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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

Tanya Shillingford heads the β€˜prompt, commercially focused’ practice at Goodman Derrick LLP, which provides β€˜quality at all levels’. The β€˜practical, reassuring’ Edward Hoare advised Editec U.K. on its acquisition of 76% of Chroma Sports’ issued share capital. Other clients include Chime Communications and OMG. Jessica Nugent made partner in May 2015.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

The licensing team at Goodman Derrick LLP is part of a larger real estate department. The firm secured a number of licenses for Simmons Bars in 2015 and regularly acts for operators in need of special treatment licenses. James Daglish and Michael Collins are names to note.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Goodman Derrick LLP

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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 led by Alison Downie, who is β€˜a real professional and always a sensible voice in the crowd’. Downie continues to act for the Labour Party on employment issues; other clients include John Frieda Salons and the British Board of Film Classification. Clients praise β€˜very likeable’ senior solicitor Clare Gilroy-Scott.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Goodman Derrick LLP

As well as handling various high-end residential schemes for property development and investment companies, Goodman Derrick LLP’s practice continued to advise QA on its commercial real estate portfolio. Practice head Michael Collins and the β€˜exceptional’ Chris Langan are names to note.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP enhanced its practice with the hire of Tim Mould from Weightmans LLP; Mould represented IPCO in the Court of Appeal in relation to the enforcement of an arbitral award. Other key figures are Richard Bailey, who handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, and practice head John Wright, who sits as an arbitrator and has β€˜a good reputation as a third party neutral’.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

Craig Walker heads Goodman Derrick LLP’s β€˜very approachable’ team, which advises clients such as Game Retail and Chelsfield on residential and commercial property matters.

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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 noted for its β€˜good, clear advice and excellent sector knowledge’. The β€˜responsive, careful and reliable’ Paul Herbert acted for Digital UK and its stakeholders in negotiations with Ofcom concerning the clearance of a DTT Spectrum band, and advised the Authority for Television on Demand on its remit and operations. Tanya Shillingford acts for The BBFC, and the β€˜professional’ Edward Hoare acts for Seven Publishing Group and Pavilion Books.

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