gunnercooke LLP > Edinburgh, United Kingdom > Firm Profile

gunnercooke LLP
80 George Street
United Kingdom

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Helmed by Simon Etchells, an expert in development and investment affairs, gunnercooke LLP is well-placed to handle student accommodation, retail, leisure, office and restaurant assets. Etchells and the group often draw on the firm’s wider banking, finance, construction, corporate and litigation expertise. Having joined the firm from Dentons in March 2022, Rachel Dunn leverages her dual qualification in England and Scotland to support on the Scottish aspects of national and international deals.

Practice head(s):

Simon Etchells

Other key lawyers:


‘A team that is quick to respond to requests and make sure you are aware if there are problems which might delay the process.’

‘Simon Etchells and Rachel Dunn are highly recommended.’

‘An assembly of like-minded and thoroughly professional people who provide a personal service across all specialties.’

‘They place the client at the centre of what they do.’

‘Simon Etchells never drops a ball and always has your back no matter what. He has created a team around him including Rachel Dunn who are like minded and know the best way forward.’

Key clients

Industry Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme Trustees

Farm and Pet Place Limited

LFR Leisure Limited t/a Pizza Punks

Valencia Waste Management Limited

Robinson Webster Holdings Limited

Smart Green Shipping Alliance Limited

Renfin International Group of Companies

H2O Power Limited

Koehler Renewable Energy UK Limited

Landmark Power Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Evelyn Partners on the purchase of a Grade A office letting in Glasgow (177 Bothwell Street).
  • Assisting Laing with office leases.
  • Assisting Smart Green Shipping with securing a full testing site for the installation of FastRig.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP's practice is praised by clients for its ‘wealth of experience‘, ‘excellent client service‘, and ‘technical pensions expertise'. The practice is able to act as trustee to numerous pension schemes with the firm’s professional trustee company, gcTrustees. Notable names within the team include Adam Bushby for his risk transfer specialism, Helen Miles for her expertise in issues of compliance and risk settlement matters, and Parminder Latimer for her over three decades of experience in the industry. Michael M Jones joined the team in May 2022 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.


‘Adam Bushby is responsive, commercial, and good to work with. He clearly knows his stuff but he also understands the clients’ needs and the importance of giving commercial and practical advice. I would highly recommend him to clients.’

‘Gunnercooke’s business model (predominantly partner-led) is well-placed to deliver excellent client service because fee earners tend to have a wealth of experience.’

‘Adam Bushby’s expertise is wide ranging and impressive. He is extremely personable and able to guide smaller schemes through the legislation with ease, rendering the complex comprehensible. Parminder Latimer has an excellent manner with clients; she is calm and reassuring.’

‘Helen Miles is an excellent and pragmatic thinker. Exceptional at getting across complex issues to lay trustees.’

‘The quality and advice provided by each of the partners has been exceptional. Gunnercooke is one of the best law practice firms I have worked with in the last 20 years.’

‘Parminder Latimer has been exceptional in relation to all pensions guidance and has supported the business with a full pension set-up and transition from a Corporate Pension Plan to our own scheme. Fellow Partner colleagues at Gunnercooke have also supported our business with exceptional legal advice which has supported our business transition in the last 12-18 months.’

‘We have worked in partnership with Gunnercooke for over a year and the level of technical pensions expertise and insight has been and is exceptional.’

‘Parminder Latimer has consistently demonstrated excellent insight, tenacity for detail and delivery of assurance and content that we required for a what was, on reflection, a relatively seamless transition and change to our company pension scheme. Parminder’s guidance has been exceptional.’

Key clients

Zedra Trust Company (Jersey) Limited

Computer Systems in Education Limited

Lendswift Limited

Bridon Pension Trustees

Cosworth Racing Limited Pension Fund

Shoe Zone Pension Scheme

TWIL Group Pension Fund

Varian Medical Systems UK Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Brockhampton Pension Scheme

Trustees of the G. H. Frith Director’s Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of a large pension scheme in respect of protecting members’ benefits and securing significant concessions.
  • Advised Northern Housing Consortium on their cessation participation in the local government pension scheme.
  • Advised Citizens Advice Manchester on their cessation participation in the local government pension scheme.

Employment Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP has handled a significant volume of big-ticket litigation mandates over the past twelve months, including representing Claimants in sex discrimination and harassment claims against Network Rail. Beyond this body of work, the practice has also been involved in cross-border employee dismissal proceedings and accompanying share valuation issues, TUPE transfers and regulation advice, aswell as drafting contracts and temporary employment frameworks. The ‘legally and commercially minded’ Paul Ryman and the ‘knowledgeable, approachable and empathetic’ Rachel Spink focus on the firm’s contentious mandates, acting in disability, age, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims, while Sarah Armstrong is chiefly recognised for her acumen in regulatory and compliance matters, in addition to restrictive covenant disputes and senior executive exits.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are really informed, organised and responsive. They are always on top of next steps and communicate clearly.’   

