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The leading independent legal directories have widely recommended Goodman Derrick's lawyers and team

Goodman Derrick has once again received a raft of recommendations in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, the leading independent legal research directories.

Through their primary research and interviews with clients of top tier law firm the legal directories provide valuable insight into legal expertise, service levels and capability.

The recommendations come hot on the heels of wide-ranging recommendations for our private wealth services in Spears 500 and Stephanie Brobbey’s listing in eprivateclient's 2020 Top 35 Under 35, the definitive guide to the new generation of private client practitioners in the UK.

Research Highlights

“A large proportion of the [corporate] group's deals have an international scope, and the team is particularly experienced in transactions with elements in the US and France.” 

“I have found them all to be a friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, efficient and well respected bunch of professionals.”

‘We dealt with Tanya Shillingford who we found to be extremely helpful, pragmatic and efficient in providing us with the specialist advice we needed and would not hesitate in recommending her to others.’

“Goodman Derrick has a finely tuned [construction] practice covering all aspects of the legal market and, to my mind, are outstanding in the construction non-contentious marketplace.”

“Richard Bailey is an outstanding tactician and strategist and has the tact and diplomatic skills needed to provide outstanding service to their clients.”

"We love Simon [Mapstone], we completely adore him. He is wonderful to have on the other side of a transaction and I am so pleased to see him. He is calm in transactions and very charming."

"[Chris Langan] is incredibly thorough and very strong technically. He just knows the development market and how these deals go."

“Goodman Derrick LLP has impressive experience across the film, television and broadcasting and publishing industries.”

 

Summary of results

Chambers & Partners – Real Estate, Mainly Mid-Market – Tier 3 

Full-service firm that provides leasing, structuring and transactional advice to a wide range of clients including developers, investors and high net worth individuals. Areas of focus include the retail, hotels and leisure, and luxury residential property sectors. Regularly advises clients with substantial property portfolios on strategic investments as well as ongoing asset management.

Strengths: One client describes the firm as "excellent" and appreciates that "they are always there to answer my queries."

Work highlights: Acted for a consortium of six independent owners of industrial units looking to collaborate and pool their land interests to form a large development site in South East London.

Notable practitioners: Christopher Langan focuses his practice on commercial real estate, advising on development and investment transactions as well as joint venture formation. A source remarks: "He is incredibly thorough and very strong technically," adding: "He just knows the development market and how these deals go."

 

Chambers – Simon Mapstone – Real Estate High Value Residential – Tier 1

Simon Mapstone of Goodman Derrick LLP is "a legend," according to one legal expert. He has a wide range of experience assisting clients with high-value property transactions, including secured lending and development matters. A peer enthuses: "We love Simon, we completely adore him. He is wonderful to have on the other side of a transaction and I am so pleased to see him. He is calm in transactions and very charming." The peer continues: "No matter what is going on, you always end up getting the deal done with Simon - he is absolutely top-class." An estate agent comments: "He works very hard and he works very quickly. You can always reach him and he is incredibly responsive," adding: "He is the most pragmatic person I know."

 

Chambers – Paul Herbert – Media & Entertainment, Film & TV, Band 3

Paul Herbert advises broadcasters, digital media platforms, production companies and regulators on all facets of audio visual content licensing and regulation. A source says: "He has a good niche in broadcast technology."

Chambers – Construction, Purchaser – Recognised Practitioner

Chambers – Employment, Employer – Recognised Practitioner

 

Legal 500 – Media & Entertainment (Including Media Finance) – Tier 2 

Goodman Derrick LLP has impressive experience across the film, television and broadcasting and publishing industries. The group is led by commercial and regulatory expert Paul Herbert, who counts broadcasters, production companies, digital publishers, literary agents and advertising and communications companies among his clients. Keith Northrop assists film and TV production clients with a range of matters, while, in the publishing sector, Clive Ince is a name to note for contentious matters with experience advising publishers, editors and authors on clearance and risk management issues. The group also handles financing and M&A transactions in the media sector, for which Tanya Shillingford and Edward Hoare are the respective contacts to note.

