Lead by example to achieve your business goals

Leadership is everything in reaching business goals Good leaders inspire others to achieve business goals. They set the vision, the strategy, the culture and have an ability to draw together a team. They set the example, provide the excitement and act as the glue that pulls a team together. It’s a myth that there are […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your People: Timpson’s shoe-mending and key-cutting

By Darryl Cooke As you walk into Timpson House you very quickly realise that you are entering a very special company. The reception replicates a high street Timpson outlet and the administrative offices are like something from a film set or a Disney World hotel. You wonder if you were expected to bring a child […]

How to Develop One-Word Brand Equity

For years Maurice Saatchi has been touting what he calls ‘one-word equity’. He argues that a world populated with ‘digital natives’, i.e. those people under 30 who can hardly remember life without the internet, have intensified the battle for attention in ways that we have still not fully understood. He argues that attention span is […]

Four Top Tips for Implementing a Social Media Policy in the Workplace

By Employment and Privacy Law Partner, Carl Atkinson Make it clear It is important to give accurate instructions on how you want employees to use social media at work, in relation to your business. For example, if employees are permitted to use social media on the mobiles during work hours, should it be expected that they […]

What Makes a Client Your Client?

By Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Partner Shilpen Savani A few months ago, a senior executive at a client company told me the substantial business sent to my firm in recent years was rooted in his relationship with me as a trusted adviser. So far, so good. He then said, to my surprise, that  he valued the overall […]

Personal Branding: people buy what others want to buy

Paris department store Galeries Lafayette is one of the World’s most famous places for high end fashion and accessories. Inside is an exclusive area for Chanel handbags but customers cannot enter just by walking in, they have to queue up at the entrance. An attendant comes by and asks what you will be looking at […]

How to Use Ethical Values to Build Your Business

Dame Anita Roddick was a true pioneer. A globally successful entrepreneur who campaigned for green causes long before it was fashionable to do so. As founder of ‘The Body Shop’, the world leader in manufacture and retail of plant based cosmetics, she campaigned endlessly for ethical values led businesses, turning her passion for environmental change […]

People Hour Webinar: how should you conduct an effective employee investigation?

Hosted by Employment Law Partner, Angela Brumpton Does your business have a process in place for leading employee investigations? Every business will encounter issues with employees from time to time, yet they can be stressful for even the most experienced HR professionals. If an issue with an employee is considered ‘low risk’, it may be […]

What can business leaders learn from Iron Man?

Business Leaders, if you feel good, eat! ‘If you feel good, eat!’ is the race day fuelling mantra of many experienced Iron Man triathletes. Take note business leaders, you should eat little and often whilst you can stomach it. If you wait until you’re hungry to give your body the nutrition it needs, you’ll have […]

Do employees lose their bonuses when sacked?

The recent claim against the AA by its former executive chairman for £225m looks certain to raise interesting issues relating to sacked employees’ bonus and long-term incentive share entitlements. In this blog, I look at the law relating to employee bonuses and long-term share incentive schemes.  AA executive chairman Bob Mackenzie was dismissed for gross misconduct […]

Six books all business leaders should read this Summer

As the Summer holidays are just around the corner, it is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the year and equip yourself with fresh ideas for the second. Here are our recommendations on the best reads for business leaders this Summer: Strategy and Innovation Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff Allende Sam […]

inspire* Gift of Time Pledge Event

“Imagine if we all gave one hour of our time, the difference we could make to the world.” – Winston Churchill inspire* Gift of Time Pledge Event Date: Wednesday 5th December Time: 5pm – 7pm Venue: Clink Café, Canada House, Chepstow Street, Manchester, M1 5FW Perhaps we’re slightly early, but this time of year when […]

Housing Complaints Resolution Service: What’s it all about?

Housing Complaints Resolution Service: What’s it all about? Given the current political climate it isn’t at all surprising that the government’s latest plans to “create a housing market that works for everyone” slipped out more or less unnoticed last week. The proposals follow last year’s consultation on Strengthening Consumer Redress in the Housing Market and […]

The Tate Modern’s Neighbours lose Battle for Privacy

The eagerly awaited High Court decision on the case being brought by the residents of the Neo Bankside Apartment Block against the Tate Modern Gallery has determined that the viewing platform, offering uninhibited views into their homes, does not amount to an actionable nuisance or invasion of privacy. The dispute dates back to when the […]

Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion and Creative Industries

This month (during London fashion week), gunnercooke joined forces with Joanna Dai (founder of luxury womenswear brand Dai) to celebrate the launch of gunnercooke partner, Rosie Burbidge’s book: European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Startup to Global Success. Rosie’s motivation for writing it: to make the law more accessible for the creative industries. In […]

A Burning Issue – what happens if a property is damaged or destroyed between exchange and completion?

