Law firm gunnercooke announces expansion into Scotland

Law firm gunnercooke is set to launch in Scotland, with new offices opening in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The firm, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London, said its ambition is to change the way legal services are delivered in Scotland with the launch of its fee share model there.

It has recruited real estate partner Simon Etchells as its first appointment and has started a huge recruitment drive to join its team.

Over the last decade the firm has won more than 25 awards for its innovation and culture, and signed clients including Johnson Matthey, BAE Systems, Jet2 and Santander.

gunnercooke’s model sees its lawyers working remotely, as well as having access to office bases and support teams across the UK.

The new offices are based in Edinburgh’s WeWork on George Street and the Garment Factory on Montrose Street in Glasgow.

Simon Etchells said: “This is a fantastic addition to the Scottish market, and I am confident that the firm’s modern business model will be attractive to great lawyers and clients alike. l am genuinely excited to see the firm grow and believe gunnercooke is uniquely equipped to thrive in the challenges set by the new normal.”

gunnercooke co-founder Sarah Goulbourne, added: “We plan on recruiting 60 new partners this year and hope many of these will be based in Scotland.

“There is a fantastic pool of talent across the country who are yet to find an opportunity to work in a new law firm model such as ours within Scotland. We help lawyers to become businesspeople as well as lawyers, so we’d welcome anyone who has the ambition to set up their own practice to get in touch.”