‘Paul is a professional and is both legally and comercially minded which is not always a combination you see.’

‘I have found the team to be incredibly receptive and responsive to any queries we have and their teams are always very well briefed on our business issues.’   

‘Paul Ryman has been particularly helpful and supportive. His dealing with a complex issue has been thoughtful and compassionate, but professional and totally trustworthy.’

‘The team are flexible regarding the invoicing requests. I asked the team to issue an invoice every time a specific threshold has been reached and they complied with my request. This allowed me to budget better.’   

‘I worked with Rachel Spink on a complicated employment matter. She is able to explain difficult concepts in plain language. What mattered a lot to me was that, on top of her vast knowledge, she was approachable and empathetic.’


Key clients

College of Paramedics

Investors in People

Customade Group

Hologic Limited

Therapie Clinics

Institute of Contemporary Arts

PCF Bank plc

Affinity Shipping LLP

Richmond Fellowship

Wybone Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in a high profile employment tribunal claim against Network Rail.
  • Advised a client in relation to her claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination against Mane Ltd.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

The key names to note in the North West region at gunnercooke LLP include leveraged finance expert Rob Fawke and Georgina Tripp, who has significant experience in work involving ABLs and real estate finance mandates; both partners are based in Manchester. The workload of the team ranges from significant sale and acquisition matters to the preparation and negotiation of financing documents for its key client list, which includes Santander UK.

Other key lawyers:

Rob Fawke; Georgina Tripp; Dan Knowles


‘The team are always helpful. They take the time to understand issues, refer to others with different areas of expertise and provide solutions.’

‘Georgina Tripp is collaborative, adaptive and highly knowledgeable. Dan Knowles is quick to respond and never misses a deadline.’

‘The gunnercooke model means that, as a client, you get partner-level resource and support throughout the process.’

‘Rob Fawke is an extremely experienced and capable lawyer. We return to him repeatedly due to his pace and responsiveness, always working to tight timelines and ensuring that we meet the demands of our clients.’

Key clients

Leeds Building Society

Breal Capital Limited

Stafford Capital Partners

Johnsey Estates UK Limited Limited

Newable Business Loans Limited

BZ Commercial Finance

Bumper International

The Watkin Jones group of companies

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Secure Trust Bank plc

Skipton Building Society

Principality Building Society

Santander UK Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising on the refinancing of Stafford Capital Partners (Guernsey) Limited and the buyback of the shares in Stafford Capital Partners Holdings Pty Limited.
  • Acting for Santander UK plc on various relevant matters.
  • Acting for Greater Manchester Combined Authority in relation to the provision of £31m loan facilities to Bruntwood Scitech Limited.

Private client > Family Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP gives clients a ‘5-star treatment’ when dealing with family matters, with a range of clients spanning the North West – especially within the sports sector. Nuptial agreements are a fundamental part of the practice’s work, as well as both financial remedy litigation and mediation and complex private child arrangements. Singled out for his wealth of expertise regarding agricultural assets and child maintenance litigation, Roland Humphreys is the stand-out figure at the firm and has a broad caseload, with recent highlights including domestic abuse disputes and child financial arrangement mandates. Roland is also well-versed in cross-border matters, routinely advising on relocation cases and divorces involving international components.

Other key lawyers:


‘All members of this Family practice that I came across were very competent, professional but also very approachable. The advice received and the representation I had from Roland Humphreys and Counsel was the very best, certainly 5-star treatment.’

‘The individual I worked with – Roland Humphreys – not only offered me very sound legal advice but offered tremendous personal support. I cannot thank him enough for guiding me through what was an extremely difficult and stressful period. Everything he undertook on my behalf, written documentation, representing me in Court etc was of the very highest standard and he certainly achieved the best possible outcome for me in all aspects of my divorce.

‘Roland Humphreys is highly competent in both matrimonial finance and child law and was an excellent support at all stages of the case. He has the ability to analyse complex legal and factual issues and break them down to their simplest components for the benefit of lay clients. I would not hesitate in recommending him for any complex or moderately complex divorce case.’

‘My dealings with individual solicitors have been positive.’

‘Roland Humphreys is really impressive. He is able to build a good rapport with the client and is very responsive to their questions and requests. A keen eye for detail. Not afraid of giving robust advice when needed. Overall, a real pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP‘s environment team is experienced in advising its portfolio of clients on waste and energy-related environmental matters, in particular, and regularly advises on related compliance issues and advises in defence against regulation bodies. Anna Willetts, noted as ‘supremely knowledgeable on waste legislation’ is the key name to note in Manchester.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team comprise a collection of individuals who are able to work to their individual strengths in the way they consider best suits their clients as well as to access other specialisms in the team where needed.’