Most clients would expect that if the property burns down, the sale goes off and the buyer can walk away. I hope most lawyers would know that under the standard conditions of sale, that is not the case. Until a few years ago, it was the case with residential property that if the property was […]

Brexit may now be less Frustrating for Landlords

Landlords will welcome the ruling from Mr Justice Smith that Brexit does not operate to frustrate the terms of a lease. In the recently heard case concerning the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Headquarters in London, the Court ruled that European Organisations cannot use Brexit as an excuse to walk away from their leases. Background In […]

A Construction Viewpoint: Practical Completion – what is it?

An “agreement for lease”. From the name, a layman might assume that this document is the domain of a property lawyer, but as every wise property lawyer knows, it makes sense to get your construction colleagues involved on this one! Are you sure that construction terms in your Agreement for Lease (AFL) are consistent with […]

Restrictive Covenants: Don’t Just Ignore Them

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal has refused to release or modify restrictive covenants where a development was knowingly carried out in breach of the covenants. The public policy interest in allowing the development to go ahead did not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately built houses on land […]

Are you being served?

Service of notices has always been a particularly litigious area, with best practice to instruct a professional to send the notice for you, not least because it is then covered by their indemnity insurance. However, a recent case has really highlighted why it is important to take advice when receiving notices either direct or through […]

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 […]

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 […]

A law firm without politics, a year at gunnercooke by Russell Davidson

I was really fed up at the last large law firm I worked with. “Targets, Targets, Targets” every day: the repeated pronouncements of greedy managing partners. OK, every firm has bills to pay, wages to meet, but I’d generated my own work for over 25 years, so didn’t need my time constantly being wasted with […]

Further changes to the Electronic Communications Code

The Government gave their response to the consultation regarding Code Operators’ ability to seek Code Rights 10 October 2019.  This has resulted in the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill being introduced to Parliament on 15 October 2019.  It has it’s first reading in the House of Commons on 8 January 2020. The Code already provides […]

Wellbeing in Residential Development

At present there is a growth in regulatory activity concerning ideas of environmental, social and corporate change, which are having an impact on the residential property market.  The idea of wellbeing and “well buildings” is already well-established in commercial property sectors and is now emerging as an influence in the residential property sector.  There is […]

Landlord Electrical Safety Checks by Partner Claire-Elaine Arthurs

The Government has now started the process under the Housing & Planning Act 2016 for bringing into force the requirement for all Landlords to carry out electrical safety checks.  From 25 October 2019 the provisions of the Act relating to electrical safety checks came into force.  The next stage will be to make further regulations.  […]

Darryl Cooke will be speaking at the Manchester Law Society Conference

gunnercooke Executive Chairman Darryl Cooke will be speaking in the closing session at the MANCHESTER LAW SOCIETY conference tomorrow which looks at how to adapt your firm in an ever-changing market. Darryl is excited to share his story of how gunnercooke has grown to 200 partners through culture, flexibility and freedom for both partners and […]

Zero-Hour Contracts: Time for Businesses to Review Their Use?

Last week saw the launch of ‘Zero Hours Justice’, a campaign that aims to ban the use of zero-hour contracts. It is being bankrolled by Julian Richer, of Richer Sounds, and was announced all over the national press.  The momentum against these type of contracts is continuing to grow; speeding up even. This got me […]

SRA Underfire following Tribunal

The SRA is again under fire from the SDT for fundamental flaws in its investigation which resulted in the Tribunal finding no case to answer against solicitor Nabeel Sheikh on any charges. The SRA faced similar criticisms in relation to the quality of its investigation only a few months ago in the case of Denise […]

5 Years on by Partner Elizabeth Selby

I have now been at gunnercooke for longer than I was with either of my previous law firms. It certainly doesn’t feel like 5 years since ex-colleague and good friend Sarah Innes convinced me that I didn’t need to give up on the world of law and that there was a law firm out there […]

How to Influence Decision Makers by Marshall Goldsmith

The following article was written by Marshall Goldsmith, taken from the Harvard Business Review. You can view the original article here. “The great majority of people tend to focus downward. they are occupied with efforts rather than results. They worry over what the organization and their superiors ‘owe’ them and should do for them. and […]

