K-Club Breakfast Speaker – 28th March 2019

Darryl Cooke

Co-Founder of Gunnercooke llp and Chair of the Inspire* Accelerator Foundation

Darryl is renowned as a private equity lawyer – he’s solely done private equity transactions for over 25 years.  In that time he’s helped clients to invest, buy, sell and raise money for businesses across the UK and all over the world.

He began life as a barrister in Lincolns Inn before working in the legal team of a major multinational corporation.  He quickly grew a thriving private equity practice at SJ Berwin which he continued at Addleshaw Goddard where he began what soon became one of the firm’s strongest practice areas while at the same time joining the board.   He then headed private equity in EMEA at DLA Piper.   Darryl is the founder and visionary behind game-changing law firm, gunnercooke, which is one of the fastest growing commercial law firms and winner of Large Law Firm of the Year at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018.

Over the years, Darryl has played to his 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*, gunnercooke’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 therefore well equipped to consider the legal profession and the need for innovation.  He’s passionate about the legal industry which he describes as his first love but also passionate that it must change to continue to be effective.  In April 2019 he launches 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.

The purpose of the Inspire* Accelerator Foundation is not to work with those major charities that operate as major businesses but to work with smaller, yet ambitious charities.  Ambition is the criteria to becoming part of the Inspire family.  Leadership is everything and they work with the CEO and the leadership team to enhance the effectiveness of their leadership and their operations, helping them to grow and ‘do good faster’.  With proven business processes to challenge advancement, they use a hub model comprising of other charities and an entrepreneurial hub leader to facilitate the challenge, providing a back office of expert advisors and journalists to guide them in their challenge.   They are always seeking supporters and new charities to join their family.


K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 28th March 2019, 7.30am-10am at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.