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  1. Media and entertainment – Leading sets
  2. Media and entertainment – Leading silks
  3. Media and entertainment – 2018 silks
  4. Media and entertainment – 2019 silks
  5. Media and entertainment – Leading juniors
  6. Art and cultural property – Leading sets
  7. Art and cultural property – Leading silks
  8. Art and cultural property – Leading juniors

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    • Jacob Dean - 5RB β€˜A clever and strong advocate, very capable at marshalling arguments.’
    • David Glen - 11KBW β€˜A strong advocate, tactically astute, hardworking and enormously knowledgeable.’
    • David Groome - QEB Hollis Whiteman β€˜Known for private prosecutions of IP infringement and fraud in the film, sports and broadcasting industries.’
    • Justin Kitson - Selborne Chambers β€˜A formidable trial barrister who is thorough and tactically savvy.’
    • Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜She instils trust and confidence in both clients and instructing solicitors.’
    • Andrew Scott - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is alarmingly bright with a keen eye for detail.’
    • Shane Sibbel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with; excellent written submissions and first-rate cross-examination.’
    • Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and drafts well, particularly for breach of confidence and privacy matters.’
    • Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is highlighted for both privacy/data protection and defamation work.’
    • Chloe Strong - 5RB β€˜She can draw on her expertise and experience swiftly and accurately.’

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5RB is highly experienced in defamation, libel and privacy matters, with one client describing the set as being β€˜unsurpassed for media law’. The specialist media and communications set frequently acts in contractual disputes and intellectual property matters. It is also highlighted for being β€˜willing to explore different fee arrangements’.

5 Stone Buildings are highlighted as β€˜the first point of call for art-related cases’. Its members boast expertise handling a range of matters concerning works of art and chattels, including contractual, investment and insurance disputes.

The β€˜responsive’ 8 New Square β€˜provides great service’ across a range of sectors including the television, film, print and online media, advertising, and gaming industries. It is β€˜a leading set for IP’ and advises on issues such as television format rights, multi-territory licensing, broadcasting rights, and counterfeit goods. Work highlights include BBC v MCPS and PRS at the copyright tribunal, where Lindsay Lane and Robert Howe QC acted on opposing sides.

11 South Square offers β€˜an exceptional level of service’ and leverages its strength in intellectual property law to act for media and entertainment sector clients. The set has particular experience acting for book publishers, broadcasters and music producers. Hugo Cuddigan QC has been instructed by β€˜The Prodigy’ in their defence of a long-running claim for copyright infringement. The set’s clerks are highlighted as being β€˜very approachable, efficient and easy to work with’.

The β€˜very professional’ Blackstone Chambers β€˜offers counsel of the highest calibre’ and β€˜cover most media-related areas hugely ably’. The β€˜leading set for media regulatory work’ is frequently instructed in intellectual property, contractual and licensing issues for a range of high-profile film, theatre and record companies, as well as book, music and newspaper publishers. The chambers boasts β€˜excellent strength in depth’ with β€˜extremely bright, very hardworking members who are great team players’ ranging from β€˜well-established QC's to junior barristers coming up through the ranks’. In the complex case of Duchess of York v Mazher Mahmood & News Group Newspapers, concerning issues of respect of deceit and conspiracy in field of privacy, confidentiality and data protection, Andrew Hunter QC is acting for the Duchess of York with Robert Anderson QC as opposing counsel.

Essex Court Chambers boasts art litigation expertise. Joe Smouha QC and James Collins QC continue to act in Accent Delight & Others v Yves Bouvier & Others, a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional claim concerning allegations of fraudulently inflated prices of artwork.

Hogarth Chambers β€˜is often involved in the latest cutting edge cases’ and acts in cases across the music industry, publishing, film and television. Its barristers attract praise as being β€˜impressive and keen to help you deliver the best possible service for your clients’. Work highlights include Gwilym Harbottle’s instruction in Hook v Sumner and Morris – a dispute between band members to the use of the band name β€˜New Order’ – and Andrew Norris’ representation of the BBC in a copyright, passing off and trade mark dispute over the use of Grand Theft Auto game footage and the GTA name in a feature film broadcast.

Matrix Chambers frequently represents both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, internet and social media issues, freedom of information and pre-publication advice. Several of its members acted in a Supreme Court appeal of three libel cases heard together (Times Newspapers Ltd v Flood; Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited; MGN Ltd v Frost), where it was successfully argued that the extra costs imposed were a violation of the media organisations Article 10 rights. In this matter Gavin Millar QC represented for Associate Newspapers and Hugh Tomlinson QC acted for the claimants opposing the appeal.

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