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Sue Charles

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ACK Media Law LLP

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Defamation and Privacy / Film and television


Sue Charles is a Partner and founding member of ACK Media Law LLP. She was a partner at DJ Freeman, Olswang and Howard Kennedy prior to founding ACK Media Law LLP. She advises on all aspects of media law on matters ranging from defamation, privacy and compliance issues for clients which include film and TV companies, print and on-line publishers. A large proportion of her work is pre-publication and has advised clients on how to avoid taking legal risks whilst achieving their creative goals. Sue also provides content clearance advice acting for the producers of a number of high profile films. In addition to her pre-publication work, Sue also advises on all aspects of media litigation. She acts for clients such as Reed Business Information Limited (publishers of Estates Gazette and New Scientist), Fifty Shades Limited and See Saw TV. Sue specialises in brand and reputation management advising on the most effective way to manage brands, including dealing with a wide range of threats ranging from trademark and copyright disputes to licensing arrangements.


Partner DJ Freeman; partner Olswang; Partner Howard Kennedy; founding partner ACK Media Law LLP.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

At ACK Media Law LLP, the team’s recent highlights include handling the reputation management issues surrounding the Fifty Shades film series, which includes advising on content-related matters, and assisting See-Saw Films with the clearance, libel and privacy elements of the second series of Top of the Lake. Other work includes advising global rights agency Merlin Network on a smear campaign that targeted the company and was pursued through social media channels and defamatory emails; and representing New Scientist in a libel claim brought by a Canadian doctor. The group is jointly led by Susan Aslan and Sue Charles, who is noted for her specialist content advisory expertise. Channel 4 and Associated Newspapers are also clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Boutique firm ACK Media Law LLP acts primarily for financiers and producers of feature films and TV productions. It also provides script-content advice for film and television productions, advising on a range of defamatory and reputational concerns arising out of production. It provides ongoing content and brand management advice on Fifty Shades Darker, and also advises on matters relating to the Fifty Shades of Grey books. It also advised Lupus Films on legal, production, finance and commercial matters relating to the animated feature Ethel & Ernest. Sue Charles handles defamation, privacy and compliance issues and Nick Miller heads the film and TV group.

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