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Peter Wienand

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Farrer & Co

Work Department

Intellectual property.


Peter is head of the IP and commercial team. His practice areas include media and publishing, research, higher education, art and cultural heritage. He is a Trustee of The Henry Moore Foundation; member of the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee of PPA Business; Member of the Advisory Board of Transforming Tate Britain; and a Member of the Museums Intellectual Property Network. Previously he served for 10 years as an Expert Member, and latterly Deputy Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI). He is the author of the chapter on Newspapers in Copinger, one of the leading text books on copyright law. Recent experience includes advising: Imperial College London on its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to launch a joint undergraduate medical degree programme at a new medical school in Singapore; the British Library on its Newspaper Digitisation Project a partnership with brightsolid online technology, owned by DC Thomson, for the digitisation of up to 40m pages of the Library’s newspaper archive (see the British Library announcement here); Duchy Originals on its Master Licence Agreement with Waitrose; he is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI), which advises Ministers on opening up opportunities for greater re-use of Government information. Peter represents the firm in its membership of the Professional Publishers’ Association (PPA), is a member of the Society for Computers & Law (SCL), a co-founder and former chair of the Museums Copyright Group (MCG) and also a trustee of The Henry Moore Foundation.


Trained at Farrer & Co, qualified in 1988 and made a partner in 1995.


Intellectual Property Institute (IPI); Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA); The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI); Museums Copyright Group; Collections Trust


St John’s College, Oxford.

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: 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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