 

Legal 500 – M&A: Smaller Deals, up to £50m – Tier 3

Goodman Derrick LLP represents corporates and individual owners operating in the firm's core sectors, which include the publishing, media and entertainment, technology, hospitality and leisure, real estate, construction and professional services industries. A large proportion of the group's deals have an international scope, and the team is particularly experienced in transactions with elements in the US and France. Tanya Shillingford leads the practice and undertakes the full range of corporate and commercial work including M&A, joint ventures and other commercial agreements. Edward Hoare is a name to note for his work in the TMT sector, while Paul Webb has significant experience in the cleantech sector.

‘I have met many of the partners and staff of Goodman & Derrick and have found them all to be a friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, efficient and well respected bunch of professionals.‘

‘We dealt with Tanya Shillingford who we found to be extremely helpful, pragmatic and efficient in providing us with the specialist advice we needed and would not hesitate in recommending her to others.’

 

Legal 500 – Construction: Contentious – Tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP's contentious construction practitioners are active on adjudications, litigation and ICC arbitrations, providing the full range of dispute resolution services to clients. In recent years the firm has looked to increase it focus on international arbitration by building its links with firms in jurisdictions including Germany, where it has connections with Munich-based firm TopJus. Richard Bailey is noted for his experience in multi-party litigation in the TCC.

Other key lawyers: Kieran Fano

 

Legal 500 – Construction: Non-Contentious – Tier 5

Goodman Derrick LLP possesses 'a finely tuned practice, covering all aspects of the market.' It is led by Richard Bailey who is 'peerless in giving sound advice' to developers, major contractors and sub-contractors on matters such as the construction of sports stadiums, data centres and residential developments. Tom Pemberton is active in the procurement, design and delivery of building and infrastructure projects in the UK.

‘Goodman Derrick has a finely tuned practice covering all aspects of the legal market and, to my mind, are outstanding in the construction non-contentious marketplace. They are easy to approach and always a pleasure to deal with and have the in-depth knowledge of the law and business practices needed to fully serve their clientele.’

Richard Bailey is an outstanding tactician and strategist and has the tact and diplomatic skills needed to provide outstanding service to their clients. He is a real pleasure to work with and is peerless in giving sound advice – his knowledge of the legal nuances in his practice areas is at the highest levels.’

 

Spears 500 500 – John Downing – Residential Property

“‘Goodman Derrick provides a full service to sophisticated individuals, their families and their businesses,’ adds Downing – who is and is well known within the sector for having a pragmatic and clear approach to complex issues.” https://500.spearswms.com/2020/john-downing-2

 

Spears 500 – Simon Mapstone – Residential Property

“Mapstone is widely recommended in the legal press as an established property lawyer who brings humour and charm to his work.” https://500.spearswms.com/2020/simon-mapstone-2

 

Spears 500 – Stephanie Brobbey - TTP

“Brobbey advises on a range of issues, including philanthropy. She says real alternatives to charitable giving have emerged that can create more impact, offer anonymity and decrease the administrative burden.” https://500.spearswms.com/2020/stephanie-brobbey

 

Spears 500 - Nigel Adams - Collector Cars

“A personal interest in classic car marques has prepared him for navigating an industry in which problems can often arise.” https://500.spearswms.com/2020/nigel-adams-4

 

Spears 500 - Damen Bennion - Collector Cars

“Today, perhaps more than ever, those involved in collector car transactions are concerned about title, provenance and the authenticity of the vehicles that they are involved in – and these are all areas in which Goodman Derrick has deep experience.” https://500.spearswms.com/2020/damen-bennion-3

 

For more information

Please contact James Caulfield, Head of Business Development, using +44 (0)20 7421 7968 or jcaulfield@gdlaw.co.uk.

Goodman Derrick LLP

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 lead 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