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London: Corporate and commercial

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

Goodman Derrick LLP

The six-partner team at Goodman Derrick LLP is led by Tanya Shillingford, who along with Jessica Nugent advised the shareholders of Four Eyes Insight on an investment in the company by Livingbridge. Nugent also acted for CSM Sport & Entertainment on its purchase of Curb Media, and advised Havas Media Group on its acquisition of Target Media Group. Edward Hoare acted for Neon X and managing director Chris Ratcliff on their buyout of Portland Television from Northern & Shell. Paul Webb assisted OMG with the spin-off of its incipient AI image-recognition technology business into a new company named Pimloc. Joanna Higton and Simon McLeod are also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP provides β€˜solid licensing advice to its existing property clients’. The team recently advised Simmons Mornington Crescent on an application to vary the license for its Camden-based premises to accommodate the sale of alcohol in its outside space, and also assisted the same client with the acquisition of a floor and basement at its Liverpool Street location. Nice Bars and The Natural Kitchen are also key clients, and the firm recently advised the latter on the licensing aspects of its acquisition of a unit in Angel Court, London. The β€˜realistic and practical’ James Daglish is β€˜very on the ball’ and provides β€˜efficient advice to all clients’, and Michael Collins is the other name to note.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP β€˜offers an excellent service and the firm has very good, responsive lawyers that represent excellent value for money’. The team defended Intelligent Land Investments (Renewable Energy) against a warranties-related claim. Tim Langton is β€˜a tower of strength’; and Clive Ince, who β€˜has excellent strategic ideas and commercial acumen’, is noted for commercial, company, media and professional disputes. Nigel Adams is a key contact.

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London: Human resources

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

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team is highly regarded for its β€˜carefully thought-out advice’ and β€˜quick responses’. Practice co-head Alexandra Bonner, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP, assisted ComplianceOnline with a review of the client’s contracts, staff handbooks and consultancy agreements, as well as a claim brought by a former employee regarding dismissal and contractual notice during the probationary period. Alison Downie, who jointly leads the team with Bonner, successfully defended Ebonycare against long-running Employment Tribunal claims brought by a former employee alleging disability discrimination. Clients also single out β€˜consistently excellent’ associate Katee Dias, who is a β€˜pleasure to work with’. Associates Clare Gilroy-Scott and Rose Branson are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP handled a high volume of development site disposals in 2016 for a broad client base that takes in property investment companies, developers, funds and high-net-worth individuals. The team was also active on numerous development schemes: Gregor Hamlen advised QED Property on three development projects for affordable housing in Ealing, for example, and Simon Catt continued to act for Oakland Primecare on developments for high quality nursing homes. In the retail sub-sector, clients include Beauty Base, Agent Provocateur, and Essentials. Practice head Michael Collins and investment specialist Chris Langan are additional contacts.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

At Goodman Derrick LLP, Tim Mould and Richard Bailey handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work for clients such as Essex Services Group, South Eastern Electrical and Stephenson Group. Mould, who is β€˜very hardworking and thorough, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of legal documents’, advised the governors of an independent charitable school on the construction documentation for a new school building; and also continued to act for IPCO (Nigeria) on the enforcement of a Nigerian arbitral award. The β€˜highly competent’ Bailey was engaged on a high volume of contentious matters, including representing Penten Group in two separate adjudication enforcements and a set of declaratory proceedings at the TCC. Arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator and dispute board member John Wright is now a consultant with the firm. Tom Pemberton was a new arrival from Beale & Company Solicitors LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP’s β€˜thorough, professional and knowledgeable’ team β€˜has a personal touch that makes it very approachable and understanding of the client’s needs’. Practice head Craig Walker, β€˜tenacious lawyer’ Deborah Rider, who is β€˜better to be working with than against’, and consultant Paul McAndrews, who has β€˜a practical approach to solving cases’, are the names to note. Landlord and tenant litigation is the cornerstone of the practice, with recent work including acting for retailer Game in a lease renewal and representing QA in various dilapidation claims. The team also receives recognition for its advice on complex developments and work in the residential sector, including handling service charge disputes, forfeiture matters and restrictive covenant enforcement.

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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

Goodman Derrick LLP is active across mandates in the advertising, marketing, film, TV and publishing sectors. Team head Paul Herbert advises Digital 3 + 4 on DTT broadcasting activities and regulatory matters, and advised We Are Fearless on contractual agreements with NestlΓ©. Tanya Shillingford advises BBFC on a range of classification, policy and commercial issues. Edward Hoare advised Guardian Media Group and Caledonia Investments on the disposal of a majority interest in Seven Publishing Group. North One Television, Portland Television and Digital UK are also clients.

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