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Neil Miller, the former head of Facebook's international music licensing team, has recently joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP to build up the US firm's London presence in the entertainment and media sphere. His practice focuses on music licensing schemes in the context of social media and online platforms.
Preiskel & Co LLP is noted for its expertise in advising clients on all aspects of film and television, from financing and production to distribution and exploitation. Consultants Peter Dally and Hannah Leader, who jointly head up the practice, have extensive experience in film and television industries. Associate Matthew Fox is a key contact in the team.
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Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is home to a large team centred around practice head Phil Sherrell, a renowned litigator in the content and brands space, and is deeply entrenched in several sectors of the broader media and entertainment industry. Will Deller heads up the firm's interactive entertainment division, whereas Richard McMorris leads the team in matters relating to broadcasting. The marketing side is led jointly by Craig Giles and Alex Dixie. Simon Fielder and Bryony Hurst head teams handling corporate issues in the space and social media respectively. Finally, Rebecca O’kelly-Gillard is a key contact for copyright issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Phil Sherrell; Will Deller; Richard McMorris; Simon Fielder; Bryony Hurst; Alex Dixie; Craig Giles; Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Tuner; David Bintliff; Joss Hargrave; Bryony Hurst; Rob Turner; William Wortley

Les références

‘Great lawyers, detail-oriented, passionate about client service.’

‘The team is composed of very talented lawyers having long experience in the media/entertainment industry. They understand easily client needs and are proactive. They adapt to the client industry and its needs. They are time efficient and always meet deadlines.’

‘Due to the fact that they work closely with other B&B departments it is easy to work with them on large project with other legal issues (data protection, finance, for example). They are business and solution oriented. Very well connected with the industry and are aware of the latest technologies development, helping to understand new trends and technologies. Finally, billings are fair.’

‘I worked closely with Robert Tuner team from the London office. They were fantastic. They helped me on some various projects. The main difference with other law firm partners and associates is the fact that all individuals I worked with at Bird & Bird are business oriented. I think it is the specificity of this firm. As an in-house legal counsel I am looking for business solutions.’

Principaux clients

Epic Games

ICE

TuneIn

DAZN

Activision Blizzard

Bloomberg

The Football Association

Lions

Glassdoor

B&Q

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for TuneIn in the litigation brought against them by Sony Music and Warner Music.
  • Advising the Football Association on its broadcast deals for The FA Cup, including with BBC and ITV, and agreements for The FA Women’s Super League with Sky and women’s international matches with ITV.
  • Advising Metaframes on all aspects relating to its content engagement strategy and corporate funding.

Clintons

Boutique firm Clintons is a go-to for clients from the entertainment, digital media, and creative industries. The firm is home to a strong theatre practice led by James Jones, with John Cohen being another key contact; a film & TV division handling complex rights transactions and financing matters and led by Kami Naghdi who works closely with associate Luke Gornell; and a media rights acquisition team headed by Charles Gerada. The firm’s music division is split between contentious and non-contentious work, with Andrew Sharland heading up the litigation side and Berkeley Edwards leading the team on commercial matters. Andrew Myers is an experienced commercial representative of musical talent whereas David Griffiths comes recommended for his contentious practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Jones; Kami Naghdi; Berkeley Edwards; Andrew Sharland; Charles Gerada;

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Pidock; John Cohen; Charlie Gerada; Chris Coates; Andrew Myers; Sam Hutchinson; Stephen Joelson; Luke Gornell; James Jones; David Griffiths

Les références

‘This firm is very knowledgeable and able to easily navigate the complexities to producing live theatrical shows but also working on strong IPs and licencing. They always push for the best for their client and talk through the implications and protections you need. James Jones is always on hand to help us steer complex contract negotiations and advice on top level legal advice.’

‘James Jones makes the time to talk you through the legal implications, making sure you fully understand clauses and will always strive to get you the best deal. He’s very honest and you know he’s looking out for the best of the production. Qualities – Honesty, Knowledgable, relevant and current with industry practices.’

‘Led by partner, John Cohen, the firm continues to offer experience and knowledge across the entertainment industry; I never hesitate to ask for advice on any area in which I work, it’s always met with swift and informative answers.’

‘My most regular contact is with John Cohen, who represents my interests in the most effortlessly effective manner. My feedback from colleagues in the other side of any of John’s negotiations is always overwhelmingly positive- even the most prickly and notorious of producers seem to have the utmost respect for him. Stephen Pidcock also follows in this pattern of considerate, empathetic counsel and negotiation. He seems to be building an extensive broad knowledge of the business and is also delighted to assist with charitable work in the sector, which is greatly appreciated by many.’

‘I have dealt with them extensively on music catalogue sales so have had the opportunity to work with them over a prolonged period of time. They know the subject area very well, and are able to combine the corporate elements of these sales with the music expertise Clintons are renowned for.’

‘Charlie Gerada and Chris Coates on the corporate side. Andrew Sharland on the music side. They know how to get the deal done when the timing is right, and can be pragmatic when they need to be. Sam Hutchinson also deserves a mention as a corporate associate.’

‘The team’s unique ability to combine industry knowledge (notably film and theatre) and legal expertise give Clintons’ clients a real advantage, not just in negotiations but in their overall approach to deals and wider businesses. Whether it is M&A or commercial contracts, we’ve been impressed with how they guide their clients commercially, practically and legally.’

‘This boutique firm possesses top notch litigators and transactional lawyers. I have recommended major clients to them and the clients have had great success. They work very cooperatively among practice groups, taking advantage of each persons knowledge and experience.’

Principaux clients

Avalon Promotions Limited

Breda Cashe

Glynis Henderson Productions Limited

Immersive Everywhere Limited

Mr Tipsy’s Show UK Limited

Only Connect Partners Ltd

Swamp Motel Limited

Second Half Productions Limited

Path Entertainment Group

AK Theatricals Limited

Dramatic Events Limited

Michael Grandage Company

SGA Productions

Sony Music

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Tim Rice

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Don Black

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

Spitlip

Bill Kenwright Limited

Ambassador Theatre Group

Crossroads Live

Michael Harrison Entertainment Limited

Mischief Worldwide Limited

New Adventures Limited

Nimax Theatres Limited

Stage Entertainment Limited

Talent Artistic Group Limited

TC Beech

Jamie Wilson Productions Limited

The Lionel Bart Estate

The Anthology Group

Sherman Theatrical Entertainment Limited

Green Shoots Award

Lewis Capaldi

Hipgnosis

Muse

Griff

Daft Punk

The 1975

Max Richter

Fred Again

The Who

Bastille/Dan Smith

The Kooks

Ministry of Sound

James Bay

YM&U

Principaux dossiers

  • Retained by Talent Artistic Group Limited to provide all aspects of legal advice including M&A, international ventures, and matters arising from Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Advised Amy Thomson on the disposal of her royalty stream to the band members of Swedish House Mafia.
  • Advising lyricist Sir Tim Rice on all aspects of his career and catalogue.

CMS

The team at CMS has a knowledge base that is 'second to none' and is a go-to firm for clients operating in film & TV as well as advertising and marketing. Victoria Gaskell and Paul Guite jointly head up the practice. Whereas the former focuses on advising on commercial and regulatory issues, Guite guides companies through corporate transactions in the space. In a recent highlight the two assisted Asacha Media in its acquisition of majority stakes in Red Planet Pictures and WAG Entertainment. John Enser continues to be a go-to practitioner in cases regarding digital platforms and music industry issues. Another expert on platform-related matters is Selina Potter, particularly on the broadcasting side. Charles Kerrigan is a specialist in blockchain and media finance, an area where Rebekah Hayes is another key contact at the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Gaskell; Paul Guite

Autres avocats clés:

Laurel O’Dell; John Enser; Rebekah Hayes; Charles Kerrigan; Bonnie Ashton; Sarah Wilson; Selina Potter; John Cloke

Les références

‘The knowledge base in the team and the whole firm, is second to none and the firm works seamlessly across all disciplines to deliver any deal you could think of.’

‘Broad team with access to lots of technical, legal and industry expertise.’

‘Paul Guite is simply the best media corporate lawyer in the UK. Victoria Gaskell is very user friendly and knowledgeable with a very commercial angle who gets things done. John Enser – the man who has a sound view on every media issue you could ever raise and many you haven’t even thought of. Rebekah Hayes is a tireless representative who fights hard for her clients’ interests but with charm and humour. Charles Kerrigan – a truly impressive media finance partner with a very inquiring mind. Bonnie Ashton and Sarah Wilson – are two of the best corporate media associates I have ever dealt with.

‘John Enser – synthesis deep copyright knowledge with industry expertise.’

‘Victoria Gaskell and Laurel O’Dell were superb. Clever, efficient, organised, inventive, imaginative and commercially sensible. Their fees were sensible and well signalled. I have the highest regard for both of them.’

Principaux clients

Access Entertainment

BBC

BT Sport

Comcast

Dentsu Aegis Network

Discovery

Disney

Elisabeth Murdoch

Global Radio

Immediate Media

ITV

Jeremy Clarkson

Kobalt Music

M&C Saatchi

MTV

NBCUniversal

News Corp

Sky

Spotify

ViacomCBS

Warner Music

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Comcast and ViacomCBS on aspects of their strategic joint venture partnership to launch SkyShowtime, including on the content supply arrangements and media regulatory advice.
  • Advised News UK on the set up of its new flagship channel TalkTV and on its talent partnership with Piers Morgan across TV, newspapers and books.
  • Advised ITV on investments by its new media for equity fund in carwow, Feel Holdings, and Nineteen21 Limited.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a go-to firm for key players in the sports industry to handle their media rights and is additionally home to a noteworthy interactive entertainment practice. The team is led by Nick Fitzpatrick, who has a broad practice which he employs in service of an equally broad range of clients such as LEGO which he advises on all issues pertaining to its audiovisual content. Duncan Calow handles matters pertaining to technology and e-commerce with particularly noteworthy expertise pertaining to interactive entertainment. Claire Sng comes recommended for her expertise in advertising and regulation thereof.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Fitzpatrick; Frank Valentin

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Sng; Duncan Calow; Jon Wilks; Ruth Hoy; Jon Kenworthy; Robert Bishop; Jon Earle; John Pryor; Tom Heylen; Alexandra Kamerling

Les références

‘Dedicated account managers with lots of media knowledge that can always reach to their wider team when the subject matter is not in their expertise scope. With its numerous teams, the firm would always have answers on specific jurisdiction or niche media rights.’

‘They take every subject matter with the same professionalism despite the size of the task, they have good work ethics and I feel I can trust them which is key.’

