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Duncan Calow

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Duncan Calow is well known for his work in the convergent worlds of content, technology and e-commerce. Duncan advises producer, publisher, distributor and retailer clients on a wide range of projects. These include digital delivery platforms, social media and e-business services; book, magazine and video games publishing; plus the latest interactive, mobile and broadcast services. Duncan advises on commercial and contractual legal issues; rights and branding; advertising and consumer law; privacy, libel and liability; gambling and specialist content regulation.


Trained at Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens, qualified 1994. Lawyer at Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens, Denton Hall and Denton Wilde Sapte. Partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and DLA Piper. Publications of note:Author, with Alan Williams and Andrew Lee, of Digital Media Contracts (3rd edition 2011 Oxford University Press) and, with Alan Williams, of the Publishing and Electronic Publishing Section of Halsbury’s Laws of England and of the New Media Sections of Clark’s Publishing Agreements (9th edition 2013 Bloomsbury).


General Secretary of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers; Publishers Association Legal Committee; Internet Service Providers Association Legal Forum; Society of Publishers.


Chesterfield School; University of Nottingham: Law, Economics & Politics BA Hons 2.1 1991, Chester Law School.


Family and friends, futurism and off-spin.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

DLA Piper's clients include Macmillan, NBC Universal and Al Jazeera. Ruth Hoy  and Claire Sng  focus on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters. Duncan Calow  is 'highly experienced in advising on defamation and privacy matters in e-publishing and digital content'. Andrew Smith, Simon Levine and Richard Taylor advise on defamation disputes for entities ranging from individuals to major corporates.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

DLA Piper ’s practice spans the entire spectrum of brand management from trademarks portfolio management to commercial exploitation by advertising and sponsorship. The team is also well-known for its work in sponsorship acting for clients in the aviation, e-commerce and leisure space such as Etihad, Rakuten and Merlin. Practice head Ruth Hoy  is experienced in trade mark and commercial strategy, counting Zenimax Media and Kite Pharma as clients. Nick Fitzpatrick ’s area of expertise in commercial IP exploitation  includes advising Merlin Entertainment on advertising agreements and Rakuten’s shirt sponsorship with Barcelona FC. Recently promoted partner Patrick Mitchell  assists broadcast and media clients with commercial and regulatory matters; his recent instructions include helping Vice Media launch a series of TV channels, and UNICEF on several sport sponsorship arrangements. Duncan Calow  and John Wilks  are also recommended for advertising and regulatory issues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Duncan Calow (Publishing; computer games) - DLA Piper

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

DLA Piper is active across mandates in the film, TV, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, theatre and publishing arenas. The sports sector is also a key focus; the team continues to advise the Football Association Premier League on several matters, and advised The English Football League on the global sale of media rights. It is also advising Badminton World Federation (BWF) on its appointment of Infront Sports & Media to provide media rights sales services and sponsorship rights sales services relating to BWF Tournaments until 2025. Duncan Calow is experienced in a range of publishing matters and has expertise in digital media, interactive entertainment, gaming, digital content, advertising and marketing. Other standout individuals include John Wilks, who acts on a range of advertising, marketing and promotions matters; Nicholas West, who is active across broadcasting matters and the audio-visual exploitation of content; and John Cloke, who advises content owners and distributors on commercial, copyright and regulatory issues. International corporate head and M&A practice co-chair Bob Bishop, Nick Fitzpatrick, who is global co-chair of the media, sport and entertainment sector group, and global co-CEO of the firm Simon Levine are also recommended, as are Patrick Mitchell and M&A practice co-chair Jon Kenworthy.

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