‘Anna Willetts is supremely knowledgeable on waste legislation and how it is, or should be, applied in practice. Her technical background and expertise gives her added advantages in this field. She is very good at keeping her clients informed of the realistic outcomes of issues under consideration.’

‘Their extensive knowledge of operational and industry custom and practice gives them a vital understanding of where and how their legal knowledge is applied.’

‘Anna Willets is our contact and she has extensive industry knowledge which enables her to apply her legal knowledge in a targeted way. It also saves a great deal of time because we do not have to extensively explain our waste management processes and practices.’

Key clients

Ripley Property Holdings Ltd.

Calder Valley Skip Hire Limited

Fowles Crushed Concrete Limited

J&J Transport Limited

Golf Environmental (UK) Limited

Killoughery Waste Management Limited

Kitewood Estates Limited

Stockley Park Golf Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fred Walter & Sons Ltd on an option negotiated on behalf of the landowner to Hive for lease of land.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The remote team at gunnercooke LLP is experienced in handling the breadth of property disputes. Jen Morris, noted for her ‘superb grounding in property law’, has a particular focus in providing advice regarding development projects; the ‘practical, down-to-earth’ Tom Seabrook has specialist knowledge of residential disputes and commercial dilapidation claims. Also of note is the ‘clear-sighted’ Kelly Kirby, who focuses on agricultural disputes.

Other key lawyers:


‘Gunnercooke is a unique practice and because of its model, there is no doubt that each solicitor puts clients and cases before business.’

‘Dual-qualified solicitor and chartered surveyor Tom Seabrook is knowledgeable and sensible. Kelly Kirby’s knowledge is second-to-none.

‘The ‘partnership’ model, whereby each fee earner operates what is effectively an independent practice supported by central resourcing, allows the solicitors to play to their strengths. It also means that the solicitors develop strong rapport with their clients which leads not only to tenacious pursuit of the client’s rights but also a relationship which generates repeat instructions.’

‘Kelly Kirby has a clear-sighted view of her client’s litigation strategy and adopts a very pragmatic approach in representing them. She is candid and straightforward, which makes life much easier for clients and counsel. Tom Seabrook has a deep knowledge of property-related issues. He is practical, down-to-earth and unwilling to accept an agenda which conflicts with his client’s position.’

‘Gunnercooke has a very distinctive and innovative business model. There is a very high-proportion of partners which means that dealings are always with someone who has a high level of expertise.’

‘Tom Seabrook has a high level of expertise in real estate litigation. He understands the issues, risks and strategies in litigation. He is commercially-minded and we were jointly able to formulate an effective strategy.’

‘This team has superb niche capabilities advising developers with difficult land law issues.’

‘Jen Morris has a superb grounding in property law – she is articulate and assiduous in using it to promote the interests of her clients, particularly in land development disputes.’

Key clients

Brook Hotels No 1 Limited

Robinson Webster (Holdings) T/A Jigsaw

Mr Pretzels (UK) Limited

Danshe Limited

Cloud Imperium Games Limited

RAM Properties Limited

Henry Boot PLC and associated companies

Watson Construction Limited

Christine Blundell Make Up Academy Limited

Premier Fish Limited

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Rebecca Ireland is the employment name at gunnercooke LLP. Praised as ‘very commercial and pragmatic’, Ireland runs a broad practice which encompasses both non-contentious and contentious matters, alongside advising senior executives and directors.

Other key lawyers:


‘Rebecca Ireland is very commercial and pragmatic and has a good ability to break down complex matters into a logical sequence of decisions or options. She feels like a real partner and is always accessible and willing to help.’

‘Rebecca Ireland has always gone above and beyond to ensure that she understands the situation in hand, give advice relevant to it and is happy to be challenged and to challenge to ensure the full depth of the situation has been explored and the advise given is relevant to all possible scenarios.’

‘Rebecca Ireland is always understanding and patient.’

‘We have worked exclusively with Rebecca Ireland who has provided valuable support and guidance across various aspects of employment law. She takes time to listen, understand and propose options in a clear and straightforward way, allowing us to make informed decisions. Her advice has been spot on and has allowed us to navigate some tricky people challenges which have resulted in positive outcomes.’

‘The key differentiator for Gunnercooke is that you are dealing with a partner for all interactions and that you do not work with any associates who are learning their trade, so that you have all the skill and experience of a partner for all aspects of the legal process.’

‘Rebecca Ireland provides excellent employment law advice that is pragmatic and balances the law, the level of risk and the client requirements.’

