Firm Profile > gunnercooke LLP > Manchester, England

gunnercooke LLP
53 KING STREET
MANCHESTER
M2 4LQ
England

Banking and finance Tier 3

gunnercooke LLP's working model makes it 'especially appealing' to clients, with a 'high calibre' of practitioners undertaking work in a variety of areas. Rob Fawke leads the team and is strong on leveraged and real estate finance work as well as corporate lending transactions. Georgina Tripp assists financial institutions, corporate borrowers and institutional investors with a range of matters including asset-based lending and acquisition finance issues. Jill Parker offers 'quality legal advice and commerciality' and is particularly noted for her real estate finance work.

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Testimonials

‘The nature of the Gunnercooke model makes it especially appealing. Work stays with the partner instructed and so a client can be sure that the work isn’t just being passed further and further down the ‘food chain’. The high calibre of the individuals and the service provided by GC is excellent value for money.’

‘Jill Parker is exceptional. She is a client’s dream of a legal adviser: offers good quality legal advice, commerciality and responsive. She works well with the other side so that negotiations don’t become tetchy or protracted with petty point scoring.’

Key clients

Oaknorth Bank plc

Urban Splash

AIB Group

Santander UK plc

Richer Sounds Ltd

Delek Group

Secure Trust Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland

Handelsbanken plc

Tradebe Medio Ambiente

Pensions Tier 3

The non-hierarchical structure at gunnercooke LLP means clients 'always have easy access to experienced lawyers' to advise on a wide range of matters. Described as 'technically strong' by clients, Suresh Bhatt handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising employers, trustees and law firms without pensions capabilities on corporate transactions, liability management, trust documentation drafting and liaising with the Pensions Regulator. Another key lawyer is Adam Bushby, who specialises in trustee and company advisory, litigation and professional trustee work.

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‘Good access to senior partners, easy to deal with and pragmatic, great value for money. Their business model is such that they have ‘skin in the game’, which helps ensure first-class service every time.’ 

‘Suresh Bhatt is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is technically strong, he has a very good manner with clients, easy to get on with – explaining deeply technical legal detail in a clear and easy to understand way. I have also found him to be very accommodating – manages tight deadlines very well, always delivers and provides excellent value for money.’ 

‘In the short space of time I’ve been working with them, I’ve been very impressed with the firm and its ethos – which matches that of my own firm closely. A lot of firms say they are innovative, but gunnercooke truly are – the way in which the firm is structured means that you always have easy access to experienced lawyers who are focused on acting in a practical and commercial way.’ 

‘Suresh Bhatt has been encouraging and supportive of me and my firm (we are a relatively new start-up). He is very personable and has a firm grasp of the issues.’ 

‘Gunnercooke is innovative in pensions legal terms, with its fixed-fee pricing model and focus on senior experienced lawyers delivering commercial and pragmatic advice in a timely manner.’ 

‘Suresh Bhatt’s down-to-earth approach coupled with his pragmatism works well.’ 

Employment Tier 4

The non-traditional partner-led structure at gunnercooke LLP, enables the firm's lawyers to work more directly with a range of domestic and international clients. The firm advises public sector bodies, including education bodies and registered housing providers; Simon Horsfield specialises in employee-relations issues and senior-level hires and departures, while the 'client-focused and knowledgeable' Joanne Tindall has particular expertise in the manufacturing and retail sectors.

Testimonials

‘Jo Tindall is excellent. Always quick to respond and help simplify complex situations and provide robust advice.’ 

‘Instructions are always well prepared and the team has a good breadth of knowledge and skills. They are very client-focused and a pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Jo Tindall is an excellent employment lawyer. Very client-focused, knowledgeable and calm under pressure. Her cases are always very well prepared, instructions are very clear, and she is also very tactically astute. A pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Their exclusively senior-level team is what more and more clients are looking for.’

Family Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP's family practice is spearheaded by Roland Humphreys, who has 'particular expertise in dealing with high-value financial settlement cases as well as complex children's cases, often with an international element'. He also has notable specialist experience in agricultural cases with a family component.

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‘Feels like a very personal service but with access to a wide range of expertise if needed. There is no being passed around different fee earners. Because of the set up there is great flexibility in how a case can be dealt with to suit each individual client.’

‘Roland Humphreys is an outstanding family lawyer. Technically very knowledgeable but with great personal skills. He is very empathetic but commercially aware. He always puts clients’ best interests at the forefront, but also “tells it like it is”. A real fighter. He has particular expertise in dealing with high-value financial settlement cases as well as complex children’s cases, often with an international element.’ 

