What we do

We are a small law firm specialising in company commercial and technology/IT work.  Just a few highly specialised people who enjoy what they do without the size and complication (and cost) of the big firms.  Please see our individual profiles for more information about our specialist areas and how we can help you.

Every lawyer you work with will have years of experience and knowledge to draw on.  No two instructions are the same, just as your business is unique.  That's why our advice is unique. 

How we do it

We run a virtual firm so I am afraid there is no office to visit, but we can always visit you.  We prefer a work-life balance that allows us to fit our families and home life around the demands of professional lives.  Our philosophy is that we work hard when we have deadlines, otherwise you might just find us having some downtime with our families and friends.  That flexibility means we can often work around your priorities and against your deadlines.

Supporting our years of experience and knowledge is a keen use of technology as an enabler, using commercial software, open source software and our own comprehensive practice management system.   

Sensible commercial advice

We run our own business so we know how costs can affect the bottom line, including legal advice.  Our philosophy is tell you what it is probably going to cost you so that you can decide where best to place your resources.  If it is going to be expensive we will tell you just that, but you should find us very reasonable indeed.  

That's where our many years of experience can help you, not only in being realistic about costs but also in prioritising issues according to the actual risks facing your business.  We'd rather focus on solving problems and dealing with commercial issues rather than addressing academic legal issues which are unlikely to affect you in practice.

We have invested heavily over the years in building up our expertise so we are not afraid of reflecting that in our fees, but ultimately we believe you will appreciate the value we can bring to your business.  We aim to avoid any nasty surprises when it comes to costs.


SRA's Digital Badge

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (www.sra.org.uk) has mandated the use of a  digital badge which has the intended purposes of allowings law firms to "differentiate themselves from unregulated legal services providers". 

This has been outsourced to a third party and is based on Google technology.  A detailed analysis of the impleme tation of this digital badge leads us to the very firm opinion that it is an illegal gimmick.  Its implementation is flawed and its third party service provider's privacy policy is, we believe, fundamentally in breach of the GDPR/data protection laws.  

Until such time as the SRA can ensure that its digital badge complies with data protection laws this firm will not be implementing it, aside from thinking it is a complete waste of time.  Should you wish to check whether this firm is regulated please follow this search to the SRA's directory of law firms.  Unfortunately it is not possible to link to a particular entry so please make sure you selected "Gardiner & Co." - our SRA no. is 402640.

A full explanation can be found her: SRA’s digital badge – an illegal gimmick?.