gunnercooke grows Chambers rankings by 40%

October 20, 2022

gunnercooke is celebrating another success in Chambers as 23 of its lawyers are ranked as individuals in the Chambers UK 2023 guide. In addition, the firm has doubled its department rankings to four, being recognised in North West Corporate, North West Employment, East Midlands Real Estate, and Trade Finance.

Feedback from clients praise the lawyers for being ‘first-class’, ‘commercial’, ‘compassionate’, ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’, ‘meticulous’ and ‘pragmatic’.

Ranked individuals include Rail expert Clive Smith, Banking & Finance Partners Rob Fawke and Georgina Tripp, Corporate Partner Nick Ducker, Employment lawyers Rebecca Ireland, Mini Setty, Simon Brian and Richard Linskell, Energy specialist Paul Calladine, Family Partners Roland Humphreys, Kirpal Bidmead and Siddique Patel, IT lawyer Anthony Lee, Insurance Partner David Breslin, IP Partner Rosie Burbidge, Litigation Partner Sydney Fulda, Pensions Partner Michael Jones, Real Estate lawyers Simon Etchells and Brendan Walsh, Real Estate Litigation expert Jen Morris, and Equestrian specialist James Pheasant.

This is the highest number of rankings in Chambers for the firm since its launch in 2010, increasing 40% YOY. The firm recently grew its Legal 500 rankings to 26 practice areas and 50 recommended individuals.

The full Chambers rankings are available online here and below.

Chester and surrounds – Family Matrimonial

Roland Humphreys | Band 2

“Roland Humphries has an excellent attention to detail and gives more than just generic advice. He really gets to grips with the case and gives realistic advice and best possible outcomes.”

“He is fantastic with clients, rapidly gaining their trust and assurance. He is also dedicated and not afraid of hard work.”

“Roland has a wide range of expertise, is realistic yet empathetic and will always fight for the best outcomes for his clients.”

Derby and surrounds – Family / Matrimonial

Kirpal Bidmead | Band 1

“She’s compassionate, great with clients and very hard-working.”

“Kirpal is very professional, knowledgeable and very empathetic.”

East Midlands – Real Estate

gunnercooke | Band 3

Brendan Walsh | Band 1

“He’s the most knowledgeable property professional I have ever met.”

Leeds, Bradford and surrounds – Family/Matrimonial

Siddique Patel | Up and Coming

“Siddique is exceptionally knowledgeable, provides fantastic advice and has very good client-handling skills. He is a joy to work with.”

“He provides good advice and makes very strong arguments in  court.”

London – Employment – Senior Executive

Richard Linskell | Band 4

“Richard has a good awareness of the practicabilities of running a business whilst at the same time having a good knowledge of the law.”

“Richard is a very knowledgeable, responsive and reliable lawyer. He explains challenges and different solutions very clearly.”

“Richard is uniquely able to combine a genuine care for people and their well-being with a very sophisticated subject-matter expertise and analysis of situations.”

“Working with him is a fantastic experience as he is calm, reassuring and efficient. He deals with matters brilliantly and achieves excellent results.”

“Richard is very knowledgeable and highly experienced, so he is able to provide very valuable support and advice.”

London – Information Technology & Outsourcing

Anthony J Lee | Band 3

Anthony Lee of gunnercooke LLP works at the heart of the tech sector, advising disruptive software and managed service providers on commercial transactions, IP and data protection. Cloud computing is an area of focus within his practice.

London – Intellectual Property

Rosie Burbidge | Band 4

“Rosie Burbidge has high commercial awareness and is very practical.”

“Rosie is a go-to lawyer for any IP-related work in the UK.”

London – Pensions

Michael M Jones | Band 5

“Michael is an excellent pensions lawyer.”

“He provides thoughtful and considered advice on a prompt basis.”

North West – Banking & Finance

Rob Fawke | Band 3

Rob Fawke is specialised in corporate banking and advises lenders and borrowers on syndicated finance, acquisition finance and real estate finance.

Georgina Tripp | Band 4

“Georgina is very meticulous in her work and has the ability to communicate complex subject matter to the necessary level to enable us to pass on to relevant stakeholders.”

North West – Corporate / M&A: Lower Mid-Market

gunnercooke | Band 2

gunnercooke has an experienced corporate team in Manchester advising clients on the full range of M&A work. The firm assists mid-market entities across a range of industries both domestically and abroad.

Nick Ducker | Band 3

“Nick Ducker is an exceptional adviser who we could not be without.”

“He is absolutely first class in everything he does.”

“He is diligent and practical.”

North West – Employment

gunnercooke | Band 4

gunnercooke has a well-regarded employment team acting for public sector bodies as well as companies active in the insurance, housing and technology sectors.

North West – Litigation

Sydney Fulda | Band 4

“Sydney is amazing.”

“He is a clear and pragmatic thinker with an eye on the end goal from day one and a relentless determination to get there.”

“Sydney has very strong client skills, and a sound grasp of commercial litigation. He thinks outside the box and is always able to find creative solutions.”

North West – Real Estate Litigation

Jen Morris | Band 3

“Jen is an exceptional litigator who is always willing to help, often at extremely short notice.”

“She is really brilliant, very commercial and gives great advice to clients.”

Scotland – Real Estate

Simon Etchells | Band 2

“I enjoy working with Simon as he has a breadth of knowledge in his area of expertise.”

“Simon Etchells is very intelligent, commercial and looks after us well.”

Thames Valley – Employment

Rebecca Ireland | Band 3

“I would recommend Rebecca as an employment lawyer. She provides pragmatic and commercial legal advice.”

“Rebecca is a superb litigator: she’s practical and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

“Rebecca is always available, always helpful and also commercially minded in our interactions.”

UK-Wide – Asset Finance: Rail Finance

Clive Smith | Band 2

UK-Wide – Transport: Rail

Clive Smith | Band 2

Clive Smith of gunnercooke is regarded as an expert on rolling stock matters. He has significant experience advising clients on the procurement, financing and maintenance of rolling stock.

UK-Wide – Commodities: Trade Finance

gunnercooke | Band 4

gunnercooke has a broad trade finance practice. The firm represents a wide range of clients, including biofuel suppliers, commodity traders and investment banks, among others. The team advises on pre-export financing and revolving facilities.

UK-Wide – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Domestic

gunnercooke | Band 2

“He is incredibly practical and knows the sector inside out. He’s brilliant to work with and he always tries to find a solution.”

UK-Wide – Insurance: Contentious Claims and Reinsurance

David Breslin | Band 4

“David is an excellent lawyer who provides clear and concise analysis with a sensible approach.”

“He is very approachable and knowledgeable, with a commercial and strategic approach to the resolution of contentious matters.”

UK-Wide – Sport: Horse Racing & Equestrian

James Pheasant | Band 2

“He is an immensely personable, skilful, formidable and tenacious advocate.”

Jodie Seddon | Band 2

“Jodie delivered on every level for us and was extremely helpful in pressurised situations.”

Yorkshire: South and West – Employment

Mini Setty | Band 4

“Mini is very responsive and gives good, thoughtful recommendations.”

Simon Brian | Band 4

“The service provided by Simon is always excellent; he has a great understanding of our business and takes an appropriate approach which fits with our business ethic.”

“Simon is very approachable, helpful and supportive. He is very experienced and advises in a straightforward and pragmatic manner.”

“He is a methodical lawyer who is technically sound.”