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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

Tanya Shillingford heads the ‘prompt, commercially focused’ practice at Goodman Derrick LLP, which provides ‘quality at all levels’. The ‘practical, reassuringEdward 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 ‘excellent’ team is led by Alison Downie, who is ‘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 ‘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 ‘exceptionalChris 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘good, clear advice and excellent sector knowledge’. The ‘responsive, careful and reliablePaul 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 ‘professionalEdward Hoare acts for Seven Publishing Group and Pavilion Books.

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