The Legal 500

Wiggin LLP

10TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7612 9612
Fax:
Fax 020 7612 9611
Web:
www.wiggin.co.uk
Email:
London, Cheltenham, Brussels

London

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London: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate tax Corporate tax

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Within M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m, Wiggin LLP is a third tier firm,

Media specialist Wiggin LLP is ‘excellent in all areas’. Highlights included acting for the shareholders of Left Bank Pictures on its sale to Sony Pictures. Practice co-head Adrian Jones is ‘superb’.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Gaming and betting, Wiggin LLP is a third tier firm,

Jason Chess at Wiggin LLP advised PokerStars on player deposit protection trusts and its acquisition of a stake in the Hippodrome Casino, London. Other clients include William Hill, Barcrest and IGT.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation Commercial litigation

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Within Defamation and privacy, Wiggin LLP is a second tier firm,

Specialist media firm Wiggin LLPseems to be everywhere’ lately, and is attracting ‘interesting work’. Highlights included successfully defending Channel 4 against an attempt by Viagogo to injunct a broadcast of its Dispatches programme; and acting for Random House in a defamation claim brought by Michael Caborn-Waterfield over Jacqueline Gold’s autobiography. Lead partner Caroline Kean is particularly highly rated.

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London: Real estate

Within Commercial property, tier 5

Wiggin LLP’s Matt Bullockprovides an excellent service, with great knowledge and thoughtful advice’. The firm has strong contacts in the media, technology, leisure and entertainment industries.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Wiggin LLP advises media and technology sector clients on soft IP protection and litigation matters. Clients include the Motion Picture Association, CSC Media Group and Virgin Media. Simon Baggs and Shaun Lowde are the key contacts.

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Within Media and entertainment, Wiggin LLP is a first tier firm,

Gold-standard’ media firm Wiggin LLP has ‘the best media lawyers at a very fair rate’, and advises on film, television, music, computer games, digital media, and publishing. The ‘outstandingly capableSean James, Shaun Lowde and Jason Chess co-head the broadcasting and digital content team. James and Ross Sylvester assisted Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland on consolidating Sky’s channel and content offering on the Irish cable network. Film and TV lawyers Charles Moore and Miles Ketley handle ‘high-level international production matters’ for 20th Century Fox. They advised HBO on A Game of Thrones, Aver Media on Diana, and Paramount Pictures on World War Z. Caroline Kean’s publishing team advises Cambridge University Press and Random House. Head of litigation Simon Baggs, who also leads the music practice, and ‘great diplomatAlexander Ross advise the MPA following Baggs’ High Court success in the Newzbin case. Ross also advised Fintage House on its acquisition of the Rights Agency. Other clients include Sony Computer Entertainment and BBC Worldwide. Nav Sunner heads the computer games practice. Guy Sheppard and Sarah Bing were promoted to the partnership.

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Within Media finance, Wiggin LLP is a first tier firm,

Wiggin LLP’s ‘commercial and pragmatic’ team acts for film funds (such as Silver Reel and Ingenious Media), banks (Coutts & Co, Bank Leumi, and Union Bank of California), producers and distributors (Lionsgate and Constantin) and independent producers (Blueprint, DNA Films, and Trademark Films). The ‘commercially driven and resourcefulDavid Quli and Daniel Whybrew advised Aver Media on Diana. Quli and Charles Moore, noted for ‘his extensive industry experience’, advised Pinewood Shepperton on the Isle of Man film fund.

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Within Sport, tier 4

Michael Brader leads Wiggin LLP’s sports media rights practice, which advises the ICC on media matters and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on sponsorship.

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