Darryl Cooke

Darryl Cooke

Co-founder at gunnercooke

We grill Darryl Cooke for this month’s 20 Questions who shares with us an insight into his passions and interests

What time did you wake up this morning?

7 a.m.

What’s your favourite object in your office?

I don’t have an office but I do like my vinyl record player in my home study

Who is your closest colleague?

Sarah Goulbourne, my co- founder. We are like family

Do you have a favourite family heirloom?

Just lots of great photos

What’s your favourite song of all time?

The Greatest Love of All by George Benson

What’s your favourite play?

Uncle Vanya by Chekhov

Who’s your favourite movie star?

Do I need one?

What’s your favourite book?

I read War and Peace when I was 18 and it’s still my favourite book

What book are you reading right now?

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

What book do you wish you had written?

My next book!

What’s the greatest invention of all time?

The Crosby Trouser Press

Is there a sport that you wish you could play?

No but I still wish I was a professional footballer player

Who inspires you in business?

People who take risks

Dress up, dress down or somewhere in between?

More and more dress down; the Crosby Press is needed less and less

Where do you go to relax?

Either a bench by my fish pond or Villefranche

What country have you always wanted to visit?

I still haven’t been to Japan

Besides your phone, what do you always have with you?

A book (just in case I have to wait anywhere)

What’s the best part about your job?

That I get to design my life as do all gunnercooke lawyers

What’s your favourite post-work tipple?

I love a gin and tonic after golf on Friday afternoons

Finally, what’s your guilty pleasure?

Please keep this to yourself... MUTV


About Darryl: Prior to co-founding gunnercooke, Darryl began his career as a barrister before spending time in industry and then at SJ Berwin, Addleshaws and DLA. He is the author of Private Equity: Law and Practice which is in its sixth edition. His new book To Innovate or Not to Innovate is a call and a manual to bring about change in the legal profession.