At the age of 45, Sarah Goulbourne decided to throw the book at the legal sector and start her own challenger law firm.
Together with co-founder Darryl Cooke, they launched Gunnercooke in 2010 to make ‘law work better’. It’s not a traditional LLP, it doesn’t have the usual partnership structure and lawyers don’t bill by the hour – everything is charged on a fixed-fee basis, so there are no dreaded time-sheets and no unexpected costs for clients. Gunnercooke's lawyers are all profit-sharers and they work on the cloud, so they can be based anywhere: ‘People should be able to practice law without sacrificing their personal life,’ says Goulbourne.
From starting out with ‘two people, two laptops and one idea in a Costa Coffee’, Gunnercooke is now one of the fastest growing commercial law firms in the country, turning over £20m and working with more than 6,500 clients, including the likes of Santander, Mitie and Bovis Homes.
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