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DWFM Beckman

Employment: senior executives Tier 4

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, which includes Naylah Hamour and Sharokh Koussari, 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.’

Family Tier 4

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

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

DWFM Beckman's media and entertainment practice, led by Irving David, 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

Commercial litigation Tier 7

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 DionissiouElizabeth Johnson, Sharokh Koussari and Colin Jaque.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bridson

Other key lawyers:


.The team are available and responsive at all hours and are able to directly help and/or bring in other specialists for any given situation.’

‘A strong, commercially savvy and formidable practice. There is a real emphasis on commercial acumen and ‘knowing your clients’ business’. The fee earners I have worked with have displayed a keen eye for detail; tireless determination to advance their clients’ interests as forcefully as possibly and consummate professionalism. In my view, DWFM Beckman punches above its weight in terms of market position. Very straightforward and commercial legal advice.’

‘Knowledgeable, very proactive and reassuring with clients and always well prepared.’

‘A boutique firm that is commercial and flexible regarding strategies and fees.’

‘There is a combination of factors which make DWFM Beckman unique amongst the legal practices of which I have experience. Firstly, all the people at DWFM Beckman with whom I have interacted appear genuinely happy at work and are clearly valued by the firm. Staff morale appears high and I always sense a good atmosphere within the workplace. The client really is at the heart of everything they do and there is a collective appreciation of that within the practice. A ‘one team’ ethos is apparent, which contributes to excellent service delivery to their clients.’

‘Demetris Dionissiou always goes the extra mile for his clients, leaving no stone unturned. He has good commercial sense and an enviable litigation manner.’

‘A great team with a diverse set of specialisms.’

‘Elizabeth Johnson is always calm, collected and her attention to detail is second to none.’

‘Demetris Dionissiou, is a talented lawyer. He has a sharp intellect and is commercially astute. He is a pleasure to deal with and thoroughly professional at all times. All in all, a formidable lawyer.’

‘Elizabeth Johnson is a very hard worker, always on top of the issues and very reactive to the client’s concerns and demands. She keeps her cool under pressure.’

‘Elizabeth Johnson is a true role model for her staff. She is a people person and has a natural rapport with her clients. She recognises that clients can view the legal process differently and also be affected by it differently. She empowers her clients to make informed decisions at each stage of their client journey. She has the ability to explain seemingly impenetrable legal terminology in simple terms for her clients to understand and time after time I have witnessed her demonstrate clear thinking and technical brilliance. She is an excellent ambassador for her firm and her profession.’

‘Elizabeth Johnson is smart and on the ball. She is a strong litigator, excellent negotiator and mediator and picks up quickly on a client’s commercial and personal considerations. Brilliantly strategic in her thinking, diplomatic and smooth. She makes her clients feel safe.’

‘Claire Lyon stands out for being hardworking and focused on achieving a client’s objective.’

‘Sharokh Koussari is a wise and measured litigator with commercial sensitivity and business acumen. He knows when to fight and when to negotiate a settlement and excels in both.’

This prominent Central London firm with international reach provides a high-quality service for both business and private clients. Expertise includes corporate and commercial law, employment, dispute resolution and arbitration law, media, matrimonial and family law, wealth protection and private client work and real estate with a particular focus on property finance work with an award winning bridging finance team.

The firm: The origins of the firm go back to the mid-1950s, but it was created in its present form through a merger between DFM Beckman and David Wineman and then in 2017 between DWFM Beckman and Aubrey David solicitors. It is known for providing incisive advice and robust representation with the aim of always attempting to exceed client expectations.

The success of the practice is reflected in its thriving representation of UK and overseas clients in sectors ranging from manufacturing and retail to media and finance. Major clients include a high profile US fashion designer; a European government in respect of global litigation; parties to extremely high-value divorce-related cases. and a leading UK private equity firm.

The firm anticipates clients’ requirements in a consistent way, gaining an understanding of their aims in order to provide cost-effective solutions.

As a member of the International Practice Group, a global association of independent lawyers, accountants and tax advisers, DWFM Beckman is equipped to provide expert legal, accounting and tax advice across the world. DWFM Beckman is also accredited with Lexcel, the Law Society’s international practice management standard, which is a hallmark of the highest management and customer care standards.

Developments in the past year include the arrival of Seena Williams as a new   Associate specialising in commercial property and Alexandra Gee, an Assistant in the property litigation and Alex Gerver, joining as a Consultant in the commercial team.

