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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Goodman Derrick LLP

Core sector strengths for the team at Goodman Derrick LLP include publishing, media and entertainment, technology, hospitality and leisure, real estate and construction, and professional services. Among other highlights, Paul Webb acted for the shareholders of Adsensa on the sale of 100% of the share capital to US technology company Exari Group; Edward Hoare advised Pavilion Books Group on the acquisition of the Pitkin Publishing imprint and related trade and assets from The History Press; Dominic Prentis, who joined from Gowling WLG in January 2018, assisted AIM-listed wealth management firm AFH Financial Group on the acquisition of financial planning business Eunisure; and Jessica Nugent advised Simmons Bar Group on the £10m sale of a majority stake in the company to a private equity-backed purchase vehicle. Practice head Tanya Shillingford, Simon McLeod and Joanna Higton are also noted.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP¬† is ‚Äėan extremely competent firm whose licensing work flows from its top-notch commercial property work‚Äô. The team recently advised Counterculture Bars on a successful application to vary its premises licence at to extend its hours of operation, and loosen the restaurant conditions, and also assisted Skylight Leisure Limited¬†with the permitted variation of the premises licence held for Simmons Soho. Nice Bars and The Natural Kitchen are also key clients. The ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô James Daglish¬† leads the practice. Other Key practitioners include solicitors Ellie Spencer, Daniel Shein¬†and Susie Prowse¬†.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Goodman Derrick LLP

At Goodman Derrick LLP,  Clive Ince's practice spans commercial, company, media and professional disputes; Nigel Adams is known for media, including defamation, disputes and matters involving high-value classic cars; and Tim Langton led advice to the claimant, who was the victim of a sophisticated fraud, in claiming damages.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP is 'responsive, effective and able to easily understand its clients' perspectives' and is recognised for its strength in holiday pay issues, restructurings, TUPE, employment disputes and matters involving the recruitment sector. The 'incredibly experienced' Alexandra Bonner leads the department; she recently advised Legg Mason & Co, Butler Snow and Biscuit Filmworks. Clients also praise Clare Gilroy-Scott and Alison Downie; Gilroy-Scott has 'a client-focused approach' and Downie is 'a brilliant employment lawyer who delivers flawless advice'. Dehns, National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the International Psychoanalytical Association are also clients.

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London: Real estate

Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP's ‚Äėvery professional and responsive‚Äô team is headed by Tim Mould, who is advising IPCO (Nigeria) in an ongoing case against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court concerning the enforcement of a New York Convention award in connection with a design and construction contract for a petroleum export terminal. Mould was also instructed by the subcontractor of a ¬£55m power generation facility in the Falkland Islands for an injunction to prevent maintain access to the project‚Äôs ¬£3m design database following the breakdown in relations between other contracted parties. Richard Bailey¬†has ‚Äėan extremely good knowledge of UK construction disputes‚Äô. ‚ÄėExtremely knowledgeable and thorough‚Äô transactional partner Tom Pemberton, who joined the firm from Beale & Company Solicitors LLP¬†in September 2017, is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

The team at Goodman Derrick LLP has been acting for retailer Game on dilapidations claims and 1954 Act lease renewals. The commercial sector is a core strength of the group which has also been advising Simmons Bars on contentious issues including as applications for premises licenses. Craig Walker serves as practice head and specialises on commercial landlord and tenant issues. Partner Deborah Rider is a name to note and excels in relation to restrictive covenants, trespass and nuisance claims. Paul McAndrews is recommended and other areas of expertise for the group include leasehold enfranchisement, boundary disputes and forfeiture. Additional highlights included acting for FBN bank on loans secured by charges on residential property and advising QA Limited on its commercial property portfolio.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Goodman Derrick LLP

The ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô department at Goodman Derrick LLP¬† handles a range of¬†film, TV, publishing advertising and marketing. Department head Paul Herbert¬†advises Digital 3 + 4 on DTT broadcasting activities and regulatory matters, advises TVT on contractual agreements with broadcasters, and advises the Office of the Adjudicator for Broadcast Transmission Services (OTA-BTS) on contractual and regulatory matters. Corporate partner Tanya Shillingford¬†regularly handles film and TV financing mandates and advises the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on a range of classifications, policy and commercial matters. Corporate and M&A partner Edward Hoare¬†regularly advises media clients on transactional matters and acted for Pavilion on the purchase of the Pitkin Publishing Imprint and related trade and assets from the History Press. Stephen Hornsby¬†handles competition and regulatory matters for media and sports-sector clients and advises Campaign for Broadcasting Equality (CBE) on its lobbying with the BBC, Ofcom and the DCM‚Äôs for increased BAME representation in the media industry. Consultant Keith Northrop¬†is experienced in film and TV finance and production. Media litigator¬†Clive Ince¬†represents clients such as Readers Digest.

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