Partners celebrate firm success at annual Symposium

October 2, 2023

gunnercooke recently celebrated its 13th year in style at the University of Oxford for their annual Symposium event.

Day one saw the conference kick off at the Sheldonian Theatre, with talks from co-founders Sarah Goulbourne and Darryl Cooke, as well as keynote speakers Paul Hargreaves and Nigel Risner. Paul discussed the fourth bottom line and Nigel talked about how you can make an impact. The Partners got to partake in recreational activities before a firmwide drinks reception, meal and after-dinner entertainment.

Shaun Hughes, a gunnercooke Operating Partner, said: “The great thing about these activities is working together to create something special.”

Simon Etchells, a Real Estate Partner, says: “It’s just a fantastic atmosphere and so relaxed.”

Racheal Wilson, a Real Estate Partner, commented: “The sense of togetherness is fantastic.”

Day two saw keynote talks from Damian Hughes and Herminia Ibarra, as well as a Global Presence Panel at Said Business School. Damian hosted a talk on how to increase your performance, and Herminia’s talk was all about networking.

The atmosphere of the annual Symposium is a highlight for our Partners.

Rachel Dunn, a Real Estate Partner, said: “We all lead such busy, professional lives and it’s so nice to come away and let your hair down and have a bit of fun.”

Litigation Partner Sydney Fulda states: “What this Oxford Symposium demonstrates, highlights and illustrates in spades is the unity which is the culture of gunnercooke”

Michelle Camacho, a Family Law Partner, noted: “The opportunities that the Symposium provides is a great source of networking, you get to meet various partners and just generally have fun.” 

Following another successful Symposium, we’re already looking forward to next years!

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