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Bird & Bird LLP’s practice handles the full spectrum of media law, with expertise across advertising, marketing, music, film, TV, publishing, gaming, social media, interactive content and gambling. Phil Sherrell, who heads the media, entertainment and sport sector group and focuses on litigation in the music, publishing, broadcast and advertising sectors, is defending Tune-In in a digital copyright dispute with Sony Music and Warner Music regarding claims that aspects of its service infringe the copyright of various record companies represented by IFPI.  Simon Fielder advised Kew Media on several transactions including its $67m acquisition of Content Media Corporation and its acquisition of TCB Media Rights for £6m. Craig Giles advised The FA on the award of its international media rights to IMG and Pitch and acted for Six Nations Rugby on the award of its international media rights to the Six Nations Championship to NBC Universal in the US and Pitch in other international territories. David Bintliff, who is experienced in digital transformation and the interplay between content and technology, advised Perform Group on the acquisition of a range of sports media rights for its DAZN OTT service, including rights for the English Premier League in Japan, and the acquisition of the Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network and PAC-12 Network of channels in Canada. PRS for Music, Providence Equity, RhythmOne and Marv Films are also clients. Other key figures include Richard McMorris, who handles complex transactions and projects in the media and sports sectors; Felicity Reeve, who regularly acts for sports sector clients on marketing rights, sponsorship, advertising and merchandising issues; and Nick Aries, who regularly acts for media businesses on IP issues. Craig Giles and Bryony Hurst have been promoted to the partnership and Andy Danson recently joined from K&L Gates LLP. Ali Ramadan  joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP in 2017.

Clintons¬†is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious media and entertainment mandates, with key expertise across film, TV, music, theatre and digital media matters. Kami Naghdi¬†heads the film and TV sector group which includes associates Jennifer Parker¬†and Emilie Edwards¬†who recently joined from Linklaters LLP. Naghdi led for Covert Media on all production and finance legal matters for the film Ophelia.¬†James Jones¬† heads the theatre team, which includes John Cohen¬†and consultant Aron Rollin, and acts for clients such as Sir Tim Rice, David Ian Productions, Michael Harrison Entertainment, Jamie Wilson Productions and Bill Kenwright Ltd. Senior partner Andrew Myers¬†heads the non-contentious music department, which acts for clients such as Stereophonics, Van Morrison, Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller. Other key figures on the music side include¬†Peter Button, Berkeley Edwards¬†and Nicky Stein, who operates across London and Los Angeles, and associate Alastair Kenwood, who joined in 2018 from Sound Advice (Legal) LLP. The ‚Äėhighly rated‚Äô¬†Andrew Sharland¬†and David Griffiths¬†lead the contentious music department, which represents individual musicians, songwriters, managers, producers, record companies, publishing, management, live event and digital media companies on complex disputes. Also recommended are¬†Tom Frederikse, who¬†heads the digital media team;¬†Philip Stinson, who¬†heads the brands and marketing department;¬†Charles Gerada, who¬†handles corporate matters; and Karim Bouzidi, who¬†is noted for contentious work.

CMS acts for a range of global media companies and individuals active in the media sector and is particularly noted for its TV and advertising practice, which acts for high-profile talent and industry executives, production companies and financiers. Advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, music and publishing are also key areas of expertise. The team is also commended for its media finance expertise, which acts for corporates and lenders in the media sector. Senior partner Mark Devereux advised LittleStar Films, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Judy Craymer on the development, financing, production and distribution of the new Mamma Mia film: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Other highlights included Devereux and Nick Crosbie's work on the launch of new independent TV production company, Expectation; Selina Potter's, advice to new US studio STX Entertainment on its distribution strategy throughout the UK; corporate partner Mark Bertram's advice to German media group, Burda Media, on its acquisition of Immediate Media from Exponent Private Equity and Management;  David Zeffman's advice to The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on the sale of its broadcasting and other media rights for the ECB’s domestic and international matches played at home from 2020-2024 to Sky Sports and the BBC; and head of music John Enser's advice to Hearst Communications on its investment in music services business, Kobalt. Susan Barty heads the advertising and marketing team, while Steven Corney handles media sector disputes, Clive Gringras heads the technology team, and Jacqueline Hurt specialises in the financing, production and distribution of films and television programmes and other content. IP group co-head Tom Scourfield; technology, media, IP and competition head Iain Stansfield; and sports group head David Zeffman are also key contacts, as are Paul Guite and Victoria Gaskell, who lead the media department. Charles Kerrigan heads the media finance team, which includes Ruth Marken and of counsel Anne Chitan. Senior associates Alex Dixie, Tomos Jones, Stuart Helmer are also recommended as are of counsel Anna Soilleux-Mills and Rebekah Hayes.

DLA Piper is active across mandates in the film, TV, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, theatre and publishing arenas. The sports sector is also a key focus; the team continues to advise the Football Association Premier League on several matters, and advised The English Football League on the global sale of media rights. It is also advising Badminton World Federation (BWF) on its appointment of Infront Sports & Media to provide media rights sales services and sponsorship rights sales services relating to BWF Tournaments until 2025. Duncan Calow is experienced in a range of publishing matters and has expertise in digital media, interactive entertainment, gaming, digital content, advertising and marketing. Other standout individuals include John Wilks, who acts on a range of advertising, marketing and promotions matters; Nicholas West, who is active across broadcasting matters and the audio-visual exploitation of content; and John Cloke, who advises content owners and distributors on commercial, copyright and regulatory issues. International corporate head and M&A practice co-chair Bob Bishop, Nick Fitzpatrick, who is global co-chair of the media, sport and entertainment sector group, and global co-CEO of the firm Simon Levine are also recommended, as are Patrick Mitchell and M&A practice co-chair Jon Kenworthy.

Farrer & Co¬†delivers a ‚Äėhigh-quality service, with excellent turnaround times and good insight‚Äô. The team stands out for its ‚Äėstrong‚Äô publishing practice and acts for a range of international broadcast production and rights companies; music estates and leading news generators and syndication houses; and radio, film, culture and sports clients. Department head Paul Jones¬†advised the British Library on digitisation projects relating to its online newspaper archive. Jones and Henry Sainty¬†advise Bauer Media on a range of matters including on infrastructure contracts supporting its print and digital supply chains. Peter Wienand¬†advises The Economist Group on a range of IP, commercial and reputation management matters. Sainty and Richard Lane, who leads on media sector M&A matters, act for Sage Publishing Group on a range of issues such as GDPR, and also advised on its acquisition of Wichtig International from its shareholders. Employment partner Jonathan Eley¬†and Sainty regularly advise Telegraph Media Group. Associates Owen O‚ÄôRorke¬†and Alan Baker¬†are also key members of the group, as is litigator¬†Ian De Freitas, who joined in 2017 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Michael Patrick has left the firm for an in-house role.

