Goodman Derrick Appears In The Top Ranks Of Chambers Again

The latest edition of Chambers, the independent guide to the legal profession, has just been published. Goodman Derrick has been recognized and praised for its expertise and once again the firm appears in the upper rankings.

In the media sector, the firm is acknowledged as "extremely user-friendly, pragmatic and competitive."  The team receives considerable praise for its in-depth knowledge of broadcasting regulation and film classification, and for its client service: "They’re easy-going, accessible and approachable." It represented the ITV minorities and S4C in their respective negotiations with the BBC for the launch of HDTV on Freeview.

As regards client service, Chambers quotes one of our clients who says "We use them because of their personal touch in media – they treat clients individually. They're not complacent or pushy, and they send us a good informative monthly media bulletin."

Chambers notes that Alison Downie, Head of Goodman Derrick’s employment team is “held in the highest regard by commentators. Her commerciality is singled out for particular praise: "With a sound business head, she is outcome-focused and sensitive to the needs of her clients."

The guide also acknowledges other Goodman Derrick practitioners:

"Paul Herbert, who appears in the top band of film and media lawyers "is highly regarded for his digital, content and compliance expertise in broadcasting. He acted for Mina Media in negotiations with MTV Europe for the multi-platform launch of the MTV service across the former Yugoslavia".

Patrick Swaffer "has a natural understanding of broadcast issues." He has expertise in regulatory, content and contractual matters affecting TV and film. Clients note that Swaffer is "a good person to have on your side when the going gets rough."

Deborah Rider is especially praised for her litigation skills in the media sphere: "She's very thorough and good with detail."