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Leading Silks

Ian Mill KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Ian is a very strong advocate – a big game player. He is excellent on his feet, with particular strength in his pointed and effective cross examination.’
Andrew Norris KCHogarth Chambers ‘Andrew is very client-friendly, hardworking and responsive.’
Simon Malynicz KCHogarth Chambers ‘Simon is renowned for his trade mark practice and has handled many of the leading trade mark cases.’
Martin Howe KC8 New Square ‘The great thing about Martin is that he has such a broad knowledge of and interest in the law that he can spot new angles in complex matters. He is authoritative but very easy to work with.’
Robert Howe KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Considered with his advice, a superb advocate who can read a judge and the tribunal really well. He is a good tactician, fits well into the team and listens to ideas.’
Michael Silverleaf KC11 South Square ‘Excellent at getting into the details, listening to the ideas of the team, putting the right arguments forward forcefully, being available when needed, embedding as part of the wider team.’
Mark Vanhegan KC11 South Square ‘Highly client-friendly, and gives clear and robust advice. Both written and oral advocacy is very good indeed and pitched perfectly to the tribunal he is addressing.’
Tom Weisselberg KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Tom is an exceptional barrister – a pleasure to work with. He is extremely bright, measured and charming.’

2022 Silks

Jessica Boyd KCBlackstone Chambers 'Hugely committed, great client manner and hugely likeable - Jess is a great team player and has excellent instincts. Her advocacy is clear, succinct and well-pitched.'

2023 Silks

Tom Richards KCBlackstone Chambers 'His experience of working with economic experts and his input on expert evidence is invaluable. He is a strategic thinker, responsive and flexible.'

Leading Juniors

Michael HicksHogarth Chambers ‘Michael is a great team player and it is always a pleasure to work with him. His advice and drafting are extremely clear.’
Daniel BurgessBlackstone Chambers ‘Daniel works with great speed and under pressure to produce first-class skeleton arguments. He is an exceptional team player, engaging with a large team in a highly cooperative manner.’
Jonathan MossHogarth Chambers ‘Jonny quickly gets to the nub of the issues, providing excellent strategic and commercial advice. Jonny’s pleadings are first rate.’
Sam Carter Hogarth Chambers ‘Strengths: attention to detail; knowledge of complex areas of IP.’
Tom Alkin11 South Square ‘A pleasure work with and a great team player. Consummate advocate. Clear, calm, incisive, and immensely persuasive.’
Jessie Bowhill8 New Square 'Jessie is an exceedingly bright, detail-focused barrister. Her particular strength lies in her knowledge of musical theory which positions her perfectly to engage with expert musicological evidence and apply it to the law.'
Amanda Hadkiss – Maitland Chambers ‘She has a first-class mind and is completely unflappable.’
Jonathan Hill8 New Square ‘Very good team player with an in depth knowledge of copyright and IP issues’
Jamie Muir Wood  – Hogarth Chambers ‘Good on the detail, very personable and hard working. Jamie delivers arguments in a persuasive manner and always provides common sense advice on matters.’
Jason Pobjoy – Blackstone Chambers ‘Rare combination of being very responsive and user friendly whilst totally authoritative in the area. He is trusted by the top Leading Counsel, solicitors and clients.’
Celia RooneyBlackstone Chambers ‘Celia’s advocacy is calm, considered and pointed – all to excellent effect.’
Shane SibbelBlackstone Chambers ‘Good on detail. Clever and direct.’
Guy TrittonHogarth Chambers ‘Guy is extremely thorough and pays great attention to detail whilst recognising the bigger commercial picture and understanding the client’s objectives.’
Mark VinallBlackstone Chambers ‘Mark is very bright and good at drafting. He was a pleasure to work with.’

