Leading Individuals

Firms To Watch: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Preiskel & Co LLP is noted for its expertise in advising clients on all aspects of film and television, from financing and production to distribution and exploitation. Consultants Peter Dally and Hannah Leader, who jointly head up the practice, have extensive experience in film and television industries. Associate Matthew Fox is a key contact in the team.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) in London

Bird & Bird LLP

The media, entertainment and sport practice at Bird & Bird LLP, which is led by Phil Sherrell, has built upon the firm's historical strengths in IP and technology to become a first port of call for a wide ambit of strategically significant and complex cross-border mandates. Richard McMorris leads the international broadcasting and OTT sub-group, which has recently advised clients on matters such as broadcast regulatory issues, B2B and B2C digital initiatives and various international commercial agreements. On the contentious side, Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard (who made partner in 2020) has particular expertise in disputes with an online/digital component. The head of the social media sector group is Bryony Hurst, who advises on commercial and content-related disputes, with a particular focus on data privacy litigation. Corporate partner Simon Fielder handles equity financing transactions and M&A for media sector clients. Also recommended is senior associate Will Deller, who heads up the firm’s growing offering in the international games arena. The marketing team is jointly led by Craig Giles and recent hire Alex Dixie, who joined from CMS in March 2021. Howard Rubin and Felicity Reeve have retired.

Practice head(s):

Phil Sherrell

Other key lawyers:

Richard McMorris; Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard; Bryony Hurst; Simon Fielder; Will Deller; Craig Giles; Alex Dixie

Testimonials

‘Phil Sherrell and Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard are exceptional. They have helped us craft a holistic strategy to very complex areas of law, pulling in other equally effective members of the team as needed. They are very thorough without over-lawyering.’

‘The team is very proactive, keeping pace with changing GC needs and ensuring appropriate technological and project management support.’

Special mention of Richard McMorris. Richard has impressively positioned Bird & Bird’s TMT practice right at the heart of the changing media landscape, committing time and resources to understanding the rapidly evolving market, the technology, the workflows, audience behaviour and content market opportunities and threats.’

Thorough, cost-effective and great communication.’

Bryony Hurst and Phil Sherrill are both excellent lawyers. As a non-UK lawyer, I know that I can contact them with difficult questions and they will provide timely and practical solutions. It gives me great confidence to know that I can contact them when in need.’

Strong team in the area of sport. Good use of partners and trainees to deliver value for money.’

Key clients

TuneIn, Inc.

Guinness Six Nations Rugby

Epic Games

Rockstar Games

Activision Blizzard

ICE Services

ICM Partners

Nordic Entertainment Group

Macquarie Bank

Alight Brand Media

Work highlights

  • Acting for TuneIn in litigation brought against it by Sony Music and Warner Music.
  • Running a coordinated international copyright enforcement campaign for Rockstar Games in relation to blockbuster games GTA V, including successful UK proceedings and claims in nine other jurisdictions.
  • Advised Six Nations Rugby Limited on a private equity investment by CVC and on the tender of its broadcast media rights, including the expansion of its media rights offering to include additional matches in the new Autumn Nations Cup (including well publicised deals with Amazon, Channel 4, RTE and Premier Sports).

Clintons

Clintons fields ‘experts in the field of media and entertainment, with vast experience and knowledge to draw from’. Berkeley Edwards heads up the music department, which includes senior partner Andrew Myers; the latter practitioner handles negotiations and reorganisations for globally-recognised clients, providing ‘creative responses to any problem’. On the contentious side, Andrew Sharland and David Griffiths are names to note for music litigation. James Jones is knowledgeable about commercial and IP issues related to the music and TV industries. Elsewhere, other names to note at the firm are former theatre producer Aron Rollin and Stephen Pidcock, who has previous experience as a theatre publicist. Kami Naghdi, who heads up the film and TV practice, handles finance, development, production and exploitation of content. Charles Gerada and Chris Coates jointly head up the firm’s media and entertainment rights acquisition team. Senior associate Oliver Lyons joined from Parlophone Records. In addition, Leo Hugh-Jones joined from Riverstone Pictures, while Tara Smith is a more recent arrival from Matheson. John Cohen and senior associate Luke Gornell are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Berkeley Edwards; Andrew Sharland; David Griffiths; James Jones; Kami Naghdi; Charles Gerada; Chris Coates; Charles Gerada; Chris Coates

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Myers; John Cohen; Aron Rollin; Stephen Pidcock; Luke Gornell; Oliver Lyons; Leo Hugh-Jones; Tara Smith

Testimonials

‘Clintons are clearly experts in the field of media and entertainment, with vast experience and knowledge to draw from. They also take the time to get to know their clients, their priorities, their careers, and their level of knowledge and understanding of contract law.’