Principaux clients

Discovery

LEGO

The Football Association Premier League

ITV

NBA Properties Inc (the NBA)

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Marriott

Springer Nature Limited

Unilever

Philip Morris International

Dataco

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as the Premier League’s go-to advisors on a wide range of transactions and issues (including commercial, IP and audio-visual related matters, among others).
  • Fostering a strong relationship with ITV and providing cross-practice group advice on issues relating to, for example, employment, corporate, IP and audio-visual matters.
  • Advising LEGO on all of its international distribution arrangements to broadcasters and other digital platforms for various LEGO television properties including LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, LEGO Nexo Knights, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO – Marvel Collection and LEGO Jurassic World including advising on, drafting and negotiating the content licence agreements, among other issues.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is a go-to firm for publishing matters, particularly for news organizations and academic publishers. On the commercial side, practice head Paul Jones regularly takes the lead, advising publishers as well as broadcasters and rights owners. Jones has recently been highly involved in digitization matters for his clients. David Morgan has a broad practice, with expertise in publishing, broadcasting, and advertising. Henry Sainty is an established figure in the space, acting for clients such as Bauer Media, Yell, and Sage Publications and assists clients in the sports' sector with media law issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Jones

Autres avocats clés:

David Morgan; Thomas Rudkin; Henry Sainty; Peter Wienand; Richard Lane; Jonathan Ely; Ian De Freitas; Owen O’Rorke; Alan Baker; Natalie Rimmer

Les références

‘David Morgan was extremely popular with the business – he was very responsive and available, and went above and beyond to make our lives easier. He also had a very thorough approach and knew our documents inside out.’

‘Farrers are unique in the range of services they provide. They have provided dedicated forums to support in-house lawyers which, in my experience is unique. Through this forum they deliver specialist training, which has been a great support for myself and my team.’

‘David Morgan is an outstanding lawyer. Not only is his knowledge exceptional, but what stands him apart is his real-world application of the law. He understands our industry and doesn’t waste our time with silly suggestions. Thomas Rudkin is also a fantastic lawyer. Again, he understands our industry and adjusts the advice he provides accordingly.’

‘Feel like you are working in partnership to get to the right result.’

‘Friendly, accessible and responsive with a broad range of expertise.’

Principaux clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group

Yell

Sage Publications

PA Media

BMJ Publishing Group

British Library

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Guardian News and Media

New York Times

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Telegraph Media Group in commercial contract review and data protection measures.
  • Advising The Economist Group on both pre- and post- publications matters, including weekly advise on pre-publication content issues across all print editions and in connection with Economist Radio and Economist Films.
  • Advising The British Library on its licensing arrangements with Find My Past in relation to its digitization of the Library’s newspaper collections.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP demonstrates deep expertise across a wide range of various media industries. For example, the firm acted for Mav Studios on financing arrangements for a feature film with Matthew Vaughn, and advised ATC on its IPO on the Aquis Stock Exchange. On advertising Sacha Wilson and Michael Lister  lead the team, whereas Sarah Lazarides is responsible for the firm's film & TV group. The 'brilliant all-rounder' Kostyantyn Lobov heads up the video games division jointly with Mark Phillips . Abigail Payne takes the lead on media finance matters, Kieran Jay on music. A highly esteemed individual in publishing, Shireen Peermohamed heads the corresponding practice. And finally, Neil Adleman is the go-to contact at the firm for theatre clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sacha Wilson; Michael Lister; Sarah Lazarides; Kostyantyn Lobov; Mark Phillips; Abigail Payne; Kieran Jay; Shireen Peermohamed; Neil Adleman

Autres avocats clés:

Josey Bright; Zoey Forbes; Rupam Dave

Les références

‘Exceptional industry knowledge and great client base – significant value received by us through their knowledge of market standard positions and how far certain positions could be pushed with media agencies.’

‘Sacha Wilson and Josey Bright were both extremely knowledgeable in the area of media and were able to advise us on appropriate positions to take vs market standards. They were both extremely responsive and worked tirelessly to deliver within our tight deadlines.’

‘Genuine games industry knowledge, practical advice.’

‘Kostyantyn Lobov is a brilliant all-rounder, responsive, dedicated and creative thinker.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable in the industry. They’re not just legal professionals who happen to be helping with contracts or negotiations in the games or entertainment industries, but they understand it and have personal interest. So that makes them very special.’

‘I work closely with Mark Phillips. He’s the best I know in the country when it comes to video games industry. I’ve witnessed for many years now, people who worked with Mark and under his supervision, have now ended up in prestigious positions in the industry, leading the legal teams of multi-billion dollar companies; that’s not to be taken lightly.’

‘We have had exemplary advice and service from two notable individuals; Zoey Forbes and Shireen Peermohamed. They have been responsive and given us clear advice; playing out scenarios in simple steps allowing us to ascribe action (or inaction) to potential consequence.’

‘Harbottle is highly responsive with breadth and depth of expertise to provide a rounded service.’

Principaux clients

Cunard

Havas

Diageo

Kids Know Best

Expedia

Nissan

De Beers

Shein

Hunter Boot Limited

The Ozone Project

Byju’s Future School / WhiteHat Jr

Incorporate Society of British Advertisers

Box to Box Films

Swamp Studios

The Royal National Theatre

Neal Street Productions

Complete Fiction Pictures

Rebellion

Potboiler

All3Media International

HRH The Duke of Cambridge

DAZN Media Services Limited

Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar

Electronic Arts

The Pokémon Company International

Square Enix

The Tonic Games Group

Rebellion

Electric Noir

Supersonic

Payload Studios

UKIE

Marv Studios

All3Media Group

Microsoft

Neal Street Productions

Hopster

Punchdrunk Global Limited

Quiddity Films

Finstock Capital

Pixion Games

LA Media Fund

Secret Group

Jamie Hendry Productions

Sky UK Ltd

Gutsy Animations UK

Chris Young Films

Jovera Pictures

Queen

Stormzy

Jess Glynne

Little Simz

FKA Twigs

Katherine Jenkins

Paolo Nutini

Raye

Mahalia

Tourist

Tom Elmhirst

Janee Bennett

Daniel Snaith

Nina Nesbitt

Jessica Agombar

Daniel Avery

Hachette UK

#Merky Books Limited

Rebellion Publishing

The Publishers Association

The British Journal of Anaesthesia

Dazed Group Ltd

The Association of Authors Agents

The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett

Unputdownable Ltd

National Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions

The Old Vic

Donmar Warehouse

Punchdrunk

Sadler’s Wells

Plazful Productions

Michael Cassel Group

Fictionhouse

Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Elliot & Harper Productions

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Havas’ creative agency Cake on its contract with JD Sports for the development, creation, and production of JD Sports’ Christmas ad campaign ‘King of the Streets’.
  • Advising #Merky Books Limited in respect of its publishing arrangements.
  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. on the acquisition of independent developer Nordeus for $378m.

Lee & Thompson LLP

A market leader across the entire spectrum of media and entertainment, Lee & Thompson LLP is home to specialists from every sector. On advertising & marketing, Dominic Bray and Huw Morris co-head the team, focusing their practice on dispute resolution and social media respectively. Fellow co-head Christos Michaels is an expert on all matters film whereas co-head Richard Lever heads up the firm’s television branch. The departments additionally benefit from co-head Nicki Parfitt ’s extensive expertise across both sectors. An expert in interactive content issues, co-head Julian Ward recently advised Lockwood Publishing on licensing music for a video game based in the metaverse. Finally, clients from the music industry may rely on co-head Lawrence Engel to counsel them in all non-contentious matters. Further noteworthy for their capabilities in matters pertaining to film/TV are managing partner Reno Antoniades, Sam Tatton-Brown , and Antony Swiatek. In the firm's music practice Lizzie Payne-James stands out for her remarkable track-record on advising artists breaking into the UK grime scene. Tim Fowler is another key contact in the music department, especially for contractual matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominic Bray; Huw Morris; Christos Michaels; Richard Lever; Julian Ward; Lawrence Engel; Nicki Parfitt

Autres avocats clés:

Antony Swiatek; Chloe Hutchings; Andrew Florence; Reno Antoniades; Sam Tatton-Brown; Lizzie Payne-James; Tim Fowler; Martyn Bailey; Gordon Williams; Lee Stone; Anwen Griffiths

Les références

‘Huw Morris is wonderful. He is easy to work with, gets to know the nuances of our business and really knows his stuff as it relates to advertising. Can’t rate him highly enough.’

‘I have to say I would not be able to run my business, nor have the career I have now without the support of the team at Lee & Thompson. They have been utterly supportive and devoted through years of development deals and complicated rights wrangling. It really does feel they understand and appreciate the long game, they are always readily available for support and advice, and being across so many deals in our industry they have invaluable insight into what is going on and where else one might be able to look for funding and opportunities. I love working with them and I recommend them to everyone I can!’

´Martyn Bailey – music litigation – tough, intelligent, realistic. Very measured and very good.`

‘I love working with Antony Swiatek and more recently Chloe Hutchings. They are incredibly smart and knowledgeable, and actually a lot of fun to work with. they are tough on deal points, tirelessly supportive of the producers perspective (even when you, the producer, are fatigued and ready to give in!) and all with a calmness and humour which I always really appreciate. These deals can be stressful and ugly to resolve, but I always trust matters will be handled with the people skills I really value in my own work.’

‘Julian Ward and Andrew Florence are highly professional, attentive with valuable experience’

‘The overall offering of the team at Lee & Thompson is good – there are some good lawyers, who operate pragmatically and commercially and who are approachable. They offer competitive rates / retainer arrangements and also provide training, office use if required etc, which is appreciated.’

‘Julian Ward is our go to partner and always accessible. A real desire to be an extension to our internal team.’

‘Gordon Williams has the following attributes: – a terrific intellect – a strong knowledge of the law – a calm, unflappable manner – good people skills, interacting well with us and our clients – a commercial brain.’

Principaux clients

Ingenious

Headgear

McDonalds

Jagex

Team 17

Vue Cinemas

Harry Styles

Rita Ora

Dave

Publicis

Dentsu

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted successfully for Steve Jones and Paul Cook in the high-profile Sex Pistols litigation. The case revolved around the use of the Sex Pistols’ music in the TV show “Pistol” directed by Danny Boyle. John Lydon (“Johnny Rotten”) refused to consent.
  • Advised Ingenious as senior funder on British feature film Emily, the origin story biopic of Wuthering Heights author Emily Bronte, starring BAFTA nominated Emma Mackey.
  • Advised McDonald’s on its 2021 Christmas advertising campaign, including the contract with the singer Mabel for her participation in the project and recording of the track, and ancillary activities such as her attendance at pop-up events.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin is widely regarded as a leading firm in advertising and marketing, handling matters for both regulatory bodies and key players such as Hayas. Additionally, the firm represents clients in the performing arts, publishing, interactive entertainment, and social media spheres. The team is co-headed by Cliff Fluet, Russell Brimelow, and Brinsley Dresden. Geraint Lloyd-Taylor serves as deputy head of the firm’s advertising and marketing practice and in a recent highlight counselled Snap Inc on its advertising policies regarding issues such as gambling. For theatrical productions, Jeremy Summers is a key contact within the team whereas Alan Hunt is a specialist in matters surrounding the protection and exploitation of IP rights. Finally, Jo Farmer comes particularly recommended for her expertise in media buying and financing agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cliff Fluet; Russell Brimelow; Brinsley Dresden

Autres avocats clés:

Geraint Lloyd-Taylor; Jo Farmer; Neil Parkes; Jeremy Summers; David Deakin; Phil Rymer; Alan Hunt; Nick Allan; JJ Shaw; Mathew Forde

Les références

‘Russell Brimelow is a great client service partner, keen to get to know our business and what needs our in-house legal team has.’

