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gunnercooke LLP
M2 4LQ

Banking and finance Tier 3

gunnercooke LLP acts for leading financial institutions and corporate clients across corporate banking, real estate finance, leveraged finance, asset based lending and treasury transactions. With an experienced team, led by Rob Fawke and Georgina Tripp , it handles both domestic and cross-border instructions. Real estate finance lawyer Jill Parker and Simon Baum are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Fawke; Georgina Tripp

Other key lawyers:


The banking team is unique because it comprises only of senior lawyers

The team is unique because of its accessibility – there is no hierarchy

Rob Fawke is extremely approachable, personable and helpful and he always makes time to talk through transactional issues.

Rob Fawke is very experienced, is a class act and is really top drawer; he has an excellent understanding of the wider picture of any transaction, and he is able to give clear, focused, detailed and practicable advice

Rob Fawke is very responsive, turns requests around quickly, and is commercial in his approach

Key clients

Santander UK

AIB Group (UK)

Israel Discount Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited/Grupo Tradebe Medio Ambiente

Delek Group

Principality Building Society

Aldermore Bank

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

Pensions Tier 3

gunnercooke LLP's team was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of Suresh Bhatt from Gateley Plc. Bhatt, who covers both contentious and non-contentious matters, advises employers, trustees and law firms without pensions capabilities on a broad range of issues including corporate transactions, liability management, trust documentation drafting and liaising with the Pensions Regulator. Other key team member Wyn Derbyshire has extensive experience of pensions issues that can arise during corporate transactions.

Employment Tier 4

Joanne Tindall at gunnercooke LLP advises clients in sectors such as manufacturing and retail, as well as public sector and education providers and charitable organisations, while Simon Horsfield handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

Family Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP provides a 'very personal and bespoke service' to individuals with a one-on-one client focus. The firm has significant experience in complex divorce proceedings and finance matters. Practice head Roland Humphreys, who joined from Slater and Gordon in early 2018, has 'particularly well honed and sound judgement' and expertise in matrimonial finance, as well as highly complex cross-border child arrangement matters.

Practice head(s):

Roland Humphreys


‘A very personal, bespoke service backed up by the resources and support of a large organisation with a wide range of expertise. This flexibility enables each case to be dealt with in the way which is right for the individual client.’ 

‘Roland Humphreys is the most outstanding family lawyer that I have come across in over 35 years of practice. He has particular expertise in dealing with high-net-worth money cases including agricultural businesses and companies. He has a good grasp of detail but is also very commercially aware and practical.’ 

‘Roland Humphreys has particularly well honed and sound judgement to detect quickly and effectively the strengths and weaknesses of his client’s cases. Once instructed his commitment and determination to obtain the best outcome is absolute and unwavering. His strengths are his legal knowledge and his personalised client care approach and willingness to tell his client ‘how it is’ throughout his engagement.’

Property litigation Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP's 'responsive team' stands out for its 'combined knowledge, experience and professional judgement'.  Its property litigation department advises on disputes involving development sites, residential management company disputes, service charges, dilapidations, landlord and tenant issues, easements, restrictive covenants and other third-party interests.  The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jen Morris from Land Law LLP, who leads the team with Tom Seabrook, who is an 'excellent litigator, and is hardworking and knowledgeable'.

Practice head(s):

Jen Morris; Tom Seabrook


Jen Morris gives practical advice with clarity and has the ability to quickly assess the issues and get to the points in dispute

Tom Seabrook is professional, experienced  and determined, and his tenacity and attention to detail is second to none


Key clients

Haynes International


Simply Fresh


Aurient Management

Steamer Trading

Tesni Properties

RAM Properties

Henry Boot and associated companies

Fraud: civil Tier 5

gunnercooke LLP advises clients on various civil fraud matters, including asset tracing, cross-border issues, offshore work, search order supervision and cyber fraud. The firm also deals with insolvency litigation, commercial dispute resolution, and obtaining and defending emergency interim relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders and third-party disclosure orders. Client sectors include financial services, insolvency, mining and leisure, and the team acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

gunnercooke LLP's Shilpen Savani's cases are high-value and frequently involve an international element. Fergus Buckley is focused on civil fraud matters while David Herbert has particular expertise in civil fraud and asset tracing.


gunnercooke is one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms, providing a wide range of corporate and commercial legal services to businesses, banks and financial institutions. The firm’s model allows its lawyers to spend time building strong relationships with clients, so they can find opportunities to add extra value to their work. 

The firm: gunnercooke was founded in 2010, on a business model led by insight directly from businesses. The firm held discussions with business owners, leaders and CEOs about what it was they didn’t like about how their legal services were delivered.  Responses were consistent.  Clients wanted: 

  • Transparency and certainty over costs 
  • Senior, authoritative lawyers to deliver the service 
  • Commercial and trusted advisors 

gunnercooke was founded on the basis that all of its lawyers would provide seniority by requiring them to have a client-focused approach and at least 10,000 hours’ practising experience. Of the firm’s lawyers, 90% have worked in-house, meaning they have strong commercial awareness and are equipped to advise high-net-worth clients and large businesses. gunnercooke lawyers operate on a fixed-fee basis, meaning work is scoped out from the outset and cost certainty is guaranteed. 

As a result, all clients have access to trusted advisors who have a breadth of experience and knowledge, enabling them to work on all matters from straightforward transactions to complicated cases that require complex solutions. And because all of gunnercooke‘s partners are senior lawyers, they can draw on each other when a clients’ requirements fall outside of their practice area and work to each other’s strengths. 

gunnercooke is now an established corporate and commercial law firm.  In 2019, the year after being named ‘Law firm of the Year- Large’ at the Law Society Excellence Awards, gunnercooke was given the overall Business Culture Achievement Gold Award at the Business Culture Awards.  The firm has also been shortlisted for two National Business Awards which will be announced in November of 2019.  

Types of work undertaken: gunnercooke‘s practice areas are constantly expanding. The firm is particularly well known for its work in corporate and M&A, employment, commercial, dispute resolution, family law, business crime, restructuring and business growth, pensions, private client, banking and finance and real estate. 

Number of UK partners: 193 

Support Team (gcTrust): 33 

International Desks 

Asia Desk 

French Desk 

Israel Desk 

Italian Desk 

Spanish Desk 


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Co-Founders Darryl Cooke
Co-Founders Sarah Goulbourne
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Number of UK partners : 193
Support Team (gcTrust) : 33
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