Firm Profile > gunnercooke LLP > London, England

gunnercooke LLP
1 CORNHILL
LONDON
EC3V 3ND
England

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.’

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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Testimonials

‘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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Testimonials

‘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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Testimonials

‘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

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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 Sunil Abeyewickreme  photo Sunil Abeyewickreme Partner
 Nisha Aggarwal  photo Nisha Aggarwal Partner
 Remi Aiyela  photo Remi Aiyela Partner
 Ammar Al-Tabbaa  photo Ammar Al-Tabbaa Partner
 Chris Allan  photo Chris Allan Partner
 Amanda Allen  photo Amanda Allen Partner
 Nicky Androsov  photo Nicky Androsov Partner
 Claire-Elaine Arthurs  photo Claire-Elaine Arthurs Partner
 Sam Ashoka  photo Sam Ashoka Partner
 Robert Ashworth  photo Robert Ashworth Partner
 Guillaume Barlet-Batada  photo Guillaume Barlet-Batada Partner
 Simon Baum  photo Simon Baum Partner
 Max Beazley  photo Max Beazley Partner
 Rodney Bellamy-Wood  photo Rodney Bellamy-Wood Corporate
 Patrick Billyeald  photo Patrick Billyeald Partner
 Edward Black  photo Edward Black Partner
 David Blackburn  photo David Blackburn Partner
 Menna Bowen  photo Menna Bowen Partner
 Fergus Buckley  photo Fergus Buckley Partner
 Rosie Burbidge  photo Rosie Burbidge Partner
 Chris Bushnell  photo Chris Bushnell Legal Counsel
 Matthew Cahill  photo Matthew Cahill Partner
 Richard Cannon  photo Richard Cannon Partner
 Gary Carter  photo Gary Carter Partner
 Sarah Cato  photo Sarah Cato Partner
 Michelle Chen  photo Michelle Chen Partner
 Stephen Cook  photo Stephen Cook Partner
 Darryl Cooke  photo Darryl Cooke Co-Founder
 Elena Cooper  photo Elena Cooper Partner
 Carol Copland  photo Carol Copland Partner
 Alistair Crellin  photo Alistair Crellin Partner
 Natalie Da Silva  photo Natalie Da Silva Partner
 David Darvill  photo David Darvill Partner
 Rebecca Davidson  photo Rebecca Davidson Partner
 Anne Davies  photo Anne Davies Partner
 Peter Davis  photo Peter Davis Partner
 Peter Dempsey  photo Peter Dempsey Partner
 Wyn Derbyshire  photo Wyn Derbyshire Partner
 Chris Dias  photo Chris Dias Legal Counsel
 Mathieu Doublet  photo Mathieu Doublet Partner
 Tim Drake  photo Tim Drake Partner
 Emma Easton  photo Emma Easton Partner
 Alan Erwin  photo Alan Erwin Partner
 Paul Estlin  photo Paul Estlin Partner
 Laya Falsafi  photo Laya Falsafi Legal Counsel
 Rob Fawke  photo Rob Fawke Partner
 Julie Forsyth  photo Julie Forsyth Partner
 Kelly Fox  photo Kelly Fox Partner
 Paul Friedman  photo Paul Friedman Partner
 Sapna Garg  photo Sapna Garg PSL & Solicitor Advocate
 Jeremy Glover  photo Jeremy Glover Legal Counsel
 Jonathan Golden  photo Jonathan Golden Partner
 Jeremy Goldring  photo Jeremy Goldring Partner
 Oliver Goodwin  photo Oliver Goodwin Partner
 Sarah Goulbourne  photo Sarah Goulbourne Co-founder
 Nick Gould  photo Nick Gould Partner
 Séamas Gray  photo Séamas Gray Partner
 Natalie Griffiths  photo Natalie Griffiths Legal Counsel
 Nicholas Hall  photo Nicholas Hall Partner
 Sue Hall  photo Sue Hall Partner
 David Herbert  photo David Herbert Partner
 Tim Heywood  photo Tim Heywood Partner
 Christian Hook  photo Christian Hook Partner
 Peter Huth-Wallis  photo Peter Huth-Wallis Partner
 Rebecca Ireland  photo Rebecca Ireland Partner
 Shugufta Jabeen  photo Shugufta Jabeen Partner
 Harvey Jaskel  photo Harvey Jaskel Legal Counsel
 Kirsten Jepsen  photo Kirsten Jepsen Legal Counsel
 Clare Jones  photo Clare Jones Legal Counsel
 Sofia Jorgensen  photo Sofia Jorgensen Partner
 Michael Joshua  photo Michael Joshua Partner
 Laurence Katz  photo Laurence Katz Partner
 Lucy Keeble  photo Lucy Keeble Partner
 Veronika Koroleva  photo Veronika Koroleva Partner
 Michael Krantz  photo Michael Krantz Partner
 Mark Langford  photo Mark Langford Partner
 Yvonne Lazarowicz  photo Yvonne Lazarowicz Legal Counsel
 Frances Leung  photo Frances Leung Partner
 Wyn Lewis  photo Wyn Lewis Partner
 Richard Linskell  photo Richard Linskell Partner
 Tessa Lorimer  photo Tessa Lorimer Partner
 Tejinder Mahil  photo Tejinder Mahil Partner
 Carol Martin  photo Carol Martin Partner
 Stephanie McDonald  photo Stephanie McDonald Legal Counsel
 Chris McFadzean  photo Chris McFadzean Partner
 Simon McLeod  photo Simon McLeod Partner
 Angus Menzies  photo Angus Menzies Partner
 David Merson  photo David Merson Partner
 Erika Moralez-Perez  photo Erika Moralez-Perez Partner
 James Nicholls  photo James Nicholls Partner
 Chris Powell  photo Chris Powell Partner
 Jon Redding  photo Jon Redding Partner
 Graham Reid  photo Graham Reid Partner
 Alyson Reilly  photo Alyson Reilly Partner
 Rich Roberts  photo Rich Roberts Partner
 Liz Roberts  photo Liz Roberts Partner
 Jeremy Rosen  photo Jeremy Rosen Partner
 Howard Ross  photo Howard Ross Partner
 Daniel Rubie  photo Daniel Rubie Partner
 Welmoed Rutgers  photo Welmoed Rutgers Legal Counsel
 Claire Saffer  photo Claire Saffer Legal Counsel
 David Salamons  photo David Salamons Partner
 Shilpen Savani  photo Shilpen Savani Partner
 Martin Scott  photo Martin Scott Partner
 Matthew Searle  photo Matthew Searle Partner
 Jodie Seddon  photo Jodie Seddon Partner
 John Shield  photo John Shield Partner
 Ken Smith  photo Ken Smith Partner
 Clare Smith  photo Clare Smith Legal Counsel
 Renée So  photo Renée So Legal Counsel
 Graham Stott  photo Graham Stott Partner
 Tim Thornton Jones  photo Tim Thornton Jones Partner
 Clive Thorp  photo Clive Thorp Legal Counsel
 Roger Tynan  photo Roger Tynan Partner
 Thalis Vlachos  photo Thalis Vlachos Partner
 Marc Weisberger  photo Marc Weisberger Partner
 Mark Whittaker  photo Mark Whittaker Partner
 Michelle Wilkinson  photo Michelle Wilkinson Partner
 Alastair Wilson  photo Alastair Wilson Partner
 Louise Wolfson  photo Louise Wolfson Legal Counsel
Number of UK partners : 218
Support Team (gcTrust) : 33
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