Media and entertainment: Book publishers in France


Representing several French publishing houses, boutique firm ARTLAW is typically called on to advise on copyright and IP infringement disputes, including between publishers and authors. On the advisory side the team drafts and negotiates publishing contracts, with experience including joint publishing, distribution and broadcasting agreements. Josée-Anne Bénazéraf and Laurent Merlet are both highly regarded in this field.

Pierrat & Associés

Pierrat & Associés assists authors, publishers and distributors with non-contentious work, including negotiating and drafting book editing contracts, while also taking on disputes, including defamation proceedings and infringement actions. A niche area of growth for the practice has been supporting clients in the digitalisation of books, in particular relating to the legal implications for publishing contracts. Co-head Emmanuel Pierrat, who is himself the author of several legal books, is also an experienced agent for writers. Co-head Sophie Viaris de Lesegno comes highly recommended for her work in trade mark law and is trained in mediation.


Boutique IP and media firm VARET & PRÈS AVOCATS, formerly Passa Varet Avocats, offers publishing houses and authors assistance with contract drafting and litigation. The arrival of Xavier Près from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés  in October 2020 has strengthened the practice's contentious offering, particularly in relation to copyright and related rights, trade marks, industrial designs and models, and patents. Leading the department alongside him, Vincent Varet advises several leading French publishing houses and is well versed in both IP and IT law. Jérôme Passa departed the firm in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Varet; Xavier Près