2012 Review

2012 has been a great year for everyone associated with London. The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was the success that we all hoped it would be and it provided an opportunity for everyone to step-back from daily life and admire the best of human endeavour and achievement. The Queen’s Jubilee was also a fitting precursor to the Games with the final concert on the Mall providing some truly memorable moments. We are also rightly proud of the infrastructure and businesses that are being built in London, with new rail links connecting previously distant parts of London; the Shard (the tallest building in Europe at 95 stories) being declared open with a spectacular laser show; and Tech City, the media and technology development hub, taking shape in the east of the City, to name but a few. We might even cautiously herald the first real green shoots in our economy, following December’s encouraging employment figures.

Goodman Derrick – proud to be based in the heart of the City

Goodman Derrick are proud to be based in the heart of the City from where we have been providing high-quality and sophisticated legal advice to our clients for over 50 years. We are also proud to be acting for so many successful companies and individuals; we continue to work for FTSE-listed, national and international businesses, including many household names. We have always been careful to nurture our client relationships and to provide a service that is genuinely tailored and personal to our clients’ needs; we believe that this is why our clients stay with us and why the majority of our new business comes from recommendations from our existing clients.

Investing in our service

The last 12 months has seen Goodman Derrick carefully invest and develop. Our objective when we set out on this project was to be even better positioned to help our clients as they deal with evermore complex regulations and laws as they seek to grow their businesses profitably.

Growing our partner team

Our most significant investments have been in talented lawyers, with several senior hires into our Dispute Resolution and Corporate practices.

Stephen Hornsby has joined as a partner from Davenport Lyons in our dispute resolution department. Stephen is a very experienced competition and regulatory lawyer (both contentious and non contentious) with particular experience in the media and sports sectors.  He recently led a major judicial review against Ofcom for a commercial broadcaster which was settled on a satisfactory basis.

Edward Hoare joined from Charles Russell, Edward is a partner specialising in a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity. His experience across all aspects of corporate finance is complemented by his specialist knowledge of the media and publishing industries.  

Simon McLeod joined from Bird & Bird. Simon specialises in mainstream corporate and finance, operating in the middle market on deals typically up to £100 million. He works on private and public M&A, capital markets, joint ventures, private equity and finance and general commercial advice. He typically advises clients who are in the chemicals, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Finally, Paul Webb joined the firm from Taylor Wessing.  He has wide experience in representing corporate and individual clients in relation to commercial transactions including M&A, corporate reorganisations and equity fund raising. He acts for clients from a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular focus on the technology and cleantech sectors.

As well as our new partners we have also welcomed experienced solicitor Tristan Mutimer to our corporate practice. We are also delighted that all three of our 2010 cohort of trainees have been retained by the firm.

Our strategy has always been to recruit the brightest and best legal talent available and we are very pleased to have achieved our goal of developing our practice in 2012.

Partner news

Our partners and consultants also continue to lead the way in their specialist areas. Patrick Swaffer has been appointment as President of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC); Alison Downie, Head of Employment, chaired and spoke at the Law Society’s national HR Forum 2012, a fantastic endorsement from her peers in the legal profession; Stephen Hornsby was a leading adviser with Levy & McRae in the recent Competition Commission investigation into the merger of McGill’s and Arriva buses, which was cleared; Paul Herbert continues to be invited to speak at various specialist conferences relating to new media and technology; and our corporate team, led by Simon McLeod advised Titan International, Inc. on its public takeover offer for Titan Europe Plc for a price of £118 million and an associated enterprise value of the target company of £275 million. We will continue to update you with relevant news and appointments in 2013.

New office space

We are also very pleased to have moved to new and bigger office space in 2012. We are now based at 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD. Our new space provides us with a bright and modern base from which to serve our clients and provides space for further expansion.

Strong legal network

2012 has also seen us renew associations with Levy & McRae in Scotland and the many other members of the Legal Network Alliance around the globe. These carefully managed associations have helped a number of our clients achieve their goals as they seek trusted local legal advice in the many corners of the globe where they do business.

We have felt privileged to be working in London in 2012. The City has been the focus for so much positivity and endeavour. We hope you have enjoyed the year as much as we have and we wish all of our clients and our wider network a merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.