The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Wiggin LLP

9TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7612 9612
Fax:
Fax 01242 224223
Email:
Web:
www.wiggin.co.uk
Brussels, Cheltenham, London

London: Corporate and commercial

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

Wiggin LLP

Commended for its β€˜excellent service’, β€˜good response times’ and β€˜value for money’, Wiggin LLP’s practice β€˜always meets deadlines’. Noted for its β€˜strong knowledge’ of the media and entertainment sectors, the team counts Sony, Love Productions, Endemol Shine and Manchester United FC among its clients. Michael Brader and Adrian Jones head the group; Brader, who is especially strong in TV and sport, advised Primal Media on an investment from Lionsgate, while Jones assisted the shareholders of Achica on their sale of the company to Worldstores. The β€˜friendly, helpful’ Ben Whitelock is β€˜pragmatic, commercial and highly competent’; he assisted Reed Exhibitions with its acquisition of Legend Exhibitions. David McLeish, who along with Whitelock is a gambling M&A expert, acted for William Hill on its Β£14m purchase of Grand Parade. He also advised Playtech on its €50m purchase of Quickspin. β€˜Strong negotiator’ and technology expert Ciaran Hickey is β€˜commercially excellent’.

[back to top]

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP provides β€˜practical, responsive and realistic advice’ and has β€˜an excellent reputation in gaming regulation matters’. The team represents clients across the betting, poker, media and sports sectors, amongst others, and regularly advises major banks and payment processors on gambling-related issues. Practice head Stephen Ketteley has β€˜exceptional gambling industry knowledge’, and recently advised Playtech on its high-value acquisition of Swedish games studio Quickspin. Other highlights included assisting William Hill with its Β£13.5m acquisition of Grand Parade, and advising fantasy sports operator FanDuel on its entry to the British market, preparing its policies and procedures to reflect British gambling regulation requirements. Jason Chess is the other key figure, and has significant expertise in online gambling, lotteries, competitions and promotions.

Leading individuals

Stephen Ketteley - Wiggin LLP

[back to top]

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s team is β€˜hugely impressive and has a strong position in the market’; the defendant-focused practice acts for key names including Bauer Media Group, CondΓ© Nast and Associated Newspapers. Practice head Caroline Kean is β€˜completely delightful to deal with but lethally dangerous for the opposition’ and β€˜couples enormous charm with deadly legal skills’. In a recent highlight, Kean acted for an international cricketer against a company that had continued to use the client’s image for advertising purposes beyond the end of his endorsement agreement; she also defended a national tabloid newspaper in a claim brought by the ex-girlfriend of a pop star; and acted for News UK in a misuse of private information claim relating to Operation Elveden. Legal director Anna Doble is β€˜excellent’, consultant Amali De Silva β€˜really understands her clients and provides fast, practical and high-quality advice’, and solicitor Eileen Weinert is β€˜incredibly legally astute’.

[back to top]

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP is known for its high-tech copyright and media sector expertise. Practice head Simon Baggs is β€˜a real star’; according to one client, he is β€˜the outstanding solicitor in the field of ISP liability’. Baggs and Rachel Alexander represented Richemont in an appeal before the Court of Appeal brought by five major ISPs, challenging two granted website blocking orders. Practice head Gurminder Panesar continues to advise Perform Group on trade mark portfolio management and proceedings at the UKIPO and EUIPO, and is advising Hiscox Group on its worldwide trade mark portfolio. Other clients include BBC Worldwide, UCAS, Imaginarium Studios and Playtech.

[back to top]

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Wiggin LLP

Known partly for its strength in technology and IP, Wiggin LLP’s department acts mostly for technology companies, advising start-ups on all aspects of their development and acting for well-established, high-profile technology players on regulatory, strategic and technological matters. It is active in various areas of fintech, including cryptocurrencies, financial data, payments and insurtech. Technology expert David Naylor, who arrived from Fieldfisher in March 2016, heads the practice jointly with Shaun Lowde, who specialises in commercial transactions in the technology space; Naylor assisted insurtech company and new client RightIndem with all its legal requirements, including global commercial contracts, privacy and data protection, and financing. Gurminder Panesar advised iPipeline, another insurtech player, on its deal with Royal London Mutual for the provision of integrated online services to replace the insurer’s manual paper-based processes. He also advised the client on IP protection. Thomson Online Benefits, a software provider for automated employee benefits administration and tools for financial education and money management, instructed Lowde on technology licensing, service agreements with customers, data protection and strategic joint ventures with the likes of US payroll company ADP. Parity Technologies, iGo4 and Worldpay are all clients. Ciaran Hickey is recommended for corporate and investment matters.

