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Goodman Derrick is a leading commercial law firm in the City of London.


We are recognised for providing high quality legal advice across a range of practice areas and for our distinctive, client-focused service.


Our distinction lies not in what we offer, but the way we offer it to our clients who trust us to:

  • take on assignments we can do well
  • get things right and do them well first time
  • be focused on what is important
  • have the right experience and expertise
  • put the best people on the job
  • be transparent and sensible on fees


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Highly experienced partners lead teams in the following legal practice areas: 



In 2016 Goodman Derrick received its highest number of client recommendations and rankings from the independent legal directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, with 12 practice area rankings and 16 lawyer recommendations.

“First-class service, clear and direct.” Chambers & Partners

profile_nigel_adams1Nigel Adams


Nigel successfully combines a broad commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice with his media litigation work.  In the commercial sphere Nigel acts for individuals and businesses and deals with contract and shareholder disputes, agency disputes, professional negligence and insolvency matters.
In his media practice Nigel primarily handles defamation claims, royalty disputes as well as reputation management and IP issues.Nigel also has significant experience in dealing with disputes involving classic cars (often involving questions of title and provenance).  Nigel has acted in disputes concerning various makes of car such as DB Aston Martins, a Bugatti Type 35, a Jaguar D-Type and not least a pre-war Mercedes-Benz single seat racing car.Disputes can often be very time consuming and costly.  Nigel sees his role as guiding clients through the dispute resolution process to their objectives as quickly and efficiently as possible and seeks to achieve this by fostering a close working relationship with his clients and by giving practical advice from the off.

profile_richard_bailey1Richard Bailey


Richard is experienced in advising on the amendment of standard form contracts including all forms of JCT, NEC3, ICE as well as EPC, process engineering and PFI Projects.  He has drafted bespoke forms of main contract and subcontracts.

Richard has considerable experience in both domestic and international disputes and specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes through the courts, arbitration, adjudication and all forms of ADR. Richard regularly acts as advocate on behalf of clients.Richard has a particular expertise in multi-party litigation acting in a number of high-value, multi-party disputes in the Technology and Construction Court, ICC arbitration, adjudication and in mediations. He has considerable experience in adjudications including applications to enforce adjudicators’ decisions and the effect of insolvency on the enforceability of an adjudicator’s decision.Richard has also been involved in disputes regarding infrastructure projects, light rail, EPC contracts, contaminated land issues, PFI agreements, modular buildings, hospitals, residential developments and sports stadia.Richard is Chairman of the Society of Construction Law and President of the European Society of Construction Law.  He has been a council member of the SCL since 2008 and, prior to becoming Chairman in 2013, had been Treasurer for five years.  He is also a member of TeCSA and King’s College Construction Law Association.

profile_damen_bennion1Damen Bennion


Damen has over 20 years experience advising on corporate and commercial matters and a life time engrossed in the collector car market.

Damen’s collector car practice provides advice and guidance to private individuals and collectors, dealers, brokers, race preparers and auction houses on all aspects of their collector car related affairs including sales and purchases, title issues, finance, import, taxation and registration.Damen’s automotive practice represents manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in relation to their commercial legal affairs. Damen uses his extensive commercial deal experience to achieve practical, cost effective and pragmatic solutions for his clients.

profile_alexandra_bonner1Alexandra Bonner


Alexandra Bonner is a highly experienced lawyer and joint head of the firm’s Employment department.

Her practice covers a broad spectrum dealing with all aspects of employment law both contentious and non contentious.  She regularly advises employers in relation to board room matters, business reorganisations and restructures and TUPE.  She also provides specialist dispute resolution advice ranging from dealing with allegations of discrimination, victimisation (including post termination victimisation), whistleblowing to contract disputes including bonus claims, dismissals and restrictive covenants, including dealing with injunctions to enforce them.Alexandra is noted by her clients in Chambers UK as “creative and assertive”.Alexandra’s clients include SMEs, domestic and international corporates, senior professionals and business people.Alexandra is known for her pragmatic and commercial approach achieving the best solutions for her clients, only resorting to formal legal proceedings when necessary.

profile_ian_bradshaw1Ian Bradshaw


Ian’s areas of legal expertise include all matters relating to private client law.

