Pannone hires former Co-op lawyer Gulliford to grow its white label arm

Pannone’s white label legal arm Pannone Affinity has hired Jonathan Gulliford, one of the founders of Co-operative Legal Services, as part of an ongoing growth drive.

Gulliford joined the Co-operative Group from RAC Legal Services in 2006. He was one of the founders of Co-operative Legal Services, etablished in the same year. In 2012, the Co-op’s legal branch became the first SRA regulated alternative business structure  (ABS) recording a total revenue of £33m in the 2011/12 financial year.

Pannone’s Affinity division provides white label services to a range of intermediaries, with recent clients including insurers Allianz and Aria Assistance.

The division has grown significantly in recent months, particularly in its conveyancing department which has seen new instructions increase by more than 400 per cent since July 2012. 

Pannone Affinity was launched in 2011, and is headed by former Barlow Lyde & Gilbert chief executive David Jabbari. Jabbari was instrumental in driving through BLG’s November 2011 merger with Clyde & Co before joining Pannone in November 2012 (6 December 2012).

Gulliford said in a statement: “It is exciting to be working with a business of the calibre of Pannone Affinity. With so many opportunities in the legal market post LSA and LASPO the potential for growth is huge.”