Types of work undertaken: The practice advises across the broad spectrum of corporate work including private M&As, joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructuring as well as on partnerships, LLPs and related matters. Many transactions have a multi-jurisdictional focus.

DWFM Beckman excels in dispute resolution in all its forms, acting for corporate and private clients, many of which are based overseas. While the firm’s first objective is to defuse disagreement, where necessary it takes decisive action to advance clients’ interests. Expertise ranges from commercial contract disputes to landlord and tenant cases, civil fraud and asset tracing.

Employment services include interviewing and recruitment, drafting employment contracts, disciplinary proceedings and dismissals as well as trade union disputes. For employees, services range from discrimination and whistleblowing to TUPE issues and post-termination restrictions. The employment team has been rated within the top 200 UK teams by the Times Best Law Firms 2019.

Specialist services are provided in the hospitality, leisure and medical facility sectors and all aspects of private client law.

The firm is recognised internationally as a leading player in media law. Expertise includes representing musicians, songwriters, actors, writers, television production companies, concert promoters, booking agents and others in matters ranging from recording and songwriting contracts to live engagement, sponsorship and book publishing agreements.

Niche expertise is provided in deposition services for US clients.

Family law is a particularly strong specialism covering pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, children issues, separation agreements and high net worth financial matters, as well as jurisdictional issues.

Wealth protection and private client services include tax planning and trusts involving overseas, as well as UK, assets and powers of attorney, probate and administration issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner and Corporate Tony Mead 020 7408 8888
Managing Partner Peter Bridson 020 7408 8888
Employment Elizabeth Johnson 020 7408 8888
Company commercial Tony Mead 020 7408 8888
Residential conveyancing Miles Fish 020 7408 8888
Matrimonial Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui 020 7408 8888
Media Irving David 020 7408 8888
Wealth protection Rashid Azizi 020 7408 8888
Commercial Property and Property Finance Miles Fish 020 7408 8888
Property Litigation and Insolvency Demetris Dionissiou 020 7408 8888
Dispute Resolution Peter Bridson 020 7408 8888
Mediation Elizabeth Johnson 020 7408 8888
Deposition Taking for US Proceedings Elizabeth Johnson 020 7408 8888
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rashid Azizi  photo Rashid Azizi Rashid joined the Wealth Management and Private Client team in November 2018 as…
 Diana Bastow  photo Diana Bastow Diana qualified as a solicitor with DWFM Beckman and joined the family…
 Maria Boccali-Vine  photo Maria Boccali-Vine Maria is instructed by property investment companies, property developers, retailers and private…
 Peter Bridson  photo Peter Bridson Managing partner and head of dispute resolution. Peter is an experienced litigator…
 Honey Dave  photo Honey Dave Honey joined the Real Estate team as a Senior Associate having previously…
 Demetris Dionissiou  photo Demetris Dionissiou Demetris joined DWFM Beckman’s litigation department as a partner in 2013 and is…
 Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui  photo Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui Sofia is a leading matrimonial lawyer and specialises in complex and substantial…
 Miles Fish  photo Miles Fish Miles joined DWFM Beckman’s Real Estate Team in 2013 and became a Partner…
 Naylah Hamour  photo Naylah Hamour Naylah is an experienced employment and commercial litigator representing both businesses and…
 Colin Jaque  photo Colin Jaque Throughout his legal career, Colin has worked as a litigator conducting mainly…
 Elizabeth Johnson  photo Elizabeth Johnson EmploymentElizabeth heads the Employment Team at DWFM Beckman. She acts for both…
 Sharokh Koussari  photo Sharokh Koussari Sharokh represents a broad range of UK and overseas corporate clients, entrepreneur…
 Claire Lyon  photo Claire Lyon Claire is an experienced property litigator within the dispute resolution department.  She…
 David Maxwell  photo David Maxwell David is a Senior Associate specialising in Wills, probate, trusts and powers…
 Louise Rogers photo Louise Rogers Louise joined the firm’s Employment team in early 2012 and was made…
 Jayesh Soni  photo Jayesh Soni Jayesh is a Senior Associate solicitor within the real estate and property…
 Joshua Steinhaus  photo Joshua Steinhaus Joshua is an experienced property partner and advises on the most complex…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13