‘Stephen Pidcock was extremely conscientious negotiating a very bespoke deal, and was excellent at communicating with us throughout the whole process. No question was too small, and he helped us to understand every stage of negotiations.’

‘Massively knowledgable creative firm of lawyers.’

‘I work with Andrew Myers a lot and find that he is excellent at fully understanding the other side’s intentions in a deal, and he has various creative responses to any problem.’

Key clients

Radiohead

Lewis Capaldi

Muse

Communion Music Group

Bastille

Daft Punk

The 1975

Max Richter

The Who

Vampire Weekend

Dan Smith (Bastille)

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Beth Gibbons and Geoff Barrow (pka Portishead)

Declan Colgan Music Limited

Mike Batt

Steven Ellison (pka Flying Lotus)

Stephen Bruner (pka Thundercat)

Cinematic Orchestra

YM&U (formerly James Grant)

Sony Music Entertainment Ltd

Richard Hall Music Limited (Moby)

The Kooks

Ministry of Sound

Michael Grandage Company

SGA Productions

Sony Music

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Tim Rice

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Don Black

Bill Kenwright Limited

Ambassador Theatre Group

David Ian Productions Limited

Michael Harrison Entertainment Limited

Mischief Worldwide Limited

New Adventures Limited

Nimax Theatres Limited

Stage Entertainment Limited

Talent Artistic Group Limited

TC Beech

Jamie Wilson Productions Limited

The Lionel Bart Estate

The Anthology Group

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality SF

AXA Versicherung AG

Creativity Capital

Autonomous

Quixote Productions / Lucy Darwin

Hipgnosis Songs Fund

HQ Theatres Group

Round Hill Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dan Smith (of Bastille), alongside specialist US attorneys, in relation to a claim brought in California by an EDM artist against a number of high-profile music artists and producers for copyright infringement in relation to the song “Happier”.
  • Advising Allianz in connection with multimillion dollar and multijurisdictional film finance claims in its victory against Lotus Media, Larkhark Films and Lip Sync Productions for declaratory relief regarding the completion, delivery and deemed acceptance of the film “Starbright”.
  • Represented QDOS, which was awarded an undisclosed figure from the National Lottery operator Camelot, to stage pantomimes across the UK as part of the government-backed ‘Operation Sleeping Beauty’ to re-open theatres.

CMS

CMS is highlighted for its ‘diverse experience and subject matter expertise across a range of areas’ in the media and entertainment space. The firm provides ‘constructive advice’ to clients on a wide variety of issues, with it drawing on expertise in areas such as commercial, regulatory, corporate, tax, litigation and employment. The practice covers a number of key areas, notably film and TV, advertising, music, sports and publishing, as well as the theatre and video games industries. Victoria Gaskell handles commercial, regulatory and transactional work for clients in the digital media arena. She co-heads the practice with Paul Guite, who advises on corporate matters in the media sector. Susan Barty is experienced in advertising, marketing and technology disputes. John Enser, who advises music and digital media clients, is another key individual. Also recommended are Rebekah HayesSelina Potter and Charles Kerrigan. In 2020, Geraldine Ryan joined from Hill Dickinson LLP, while Hayes made partner.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Gaskell; Paul Guite

Other key lawyers:

Susan Barty; John Enser; Rebekah Hayes; Selina Potter; Charles Kerrigan

Testimonials

‘The team has a wide range of expertise and is therefore able to offer both diverse experience and subject matter expertise across a range of areas. The team takes a pragmatic and commercial approach. It is solutions focused, has experts in their field and is able to provide constructive advice for the complex problems that our business faces.’

‘CMS’ ability to turn work around quickly is phenomenal, with no compromise to the quality of the output. The depth and wealth of experience is impressive.’

