Menna Bowen of gunnercooke llp is interviewed by Bloomberg
Published 13 May, 2020
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Menna specialises in tax advice, planning and tax enquiries, for corporate and individual clients. She has advised high net worth individuals, hedge funds, banks, and owner managed businesses, and dealt successfully with HM Revenue & Customs enquiries. She has advised fund management businesses, property funds and set up investment structures, and advised on oversea pension structures and internationally mobile individuals.
“Menna Bowen has a superb technical knowledge of pension tax, which she manages to communicate to her clients in a simple (but not simplistic) and comprehensible way. She also manages to make tax meetings an enjoyable experience.”
Andrew Gammon, AG Tax Limited
“I have instructed Menna in my various capacities as a trustee and administrator / council member over the last 20 years and I find her to be diligent, practical, with a solid understanding of the technical issues.”
Alexandra Jardine, Council Member – Salamis Foundation, and Director – Philean Trust Company Limited
gunnercooke is a full service corporate and commercial law firm, that operates in a different way. Our firm was created to allow lawyers to play to their strengths and focus their priorities on what they are good at and what they enjoy. As a firm, we are ambitious and strive to create an environment and infrastructure that allows our lawyers the freedom to provide and maintain a first class service to our clients. We always seek to be innovative so long as it benefits our clients and our lawyers.
What we do not have is the overwhelming baggage of some law firms – we are not weighed down by time sheets or targets of any kind internally, as each lawyer’s relationship with gunnercooke is that of an independent partner working within the structure that our firm provides – and consequently our lawyers’ first and last priority is serving our clients’ best interests.
We comprise solely senior lawyers. At present, we are 100 partners, operating nationally and internationally via offices in London and Manchester. Every senior lawyer in our firm has a minimum 10,000 hours’ experience in practice.
95% of our senior lawyers have spent time in-house or in business. We are seasoned negotiators, clear communicators and true business advisors. We understand the impact of our legal advice in the wider commercial context and the importance of project management, strategy, timeliness and momentum.
We operate via fixed fees. We provide certainty and transparency over the cost of our services, agreeing scopes of work and providing fixed fee quotes that will never change. This enables us to work closely with our clients to manage their legal budget and to ensure that our objective is entirely aligned with efficiency and performance to our clients’ deadlines. It has a significant impact upon the way we work: we realise that it is in neither our own nor our client’s interest to prolong a matter, or overcomplicate our advice. We do not have the same, expensive cost base of traditional law firms which means our rates are highly competitive.
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