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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

Goodman Derrick LLP represents individual owners and corporates, particularly in its core sectors of publishing, media and entertainment, technology, hospitality and leisure. A significant proportion of M&A work originates from overseas, and the London team regularly works alongside alliance firms to deliver cross-border mandates. The firm has a particular niche in the classical car market, working for individuals on high-value acquisitions.Tanya Shillingford heads the practice and has a particular focus on TMT.

Practice head(s):Tanya Shillingford

Other key lawyers:Paul Webb; Dominic Prentis


'The Goodman Derrick advantage is that they are good communicators and operate with a personal, no nonsense approach'

'Commercially minded lawyers that know what they are doing.'

Key Clients

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

AFH Financial Group

Chime Communications Limited


The Restaurant Group Plc

Lok N Store Group Plc

Pavilion Books Group Limited

Storm Model Management Limited

Twinspark Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised AFH Financial Group on its acquisition of the assets of the Colwyn Bay Office
  • Advised Twin Spark Finance in relation to its joint venture arrangement with RM Sotheby's.
  • Advised  Chicago-based rEvolution Marketing LLC, an integrated sports marketing agency, on its acquisition of 80% of the shares of London-based sports marketing agency Revolution Sports Marketing.
  • Acting for one side of the Frost family on the sale of their interests in the Frosts Garden Centre chain to the other side of the  family.
  • Acted for a group of investors financing the acquisition of the assets and business of Chelsea Apps Factory in a pre-pack transaction.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP's team advises on entertainment and liquor licensing law to a range of clients, including pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, retailers and hotels. James Daglish, who heads the team, combines 'commercial awareness with legal acumen' . The team acted for Simmons Bars Group on the licensing aspects of the sale of the Group to Lonsdale Capital.

Practice head(s):James Daglish


'Integrates other departments very smoothly with its licensing team.'

'James Daglish is very acute and has wide industry knowledge and networks. Matches commercial awareness with legal acumen.'

Key Clients

Simmons Bars

The Natural Kitchen

The Lucky Pig Bar

The Haunt


Work highlights

  • Advised on the licensing aspect of the sale of the Simmons Bars Group to Lonsdale Capital on 1 February 2018, worth approximately £10m.
  • Advising on the licensing aspects of Proud Group's acquisition of the venue known as One Embankment on Victoria Embankment.
  • Defended Fulbeck Inns Limited against an attempted prosecution for alleged breach of its capacity condition at its premises on Clipstone Street, which ultimately resulted in the charge being dropped and a caution issued instead.
  • Providing ad hoc advice to The Natural Kitchen on minor licensing queries and issues arising during the day-to-day operation of its business.
  • Advised Nice Bars on the licensing aspects of the disposal of three sites in the City of London: The Pepys, The Lion and The Ship.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP 'provides a highly personalised and user-friendly service to both large corporations and individuals alike, and the team is extremely tenacious but realistic in its goals'. The practice advises on a range of commercial disputes and is able to draw upon the firm's specialist construction and real estate litigators. Practice head Clive Ince and Nigel Adams are highly regarded, and Jonathan Cole is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Clive Ince

Other key lawyers:Nigel Adams; Jonathan Cole


'Deliver a tailor-made service and personal care, and are particularly understanding of clients' ambitions'.

'Clive Ince is brilliant at handling clients and goes the extra mile'.

'Nigel Adams is an excellent lawyer and very user friendly'.

Key Clients

John Frieda Salons

The Restaurant Group

FBN Bank

Chelsfield Group

Lucent Lighting

ITV Studios


Grandlane Group

Arbuthnot Latham

The former directors of the Luminar Group

Readers Digest

Chime Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised a franchisor on a claim against a franchisee for breach of restrictive covenants.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Goodman Derrick LLP

City firm Goodman Derrick LLP is known for its expertise in holiday pay issues and employment matters in the recruitment sector, and has been increasingly active in advising on outsourcing agreements. The team also assists with senior-level and board matters, restructures and reorganisations; the employment aspects of corporate transactions; business protection issues such as post-termination restrictions; and employment litigation. The 'experienced and commercially astute' Alexandra Bonner leads 'a happy and efficient team'; Alison Downie, who has extensive experience advising organisations on restructures, transfers, restrictive covenants, whistle-blowing and discrimination matters, and the 'excellent' Clare Gilroy-Scott are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Alexandra Bonner

Other key lawyers:Alison Downie; Clare Gilroy-Scott; Katee Dias


'The team is open, honest and pleasant to deal with. They always provide sound advice and spend time thinking through the problems both from a legal and commercial point of view.'

'Katee Dias is an exceptionally professional and knowledgeable team member. She displayed a sensible, pragmatic approach and also delivered a great result for me.'

'The team is efficient, well-led and a pleasure to work with. They give advice that is commercial and practical but also well researched and legally savvy. The partners are fully engaged and hands-on and all members of the team (down to trainee level) contribute well.'

'Clare Gilroy-Scott is an excellent lawyer. She cares about her clients and maintains excellent relationships with them, whilst taking a careful and pragmatic approach to achieving realistic outcomes. She is a good lead partner and her trainees and associates work well with her.'

