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gunnercooke LLP

Work +44 161 834 7843
London, Manchester M2, Manchester M3

gunnercooke is one of the UK's fastest growing challenger 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. The two predominant findings were: lack of seniority when dealing with legal matters, with tasks passed down to junior lawyers; and the lack of transparency regarding fees and costs that add up on a lawyer's hourly rate.

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' practicing 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. All 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 becoming more established in the market. It was featured in a short film made by the Telegraph Business Club entitled The Gamechangers, which outlines the major differences of the firm in comparison to its competitors. It won ABS of the year at the Modern Law awards, where it were also shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year. In addition, it was shortlisted for UK Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious British Legal Awards.

More recently, gunnercooke has launched a sister company, gunnerbloom, which is dedicated to the future of senior lawyers. It comprises lawyers who have three to seven years PQE, and focuses on their development both technically and commercially. These lawyers work with gunnercooke partners and develop their soft skills to ensure they understand how to be entrepreneurs as well as lawyers.

Types of work undertaken: gunnercooke's practice areas are constantly expanding. In January 2017, the firm employed two family lawyers renowned for their work with high-net-worth individuals in the London area. The firm is particularly well known for its work in corporate and M&A (clients include Pets At Home Group and Busy Bees Nurseries), employment (clients include N Brown Group and WOY), commercial, dispute resolution, family law, business crime, restructuring and business growth, pensions, private client, banking and finance (with clients including Santander UK plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and Principality Building Society) and real estate.

  • Number of UK partners: 145

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