Gardner plants herself at Gunnercooke

One of the East Midlands most well-respected commercial property lawyers has joined a London law firm which is aiming to take a stake of the East Midlands market.

Antonia Gardner, who made her name at Berryman, Eversheds and Geldards, has joined Gunnercooke, which has offices in London and Manchester.

She told East Midlands Business Link: “I joined Gunnercooke because it’s a bona fide ABS challenger to firms like Pinsents, Eversheds and DLA in terms of the pedigree of its lawyers, its outlook, the type of clients it has, and the type of clients it is winning.

“We are recruiting in the East Midlands and want to replicate the success the firm has already had in Manchester and London.”

Gunnercooke was recently named ‘Alternative Business Structure (ABS) of the Year’ at the 2015 Modern Law Awards. The firm has doubled in size, year on year, since it was founded by Darryl Cooke and Sarah Goulbourne in 2010, and says it is set to do so again by the end of 2016.