Ian’s expertise includes the administration of estates including dealing with estates of foreign domiciles and other cross border estate issues, will drafting, estate and tax planning and general tax advice, all aspects of charity law, trust drafting and administration, trustee advice, court of protection, powers of attorney and all aspects of work including deputyships and receiverships.

profile_simon_catt1Simon Catt


Simon has been advising on all aspects of commercial real estate for over 30 years.

He has particular expertise in commercial landlord and tenant; acting for developers and investors as well as numerous occupiers in the retail, office, media and industrial sectors. Simon has significant experience in real estate finance as well as portfolio management and restructuring.

profile_michael_collins1Michael Collins


Michael deals with a wide range of commercial property transactions including development projects, funding, investment, landlord and tenant work and limited residential property transactions.

Michael acts for a wide range of clients including commercial and residential developers, investors, banks and educational institutions.

profile_james_daglish1James Daglish


James specialises in leisure and retail transactions.

James has considerable experience advising on non-contentious commercial real estate matters, predominantly in the field of landlord and tenant relations, particularly within the leisure and retail sector; he also advises on sales, acquisitions and refinancing.  He has a broad portfolio of clients, and is well versed in providing a clear, pragmatic, and tailored service.In addition, James has carved out a niche providing licensing advice for the leisure sector, from hotel chains, restaurants and nightclubs to stand alone bars and pubs.  He is a competent advocate, but is equally proficient at providing practical day to day advice.James regularly writes articles in  his specialist fields, please click here to see James’ latest articles on GD Knowledge.  He commands a great deal of respect from clients, colleagues and other professionals.


Alison Downie


Alison is joint head of the firm’s Employment Department. She specialises in the full range of employment and discrimination law and related contract matters. She also advises and acts in work place related regulatory and professional disciplinary matters.  Her experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and cross jurisdiction disputes adds to her skills.

She is recommended as a UK leader in the field in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 and was The Times Lawyer of the Week in May 2005.She advises and acts for both employers and employees on all types of employment and procedural issues, ranging from contract disputes, dismissals, the full range of discrimination, human rights, victimisation, whistleblowing, injunctions, health and safety to restructures, boardroom disputes and governance  issues.  She is known for handling and winning of tough cases and providing creative pragmatic solutions to employment problems.Her employer clients include public and private limited companies; UK and international charities and NGO’s; trade unions; media organisations and publishers; professional associations; public bodies; local authorities; campaigning organisations; professional partnerships, law firms and barristers chambers. Alison advises and acts for the national Labour Party.She acts for the widest range of individuals from top level national and international senior professionals and executives, Chief Executives of national bodies and Board Directors to low paid workers on equal pay disputes or facing discrimination.She acts for international organisations and companies with cross – jurisdictional employment issues, particularly in India and Africa and cross border within Europe.She has acted in cases in Employment Tribunals and the High Court right up to the Supreme Court.

profile_john_downing1John Downing


John has over 25 years experience in acting for clients in the acquisition and disposal of residential property in the prime central London market and is well known for his pragmatic and clear approach to complex issues.
He has a diverse client base that include high profile individuals from both the City and the entertainment industry.John also advises landlords, tenants and investors in the acquisition, disposal and leasing of commercial premises.

profile_david_edwards1David Edwards


David has some 30 years experience of transactional corporate work with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions.
During this time, David has acted on a number of reasonably high profile transactions, ranging from establishing new television companies in the early 1990’s and securing finance following the award of television franchises, to advising quoted companies in connection with their acquisition and disposal strategies, to advising privately owned/family companies regarding exit strategies and sales. Most recently, David has advised on a number of company and business acquisitions and has been involved in private equity deals, MBO’s and MBI’s.He also advises on a wide range of commercial projects and agreements including long term supply agreements, joint ventures, shareholders agreements and other major commercial contracts, frequently crossing a number of jurisdictions.David sits on the board of directors of certain client companies, advising on corporate governance and risk management.

