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Stobbs IP has an impressive roster of national and international clients, for which it handles brand management and IP matters. The firm has unrivalled expertise in the publishing sectors and frequently acts for some of the world’s largest publishers, as well as advising well-known artists in the film, television and music industries. Litigation principal Geoff Steward, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and solicitor Chris Hawkes are among the many lawyers with high-profile media and entertainment clients.

Other key lawyers:Geoff Steward; Chris Sleep; Chris Hawkes

Key Clients

Archant Limited

ASOS

Beiersdorf

Cambridge University Press

Channel 4

Dean Guitars

Faber & Faber

Fred Astaire (Estate of)

Genesh Productions LLC

Gene Simmons (of KISS)

Grandmaster Flash

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

Informa Plc

MacMillan Publishers

O2

PepsiCo

Sanrio (i.e. Hello Kitty, Mr Men)

Springer Nature

Studio Lambert

Wilmington Plc

Virgin Enterprises

Vortex, Inc

Yahoo!

YouView

Work highlights

  • We manage the global trade mark portfolio for Grandmaster Flash – the US hip hop recording artist and DJ, widely considered to be on the pioneers of hip hop.
  • We act for LADBible in all aspects of the management of its trade mark portfolio, and brand enforcement online.
  • Advisory and support work in relation to onboarding of the UBM IP portfolio following Informa’s recent acquisition of the UBM group.
  • As a result of Geoff Steward joining Stobbs at the end of last year, we are now acting for DC Thomson, the publishers of The Beano and Dandy comics, for whom Geoff has acted for over twenty years.
  • Since the takeover of the portfolio we have been instrumental in licensing negotiations with Marshall’s key licensee who manufactured Marshall headphones and speakers.

Corporate partner Alastair Gunn at Greenwoods GRM runs a media practice group that advises clients on corporate, employment, immigration and regulatory matters. Employment specialist Joanna Scally and managing partner Robert Dillarstone play key roles in the practice. The firm frequently acts for magazine and newspaper publishers, as well as employees of large media outlets.

Practice head(s):Alasdair Gunn

Other key lawyers:Joanne Scally; Robert Dillarstone

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