About us

inspire is a not for profit social business, directly devoted to changing the economic and social situation of others and transforming the communities in which we live. We believe that in creating economic value to society, businesses can also create social value. We devote 100% of our resources to making the world a better place.

Guiding principles

All inspire’s activities are governed by the following guiding principles:

inspire is a point of focus, bringing together exceptional people from business, academia and professional services, applying their skills, knowledge, resource and network to benefit the third sector.

inspire acts with transparency, honesty, humility and diligence in all of it’s activities.

inspire remains neutral of any political, religious, cultural or other affiliations.

inspire is committed to actively supporting all who engage with it and expect the same in return


If you can’t give your time, can you give some of your treasure to inspire so that we can accelerate the pace of good in the world? Funding allows us to develop our programmes, support our charities and undertake the research needed to ensure we are doing all of the right things, effectively. Our CEO does not get paid a salary and donates her time for free.

If you want to develop a CSR programme that genuinely furthers your business objectives while being effectively altruistic, contact us about our Competitive*Social Responsibility programme – Grow good. Not do good.

Without the support of gunnercooke, inspire* would not have got off the ground. Click here to learn more about a different type of law firm.

Please contact mark@inspirecharity.co.uk for more information and to donate.

The Team

Darryl Cooke

Darryl is the Chair of inspire.  He is also the co-founder of gunnercooke, a UK based challenger law firm.

Previously Darryl was head of corporate at Hill Dickinson and before that the head of DLA Piper’s private equity group for EMEA. Darryl has also worked at  SJ Berwin and Addleshaw Goddard and over the years has gained extensive deal making experience, having advised on major transactions in the past, including the sales of Swarfega, Auto Windscreens and retailer Hobbs.

Outside of his legal work, he is chairman of the NorthWest Air Ambulance.  He is also the author of four books on corporate law.

Sarah Goulboune

As the co-founder of gunnercooke; Sarah is passionate about challenging, improving and evolving the way in which legal services are delivered to businesses. Sarah is also hugely passionate about creating a business model that gives lawyers the opportunity to use the best of their legal abilities, in a way that motivates them. She is adamant that people should be able to practice law without sacrificing their personal life, something that many lawyers find difficult in the more traditional environments.