London: Corporate and commercial
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Wiggin LLP’s practice, which specialises in the media and technology sector transactions, is led by Michael Brader and Adrian Jones. Brader advised Blast! Films on its sale of a majority stake in the company to Sky. David McLeish, formerly in-house counsel at Playtech, joined the team in January 2016. Ben Whitelock is recommended.
London: Crime, fraud and licensing
Gaming and betting
Wiggin LLP is regarded as a new heavyweight in the gaming landscape, following Stephen Ketteley’s arrival from DLA Piper. The practice looks to increase its work in digital gaming and has vastly expanded its client base following Ketteley’s arrival. David McLeish also joined from an in-house position at Playtech.
Stephen Ketteley - Wiggin LLP
London: Dispute resolution
Rated for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘superb advice’, Wiggin LLP’s team is adept at handling pre-publication matters and litigation. Caroline Kean is part of a team defending Condé Nast in contempt of court litigation following the publication of an article in GQ magazine concerning the Rebekah Brooks trial. Amali de Silva (‘very thorough but also pragmatic’) is defending Associated Newspapers against libel, copyright and harassment claims.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Wiggin LLP’s ‘very strong’ practice is led by Simon Baggs and Shaun Lowde. Baggs represented Cartier in an injunction order application requiring the five major ISPs to block websites selling counterfeit goods. Gurminder Panesar, who became a partner in April 2016, acts for BBC Worldwide in the protection of its Sherlock brand. He also advises HarperCollins on brand extension matters concerning its heritage titles.
IT and telecoms
Wiggin LLP’s ‘responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ team is led by David Naylor and Shaun Lowde, who is ‘pragmatic, insightful and a pleasure to work with’. The firm advised Lebara on the launch of its TV service and assisted clients with numerous outsourcing and infrastructure matters.
Wiggin LLP’s expertise covers advice to content-owning companies and global brands, including BBC Worldwide, NBC Universal, Perform Group and Motion Picture Association, on protecting and exploiting IP rights online. Simon Baggs is advising PRS for Music on its dispute against SoundCloud. Rachel Alexander and Gurminder Panesar were promoted to the partnership in April 2016.
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Wiggin LLP’s Charles Moore is a ‘consummate professional who consistently provides outstanding service and invaluable expertise’. He advised Netflix Studios on the production and financing of the Brad Pitt film War Machine, and acted alongside Neil Gillard for DJ Films in relation to Dad’s Army. The ‘judicious, knowledgeable and calm’ David Quli assisted Ingenious Media with the production and funding of Carol, and the ‘helpful and tenacious’ Ross Sylvester advised Lebara on the launch of a digital entertainment service. Other key figures include Sean James, who acts for clients such as AMC Networks; Alexander Ross, who acts for prominent clients in the music, digital media and publishing sectors, including Condé Nast; and Medwyn Jones, who assisted Neal Street productions with the production of Penny Dreadful and with the sale of the company to All3 Media.
Charles Moore - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
Medwyn Jones - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
Sean James - Wiggin LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)
David Quli - Wiggin LLP
Neil Gillard - Wiggin LLP
The ‘excellent’ team at Wiggin LLP stands out for its work on the rights acquisition front, where ‘no other firm can match them for value, speed and effectiveness’. Ross Sylvester, who is singled out for his ‘unparalleled ability to turn around drafts of complex and lengthy agreements’, advised Virgin Media on expanding its distribution deal with BT Sport to include BT Sport Europe. Michael Brader leads the team, which also includes Sean James and Sarah Drake, who is ‘an absolute gem of a young lawyer’.
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Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Gaming and betting
- Dispute resolution : Reputation management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Sport