Key clients

BBC

BBC Studios

BT Sports

ITV

Viacom (Channel 5, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central)

Comcast / NBCUniversal

Disney

WarnerMedia (Turner, Warner Bros and HBO)

AETN

All3Media

Discovery

Endeavor Content

FremantleMedia

Liberty Global (owners of Virgin Media)

Elisabeth Murdoch and related entities

Vice Media

Jeremy Clarkson and related entities/productions

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Working Title Films)

International Cricket Council

International Olympic Commission

ITN

CNBC

Primo Productions (producers of Riviera)

Elysian (Danny Perkins)

Ingenious Media

Barclays Bank

Pitch International

Bray Film Studios

Advertising & Marketing

Dentsu Aegis Networks

M&C Saatchi

Imagination

Global Outdoor

Talon Outdoor

Freewheel

GlaxoSmithKline

Yandex

Shark Ninja/ Euro Pro Europe Limited

Deliveroo (Roofoods Ltd)

Bosch Siemens

SSE

Nestlé

Bicester Village Outlet Store (Value Retail Ltd)

Merisant

BP

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

BSH Home Appliances

Team GB

Booking.com

PZ Cussons

Spotify

Warner Music

Universal Music

MTV

Global Radio (owners of Capital, Heart and Xfm)

Virgin Radio

BPI

Music and Entertainment Rights Licensing Independent Network (Merlin)

Advance/Newhouse Partnership

Immediate Media (owners of Radio Times and other TV related titles)

Bloomberg

DC Thomson (owners of the Beano)

News UK (owners of The Times, Sunday Times and the Sun) N

Curtis Brown

Euromoney

The Guardian

Microsoft XBox

Facebook

Factory42

Hammerhead VR

DAZN

Gleam Futures

Gamesys

DriveTribe

Hiro Capital

Game Plc

Cameron Mackintosh

The Really Useful Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on setting up a new content production company, Broke and Bones, into which Netflix has invested.
  • Advised Discovery on a strategic partnership with BluTV, Turkey’s first and largest local subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service which is globally available to all Turkish and Arabic speaking audiences.
  • Advised Microsoft on the consumer law investigation, launched by the Competition and Markets Authority, into the auto-renewal practices of Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper acts for a range of clients, including international media and entertainment companies, on a broad cross-section of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Nick Fitzpatrick, who heads up the practice, has notable expertise in copyright issues and he counts digital broadcasting, TV, film, sport and sponsorship as particular areas of focus. Duncan Calow is sought after for advice on publishing-related matters, in addition to undertaking work in the video games, interactive content and social media spheres. John Wilks and legal director Claire Sng act for high-profile brands on sponsorship issues, data, regulatory compliance and disputes in the advertising and marketing space. Intellectual property litigator Ruth Hoy and media rights lawyer John Cloke are other key members of the practice, as is corporate partner Jonathan Earle, who joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 2020. Legal director Oliver Kichenside and senior associate Sam Churney are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Calow; John Wilks; Claire Sng; Ruth Hoy; John Cloke; Jonathan Earle; Oliver Kichenside; Sam Churney

Testimonials

‘They are extremely available and helpful. I can always obtain the right assistance whenever needed.’

‘John Wilks is exceptional in terms of providing business minded support. Real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Discovery

LEGO

Rakuten

BPI (British Recorded Music industry) Limited

TEAM (Television Event and Media Marketing AG

World Rugby

Hilton

Springer Nature Limited

Unilever

The Football Association Premier League

Philip Morris International

Dataco

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery Corporation on its joint venture with Polsat to provide a Polish language “over the top” (“OTT”) streaming service in the Polish market and beyond.
  • Advising and assisting Football DataCo on its global sales programme for exploitation of performance data for elite football in the UK and the drafting and negotiating of agreements and licences to be put in place for such arrangements.
  • Acting for the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) in relation to copyright infringement proceedings against the operator of a “cyberlocker” website named Zippyshare.com.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has strong credentials in the publishing sector, as is evidenced by its work for large newspaper and magazine groups, and also its prominence in specialised areas such as academic and music publishing. One of the notable individuals at the firm is Henry Sainty, who acts for clients such as Bauer Media and Sage Publications. Elsewhere, beyond the publishing space, the team advises international broadcast production and TV rights companies, and sporting events rights holders. In addition, Peter Wienand has a particular focus on B2B data businesses. Practice head Paul Jones handles digitalisation projects and advises on broadcasting work. Clients also benefit from the expertise of corporate partner Richard Lane (who is experienced in media sector M&A), employment specialist Jonathan Eley and litigator Ian De Freitas. Owen O’Rorke and Alan Baker were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones

Other key lawyers:

Henry Sainty; Peter Wienand; Richard Lane; Jonathan Eley; Ian De Freitas; Owen O’Rorke; Alan Baker

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, clear and they understand the nuances of our business very well. They brief internally very well, so that if work is handed over mid-stream you don’t have to re-explain everything.’