[back to top]

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s impressive client list includes Disney, Lebara and PokerStars. Shaun Lowde, who has a particular focus on technology acquisitions, protection and licensing matters. David Naylor, who jointly heads the team with Lowde, has considerable experience acting for clients in the technology, media and communications sectors. David McLeish has significant experience in the gambling sector; he advised Playtech on the acquisition of Swedish game studio Quickspin, and handled William Hill’s purchase of Grand Parade. Ciaran Hickey, who focuses on corporate transactions in the technology sector, is also noted.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s team has a strong reputation for protecting IP rights online, and represents major media companies, including NBCUniversal and BBC Worldwide. Practice head Simon Baggs is adept at advising major film studios on actions to require internet service providers to block access that infringes copyrighted content. He and Rachel Alexander, who specialises in online IP, represented luxury group Richemont in a case against five UK internet service providers regarding the blocking of access to websites selling counterfeit goods. Alexander also represented PRS for Music in proceedings concerning the use of music in gaming machines, and acted for XL Media in a domain name dispute. Gurminder S. Panesar heads the brand management team, and recently worked with ad-tech business mporium Group on the IP regulatory aspects concerning its second-screen, mobile marketing solution.

[back to top]

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP fields a β€˜very commercial and pragmatic’ team that β€˜really specialises in media and entertainment law’, and is β€˜undoubtedly a tier-one practice’. It handles a range of TV and film mandates and is rated β€˜excellent on film finance’. As well as acting for artists, its music team focuses on rights protection, digital music rights, and advises international music licensees such as broadcasters and film producers. Publishing, defamation, privacy, digital, technology, ad tech, betting and gaming are also mainstays of the practice. Film and TV partner Charles Moore advised Paramount Pictures on the production aspects of the latest entry in the Mission: Impossible film franchise. Neil Gillard advised on the production and financing aspects of Eleventh Hour's drama series New Blood. David Quli is β€˜outstanding’ and advised Bank Leumi on the financing of British television series Black Mirror. Ross Sylvester is β€˜able to turn work around in very short timeframes’; his recent highlights include advising Virgin Media on a deal with Viacom for the distribution of the Channel 5, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels throughout the UK and Ireland. Sean James advised CBS Studios on its output deal for Showtime titles with Sky across the UK and Ireland, Germany and Italy. Rachel Alexander is representing PRS for Music in High Court proceedings against UK bookmakers concerning the unlicensed public performance of music on gaming machines. Alexander Ross heads the non-contentious music team and advises Soundmouse on a range of key contracts. Medwyn Jones (β€˜tough but balanced’) advised Blueprint Television on its investment deal with Sony Pictures Television alongside Michael Brader. Caroline Kean (β€˜a stalwart’) handles defamation and privacy matters as well as publishing work.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Charles Moore - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)

Medwyn Jones - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)

Sean James - Wiggin LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)

Leading individuals: Media finance

Chris Hanson - Wiggin LLP

David Quli - Wiggin LLP

Neil Gillard - Wiggin LLP

[back to top]

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

Known for its strength in commercial work, Wiggin LLP’s practice is particularly active in advising media groups and sports clubs on the purchase, exploitation and protection of media rights. β€˜Always contactable’ commercial expert Ross Sylvester, who heads the department, provides β€˜carefully tailored advice’ and β€˜turns work around in very short timeframes’. He acted for Perform Group on its 17-year partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), allowing the client to distribute and sell all FIBA’s media rights to high-profile basketball tournaments. He also advised Whisper Films on its outdoor broadcasting contract with Presteigne for Formula One races, and on its production broadcasting contract with Channel 4 for 2016 Formula One races. Other clients include Manchester United FC and Racecourse Media Group.

[back to top]


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to