‘They are a good media lawyers. They offer lots of training and updates (online) and have a large number of partners with a wealth of experience.’

‘They are all very good in the fields and very knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘The team members have significant experience at the highest levels of the entertainment industry. This gives great confidence in the accuracy of their advice, which is always clear and reasoned for our understanding.’

‘Lewis Silkin is the leading law firm in the UK for advertising and marketing law.’

‘The individuals we work with are highly experienced, lead the industry, and are always on the cutting edge of the field. Brinsley Dresden, Jo Farmer, and Geraint Lloyd-Taylor are all highly knowledgeable, and we feel confident placing our trust in them to help make decisions for our agency and clients.’

‘I have most frequently worked with Cliff Fluet, Jeremy Summers, and Alan Hunt. Aside from their wealth of experience they are likeable personalities and very much human beings – which has made them a joy to work with. They have taken time to explain principles in their advice and encourage learning in our organization – things they would not be required to do, and this has created great value in their work with us.’

Principaux clients

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

adam&eveDDB

Havas

Wieden + Kennedy

72andSunny

Uncommon

Omnicom

Bacardi

Suzuki

Associated British Foods

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the British Fashion Council on its partnership with Roblox in awarding the first ever Fashion Award for Metaverse and an experience around the awards themselves.
  • Advising Unilever on their global media buying contracts with their agencies worldwide.
  • Assisted LarMac Productions in relation to its production of the UAE National Day Celebrations in 2020.

Osborne Clarke LLP

With 'unparalleled experience in advising media companies' Osborne Clarke LLP is a go-to firm in the advertising and marketing space and additionally handles broadcasting, digital content, and interactive entertainment with a focus on digital transformation. On the litigation side, Ashley Hurst heads up the team and John Davidson-Kelly leads on non-contentious work, he has particularly extensive expertise regarding online platforms and their licensing schemes. Their team includes advertising expert Anna Williams who further heads up the firm's offering in the Thames Valley. Mary Lawrence is a specialist on the intersection of media and health and safety as evidenced by her advising the Advertising Producers Association on drafting Covid-19 guidelines for the TV production industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ashley Hurst; John Davidson-Kelly

Autres avocats clés:

Jamie Heatly; Nick Johnson; Anna Williams; Ken Wilkinson; Mary Lawrence; Katherine Kirrage; Ben Dunham; Nick Kempton; Chloe Deng

Les références

‘OC’s media team has unparalleled experience in supporting media companies, with particular focus on global streaming services. Several members of the team have worked in-house in the past and are well equipped to deliver advice in an accessible way for the business.’

‘John Davidson-Kelly and Jamie Heatly in particular are best in class. They are extremely responsive, technical experts in consumer law compliance.’

Principaux clients

ITV

Discovery

DAZN

Big Deal Films

Altitude Films

Advertising Producers Association

Miniclip

Cancer Research UK

VICE Media

Principaux dossiers

  • Supported ITV in leading the preparation of Industry Guidance for the TV production industry to continue filming in Covid-19 and in drafting agreeing guidance with other public service broadcasters.
  • Advised Big Deal Films on a growth investment round led by the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund together with the newly formed Bizet Media.
  • Supported the Advertising Producers Association in drafting guidelines to film safely in Covid-19.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP has a broad media & entertainment offering, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters in music, interactive entertainment, film & TV as well as adtech, and social media. Co-head of the global entertainment group Gregor Pryor is a specialist in issues arising in content, from creation to distribution and exploitation. Stephen Edwards is an expert in the laws governing copyright and broadcasting and advises rights holders in a variety of sectors including publishing, music, and sports. On matters pertaining to film& TV financing, Michael Maxtone-Smith is a key name at the firm. Ingrid Silver has left the firm to join the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as general counsel.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gregor Pryor; Steve Sessa

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Breen; Sophie Goossens; Nick Swimer; Philip Taylor; Michael Maxtone-Smith; Elle Todd

Les références

‘Incredible strength & depth.’

‘Reed Smith have fantastic industry knowledge and experience. I know I am getting relevant up to date advice whenever I speak to them.’

‘Nick Breen is such a pleasure to work with. He is respectful, raises questions about projects to make sure we are thinking about all necessary aspects and always responds quickly.’

‘Very experienced in the music industry and wide range of jurisdictions.’

‘Sophie Goossens is very easy to work with, understands the market well, and provides short precise answers that help us get to the point.’

RPC

RPC is characterized by a practice built broadly on the pillars of publishing, advertising and video games. Noteworthy are a strong contentious practice in reputation management as well as a focus on advising organizers of eSports events. Co-head Oliver Bray is a specialist in advertising law and a go-to counsel for large, platform-based tech companies such as Google and Meta. Bray`s fellow co-head Keith Mathieson regularly acts for large publishers; for example, he has been representing The Financial Times and Tom Burgis in a high-profile libel claim brought by ENRC. A key contact at the firm for reputation management is Rupert Cowper-Coles .

Responsables de la pratique:

Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray

Autres avocats clés:

Rupert Cowper-Coles; Ciara Cullen; Hettie Homewood

Les références

‘RPC’s media team has strength in depth. They are experienced in all aspects of media and press law. The team provides an out-of-hours advice service for us during evenings and weekends. They are very well integrated with our publication processes and requirements.’

‘Stand-out partners are Keith Mathieson – surely now the most experienced media defence litigator in the UK – and new partner Alex Wilson, who is very quick, knowledgeable and practical in the advice he gives. Other likeable partners are Rupert Cowper-Coles (particularly good on data protection issues) and Alex Vakil, who is great at managing heavyweight litigation.’

Principaux clients

Google and YouTube

Meta, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus

Jet2 Holidays

Game Insight

Bloomberg LP

MGN Limited

Shiseido

Paddy Power Betfair

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

Channel 4

True Vision Productions Ltd

JUUL

Hachette UK Limited

Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)

AB InBev

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for MGN Limited in civil claims brought against it and its publications relating to voicemail interception and other unlawful information gathering.
  • Acting for Meta on its global advertising and marketing initiatives.
  • Advising OliveX in relation to the development and exploitation of its ‘fitness metaverse’.

Russells Solicitors

Deeply ingrained in the music industry, Russells Solicitors is a go-to market leader for record companies, publishers, producers, established and up-and-coming artists. Practice co-head Gavin Maude primarily works with artists and industry executives and focuses on emerging talent. The contentious side is headed up by Steven Tregear who leads a team of 'top notch litigators', including John Reid , and predominantly handles copyright infringement, contractual, and audit claims. Third in the leadership team is Simon Esplen who represents a wide variety of industry players on commercial and contractual matters. Chris Gossage leads the firm's corporate department and recently evidenced his strength in transactions by handling Kobalt Music Royalty Fund II's catalogue sale to Chord Music. Another specialist for emerging talent is Jo Brittain whereas Ryan Vince focuses on long-term relationships between established artists and record companies. Senior consultant Chris Organ has a varied practice working in the wider field of media & entertainment.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Esplen; Gavin Maude; Steven Tregear

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Organ; John Reid; Chris Gossage; Jo Brittain; Chloe Forsyth; Mark Ashelford; Ryan Vince; Simon Jordan; Ally Horn; Elizabeth Scandrett

Les références

‘Steven Tregear and his team are top notch litigators.’

‘Russells’ music and entertainment work encompasses a wide range of disputes in that sector. I have been consistently impressed with their knowledge and the quality of their work in the field of company and partnership law. They are more than capable of taking on the magic circle and will be as robust as the case requires, whilst maintaining a commercial outlook.’

‘Elizabeth Scandrett is one of the best non-partner solicitors I have worked with. She is exceptionally clever, a brilliant strategist, fierce in the face of strong opposition and extremely hard working and determined.’

‘John Reid is an excellent strategist and is commercially minded – I really trust him to guide cases in the right direction and consistently make the right judgement calls.’

Principaux clients

George Michael’s Estate

Coldplay

Arctic Monkeys

Florence and the Machine

Universal Music Group

Mabel

Clean Bandit

Roger Waters

Foals

Amy Winehouse’s Estate

Kobalt Music

Sam Fender

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Celeste

Domino Recording Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Kobalt Music Royalty Fund II on the $1.1bn sale of its catalogue to Chord Music Partners.
  • Advised Coldplay on its multi-million pound contract renegotiation and extension with Warner Music Group.
  • Acting for Domino Recording Company Limited in a claim brought by producer and DJ Kieran Hebden, known as Four Tet, concerning royalty rates and ongoing obligations to exploit copyrights.

Sheridans

Sheridans provides a 'highly tailored and relevant service' to household names from several industries such as film & TV, broadcasting, music, theatre,  and clients may additionally benefit from the firms extensive expertise in handling matters arising from social media and branding. Renowned practitioner Peter McInerney heads the film TV & broadcasting department but has a wide practice crossing over into sports and theatre. In cases concerning broadcasting and content distribution, Jeremy Roberts takes the lead. James Kay heads the team in media finance matters, Tahir Basheer on the branding side, and adjacently, Christiana Loizides manages the firm's trademark practice. Another expert on the film side, Nick Mahara recently represented Ricky Gervais on the production and financing of the comedian's latest live stand-up tour. Particularly noteworthy for their expertise in video games are Alex Chapman and Tim Davies. Their team is headed jointly by Chapman and Alex Tutty, whereas Stephen Luckman leads the music practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter McInerney ; James Kay; Jeremy Roberts; Tahir Basheer; Christiana Loizides; Alex Chapman; Alex Tutty; Jamie Smith; Stephen Luckman

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Bravin; Christiana Loizides; Stefano Debolini; Jacqueline Hurt; Claire Lewis; Nick Mahara; Lana Wilding

Les références

‘Industry expertise around gaming and sport is a real marker for us, which is supported by a broad range of subject area experts who apply their practice to this industry expertise. The end result is a highly tailored and relevant service that is a full one shop stop legal & commercial partner.’

‘Alex Chapman – One of the very few who can offer opinions that are a) technically spot on and b) pragmatic & commercial. He puts himself into the shoes of the client and always has their commercial objectives in mind. He does not seek legal perfection at all costs, but what is sensible balancing cost, risk and outcome. He is also quick to reply.’

