Carl Atkinson > gunnercooke LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

gunnercooke LLP
M2 4LQ

Work Department

Employment Law




Carl is an employment and privacy partner with extensive experience across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious commercial and employment project and policy work. He is best known for his ability to understand a client’s requirements and then explain how it can be delivered.

Carl has over 23 years of post-qualification experience (nine years of which has included data protection work), including many years of in house experience as Senior Employment Lawyer and Data Controller at Northern Foods plc — subsequently acquired by 2 Sisters Foods Group — and Senior Employment Lawyer at Asda Stores Ltd. While in these positions, Carl managed Data Protection Issues for the business while supervised paralegal support staff who dealt with those issues (Asda).

Since returning to private practice, Carl has advised many businesses, public sector organisations and individuals in relation to various data protection issues, most recently advising on several GDPR compliance programmes.  His recent experience includes membership of the gunnercooke team which is advising a large international financial services organisation upon GDPR compliance across its international portfolio of Group businesses.  This project has been running for ten months and has included extensive reviews of privacy documentation including the privacy statements used by the different Group businesses across the international footprint of the Group.  Carl has also advised ‘The School of Life’, an international coaching organisation, in relation to GDPR compliance across their international businesses structure.


Previous Law Firms

  • Partner, Head of Employment — Chartbridge Solicitors LLP
  • Solicitor — Davies Arnold Cooper Solicitors

Previous Businesses

  • Senior Employment Lawyer — 2 Sisters Food Group / Northern Foods plc
  • Senior Employment Lawyer — Asda Stores Ltd


  • Solicitor (Admitted 1994)
  • Called to the Bar (1991)