‘Rebecca Ireland stands out. The advice that she has provided has always been measured and clear. Rebecca quickly learned the workings of our business and over the years has developed an excellent rapport with members of our business. This has proved invaluable as she has a complete understanding of the stakeholders involved in our decision making.’

‘Rebecca Ireland is simply the best employment lawyer I’ve ever worked with. Pragmatic, direct, empathetic, nuanced. She has helped us navigate complex situations involving complicated individuals with ease.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

The primary areas of focus for gunnercooke LLP‘s real estate team are commercial and residential development, infrastructure, renewable energy and investments. Specifically, the firm is active in matters surrounding logistics, student development and minerals and waste. Brendan Walsh has over great experience in commercial and residential development and real estate investment. Matthew Grocock is experienced in residential and commercial development on behalf of landed estates and agricultural landowners. Bev Simms and Sarah Gunton are other key names.


‘Brendan Walsh – Brendan is available and it gives me great comfort that he is always on top on the matter.’

‘The people that work for Gunnercooke are extremely knowledgeable. There are many different departments within Gunnercooke so you can use just one firm for most of your real estate matters.’

‘Sarah Gunton & Brendan Walsh, provide my company with outstanding service. The quality of work is exceptional. They are my go to lawyers for all my real estate matters. They provide me with advice when I need it.’

‘Forethought and an ability to understand issues before they have cropped up.’

Key clients

Brookland Group

Bedford Estate

Urban Logistics REIT

Wilson Bowden Developments Ltd (part of Barratts Group PLC)

Garner Holdings

William Davies Limited

Rolta Infotech

Harpur Crewe LLC

Zone Student Developments

BSP Capital

Oregon Timber Frame (England) Limited

Tune Developments Limited


Millhouse Developments

Unibar Restaurants limited

LG Capital Limited

R & S Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilson Bowden on an option and promotion agreement for a strategic commercial and residential site comprising over 436 acres in Hertfordshire.
  • Advising Urban Logistics REIT on the letting of a portfolio of logistics warehouses across the East Midlands and North comprising over 370,000 sq ft.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

'The team seems to be very strong in the area of financial legislation', say clients of gunnercooke LLP which continues to build up its trade finance practice. The firm already has significant experience in commodities and finance partners Marc Weisberger and Veronika Koroleva, whose work spans structured commodity finance, trade and supply chain finance, receivables finance, and reserve-based lending. The arrival of Matthew Harvey from Gowling WLG adds expertise in lending transactions, for both lenders and borrowers, in asset and receivables finance. Weisberger recently acted for Torq Commodities AG in the financing of its expansion programme. 'They gave me a good feeling of being in control of the legislation, but at the same time offered possible scenarios where appropriate', remarks a client.


‘The team is very strong in the area of financial legislation.’

‘They gave me a good feeling of being in control, but at the same time offered possible scenarios where appropriate.’

Key clients

SOCAR Trading SA

Green Biofuels Limited

Cabipa Nigeria Limited, Nigeria and Eterna plc, Nigeria

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Limited, London Branch

Torq Commodities AG

Barens CT SA

Shard Credit Partners Ltd

Korea Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Green Biofuels, a UK-based international trader of biofuels, on its trade finance, supply and equity investment with bp plc.
  • Advising Torq, an international group trading in soft and agricultural commodities, on its expansion programme, worth between $5–20m.
  • Advising Shard Credit Partners Ltd on the structuring and implementation of a new trade finance vehicle using sale and repurchase funding techniques, worth up to $50m.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

The expert advisers at gunnercooke LLP cover all areas of pensions including recent developments in the public sector, education sector and master trusts. Suresh Bhatt is recognised for his work within the small scheme risk settlement market. Ginevra Gatrell‘s practice encompasses private-sector pension schemes within the charities sector.

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised a board of trustees of Collective Enterprise Limited Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme in relation to a very small scheme (£1.6m) on insuring all its liabilities in a record year of pension scheme insurance deals.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Taking 'a hands-on approach to dispute resolution', gunnercooke LLP has notable experience in disputes involving financial services, technology, media, real estate, and IP, as well as SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Corporate and commercial disputes specialist Shilpen Savani 'works hard to get the best results for clients'; Philip Rubens is a contentious financial services expert; Fergus Buckley focuses on civil fraud and shareholder disputes; and Laurence Katz is experienced in commercial dispute resolution, insolvency litigation, and fraud and asset tracing claims.

Other key lawyers:

Shilpen Savani; Philip Rubens; Fergus Buckley; Laurence Katz; Rashmi Dubé; Kelly Fox; Khaled Moyeed; Clare Jones


‘The team has a wide range of expertise and experience in the commercial litigation field.’

Shilpen Savani is commercially astute, works hard to get the best results for clients, and is a joy to work with.