Fieldfisher’s cross-disciplinary practice has broad expertise spanning financing, digital media, gaming, interactive content, social media, film, television, advertising, marketing, sponsorship, publishing, licensing, IP, tax, employment and regulatory mandates. Media and entertainment head Tom Guida is advising the International Association of Athletics Federations on the licensing of all media rights for the its world championship-level events in Europe and Africa to the European Broadcast Union and ESPN Media Distribution. Tim Johnson advised BBC Worldwide on several matters including a co-financing arrangement with Anton for a slate of high-end television drama, The Drama Investment Partnership. He also advised Natixis Coficine on the financing and security arrangements for a number of film and television projects. Advertising, marketing and sponsorship group head David Bond advised the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) on a media buying agreement template and corporate head Andrew Blankfield advised the BBC on the transfer of its in-house production operations from BBC public service into a new commercial subsidiary, BBC Studios Ltd. Leighton Cassidy is head of trade marks and brand protection and advises Take-Two Interactive Software on a range of IP enforcement and protection matters, while Paul Barton advises a number of publishers and acts for McGraw Hill Education. Other key individuals include tax head Derek Hill; Carlton Durrant, who acts for film, TV and media clients on M&A and joint venture transactions; Phil Lee, who specialises in advising digital media, interactive entertainment and technology businesses on data protection issues; corporate partner Jonathan Brooks ; Simon Briskman, who is active across outsourcing, technology and telecoms matters; Nick Rose, who heads the IP and technology dispute resolution group; banking and finance partner Robin Spender; and corporate finance expert Christine Phillips. Senior associates Chris Eastham , Melissa Fish and director Sonal Patel Oliva are also recommended, as is Brian Chadwick, who recently joined the firm from Cooley (UK) LLP .

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is active across publishing, music, film and TV, theatre, gaming and digital media mandates. It also boasts strong media financing capabilities. Mark Phillips is experienced in video gaming and co-heads the interactive entertainment team with Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games; he regularly advises leading publishers, financiers and developers, and also handles commercial and IP related matters. Clients in this space include Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and The Pokémon Company International. Abigail Payne is active across film and television development, production, financing and distribution, and heads the media finance team, which includes Charles Lévêque and associate Katrien Roos. TV and film department head Jonathan Berger acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, major independent producers, distributors and financiers and advised Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), alongside Moss, as production and financing counsel on the independent feature film Juliet, Naked. Sarah Lazarides  regularly acts as production counsel on films and television programmes, and Peter Armstrong acts for major US studios on film and television matters. Associates Harriet Stone, Louis Huglin and Clare Zucker are also key members of the TV and film department. Chloe Forsyth heads the music team, which includes consultant George Babbington, and continues to act for James Ford on his producer arrangements with artists. Theatre team head Neil Adleman is advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on its transfer to Broadway and Australia; and advised the producers of Young Frankenstein on rights, corporate and contractual issues. Shireen Peermohamed leads the publishing practice, which includes senior associate Alex Hardy, and acts for clients such as Hachette UK Publishing Group, Bloomsbury, Egmont and The Publishers Association. Recently promoted partner Michael Lister specialises in eSports and Kostyantyn Lobov, who handles IP and advertising issues affecting clients in the games industry, has been promoted to senior associate. Sacha Wilson joined in 2018 from Bristows LLP. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

The ‚Äėquick and efficient‚Äô team at¬†Lee & Thompson LLP¬†specialises in the media, technology and creative industries. Dominic Bray‚Äôs advertising and marketing group has been bolstered by the arrival of Huw Morris¬†from Reed Smith LLP, and advised Engine Group on several matters. Digital and technology head Julian Ward¬†joined in 2017 from Hamlins LLP¬†and advises clients such as video game developers Pixel Toys, Rovio Entertainment and Team 17. Lawrence Engel¬†¬†heads the music group, which represents a range of high-profile talent, industry organisations, major and independent music publishers and record labels and collection societies. Kieran Jay¬†and senior associate Lizzie Payne-James¬†represent a number of new and emerging artists. ¬†‚ÄėOutstanding litigator‚Äô Gordon Williams¬†represented publisher Bourne Co in a case brought by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing involving a music publishing catalogue. Martyn Bailey¬†is representing independent record label, Brille Records on a dispute with the Swedish band, The Knife. TV group head Richard Lever¬†acted for writer Beau Willimon and his production company, Westward Productions on The First,¬†a straight-to-series drama. Film group head Christos Michaels¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, well connected and always available‚Äô; he advised Rocket Science Industries on its establishment, appointment, sales, distribution and finance agreements for a number of Hollywood films. Managing partner Reno Antoniades¬†heads the film and TV group and advised¬† Potboiler Productions on the adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Nicki Parfitt¬†advised Eon Productions on the production of The Rhythm Section. Film and TV finance lawyer Sam Tatton-Brown¬†is ‚Äėvery practical, thorough and responsive‚Äô.¬†Mike Brookes¬†heads the reputation protection group and is recommended alongside corporate head Malcolm Murray,¬†Mary Burrows,¬†Mark Stafford,¬†Lee Stone,Will Everitt,¬†Jeremy Gawade¬†and consultant Andrew Thompson.¬†Senior associates Simon Goodbody, Antony Swiatek¬†and Tim Fowler¬†are also singled out. Mark Ashelford¬†has joined Russells Solicitors.

The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô department at Lewis Silkin LLP¬† is active across the media and entertainment sector, with expertise covering theatre, publishing, film and TV, music, social and digital media. Jeremy Summers¬†heads the media and entertainment team and advised the Association of Independent Festivals in relation to PRS‚Äôs consultation regarding amendments to the tariff it charges for live music events. Richard Miskella¬†advised The Old Vic theatre in relation to an investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour during actor Kevin Spacey‚Äôs tenure as Artistic Director. Consultant Phil Rymer¬†acts advises clients in film and television production, finance and distribution and also acts for talent agencies, technical servicing and PR agencies. Simon Entwistle¬†heads the publishing team and advised Think Publishing on its acquisition of a majority stake in Wanderlust and Nick Walker¬†is defending Domino Recording Company in a copyright infringement claim brought by Celtic Music. Cliff Fluet¬†is active across digital and broadcasting instructions; while consultant Nigel Dewar Gibb; Simon Morrissey; and senior associates Alan Hunt¬†and Iain McDonald, who is noted for his IP and sports-sector expertise, are also recommended.

Osborne Clarke LLP‚Äôs digital business practice is ‚Äėvery attuned to the needs of its clients and is able to put forward a comprehensive service‚Äô. The team provides corporate, dispute resolution, commercial, competition, financing and regulatory advice for clients across publishing, advertising and marketing, TV, digital platform, gaming and interactive entertainment. Department head John Davidson-Kelly¬†is ‚Äėextremely pleasant and personable and provides a good service‚Äô; he is active across digital media and technology-related matters and advised Gram Games on the establishment of its London office. Nick Johnson¬†is an advertising, marketing and sponsorship law specialist, and advises L‚ÄôOreal on a range of matters including its UK prize promotion activities. Square Enix, Bigballs Media, Microsoft, Yahoo!, 7Digital, Discovery Communications and S4C are also clients. Adrian Bott¬†heads the digital business sector group, while¬†Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and¬†Chris King¬†leads the advertising and marketing services team. Other key figures include¬†Tim Birt, who¬†is experienced in marketing, media and technology; Robert Guthrie, who¬†handles contentious IP cases; and Victoria Parry, who¬†handles employment matters in the media and entertainment sector. Corporate partner Mathias Loertscher, commercial litigator Ashley Hurst¬†and senior associate director Anna Williams¬†are also recommended, as are senior associates Hannah Willson¬†and Ben Dunham. Paul Gardner¬†joined Wiggin LLP¬†in 2017.