profile_martin_emmison1Martin Emmison


Martin has a niche motor collector practice and continues to do domestic and US derived commercial work.The motor practice arises from Martin’s lifetime enthusiasm for sports and racing cars.  The clients are a mixture of dealers, brokers, restorers, race preparers and major collectors from all parts of the world, in this specialised but growing area of commercial activity. Martin handles regularly cross border sales and exchanges of very expensive vehicles, and is experienced in the import, taxation and registration issues. He also handles resolution of the disputes that inevitably arise in this area, with the help of the firm’s litigation department where matters become seriously contentious.On the corporate side Martin handles shareholders’ agreements, raising of capital, advice to individual shareholders and directors and the sale and purchase of businesses. Martin is rigorous in his efforts to keep documents short and to the point.

profile_gregor_hamlen1Gregor Hamlen


Gregor specialises in general commercial and residential property work including acquisitions and disposals, property investment, secured lending, landlord and tenant, sales and lease renewals and development work.  He is also part of the firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Group.

profile_paul_herbert1Paul Herbert


Paul is a commercial lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the media and technology sectors.
Paul acts for various delivery platforms, broadcasters, production companies, digital publishers, authors, literary agents, distributors, technology companies, quasi regulatory bodies and “gatekeepers”.

profile_joanna_higton1Joanna Higton


Joanna has worked as a corporate lawyer for over 25 years predominantly on corporate transactions for both private and public companies.
Joanna advises corporate clients across a variety of sectors on M&A transactions, JVs, and MBOs and individuals on start ups, exits and shareholders agreements. For public company clients, Joanna advised on flotations, both on Aim and Main Market, fundraisings, reorganisations and takeovers as well as providing strategic advice to the board on corporate governance issues.  Notably, Joanna was the lead legal adviser on the first takeover of a split capital investment trust under the Takeover Code. Joanna’s practice includes a significant number of clients within the leisure sector including restaurants and bars and other clients within the retail sector.

profile_edward_hoare1Edward Hoare


Edward has over 25 years’ experience advising a broad range of corporate and private clients on company acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, private equity investments and general company law matters, as well as LLP and partnership formation, structuring and mergers.

Much of Edward’s work is corporate transactional across a broad range of business sectors, with a particular focus on the media, entertainment and publishing, and professional services sectors. He has worked on a number of high profile transactions, including acting for several significant media groups on a variety of corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals.

profile_stephen_hornsby1Stephen Hornsby


Stephen is one of the most experienced EU and competition lawyers still practising in the UK.  He has acted for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals, in contentious and regulatory matters in the High Court, before the ECJ in Luxembourg and in front of the OFT, Ofcom, the European Commission and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

He brought the first wholly successful judicial review of a decision by the Office of Fair Trading (R v Director General of Fair Trading Ex p Southdown Motor Services) and acted successfully again in Leyland DAF Ltd v Automotive Products Ltd.  He also obtained the first injunction for a claimant under the Competition Act – upheld subsequently by the Court of Appeal. (Network Multi Media v Jobserve).Stephen’s overriding concern is to use his legal skills to achieve commercial benefits for his clients.  This was exemplified by his work in applying competition law to assist England’s leading rugby clubs over a ten year period to receive adequate compensation for release of players to the international team and gain control of the broadcasting rights in matches in which they take part.  He also acted for Harlequins R.F.C in the famous “Bloodgate” affair and quashed the worldwide ban on one of its participants in Brennan v Health Professions Council.Recent successes at Goodman Derrick include the overturning of a worldwide life ban on two sports professionals, the successful defence of a bus merger referred to the Competition Commission, McGills/Arriva Scotland West (a sector where mergers are subject to extra scrutiny) and a £multi-million settlement arising out of non-disclosure of a competition fine liability in a business sale.He writes and lectures regularly on EU and regulatory matters particularly focussing on media issues.  Stephen’s latest articles are available below.

profile_clive_ince1Clive Ince


Clive is a highly experienced lawyer within our Dispute Resolution team whose practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes, nationally and internationally.  He acts for corporate, individual and institutional clients regarding contractual issues, professional negligence, company disputes and accident and insurance claims.

