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Henry Sainty

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Farrer & Co

Work Department

Intellectual Property.


Henry is head of the media, entertainment and technology group. He specialises in significant and complex commercial work, with a particular focus on the exploitation of IPR, but also in the related fields of IT and information law (including data protection and freedom of information).


Qualified as a solicitor at Farrer & Co in 1995; made partner in 2001.


New College, Oxford; College of Law, Chester.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Farrer & Co is well-known for its high-end work in sectors such as education, art and heritage and media (including broadcasting). Its ability to cover the full range of commercial contracts has enabled it to build up a notable portfolio of clients, including National Gallery, Museum of London, Bauer Media, the Lawn Tennis Association and Imperial College London. Practice head Peter Wienand specialises in negotiating commercial agreements involving IP-rich issues, such as collaborations, R&D and technology transfer. Other notable individuals are David Copping and associate Jane Randell, who were part of the team which recently advised Brookfield Business Partners on the corporate and commercial contracts issues associated with its indirect investment in, and strategic partnership with, electric car charger company Chargemaster Plc. Another highlight saw Henry Sainty  and Paul Jones act for UK Athletics in the staging in 2017 of the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships. Paul Jones and associate Alan Baker are other highly regarded practitioners.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Henry Sainty (Publishing) - Farrer & Co

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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.

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Within: Sport

With 'a long history of acting for sports governing bodies on weighty matters', Farrer & Co has 'a strong sports pedigree'; governance, integrity and safeguarding are core strengths, though the team also has longstanding experience in event-staging. Julian Pike has 'great experience' and 'a very good understanding of the needs and pressures faced by his clients'; he advised the Football Association (FA) on the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of bullying and discrimination allegations lodged against former England women's manager Mark Sampson. Senior litigator Adrian Parkhouse is 'calm and effective, with a sound knowledge of the sector', and knows 'exactly what clients expect'; he defended PGA European Tour against a damages claim worth over £200,000, relating to its staging of the golf tournament. Henry Sainty assisted UK Athletics with staging the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017; he also advised the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on its agreement with The Queen's Club to stage the Aegon Championships. Other clients include the International Canoe Federation and Billericay FC. Kate Allass is 'a strong, effective litigator'; the 'extremely sharp' Paul Jones is 'a great person to have on your side'. Associate Tom Rudkin is widely recommended.

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