Media and entertainment in London Bar

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is regarded by clients as the ‘go-to’ set for media and entertainment cases, offering ‘tremendous strength in depth’ of expert barristers in this field. Their barristers act in a variety of cases across media, on behalf of film and theatre companies, publishers and high-profile individuals. Robert Howe KC frequently acts for clients in the music industry, including recently in Noel Redding Estate Ltd v Sony Entertainment Ltd, where he represented Sony in a dispute on copyrights and performers rights in Jimi Hendrix’s recordings. Tom Weisselberg KC acted in a partnership dispute on behalf of ex-Culture Club drummer Jon Moss against his former bandmates concerning his ejection from the band.


‘Derek Sutton is great to work with.’

‘The clerks are very helpful. We usually deal with Danny Compton, who is very good at arranging help from very busy barristers.’

‘Brilliant set – Blackstone is a go-to for many of our disputes.’

‘Blackstone Chambers has a good range of barristers in this field, particularly at the top end.’

‘Blackstone remain, in my opinion, the leading set for contentious work in contentious matters relating to media and entertainment. They have tremendous strength in depth – silks leading their field, and juniors hot on the tails! Superb.’

‘Blackstone’s offer unparalleled depth in civil proceedings.’

‘A brilliant set. They have the top KCs, but their junior people are also always excellent.’

‘All contact good.  Senior clerk excellent.’

Hogarth Chambers

Considered to be ‘clearly excellent’ in media and entertainment law, the barristers of Hogarth Chambers frequently instructed in film and music cases for an array of clients, from management through to artists, often in cases with an intellectual property angle. Andrew Norris KC successfully acted for the BBC in Molavi v Gilbert case, defending the broadcaster and one of the writers of long-running drama Silent Witness against claims that two episodes of the show broadcast in 2019 were plagiarised. Gwilym Harbottle represented the claimant in Entertainment One UK Ltd v SConnect Media LLC, a dispute between the creators of Peppa Pig and a Vietnamese children’s cartoon named Wolfoo, which is alleged to have breached copyrights relating to the British show. In Evans v John Lewis PLC and DDB UK Limited case, Michael Hicks successfully argued that the ‘Excitable Edgar’ character in the retailer’s 2019 Christmas advert had not infringed copyright from a children’s book written by the claimant.


‘David Court is a pleasure to work with, attentive and follows up on all issues.’

‘Adam Homes is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive and helpful.’

‘Hogarth are clearly an excellent set with heavyweight practitioners and some very promising juniors. They are consistently in the top IP sets.’


‘Responsive and helpful.’

‘The clerks are great and always happy to help.’


‘The clerks are very helpful and friendly.’

Work highlights

11 South Square

11 South Square houses a number of highly regarded barristers who act in media and entertainment cases concerning copyright infringement, brand protection and use of goodwill cases, frequently for clients in the music industry. Hugo Cuddigan KC is instructed by digital radio aggregator TuneIn concerning the hyperlinks to international radio stations it provides to its users in Warner Music & Sony Music v TuneIn Inc.


‘Ashley Carr, Sam Fullilove and Jordan Foley are all experienced and user friendly.’

‘Ashley Carr is great to work with, responsive and accommodating to client’s needs, while being realistic about timescales.’

’11 South Square’s clerks are excellent, responsive, clear and will always go the extra mile.’

‘Excellent clerks.’

‘Very strong set with strength in depth. There is always someone appropriate to take on a given case.’




Work highlights

8 New Square

The barristers at 8 New Square regularly act in high-profile media and entertainment cases, where barristers combine their specialist knowledge in television, film and broadcasting to work on varied cases. Martin Howe KC represented the claimant in Molavi v BBC and Gilbert, a copyright case concerning the scripts of a two-part episode of Silent Witness. Jonathan Hill represented the claimants in Shazam Productions v Only Fools The Dining Experience, in which it was found that an immersive dinner theatre performance featuring characters, but not dialogue, from Only Fools and Horses was a breach of the claimant's copyright, the first case establishing that a character can be a freestanding copyrighted work.


‘Specialist set in IP generally, pleasure to deal with.’

‘My dealings with the clerks were always over telephone and email, and they were always friendly, efficient and courteous.’

‘Very good’

Work highlights