Clive’s expertise also extends to advising publishers, editors and authors on clearance and risk management issues including defamation, contract disputes and other legal/commercial exposures.His approach towards resolving legal disputes is “grounded” and pragmatic. Through his long experience Clive understands the realities of litigation and he recognises that it is an unwelcome (and expensive) distraction for the vast majority of clients.  Therefore where possible he works with his clients to devise a strategy which is designed to deliver identified objectives.  He is frequently involved in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution which are aimed at avoiding protracted litigation and securing a fair and early conclusion.  Over his professional career Clive has developed a loyal client following.He is a member of The London Solicitors Litigation Association.

profile_clare_jeffries1Clare Jeffries


Clare is a Chartered Tax Adviser as well as a solicitor and specialises in providing individual estate planning solutions to private clients.
Her expertise in inheritance planning encompasses the provision of tax-efficient Wills, preparation of lifetime settlements and the administration of estates including estates with foreign assets. Clare can also advise about putting in place Lasting Powers of Attorney and making application to the Court of Protection.Clare provides private client services to the clients of other City firms which do not have an in-house private client department.She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, Chartered Institute of Taxation and is a recommended adviser for Mencap.

profile_mark_kendrick1Mark Kendrick


Mark specialises in commercial property investment and financing, acquisition and development ownership and funding joint ventures for domestic and international investors and developers, residential and commercial property development, commercial landlord and tenant law, and non-contentious construction.

profile_chris_langan1Chris Langan


Chris specialises in commercial real estate with a particular emphasis on complex development transactions.
Recent examples include the acquisition and redevelopment of an iconic central London hotel, the acquisition and development of three inter-related sites in Battersea and the development and disposal of two sites as part of the Kings Cross Regeneration Project. Chris has substantial experience in property joint ventures, profit participation agreements and overage arrangements. Additionally he acts for clients with substantial commercial property investments.Chris is recommended in the Commercial Property section of the most recent edition of Legal 500, in which he is described as “exceptional”.

profile_tim_langton1Tim Langton

Senior Partner

During forty years of legal practice, Tim has advised a wide range of companies and individuals who intentionally, or otherwise, have become involved in litigation.
The nature of the disputes has varied from claims arising from negligent advice received from professional advisers to complex contractual arguments frequently with cross-border aspects.  Actions across the full breadth of contentious matters have been brought and defended in commercial arbitrations and all court levels including the Supreme Court.Tim has used the extensive experience and knowledge gained in commercial disputes to build a complementary practice in advising clients who need assistance with the legal consequences of relationship and marital breakdowns to enable them to rebuild their lives.  This has extended to advising on areas concerning the children of those relationships.  In recent years Tim has also developed an expertise in the international aspects of the law of surrogacy for British couples who have engaged the surrogacy process in the United States.Tim also works closely with the private client team on contentious probate and Inheritance Act disputes, frequently with an international dimension.Few clients engage in litigation willingly because it is time consuming and expensive.  It is therefore very much a last resort.  Tim’s energies at the outset are therefore directed in achieving a satisfactory resolution of the problem without recourse to litigation.  If that strategy does not succeed then Tim seeks to secure the most cost effective outcome compatible with the objectives of the client.

profile_simon_mapstone1Simon Mapstone


Simon specialises in commercial and residential property work including site acquisitions, secured lending, development and property investment.

Simon has over 30 year’s experience of the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster property markets.

Simon McLeod


Simon is a partner in the Goodman Derrick Corporate Department and specialises in all aspects of corporate, finance and commercial legal work.

In the public company field this has included advising companies and financial institutions on public takeovers, flotations, reverse takeovers, rights issues and regulatory matters. In the private company field he has advised companies on transactional m & a, including business sale and purchases, joint ventures, some of which have been of a very substantial nature, as well as private equity transactions and fund formations.Simon has also experience of project and financing transactions acting for both banks and corporates on their financing transactions.Simon has particular expertise in a number of areas and has advised clients in the chemicals and industrial, energy and minerals, technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare and financial sectors.Simon has regularly acted internationally for a range of domestic and international clients and, in recent years, he has advised on transactions in Western and Eastern Europe, U.S.A., Russia, Kazakhstan, the far East, West Africa and the Middle East.Simon has been regularly commended in the Legal 500.