‘Stefano Debolini – can navigate a large and relatively complex area into digestible components and takes the time to properly understand client business and challenges. Presents issues and points clearly as well as options and solutions.’

‘Andrew Bravin – pragmatic advice and attentive.’

‘Christiana Loizides – thorough advice with quick response times.’

‘Sheridans have been a trusted partner to our business. The team led by Alex Chapman and Alex Tutty have been tremendously suportive and transparent.’

‘Alex Chapman has provided clear and valued counsel to our business for such a long time. He has taken the time to understand our needs and how we like to work.’

Principaux clients

Syco Productions

Amazon Studios

Bad Wolf Limited

Sony Pictures Entertainment

See-Saw Films/See-Saw Television

BRON Studios

Brouhaha Entertainment

Warner Bros

Keshet UK Productions Limited

Aardman Animations

Misfits Entertainment Ltd

Joe Wicks

DanTDM

Alfie Deyes

Influencer Ltd

Mark and Roxanne Hoyle

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Guy Ritchie and his production company on Ritchie’s new Afghanistan war film, shooting in Spain and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Simkins LLP

With clients such as Universal Music, ATC Management, Wizarding World, and Bronte Film and Television, Simkins LLP represents players across a substantial part of the media and entertainment industry. Practice head Euan Lawson  is a go-to adviser for issues arising around live events, social media, and taxation of talent. On the contentious side, Paddy Gardiner is a heavy-hitting litigator, particularly in music matters. For their commercially-oriented practice, Ed Baden-Powell and Caroline Copeland come recommended. Jonathan Blair  is an expert on film & TV production and has recently advised clients such as Dayout Productions and Stonehouse Productions on the financing, development, and production of several projects. Within the firm’s music division, partner Tom Iverson is a strong litigator and partner Ed Weidman an expert on the non-contentious aspects of the industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Euan Lawson

Autres avocats clés:

Giao Pacey; Tom Iverson; Dionne Clark; Nick Eziefula; Paddy Gardiner; Ed Baden-Powell; Ed Weidman; Caroline Copeland; Jonathan Blair

Les références

‘High standards, good division of practices. In addition to the firm’s specialities, it acts as a “one-stop shop” where sensible so that the client can simply pick up the phone and get things done.’

‘High standards, good, transparent communication between team members, excellent understanding of the issues, plus a can-do attitude. Part of the firm’s culture is an awareness of cost, and the farming out of work to the most reasonably-priced resource.’

‘I’ve dealt with Giao Pacey, and Tom Iverson and they’re all highly competent, high integrity people. Dionne Clark has a bright future ahead of her.’

They are experts in their field, provide very focused and commercial advice and are responsive to tight deadlines.

‘Nick Eziefula is knowledgeable and advises to the highest of standards. His advice is always catered for its business recipients and he makes my life as an in-house lawyer that much easier.’

‘They take a sensible pragmatic approach to a contentious situation. Their legal analysis of the issue is good and they provide a number of options to me as the client as to how to move forward.’

‘Paddy Gardiner is measured, thoughtful, very clear in his analysis and advice and very pragmatic in his advice. He gets to the heart of the issue quickly.’

Principaux clients

Universal Music

Snowed-In Productions

Iron Maiden

Cake Entertainment

The Extreme Music Library

Wizarding World

Da Beat Freakz

ATC Management

Experience Hendrix

BMG Rights Management

Cutting Edge Music

Bronte Film and Television

Filmwave

Simons Muirhead Burton

Described as the ´best in class`, Simons Muirhead Burton is jointly led by Simon Goldberg and Razwana Akram on the film & TV side. Richard Baskind  leads on music, representing independent songwriters such as Nick Cave, independent record labels, and industry executives. Martin Soames heads up the publishing division and acts for key players in the sector such as Penguin Books. Associate Blaise Gaymer from the firm's film & TV department regularly leads the team together with Goldberg on matters such as the representation of Neon Films and Chris Atkins. Jonny Petch has recently left the firm to join the music department at Bray & Krais, Solicitors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Goldberg; Razwana Akram; Martin Soames

Autres avocats clés:

Blaise Gaymer; Stephen Shotnes; Alasdair George; Maninder Gill

Les références

‘Best in class – huge expertise, deep understanding of their client’s business, innovative, ambitious for their clients.’

‘We work most closely with Martin Soames who is a class act – calm, extremely clever, thoughtful and responsive. He’s always our first choice.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced team. Work tirelessly to deliver the result. Great breadth of experience in house. Able to tackle challenging issues and people professionally and clearly.’

‘Simon Goldberg – experienced core team member who gets results.’

Principaux clients

42 M&P LTD

Fulwell 73 Ltd

Film financier

Neon Films Ltd and Chris Atkins

Silent Twins

Rope Ladder Fiction Limited

Canoe Film

Film financier

It’s A Lot Limited t/a Fan Studios

Grace Jones

Bloc Party

RØMANS

GDS Records Limited

Nick CAve

BC Music Media Limited

Tom Grennan

Wafflin Media Limited

Cosmos Music AB

Locomotion Entertainment Ltd

New York Times/Serial

Gal-Dem

Random House Group/Penguin Books

Simon & Schuster

Bureau of Investigative Journalism

News Group Newspapers

Reach plc

Faber & Faber

Wiggin LLP

The team at Wiggin LLP 'set the gold standard when it comes to media law'. Charles Moore and David Quli head up the film & television division, Paul Gardner the interactive entertainment team, Rachel Alexander and Alexander Ross jointly lead on music, and Ross together with Adrian Jones and Caroline Kean additionally co-heads the publishing department. For their extensive expertise pertaining to the television sector and large Hollywood productions respectively, Neil Gillard , Medwyn Jones , and Chris Hanson come recommended. Sarah MacDonald leads the firm's advertising, marketing and sponsorship team and is a specialist on regulatory issues. Additionally noteworthy is Sean James ' practice focused on content exploitation via media platforms and Daniel Whybrew is another key name in film financing.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Moore; David Quli; Paul Gardner; Rachel Alexander; Alexander Ross; Caroline Kean; Adrian Jones;

Autres avocats clés:

Ross Sylvester; Jason Fisher; Sean James; Gráinne McKenna; Chris Hammond; Peter Mason; James Peel; Melissa Frost; Alexander Lea

Les références

‘The Wiggin team is very personable, commercial but, fundamentally, it is technically excellent. They are masters of the media and betting space. Can’t rate them highly enough. The team atmosphere is very strong and you feel like you are using a joined up, knowledgeable and respectful practice.’

‘Quick to react to even the most ridiculous of instructions. The team has a sense of fun, and aren’t stuffy, but all knuckle down to deliver. Ross Sylvester – simply excellent. Super hard working and technically strong. Knows his onions. Jason Fisher – excellent young corporate partner. Knows his space well. Developing a great betting and gaming practice.’

‘Wiggin set the gold standard when it comes to media law. They are always up to date on industry practice and the changing landscape of media finance, film and television contracting, labour law and specifically international as well as British entertainment norms. They have an in depth knowledge of both the independent film and television landscape as well as that of the US studios and international streamers.’

Rachel Alexander – calm and methodical.’

‘Outstanding, pragmatic commercial legal advice. Wiggin understand the media landscape, the complexities of the deals being negotiated and add extraordinary commercial, legal and technical value at every stage. Super timely in their responses, totally human in their interactions and a joy to work with.’

‘Sean James is exceptional, one of the best brains in the the media industry. He adds value at every step of the way, helping navigate hugely complicated matters with clarity and confidence. Sean is a pleasure to deal with and incredibly responsive and pragmatic in his advice. He always adds to the strategic debate and is approachable and unstuffy.’

‘First class team with in-depth understanding of music business.’

‘Outstanding, pragmatic commercial legal advice. Wiggin understand the media landscape, the complexities of the deals being negotiated and add extraordinary commercial, legal and technical value at every stage. Super timely in their responses, totally human in their interactions and a joy to work with.’

Principaux clients

Apple

Disney

MRC

NBC Universal

Universal Studios

Netflix

Sky

Sony Pictures

ViacomCBS

Virgin Media

Warner Media

Starbreeze

Wargaming.net Limited

Wildlife

The Yogscast

Coda Platform

Improbable Worlds Limited

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Warner Music UK Limited

Performing Rights Society

Phonographic Performance Ltd

One Media iP

Rockstar Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment

IMPEL

Downtown Music Publishing

Disney

Musixmatch

Soundmouse

On Air

Harper Collins Publishers

Associated Newspapers

Times Newspapers

News Group Newspapers

Pink News

Argus Media

Bloomberg

MBC Group

Future PLC

Splash News

Byline Times

Pitch Publishing

Joe

Canongate

Scribe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised WarnerMedia on multiple high end television productions in the UK and Europe, including House of Dragons, Succession, and Ted Lasso.
  • Advised Wargaming.net on the use of tanks and military vehicles in its games.
  • Represented Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in the Court of Appeal in the TuneIn case.

Baker McKenzie

Ben Allgrove heads up the regulatory, IP and privacy litigation division of Baker McKenzie, together with fellow co-head William Holder who handles production, publishing, and M&A deals in the media sphere. The firm represents large broadcasters and tech giants in the interactive and immersive content matters, film/TV production, and music. On the contentious side, consultant Nadia Banno leads the team in defence of the BBC in the defamation claim arising out of its panorama program. Additionally, associate John Groom comes particularly recommended for his expertise in intermediary liability, social media, and content distribution.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Allgrove; William Holder

Autres avocats clés:

Nadia Banno; John Groom

Principaux clients

Accenture

BBC

Egmont Publishing

Google (includes YouTube)

Hutch Games

IMG / Endeavor

Index Ventures

Inspired Entertainment

Netflix

Pinterest

Reddit

Sony

Sovereign Films

Take Two Interactive

TikTok

Warner Bros

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for the BBC in its defence of a defamation and breach of confidence claim brought by the claimants arising out of a BBC Panorama programme entitled ‘The $10bn Energy Scandal’.
  • Advised the initial purchasers, bookrunners, and arrangers on a £235m senior secured high yield bond offering for Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
  • Advised Index Ventures on a $155m Series B investment round in Dream Games.

Bates Wells

Led by the go-to lawyer for the Advertising Standards Authority, Rupert Earle , Bates Wells positions itself as a full-service firm for media and entertainment spanning a variety of sub-sectors including film & TV and theatre, working for cultural organizations and sector bodies. On the latter, Erica Crump leads the team; she provides general legal support to the English National Opera.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rupert Earle; Erica Crump

Autres avocats clés:

Molly Carew-Jones; Tom Pratt

Les références

‘Erica Crump is pragmatic and a good problem solver.’

‘Collaborative and problem solving approach to negotiation, good all round resources for a small team, good communications.’

