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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

DWFM Beckman

DWFM Beckman's disputes expertise includes commercial contracts corporate law, insolvency and debt recovery, IP, property, trusts and estates, professional negligence, civil fraud, injunctions and asset tracing. Peter Bridson heads the team, which includes Demetris Dionissiou, Elizabeth Johnson, Sharokh Koussari and Colin Jaque.

Practice head(s):Peter Bridson

Other key lawyers:Demetris Dionissiou; Elizabeth Johnson; Sharokh Koussari; Colin Jaque

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London: Human resources

Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

DWFM Beckman

DWFM Beckman's employment team is led by Elizabeth Johnson, who is described as 'extremely responsive' and a 'pleasure to work with'. She specialises in both contentious and non-contentious for senior executives, working closely with senior associate Louise Rogers. The team also advises on matters relating to bonuses, commission, contracts, service agreements, disciplinary proceedings all aspects of redundancy consultations.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Johnson


'Naylah Hamour is a thoughtful, conscientious lawyer with a very broad knowledge base; her technical legal abilities are excellent.'

'Sharokh Koussari has a broad based practice and a commercial outlook; he is strong tactically.'

'Liz Johnson's advice is razor-sharp - her advice is always high impact. I have full faith that Liz will see me right in any employment contract conversation. She is very direct and to the point and doesn't waste time.'

'Liz Johnson has been extremely responsive when I've needed her advice and has always been a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her for senior executive employment advice.'

'DWFM Beckman have always provided me with a highly personalised and effective service. They are in my view in the premier division but retain a sense of humility and lack the arrogance of other larger firms they compete with.'

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London: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

DWFM Beckman

Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui heads the team at DWFM Beckman that has a specific focus on high-net-worth ancillary relief matters relating to UK and worldwide assets and private law children disputes. Other work includes advising on pre-nuptial agreements, locating hidden assets, protecting and attacking trust structures as well as advising on same-sex/unmarried partners issues. Demetris Dionissiou is also recommended for contentious matters

Practice head(s):Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui

Other key lawyers:Demetris Dionissiou; Diana Bastow


'A good hardworking family team with diverse ethnic backgrounds working for HNWs'.

'Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui acts with precision and never falters in her execution. She runs her team like a military operation and every move is co-ordinated and part of the bigger plan'.

'Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui works tirelessly for clients'.

'Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui and Diana Bastow in particular are both excellent. In-depth knowledge of international financial issues'.

'Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui is a first-rate solicitor with a relentless tenacity and stamina of which I am in awe'.

'Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui seems to be always one step ahead on the procedures. She is determined to pursue the truth no matter what and she doesn't leave one stone unturned until she does so'.

Key Clients

Clive Joy-Morancho

Work highlights

  • Advising husband seeking a final dismissal of wife's capital claims after wife sought £300m but received nothing by way of a capital award.
  • Advising on a multimillion-pound settlement and the transfer of non-reversionary property to the mother under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Acting for the wife – the husband is claiming an abuse of process and tactics over a delay in serving the divorce petition.
Leading individuals

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

DWFM Beckman

DWFM Beckman's media and entertainment practice handles transactional work and has experience across recording and music publishing contracts, management agreements, film, TV and software development agreements, licensing agreements, publishing contracts, co-production agreements, as well as employment and sponsorship contracts. It is instructed by a number of musicians, songwriters, actors, television production companies, independent record producers, music publishers, managers, concert promoters and booking agents. IP work is a key focus, and the team is engaged on copyright protection, trade mark, licensing and merchandising agreements, revenue collection agreements, and character protection. It also offers expertise across arts, dance and music industry mandates; it advises composer Hans Zimmer on passing off proceedings and trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):Irving David


Irving David is admired for his no-nonsense approach, his, seemingly, vast knowledge and his good humour.

Key Clients

Primary Talent International

Harvey Goldsmith

The Band, ELP

Hans Zimmer (Composer)

Askonas Holt Ltd

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Panjabi MC

Big Red Talent

One Dance UK

Frederick Ashton Foundation

Snappy Happy TV

Elstree Studios

Work highlights

  • Advises Primary Talent International on contractual matters.
  • Advises International Artist Managers Association (IAMA) on a range of matters.
  • Advised Panjabi MC on the successful acquisition of his back catalogue from Nachural Records.
  • Advised the Birmingham Royal Ballet on its talent contract templates.  

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