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Gannons Commercial Law is a central London-based boutique commercial law firm primarily serving private companies and their directors, partnerships and their partners, shareholders and investors.
The firm: Gannons’ skill and expertise has developed into six core competencies of company, commercial, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property and tax. Clients are attracted to the firm from a variety of sectors. Gannons is a member of an international network of accountants and solicitors and is able to co-ordinate advice across jurisdictions. Unusually for a boutique firm, the team includes solicitors who are also chartered tax advisors and in-house chartered accountants which promotes rounded and co-ordinated advice. Gannons has an established history and posts annual growth year on year.
Company and commercial work is tailored to the needs of owner-managed businesses, private companies and family businesses, catering for the personal interests alongside business interests.
Employment law work is split between employers and employees. The team deals with employment documentation, management of employees, redundancy, re-organisations and termination of employment.
Gannons’ strength in dispute resolution lies in skilled negotiation and the experience of spotting the commercial issues quickly. The core dispute resolution work revolves around commercial disputes, employment, partnership and shareholder disputes.
The firm’s intellectual property practice continues to grow as trading requirements of clients become more sophisticated.
The firm’s tax capability is focused on business tax issues such as taxation reliefs for investors, taxation on business disposals, and the firm is a specialist in equity incentives and share structures for private companies.
Gannons continues to regularly provide editorial articles to: The Telegraph, The Guardian, Accountancy, Financial Adviser, E-Financial Careers, HR Magazine and various online platforms.
Types of work undertaken:
Company commercial: Gannons provides support to clients with their business dealings. The firm enables clients to select the most appropriate business structure, manage recruitment, motivate key people and protect their assets. The firm handles investment agreements, shareholder agreements, director agreements and agreements for the acquisition or sale of businesses. Commercial agreements include partnership agreements, agency, licences, assignments, and terms and conditions.
Dispute resolution: the firm’s approach is to settle commercial disputes wherever possible, but to be prepared to litigate if necessary to achieve results. Gannons’ solicitors are equally effective in acting for defendants in resisting litigation claims as they are in acting for claimants commencing litigation, seeking injunctions or looking to resolve commercial disputes.
Employment: the firm offers both contentious and non-contentious employment law services. The work often requires a blend of employment law plus intellectual property, tax or share ownership-related angles. The instructions relating to employment and white-collar crime, such as investigations by the FCA and SFO, are increasing. The firm does handle employment tribunals claims on behalf of employers and employees along with matters in higher courts such as injunctive relief cases. The firm is on a number of panels.
Intellectual property: Gannons has experience in intellectual property across a variety of industries, including technology, media, publishing, retailing and professional services. The team handles contentious and non-contentious work. Core areas are trade marks, copyrights, patents and infringement of intellectual property rights. A growing area is the representation of claimants or defendants in IPEC.
Tax: Gannons focuses on areas including: business tax for entrepreneurs; employment tax; tax and IPRs; investor tax; taxation of shares and options awarded to employees; high-net-worth individuals; and international businesses. The firm’s clients include accountants, solicitors and referrers who refer matters to Gannons to take advantage of the firm’s unique experience and specialism.
Breakdown of work %Tax and equity incentives 35
Corporate, commercial and employment 35
Dispute resolution 30
Number of UK directors 3
Number of other UK fee-earners 12
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