Principaux clients

English National Opera

Trigger Stuff/Trigger Productions

Advertising Standards Authority

The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize

Shakespeare’s Globe

KOKO Foundation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Advertising Standards Authority on a High Court judicial review claim.
  • Advising Trigger Productions on production agreements, commissioning, funding, corporate structures, negotiations, commercial contracts, and IP protection.
  • Providing ongoing legal support to Shakespeare’s Globe.

Bray & Krais, Solicitors

The ´top-tier music industry experts` at Bray & Krais, Solicitors represent high-profile artists and industry organizations in both non-contentious matters and a varuiety of litigation. Founding partners Richard Bray and Mark Krais are renowned in the market, particularly for their expertise in contractual matters with multi-jurisdictional elements and their proficiency regarding international live events respectively. Fellow practice co-head Simon Dixon focuses his practice on up-and-coming artists breaking into the industry. Clients rely on Simon Goodbody for all contentious music matters, where he leads the team. The firm has recently welcomed Jonny Petch from Simons Muirhead Burton whose commercially driven music practice further deepens the team´s expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Krais; Richard Bray; Simon Dixon; Simon Goodbody

Autres avocats clés:

Jonny Petch

Les références

‘They are the best in the business. Universally respected for their understanding of the law and ability to operate with integrity in a commercially savvy way.’

‘Mark Krais is incredibly responsive no matter how big or small the matter or deal, and gives great advice in a way that I, who am not a music lawyer, can understand and explain to my internal clients. Shedloads of integrity and a good perspective on what matters.`

´Jonny Petch is a great addition to the team.’

´Mark Krais is one of the best music lawyers in the business and provides a highly-sophisticated and commercial service. Simon Goodbody is an extremely talented and dedicated litigator with great command of detail in his cases.`

‘Simon Goodbody is calm, personable, pragmatic, and determined.’

´Top-tier music industry experts representing some of the most high-profile talent in the industry. Extremely commercial and dedicated team.`

´Great balance of capability, authority, and approachability.`

Principaux clients

Rolling Stones

Ed Sheeran

Headie One

Oasis

Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited

Rokstone Music Limited

Polar Patrol Music Limited

Spirit-B Unique JV SARL

Edward Sheeran MBE

Steven McCutcheon

John McDaid

BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Bucks Music Group Limited

Kesi Dryden

Piers Aggett

Amir Izadkhah

James Newman

Johnny Harris

Elton John

ArrDee

Central Cee

KSI

Bristows LLP

The practice at Bristows LLP rests firmly on its pillars of advertising, brand protection, and film/TV production where it represents clients from these sub-sectors in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Mark Watts leads the team together with Paul Jordan , a renowned expert on issues arising around advertising and brand protection. Their team includes associate Andrew Butcher who looks after clients such as The Guardian News and Media and ITV on marketing matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Watts; Paul Jordan

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Brown; Myles Jelf; Simon Clark; Richard Dickinson; Nellie Jackson; Greg Ruback; Andrew Butcher; Toby Headdon

Les références

‘The media and entertainment team at Bristows combines the best of in-depth practice area knowledge with pragmatic, client-focused advice. They are a fantastic extension of our in-house legal team, and whenever I reach out to them, it always makes life easier.’

‘I value the practical nature of the advice the team gives (Paul Jordan, Andrew Butcher and Sean Ibbetson). With their wealth of experience, most questions can be handled with a quick call.’

Principaux clients

The Financial Times Limited

Independent Digital News

Media Limited

Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Spotify

Paramount Pictures

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

ITV

Master Moley Ltd

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Managing The Guardian’s worldwide trade mark portfolio, advising on global filing strategy and using and protecting their marks and online content.
  • Providing routine advertising copy clearance support to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s member agencies.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jason Saiban leads the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, a firm that advises clients on film & TV, interactive content, and advertising & marketing with a notable sports practice as well as expertise in advising on competition law issues arising in media and entertainment. Duncan Lamont has a 'wealth of experience across all aspects of the Media world' and predominantly advises TV broadcasters, producers, celebrities, and journalists. Noteworthy for his expertise in the exploitation of content is associate Richard Davies who recently led the team in acting for Bowers & Wilkins on several collaborative projects including events at Soho House.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jason Saiban

Autres avocats clés:

Duncan Lamont; Jody MacDonald; Nick White; Gabrielle Shovlin; Richard Davies

Les références

‘The team ARE a team! They work as a team should: fully aware of every aspect of the case and conversations enabling smooth transitions between one solicitor and another.’

‘Duncan Lamont’s wealth of experience across all aspects of the Media world provides him with the unique ability to see things from both sides and give a true and honest evaluation of the each situation. Gabrielle Shovlin adds the extremely valuable nuts and bolts to each case with thoroughly researched and detailed information to tie up the merits of the case.’

Principaux clients

Nike

Marcus Rashford

International Tennis Federation

Bowers & Wilkins

Value Retail

Westfield

wagamama

Brasserie Blanc

Richemont

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Veloce Esports / Quadrant Esports

The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE)

Liquid Crimson

Edge Creative Enterprise Fund LP

NCSOFT

Brain Analytics Limited

Sega Amusements International Limited

Ascot Racecourse

Youview

Caroline Quentin

Ingrid Dupre

Image Nation Abu Dhabi

CNBC

Historylies Limited

Mediapro Group

Caviar Creative

Boomtown Productions

Downrange Production

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising YouView on competition matters associated with the successful development of the YouView platform.
  • Advising Nike on digital transformation projects, technology contracts, sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, e-commerce, regulatory, privacy and data protection, litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advising ITV on a broad range of competition matters, including in relation to a wide variety of commercial arrangements.

Deloitte Legal

A broad offering across media and entertainment, delivered from a tech-heavy angle defines the practice at Deloitte Legal which serves a diverse client base including Thomson Reuters, DAZN, and Sky. The team was significantly boosted by the acquisition of Kemp Little in early 2021; on the corporate side, co-head Andy Moseby takes the lead, he is a specialist in advising media companies on exits. Co-head Calum Murray advises on commercial and regulatory matters, particularly focusing on the internet and clients operating a digital business. The leadership trio is completed by Paul Garland, who leads the team on IP-centric work. Another specialist in issues arising from IP and the internet is Joanna Conway who is particularly noteworthy for her expertise in digital content risk and online harm. Associate Emily Nuttall-Wood comes recommended for her work on the intersection of IP rights and advertising.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andy Moseby; Calum Murray; Paul Garland

Autres avocats clés:

Joanna Conway; Emily Nuttall-Wood; Jessica Withey

Principaux clients

Sky

Quantcast

Vimeo, Inc.

QVC

Luna Labs

iSite TV

DAZN Media

British Interactive Media Association

Danmon Group

Fadaat Media Limited

Associated Newspapers

Thomson Reuters

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Vimeo Inc. on its acquisition of WireWax.
  • Working with iSite, providing legal support and advice in relation to a range of issues including, advising on and drafting talent agreements.
  • Advising Luna Labs on its geographical expansion and overall scope of IP protection.

Fieldfisher

Film & TV production and advertising are the two key pillars of the practice at Fieldfisher. Co-heads Stephen Saltzman and Tim Johnson have 'second to none' expertise in acting for major production studios such as Legendary Pictures across multiple projects and jurisdictions. Fellow co-head David Bond leads the firm's offering in advertising and was a key player in drafting the industry framework for media buying in association with the ISBA. Additionally noteworthy is Derek Hill's media focused tax practice, he recently represented members of Eclipse Film in a settlement against the HMRC concerning leveraged film finance schemes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Johnson; Stephen Saltzman; David Bond

Autres avocats clés:

Vicky Reinhardt; Derek Hill; Carlton Durrant; Christine Phillips

Les références

‘Bluechip expertise in global film and TV, with particular strength in advising clients on transactions involving major US counterparties.’

‘No practice is unique, but the team is knowledgeable, approachable and competent. One of the better practices in this field.’

‘Derek Hill combines encyclopedic knowledge of film investment structures with great insight as to how to pursue a matter and total dedication to his clients’ case. Few clients if any have ever been as well served as were we by Derek. He was by turns, illustrious, formidable, indomitable, indefatigable, implacable – and thanks to him we were victorious.’

‘Fieldfisher mobilized to fight and backed a big and contentious case. The result of the firm’s work is truly outstanding and exceptional.’

‘The background and experience of Steve Saltzman and Tim Johnson in terms of their top tier work for global producers, financiers, and talent is second to none in London.’

‘I would like to specifically call Vicky Reinhardt out as being exceptional in terms of her knowledge of the law, understanding of our sector, and understanding of our business.’

Principaux clients

BBC Studios

BBC

Magnetar Holdings

Legendary Pictures

SWIFT MEDIA

Library Pictures International

Timeless Films

Natixis Coficine

Live Tech Games

Lions Gate

ViacomCBS/Paramount/Channel 5/MTV/Nickelodeon/Comedy Central

Getty Images

ISBA

Eclipse Dry Tax Dispute

Netflix

Huayi Brothers International

Thomas Benski/Marisa Clifford

Swish Fibre

Puig UK Limited

Talent International (Tangde)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Legendary Pictures on a variety of European television projects across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising Swift Media, owner of Team Solomid, a prominent esports team, on a variety of issues relating to its sponsorship arrangements.
  • Advised BBC Studios on acquisition of TV production company House Productions.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

´One-of-a-kind` partner Hayley Brady leads the broad music and entertainment practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP which represents key players across industries such as Sky, Hipgnosis, Penguin Random House, and Reddit. Corporate managing partner Stephen Wilkinson has a track record of big-ticket M&A work for film and TV companies, including Sky, while Stephen Wisking handles regulatory and competition issues and is a key contact at the firm for litigation in the space. Alan Watts is another disputes expert; he heads up the global class actions and UK commercial litigation teams.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hayley Brady

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Wilkinson; Stephen Wisking; Alan Watts; Rachel Kane; James Balfour

Les références

‘They listen to what you want and understand your needs.’

´Great people, great lawyers, concise, and knowledgeable.’

´The team is flexible, and proactive in finding creative ways to meet their media clients’ needs in ways which fit their budgets. They are pragmatic and commercial, with impressive industry knowledge.`

´Hayley Brady is a one-of-a-kind partner, approachable and pragmatic, while never missing a point. She knows the media and entertainment industry inside out, and always manages to bring a sense of fun to her work! Rachel Kane is a superstar associate, commercial yet incredibly thorough at the same time. James Balfour is a calm, attentive and extremely efficient.`

Principaux clients

Sky

Reddit

Hipgnosis Music Fund

MGM

STV

Penguin Random House

British American Tobacco

Smilegate

Kambi

NetEase

RugbyPass

Bauer Media

Google

Bounce Cinema

Kick It Out

Dugdale Trust

Dentsu

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Sky with its distribution arrangements that formed part of the BT Group and Discovery premium sports joint venture.
  • Continue to assist Channel 3 Scottish broadcaster STV with its commercial networking arrangements with ITV.
  • Assisted Reddit with a range of regulatory and commercial matters.