All actually share a similar ethos and set of skills, which is separate from their specialist knowledge: they are very client-focused, intelligent and responsive. They communicate clearly and do subtlety and nuance. They do not take a sledgehammer to a nut.’

Great focus on client needs and succinctly getting to the nub of the issue without wasting costs.’

Henry Sainty – focused, practical and looking to provide solutions.’

Key clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group

Yell

Sage Publications

PA Media

BMJ Publishing Group

British Library

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Lonely Planet Publications Limited

New York Times

Work highlights

  • Advised the British Library on its digitisation projects.
  • Provided pre and post-publication advice to The Economist on multiple media formats.
  • Advised BMJ Publishing Limited on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The cross-practice team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is noted for its ‘specialist knowledge’ and ‘wide-ranging experience’. It acts for clients from areas such as film, TV, theatre, publishing, gaming and music. Jointly led by Michael Lister and Sacha Wilson, the advertising and marketing department acts for brands, agencies and talent, particularly in the influencer marketing and adtech space. The scope of the work includes advice on regulatory issues, contracts, digital marketing and sponsorship matters. The head of the film and TV group is Sarah Lazarides, who ‘goes above and beyond the call of duty’. Music sector lead Kieran Jay advises clients on recording, publishing, management, live performance and endorsement agreements. Kostyantyn Lobov and Mark Phillips jointly head up the video games group, which is praised for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’. Elsewhere, media finance expert Abigail Payne ‘doesn’t miss a trick but is very practical in her advice’, while Neil Adleman is commended ‘as an industry leading expert’ in the theatre and live performances space. IP specialist Shireen Peermohamed is a key contact for publishing matters. Alan Moss departed to set up Moss Legal Limited. In another development, IP specialist Andrew Terry joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Kieran Jay; Kostyantyn Lobov; Mark Phillips; Abigail Payne; Neil Adleman; Shireen Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Terry; Jonathan Berger; Clare McGarry; Matthew Hiscox

Testimonials

‘Abigail Payne is an excellent lawyer. Doesn’t miss a trick but is very practical in her advice. Has quickly become my go-to lawyer at Harbottles.’

‘Sarah Lazarides (partner) is our lead counsel who goes above and beyond the call of duty on all legal matters great and small.’

‘Shireen Peermohamed (partner) is an exceptional advisor who provides pragmatic solutions and considers commercial realities in her strategic thinking.’

‘The specialist knowledge in this team is extraordinary – our primary contact Neil Adleman is recognised as an industry leading expert in what is a complicated and unique field.’

‘We’ve worked with the team at Harbottle for years and the relationship is a strong one. They have a wide-ranging experience across the industry which helps given the various contracts we work on. They understand our business completely.’

‘Our business is in the video games industry, and it makes a big difference when the legal firm has great knowledge of the industry. Harbottle & Lewis has practitioners who has served the industry for a long time, which makes it so much easier to communicate with when we have legal issues that need help and advice.’

‘Michael Lister consistently provides top quality advice and is really commercial and pragmatic. He gets what we are trying to achieve and helps us get there, steering us through any challenges that come up.’

Key clients

Havas

Interpublic

Kyra TV

Diageo

Mr President

Nissan

De Beers

Cara Delevingne

David Beckham

The Ozone Project

Universal Pictures

Michaela Coel

Amazon Studios

Punchdrunk

Sky UK Limited

Complete Fiction Pictures

Marv Studios

Global Citizen

Magic Light Pictures

John Battsek

Microsoft

Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar Games

Square Enix

Cloud Imperium Games

The Pokémon Company International

The Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)

The Tonic Games Group

Ukie

Rebellion Games

Fourth State Games

all3media Group

Neal Street Productions

Hopster

Quiddity Films

Finstock Capital

Pixion Games

LA Media Fund

Secret Group

Jamie Hendry Productions

Queen

Stormzy

Jess Glynne

Mahalia

Little Simz

FKA Twigs

Nina Nesbitt

Tom Elmhirst

Paolo Nutini

Snakehips

Emir Taha

Lucy Blue

Global Citizen

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Hachette UK

Association of Applied Biologists

Suitcase Magazine

The Publishers Association

Rebellion Publishing

The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett

BibliU Limited

The Bent Agency

Dazed Group Ltd

Unputdownable Ltd for author Mark Dawson

National Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions

The Old Vic

Donmar Warehouse

Sadler’s Wells

Playful Productions

Michael Cassel Group

Smith & Brant Theatricals

Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Work highlights

  • Advised David Beckham on his various endorsement and brand ambassador arrangements, including his deal with Guild Esports.
  • Advised Nira Park, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish on the establishment of a new production company, Complete Fiction Pictures, and its subsequent arrangements with Netflix.
  • Advised Stormzy on his recent exclusive recording agreement, via his #Merky imprint, with Universal Music.