Why Better Is Better Than Best by Simon Sinek

The following article has been written by Simon Sinek. You can view the original post here. The fastest runners in the world run between 12-14mph (19-23kph). The average bear runs between 30-40mph (48-64kph). That means if a bear decides to give chase, even world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt, could not outrun it. But there is […]

How to build a company where the best ideas win: TedTalk by Ray Dalio

What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think – even calling out the boss is fair game. […]

Inspiring Leadership: Julian Richer, The Ethical Capitalist

As part of the firm’s mission to bring commercial business skills to charities, we want to engage business leaders with the fact that they have a vital role to play in solving the challenges of today’s society. To this end, we are holding a series of talks delivered by amazing leaders from the business world, […]

Is the electronic signature on your email legally binding?

Whether or not an automated email signature was legally binding was the question that concerned the County Court in the recent case of Neocleous v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch).  In this case, the Defendants had agreed to transfer part of the land to the Claimants for the price of £175,000.  The terms of the […]

Obtaining Injunctions Against Protestors

In recent years there has been an increasing trend for property owners and occupiers to seek injunctions against persons unknown to restrain the actions of trespassers and protestors.  These are usually sought on a quia timet basis, which means that they are granted in advance of any wrong taking place.  As with most injunctions, they […]

Are Veriports a better use of Roof Space for Landowners in City Centres?

If you live or work in London then you are likely to be more than six foot from a piece of telecoms equipment.  We are used to looking out of windows over a sea of telecoms aerials.  Historically, freeholders were eager to grant leases to telecoms operators to obtain an extra source of income from […]

Electrical Safety Checks in Residential Letting

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will come into effect from 1 July 2020.  All private landlords will be required to: Ensure that the electrical safety standards in the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations published by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the British Standards Institute as […]

Are you being served? Service of Property Notices

The findings of the Supreme Court in UKI (Kingsway) Limited v Westminster City Council [2018] UK SC67 have cast some significant doubt on what were previously thought to be well-established common law principle about the service of notices in relation to property.  In this case the Court determined that there could still be good service […]

Partner Thalis Vlachos shares his career at gunnercooke so far with Yexible

In this Yexible article, Employment Law Partner Thalis Vlachos shares his career at gunnercooke so far, and it goes beyond ‘simply putting in the hours’. You can read the full feature HERE

Trust Barometer – A Wake Up Call

Why would anyone be led by you, follow your vision, and do what you need them to do if they don’t trust you? We are not sheep, we are not slaves and we will only give everything to our leaders if we trust them. Which is why the latest Edelman Trust Barometer (2020) is so […]

“Events, Dear Boy, Events!”

A quote that is overused and may have been mis-attributed to former Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan but is said to have been his response to being asked what he most feared as PM. We are certainly seeing some ‘events’ at the moment and their impacts can be felt in business circles across the Globe. Clients […]

Keep Going, Keep Growing: Some Thoughts for Employers

In your planned response to the spread of Coronavirus, you’ve no doubt factored in remote working or home-working as part of your solution. It won’t be right for all sectors of course or even for all parts of a single business but it makes sense to consider how a shift to remote working might help […]

On Coronavirus: Advice for HR Professionals

The coronavirus has now definitely taken us into unchartered territory. People’s health is obviously number one priority, and the impact on the economy is going to be huge. HR professionals are facing completely new challenges, by the day. No one knows how the situation is going to unfold and reacting quickly and creatively to the […]

Help for Residential Landlords & Tenants

The government announced on the 18 March 2020 a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. The aim is to ensure that no renter in either social or private residential accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Emergency legislation is being taken forward as an […]

On Coronavirus: A Survival Kit For Entrepreneurs

Staying abreast of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic is like standing on solid ground that has suddenly turned to quicksand around you. Advising business clients on employment law in this quagmire is a challenge, because so little in the law is geared for the snap commerciality and responsiveness required from leaders in the […]

On Coronavirus: Commercial Leasehold Properties

Tenants  1. Non-payment of rent  In the case of non-occupation due to part or whole self-isolation rent is probably still payable. Leases do not usually contain suspension of rent or non-payment of rent in the event of force majeure, but may do where it is a licence of serviced offices and tenants should check the […]

On Coronavirus: Insurance Guidance

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, many people are naturally looking toward their insurance policies to see what type and levels of cover they have in place, should they need to call on insurance in these unprecedented times. The simple advice is to check your own policy wording and speak to your insurer, or […]

