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 […]