Lee & Thompson LLP

High-quality boutique firmLee & Thompson LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters in the advertising and marketing, TV and film, music and digital media sectors. Huw Morris jointly leads the advertising and marketing practice with Dominic Bray, who is an experienced music industry litigator. Digital and technology group leader Julian Ward has knowledge of the video games and interactive entertainment space that is ‘second to none’. In the film space, Christos Michaels and Lee Stone are praised as ‘top transactional production and financier advisers’, while TV group lead Richard Lever is highlighted for being able to ‘oversee a complex financing of a major series and provide strategic advice to those looking to enter the industry’. Key contacts to note in the film and TV space include managing partner Reno Antoniades, Nicki Parfitt and Sam Tatton-BrownLawrence Engel heads up the non-contentious music sector practice, while Gordon Williams is a name to note for contentious music issues, along with Martyn Bailey. Antony Swiatek advises producers on the development, financing and production of film and TV projects. Recently promoted partner Tim Fowler and Lizzie Payne-James are other names to note. Senior associate Andy Florence joined from the BBC.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Bray; Huw Morris; Julian Ward; Christos Michaels; Richard Lever; Lawrence Engel; Gordon Williams;

Other key lawyers:

Lee Stone; Reno Antoniades; Sam Tatton-Brown; Martyn Bailey; Antony Swiatek; Lizzie Payne-James; Carrie Finlay; Marek George; Tim Fowler; Nicki Parfitt; Andy Florence

Testimonials

‘Julian Ward is our main contact. We work in the video game development sector and his knowledge of that area is second to none. Julian is a pleasure to work with, due to his personable approach, attention to detail and reliability to always provide what is required for my business needs ahead of time.’

‘Sam Tatton-Brown is my go-to when it comes to media finance. What he doesn’t know might not be worth knowing. He always goes above and beyond and makes sure you cover off all angles.’

‘This is a very high quality boutique firm specialising in the entertainment industry, but with good quality resource in the required adjacent areas too (HR, tax, corporate etc). They are the top firm in the UK for film, TV and music and have been behind many of the rapidly expanding independent production companies in recent years.’

‘Dominic Bray gives practical, no-nonsense advice with good humour along the way. Very good client manner and enjoyable to work with.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge.’

‘Lee Stone and Christos Michaels are top transactional production and financier advisors across film and tv and have a loyal client base. Innovative and extremely hard working.’

‘Richard Lever is the star of TV industry specialist lawyers in the UK. He has helped grow many of the most successful UK independent production companies, and can oversee a complex financing of a major series and also provide strategic advice to those looking to enter the industry or arrange new corporate backing.’

‘Nicki Parfitt – the fact that I never want to be on the other side of a negotiation to her tells you all you need to know. She is smart, fast, fierce and fair.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Restaurants

World Wrestling Entertainment

Vue Cinemas

One Direction member solo projects for Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

Publicis Groupe

Engine Group

Social Chain Group

Cision Group

Guardian News and Media

Data & Marketing Association

Red Production Company

Media Finance Capital

Head Gear

Cornerstone Films

Eon Productions

Union Bank

Archery Pictures

Rocket Science

Origin Pictures

Ingenious

Team 17 Plc

Jagex Limited

Pixel Toys Limited

Bonsai Games Limited

MediaTonic Limited

Hutch Games Limited

Zeta Corp

Nitro Circus Inc.

GameBake Limited

Kiss Publishing Limited

One Direction

BMG Chrysalis

Drake

Warner Music

BPI

Bourne Co

Kathy Sledge

Richard Ashcroft

PIAS UK

Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols)