Howard Kennedy LLP

'Media heavyweight' Mark Stephens co-heads the broad media & entertainment practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, where he focuses his expertise on international and regulatory matters. Robert Lands leads alongside Stephens and is a specialist on the intersection of IP and data protection as they pertain to the creative industries. The firm's advertising offering is spearheaded by Alex Watt who advises companies on licensing, franchising, publishing, and various forms of gaming. On the contentious side, particularly for her work on matters pertaining to reputation management, privacy, data protection, and freedom of speech, Elizabeth Morley is a key contact at the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Stephens; Robert Lands

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Watt; Colin Sawdy; Elizabeth Morley

Les références

‘Small but effective team with real experience of how the media operates.’

‘Mark Stephens is a media heavyweight with significant experience and a loyal client base.’

‘Howard Kennedy have great strength in depth, they fight hard for the clients and they are able to manage complex and fast moving litigation adeptly. At the partner level Howard Kennedy boasts a number of highly capable lawyers who are equally adept dealing with legal issues as their clients broader strategic goals. The partners are supported by hard working and reliable associates. The firm has a great client base and extensive international experience. This gives them an edge on their competitors in cases involving mutliple jurisdictions.’

‘Mark Stephens: an extremely experienced lawyer who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, and who gives bold advice where needed. Mark’s committment to his clients is unsurpassed.’

‘Elizabeth Morley: delightful and brilliant: Liz is a pleasure to work with and has added real value on every case on which I have worked with her. She gets clients on side and manages them throughout litigation, and she is excellent at managing a claim.’

Principaux clients

Sony Music

Bloomberg

CBS

China Central Television (CCTV)

Fox News

Disney

Iran International / Volant Media

Warner Brothers

SBS (Australian public broadcaster)

Left Bank Productions

Netflix

China House Arts

Whalar

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

The Robert Kennedy foundation

The Sentry

Express Newspapers

Bloomsbury

Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious

Greene Light Stage PLC

Gate Ventures

TradeWinds

Melanie Newman

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising freelance journalist Melanie Newman in a case concerning the right to privacy under Article 8 and a responsible journalist’s right to access to court papers and report on proceedings under Article 10.
  • Advising CBS in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and breach of data protection legislation that has been brought against them by Dillian Whyte at over £10million.

Latham & Watkins

The London team at Latham & Watkins operates as a part of the US firm's global offering, advising a broad roaster of key players across the media & entertainment sector on commercial and corporate transactions, disputes, and their IP portfolios. Renowned practitioner and practice head Lisbeth Savill continues to act on the forefront of industry-shaping matters, such as KKR's acquisition of music catalogues from Kobalt. Rachael Astin works closely with Savill, handling distribution and broadcasting deals, M&A transactions, and new media regulatory issues arising from emerging companies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisbeth Savill

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Mitchell; Farah O’Brien; Ian Felstead; Rachael Astin; Stewart Robinson; Alastair Mackichan

Principaux clients

Anonymous Content

Crossroads Live, Inc.

DAZN

Eon Productions

KKR

Moonbug Entertainment Limited

Pinewood Studios

Studiocanal

TeamViewer

Univision

Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Moonbug Entertainment on its sale to Candle Media, its acquisition of Cocomelon as well as its debt facility arranged by East West Bank and Fifth Third Bank.
  • Advised KKR & Co. on its acquisition of song catalogues from Kobalt.
  • Represented DAZN in its bid to acquire the BT Sport TV business and its agreement with the Asian Football Confederation concerning an exclusive media rights partnership.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is highly active in matters relating to platforms and DSPs as well as advising video game companies and clients from various sectors on advertising regulation. Mark Owen co-heads the team together with Adam Rendle and is an expert in 'soft' IP law, focusing on IP strategy, exploitation, and protection. Rendle guides companies through the entire lifecycle of their media assets and assists clients in contentious matters pertaining thereto.  In addition to his IP expertise, clients may rely on Niri Shanmuganathan for issues surrounding data in the media & entertainment sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Rendle; Mark Owen

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Hann; Charles Lloyd; Timothy Pinto; Xuyang Zhu; Simon Jupp; Niri Shanmuganathan

Les références

‘Taylor Wessing LLP has the incredible ability, and members, to dive into the complexities of a media organization and provide specific legal advice on what is needed, but also practical guidance on how to achieve those.’

‘Adam Rendle has helped us with a variety of different departments and countries, regularly assisting with ensuring media law is understood by lawyers and non-lawyers. Adam has been available at short notice and difficult hours, regularly ensuring we have felt supported and a priority. His professionalism, practical guidance and availability have been praised across the business regularly.’

Principaux clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company

THNDR Games

Jukin Media

Beyond Entertainment Ltd

Jagex

1UP Ventures

heycar

HuKitchen

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the business to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised bitcoin mobile games developer THNDR GAMES on its $2m investment led by Initial Capital.
  • Advised 1Up Ventures on its investment into Omeda Studios.

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP has longstanding relationships with UK music collecting societies and the touring industry, as well as a niche specialism in handling matters pertaining to merchandise. The firm’s music side is headed by Martin Ochs who recently acted for George Lowden Guitars in its collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Christopher Hutchings leads the overall media offering and has a reflectively broad practice. Additionally, clients can rely on the team’s extensive expertise in reputation management and defamation, most notably practised by Callum Galbraith and Simon Gallant.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Ochs; Christopher Hutchings

Autres avocats clés:

Callum Galbraith; Simon Gallant

Les références

‘Martin Ochs – expert at copyright law and enforcement. Very commercial and focused on outcomes.’

‘We are pleased to be working with Hamlins on our copyright infringement cases. The team keep us fully updated on the legal process from start to end and take time out from their busy schedule to attend weekly meetings with us to address any concerns or provide case specific updates. We feel in good hands knowing that there is a wealth of experience within the team at Hamlins.’

‘Martin Ochs is a great example of going above and beyond in providing invaluable support to us and our new starters. He has taken the time out to attend our offices and provide a training session on the copyright infringement process. He is always able to immediately answer any question we have which just highlights the great level of expertise he has.’

‘Very impressed by the team. The new joiners/trainees have been bright and attentive with a quick grasp of the complexities of music copyright and the senior team deliver excellent advice and sounding board ahead of formal instructions.’

‘Martin Ochs has been my primary contact at Hamlins. Martin is generous with his time and expertise and often presents evaluated alternative solutions to the problems in hand. He is held in high regard across the industry for his experience.’

Principaux clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Performing Right Society Limited (PRS For Music)

PPL PRS Limited

George Lowden Guitars

TRAP

David Nicoll

Bravado International Group

Justin Hawkins

Melanie Brown

Sharleen Spiteri

All Media Music

Proper Records Limited

Melanie Chisholm

Rafferty Law

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management and particularly on its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand, including trademark registrations.
  • Advice on anti-counterfeiting, prosecution, and online brand protection measures for TRAP Worldwide, the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry.
  • Advising PPL PRS Limited on public performance licensing and the collection of royalties for the industry.

Keystone Law

With a diverse group of advisers handling matters across the entirety of the media & entertainment sector, Keystone Law’s 'breadth of work is its USP’. Gerard Cukier, Nick Weaser, and Lawrence Abramson are key names for music clients, with the latter recently representing Drive-Thru Records and War Road Music in a claim brought by Ditto. Nicola Thatcher comes highly recommended for her expertise in matters pertaining to publishers, especially pre-publication issues.

Autres avocats clés:

Gerard Cukier; Nick Weaser; Lucy Blick-Jones; Lawrence Abramson; Nicola Thatcher; Rose Alexander; Dee Sian; Ian Down

Les références

‘Keystone’s breadth of work is its USP. Deep knowledge and experience are in abundance. But for a client to know that any issue has a specialist there is a very important plus. More generally, the admin support and efficient processes that all Keystone’s practitioners enjoy makes it a formidable firm.’

‘Gerard Cukier stands out for his combination of know-how and superb client-facing skills. Any media issue is in his sights.’

‘Lucy Blick-Jones is excellent – thorough, expert, commercial and a very safe pair of hands.’

Nick Weaser is a critical member of our team. He represents our artists exceptionally and his collaborative approach allows us to build robust foundations for our artist’s careers. He offers excellent levels of challenge, advice and support and is respected by our clients. He is our first choice legal rep in the music industry.

‘Keystone offers the benefits of a full-service offer, able to provide the expertise we need on our core business, with the added benefit of a 360 degree service across all other aspects of business and individual need. They are very progressive and collaborative in their approach to pricing and billing, allowing us to establish high-quality legal representation for our artists at a cost that is proportionate to where an artist is in their career.’

Principaux clients

Julia Kogan

Dame Shirley Bassey DBE

Tommy Farrow

Barry Silkman

Simon Armitage

August Ramberg

Matthew Bishop

Hachette Book Group

Pan Macmillan

Simon and Schuster Publishing Company

Verso Books

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Lady Colin Campbell

Fresh Air Production

Oxford Media Solutions Limited t/a Videvo

FIPP Limited

Russell Watson

Wienerworld

Henry Hadaway Organisation Ltd.

101 Films Limited

Six Music Group

Nelson’s [Mandela] Kids Ltd

Deepak Sikka

Skyrocket Entertainment Limited

Richard Walters

Vanessa Mahi

Entertain Me

Revelation Film Group

Maverick Productions

TBI

Estates of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchel

Dylan Cartlidge

Ross Hamilton

Liz Mitchell

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Drive-Thru Records LLC and War Road Music Inc. in a claim brought by Ditto, alleging breach of implied terms of a digital music licensing agreement, including failure to provide their master recordings and misuse of advances.
  • Acting for football agent Barry Silkman in relation to a story published by the Daily Mail.
  • Providing regular pre-publication legal read service to Hachette Book Group over its full range of titles but typically contentious memoirs.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has a track record of expertly handling large corporate transactions, as well as the the IP involved in such deals. The firm also handles disputes in the media space and advises film/TV studios on legal issues arising out of production. Miles Robinson heads up the department and focuses his practice on disputes arising out of contracts and commercial matters which regularly involve multiple jurisdictions. Highly active on the contentious side, James Whitaker regularly represents players in the film and television industries and is one of the firm's key contacts for charities in the space.

Responsables de la pratique:

Miles Robinson

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Hamill; Oliver Yaros; Rebecca Bothamley; James Whitaker

Principaux clients

Overmore Group

eOne (Entertainment One) Limited

United Games

Mediawan

Francisco Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Hasbro Inc. and its subsidiary Entertainment One Ltd. as UK deal counsel in the sale of Entertainment One Music to private equity firm The Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented Mediawan in the acquisition of a 51% stake in leading movie production house Drama Republic Limited.
  • Advised Uplift on the establishment of its new video games company Uplift Games.