‘Shilpen Savani stands out. He has a very shrewd understanding of the commercial realities of a case and how to make those realities work in his client’s favour. He is also not afraid to take on challenging cases, and is thoughtful and imaginative as to how to pursue them.’

‘Philip Rubens and Clare Jones are proactive in dealing with complex issues and getting a grasp on the case.’

‘Philip Rubens and Clare Jones are two outstanding lawyers and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Takes a hands-on approach to dispute resolution. Everything is done to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

They cover a wide range of practice areas and service them all with common excellence across the board.

‘Gunnercooke is a firm with a difference. No hourly billing targets, and they get to know their clients and how they work. Lawyers are remunerated directly according to the work they achieve. A very innovative firm.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained permission to appeal against a lower court judgment in the High Court.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

David Breslin is the main point of contact at gunnercooke LLP and is renowned for his involvement in the London and Bermudian reinsurance markets, in addition to his work in marine, energy, property and casualty business. He has particular expertise in financial risks insurance, including professional liability, D&O and conventional fraud insurance products, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Breslin


‘David Breslin’s depth of experience is an asset and he is easy to work with.’

‘David Breslin has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation. He stays on top of the current issues in the market and has the ability to highlight and link parallels in contemporary matters with past events and precedents.’

‘It is always a pleasure dealing with David Breslin because he is fair and reasonable – never looking to point score and always focused on achieving a good outcome for all concerned.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

Group ARK Insurance

Sompo International Group

Liberty Specialty Markets, Bermuda

Allianz Insurance

QBE Re Lloyd’s Syndicate 566

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 5

The ‘incredibly proactive and efficient’ team at gunnercooke LLP focuses on matters relating to cryptoassets, blockchain and Web3. Key names to note include James Burnie, who is praised for his ‘unmatched knowledge and experience in the Web3 space’, while Kathryn Dodds Web3 knowledge is frequently brought to bear in work for clients from the creative arts industry. Will Foulkes, who joined from Stephenson Law in January 2023, expands the firm’s capabilities in corporate, commercial and regulatory law relating to blockchain technologies.

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice contains talented individuals across many different disciplines. They have provided us with access to the right expertise as and when we need it.’

‘James Burnie has been invaluable to our journey as a start-up business in the digital asset space.’

‘Great to work with. Ease of communication and clarity on fees. Team genuinely care and take an interest in their clients.’

‘A very strong team, particularly James Burnie who is technically excellent and really understands the technology.’

‘Our experiences with the team were wonderful. In fact, the team left no stones unturned.’

‘Specialists in the area of virtual assets.’

‘James Burnie’s knowledge on cryptocurrencies fills me with confidence every time I speak with him and he is always up to date with the latest news.’

‘Gunnercooke stands out for being an incredibly proactive and efficient law firm with a global reach.’

Key clients

Financial Services Commission of the Government of Mauritius





Outlier Ventures incubator




Nettle Group

Ziglu Limited



Work highlights

  • Drafted the rules and guidance for the Mauritius cryptoassets framework, working closely alongside the Mauritius FSC.
  • Assisted Ziglu with the legal and regulatory aspects of its business.
  • Advising on one of the leading ESG tokens, NTTL, run on the Algorand chain.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Acting for fashion, technology, manufacturing and retail clients, including large international brands, gunnercooke LLP’s expertise spans litigation, portfolio management and licensing. Its recent work includes IP strategy and trade mark infringement disputes. Rosie Burbidge handles matters concerning distribution agreements, anti-counterfeiting and copyright infringements, among others. Rachel Pearse is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:


‘Very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Rosie Burbidge is a strength of nature; always on top of everything and super nice.’

‘A comprehensive knowledge base and expertise to cover all requirements a client could require. Customer focused approach and collaborative approach to strategy and solutions, including the quality of creative thinking when required.’

‘Rosie Burbidge is exceptional.’

Key clients

Bradshaw Taylor Ltd

Andcrafted Limited t/a Plank Hardware

Space Ape Limited

Safe-T-System Ltd

Steven Bartlett Ltd

To Be Someone

Liking Limited

Kepler Interactive Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Space Ape Games, a leading developer of mobile games, including managing their global trade mark portfolio.
  • Managing the global trade mark portfolio of Bradshaw Taylor Ltd and its various subsidiary brands such as Le Chameau and Artilect.
  • Providing ongoing IP strategy and advice for Steven Bartlett Ltd, including filing and managing their trade mark portfolio.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 5

The bench of talent at new model law firm gunnercooke LLP has expertise in M&A, restructuring and private equity across sectors such as IT, utilities, financial services, outsourcing and hospitality. Nick Ducker has particular experience in the M&A sphere, advising on reorganisations and restructurings. Jo Glass acts on local, national and cross-border corporate transactions such as mergers.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

InTEC Business Technology Limited

Graylaw International Limited

HH Legal

Paragon Group Ltd

Calveton UK

Breal Capital Limited

Telcom Group

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Gunnercooke LLP continues to grow its presence in the region, working in conjunction with other national offices, in addition to undertaking a range of contentious matters from its Leeds office. Jo Tindall, Joan Pettingill, and Mini Setty are noted for the breadth of their practice, while Angela Brumpton has experience in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Paul Menham and Ed Jenneson have expertise in the Equality Act and redundancy mandates.


