Media's bright lights shine for Hepworth

Leading libel lawyer Brian Hepworth and his assistant are leaving Goodman Derrick to set up their own media practice with prominent film and TV IP lawyer Michael Henry.

Hepworth joined Goodmans only 18 months ago from Mishcon de Reya. He said: “I noticed as soon as I joined Goodmans that it was not quite the same. At Mishcons I was building up a litigation practice. It’s already here in Goodman Derrick. There’s not really the room here to expand my own practice.”

Henry, a leading media lawyer, left Nicholson Graham & Jones two-and-a-half years ago to set up his own practice Michael Henry & Co which he will merge with Hepworth to form Henry Hepworth.

“Brian approached me,” said Henry. “I already knew of him because he and I both have a similar blue chip client base.” He said the combination of his media IP expertise and Hepworth’s contentious media experience would be unique. His assistant Gill Thomas would be joining him in the new firm.

Hepworth’s assistant, Jason McCue, will become a partner in the new firm, which will be based at a Georgian town house on John Street WC1, not far from Chancery Lane – but the lease has yet to be signed. The team intend to launch the new firm in April or May.

Hepworth is currently acting for the National Inquirer magazine against hypnotist Paul McKenna and for the Mirror against former player and football manager Lou Macari.