'Alexandra Bonner is a very experienced and commercially astute partner who is very good at making judgement calls during litigation. She is enjoyable to work with and excellent at dealing with the tactical issues that arise in employee competition cases. She runs a happy and efficient team.'

Key Clients

The Restaurant Group plc

John Frieda Salons

Yale University Press London

International Psychoanalytical Association

Forgerock Limited

Thrombosis Research Institute

Legg Mason & Co UK Limited

Biscuit Filmworks UK Limited

International Planned Parenthood Federation

The Borrow Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising John Frieda Salons on various employment issues.
  • Advising Yale University Press London on employment issues such as GDPR and compliance.
  • Advising Topbrief Limited (25 Bedford Row Chambers' related service company) on various employment matters.
  • Advising Forgerock Limited on various employment matters.
  • Advising Thrombosis Research Institute on various employment matters.

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP's contentious practice advises property owners, developers, contractors and consultants. The team is led by Richard Bailey who 'immediately understands the issues' and Tim Mould, who 'provides robust and honest advice'. Bailey has expertise in multiparty litigation, and recently took the lead on a £4m claim against an American university. Mould provides advice on contentious matter relating to residential developments, hotels and power stations.

Practice head(s):Richard Bailey; Tim Mould


'An excellent focus, especially for contractor clients looking for a combination of expertise and value for money.'

'Quick to respond, confident and sharp appraisal of matters.'

'Well resourced with highly experienced practitioners who understand the position of a client.'

'Richard Bailey immediately understands the issues in a case, both substantive and procedural, and is able to run a team accordingly to great effect.'

'Richard Bailey has a real industry profile and understands the client's commercial drivers.'

'Nick Cook is bright, able, hard working.'

'Tim Mould is professional at all times. He absorbs information quickly and produces a lot of material of high quality.'

'Tim Mould understands the needs of a client and without exception provides robust and honest advice.'

Key Clients

Essex Services Group

Stephenson Group

West Country Renovations

Modus Workspace

Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Grandlane Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising on a claim against an American university regarding non-payment for development work.
  • Representing client in substantial adjudication regarding unpaid fees and follow up Part 8 jurisdictional challenge to the adjudicator’s jurisdiction and further court enforcement proceedings.
  • Advising regarding claims for extensions of time and loss and expense received from contractor of large London development.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick LLP advises construction clients involved in the procurement, design and delivery of high-profile building and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally, across sectors including transport, energy, power, leisure, residential and retail. Tom Pemberton has a track record of work with clients in the healthcare, hotels, housing and leisure sectors, while Tim Mould is another key member of the team, advising on projects in relation to schools, defence facilities and stadiums.

Other key lawyers:Tom Pemberton; Tim Mould

Key Clients

Alfa Laval

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP

With expertise in the residential and commercial property sectors, Goodman Derrick LLP provides 'valuable advice' to clients, including retail chains, property developers, investors and high-net-worth individuals, on leasehold enfranchisement issues and matters arising from the management of residential blocks, including service charges, restrictive covenants, dilapidation claims and boundary disputes, among others. Craig Walker heads the team and has particular expertise in commercial and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):Craig Walker

Other key lawyers:Deborah Rider; Paul McAndrews


'Supports clients with enthusiasm and always strives for positive outcomes.'

Key Clients

Game Retail


Simmons Bars

FBN Bank (UK)


Work highlights

  • The team handles all of Game Retail’s lease renewal work concerning properties within its portfolio including associated disputes.
  • Assisting the training provider QA with various disputes arising from its commercial property portfolio.
  • Assisting Simmons Bars with all its contentious issues arising from its property portfolio while also providing support with applications for premises licences and licence variation hearings.
  • Acted for the leasehold owners of a property in London W18 in First Tier Property Tribunal lease extensive hearings with their landlord.

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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's 'fast and efficient' team has 'many years of experience in dealing with media matters and the partners are straightforward'. It excels across advertising, marketing, film, TV and publishing work. The advertising and marketing team is noted for its experience across broadcast and VOD advertising law and regulation. The film and TV team has production and financing experience; it advised the estate of PL Travers on its negotiations with Disney for the release of the Mary Poppins Returns film. The firm is noted for its corporate and M&A work for media clients, and it also has competition and regulatory experience in the media and sports sectors. Defamation and media disputes are also a core strength of the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Herbert

Other key lawyers:Edward Hoare; Stephen Hornsby; Clive Ince; Tanya Shillingford; Keith Northrop


Stephen Hornsby deals with regulatory issues with palpable enthusiasm and great clarity of expression.

Edward Hoare provides sharp legal analysis.

Key Clients

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)


Readers Digest

Office of The Adjudicator for Broadcast Transmission Services

Bridget Riley

Pavilion Books

The Estate of PL Travers

Calismake Film

Zeno Agency

Think Make Create

Work highlights

  • The team advises the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on various classifications, policy and commercial issues. It also provided advice concerning the BBFC’s proposed designation as the Age Verification Regulator under the Digital Economy Bill.
  • Advised TVT on various contractual agreements with broadcasters.
  • The team advised Readers Digest throughout  2018 on publication and content issues.
  • The team advises the Office of the Adjudicator for Broadcast Transmission Services (OTA-BTS) on regulatory and contractual matters.
  • The team advises on Bridget Riley on IP and contractual issues.

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