Reed Smith LLP works closely with its offices in New York and Los Angeles and has expertise across film and TV, music, gaming, social media, interactive content, advertising and marketing. It is particularly noted for its media finance and transactional expertise. Gregor Pryor, who is noted for his expertise in the digital sector, heads the media and entertainment group with Los Angeles-based Stephen Sessa. Ingrid Silver, who joined from Dentons in 2017, is active on corporate transactions and provides commercial and regulatory advice for interactive, online and mobile content issues arising out of convergence, and multi-platform strategies. Michael Maxtone-Smith represents banks and other financiers in film and television financing mandates; Stephen Edwards  handles copyright issues; and Askandar Samad is experienced in the film and TV sector. Litigator Michael Skrein and consultant Nick Swimer are also recommended, as are senior associates Nick Breen and Marnie Wilkes. Huw Morris joined Lee & Thompson LLP  and Sachin Premnath has moved to an in-house role.

The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô department at RPC¬†stands out for its ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô publishing expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Keith Mathieson¬†has ‚Äėmany years of experience and provides pragmatic solutions‚Äô, and leads the media defence team, which counts The Telegraph, Associated News Group, The Financial Times, Hachette UK Group, News UK & Ireland and News Group Newspapers as clients. The department is also experienced across advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Oliver Bray¬†advises Google on numerous TV, online and in-store point of sale advertising and marketing campaigns for various new Google product launches; he also provides YouTube with clearance advice in relation to videos and materials created for YouTube advertising campaigns, and advised Dolce & Gabbana in its response to the Irish Advertising Standards Authority, which had flagged two consumer complaints in relation to a television advertisement. Paul Joseph¬†acts for high-profile media and gaming clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.¬† ‚ÄėPractical and approachable‚Äô legal director Nicola Cain¬†handles contentious and non-contentious issues involving media regulation, freedom of expression, content, intermediary liability issues and the data-related aspects of marketing. Senior associates Kim Waite¬†and Rupert Cowper-Coles¬†are also recommended. Jon Bartley¬†joined in 2017 from Penningtons Manches LLP.

The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô team at Russells Solicitors¬†has ‚Äėextensive experience‚Äô in the music sector, and acts for record companies, publishers, producers and leading agencies, as well as established and emerging artists. Litigator John Reid¬†handles a range of media and entertainment disputes, including reputation management and privacy cases. Key work included representing musician and songwriter Ben Martinez in a dispute with Jessie J over the rights to several of her songs; and advising the estate of George Michael on a range of matters. Mark Sinnott¬†is praised for his ‚Äėunrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge‚Äô and regularly represents music companies on complex contractual negotiations. Chris Gossage¬†heads the corporate department, which includes recently promoted partner Ryan Vince; and Gavin Maude¬†, who¬†heads the new artist department, which includes Jo Brittain. ¬†Gossage and Maude advised singer Mika on re-negotiations with Italian state-run broadcaster, Rai Uno, over the renewal for a second series of his TV show, which is broadcast on Italian national TV; Gossage also advised X-Ray Touring on the negotiation of a joint venture partnership, involving a multimillion-pound partial purchase of the business by US-based Paradigm Talent Agency and investment fund, Yucaipa. Chris Organ, litigation head Steven Tregear¬†and consultant¬†Brian Howard¬† are also standout individuals. Digital and social media group head Mark Ashelford¬†recently joined from Lee & Thompson LLP¬†and solicitor Peter Mason¬†recently joined from PPL. Simon Esplen¬†leads the team.

Sheridans¬†‚Äėbalances technical legal advice with an understanding of the business goals it is serving‚Äô. The practice has ‚Äėvast experience‚Äô across a range of media and entertainment work including film, TV, broadcasting, computer games, digital media, financing, theatre and music. Peter McInerney¬†heads the film, TV and broadcasting department and advised the creators of the feature film Magic Mike on the financing establishment and operation of a live revue at the London Hippodrome. Alex Chapman¬†heads the interactive team, which includes the computer games, games finance, digital agency, advertising and data privacy teams. Alex Tutty, who is ‚Äėable to distil and explain complicated legalese in a sensible manner‚Äô, heads the computer games team.¬†Jamie Smith¬†and brands group head Tahir Basheer¬†are also active member of the interactive team. James Kay¬†heads the media finance team and advised The Jim Henson Company on the production and financing of Netflix TV series, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Robin Hilton¬†acts for businesses, individuals and financiers on the development, production, financing and distribution and monetisation of audio-visual content. Also recommended are¬†Jeremy Roberts, who¬†is experienced in the TV sector; Nigel Jones, who¬†heads the music department; Howard Jones, who¬†heads the theatre group; Russell Roberts, who¬†acts for high-profile artists on their agreements and also handles corporate matters; Stephen Luckman, who¬†represents artists, producers and songwriters; and Lance Phillips, who¬†acts across music, digital media, software, computer games, digital content and distribution matters. Senior associate Nick Mahara¬†and associates Andrew Bravin¬†and Tim Davies, who ‚Äėprovides clear and effective advice and really understands the computer games industry‚Äô, are other key figures. John Haggis¬†joined Keystone Law.

Media and entertainment firm Simkins LLP¬†is commended for its ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô and ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô team, which has expertise across music, TV, film, theatre, digital media, publishing, advertising and marketing. Key work includes advising WP Films and Snowed-in Productions on the financing, production and distribution agreement relating to the new drama series¬†The Wilsons, commissioned by the BBC; advising Filmwave on the negotiation and completion of its deal with MGM Studios for MGM to acquire the rights in a new feature film, Every Day, which will be co-produced by Filmwave and Likely Story; advising Illuminated Films on a new children‚Äôs animation series for CITV; and advising singer P!nk in relation to various live shows. The team has also advised PRS for Music in two copyright tribunal matters and advised producer Richard East in a shareholder dispute in respect of royalties received from the musical Mamma Mia!. Department head and managing partner Euan Lawson¬†is ‚Äėincredibly astute‚Äô, ‚Äėvery commercial and practical in his approach‚Äô; he specialises in music, live events and new media. Paddy Gardiner¬†heads the dispute resolution team, which also features Tom Iverson. Commercial partners Lisa Logan, James Harman, Nick Eziefula, Jonathan Blair¬†and Ed Baden-Powell¬†(who is ‚Äėexceptionally smart, detail-orientated and incomparably committed to clients‚Äô) are recommended, as are corporate partners Caroline Copeland¬†and Giao Pacey. Firm chairman Paddy Grafton Green¬†is experienced across the music, theatre and publishing sectors and ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô associate Ed Weidman¬†is¬†part of the firm‚Äôs music team.

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†handles a range of music, publishing and social and news media, interactive content, gaming, gambling, advertising and adtech, TV and broadcast instructions, and is particularly active in M&A and financing transactions as well as to licensing and IP litigation.¬† Corporate partner Mike Turner, who heads the firm‚Äôs international technology, media and communications sector group, advised Outfit7 Investments, on its $1bn sale to a consortium of investors from Asia, represented by United Luck Group Holdings; advised marketing firm MOBKOI on its acquisition by You & Mr Jones, which has taken a majority stake in the company; advised Supercell on its $90m acquisition of a majority interest in SpaceApe Games; and advised Altigi, the holding company of the Hamburg-based game developer, Goodgame Studios, on its acquisition by the Swedish gaming company Stillfront Group for ‚ā¨270m. Corporate partner Andrew Davis¬†advises Sky on a range of matters and advised on its participation in a $133m funding round into iflix, a subscription video-on-demand business based in SE Asia and focused on emerging markets; and advised Sky Ventures on the completion of its option exercise in Dial Square 86 (the holding company for The RightsXchange) for ¬£1m. Graham Hann¬†leads the technology sector team in addition to the firm's video games and gambling practices; litigator Niri Shanmuganathan¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô; Charles Lloyd¬†handles IP and regulatory matters; senior associate Adam Rendle¬†specialises in copyright law; and department head Mark Owen¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô. Senior counsel Timothy Pinto¬†is also recommended. Neil Hawley has joined BNP Paribas.

