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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Tim Parker’s team continued to be active in the TMC and entertainment sector, with Mark Phillips advising Spidercrunch.io on its sale to Google, and Rhys Llewellyn acting for the shareholders of Union Square Music Holdings on the sale of the company to BMG.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Praised for its ability to ‘look at the big picture’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides a compelling service to clients in the IT, digital and technology sectors. ‘Highly commercial’ team head Tony Littner has ‘deep expertise’ and ‘considers all angles of a deal’, ensuring that he is as comfortable handling instructions from investors as he is from investees. In addition to his work for Brandwatch, including advising on its $22m funding round, Littner acts for Ingenious Ventures on its investments in a number of UK start-ups through its new Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Known for media and entertainment matters, Harbottle & Lewis LLP also acts in technology and IT, financial investment, corporate, fashion, beauty and retail cases. Andy Millmore is recommended; Louis Castellaniunderstands client needs’; and Sandi Simons is ‘great to have on your side’.

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘consistently excellentHarbottle & Lewis LLP obtained substantial libel damages for Russell Brand from The Sun on Sunday in May 2014. The firm also advises Kevin Pietersen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, over 80 victims of voicemail interception, and a number of corporate entities. Gerrard Tyrrellhas huge experience, a brilliant way with clients, and is always focused on solutions, not problems’. John Kelly and Jo Sanders are highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Gerrard Tyrrell - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is renowned for its expertise in the media and entertainment space, and is very active for theatre clients. The group represented The National Theatre in successfully resisting an interim injunction for specific performance brought by five former War Horse musicians. Howard Hymanson, who ‘engenders confidence’, is adept at advising on psychiatric injuries arising from the workplace. Yvonne Gallagher, who has a City following, joined from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP in January 2015. Marian Derham and Barry Mordsley are also recommended.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for- profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

David Scott’s ‘honest, decent and reliable’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP focuses on advising corporate foundations, fundraising charities with a media angle, and subsidised arts organisations, and assists on tax-efficient philanthropy for high-net-worth individuals. Highlights include advising on all aspects of the Invictus Games, which took place in September 2014. Clients include The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief and Virgin Unite.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a ‘magnet for A-list clients, who appreciate the efficient, discreet and ahead-of-the-curve service’. Linzi Bull has ‘carved out a niche in pre-conception agreements and prenuptials’, and Tom Farley-Hillsalways looks for a reasonable settlement for both sides’. The ‘insightful’ associate Lidia Cantele is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Private client is part of the private capital group at the ‘very progressive and friendlyHarbottle & Lewis LLP, which advises UK-resident and international high-net-worth individuals on tax structuring and succession planning, tax investigations and enquiries, as well structuring for efficient investment. The team acts for entrepreneurs and individuals from the media, technology and entertainment world. Glen Atchison is ‘very commercial’, David Scott is ‘extremely diligent’, and senior associate Chris Moorcroft is ‘up and coming’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Investment specialist Leo Marino (who gives ‘excellent advice’ and ‘quick responses’) led the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP in advising Bellmondo on the £23m sale of a portfolio of three office properties. The firm also acted for the Ben Sherman Group regarding the lease of a new flagship Covent Garden store; the ‘very thorough and commercially mindedMelanie Benson led on the deal. Robert Reilly leads the practice.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s clients include Volkswagen, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and HSBC, and the firm advised Nissan on the deal that made it the official global sponsor of Manchester City FC. Andy Milmore and Jeremy Morton are recommended for advertising and marketing expertise and IP experience respectively.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ allows it to ‘provide solutions effectively’, particularly in technology, media and publishing. Andy Millmore, who heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice, is highly regarded for IP work, as are Jeremy Morton, Shireen Peermohamed and Tony Ballard.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP attracts praise for its ‘deep specialist expertise in publishing’, and ‘understanding of the commercial possibilities associated with a book platform’. Shireen Peermohamed and Alex Hardy are the main contacts. Alan Moss and Mark Phillips co-head the interactive entertainment group that acted for Take 2 Interactive on tax credit issues. Jonathan Berger is ‘a strong negotiator’ and is highly recommended alongside Abigail Payne and Sarah Lazarides for their expertise in the film and TV sectors. Theatre specialist Neil Adleman has expertise across all aspects of the theatre industry, including theatre tax relief. Other clients include Universal Music Group, Hachette UK, Oxford University Press and National Theatre.

Leading individuals

Mark Phillips - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Computer games)

Neil Adleman - Harbottle & Lewis LLP (Theatre)

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Media finance
Media finance - ranked: tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘second to none’. Abigail Payne is praised for her ‘depth of knowledge’, ‘creative thinking’ and ‘very personable and unflappable approach’, Payne is particular renowned for her expertise in providing advice on international subsidies as well as EIS and other finance structures. Alan Moss acted for Microsoft on a video games tax credit financing deal. Charles Leveque is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Abigail Payne - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘professional team has excellent business acumen’, and is led by the ‘personableBob Mitchell who, with the ‘highly skilledDalton Odendaal, led advice to the Invictus Games on all legal aspects of the competition. The dedicated sports practice assists clients on the full range of sporting issues including sponsorship, event staging and regulatory matters. The practice advised the England Cricket team on several player contracts. Senior associates Anil Matharu and Michael Lister are recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Harbottle & Lewis LLP

  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

    - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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