‘Reliable, personable and attuned to the risk appetite of the organisation. Easily available and rapidly responding to issues as they arise. Feels like part of the team rather than an external stakeholder’

‘Paul Menham is knowledgeable, realistic, transparent and to the point. He does not try to overcomplicate issues and cuts through complex issues in an easy to understand way. Paul is personable and approachable and emotionally invests in supporting his clients.’

‘They are all experienced solicitors with over ten years experience, so you know the advice you receive will be to the highest standard.’

‘Mini Setty is quite simply brilliant! Probably the best employment law solicitor I have ever worked with during my HR career. Very pragmatic, easy to talk to, listens, and provides excellent advice to support commercial business decisions. She also has a great personality and sense of humour! I cannot recommend Mini highly enough.’

‘The team are approachable, knowledgeable and act in the best interests of the client. As a client, I am super impressed with the teams ability to manage complex changes in employment arenas, which are also at times untested and at pace. The team have good connections across Europe and have a barrister network which can be utilised via the team.’

‘Jo Tindall has been imperative with the start-up of our employment practices within the company. Jo has supported us with complex cases, TUPE’s, Union approaches, voluntary recognition, and difficult performance management processes. Jo has been flexible, approachable and at times, invited into the client workspace to give technical employment views with associated risks.’

‘Mini Setty is commercially aware, always professional, but friendly and available. During the pandemic we went through a whole company restructure and Mini’s advice was invaluable in ensuring a fair consultation and redundancy process. I highly recommend her.’

‘Gunner Cooke is excellent. My experience with them has been nothing but positive and supportive. The training they run is great, and I was particularly impressed by the menopause training they ran. Jo Tindall also came into my work place and trained all of our staff over several session on HR policy and the law, which was great! They are incredibly friendly and approachable.’

Key clients

Premier Technical Services Group Limited

Thomas of York

Bishop Burton College

Transaction Network Services Limited

Orion Himes Ltd

Cafeology Limited

SolarFrame Holdings

Aprolis UK

Homes for Students

Prince of Wales Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Halton Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK arm of Hologic Limited, a global women’s health business, on its employment matters.
  • Advised Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited on employment law matters.
  • Acting as sole employment adviser to Sir Robert McAlpine Limited.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP further bolstered its standout expertise in cryptoassets with the arrival of Gareth Malna from Stephenson Law in March 2023, who handles regulatory matters concerning asset management, payment services and electronic money. Other key contacts in the group include James Burnie, who navigates on all aspects of EU and UK financial regulation ‘with great skill and knowledge’, and Edward Black.

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice contains talented individuals across many different disciplines. They have provided us with access to the right expertise as and when we need it. We find that our engagements with them to be collaborative and always helpful.’

‘Very experienced and approachable individuals.’

‘James Burnie has been invaluable to our journey as a start-up business in the digital asset space. James has helped us navigate this constantly evolving landscape with great skill and knowledge. James takes a pragmatic approach to problems, and understands the requirements of our business.’

Key clients

Financial Services Commission of the Government of Mauritius


Ziglu Limited



Helford Capital Partners


Zai Technologies Limited

Fiat Republic

Old Street Digital



Outlier Ventures incubator


Nettle Group

Plum Fintech Limited

Leeds Building Society

Work highlights

  • Drafting the rules and guidance for the Mauritius cryptoassets framework, working closely alongside the Mauritius FSC.
  • Advising on setting up a new investment platform for new types of investment, ranging from new types of fund (including tokenised funds) to dinosaur fossils and rare wines.
  • Assisting Swapsicle set up a DEX, a new type of exchange applying DeFi principles to trading.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP‘s disputes group is highly experienced in ad hoc international arbitrations, as well as matters under the rules of the major international arbitral bodies. David Breslin specialises in international arbitrations in the insurance, financial services, energy and international trade sectors, while Philip Rubens' recent workload includes Anglo-Indian disputes. In summer 2023, the group expanded at partner level through the recruitment of investment treaty dispute experts Chloe Carswell and Uliana Cooke from Reed Smith LLP and PCB Byrne, respectively.

Other key lawyers:

David Breslin; Philip Rubens; Andre Yeghiazarian; Khaled Moyeed; Chloe Carswell; Uliana Cooke


‘Uliana Cooke is a young, talented and ambitious partner. Tremendous work ethic and great with clients.’