Travers Smith LLP

Handling both non-contentious matters and a range of litigation, the Travers Smith LLP team around Richard Brown and Dan Reavill also advises players in the publishing, social media, advertising, and film/TV sectors on the strategic release of new products on the market.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Brown; Dan Reavill

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Chivers; Louisa Chambers; Emma Riggs

Les références

‘The team is second to none, they make a genuine effort to understand our business, they are commercial and pragmatic and their knowledge is second to none.’

‘The whole team is really stand out but in particular, Louisa Chambers and Emma Riggs. They both go the extra mile to understand our business, they are extremely responsive and are an extension of our in house team.’

‘The Media and Entertainment practice at Travers Smith manages to be both highly professional and highly personal at the same time. We have now concluded a number of acquisitions with them and in all cases they have been a huge asset, driving the deal forward, working very closely with our in-house team, listening and responding quickly, collaboratively and accurately.’

‘Louisa Chambers manages to make herself swiftly available when needed and always responds in full within the necessary timeframe. She listens very effectively and provides commercially sensible advice which enables the deal to progress.’

‘Consistently excellent. Deep industry knowledge bringing to bear commercial instinct with legal expertise.’

‘Outstanding leaders build outstanding teams, and that’s exactly what Richard Brown has done.’

Principaux clients

Ambassador Theatre Group

G Network

BUUK Infrastructure

Channel 4

Substance Global

Matterport

HATO Press

Premier Rugby

THE World Universities Insights

News UK

International Literary Properties

Dennis Publishing

Ascential

Basal Infrastructure

London Resort

Virgin Media

Wireless Group

Immediate Media

S4 Capital

Exponent Private Equity

Talk Sport

Ericsson

Pinewood

TES Global

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Exponent on the £300m sale of Dennis to Future plc.
  • Advising S4 Capital on the international expansion of creative digital production firms MediaMonks and MightyHive in the US, China, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Canada, and Australia.
  • Advising International Literary Properties on intellectual property issues relating to the acquisition and exploitation of a major literary estate for a well-known crime author.

ACK Media Law LLP

Nick Miller and Sue Charles jointly head the department at ACK Media Law LLP, which represents a variety of production companies such as Rise Film and Lupus Films as well as assisting writers such as EL James and Neil Gaiman with the transformation of their literary work into television series. Charles focuses her expertise on reputation management, rights of privacy, and defamation whereas Miller is very active in media finance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Miller; Sue Charles

Principaux clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Coutts & Co

EL James

Short Form Film Company Limited

Lupus Films Limited

Sharp House Finance Limited

Rise Films Limited

Wychwood Media Limited

Ramo Law PC

A&L Goodbody

Neil Gaiman

Building Block Projects LLP t/a Vamonos

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Arbuthnot Latham & Co, Limited on various deals and television loans for ITV and other UK network broadcasters.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to Lupus Films Limited on the development of over eight new projects.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a short form film company in relation to pre-production work on the hit BBC Children’s TV Show ‘Jamie Johnson’.

Bindmans LLP

The team at Bindmans LLP focus their expertise on representing both claimants and defendants in high-stakes media cases, with special expertise in matters pertaining to defamation, privacy, and data protection, regularly acting in high-profile, headline-making cases. 'Legendary media lawyer' Tamsin Allen leads the team and advises publishers, NGOs, authors, and individual journalists. The strength of Allen's team has been bolstered by the recent arrival of Monika Sobiecki , a trained data protection and cyber security barrister with a focus on digital rights protection.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tamsin Allen; Katie Wheatley

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki

Les références

‘A brilliant media team. Able to deploy cross over skills to great effect.’

‘Tamsin Allen is a brilliant media lawyer working on cutting edge cases. Clever and strategic lawyer who brings huge experience to the table.’

‘Tamsin Allen: a legendary media lawyer. Knows everything there is to know – and overflowing with good judgment and commonsense.’

‘Monika Sobieki is a very committed and engaged new partner.’

‘Tamsin Allen is one of the leaders in her field in defamation and data protection.’

Principaux clients

Caroline Watt

Nina Cresswell

Association for Community Organisations for Reform Now Limited

Paddy French

Alaedeen Sicri

Dr Salman Butt

Good Law Project

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Rebekah Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel claim, arising out of an alleged leak of private information from Coleen Rooney’s Instragram account to the press.
  • Representing Paddy French, author of online news site ‘Pressgang’ in a libel case brought by Mr Ware, lead producer and presenter of the Panorama program ‘Is Labour anti-semitic?’.
  • Acted for Alaedeen Sicri in a privacy claim against Associated Newspapers Limited to the publishing of his personal details as a person arrested in connection with the Manchester bombing in May 2017.

Burges Salmon LLP

Jeremy Dickerson , an expert in matters pertaining to film and TV, heads up the team at Burges Salmon LLP, which advises major production studios and broadcasters as well as general media and music clients and handles advertising for retailers and broadcasters. Highly active in the firm, Helen Scott-Lawler has a broad non-contentious media practice, advising clients on commercial contracts, advertising, marketing, brand protection, and sponsoring. Emily Roberts is particularly recommended for her expertise in contentious matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Dickerson

Autres avocats clés:

Helen Scott-Lawler; Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw; Richard Hugo

Principaux clients

BBC

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery, Inc.

Sam Branson / Sundog Pictures

Eurosport

Virgin Group

Glastonbury Festival

Endemol Shine

20th Century Studios

Play Sports Network

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trademark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
  • Acting as UK trademark counsel for Discovery, Inc. and Eurosport, advising on clearance, registry proceedings, and UK enforcement issues.
  • Advising Sam Branson and Sundog Pictures on the formation of the production company HiddenLight Productions with Hilary and Chelsea Clinton.

Gowling WLG

Specialists in advertising, the team at Gowling WLG act for household names from various industries including the Volkswagen Group, Carlsberg Marstons, and Nomad Foods both on non-contentious matters and proceedings before the Advertising Standards Authority. A recognized expert in his field, Dan Smith heads the practice and has recently advised Audi in connection with multiple advertising projects concerning the client's electronic vehicles. Kate Swaine co-heads the firm's global intellectual property practice and is a specialist in clearance and enforcement of brands, advertising, and designs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Smith

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Swaine; Mathilda Davidson; Kate Hawkins

Principaux clients

Volkswagen Group

Carlsberg Marstons

Hovis

Weetabix

Oxfam

Nomad Foods

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games England (Team England)

Volvo

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Hovis and Volkswagen Group to ensure their marketing claims comply with the Competition and Markets Authority’s new Green Claims Code.
  • Assisted a European food manufacturer and global automotive manufacturer in connection with the appointment of a new pan-European and/or global media agency for media booking and buying services.

Hansel Henson

David Hansel and Tom Henson lead the boutique firm Hansel Henson and focus their expertise exclusively on digital media and IP law. Henson has expertise with regards to the commercial exploitation of his clients' offerings whereas Hansel acts on matters concerning converging technologies and digital advertising. Sarah Wells handles a range of contractual work, including matters concerning app development, marketing, and social media influencers. In a recent highlight the three worked together in advising LipSync on various film financing deals.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Hansel; Tom Henson

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Wells

Les références

‘They are very keen to learn about other areas of the business and get involved. A very good bunch.’

‘Extremely thorough and helpful.’

‘Highly professional, knowledgable and attentive.’

‘Tom Henson and Sarah Wells – both fantastic.’

‘The Hansel Henson team are always a delight to work with: responsive, creative & focused on commercial results. I always enjoy working with them, and have recommended many clients to them over the years.’

‘Tom Henson’s biggest strength is his ability to grasp the details and potential drawbacks of any issue and creatively direct us to overcome any issue with the most optimised aspect.’

Principaux clients

Neurocess Limited

Hutch Games Ltd

Samarkand Global Ltd

UNRD Ltd

Vetstoria Limited

Another Place Productions Ltd

Sixt Rent A Car Ltd

LipSync

Viker Ltd

Red9 Consultancy Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Hutch Games Ltd on trademarks and assist with the submission of take down notices across various App stores.
  • Advised Samarkand Global on its acquisition of Zita West Products Limited and Babawest Ltd, and its acquisition of Napiers the Herbalists, as well as on ongoing contract and trade mark work.
  • Advising UNRD Ltd on its commercial contracts, including  negotiations and ongoing collaboration with ITV in relation to its Love Island story and associated agreements with the I Saw It First clothing brand.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's media & entertainment practice has a strong IT angle, advising media companies on a range of commercial matters. On the commercial side, the team is led from Liverpool by Sean Crotty who focuses his expertise on agreements pertaining to interactive entertainment, talent rights, and the music industry. Managing partner John Schorah is deeply ingrained into the interactive entertainment sector where he advises clients on both corporate and commercial matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Crotty

Autres avocats clés:

John Schorah; Sarah Walton; Nicola Gonnella; Laurence Pritchard; Tom Trowhill

Principaux clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Nomad Games Limited

Apadmi Limited

The Open University

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements with high profile actors.
  • Advised Liverpool Media Academy on strategic arrangements.
  • Advising Apadmi Limited on contract review, negotiations, governance, and strategy.

Browne Jacobson LLP

National firm Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong brand protection practice, and also advises on advertising, sponsorship and has recently been highly involved in work for companies producing sets and utilities for film & TV production. A specialist in brand protection matters, Declan Cushley heads up the team from London - he has served as in-house counsel for Iconic London on all their advertising and influencer matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Declan Cushley

Autres avocats clés:

Faye McConnell; Giles Parsons; Cat Driscoll; Gavin Lock

Les références

‘Declan Cushley stands out in a very strong team, with Faye McConnell performing brilliantly as well.’ 

‘Their strengths are: expertise in all the relevant areas, turning this into easy to understand explanations to assist us in making the best decisions, speed of response and building contract templates e.g. for engagements with influencers/agencies.’

‘We value their commercial approach, technical expertise, understanding of our business, speed of response and that they feel like partners to us in our business. Stand out individuals in the area of media entertainment are Faye McConnell, Giles Parsons, Declan Cushley and Gavin Lock.’

Principaux clients

Lotus Cars

PZ Cussons

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Iconic London (Holdings) Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

MoreNiche

adidas (UK) Limited

Palace Scenery Construction Limited

BGI Supplies Limited

Greens Team

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for BGI Supplies Limited in negotiating the contract for Dune 2, considering the contractual protections BGI needs.
  • Advised Camelot Lotteries UK Limited on trademark and copyright enforcement worlwide, on licensing agreements, compliance, sponsorship and brand ambassador agreements and all general IP and commercial issues.
  • Advising Palace Scenery Limited on all service agreements with film studios including Apple, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner, Marvel, and Netflix.