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonald’s Restaurants on its high-profile virtual promotional music event, “I’m Lovin’ It Live” in October 2020, featuring music artists, actors, reality TV stars and social media influencers.
  • Advised the financiers on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut “Lost Daughter”, a film starring Olivia Coleman, Dakota Johnson & Jessie Buckley.
  • Assisted Vue Cinemas with negotiating and agreeing a collaboration with BT Sport for the showing of Premier League football games in cinemas.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP has a well-established reputation in the traditional media and entertainment industries, and it is also a major player in the ever-changing digital media and technology sectors. Cliff Fluet‘s expertise spans broadcasting radio, content and online exploitation. He co-heads the practice with employment partner Russell Brimelow, who attracts a strong flow of work from broadcasters and TV production companies. Commended for his ‘depth of expertise in the UK market’ and ‘wealth of insights in the international advertising market’, Brinsley Dresden leads the advertising and marketing  group, working closely with Geraint Lloyd-Taylor. The ‘outstanding’ Jo Farmer advises clients on advertising and marketing campaigns and IP issues, while Giles Crown handles brand management matters. Jeremy Summers is noted for his expertise in the theatre and music industries. The ‘hard working and diligent’ Alan Hunt handles commercial and technology agreements, as well as IP matters. Neil Parkes joined from Foot Anstey, while Antony Craggs is a recent arrival from D Young & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Cliff Fluet; Russell Brimelow

Other key lawyers:

Brinsley Dresden; Geraint Lloyd-Taylor; Jo Farmer; Giles Crown; Jeremy Summers; Alan Hunt; David Deakin; Neil Parkes; Antony Craggs; Nick Allan

Testimonials

‘Lewis Silkin has always provided timely and pragmatic advice. They are experts in the entertainment and media field, understand the marketplace, the players and the types of deals being done, and they have been extremely helpful in providing strategic and tactical guidance and advice.’

‘Brinsley is strategic, sharp and always sees the bigger picture. He doesn’t get bogged down in theory or detail and is a fantastic problem solver.’

‘Cliff Fluet is a great listener who understands the nuances of a particular situation, as well the role of the individuals involved in any particular dealing, and will often appreciate and understand the parties’ motivations that ultimately drive decision making.’

‘Geraint Lloyd-Taylor deserves recognition for his approachability, reactiveness and market-knowledge. Navigating advertising regulations often involves making judgment calls and operating in “grey” areas. Geraint brings clarity to those areas (based on his market experience), and is a trusted voice. I highly value his opinion.’

‘The team at Lewis Silkin are highly skilled and experts in their fields. We rely heavily upon the marketing team for their advice on more complex matters and their knowledge is second to none!’

‘Another partner that is outstanding is Jo Farmer. She is a leading lawyer with expertise in marketing and intellectual property law. She has advised our organisation a number of times on complex matters and her advice has always been highly valued.’

‘Alan Hunt is a real asset to the team, hard working and diligent with energy and efficiency to meet the needs of our fast paced decision making.’

‘The team is extremely well integrated and versatile, so that it is always easy to receive pointed advice from the member of the team with the most relevant expertise.’

Key clients

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

adamandeveDDB

Havas

Publicis Groupe

72andSunny

Uncommon

Media Arts Lab

Bacardi

Suzuki

Superdry

Nullarbor Productions Limited

Royal Albert Hall

Bill Kenwright Limited

The Old Vic

Jukebox Hero Inc

Annerin Productions

RG Media

Supertruct Entertainment

LarMac Group

The Music and Media Partnership

Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT)

Haymarket Media Group

Time Out

The Economist

New York Times

Redwood Publishing

Association of Online Publishers

Cedar Communications

Think Publishing

Professional Publishers Association

Sony Music Entertainment

HMV Digital

Ministry of Sound

Driift

Deezer

Mixcloud

Resident Advisor

Endlesss

JambL

VEVO

United Agents

The Electric Shadow Company

Piccadilly Pictures

Ashland Hill

Dignity Film Finance

Sherborne Media Capital LLC

Unstoppable Entertainment

Filmgate Films

Freemantle Media

All3Media

Facebook

Match.com

Snapchat

HMV Digital

Tru Blu Entertainment

The Incorporated Society of British Advertisers

Fanbytes

Konami

Ustwo

Work highlights

  • Advising TBWA on a range of issues relating to the risk of productions being cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Advised Driift Live Limited on all aspects of its productions from venue hire, production agreements, talent agreements, content creation and clearance, ticketing, sponsorship and live streaming arrangements.
  • Advising Fanslide Limited on the app development agreement, drafting the app t&c’s and game rules, and advising on data privacy matters, including drafting their privacy policy.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's team 'can always be relied on to provide pragmatic advice which demonstrates a deep understanding’ of the industry. It is noted for its strength in handling regulatory, commercial and contentious issues for clients in the advertising, broadcasting, sports and gaming industries. It has particular expertise in the digital content space. Team head Ashley Hurst is a key contact for media and data disputes, while John Davidson-Kelly is recommended for advice on digital media regulation, as well as media and technology agreements. Advertising and marketing law specialist Nick Johnson is praised as 'an expert in his field’. Anna Williams advises on a range of advertising and sponsorship projects. Corporate partner Ken Wilkinson and associate director Ben Dunham are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst

Other key lawyers:

John Davidson-Kelly; Nick Johnson; Anna Williams; Tom Harding; Mary Lawrence; Ken Wilkinson; Ben Dunham

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke can always be relied on to provide pragmatic advice which demonstrates a deep understanding of our business. They are very attuned to the legal and regulatory risks that we face and the compliance challenges, and are quick to provide practical, real-world guidance on how they can be addressed.’

