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Goodman Derrick has been recommended in its core practice areas by Legal 500 in the latest round of client research

The leading independent legal directory Legal 500 has once again recommended Goodman Derrick as a leading law firm following their wide ranging client research. The directory provides valuable annual insight into the legal expertise, service levels and capability of leading London law firms.

Research highlights

Recommended for Corporate M&A, London

With a wide-ranging sector focus and emphasis on cross-border work, Goodman Derrick LLP routinely advises emerging private businesses, publicly listed companies and entrepreneurs on the full gamut of corporate transactions. Steered by practice head and media specialist Tanya Shillingford, the team has handled an increasing volume of M&A. Edward Hoare is a driving force behind the team's transatlantic deals, while technology lead Paul Webb  receives instructions from fast-growth companies. Dominic Prentis leads on deals for various European and North African clients, and Joanna Higton is a highly experienced corporate lawyer with significant experience in mergers, takeovers and equity investments. Jessica Nugent is also recommended.

Clients also say:

“The team seems to punch above their weight and are very responsive. Even if you have a small deal they treat you like an important client.”

“I have worked with Tanya Shillingford for over 20 years: very competent and very focused.”

Recommended lawyers: Tanya Shillingford, Edward Hoare, Paul Webb, Dominic Prentis, Joanna Higton, Jessica Nugent


Recommended for Commercial Litigation, London

Goodman Derrick LLP's strengths in litigation are complemented by its team's experience of alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as negotiation and arbitration.

Clients also say:

“All members of the team have an attention to detail that is second to none.”

“The knowledge, professionalism and total understanding of cases make this firm stand out from the rest.”

“The firm’s correspondence and response times are excellent – we have not received such good service before.”

Recommended lawyers: Nigel Adams, Craig Walker, Dan Dodman, Jonathan Cole


Recommended for Commercial Property, London

Fielding a team that is ‘highly focused on client support’, Goodman Derrick LLP is engaged in a broad variety of corporate occupier matters, including lease renewals, variation and surrenders, dilapidations and rent reviews. Dominic Whelan, who has notable expertise in pre-lets, leads the department. He is particularly knowledgeable about the retail, leisure and PRS fields.

Clients also say:

“The strongest point I would say is the ease of personal contact and approachability. Too many times in the past with other firms I would become frustrated waiting for an email reply or a call back.”


Recommended for Property Disputes, London

Goodman Derrick LLP specialises in commercial property disputes, particularly those arising from the management of property portfolios, but the team is also experienced in development-related work. Its practice covers a wide range of landlord and tenant matters, such as lease renewal claims, dilapidations and rent arrears, alongside boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and easements.

Clients also say:

“Craig Walker leads a highly effective property litigation team which is particularly experienced in dealing with construction disputes. The team is pragmatic and easy to work with from top to bottom.”

“Craig Walker is an excellent lawyer and a brilliant communicator who keeps clients on-side throughout the inevitable ups-and-downs of litigation.”

“Good at adapting legal advice to the circumstances (budget and knowledge) of the client. A two-way process where they listened as well as advised.”

For further information

James Caulfield, Head of Business Development, Goodman Derrick LLP at jcaulfield@gdlaw.co.uk or on +44 (0)7815 846 124

Goodman Derrick LLP

  • A London law firm focused on delivering an exceptional service to ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs
  • 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