GSC Solicitors LLP

Music industry bodies such as PPL, VPL, and PRS entrust GSC Solicitors LLP to act for them on a variety of matters, whereas other clients come to the firm for its expertise in advertising and branding. Practice head Justin Goldspink leverages his expertise as a barrister to represent clients in music, copyright, and branding litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Justin Goldspink; Clive Halperin

Autres avocats clés:

Ross Waldram

Les références

‘The skillsets within GSC are exceptional. They are a legal firm that understands fully the commercial impacts to our business and offer advice based upon not only legal positions but commercial judgement as well.’

‘Clive Halperin, in my opinion, stands above the crowd. He takes the time to fully understand our business and what we are trying to achieve and his knowledge is second to none based upon my experience with numerous other legal firms across the years.’

‘It’s so refreshing to deal with a firm of solicitors who have a wealth of experience within copyright law and are always at hand to answer any questions and attend weekly meetings to discuss the different cases that they are instructed on.’

‘Ross Waldram and Justin Goldspink are incredible in providing invaluable advice and guidance to us on our copyright infringement cases. They will respond immediately to any queries we have. They have gone above and beyond in supporting our new starters with complex referrals and always have time for us, even though we are fully aware on how busy they are. A great example of creating harmonious client relations.’

Principaux clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

PPL PRS Limited

CanO Water Limited

Barmy Army Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Phonographic Performance Limited before the Copyright Tribunal in respect of the tariff for the use of its sound recordings at events such as discos in nightclubs, pubs/bars, hotels and restaurants.
  • Acting for Phonographic Performance Limited and PRS Limited in respect of the enforcement of the rights of PPL and PRS in sound recordings and musical works.
  • Acting for CanO Water on the growth and protection of the brand in the EU and internationally.

Level

Described as 'personable lawyers who work tirelessly' Level's practice services a wide variety of clients on matters pertaining to music, film, and performing arts. Jennifer Parker has extensive experience in advising on matters arising in film & TV and has recently been involved extensively in the production of documentaries. On the music side of the practice, Halina Wielogorska is focusing on working entrepreneurs in the space as evidenced by her acting for Premier League Football Club Wolverhampton Wanderers on setting up their own record label.

Autres avocats clés:

Halina Wielogorska; Jennifer Parker; Tim Lowles; Dan Harrington; Irving David; Rochelle Winn; Alec Cameron; Morris Bentata

Les références

‘Responsiveness, experience and a pragmatic approach. We rely on Level’s expertise as a core part of our business.’

‘We work with Irving David who not only has huge knowledge and experience but most importantly is unfailingly polite but determined to represent our interests at all times. I know I can rely on his judgement and advice to get the best outcome. Irving is brilliant at what he does and always with absolute professionalism.’

‘Jenny Parker is a brilliant lawyer. Smart, collaborative, accessible, nice and also pragmatic.’

‘Jenny Parker and Halina Wiegorlorska have been instrumental in their work with my company. Their ability to make you feel protected and informed is exceptional.’

‘Personable lawyers who work tirelessly to get the job completed.’

‘I work with Jenny Parker who is an exceptional lawyer. The practice is efficient with good support.’

Principaux clients

Beno Obano via PSC Sinnybaby Media Limited

NERVO

Kojey Radical via PSC Bellyempty Limited

Emily Burns

ABSOLUTE.

Carly Wilford

Amaarae via PSC Goldenchild Music Ltd.

Sixteen Films Limited

Blink Productions Limited (for Matter 6 only)

Robbie Lyle and Tao Weitzer

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Wolverhampton Wanderers on establishing the first ever record label set up by a UK football club – ‘Wolves Records’.
  • Advised director Paul Dugdale on his director’s agreement for the award winning “Adele One Night Only” production and for the Glastonbury Live at Worthy Farm project.
  • Represented RDA Television in a ca. EUR10m claim brought by European Professional Club Rugby and in a corresponding counterclaim.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is home to a strong advertising-focused practice, handling matters pertaining to sponsorship, endorsements, and general advertising and marketing matters. Recently, practice head Lewis Cohen has been highly active in NFT arrangements alongside his advising relating to influencers, licensing, and collaboration. Sports head Simon Leaf comes particularly recommended for his work pertaining to broadcasters and the Advertising Standards Authority, especially on the regulatory side.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lewis Cohen

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Leaf

Principaux clients

TikTok

MCQ Alexander McQueen

Casamata LLC

Cosmetips Limited

Videoslots Ltd

UK Tote Group Limited

Alfred Franks & Bartlett

Eterlast

Splash Tech

Ionoco

Global Radio Services Limited and Global Media and Entertainment Limited

Sky

CBS

NBC Universal

Dua Lipa

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Global Radio Services Limited and Global Media and Entertainment Limited on a range of media and entertainment related matters, providing commercial and IP law-related advice.
  • Advised Splash Tech on a range of commercial, IP, and data law-related matters – including custom templates and individually negotiating agreements with some of its biggest international clients.
  • Advised Alfred Franks & Bartlett on its long-term licence agreement for the MY LITTLE COCO brand.

Northridge Law LLP

A go-to firm for sports clients, Northridge Law LLP operates at the intersection of sports and media; Ian Lynam leads the team acting as a key adviser to clients including Roc Nation. Jon Walters heads up the non-contentious media practice and is a specialist in matters pertaining to sponsorship, digital media, and marketing regulation. Further, Jamie Feldman comes particularly recommended for his expertise in employment in media & entertainment.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jon Walters

Autres avocats clés:

Jamie Feldman; Ian Lynam

Les références

‘The leading sports specific legal firm nationally. Has grown from its birth less than five years ago to number one ranking. A reflection of the talent it can attract and possesses.’

‘Jamie Feldman – incredibly commercial and knowledgeable about sport.’

‘The team provided excellent collaboration for commercial transactions in the technology space.’

‘Pro active, practical approach. Great team and very responsive.’

‘They build relationships for the long term. Efficiency and attitude is always supportive.’

Principaux clients

Spotify

Bruin Capital

Boxxer

KIN Partners

Roc Nation

SportyStuffTV Limited

Betway

Two Circles (and its owner, Bruin Sports Capital)

AEG Worldwide

Found Entertainment Limited

Flatshare Limited t/a SpareRoom.co.uk

The FA

E20 Stadium

DesignScene

Heaps + Stacks

Raheem Sterling / Thierry Henry

Balln

Footballco Media Limited

Blueprint Sports and Entertainment

Edge Influencer Marketing

3 Kingdoms Sport and Entertainment

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Spotify on a ‘first of its kind’ sponsorship agreement with FC Barcelona.
  • Acted for Boxxer on its four-year partnership with Sky Sports.
  • Advised AEG Worldwide on the renewal of the O2 naming rights sponsorship of the O2 Arena and the title sponsorship of the All Points East Festival.

Purdy Smith

The 'highly qualified' Mark Smith leads the team at Purdy Smith; he focuses his practice on advising clients on issues arising in advertising as well as complementary areas such as data protection and e-commerce. He recently counselled Expedia on the engagement of talent for the company's marketing campaigns.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Smith

Les références

‘Mark Smith is very personable and provides great advice.’

‘Purdy Smith provides very accurate and specific advice. They answer very quickly.’

‘Mark Smith is highly qualified.’

 

Principaux clients

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

Claire’s

Expedia

The Entertainer

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Charlotte Tilbury Beauty on a potential product collaboration.
  • Advising The Entertainer on compliance with advertising and consumer law including rules around price display and discounts.
  • Advising a takeaway food brand on a variety of issues relating to advertising and marketing including product names and advertising copy, ASA investigations, pricing practices, and promotions.

Sound Advice (Legal) LLP

With 'outstanding negotiating skills' Sound Advice (Legal) LLP focuses on representing the talent side of music in non-contentious matters. An established representative of high-profile artists, Robert Horsfall leads the team and acts as an anchor for overseas artists targeting the UK and Europe. Sonia Diwan represents songwriters such as Stargate, independent labels like Naughty Records, and artists like Jonas Blue. Additionally, their team includes former DJ and A&R Jules O’Riordan who is deeply ingrained in the music industry and services clients with a broad media & entertainment practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Horsfall

Autres avocats clés:

Jules O’Riordan; Sonia Diwan; Pete Bott

Les références

‘The team lives and breathes music. They are immersed in the communities they serve and these strong links reinforce advice with a true understanding of context for their clients.’

‘Robert Horsfall – excellent legal mind, great experience and commercial instincts. I appreciate the balance he strives for in negotiations so that all parties share value in the deal.’

‘Jules O’Riordan – The legendary ‘Judge Jules’ – amazing profile in the industry – great respect for his career as a DJ and tastemaker and so well placed to give legal advice, grounded with the experience of a seasoned creative practitioner as well as experienced lawyer.’

Sonia Diwan – very respected music industry lawyer.’

‘Pete Bott – very active in panels / knowledge transfer events, especially for new entrants / independent business builders in the industry – a supportive and trusted advisor.’

‘Outstanding negotiating skills and strategic thinking to achieve the bests results for their clients, fighting their clients’ corner with genuine passion.’

‘Robert Horsfall – a master negotiator and tactician.’

Principaux clients

Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Pendulum / Knife Party

Jonas Blue

Bring Me The Horizon

Digital Farm Animals

Naughty Boy

Stargate

Charlie Sloth

WizKid

Paloma Faith

GoGo Penquin

Carl Cox

Snarky Puppy

Let’s Eat Grandma

Emma Jean Thakray

William Grace

Under Carolyn Burbridge 's leadership, William Grace has carved out a niche for itself in digital media advising clients such as Red Dog Ads, Audience Communications, and EMC3. She works closely with Alastair Shaw who handles contractual work and disputes for hi-tech clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Carolyn Burbridge

Autres avocats clés:

Alastair Shaw

Les références

‘The partner we deal directly with, Carolyn Burbridge, has exceptional attention to detail, responsiveness and availability. We enjoy working with her immensely.’

‘You’ve got direct access to lawyers with breadth of experience resulting from many years as Big Law partners. Super commercially aware and practical, with an international network of contacts.’

‘Great commercial advice, always pragmatic and reasoned.’

‘Carolyn Burbridge is an excellent lawyer with genuine good knowledge in the space.’

Principaux clients

Crypto Coin Comparison Ltd t/a CryptoCompare

British Horseracing Authority

English Language Video Learning Ltd t/a Sensations English

Maritrace Ltd

Lighterman Ltd t/a Tradeviews

New London Architecture Ltd

Red Dog Ads Ltd

Audience Communication and Events SA

EMC3 Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised CryptoCompare on all worldwide crypto currency and digital asset data licensing matters.
  • Advised the British Horseracing Authority Working on digital transformation projects and related IP matters.
  • Advised English Language Video Learning Ltd t/a Sensations English on the establishment of the business and its roll out in the UK and across Europe.