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March 13, 2023
Alex Connah

Senior Associate

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Alex Connah is a Senior Associate solicitor within Simon Williams’ Corporate and Commercial practice and was recently promoted from Associate.

He qualified in 2018 but had already started to become disenchanted with life in a traditional law firm.

Here he discusses why he joined gunnercooke early in his career.

A new challenge

At gunnercooke we have 35 Associates as well as lawyers and trainee solicitors who work with Partners and are key to the success and growth of their practice areas.

Alex explains what attracted him.

“Like Simon, I was a solicitor for a law firm in the North West for several years. I’d trained and qualified there but I found myself looking for a new challenge.

“I looked at a lot of large, well-established law firms, but what really impressed me about gunnercooke in particular was its ambition.

“It has the infrastructure of a large international law firm, whilst allowing me to work within a smaller, more intimate team or Partner practice. This gives me the best of both worlds which I wouldn’t get at a more traditional firm.”

Varied experience

gunnercooke is a hot bed of talent with all employees having consistent opportunities to learn from and mentor each other.

It means that lawyers who are early in their career are closer to clients and benefit from invaluable knowledge transfer. 

“As a Senior Associate in Simon’s Corporate and Commercial team I work side by side with him on most transactional matters that he’s leading.

“On those matters, I assist with (amongst other things) due diligence, disclosure exercises and general day to day management of the transaction, whilst at the same time leading my own corporate transactions and handling non-transactional commercial matters.

“The team works together in an office just outside Chester, but we also operate remotely as and when we need to. It’s something that’s beneficial for all of us.

“I continue to learn a lot from the wider team but also Partners across the firm, which is a huge network that I wouldn’t get at a traditional law firm.”

What the future holds

Alex chose gunnercooke as he questioned the traditional law firm model and whether it would support his career goals.

The future is bright for Alex and we look forward to seeing what’s next for him!

“My ambition is to grow my own internal network, continue learning and work with an exciting and varied range of clients.

“The opportunities are endless, and I don’t think there’s a better place for me to achieve my ambitions than at gunnercooke, so I’m excited for the future.”

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