Colleagues bid Goodman farewell

SENIOR lawyers and politicians will be among scores of people to pay tribute to Lord Goodman at a special thanksgiving service next month.

The retired lawyer and government adviser, who died last week aged 81, was buried on 17 May at the Liberal Jewish Cemetery, in Willesden, north-west London.

About 150 friends, clients and business acquaintances attended the service. The thanksgiving ceremony will be an all-ticket affair at the Jewish Liberal Synagogue, St John's Wood, London on 19 June.

Before taking the role for which he became renowned – adviser to Labour and Conservative administrations – he built a successful career as a lawyer in his home neighbourhood of north London and in the City.

Goodman, a graduate of University College, London, and Downing College, Cambridge, began with Rubinstein Nash, then joined Royalton Kisch. Coincidentally, his first two practices later merged.

In 1954, Goodman left to found Goodman Derrick, the City-based media law firm.

Friends say he would like to be remembered as someone who believed in equal access to the law and as an enemy of the profession's pomposity.