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP has a focus on rail-related asset finance work following the arrival of Clive Smith  from Addleshaw Goddard in April 2022. Smith heads the fledgling team and is particularly recognised for his work on all things rolling stock-related, including its manufacture, purchase, finance, leasing, maintenance, modification and freight-conversion.

Practice head(s):

Clive Smith


‘Clive Smith at gunnercooke is unique in his understanding of complex asset finance and leasing transactions, creating drafting which is as easy to understand as possible, taking account of the complexities and inter-relations between complex documents in a transaction suite. He is the “go to” person for completion of a complex deal in short timescales.’

‘Clive Smith stands out far and above his competitors for understanding and resolving complex issues within tight deadlines.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Eversholt Rail Group on its bid for the financier role in respect of a potential new-build fleet of bi-mode rolling stock.
  • Advising Eversholt Rail Group in connection with various matters consequent upon the new National Rail Contract (NRC) awarded to East Midlands Railway (EMR).
  • Advising Equitix in connection with 2 separate rounds of amendment/restructuring in respect of a €50m investment by SMBC Leasing.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on both property investment and development finance mandates, with a strong focus in the residential, office and hotel sectors. The practice recruited Sarah Hung and John Hargreaves in mid-2022 from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP and Druces LLP, respectively, to expand its offering in investment and development transactional work. Matthew East is recommended for development and acquisition finance of hotels properties.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hung; John Hargreaves; Matthew East


‘Sarah Hung is an extremely experienced solicitor in her field. She is very thorough, efficient, diligent and knowledgeable.’

‘This practice is unique as the team acts for a range of high net worth clients both individuals and corporate level ranging from banks, investors, onshore and offshore investment based in the UK and internationally. The team is commercially aware, specialists in this particular area of work.’

‘We have been working with Sarah Hung for many years now, and she stands out for us in comparison to the previous solicitors we used before. Sarah Hung is accurate, reliable, extremely professional and always provide advice that is specifically tailored to transaction and organisation. Her advice shows her extensive knowledge in this field, which allows us to mitigate potential risks in transactions.’

Key clients

ELS St Marks Residence Limited

The Prosperity Group Limited

OakNorth Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for OakNorth Bank plc in connection with a development loan for the fit out/construction of the new Holiday Inn Sunderland by Cairn Capital.
  • Advised Prosperity Group Ltd, a developer, in the acquisition of commercial land with a ransom strip with a view to creating a multi-storey development located in a prime London location.
  • Advised ELS St Marks Residence Limited on the acquisition of a high value real estate development site, by way of a share purchase of a company out of group with development finance of £4.75m.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP‘s bench of commercial litigation talent continues to grow in Manchester, acting across fraud, injunctive work, arbitrations, insolvency, and business disputes for both public and private companies. ‘Extremely experienced litigator’ Harvey Stringfellow is a key name, acting alongside Sydney Fulda, widely commended for his ‘wealth of knowledge and commercial acumen.’ 

Other key lawyers:

Sydney Fulda; Harvey Stringfellow; Christine Oxenburgh; Neville Takhiar


‘The Gunnercooke team in Manchester are excellent. They are committed, experienced and able to look at complex problems and simplify them into understandable key components. The team are responsive and excellent.’

‘Sydney Fulda is an excellent Fraud specialist. He has the ability to see through the smoke and get right to the heart of issues’

‘Christine Oxenburgh is a formidable but fair opponent. She knows when to push and when not to. Unlike many litigators, she is balanced and appropriate in her correspondence and her arguments are always on point’

‘The proactive and personal approach of Harvey Stringfellow is very welcome. His direct no-nonsense approach explanation of Court procedure and Company Law are very reassuring to SME businesses such as mine. Over the years I have worked with many large firms of Solicitors and find this very refreshing. He has an ability to quickly grasp the essential elements of a case and explain the options and possible courses of action and the implications of same. His willingness to offer suggestions on issues which probably need to be addressed in the future as the Company develops has been particularly welcome.’

‘Sydney Fulda is creative, robust, and a strategic litigator. He runs his team very effectively

‘We have found that the partner-only model at gunnercooke serves our needs very well. In that it is efficient and feels we are getting the best level of care, attention and service throughout.’

‘Sydney Fulda is highly tactically savvy and achieves outstanding results for his clients. Neville Takhiar is technically excellent and very thorough in his approach.’

‘I have worked with Christine Oxenburgh for over 20 years. She has been provided valuable commercial advice to my clients, raising very positive feedback that reflects well on me for referring clients to her.’

