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Jo Brittain

Tel:
Work 020 7439 8692
Email:
Russells Solicitors

Work Department

Commercial

Career

Jo joined Russells in 2006 as a trainee and qualified into the firm’s Commercial Department two years later. In 2013, Jo gained partnership. Whilst Jo advises on a variety of music-related matters, his primary expertise lies in working with emerging talent (with the majority of his clients having concluded new artist deals recently with either the major or established independent record companies/publishers). With a range of contacts in different areas of the music industry, Jo is also equipped to offer practical and strategic advice to unsigned artists, songwriters and producers/mixers just starting out in the business. He is immensely proud to have been through this process from “day one” with clients who have gone on to win coveted Mercury, Brit, Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards in recognition of their talent.


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

A ‘leading light for music industry expertise’, Russells Solicitors acts for a range of high-profile clients in the music industry including record companies, publishers and producers, and agencies and artists on the full range of matters including live events, sponsorship, recording and publishing agreements, TV appearances, show agreements, private client, real estate, employment, disputes and corporate matters. Chris Organ represented Roger Waters of Pink Floyd on the negotiations surrounding his global music publishing deal with BMG. Steven Tregear advised Parlophone on its dispute with Radiohead concerning digital royalties. Brian Howard advised Duran Duran on a dispute with Gloucester Place Music over the US rights to its first three albums. Gavin Maude heads the artist department and advised Coldplay on negotiations surrounding its deal with the US NFL to perform the half-time show at the NFL Super Bowl. Jo Brittain is a specialist in working with new and up-and-coming artists and advised Clean Bandit on negotiations surrounding the clearance of the performer rights on the single Rockabye. Mark Sinnott is ‘one of the most experienced and knowledgeable music law advisers in the industry’ and advised Universal Music on the negotiation of the original soundtrack album rights licence from Universal Pictures in relation to the film Bridget Jones’s Baby. Team head Simon Esplen is an ‘excellent commercial music lawyer who fights very hard for his clients’; John Reid is also noted for contentious mandates. Chris Gossage is a ‘hugely experienced corporate lawyer who has the rare advantage of fully understanding the music industry’. Senior associate Ryan Vince is also recommended.

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