IR Bronze Member

Stephen Hornsby

Partner Goodman Derrick LLP

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  • England

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  • Competition Law
10 St Bride Street
London EC4A 4AD United Kingdom

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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.

Out of the office

Stephen still plays cricket and tennis and the piano.  He is fluent in French and Italian.


News Corp/BSkyB: How Ofcom's New Test for Assessing Impact of Media Mergers on Broadcast

News Protects BBC's Dominance
 - Entertainment Law Review, 2011

British Model Not The Way To Go - The Australian, 23 August, 2013

Firm Description

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

Key Facts

  • 32 partners leading a team of over 90

  • 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 Legal 500

  • A founder member of Legal Netlink, a network of independent medium-sized law firms, please see our international section for more information

  • Founded in 1954 by Lord Goodman and established as a limited liability partnership in 2006