‘Nick Johnson is clearly an expert in his field, and gives you comfort that the advice is based on extensive, real-world experience.’

‘Everyone I have dealt with at Osborne Clarke has been down to earth, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Dunham in particular has impressed me with his ability to understand exactly what the concerns are and provide advice that directly aligns with our overall strategy.’

Key clients

Discovery

Netflix

Facebook, Instagram

ITV

EMAP Publishing Limited

Channel 4

Vice Media

Jellyfish

Publishers Association

Disney

News UK

The & Partners

DAZN

Work highlights

  • Advise Discovery on regulatory issues relating to its direct-to-consumer streaming services across multiple jurisdictions, including the launch of Discovery+.
  • Advised Facebook and Instagram on commercial and regulatory matters over the last year, as well as providing Facebook Gaming with eSports advice.
  • Advised Jellyfish Group, digital partner to the world’s leading brands, on a number of its acquisitions in 2020.

Reed Smith LLP

The entertainment and media industry group at Reed Smith LLP provides 'well-rounded services’ to its clients, with it being equally adept in transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. It is highly active in matters concerning film and TV, music, gaming and social media. In addition, the team is also noted for its work in the advertising and marketing space. Gregor Pryor, who has expertise in the digital media space, co-chairs the practice with music industry expert Stephen SessaStephen Edwards handles broadcasting copyright issues, while Elle Todd is knowledgeable about digital and data law. Michael Maxtone-Smith and Ingrid Silver are among other recommended practitioners at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Pryor; Stephen Sessa

Other key lawyers:

Michael Maxtone-Smith; Ingrid Silver; Stephen Edwards; Elle Todd; Nick Breen; Sophie Goossens; Nick Swimer

Testimonials

‘Reed Smith is home to friendly partners with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, which enables them to be able to provide well-rounded services to their clients.’

Nick Breen – excellent communication skills, knowledgable, professional and approachable.’

We leaned on Reed Smith because of their expertise in music and digital media, as well as structuring and tax law. They were great to deal with and always available. They tend to be pragmatic and focused on closing deals rather than scoring points.’

We worked closely with Gregor Pryor and his team. Gregor’s knowledge of the industry and negotiating skills are awesome. He is a super lawyer; he engages with the other side and seeks to bring solutions to problems. He is also likeable and fun to work with, which makes all the difference when working on challenging deals.’

Nick Breen is another individual that we have worked with a lot. Nick is always quick to respond and gives pragmatic advice in an easy to understand way. He is calm and collected. Because they have music industry capability on both sides of the Atlantic, they were the ideal law firm for us.

RPC

RPC has a strong presence in the publishing, advertising, digital and interaction content arenas. Oliver Bray is a well-known name in the advertising and marketing space, where he acts for household-name consumer brands, social media platforms and leading advertising agencies. In the publishing space, led by Keith Mathieson, the team undertakes a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, which includes advice on pre-publication matters, regulatory issues and commercial agreements. Ciara Cullen, who focuses on branding matters, is another key individual. She provides 'clear, concise support with contract queries’. Henry Priestley made partner in 2020. In a more recent development, Tom Purton joined from Travers Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

Keith Mathieson; Oliver Bray

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Cullen; Henry Priestley; Tom Purton; Stuart Harris; Rachael Ellis; Rupert Cowper-Coles; Alex Vakil

Testimonials

‘Oliver Bray is incredible. He always makes time and never fails to provide sound, pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘A superb team of lawyers, experts in the advertising and marketing sector. A close-knit unit, with robust legal expertise combined with deep industry knowledge. Always happy to go above and beyond to help with any request.’

‘Keith Mathieson and Ciara Cullen are great to work with.’

‘Oliver Bray is always available and happy to provide pragmatic commercial solutions, never phased by a wide range of proposals put to him.’

‘Ciara Cullen is equally helpful and provides excellent clear concise support with contract queries across a wide range of potential situations.’

