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Robert Lands

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Intellectual property.


Head of IP & Commercial

Robert specialises in advisory, commercial and contentious intellectual property and data protection law, especially as it applies to creative industries (eg copyright, trade marks, design rights, database rights, domain names). He also has significant commercial law experience, advising on distribution, agency, sales promotions, endorsements and related matters. He leads the firm's Tech Sector group and has a particular interest in entertainment (he is a voting member of BAFTA). He also advises a great number of brands and fashion industry clients. Robert is worldwide Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of Meritas, the global alliance of independent law firms.


Trained Stephens Innocent; qualified 1999; partner Howard Kennedy (then Finers Stephens Innocent) 2006.




The John Lyon School, Harrow; University College London (BA Hons History).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice head Robert Lands and Eric Gummers are advising Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe) on structuring the sale and marketing of fractional rights in Europe, (as well as associated regulatory and commercial contracts issues), which includes a luxury apartment at 47 Park Street in London. Lands has particular expertise in the technology and creative industries, with his advice to clients spanning areas such as advertising, franchising, brand licensing, distribution agreements and endorsement agreements. Consultant Jonathan Sellors is recommended for his knowledge of commercial arrangements in the medical devices and medical research sectors. The firm also generates work from clients in the retail and leisure industries.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Mark Stephens is β€˜a brilliant strategic thinker’ and heads a skilled team at Howard Kennedy LLP which has β€˜an excellent understanding of the practicalities of the art market and is therefore particularly well able to assist its clients in potentially contentious situations’. Robert Lands is β€˜very experienced’ on all aspects of intellectual property, and Daniel McClean is β€˜really hungry to get the best results for his clients, with an excellent understanding of the art world and a sophisticated understanding of artists’. Jonathan Sellors is β€˜very practical and adopts a good strategic approach to matters’. The team is best known for its work in relation to impressionist, modern and contemporary art, and looted art and cultural property, and covers both transactions and contentious issues. It acts for high-profile artists, galleries, estates and charitable foundations including The Tate, ArtAngel, Sir Peter Blake and Turner prize-winner Mark Wallinger. Tim Bignell recently led the defence of a client in High Court litigation brought by the Art Loss Register for breach of confidential information, employment covenants and solicitation of company clients. In another major matter, the group acted for Meem Gallery (Dubai) on behalf of a group of leading Iranian artists and estates against Christie’s (London) and Darius and Marc Azari in relation to 300 disputed artworks.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Howard Kennedy LLP’s team focuses on soft IP matters and predominantly acts for clients in the media, retail and arts sectors. Practice head Robert Lands handles commercial and contentious IP issues; Mark Stephens has notable expertise in contentious IP, and a particular focus on the arts and culture sector; and consultant Jonathan Sellors is experienced in copyright, design rights and trade marks issues. Associate Alex Meloy is also noted. Clients include Pandora, Bloomberg and the Tate.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The β€˜innovative’ team at Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜the team you want to go to if you have a high-profile and very sensitive media case’. Its expertise spans the music, publishing, film and TV sectors, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters spanning corporate, financing, international broadcasting, online content, IP, regulatory compliance, financing, employment and defamation. It acts for a number of North American media outlets including Washington Post, CNN, Thomson Reuters and New York Times. It also acts for UK-based media outlets including Express Newspapers. Mills & Boon, The Old Vic and Ingenious are also clients. The team is jointly headed by Mark Stephens, who is β€˜second-to-none on strategy’ and is experienced in international comparative media law and regulation, and IP, publishing, entertainment and media specialist Robert Lands. They are ably assisted by Jane Amphlett, who handles employment matters, Tim Bignell, who handles disputes in the sector, senior associate Elizabeth Morley, who also handles dispute resolution and is β€˜quietly charming, but with a steely core’, and consultant David Hooper, who joined from RPC in 2016 and β€˜brings endless knowledge, expertise and wisdom’.

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