Wiggin LLP¬†is commended for its ‚Äėgood commercial understanding‚Äô and is ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô across TV, film, music, publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Charles Moore¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with‚Äô and specialises in film and TV production, financing and distribution and advised Focus Features and Working Title, alongside new partner Grainne McKenna¬†who joined the TV and film department in 2017 from an in-house role, on numerous UK productions, which included feature films Darkest Hour, Johnny English 3, and the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots. Moore and¬†Chris Hanson¬†, who handles media finance work, advised Netflix on the production and financing aspects of all of its original UK productions. Neil Gillard¬†advised The Ink Factory on the production and financing of the feature film Hotel Artemis and David Quli¬†advised financier, Anton Capital, on The Drama Investment Partnership, a venture with BBC Worldwide under which Anton and BBC Worldwide will co-fund a number of British high-end drama TV projects. Daniel Whybrew¬†advised Bank of Montreal on its loan facilities and associated security to the producers of numerous high-end TV drama projects. Ross Sylvester¬†and Medwyn Jones¬†advised Virgin Media and its parent company, Liberty Global, on its commissioning arrangements for original content under its multi-year deal with All3Media. Michael Brader¬†handles corporate work in the independent TV production sector. Litigator Simon Baggs¬†and digital rights expert Alexander Ross¬†head the music team, which is active across rights protection, digital music rights, and international music licensees and also features Rachel Alexander, which is representing Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings issued in against TuneIn, Inc. Ross, defamation and privacy litigator Caroline Kean¬†and Adrian Jones¬†head the publishing team, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Shaun Lowde¬†and David Naylor¬†lead the gaming, social media and interactive content team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Gardner¬†from Osborne Clarke LLP, who specialises in the computer gaming industry. Lowde and Sean James¬†lead the advertising and marketing department, which acts for clients such as Telefonica, UKTV, Perform Group, NBC Universal and bet365. The firm¬†recently acquired IP firm Redd Solicitors LLP

Allen & Overy LLP¬†is noted for its expertise across commercial, M&A, IP and antitrust work and its clients benefit from the firm‚Äôs international network of offices. Antonio Bavasso, who is co-head of the global antitrust practice and also co‚ÄĎheads the TMT practice, is advising 21st Century Fox on antitrust and regulatory matters for all non-US jurisdictions on its ¬†proposed acquisition by The Walt Disney Company; he is also advising 21st Century Fox, (with Simon Toms, David Broadley¬†and Seth Jones) on the extensive merger control and regulatory issues connected to its ¬£1.7bn takeover bid for Sky. Toms advised Space Ape on the $90m proposed sale of 62% of its share capital to Supercell. IP lawyer David Stone¬†is an expert in EU design law and represented Fox Entertainment in a case brought by Comic Enterprises Limited (CEL), a set of four small comedy clubs in Birmingham, Cardiff, Oxford and Nottingham. Patent litigation partner Neville Cordell¬†is a ‚Äėvery experienced and commercially astute litigator‚Äô.

Baker McKenzie’s digital media and technology practice has a focus on gaming, music, film and TV, social media and interactive content. It represented Virgin Media, in its role as intervener in the Court of Appeal dispute between ITV and TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 with European law. Warner Bros, Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Shuttershock, BBC Trust, IMG, Netflix and Sovereign Films are also clients. Steve Holmes regularly handles major transactions for media companies and heads the team with Ben Allgrove, who is active across contentious, transactional and advisory work. Disputes partner Joanna Ludlam heads the regulatory, public and media law team. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings lead the advisory side of the media practice and senior associate Julia Dickenson handles IP and commercial work. Will Holder and Sue McLean, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, are also noted.

Bates Wells Braithwaite‚Äôs expertise spans the arts, theatre, advertising, film and TV. The team advises the British Film Institute (BFI) on a range of issues including real estate, governance, fundraising, data protection, valuation and audience development; other clients include Arts Council England, which it advises on data protection matters; English National Opera, which it advises on employment matters and recently advised on a commercial property acquisition and gift aid project; and The Space CIC, a joint venture between the BBC and Arts Council England, which it advises on review, restructuring, and real estate matters. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Science Museum Group, Royal Albert Hall and Booker Prize Foundation are also clients.¬†Head of advertising and marketing Rupert Earle¬†is ‚Äėhighly experienced in advertising law and regulation‚Äô and is ‚Äėknowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough, and displays good judgement‚Äô. Erica Crump¬†co-heads the culture and creative team with associates Molly Waiting, who is an ‚Äėabsolute star‚Äô, and Tom Pratt. Lawrence Simanowitz¬†is noted for his media and arts expertise.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at boutique firm Bray & Krais, Solicitors¬†advises on a range of media and entertainment matters, including IP, recording, publishing, management and merchandising agreements. The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Skepta, Ed Sheeran, Take That and Stage Entertainment are clients. Richard Bray is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable, technically very strong and commercial‚Äô and represents artists, performers, managers, labels, publishers and senior executives. Mark Krais¬†acts for a range of international artists, brands, event companies, advertising agencies, festival owners, record and publishing companies, management companies and celebrities, and has particular experience in advising on international live events. Simon Dixon¬†regularly advises clients on the development and exploitation of IP rights and consultant Alan Lander¬†acts for recording artists, songwriters, managers, producers, record labels and publishers and handles a number of corporate transactions. Udo Onwere¬†leads on sports matters.

Bristows LLP regularly handles non-contentious instructions across IP, commercial, publishing, licensing, digital rights, privacy, digital marketing and social networking arrangements, competition and M&A matters; and on the contentious side, it handles copyright, trade mark, advertising, and regulatory matters for major brands. Advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive media, publishing, music, film and TV are key areas of focus. Paul Jordan is active across advertising, marketing, publishing and TV work and advises Guardian News & Media on advertising compliance. His recent highlights included acting for Carnival and P&O Cruises on its contract with entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern and singer Jonathan Wilkes; and advising British American Tobacco on UK legislative and regulatory restrictions on e-cigarette advertising. Mark Brown acts for a number of digital media clients on contentious issues and IP rights; he is representing gaming software developer Activision Blizzard on a case against Bossland for copyright infringement and breach of contract. Other key figures include Mark Watts, who advises Diageo on its digital marketing arrangements; Myles Jelf, who regularly advises computer games and media clients; Iain Redford, who is experienced in advertising and marketing work; and Matt Dennis, who handles media and sports-sector transactions. IP litigator Simon Clark and head of trade mark portfolios Ian Gruselle joined in 2017 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Associates Sean Ibbetson and Andrew Butcher are also key members of the team. Sacha Wilson joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP in 2018.