profile_tim_mould1Tim Mould


Tim specialises in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering projects in the UK and internationally.  He has acted for employers, contractors, consultants, insurers and sureties.He is experienced in conducting proceedings in the High Court and appellate Courts.  He has conducted domestic arbitrations and arbitrations run under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.  He has an extensive track record in acting in relation to statutory and other adjudications.The subject matter of his contentious instructions has included mixed retail and residential developments, airport facilities, power stations and oil exploration.He is very familiar with acting in relation to the pursuit and defence of the claims typically arising in the construction and engineering industries concerning time, loss and expense, Variations and defects – including where highly complex technical expert evidence is in issue.  He is experienced in making and defending applications for injunctive relief.His non-contentious instructions include advising on projects relating to the health care sector, schools, defence facilities and sports stadia, as well as in relation to various London landmark buildings based in the City and Canary Wharf.  He has been responsible for the drafting and lead negotiation of the main documentation based on industry standard and bespoke forms and bespoke agreements, as well as ancillary project documents such as guarantees, bonds and direct agreements.Internationally, he has advised on projects in the Far and Middle East, as well as West Africa and Europe, in the fields of telecommunications, power and oil.

profile_jessica_nugent1Jessica Nugent


Jessica has a range of experience in corporate, company and commercial matters.

She has advised on many share and business sales and acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and management buy outs and has much experience in drafting and negotiating investment agreements, LLP agreements, share option schemes, software licences and hosting agreements, terms and conditions of business, website terms and conditions and other commercial contracts.  She also offers general company advice e.g. relating to articles of association, reductions of capital and buy back of own shares.

profile_deborah_rider1Deborah Rider


Debbie is a specialist dispute resolution lawyer.

Debbie’s practice covers all forms of commercial and residential property litigation. Over the years, she has advised on a variety of disputes in the real estate field and routinely advises clients on matters including 1954 Act lease renewals, dilapidations and forfeiture, for example.  On the residential property side, Debbie regularly advises on estate management issues and acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to the multitude of issues that can affect residential blocks, including service charge disputes and breach of covenant claims.  Debbie’s residential property experience also includes the conduct of enfranchisement and lease extension claims.As a separate specialism Debbie is experienced in media and intellectual property disputes advising on matters such as copyright, trademarks, passing off and domain name ownership.Debbie works hard to find practical solutions to her clients’ problems.  She appreciates the importance of giving straightforward and clear advice, which focuses on the requirements of individual cases to best achieve a favourable result.

profile_dagmara_selwyn_kuczera1Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera


Dagmara has broad experience of commercial property matters with particular emphasis on investment transactions and landlord and tenant issues.

She specialises in advising property companies and trustees of pension schemes on portfolio acquisition and subsequent management. She regularly acts for banks and other financial institutions in connection with secured lending transactions.On the residential side, in addition to standard conveyancing transactions involving sales, purchases and mortgages, Dagmara acts for both landlords and tenants on enfranchisement and lease extension claims.

profile_tanya_shillingford1Tanya Shillingford


Tanya deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial work including: mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and other commercial agreements; lending and security work; general corporate and commercial advice; LLPs (including LLP agreements and conversion to an LLP), corporate finance and public listed company transactions; including Official List and AIM IPOs, rights issues, demergers; incorporation of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) companies and corporate finance for non-listed companies. Tanya also provides commercial and corporate advice for media related clients including British Board of Film Classification, All 3 Media and Creative Skillset.

profile_craig_walker1Craig Walker


Craig specialises in dispute resolution.  He is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes for corporate and individual clients including contractual and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and insolvency.

A substantial part of his practice involves contentious general property and landlord and tenant matters for clients including major property owning and managing companies.

Craig’s approach to dispute resolution is to understand from the outset the client’s objectives, the resources available, and then to roll up his sleeves and work closely with the client to achieve the best result.Craig is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Property Litigation Association.  He writes regular articles and has spoken at seminars for clients and property professionals.

Paul Webb


Paul has wide experience in representing corporate and individual clients in relation to commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and equity fund raising. He acts for clients from a wide range of business sectors, but with a focus on the technology and cleantech sectors.

Paul has advised a large number of overseas companies on their European investment strategies, whether through acquisition, joint venture or greenfield set-up. He also advises investment funds, companies and management teams in relation to funding and other corporate transactions.Paul is co-author of ‘Investors’ Guide to the UK’ (2nd edition 2005) published by Kogan Page.

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