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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Maier Blackburn LLP

Maier Blackburn LLP provides 'first-rate' partner-led representation in high-value, complex litigation. Name partner Steven Maier is a 'highly recommended lawyer' for contentious work in the specialist areas of media, entertainment and intellectual property, with an emphasis on the enforcement of trade marks and domain names. Maier also advises on contentious commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Steven Maier

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published fan-fiction books in breach of the Estate’s copyrights
  • Representing a US skin-care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Maier Blackburn LLP

Boutique firm Maier Blackburn LLP predominantly provides services to media and publishing clients, and is best known for its significant expertise in copyright matters. The firm is also adept in handling IP licencing and contracts, as part of the non-contentious practice managed by co-founder Cathleen Blackburn, who also has significant experience in matters with a cross-border element. Fellow co-founder Steven Maier handles the contentious side of the firm's work, particularly in the areas of copyright, trade mark, and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):Steve Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Testimonials

'Steven Maier and Cathleen Blackburn are both very commercial and pragmatic lawyers. Their expertise in publishing matters is particularly strong.'

'I have worked with Steven on various contentious matters now and he has always delivered a good outcome for our business.'

'Steven Maier is smart, dogged and very commercial'

 

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Dan Maier

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published so-called fan fiction books in breach of the estate’s copyrights.
  • Representing a well known US skin care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.
  • Representing a TV writer and photographer in a successful claim against Private Eye for the unauthorised use of one of his photographs on the magazine’s front cover.
  • Advising a well-established photography collector on contract and copyright issues relating to loans of photographs of famous subjects to an exhibition.
  • Representing a well-known drinks manufacturer in a dispute with an author relating to commissioned corporate publications.
Leading individuals

Cathleen Blackburn - Maier Blackburn LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Maier Blackburn LLP

Focusing primarily on publishing sector clients, Maier Blackburn LLP is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious media work. 'Consummate professional' Cathleen Blackburn heads up the contentious side of the practice, and is particularly experienced in commercial contract and IP issues faced by publishing sector clients. Contentious specialist Steven Maier is active in both IP and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):Steven Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Testimonials

'The quick personable approach by the practice is very much appreciated. Often complex legal issues are explained in straight forward layman's terms.'

'Cathleen Blackburn is responsive to requests, delivers timely legal advice and is calm and personable.'

'Cathleen Blackburn is able to put things in real terms rather than legal jargon'

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Dan Maier

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published so-called fan-fiction books in breach of the Estate’s copyrights.
  • Representing a well-known US skin-care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.
  • Representing TV writer and photographer Dan Maier in a successful claim against Private Eye for the unauthorised use of one of his photographs on the magazine’s front cover.
  • Advising a well-established Art collector on contract and copyright issues relating to loans of photographs of famous subjects to an exhibition at the Barbican in London.
  • Advising The Tolkien Estate in a claim against a professional photographer offering unauthorised copies of J R R Tolkien’s iconic illustrations.
Leading individuals

Cathleen Blackburn - Maier Blackburn LLP

Steven Maier - Maier Blackburn LLP

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