Property litigation Tier 4

gunnercooke LLP's property litigation practice provides 'excellent knowledge, service and communication at all times.' Jointly led by Tom Seabrook and Jen Morris, the team represents developers, occupiers and management companies. Seabrook is 'an excellent solicitor' who is also qualified as a chartered surveyor and handles commercial and residential property disputes. Morris gives, 'concise answers to complex problems', with noted expertise providing advice on unlocking development sites. Environmental criminal defence specialist Anna Willetts joined from Clyde & Co LLP in summer 2020.

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‘Excellent knowledge, service and communication at all times.’

‘There are very strong individuals in the firm, Jen Morris gives accessible, practical advice of the best professional quality.’

‘Tom Seabrook is an excellent solicitor – his knowledge, advice and speed of communication is amongst the very best that I have experienced.’

‘Jen Morris listens and gets it. She responds promptly with advice that means you can get on with your day. No waiting, no having to interpret technical jargon into practical advice. What Jen provides is what the busy in-house lawyer needs – concise answers to complex problems.’

‘Anna Willetts is dual qualified as environmental consultant and solicitor. Absolutely no-nonsense, and with a rigorous approach to analysing notices, warrants etc – identifying good points which others have not spotted. Her experience of the waste industry, and litigation arising in it, is second to none. Very hard-working. Truly unique.’

Key clients

Haynes International Limited

Cheshire Homes Group

Polyseam Limited

Canarycrown Limited

Aurient Management Limited

Tesni Properties Limited

RAM Properties Limited

Henry Boot PLC and associated companies

Watkin Jones PLC and associated companies

Trade finance Tier 3

gunnercooke LLP joins the ranking having recruited specialist trade and commodity finance partner Veronika Koroleva from Dentons. One client notes that 'this team provides a bespoke and extremely user-friendly service, which in many respects has the feel of having one's own in-house counsel'. Koroleva co-leads the practice with Marc Weisberger, who has more than 20 years' experience in commodities trading, finance and investment. Together, they act for both lenders and borrowers, with a particular focus on alternative finance providers, international banks with a UK presence, and commodity traders. Working across the full range of traded commodities, they handle pre-payment and off-take arrangements, spot and term commodity sales, structured trade and commodity finance, ownership-based structures, trade finance products, receivables financing and supply chain financing.

Testimonials

‘This team provides a bespoke and extremely user-friendly service, which in many respects has the feel of having one’s own in-house counsel. Furthermore, they have proved to be efficient, conscientious, informative and most importantly flexible in their approach.’

‘The individuals we have worked with, including Marc Weisberger, have always been highly approachable and receptive to our requirements and resourceful in assisting us to complete complex cross-border transactions, which have required completion in narrow timescales.’

‘Marc Weisberger is very knowledgeable in derivatives matters.’

Key clients

ExWorks Capital (alternative finance provider)

SOCAR Trading SA

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Limited, London Branch

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

gunnercooke LLP’s IP lawyers handles instructions on contentious issues including trade mark and copyright infringement, passing off, entitlement and breach-of-distribution allegations. The rapidly growing team welcomed three new partners – Rosie Burbidge, Robert Taylor and Nick Berry – who offer expertise in the sectors of media and entertainment, professional services, FMCG, entertainment and leisure. Oppositions and invalidity actions are also routinely handled.

Key clients

Pinup Graphic Design Ltd

The Department of Brands

Roger Pike Associates Ltd

Plu&m Ltd

Space Ape Ltd

Swoon Editions Ltd

Safe-t-systems Ltd

Crafty Counsel Ltd

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

gunnercooke LLP has established a disputes presence in relation to financial services, SME and owner-managed businesses, technology, media, real estate and IP. Shilpen Savani acts in commercial disputes and contentious corporate matters; Fergus Buckley is noted for civil fraud matters. Laurence Katz has specialised in commercial dispute resolution for approximately 25 years. Former partner David Herbert joined Locke Lord LLP.

Testimonials

‘Efficient and professional.’

‘Sara Cato is outstanding – makes things clear and easy and is a huge asset to the company.’

‘Shilpen Savani was very good at client-handling and taking a commercial approach to the potential litigation.’

‘Robust, practical advice. Highly knowledgeable senior team members. Very hard-working and well trained junior team members.’

‘Shilpen Savani is knowledgeable, unflappable, efficient.’

‘Fergus Buckley was hands on, very accessible and delivered excellent advice.’

‘From a mediator’s perspective one can see immediately the quality of a firm from the preparation not just of the lawyers but the preparation of their clients by the lawyers. The teams from gunnercooke have been quite exceptional. Without conceding anything to the detriment of their clients, they have approached the mediation with the correct ethos: how can we achieve the best solution for our clients. I cannot recall any mediation in which they have not achieved a settlement, and that is in great part due to their realistic advice and support for their clients.’

