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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Media & Entertainment


All forms of audio visual finance, production and distribution for conventional media across film and television and new media digital platforms including projects supported by leading brands, ad funded initiatives and other new funding models. Previous positions with UK Film Council and as general manager of Icon Entertainment, a major international film sales company. Recent projects include production legal support on the film 'Paddington', representation of financiers in the recent major adaptation of 'Swallows and Amazons' and Sky Television’s 'Launching People' in association with Samsung. Major literary estates and talent representation including United Agents and cast of 'The Inbetweeners' films.


Qualified 1993, partner 2012. Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens 1991-93; Yusef & Leader 1993-94; Marriott Harrison 1994-2000; Intermedia Film Equities 2000-01; UK Film Council 2001-02; Ruby Films Limited 2002-05; Icon Entertainment International 2005-09; Rymer Media Law 2009-12; Lewis Silkin 2012-present.


Chesham High School; Warwick University (BA Law and Sociology); Chester Law School (Law Society Finals).


Passionate Wasps rugby supporter and father of two very active kids.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Lewis Silkin LLP fields an ‘agile’ team with expertise spanning advertising, marketing, theatre, publishing, film, TV, music, gaming, social media and digital matters. Highlights included advising Royal Albert Hall Development Limited on commercial and IP matters and negotiated several licences with Disney to stage live productions; it also continues to advise Nullarbor Productions, the producers of Priscilla Queen of the Desert on a range of matters, and acted for Haymarket Media Group on the sale of its motorsports division to Motorsport Network. Vevo, Deezer, Syco, United Agents, Time Out, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Regal Press, Electric Shadow Company and Freemantle Media are other clients. Media and entertainment head Jeremy Summers is noted for contentious theatre and music matters. Phil Rymer acts for clients in film and television production, finance and distribution. David Deakin handles IP and digital media matters. Cliff Fluet is experienced in non-contentious music matters and handles broadcasting, radio, content and new media matters. Simon Entwistle heads the publishing team. Nick Walker is noted for disputes. Simon Morrissey is experienced in advising on the online use of personal data, particularly in the financial services, publishing, retail and leisure and marketing communications sectors. Also recommended are head of the brands and IP group Jo Farmer, who is a ‘star’; senior associate Alan Hunt; and consultant J Alan Davis, who joined from Act Productions.

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