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Irving David

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DWFM Beckman

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Media law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial.


Irving specialises in media transactions, including recording contracts, music publishing contracts, management agreements, film, television and software production agreements, book/internet publishing contracts, co-production agreements, employment contracts for key personnel, sponsorship contracts, and taxation (UK and foreign performers). Over many years, he has built up an impressive roster of clients within the entertainment and media industries, representing countless promoters, impresarios, managers, agents, dancers, classical and popular recording artists, composers, songwriters, record labels, book and music publishers, film, television and record producers, and games and software developers. He has advised Scottish Ballet and the British Ballet Organisation and is also on the Board of Directors for Dance UK, the professional body representing the UK dance industry, as well as chairman of their development board. He is also an adviser at Dance UK, giving legal advice to its membership on matters involving intellectual property, including copyright in choreography created by Dance UK members.


Trained Wright & Webb; UK head of legal and business affairs Warner Brothers; co-founded David Wineman with Vivian Wineman 1981; merged with DFM Beckman to form DWFM Beckman 2008; governor of a leading West Midlands museum; legal advisor to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; chairman Stratford on Avon Conservative Business Club. Frequent panellist on training courses given by MMF Training in London for young music managers and gives frequent master classes for the Music Publishers Association, offering expert legal advice on recording, publishing and management agreements; contributes to various trade publications, including Dance UK News, Dance Magazine, Arts Industry and International Arts Manager, on legal and commercial issues relevant to music, dance and intellectual property.


Full voting member BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).


London School of Economics (Law).


Ballet, theatre, travel, member Groucho Club and The Carlton Club.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

DWFM Beckman’s ‘incredibly thorough, professional and efficient’ department acts for a range of entertainment sector clients, such as musicians, songwriters, actors and TV production companies, independent record producers, music publishers, managers and booking agents. The firm also handles IP transactions and copyright protection issues. Media transactions, such as sponsorship, music and publishing contracts, management and licensing agreements, software developments, are also key areas of expertise, and it also advises on tax issues. It advised ArtAxis Music on the review of a concert engagement agreement for an international soprano; and advised manager, Jonathan Smith, on the negotiation of a management agreement with a UK band. Primary Talent International, IAMA and Panjabi MC are also clients. Department head Irving David is ‘extremely professional, personable, knowledgeable and always goes that extra mile to explain complex issues’.

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