days? Angela Brumpton comments

The BBC interviewed the director of a company that offers staff ‘hangover days’, where staff can work from home after a big midweek drinking session.  What are the rights and wrongs of such a policy?  gunnercooke Employment Partner, Angela Brumpton, comments in today’s People Management.

Partner Rebecca Ireland features in People Management magazine on the use of Whatsapp in the workplace

Rebecca Ireland, Employment Partner, comments on a news story in People Management about a racial harassment case and the use of Whatsapp in the workplace. You can read the full feature HERE.

CEO of Operation Eyesight, Ali Bandali on Inspiring Leadership

On a recent trip to UK, I was invited to speak to an audience as part of a series called Inspiring Leadership, initiated by a law firm called gunnercooke LLP. I was excited to participate as it’s a great opportunity to talk about the culture and future direction of Operation Eyesight. I highly commend gunnercooke […]

Introducing gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership programme

Our charitable foundation is all about connecting the profit world with the not for profit world. Only companies in the future will survive that have a socio-economic and moral purpose. Businesses and leaders are and will become more accountable. We wish to engage with business leaders and to be part of and energise the debate […]

Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

All great achievers make what they do look simple, whether they are great sportsmen or great orators. Leadership is no different. The more you read the more you practice the simpler and easier it will become. Leadership that just becomes part of you – a better you. A more authentic you. It will be seen just as […]

Is Trust Important?

It is important as a leader to build up trust. Trust binds people together. There is a story told by Damian Hughes in his book ‘The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset’ about a former British Lions head coach, Ian McGeechan, when working with one of his teams. McGeechan knew that a strong team was not just about […]

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

The following is an extract from gunnercooke Co-Founder, Darryl Cooke’s book ‘To Innovate Or Not To Innovate’. We live in a fast-changing and innovative world where it has been said that two-thirds of the companies that will make up the S&P stock market index in a decades time have yet to be created. We live […]

Tribunal has determined ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has determined that veganism is a “philosophical belief” which should be protected by the Equality Act 2010. An interim hearing in a claim which is being pursued by “ethical vegan” Jordi Casamitjana against his former employers the League Against Cruel Sports has reached a decision on whether or not they […]

Intellectual Property Partner Rosie Burbidge has featured in the World Trade Review on law firms evolving model

Intellectual Property Partner Rosie Burbidge, has featured in the World Trademark Review discussing the evolving model of the traditional law firm and how the gunnercooke model has allowed Rosie to reduce her hourly rate, but yet still increase her actual earnings. You can find out more in the full feature HERE.

The importance of harassment investigations in the workplace

Complaints of sexual harassment are often complicated and tricky for employers to handle. The potential risks can be high: to the individuals involved and the organisation and its reputation. Properly investigating these complaints is absolutely key because it means that the employer can a) take action to protect its employees, and b) manage its risks […]

Darryl Cooke Discusses the Principles of Inspiring Leadership in Director Magazine

gunnercooke Co-Founder and Executive Chair has featured in Director discussing the principles of inspiring leadership. He explains how the command-and-control approach is outmoded, and inspirational leaders persuade others to their thinking and their cause. Read the full article here. To find out more about gunnercooke’s Inspiring Leadership programme, click here.

Regulations Issued Relating to Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector update

The Draft Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (Electrical Safety Regulations) was laid before Parliament on 13 January 2020, under the power granted to the Secretary of State under Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing & Planning Act 2016.  If the Electrical Safety Regulations are passed then they will […]

Breaking away from Blue Monday by Partner Sarah Cato

Long gone are the days of rushing for the 6.30 am train whilst worrying if my tiny boys had all they needed for the day. Fast forward five years and now all I need to worry about is trying to get them out of the house for school on time. I can now attend that […]

Five years on by Partner Richard Linskell

My first five years with gunnercooke have passed quicker than I could ever have imagined, which must be a good thing, right? One thing I know for sure is that there is no going back to the traditional law firm model. These years have been amongst the most fulfilling in my career and I know […]