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Goodman Derrick LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

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

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

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

Licensing Tier 4

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


Construction: contentious Tier 5

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

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

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.

Property litigation Tier 5

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)


Commercial litigation Tier 7

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:


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

Employment: employers Tier 7

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:


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

Goodman Derrick is a leading commercial law firm in the City of London.

We are recognised for providing first class legal advice across a range of practice areas and for our distinctive, client-focused service.

Our distinction lies in our ability to:

  • align ourselves with our clients and their objectives
  • win and maintain our clients’ trust
  • deliver the right answers in the right way

Key Facts

  • 25 partners leading a team of over 100
  • Recognised as a Top 10 UK Firm for client service in The Legal 500’s Client Service Awards 2019
  • Recommended as a leading law firm in key practices by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
  • An adviser to FTSE-listed, national and international businesses, including many household names
  • A member of Legal Netlink, a network of independent medium-sized law firms, please see our international page for more information
  • Founded in 1954 by Lord Goodman and established as a limited liability partnership in 2006

Types of work undertaken:

Specialist lawyers advise in relation to commercial, corporate, construction, data protection, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, licensing, real estate (commercial property, development and investment, dispute resolution and property finance),

Goodman Derrick also provides advice to individuals in relation to residential property, collector cars, family law and wills, trusts and probate matters.

Sector experience includes automotive, charities, collector cars, construction,  hospitality and leisure, media, publishing, recruitment, retail, sport and technology. The firm also maintains a French Desk.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Edward Hoare +44 (0)207 421 7974
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nigel Adams  photo Nigel Adams Partner
 Richard Bailey  photo Richard Bailey Partner
 Damen Bennion  photo Damen Bennion Partner
 Alexandra Bonner  photo Alexandra Bonner Partner
 Ian Bradshaw  photo Ian Bradshaw Ian’s areas of legal expertise include all matters relating to private client…
 Simon Catt  photo Simon Catt Consultant
 James Daglish  photo James Daglish Partner
 Alison Downie  photo Alison Downie Consultant
 John Downing  photo John Downing Partner
 Clare Gilroy-Scott  photo Clare Gilroy-Scott Partner
 Gregor Hamlen  photo Gregor Hamlen Partner
 Paul Herbert  photo Paul Herbert Partner
 Joanna Higton  photo Joanna Higton Partner
 Edward Hoare  photo Edward Hoare Senior Partner
 Clive Ince  photo Clive Ince Partner
 Clare Jeffries  photo Clare Jeffries Partner
 Mark Kendrick  photo Mark Kendrick Partner
 Chris Langan  photo Chris Langan Partner
 Simon Mapstone  photo Simon Mapstone Consultant
 Jessica Nugent  photo Jessica Nugent Partner
 Tom Pemberton  photo Tom Pemberton Partner
 Dominic Prentis  photo Dominic Prentis Partner
 Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera  photo Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera Partner
 Tanya Shillingford  photo Tanya Shillingford Partner
 Craig Walker  photo Craig Walker Partner
 Paul Webb  photo Paul Webb Partner
 Dominic Whelan  photo Dominic Whelan Partner
 Fiona Wilson  photo Fiona Wilson Partner
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50
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