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a wide range of expertise spanning¬†advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, and film and TV. Commercial department head Jason Saiban¬†leads on marketing and advertising work and handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for media, retail and sports clients; and highlights include advising Wagamama on its media activities; and advising social and interactive media experts MBM on digital media agreements. Paul Stone¬†advises media sector clients on competition and regulatory issues and advises ITV, with senior counsel Mark Moncreiffe, on a range of corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and competition matters. Consultant media litigator Duncan Lamont¬†acted for various celebrity claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers regarding the unlawful gathering of private and confidential information through voicemail interception. NCSOFT, Nike, Westfield, Paddy Power and YouView are also clients. Mark Howard¬†and Mark Bailey¬†head the TMT sector group, which includes senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins, who handles commercial and IP instructions and is particularly active in the computer games and interactive media sectors. Jon Walters¬†has joined Northridge Law.

The ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô department at Goodman Derrick LLP¬† handles a range of¬†film, TV, publishing advertising and marketing. Department head Paul Herbert¬†advises Digital 3 + 4 on DTT broadcasting activities and regulatory matters, advises TVT on contractual agreements with broadcasters, and advises the Office of the Adjudicator for Broadcast Transmission Services (OTA-BTS) on contractual and regulatory matters. Corporate partner Tanya Shillingford¬†regularly handles film and TV financing mandates and advises the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on a range of classifications, policy and commercial matters. Corporate and M&A partner Edward Hoare¬†regularly advises media clients on transactional matters and acted for Pavilion on the purchase of the Pitkin Publishing Imprint and related trade and assets from the History Press. Stephen Hornsby¬†handles competition and regulatory matters for media and sports-sector clients and advises Campaign for Broadcasting Equality (CBE) on its lobbying with the BBC, Ofcom and the DCM‚Äôs for increased BAME representation in the media industry. Consultant Keith Northrop¬†is experienced in film and TV finance and production. Media litigator¬†Clive Ince¬†represents clients such as Readers Digest.

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėbusiness-focused advice‚Äô and it regularly handles transactional, operational, regulatory, competition and disputes work across the media and entertainment industry. It is active in film, TV, interactive content, channel and digital platform launches, OTT platforms, digital and social media, and is also active across instructions covering music, sports, gaming, live events, sponsorship, advertising, marketing, data services and betting. Global media and entertainment head Stephen Wilkinson¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô and advised Orbit Showtime Network on studio output arrangements with NBCUniversal. Wilkinson and Stephen Wisking, who is global head of competition, act for Sky on a number of matters, which includes advising Sky in connection with Twenty-First Century Fox‚Äôs proposed ¬£11.7bn acquisition of Sky. Corporate and M&A partner Nicholas Moore¬†specialises in the technology, media, telecoms and financial buyer sectors, and advised Tabcorp on the launch of betting website SunBets with UK newspaper, The Sun. Gavin Davies¬†advises STV Group on a range of matters and also advised Time Inc. which entered into a binding agreement with Epiris to sell Time Inc. UK, which was acquired by Meredith as part of its acquisition of Time Inc. Senior associate Hayley Brady¬†has a ‚Äėnear photographic memory of deals‚Äô; ‚Äėthe tougher the task, the more Brady comes to the fore‚Äô. She advised Unlockd on its launch into the European market, and advised Moby Media Group on a partnership with VICE Media. Disputes partner Alan Watts¬†is also noted, as is senior associate¬†Andrew North¬†.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s media and entertainment practice acts for individual and corporate clients across publishing, theatre, film, TV, music, advertising, PR, marketing, gaming and social media. Its expertise spans corporate, financing, IP, regulatory compliance, employment and defamation matters, and it handles international broadcasting, online content and global rights protection cases. Corporate partner Stephen Heinemann advised Greene Light Stage the fund raising for a joint venture with Elton John’s production company, Rocket Stage. Consultant David Hooper is a publishing expert and is representing Democratic Press in a libel action. Litigator Tim Bignell is representing musician Richard Blackmore on claims against HEC and DPO (both in administration).  Senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles media and entertainment sector disputes and employment head Jane Amphlett is also noted for her expertise in the sector. Media law and regulatory head Mark Stephens CBE leads the department with IP and commercial head Robert Lands.

TMT-focused firm Kemp Little LLP regularly acts for clients across data, digital agency, digital broadcasting, music, digital publishing, gambling, gaming and social media matters. Clients include AKQA, Thomson Reuters, Turner Broadcasting, Spotify and the British Interactive Media Association. Team head Andy Moseby handles corporate matters and leads on digital media instructions and advised the management team of Forward 3D on the sale of the entire issued share capital in Forward 3D Group to the Stagwell Group. Head of IP and technology disputes Paul Garland advised Blippar on a global audit of its IP. Consultant Susan Biddle leads on gambling matters and continued to advise William Hill Online in relation to its supply arrangements Playtech Software. Senior associate Deborah Angel handles corporate work across the AdTech, marketing, communications and digital media sectors. Commercial technology partner Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital media and IT development and acquisitions.

Simons Muirhead & Burton¬†regularly handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for media and entertainment sector clients and has significant expertise across film and TV, publishing, sports and music. Simon Goldberg, who is noted for his publishing expertise, and Razwana Akram¬†head the film and TV department, and advised California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment and Violet Dreams on the production, finance and distribution of feature film, Teen Spirit. Akram also advised Nutopia on production matters during the development of two proposed series‚Äô for Netflix. Stephen Shotnes¬†heads the film disputes department and defended the Future Film Group on a claim brought by Copthall Ltd regarding the financing of Hollywood film, Odd Thomas. Peter Weiss¬†leads on digital media matters and advised Renowned Films on an investment by US company Critical Content and the sale of its shares owned by Channel 4. Richard Baskind¬†heads the music department and advised Good Soldier Records‚Äô arrangements with Kobalt Label Services for the physical and digital distribution of Good Soldier Records‚Äô repertoire in North, Central and South America; and negotiated an agreement for DJ Alan Walker to become a brand ambassador for electronic dance label, Liquid State. Martin Soames¬†is noted for his publishing expertise and advises Simon & Schuster UK and Penguin Random House on a range of pre-publication clearance issues. The key figures include consultant Alasdair George, who is active in music transactions; Marc Sobol, who leads the broadcasting and sports media department; senior associate Blaise Gaymer, who is active across publishing and digital media work; senior associate Jonny Petch¬†who is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô; consultant Damien Yare, who recently joined from Warner Music UK; and senior associate James Greenslade, who specialises in film and TV work. Charles Law has left the firm.

Boutique firm¬†Swan Turton LLP¬†handles TV, film, theatre, music and publishing work. Julian Bentley¬†heads the music group which also includes Stuart Barry, Julian Turton, and consultants Tony Morris¬†(who joined from Marriott Harrison LLP¬†)¬†and Lawrence Harrison, who handle non-contentious work, and music litigation partner Catherine Fehler. Turton advised The Farm on its recording catalogue deal with BMG; and advised band Madness on recording and publishing deals for its current album. Turnton also handles publishing matters and Harrison is also noted for theatre work. Antony Gostyn¬†is ‚Äėreliable, calm and quick‚Äô, handles film and TV work, and advised World Productions on the financing and chain of title documents for a high-end drama series, Save Me. Charles Swan¬†handles marketing, advertising and photography work. Litigator Robin Blay¬†joined in 2017 from¬†Magrath Sheldrick LLP.