‘Shilpen Savani’s support for his clients’ case has never clouded his judgment in assisting them to a sensible resolution. He is one of the ablest lawyers I have seen in mediation. I have also worked with Fergus Buckley and Laurence Katz, each of whom demonstrated their wholehearted commitment to their clients’ interests. It is clear that the ethos of the firm is client care which accounts for their popularity.’

‘The sheer wealth of experience is something which stands out as one of gunnercooke’s superb qualities. They are true experts in their respective fields but don’t stop that getting in the way of pragmatic and well-pitched advice.’

‘I have often worked with Shilpen Savani and he has always been professional, personable and highly competent. His advice is practical and accessible and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.’

‘Strong commercial awareness and highly responsive.’

‘Shilpen Savani – excellent client relationships based upon commercially sensible advice and strong strategic thinking.’

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 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’s strengths when a clients’ requirements fall outside of their practice area.

gunnercooke is now an established corporate and commercial law firm. In 2019, gunnercooke was given the overall Business Culture Achievement Gold Award at the Business Culture Awards. In 2020 the firm was listed in The Times Best Law Firms and won Law Company of the Year at The Lawyer Awards.

The firm is continuing its expansion with new offices opening in Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as its first overseas office in Berlin. The first of a series of specialised boutiques have also been launched, including a football consultancy in Scotland and a Private Equity office in London’s West End. Aiming to grow its range of professional services, the firm also has group companies including gunnercookeAssociates and gunnercooke Operating Partners, who work alongside the lawyers.

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, FinTech and financial services, banking and finance and real estate.

Dispute Resolution: The firm has established a disputes presence in relation to financial services, SME and owner-managed businesses, technology, media, real estate and IP.

Trade Finance: The team works across the full range of traded commodities, they handle pre-payment and off-take arrangements, spot and term commodity sales, structured trade and commodity finance, ownership-based structures, trade finance products, receivables financing and supply chain financing.

Intellectual Property: The lawyers handle instructions on contentious issues including trademark and copyright infringement, passing off, entitlement and breach-of-distribution allegations. The rapidly growing team offer expertise in the sectors of media and entertainment, professional services, FMCG, entertainment and leisure.

Employment and Pensions: The firm advises public sector bodies, including education bodies and registered housing providers, as well as manufacturing and retail. Lawyers also advise employers, trustees and law firms without pensions capabilities on corporate transactions, liability management, trust documentation drafting and liaising with the Pensions Regulator.

Banking & Finance: The varied expertise in the team includes leveraged and real estate finance work as well as corporate lending transactions. Lawyers assist financial institutions, corporate borrowers and institutional investors with a range of matters including asset-based lending and acquisition finance issues.

Family Law: The firm offers family law advice to a range of private clients, with notable specialist experience in agricultural cases with a family component.

