Goodman Derrick

Goodman Derrick is a City of London law firm with a team of more than 90, managed by 29 partners, organised into specialist practice and sector groups.

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Goodman Derrick is a City of London law firm with a team of more than 90, managed by 29 partners, organised into specialist practice and sector groups. The firm is:

  • A recognised adviser to FTSE-listed, national and international businesses, including many household names
  • Recommended as a leading law firm in key practices by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500
  • A member of the worldwide Legal Netlink Association, a network of independent law firms and associated with Levy & McRae, leading Scottish solicitors

Practice groups

  • Commercial
  • Competition and Regulatory
  • Corporate
  • Data Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Private Client & Family
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Dispute Resolution

Sector groups

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Charities
  • Construction
  • Film & TV Production
  • Franchising
  • Heritage Property
  • Hotels
  • Licensing
  • Publishing
  • Recruitment
  • Retail
  • Sport
  • Technology

Our advertising team is comprised of lawyers from most of our sector groups within the firm, including broadcasting, film and television, as well as from our corporate, employment and dispute resolution teams. Our specialist legal knowledge and experience in all areas of the media industry add value to players in the advertising industry. For more information on advertising click here.

Our media team is highly regarded within the industry. Our broadcasting practice is one of the firm’s cornerstones. With almost 50 years’ experience and an impressive and long-standing list of clients, we are at the forefront of the broadcast and digital media sectors. We act for various platform operators, broadcasters, production companies and associated entities. For more information on broadcasting click here.

We deal with all aspects of charities and in particular can advise on:

  • The setting up and registration of charities. Are the proposed objects charitable? What form should a charity take — trust, company or other legal entity?
  • The responsibilities and duties of trustees
  • Legitimate trading activities for charities or whether a separate trading company is more appropriate
  • Scope and suitability of investment powers, including the delegation of investment management accounting procedures
  • Tax-effective giving to charities
  • Dealing with the Charity Commission, including applications for schemes to extend the objects or increase administrative powers
  • Charity commission inquiries
  • General commercial and operational advice, for example in relation to employment and property matters
  • Buying and selling investment and functional properties

For more information on charities click here.

Collector cars
Martin Emmison specialises in transactions and disputes in the field of collectors’ cars. Emmison’s niche practice deals with domestic and cross-border purchases and sales and exchanges of expensive vehicles, including issues of title, provenance, deferred payment and security, import, taxation and registration. The resolution of disputes often relates to transactions that were not properly documented and disputes about dual-identity cars, replicas, fakes and recreations and problems arising from restoration and race preparation. For more information on collector cars click here.

We take pride in our ability to offer practical solutions that draw upon our specialist knowledge of the construction industry. In recent years, Goodman Derrick has developed a strong cross-departmental construction group providing contentious and non-contentious services to property owners, developers, contractors and consultants. We provide a seamless service for each project, working with our clients to achieve agreed objectives. Each client receives the personal attention of a senior member of our construction team who will, where necessary, work closely with colleagues across specialist disciplines such as property and corporate services. For more information on construction click here.

Film and TV production
We have a wealth of experience in the practicalities of the whole process of film and television development, finance and production, from the securing of initial rights through to the complexities of distribution. We understand the problems faced by producers and financiers when dealing with the day-to-day pressures of the industry. In particular, we appreciate that negotiations and agreements must be dealt with effectively and efficiently within the restraints of the production timetable. For more information on film and TV production click here.

Only a handful of solicitors firms in UK are able to offer the depth of expertise and experience, both domestically and internationally, as Goodman Derrick in association with David Bigmore. We will settle the form of your franchise agreement, either for your new venture or where an update is required. If you are an overseas franchisor coming to the UK, we will advise on your master franchise, development agreement or joint venture agreement. If you are a UK franchisor, we can advise you and provide an all-round service to take you overseas. If you wish to sell your business or your company or buy a franchising business, we will provide a speedy, personalised and cost-effective service. Where matters turn contentious, we have long experience in franchising disputes. Our responsibility in such situations is to achieve our clients’ objectives by the most cost-effective and least time-consuming route available. That may require the use of alternative remedies when appropriate — negotiation, arbitration or mediation. For more information on franchising click here.

We have acted for clients in the hotel and restaurant sector for many years and therefore have an exceptional insight into the legal issues that our clients face when running their businesses. In this particular sector, almost all of the firm’s services are brought into play as part of advising our hotel and restaurant clients. For more information on hotels click here.

We are proud that, among the chaos of the transition from the old regime to the new rules brought about by the Licensing Act 2003, we ensured business continuity for all our clients in the sector. Our expertise also encompasses more specialist licensing areas, advising clients on the range of licences they need to conduct their leisure business, from food licences to special treatment licences for the fitness and beauty sectors. The vast majority of our clients are licence holders, ranging from an international hotel chain through to sole-trader restaurant and bar owners. On the other side of the fence, we also act for individuals blighted by badly run licensed premises, which gives us a 360º understanding of licensing issues. Our approach is to take from our clients the burden of what can sometimes seem to be a bewildering maze of licensing requirements, to ensure that they are properly licensed and can focus on running their businesses. For more information on licensing click here.

We provide assistance to a broad range of clients in the publishing sector, ranging from market leaders and well-known trade, educational and business book, periodical and magazine publishers, through to authors, journalists, illustrators and literary estates. We also advise a wide array of providers at different levels of the publishing supply chain, from conventional and ebook distributors, agencies, designers and printers, through to trade associations. For more information on publishing click here.

Recruitment industry
We have been advisers to the recruitment industry for 25 years. During this time, we have acted for the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services (FRES) and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). We also act for a large number of their members, as well as non-members involved in the industry. Continuing developments in the law both here and in Europe have made this area especially complex and fast moving. We are highly regarded within the industry and we are familiar with all legal and commercial issues confronting participants in this field. We are able to offer unrivalled specialist advice to employment agencies and employment businesses of all types and sizes. For more information on recruitment click here.

Retail property
Our retail team has considerable experience in and advises on all aspects of retail property, from single-unit transactions to large portfolios, whether high street, shopping centres or out-of-town retail parks. When acting for retail companies, we recognise that it is essential to have a clear understanding of the client’s business needs and priorities coupled with a practical commercial approach to each transaction. For more information on retail property click here.

Services for individuals
We offer private individuals and their families expert advice on a wide range of matters. Our service is personal and efficient and we take a close interest in our clients’ welfare. We advise our clients in relation to:

  • Tax, trusts and estate planning
  • Residential property
  • Heritage property
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Charities

For more information on services for individuals click here.

We offer a comprehensive range of advice covering the entire range of legal issues affecting our clients in the sporting sector. From governing bodies to leading players and their agents, our clients can look to us for pragmatic and commercial advice, tailored to meet their legal needs. For more information on sport click here.

Our technology team provides advice and input to a wide range of technology-focused businesses, across sectors including information technology, internet, digital media, cleantech, biotechnology and other life sciences. Our approach is commercial and creative, yet pragmatic, delivered promptly and at a reasonable cost. Our technology team aims to exceed our clients’ expectations, while working with enthusiasm and commitment, and this has enabled us to build longstanding relationships as trusted advisers to numerous clients in the tech sector. For more information on technology click here.


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