Collins Long¬†is noted for its focus on the music sector and it regularly acts for artists, producers, record labels and managers in the business on contractual and contentious matters. Theatre and film work is also a key area of practice for the firm. Highlights include representing David Guetta on a publishing dispute; advising ROAR Global on its contractual agreements with contestants on Britain‚Äôs Got Talent series 11; advising Ninja Tune records on numerous matters including the renegotiation of a recording agreement with a major international artist and royalty disputes; and advising Tom Hodge and Franz Kirman on their deal with Cuba Productions for the writing and production of the soundtrack for BBC series, McMafia. Simon Long, Praveen Bhatia, who regularly advises senior executives in the music industry, and litigator James Collins, who is ‚Äėwell-versed in all areas of the music business‚Äô and ‚Äėresponds promptly to all communications‚Äô, are recommended, as are consultants Gez Orakwusi¬†and Leighton Lloyd. Associate George Hyde¬†joined in 2017 from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Dentons is experienced the film and TV, advertising marketing, e-sports, music, publishing and gaming, social media and interactive content sectors and is regularly instructed by global media clients on corporate and financing transactions, which utilise the firm’s global network of offices. Corporate partner Darren Acres has a focus on media sector transactions and advised ole! Media Management on its acquisition of the UK-headquartered rights management group Compact Media from Lyceum Capital; advised MTG on the sale of its African production and broadcasting business to Kwese Free TV; and also advised MTG on  the acquisition of US games publisher and developer Kongregate Inc. from GameStop Corp. Lee Federman advised NYX Gaming Group on its £210m super senior revolving credit and term, unitranche and accordion facilities refinancing facilities with Ares Capital. Dan Burge acted for Tribune Media Services on a procurement bid process and contractual terms for the provision of editorialisation of metadata services to the BBC. Edinburgh-based Brian Moore advised agency Troika on its merger with media management and professional services agency the James Grant Group (JGG). Acres heads the team with TMT head Andy Lucas after the departure of former media and entertainment team head Ingrid Silver to Reed Smith LLP. Jeremy Cohen is the firm’s CEO for the UK and Middle East and regularly advises media and entertainment sector clients; Anna Copeman handles IP work; and Joseph Altendorff handles M&A and corporate finance work in the sector. Alex Haffner has joined Fladgate LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†has an active music practice which acts for a range of music sector clients. It also acts for film, TV and gaming clients, and for a number of corporate clients on advertising, marketing and sponsorship issues. Media finance is also a key area of focus. Neil Mohring¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive and has considerable music industry experience and knowledge‚Äô and heads the team with¬†Andrew Terry¬†who specialises in IP, brand protection, reputation management and media-related work. Mohring is advising Apple Corps on the release and events to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper album and advises Apple Corps on all aspects of The Beatles film, Eight Days A Week. Mohring also represented music publisher, promoter and manager, Barry McKay, on a dispute concerning the the ownership of the copyright in the music and lyrics of Iron Maiden songs; ‚ÄėThe Nomad‚Äô and ‚ÄėHallowed be Thy Name‚Äô. Terry advises John Lewis Partnership on a range of IP issues. NBC Universal, Coca-Cola, the BBC, Sir Elton John and Live Nation are also clients. Senior associate Chloe Gastrell¬†handles IP matters.

Foot Anstey‚Äôs media and entertainment practice operates across its London, Bristol and Exeter offices, and is regularly engaged in a range of publishing, TV, film, advertising, marketing and music instructions. Tony Jaffa, who has a ‚Äėwealth of knowledge‚Äô in publishing and leads the editorial and regulatory media team, successfully defended Trinity Mirror against two defamation claims brought in the High Court by Tariq Alsaifi; and is also defending Trinity Mirror, Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales, Trinity Mirror Merseyside and MGN in claims brought in the High Court of defamation, breach of Article 8 and conspiracy to injure by unlawful means. Mirror Online, Johnston Press, Tindle Newspapers, The Sun, The Independent and Evening Standard are also key clients of the editorial and regulatory media team. Matthew Stoate¬†advised the creators and founders of the reality TV show, Survivor!, Charlie Parsons, Sir Bob Geldof and Lord Waheed Alli, on its sale to international production group Banijay. Aardman Animations, Ministry of Sound and Sky UK are also key clients. Media and technology sector head Richard Neary¬†specialises in employment law; Peter Singfield¬†leads on marketing sector work, with a focus on commercial disputes, IP and brand protection issues; Martin Cuell¬†heads the commercial and technology team; Neil Parkes¬†leads on film, TV and music work and specialises in media litigation, content protection and contentious IP matters; senior associate Alexandra Leonidou¬†is a member of the commercial team and specialises in privacy and data protection, advertising, digital media, and technology-related commercial contracts; and senior associate Jennifer Agate¬†specialises in publication advice and contentious media law.

Hamlins LLP¬†delivers ‚Äėsensible, commercial advice‚Äô and the team has ‚Äėparticularly good knowledge of the music business‚Äô. It is particularly noted for its experience in contentious music cases, and music merchandising sector disputes. Music head Martin Ochs¬†leads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, is a ‚Äėsensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients‚Äô, and regularly advises PPL and PRS For Music on numerous cases. Ochs is also representing Bravado International Group and Danilo Promotions on claims relating to unofficial music calendars alleging infringement of image rights and unfair competition against a number of defendants. TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders against Piracy) is also a key client. Protecting and exploiting IP rights within the music, entertainment and media sectors is a key area of focus which has been bolstered by the arrival of consultant Simon Gallant¬†from Gallant Maxwell. Gallant acts for a number of publishers such as the Jewish Chronicle, Euromoney Publications and Bonnier Zeffre on litigation, IP and data protection matters. Media head Christopher Hutchings¬†is active on defamation and privacy cases, and also advises on commercial issues and image rights. Senior associate Hayley Devlin¬†is also noted.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s media and entertainment practice regularly acts for global media and entertainment groups and advertisers, which benefit from its expertise spanning its global network of offices. The team is representing News Corp in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) phase II merger investigation into the proposed full takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox; advised Vela Software, a division of Toronto listed Constellation Software on its acquisition of Atex Group; advised The Anschutz Corporation, the majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group on the $5.8bn acquisition of Regal by Cineworld Group; and advised Sky Ventures on its sell down of 768,200 shares in connection with the IPO of Roku. Peter Watts  advised Viacom its joint venture to create Banjo Television. Richard Welfare, who is active on regulatory work, and advises on advertising and marketing, copy clearance, promotional matters and compliance issues, advised AMC on the regulatory position for its launch of two subscription VOD channels, Shudder and SundanceNow. ITV, Mars and AB InBev are also clients. Senior associate Oliver Wilson is a member of the commercial team and also handles M&A deals.

Latham & Watkins is regularly engaged in high-profile corporate and finance transactions in the media and entertainment sector. Highlights include advising Netflix on the acquisition of Millarworld, the comic book company founded by Mark Millar; advising FI Holdings on its IPO on AIM; advising Blumhouse Productions on the sale of 45% stake in Blumhouse Productions to ITV Global Entertainment; and advising STX Entertainment, a film production studio, on a multiparty financing of feature film, Adrift. Lisbeth Savill heads the London-based media and entertainment team, which works closely with its Los Angeles-based media and entertainment transactional team. Counsel Clare Hardwick, who joined in 2017 from an in-house role, handles single picture financing, television co-development, digital media content and joint venture work; and associate Rachael Astin, who joined from CMS in 2017, handles commercial and regulatory work, and has a focus on digital media and content distribution. On the contentious side, Martin Davies  joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Ian Felstead joined from CMS. Sarah Caughey has left the firm.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s expertise spans the music, publishing and broadcasting sectors and it regularly acts for major corporate clients and financial institutions on matters relating to advertising and social media. It acted for Eastern European Media Holdings on the sale of its minority holding in Nova Broadcasting Group to PPF Group alongside the majority seller, MTG Broadcasting. Hachette, Village Roadshow, Perrigo, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Modern Times Group, HSBC, Publishers Association, Hibu and Entertainment One are also clients. Team head Miles Robinson represents clients in substantial contractual and commercial disputes in the publishing and music industries. Robert Hamill is active on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures and Richard Page  is noted for his corporate finance and transactional experience.