Transport > Rail

At gunnercooke LLP, Clive Smith  is ‘outstanding due to his drafting skills, pragmatism, ability to understand complex deal structures and ability to identify and solve problems that few people understand. He rapidly cuts through nonsense and creates order out of chaos ‘.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

At gunnercooke LLP, Michele Price, who joined the firm in 2021, is ‘diligent, responsive, knowledgeable, patient and thorough’. The team frequently works on various matters such as sensitive safeguarding issues, and commercial fundraising agreements.

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Roz Lidder handles gunnercooke LLP‘s family law practice in Buckinghamshire and focuses on divorce, matrimonial finance, and private-law child arrangements.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

James Pheasant, who handles a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, from breach of warranty claims and shareholder litigation to security enforcement and supplier disputes, is the key name in Bristol at gunnercooke LLP, supported by senior associate James Tithecott.

Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

Gunnercooke LLP's team is led by Joe Bartlett in Sheffield, who joined from Switalskis Solicitors in 2022, offering a focus on collaborative law and ‘divorcing with dignity’.

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Gunnercooke LLP‘s family offering in Leeds is led by Siddique Patel, and specialises in Islamic marriage.

gunnercooke is a high-growth, high-performance professional services firm, with a rapidly growing number of experts spanning legal and other disciplines. Our purpose is simple; to deliver positive impact for our clients, improve the lives of our people and to leave a better world than we found…

The firm: gunnercooke is the fastest growing corporate law firm in the UK and making its mark globally. We are a team of more than 500 professionals, with the depth of experience which makes us genuine experts in our fields. Together, gunnercooke‘s people have strength across just about every corporate discipline and sector. We provide legal, commercial and strategic advice that delivers real value to the clients we work with, which span from multinational enterprises through to unicorns and not-for-profit organisations. The client roster of 30,000 includes Google, YouTube, BAE Systems, Jet2, Santander, ASOS, Nike, Mercedes, DHL and Johnson Matthey.

gunnercooke operates as a fee share model meaning our professionals join as self-employed advisors, free to design and develop their own practice. Our firm brings together the most ambitious and commercially-minded people, who are not bound by traditional ways of thinking. Our people build and work in dynamic teams of their choosing, drawing on specific disciplines from across the firm, to best suit their clients’ needs. With cross-border specialists and strength in multiple jurisdictions and practice areas, we specialise in the rapid assembly of bespoke teams of multidisciplinary experts.

Clients benefit from flexible options on fees to suit their needs, access to a wider network of senior experts throughout the relationship, and legal advice which is complemented by an understanding of the commercial aspects of running a business. Additional group services are designed to strengthen and enhance the core legal offering. These include an Operating Partner practice, which offers experts in senior management consultancy, and a legal technology arm driving process innovation and efficiencies.

gunnercooke partners are at the top of their game. We have a market leading Net Promoter Score (NPS) score of +91, 57% of our lawyers have worked in a Top 50 law firm, and 21% are ranked in legal directories. Awards include The Lexis Nexis Law Firm of the Year 2023 and The Times Best Law Firms 2023.

A global firm: Over the past decade, gunnercooke has grown into one of the leading fee share firms in the UK. We are now an international firm, with 12 offices globally including the US, Germany, CEE and Scotland, and with further plans for growth in the coming years. These offices have enhanced the existing in-house capability of our dedicated international teams and dual qualified experts that cover China and Hong Kong, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Portugal. Our team has experience working across 101 different countries, speaking 30 languages and are dual-qualified in 15 jurisdictions. Our expertise and reach see our multi-discipline teams regularly carrying out complex cross-border matters for major international clients.

Purpose: As a leading firm, we have a responsibility to not only look after our people and our clients, but to look beyond the square mile of our business at our wider communities. A key part of our vision and purpose is to ‘create a better world than we found’. We believe that businesses possess all of the tools, networks and resources to help solve the world’s problems. Our charitable arm, the gunnercooke foundation enables us to directly engage with communities on social issues. Through numerous projects, we work with the CEOs of more than 100 small charities, helping them grow their impact through free access to expert mentoring, connections and resources. In December 2022 we also launched our first bookshop, House of Books & Friends, in Manchester, to spearhead a campaign against social isolation and loneliness. The bookshop was set up as a community interest company and as well as offering a place to connect over books, every penny of profit goes towards projects aimed at combatting loneliness and social isolation in the community.

Practice areas: Our breadth of expertise covers some of the most interesting and important emerging disciplines, from ESG and charity law, to blockchain and competition. The firm is particularly well known for its work in corporate, M&A and private equity; employment and pensions; dispute resolution; competition and antitrust; family law; business crime; restructuring, insolvency and business growth; private client; tax; FinTech and financial services; banking and finance; commodities; real estate finance; property litigation; and commercial property. We cover sector groups including football, construction, aviation, hospitality, fashion, equestrian and charity.


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