On Coronavirus: Force Majeure Clauses in Commercial Contracts

The situation the country finds itself in is truly unprecedented. Businesses and individuals are likely to be thinking long and hard about whether they can honour their commitments over the coming weeks and months. In light of this, I thought it was sensible to prepare some thoughts and guidance on force majeure clauses in commercial […]

On Coronavirus: Advice for suppliers who work with the NHS

It goes without saying that the NHS is at the forefront of addressing the Coronavirus outbreak. Of course, the NHS relies on thousands of different suppliers to provide it with equipment to function properly, and those businesses are likely to be affected by the current situation in many different ways. Because of this, I thought […]

On Coronavirus: Tax residence and Private Client implications

As has become all too apparent, the Coronavirus crisis has affected international travel significantly: flights are being cancelled and travel bans have been imposed. These events, as well as being painful for many, can have unintended consequences for the residence status of some individuals. I thought it sensible to provide brief thoughts on some of […]

On Coronavirus: Advice for the construction industry

The Coronavirus pandemic and the measures being put in place continue to evolve by the hour. The construction industry with its inherent complex supply chains and daily need for person-to-person contact, is likely to be severely impacted. All parties will need to be extremely proactive in managing their risks, but also need to consider their […]

On Coronavirus: Insolvency

It’s safe to say that many businesses are already struggling, coming under increasing cash flow pressure. Many individuals with management responsibility are concerned about the future viability of their organisations, as well as their own personal liability should insolvency proceedings begin. The best advice I can give is to get advice on your specific situation. […]

Coronavirus Bill

One of the key effects of this Bill, and one that both Houses will want to scrutinise closely is to give the Government new powers to prohibit public gatherings. In the context of policy announcements that tend to have a presentational focus on what appear to be common sense precautions to limit the spread of […]

On Coronavirus: Trade Finance Borrowers

During these difficult times, many trade finance borrowers will quite rightly have concerns about meeting their payment obligations and want to understand  their potential risks. This note aims to provide guidance on what borrowers should be considering.  My general advice is to review the entire suite of trade finance facilities you have available to you […]

On Coronavirus: Frustration, Force Majeure and Contractual Obligations

Many of you will be familiar with these terms, but it makes sense to begin by reminding ourselves of what they are. Frustration of Contract and Force Majeure are two ways in which a contract may be brought to an end. Frustration occurs where, after a contract has been formed, an event happens which renders […]

Remote Leadership

There isn’t a better time than now to demonstrate good leadership. Leadership is everything, whether you are running a local voluntary service or the largest organisation in the world. At times like this everyone looks for guidance. People want to be guided. They want to follow. But if you get it wrong you are just […]

Changes to planning law now in force

New time-limited permitted development right to allow takeaway and delivery services From 10am on 24 March 2020, an amendment to the permitted development rights currently in force takes effect which allows: Restaurants and cafes; and Drinking establishments; and Drinking establishments with expanded food provision to provide takeaway food (hot or cold) for collection or delivery […]

Coronavirus Act 2020: Residential Lettings

The Coronavirus Act came into force on 26 March 2020 and will have an impact on the following parties: Landlords wishing to forfeit or end a residential lease Parties wish to issue possession proceedings Parties part way through the possession proceedings process Parties holding unexecuted Possession Orders The Government have now issued full guidance on […]

Coronavirus Act 2020: Commercial Lettings

Section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“CA 2020”) sets out emergency measures to restrict forfeiture of Commercial Business Tenancies in England and Wales where tenants find themselves in financial difficulties. The relevant period for these provisions lasts from 26 March 2020 until 30 June 2020 but is subject to review and may be extended. […]

Cyber Scams

Not everyone is playing by the same rules. As you and I try to go about our daily business under the Coronavirus restrictions and try to help our family, friends and neighbours, where we can, cyber-criminals are busy exploiting the new environment for personal gain. You may have noticed that you are receiving more emails […]

Morrisons Found Not Vicariously Liable for Data Breach

The Supreme Court has today delivered the final word on this case which had until now left employers facing potential vicarious liability (and the prospect of having to pay damages under civil law principles) for a major, deliberate data breach by one of its former employees. The breach occurred when Mr Skelton, who had been […]

Covid- 19: Clampdown on Lockdown – New Police Powers Granted

The extensive restrictions on individuals and businesses put in place this week in an attempt to delay the spread of the Coronavirus have been widely reported, but what happens to those who don’t comply? In further emergency laws granted on 26th March (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020), the police have been given far […]

Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing when Working at Home

I’ve delivered training on mental health stress and wellbeing for the last three years but as I sat down to write my first post lockdown training, I realised that my normal material wasn’t going to be enough.  We are living through something completely unknown and unfamiliar.   It’s hard for people in lots of different ways. […]

On Coronavirus: Preserving Investor Value

Inter-Dependency Many corporate groups are structured in tax-efficient ways.  Tax-planning may dictate how goods and services are provided between members of the group in different jurisdictions and in which entities valuable assets are held. In addition, “treasury” arrangements may apply which involve pooling and re-distribution of revenues. Consequently, there can be substantial inter-dependency between companies […]

On Coronavirus: Managing Distressed Assets

Uncertain times Businesses are already struggling, coming under increasing cash flow pressure.  With no certainty as to when conditions will change, those with management responsibility are concerned about the future viability of their organisations, as well as their own personal liability should insolvency proceedings begin.  The following is designed to provide some high-level guidance on […]

On Coronavirus: Acquiring Distressed Assets

The Cause of Distress All businesses require working capital.  Revenues are drastically reducing while fixed costs continue to accrue. Government schemes will provide some relief by subsidising wage bills and allowing business rates and tax holidays.  For some businesses, however, sources of working capital will diminish to the point that it will not be possible […]

gunnercooke Employment Partner Angela Brumpton Features on BBC News

gunnercooke Employment Law partner Angela Brumpton has featured on BBC News this week discussing the Government’s Job Retention Scheme which opened to applications on Monday. Angela gave insight on who qualifies for the scheme, it’s limitations and potential abuse of the system, and employee rights under the furlough scheme. You can watch the full interview […]

Coronavirus Act 2020 : Commercial Lettings

Payment of Rent This is the key area of concern for most Landlords and Tenants at present as the pandemic lockdown has curtailed a number of business activities meaning that they have reduced cash flow, which in turn may be causing difficulties in meeting obligations, such as the payment of rent.  The Government has sought […]

Coronavirus Act 2020: Residential Lettings

The Coronavirus Act came into force on 26 March 2020 and Part 51Z was introduced to the Civil Procedure Rules on 27 March 2020, subsequently amended to include paragraph 2A on 20 April 2020.  These pieces of legislation will have an impact on the following parties: Landlords wishing to forfeit or end a residential lease […]

Centenary Homes Limited v Gershinson and Liddell 2020

The case of Centenary Homes Limited v Gershinson and Liddell [2020] EWHC 1080 demonstrates the courts clear position that receivers enjoy ‘a degree of latitude’ as to the timing and method of selling properties over which they are appointed.  Importantly, the court further refused to conclude that selling too many properties to repay a debt […]

Towards the new normal: The return to work for furloughed workers

The Prime Minister has announced the Covid-19 recovery strategy setting out a 3-phase approach to lifting lockdown and moving to the “new normal.” A significant element of this strategy is a return to work for employees in different industry sectors with food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution businesses all encouraged to return to work […]

What have you learnt?

We will shortly be returning to the ‘new normal’ after the most challenging time possibly of our work and even our personal lives, with I suspect some semblance of order, or not. The question for all leaders will be just what have you learnt? Are you a better leader for the experience? Will you have […]

Daniel H. Pink: Why bosses need to show their soft side

“Go ahead,” you might need to assure him, “this won’t hurt” Then ask him to take that extended finger and draw a capital E on his forehead. Does he draw the letter so that it faces him – that is, backward to a person looking at him? Or does he draw the letter so that […]

Jack Welch’s Approach to Leadership

The following article was written by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz and has been taken from the Harvard Business Review. You can view the original article here. Jack Welch was heralded by many as the greatest leader of his era. As CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001, he transformed it from a company known for appliances and […]

Look a mile beyond your business

Do you want to be remembered for making money or for the legacy that you have left behind? Do you want your employees to know you for your business efficiencies or for how you changed the world? Do you want your children to remember you because you became the leader of a business or because […]

Antonello joins the Advisory Board of HOPEnDialogue #mentalhealthweek

HOPEnDialogue is an international research project of the Institute of Sciences and Technologies of Cognition at the National Research Council (the Italian Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca-CNR), for which Antonello will play an advisory role exclusively on pro-bono basis. Antonello and his family’s commitment to mental health is more or less known to some of us. It […]

Insurance protection for brownfield development

Contaminated land expert Keith Davidson explains how environmental insurance can play an important role mitigating liability risks in brownfield development projects. Environmental liabilities – who should pay? Land contamination and groundwater pollution can be a lottery in brownfield transactions where all parties are left with liability risks after completion.  Developers can miss contamination hotspots and […]

Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector

The Electrical Safety Regulations were made on 18 March 2020 and come into force on 1 June 2020 in England.   The Regulations apply to new tenancies with effect from 1 July 2020 and existing specified tenancies with effect from 1 April 2021.  A new tenancy is defined as one granted on or after 1 June 2020, […]

Government to publish New Code of Practice for Commercial Letting

On 29 May 2020 the Government announced an intention to issue a new Code of Practice to provide high street businesses and landlords with clarity and reassurance over rent payments.  The purpose of the new Code of Practice, which will be developed between Government and Trade Associations, is to support high street businesses through the Coronavirus […]

Feeling fleeced? When providing services for no charge may be unjust enrichment…

In the competitive post-pandemic world we are currently in, the pressure to put one’s best foot forward is intense. Generously providing services at no charge can be a crucial stepping stone towards you winning new business. But how much ‘free’ input should you offer? At what point are you entitled to be paid for your […]

When you must prove that your Chinese wall passes muster…

In a judgment handed down on 7 May 2020, the Court of Appeal clarified that it is only when professionals act as “true fiduciaries” that they bear the burden of proving that there is no risk of misuse or disclosure of privileged and/or confidential information to a new client.  Professional advisers routinely consider whether new […]

Furlough Fraud

There has been an increasing number of articles and press reports relating to furlough fraud over the last few weeks.  The furlough scheme, or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to give it its official title, allows employers to keep employees on the payroll even though they are not working and for a proportion of their […]

Download your guide to job retention and recovery

Since it was first announced back in March, the Furlough Scheme has largely been serving its purpose. 8.5 million people are currently on furlough, but as the end date has now been announced and is fast approaching, employment partners Shilpen Savani and Paul Ryman discuss what the future could look like for many businesses. On […]

Approaching redundancies as the furlough scheme comes to an end

Many businesses will, unfortunately, find themselves considering redundancy as an option as the furlough scheme inevitably comes to an end. Employment partners Shilpen Savani and Paul Ryman have provided answers to some FAQs surrounding Coronavirus and redundancy. Have there been any special allowances for restructuring made because of the coronavirus outbreak? No, the government’s rescue measures […]

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.” […]

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 […]

Property Contracts – Remedies for Breach

The property market has been hit hard by Covid-19, with both residential and commercial transactions being affected.  Whether due to funding issues, the inability to secure planning permission or vacant possession or simply a change of mind or circumstances by one of the parties, there is an increase in the number of transactions not completing and […]

Latest Planning Announcements: A Summary

1. Extension of planning permission deadlines… Planning permission and listed building consent expiry dates will be extended for all permissions due to expire between 23 March and 31 December 2020.   The extension will be automatic and permission will be extended until 1 April 2021.  There will be transitional provisions in place for permissions which expire […]

Covid-19: Landlord & Tenant Update

Possession proceedings  The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 are coming into force on 25 June 2020.  These introduce paragraph 55.29 to the Civil Procedure Rules, which stays all proceedings stayed immediately prior to the rule coming into force and all those issued subsequent to 25 June 2020 until 23 August 2020.   In practical terms […]

Personal Data in a Pandemic

The recent shift to remote working and other new or unfamiliar delivery models has meant that managers have faced fresh concerns about how to stay compliant with data protection laws. They have had to think about this both in terms of processing their normal data and in terms of making decisions about whether to arrange […]

COVID-19: New Voluntary Code of Practice for The Commercial Property Sector

On 19 June 2020 the Government published its Code of Practice aimed at assisting landlords and tenants as they navigate the effects of COVID-19 on their relationships and obligations.  Although it had been mooted back in May that the Code could be made mandatory, what has been published is a voluntary code, designed to assist with […]

What does your ideal legal practice look like – and could you run it?

As the entire legal industry continues to rethink the way services are delivered in the wake of COVID-19, now is an opportune time for lawyers to explore their options and find a better way of running their practice. I speak with experienced lawyers in private practice almost every week that are stressed out and struggling […]

TAX BRIEFING NOTE Summer Statement 2020: SDLT temporary reduced rates

All purchasers of residential property in England and Northern Ireland will benefit from a reduction in SDLT for transactions that complete on or after 8 July 2020 and before 1 April 2021. The threshold of the nil rate band is being raised from £125,000 to £500,000, so now any purchase of a home up to […]