Travers Smith LLP regularly acts for broadcasters, content providers, technology companies, publishers, theatres and studios, and also advises as well as private equity and other investors in the media and entertainment sector. M&A, complex contracts and regulatory advice are key areas of focus for the department. Highlights included advising Shazam on its acquisition by Apple Inc; advising Exponent Private Equity and other selling shareholders on the sale of Immediate Media to German-based technology and media company Hubert Burda Media; and advising Ascential Group on the £23.5m disposal of Emap Publishing to Metropolis. Ambassador Theatre Group, TES Global, Genesis Films and Wireless Group are also clients. Ben Chivers regularly advises on joint ventures, strategic alliances and commercial contracts for media and entertainment clients, Ian Shawyer specialises in private equity and acts for investors, managements and investee companies, senior associate Sonny Mallet handles commercial matters, Tom Purton is head of commercial, IP and technology and Richard Brown is head of media.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP‚Äôs cross-disciplinary and cross-office team is active across corporate, finance, litigation and restructuring mandates, and also handles employment, pensions, real estate, competition, antitrust, IP, technology and tax advice, and the team is particularly noted for its private equity expertise. Headline work includes advising Yahoo! on all the IP and technology aspects of the sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications, and advising Lego Systems in relation to the Toys ‚ÄúR‚ÄĚ Us company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Ingenious Media, Facebook, Hibu, eBay and Oracle are also clients. Barry Fishley¬†leads the technology and IP transactions team. Hannah Field-Lowes¬†has joined White & Case LLP.

ACK Media Law LLP is a boutique outfit that is particularly noted for its media finance expertise and it regularly advises producers and financiers on UK projects and complex multi-jurisdictional co-productions. The team also renders content advice for film and television productions and acts for writers, distributors and media rights owners on IP mandates. Sue Charles advises See Saw Films and See Saw Films (TV) on a range of content clearance and compliance issues; and continues to advise EL James and Fifty Shades Ltd on a range of issues. Nick Miller advises Arbuthnot Latham & Co. on various deals and television programme loans for ITV, is advising Sharpe House on production matters and multi-party financing relating to a forthcoming documentary and advises Coutts & Co. on the financing of multiple non-scripted television programmes. Short Form Film Company, Rise Films and 42 M&P are also clients.

Ashurst’s digital economy team assists its clients on the development of digital strategies; where highlights include advising Virgin Media on its strategic cooperation with Sky to allow advertisers to sell targeted advertising across both the Virgin Media and Sky platforms; advising Television Event and Media Marketing on its UEFA licencing agreements; and advising Virgin Media on the auction of one of its EPG slots. The practice also handles significant transactions in the media and entertainment space and it is advising Deutsche Bank in relation to the takeover bid by 21st Century Fox for Sky; is advising Ladbrokes Coral on its potential acquisition by GVC Holdings; and advised Johnston Press on its divestment of 13 publishing titles and associated websites in East Anglia and the East Midlands to Iliffe Media. Nick Elverston leads the digital economy team, which also features Amanda Hale. Duncan Liddell renders EU and UK competition law advice for media and entertainment sector clients.

Collyer Bristow LLP‚Äôs media and entertainment practice regularly advises on commercial agreements across event management, sponsorship, marketing, agency, publishing, management and live performances. The team also acts for individual clients and media companies in libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, copyright and trade mark infringement cases; and the team has acted on a number of phone hacking cases. Ambache Charitable Trust and Into Film are clients. Steven Heffer, who heads the media and privacy team and the arts and culture group, has ‚Äėextremely sound judgement and an excellent knowledge of the media world, with particular experience in defamation and privacy law‚Äô. IP and data protection head Patrick Wheeler; Howard Ricklow, who handles corporate and commercial work; consultant Rhory Robertson; Charles Braithwaite; and consultant Roger Billins¬†are also key contacts.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s expertise spans IP, copyright, trade marks, advertising, marketing, commercial, outsourcing, disputes, competition and corporate transactions; and has a growing its music and digital content practice. IP lawyer Nicholas Bolter  head of trade marks and acts for Twitter on its European trade mark work; and advises Netflix on its UK trade mark work. Becket McGrath handles EU and UK competition law and is instructed by BuzzFeed to represent it before the CMA on the authority’s phase 2 media public interest review of  21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky. The London team worked closely with the firm’s US office to advise Meredith Corporation on its $2.8bn agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Time. Advising Union Square Ventures on SoundCloud's investment from The Raine Group and Temasek is another key highlight. IP and commercial lawyer Chris Coulter and Mark Deem  who specialises in TMT litigation, are also noted. Sarah Pearce has joined Paul Hastings LLP and Brian Chadwick has joined Fieldfisher.

DWFM Beckman‚Äôs ‚Äėincredibly thorough, professional and efficient‚Äô department acts for a range of entertainment sector clients, such as musicians, songwriters, actors and TV production companies, independent record producers, music publishers, managers and booking agents. The firm also handles IP transactions and copyright protection issues. Media transactions, such as sponsorship, music and publishing contracts, management and licensing agreements, software developments, are also key areas of expertise, and it also advises on tax issues. It advised ArtAxis Music on the review of a concert engagement agreement for an international soprano; and advised manager, Jonathan Smith, on the negotiation of a management agreement with a UK band. Primary Talent International, IAMA and Panjabi MC are also clients. Department head Irving David¬†is ‚Äėextremely professional, personable, knowledgeable and always goes that extra mile to explain complex issues‚Äô.

Gowling WLG’s advertising practice, working closely with its international network of offices, acts for a number of global brands. It advises Volkswagen Group UK on a range of advertising and marketing related matters across its brands; Volkswagen; Audi; SEAT; Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Hovis, Carlsberg, Marks & Spencer, Kraft Heinz, Mothercare, Nomad Foods Group and Weetabix are also clients. Director Dan Smith heads the UK advertising team and Kate Swaine, who is based in Birmingham, leads the UK trademarks, brands and designs team. Director George Sevier, principal associates Mathilda Davidson and Alice Stagg, and associate Jason Stephens are also key figures.

Hansel Henson‚Äôs ‚Äėimpressive team‚Äô is noted for its digital media and IP law expertise. The team advises Fin London on IP and contractual matters; is advising MAG Games‚Äô ex-shareholders on their participation in MAG Interactive‚Äôs Swedish IPO; advises Future Games of London on IP matters; and advises Samarkand Global on trade mark and contract matters. Hutch Games, Another Place Productions, IDG and Sixt are also clients. Tom Henson¬†is ‚Äėextremely thorough and commercial in his advice‚Äô and specialises in app development and online publishing. David Hansel¬†is noted for his digital advertising and marketing experience. Senior associate Sarah Wells¬†is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô.

