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John Reid

Tel:
Work 020 7439 8692
Email:
Russells Solicitors

Work Department

Employment, Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

John is a partner in the firm’s litigation department and also leads Russells’ employment law advisory work.

John is a very experienced litigator who handles a wide range of media and entertainment disputes, including reputation management and privacy, as well as more general litigation.

John is also widely regarded for his work on employment matters to include drafting contracts and procedures, dealing with contentious issues, and general HR/employment advisory work.

John not only advises clients in media and entertainment, but also works increasingly in sport, advising governing bodies, organisations, clubs and personalities, particularly in relation to employment related disputes.

Over time John has also developed expertise in assisting clients with tricky immigration issues, particularly difficulties entering the US.

John excels at solving problems for clients as painlessly and cost-effectively as possible.


London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

John Reid leads the department at Russells Solicitors, which is active in the media entertainment and sports sectors; the group recently advised a senior executive at EMI Publishing on his move to establish Los Angeles-based operations for Budde Music and assisted Roar Global with negotiating terms for all incoming directors and renegotiating terms for current directors. Gavin Maude and Chris Gossage are also recommended for clients in the music industry; Maude handles appointments, terminations and restrictive covenants work while Gossage is experienced in service agreements and exit arrangements.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Russells Solicitors is a specialist entertainment and media firm that acts for celebrities in libel, privacy, harassment and data protection claims against magazines, websites and newspapers. Joint Heads Steven Tregear and John Reid successfully represented Cheryl Tweedy in preventing the publication of intrusive stories during her pregnancy. Callum Galbraith  joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

John Reid (Music) - Russells Solicitors

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô team at Russells Solicitors¬†has ‚Äėextensive experience‚Äô in the music sector, and acts for record companies, publishers, producers and leading agencies, as well as established and emerging artists. Litigator John Reid¬†handles a range of media and entertainment disputes, including reputation management and privacy cases. Key work included representing musician and songwriter Ben Martinez in a dispute with Jessie J over the rights to several of her songs; and advising the estate of George Michael on a range of matters. Mark Sinnott¬†is praised for his ‚Äėunrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge‚Äô and regularly represents music companies on complex contractual negotiations. Chris Gossage¬†heads the corporate department, which includes recently promoted partner Ryan Vince; and Gavin Maude¬†, who¬†heads the new artist department, which includes Jo Brittain. ¬†Gossage and Maude advised singer Mika on re-negotiations with Italian state-run broadcaster, Rai Uno, over the renewal for a second series of his TV show, which is broadcast on Italian national TV; Gossage also advised X-Ray Touring on the negotiation of a joint venture partnership, involving a multimillion-pound partial purchase of the business by US-based Paradigm Talent Agency and investment fund, Yucaipa. Chris Organ, litigation head Steven Tregear¬†and consultant¬†Brian Howard¬† are also standout individuals. Digital and social media group head Mark Ashelford¬†recently joined from Lee & Thompson LLP¬†and solicitor Peter Mason¬†recently joined from PPL. Simon Esplen¬†leads the team.

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Sport

Within: Sport

Though it acts for sports clubs and management agencies, the department at Russells Solicitors is especially strong in acting for sportspeople; media work is a particular area of expertise. Employment expert John Reid is active mostly in contentious work: in a case that settled successfully in 2017, he represented triple-jumper Nathan Douglas in claims against UK Athletics and an Italian training facility after Douglas suffered a serious ankle injury at the latter. Other clients include the ECB, Surrey CCC and Linford Christie. Litigator Steven Tregear heads the group.

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