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Darryl Cooke

Executive Chairman, gunnercooke

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Darryl is the founder and visionary behind gunnercooke.

He began life as a barrister in Lincolns Inn before working in the legal team of a major multinational corporation. When he began in private practice at SJ Berwin he quickly grew a thriving private equity practice which he continued at Addleshaw Goddard. Here he began what soon became one of the firm’s strongest practice areas while at the same time joining the board. He later moved to DLA Piper, where he headed private equity in EMEA.

During that time Darryl has always had entrepreneurial instincts, establishing a property company and a business conference company along the way, as well as achieving every man’s dream of owning his own pub – from which he says he learnt the most!

He has also been a director of numerous businesses in varied industries and has established inspire*, the firm’s charitable foundation to help growing and ambitious charities.

Having worked in all parts of the legal industry as well as with experiences from other industries Darryl is passionate about the need for innovation in legal services.

In May 2019 he launched his new book, ‘To innovate or not to innovate’, which looks at the challenges that law firms face to be innovative in a traditional environment. Whilst the book looks to the legal sector for examples, it includes valuable advice for any business leader wanting to disrupt and dare to be different.

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