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing. It also advises on IP, global regulation, disputes, licence bids, privatisations, brand management, financing and investment for clients across the broadcasting, film, print, publishing, live entertainment, online media, music, sports and advertising sectors. Highlights included Harlequin Football Club on its agreement to become a minority shareholder and strategic partner in USA Rugby’s commercial subsidiary Rugby International Marketing (RIM) and in the governing body’s digital video platform, The Rugby Channel (TRC). The team is also acting for Trinity Mirror on the proposed acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets for £126.7m; and advised Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company on the sale by Thomson Reuters Corporation of a majority stake in its financial and risk business. The team also manages the global trade mark portfolio of Aardman Animations. Key figures include Ian Lopez, who handles corporate mandates in the media sector; Christopher Pearson, who is experienced in corporate finance transactions; Jonathan Ball, who co-heads the IP disputes practice; and Oliver Stacey, who handles corporate and commercial mandates. IP lawyer Huw Evans and of counsel Clare Jackman are also noted. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads the communications, media and entertainment team, in addition to heading the IP practice in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Sound Advice (Legal) LLP¬†specialises in the music industry and represents artists and management clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues involving recording, publishing, sponsorship, live performance, licensing and brand partnerships. Sonia Diwan¬†represents artists, writers, producers and managers and the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Robert Horsfall¬†acts for artists and a number of management agencies.

Weightmans LLP is active in the gaming sector where headline matters included advising Playground Games on a video game development agreement with a major global publisher; advising Nomad Games on a licensing deal in relating to a book series, for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series; and advising The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) on its contractual agreements with various videogame studios. Novarama Technology. It also advises Side (UK) on a number of voice talent and motion capture agreements. The team also acted for Sentric Music on the £3m growth capital investment into Sentric Music by Business Growth Fund. Novarama Technology, Playrise Digital, Secret Sorcery and Playjam are also clients. Liverpool-based Sean Crotty, who heads the team, and managing partner John Schorah are recommended.

Bindmans LLP¬†is experienced in defamation, privacy and data protection law. Head of media and information law Tamsin Allen¬†is ‚Äėbright and brilliant with clients‚Äô and represents claimants and defendants in contentious media cases; highlights for Allen include representing Mr Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower regarding risks from publishing confidential information about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Vote Leave campaign; and advising film company and film-maker Franny Armstrong in relation to a forthcoming drama series about the activities of undercover police. Joint head of the criminal law team¬†Katie Wheatley¬†advises media organisations and journalists, particularly in undercover operations and cases relating to whistleblowers. Kate Goold¬†and Martin Rackstraw¬†are also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†delivers ‚Äėclear and commercial advice‚Äô in the marketing and advertising sector and is noted for its IP expertise. It acts for well-known luxury brands, global products groups, advertising and social media agencies, in addition to and new media and fintech clients. It advised PZ Cussons Beauty on a regulatory complaint to the ASA; advised Triumph Motorcycles on a sponsorship deal with the Moto2 Grand Prix motorcycle race; and advised Adam Produces on a contract for the design, creation and production of an AR and VR promotional cube. Declan Cushley¬†heads the IP and commercial group and Alex Watt¬†leads the advertising and marketing practice.

Burges Salmon LLP regularly advises its media and entertainment sector clients on IP matters and is also noted for its advertising and marketing expertise. Headline work includes advising the BBC on its IP portfolio and advising Virgin Care on advertising and marketing matters. Endemol Shine Group and Discovery Communications are also key clients. Media and IP head Jeremy Dickerson regularly handles contentious and transactional IP mandates for clients in the film and TV sector. Helen Scott-Lawler advises media clients on transactional IP. Senior associates Emily Roberts and Georgina Shaw are also key figures.

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô team handles IP litigation and has expertise in the publishing and E-publishing sectors, advising on a range of acquisitions and disposals. Data protection, security, e-commerce, digital media and social media are also key areas of expertise. Digital Cinema Media, Parkway Entertainment and Concert Productions International are clients. Team head Eddie Powell¬†specialises in IP, technology and commercial law; James Earl heads the sports group; David Robinson¬†handles corporate transactions; and Alan Wetterhahn¬†handles commercial matters. Competition, regulatory and commercial lawyer Alex Haffner¬†has joined from Dentons.

GSC Solicitors LLP’s media and entertainment practice regularly acts for longstanding client PPL of the on a number of enforcement rights issues, and also acts for PRS for Music on enforcement matters. It also acts for start-up and medium sized companies on a range of media and IP mandates such as registrations, licensing issues and disputes. Head of IP litigation Justin Goldspink acts on a range of IP matters, and is particularly experienced in mandates relating to music, copyright and branding. Adam Dickman specialises in IP litigation and Clive Halperin is also noted.

Healys LLP’s expertise spans publishing, broadcasting, music, digital media, TV and film and it handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. It advised Empress Films on a private investor finance agreement; advised Huda Cotran on an investment proposal for the launch of a daytime television channel; and acted for Hereford Films on a post-production agreement with BCL Finance. Brighton-based department head Nicholas Taylor specialises in media disputes, and is active across defamation, IP and rights protection cases. Commercial lawyer David Schollenberger regularly acts for media, telecoms and entertainment clients. Martin John handles non-contentious matters media law matters and consultant Andrew Sparrow is experienced in commercial digital media instructions.

Himsworths Legal Ltd‚Äôs ‚Äėpro-active‚Äô team regularly acts for individual clients in the sports sector, as well as sports organisations; it handles media litigation and regularly advises its clients on reputational matters as well as commercial dispute resolution and contractual issues. The team also has a digital media focus and it regularly advises on social media policies. Its clients include Watford Football Club, Aston Villa Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Manchester City Football Club, Professional Cricketers Association and he Rugby Football Union are clients. Outside of the sports sector, the firm is instructed by technology, finance, telecommunications and entertainment clients. Managing director Matthew Himsworth¬†is ‚Äėextremely personable, knowledgeable and adaptable‚Äô. Former general counsel for Liverpool Football Club Natalie Wignall¬†has joined the firm as a senior consultant.

The ‚Äėresponsive and diligent‚Äô team at Keystone Law¬†is experienced across advertising, marketing, publishing and photography sectors and handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters such as commercial, licensing, IP, regulatory and reputation management matters. Jonathan Coad¬†is representing Noel Edmonds on a claim against Lloyds Banking Group; and is representing Jack Dunn on a copyright case against bestselling novelist Dan Brown. BBC Worldwide and Watkins Media are also clients. Vanessa Barnett, John Haggis, who joined in 2017 from Sheridans¬†and acts for a range of media agencies and publications, and Lucy Blick-Jones, who has a ‚Äėcommercial approach‚Äô, are also key figures in the team.

Memery Crystal LLP’s commercial, media and technology team is noted for its experience in advising on digital media, cyber security and financial technology, in addition to IP, data protection, commercial contracts and digital strategies. Jonathan Riley, who handles commercial matters, and consultant Stephen Milne  are key figures. Tim Ryan has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Onside Law Limited handles regulatory, corporate, IP, employment, disputes and commercial mandates for sports sector clients. Adam Leadercramer heads the firm’s sports media department and specialises in digital media. Stevie Loughrey handles contentious sports and media cases. Jamie Goldberg  has joined Geldards LLP.

Technology-focused firm William Grace‚Äôs advice is ‚Äėpertinent and direct‚Äô, the team is ‚Äėresponsive and professional‚Äô and it is experienced in digital media matters, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters. UKTV and what3words are clients. Technology and digital media lawyer Carolyn Burbridge¬†is noted, as is litigator Alastair Shaw, who has a ‚Äėbrilliant mind; and has a great grasp of the facts and issues‚Äô.

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