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Steven Tregear

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Russells Solicitors

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Litigation, Reputation Management




Steven heads up Russells’ litigation department.

Steven specialises in litigation in the worlds of entertainment, media and sport covering a varied case-load representing major record and music publishing companies, artists, managers, promoters, sportsmen and women as well as many related businesses. He has been particularly involved in bringing and defending copyright infringement, contractual and audit claims for Russells’ clients, a number of which have been reported.

Aside from his general litigation practice, Steven regularly handles international arbitration claims acting for both Claimants and Respondents governed by different arbitration rules and procedures and sports related disputes where he represents sports personalities, teams and agents.

Steven has developed a first class reputation by regularly advising and acting in relation to defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters where he has been at the forefront of Russells’ work protecting their clients’ reputations and businesses particularly in the area of celebrity harassment by the media.

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 Hamlins LLP in summer 2018.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‘exceptional’ team at Russells Solicitors has ‘extensive experience’ 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 ‘unrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge’ 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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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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