Property Litigation: The team experience in high-profile, pivotal and complex real estate disputes, providing effective strategic advice for landlords, developers, investors, occupiers and management companies.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Co-Founders Darryl Cooke darryl.cooke@gunnercooke.com
Co-Founders Sarah Goulbourne sarah.goulbourne@gunnercooke.com
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 Saad Ahmed  photo Saad Ahmed Partner
 Asad Ali  photo Asad Ali Partner
 Carl Atkinson  photo Carl Atkinson Partner
 Gaynor Bannon  photo Gaynor Bannon Legal Counsel
 Hannah Beko  photo Hannah Beko Partner
 Suresh Bhatt  photo Suresh Bhatt Suresh is a Pensions Partner and Director of the professional trustee company, gcTrustees…
 Sundeep Billan  photo Sundeep Billan Partner
 Peter  Bohm  photo Peter  Bohm
 Antonia Brandes  photo Antonia Brandes Partner
 Angela Brumpton  photo Angela Brumpton Partner
 Mark Burns  photo Mark Burns Partner
 Adam Bushby  photo Adam Bushby Pensions Specialist
 Paul Calladine  photo Paul Calladine Partner
 Lynn Cantwell  photo Lynn Cantwell Partner
 Claire Chapman  photo Claire Chapman Partner
 Chris Charlesworth  photo Chris Charlesworth Partner
 Kevin Connell  photo Kevin Connell Partner
 Penny Cranston  photo Penny Cranston Partner
 Peter Crewe  photo Peter Crewe Partner
 David Curd  photo David Curd Partner
 Sian Darlington  photo Sian Darlington Legal Counsel
 Russell Davidson  photo Russell Davidson Partner
 Michael Deery  photo Michael Deery Partner
 Hannah Deverell  photo Hannah Deverell Legal Counsel
 Fiona Dillon  photo Fiona Dillon Partner
 Nick Ducker  photo Nick Ducker Partner
 Steve Esmond  photo Steve Esmond Partner
 Helen Evans  photo Helen Evans Legal Counsel
 Nicola Fletcher  photo Nicola Fletcher Partner
 Claudia Font  photo Claudia Font Partner
 Antonia Gardner  photo Antonia Gardner Partner
 Ginevra Gatrell  photo Ginevra Gatrell Partner
 Tom Ghannad  photo Tom Ghannad Partner
 Jo Glass  photo Jo Glass Partner
 Victoria Greenwood  photo Victoria Greenwood Partner
 Chris Groves  photo Chris Groves Partner
 Antonio Guillen  photo Antonio Guillen Partner
 Melloney Guiver  photo Melloney Guiver Partner
 Lucille Haire  photo Lucille Haire Partner
 Martin Hallam  photo Martin Hallam Partner
 Emma Hammond  photo Emma Hammond Partner
 Nick Hawkins  photo Nick Hawkins Partner
 Susannah Henderson  photo Susannah Henderson Legal Counsel
 Marlene Hession  photo Marlene Hession Partner
 Simon Horsfield  photo Simon Horsfield Employment Specialist
 Roland Humphreys  photo Roland Humphreys Partner
 Sarah Innes  photo Sarah Innes Partner
 Louisa Jennings  photo Louisa Jennings Legal Counsel
 Chris Jones  photo Chris Jones Partner
 David Joseph  photo David Joseph Partner
 Mel Kang  photo Mel Kang Partner
 Jasvir Kaur  photo Jasvir Kaur Partner
 Rebecca Kelly  photo Rebecca Kelly Partner
 Mike Kenyon  photo Mike Kenyon Legal Counsel
 Catriona Lekfos  photo Catriona Lekfos Legal Counsel
 Antonello Leogrande  photo Antonello Leogrande Partner
 Debbie Mactaggart  photo Debbie Mactaggart Partner
 Coroline Mcdonagh  photo Coroline Mcdonagh Partner
 Paul Menham  photo Paul Menham Partner
 Jen Morris  photo Jen Morris Partner
 Deborah Niven  photo Deborah Niven Partner
 Charlotte O Mara  photo Charlotte O Mara Partner
 Sam Ogden  photo Sam Ogden Partner
 Helena Orwin  photo Helena Orwin Legal Counsel
 Christine Oxenburgh  photo Christine Oxenburgh Partner
 Jill Parker  photo Jill Parker Partner
 Stephen Pearson  photo Stephen Pearson Legal Counsel
 Gillian Pelham  photo Gillian Pelham Partner
 Geraint Pinches  photo Geraint Pinches Partner
 Andrew Price  photo Andrew Price Partner
 Sarah Purcell  photo Sarah Purcell Legal Counsel
 Jonathan Rogers  photo Jonathan Rogers Partner
 Helen Rooney  photo Helen Rooney Partner
 Paul Ryman  photo Paul Ryman Partner
 Sara Sawicki  photo Sara Sawicki Legal Counsel
 Chris Scott  photo Chris Scott Partner
 Tom Seabrook  photo Tom Seabrook Partner
 Elizabeth Selby  photo Elizabeth Selby Legal Counsel
 Gerg Sher  photo Gerg Sher Partner
 Derek Simmonds  photo Derek Simmonds Partner
 Margaret Spencer  photo Margaret Spencer Partner
 Rachel Spink  photo Rachel Spink Legal Counsel
 Harvey Stringfellow  photo Harvey Stringfellow Partner
 Rowena Summers  photo Rowena Summers Legal Counsel
 Harriet Swainson  photo Harriet Swainson Partner
 Jocelyn Taylor  photo Jocelyn Taylor Partner
 Emma Tegerdine  photo Emma Tegerdine Partner
 Neil Tindall  photo Neil Tindall Legal Counsel
 Jo Tindall  photo Jo Tindall Partner
 Simon Tomlinson  photo Simon Tomlinson Partner
 Georgina Tripp  photo Georgina Tripp Partner
 Livy Twiss  photo Livy Twiss Legal Counsel
 Mark Whittell  photo Mark Whittell Partner
 Jordan Whyte  photo Jordan Whyte Legal Counsel
 Andrew Zatman  photo Andrew Zatman Legal Counsel
 Benjamin Zatman  photo Benjamin Zatman Partner
Number of UK partners : 218
Support Team (gcTrust) : 33
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