‘The team are all very pragmatic and have spent time in-house, so understand how commercial businesses work. They are open-minded as to approach and happy to work with their clients to find solutions that work.’

‘Oliver Bray goes from strength to strength. We were delighted to hear of his promotion to senior partner this year. Incredibly well deserved. We would be lost without him.’

”Trusted partners’ does not do the RPC team justice. They really dig in to understand our market, our technology, our company, everything.’

Key clients

Google and YouTube

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp

Jet2 Holidays

Techtonic Industries (Vax and Milwaukee)

JUUL

Pizza Express

Shiseido

Hachette UK Limited

MGN Limited

Bloomberg LP

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

Channel 4

True Vision Productions Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Google and YouTube on all advertising and marketing issues across their broad range of activities.
  • Advising Facebook on its global advertising and marketing initiatives.
  • Representing Bloomberg LP in respect of its appeal to the UK Supreme Court in Bloomberg LP v ZXC.

Russells Solicitors

Russells Solicitors' team is praised for its 'expert knowledge of, and advice on, the nuanced way in which the corporate and creative worlds intersect’. With it being particularly active in the music industry, the practice acts for clients such as record companies, publishers, producers and established and up-and-coming musicians. It handles an array of commercial, corporate and contentious matters. Names to note at the firm include 'laser-focused’ managing partner Simon Esplen and Gavin Maude, who co-head the team. Jo Brittain has expertise in advising emerging talent on contractual matters. Chloe Forsyth acts for labels, publishers and talented individuals in the music and entertainment industry. Chris Gossage handles commercial work, and alongside Ryan Vince, advises on high-profile corporate transactions. Steven Tregear and John Reid are key contacts for contentious matters. Senior consultant Chris Organ is also well-respected. Simon Jordan made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Simon Esplen; Gavin Maude

Other key lawyers:

Chris Organ; Jo Brittain; Chloe Forsyth; Mark Ashelford; Chris Gossage; Ryan Vince; Simon Jordan; Steven Tregear; John Reid

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge of, and advice on, the nuanced way in which the corporate and creative worlds intersect.’

‘Simon Esplen is a laser-focused, savvy professional who understands his clients’ needs and is able to consistently deliver in what can be a high-pressured and unpredictable situation.’

‘Chris Gossage is a commercially-minded legal brain who is always looking at the bigger picture impact of any intricate element of a deal or point of law.’

‘A very personable and communicative practice that is led by the very best of legal knowledge.’

Key clients

George Michael’s Estate

Coldplay

Arctic Monkeys

Florence and the Machine

Universal Music Group

Mabel

Clean Bandit

Roger Waters

Foals

Amy Winehouse’s Estate

Kobalt Music

Sam Fender

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Celeste

Culture Club / Boy George

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kobalt Music Copyrights on one of the biggest sales in the music industry of recent years – its $322.9m sale of music composition assets to the UK-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund.
  • Acting for the Estate of Prince, as well as various recording and music publishing companies (including Universal and Sony), in the attempted enforcement by Warner Chappell of an injunction granted in respect of the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”.
  • Acted for Mika in drafting all the contracts and negotiating all TV deals in connection with his ‘I Love Beirut’ concert.

Sheridans

The team at media and technology boutique Sheridans comprises of practitioners who are 'at the very top of their game’. With the firm being able to offer a full range of services to clients, it is well-placed to 'tackle the most complex of matters’. Key contacts include James Kay, who is the head of the film, TV and broadcasting department, and Nick Mahara, who leads the firm’s production practice. Peter McInerney is recommended for media financing matters. Another name to note is Alex Chapman, who focuses on the interactive entertainment, digital and creative industries. Robin Hilton and Jacqueline Hurt act for clients on the production, financing and distribution of films, TV and other audio-visual content. The group’s intellectual property and branding practice is jointly led by Tahir Basheer and trade mark expert Christiana Loizides. Alex Tutty, Jamie Smith and Stephen Luckman are other key practitioners at the firm. Tim Davies is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter McInerney; James Kay; Tahir Basheer; Christiana Loizides; Alex Chapman; Alex Tutty; Jamie Smith; Stephen Luckman

Other key lawyers:

Robin Hilton; Jacqueline Hurt; Nick Mahara; Tim Davies

Testimonials

‘Sheridans are a high quality and widely respected firm that gives the impression of being at the very top of their game. It has deep knowledge of tech and sport industries that extends widely into those sectors, enabling it to tackle the most complex of matters.’

‘The team brings a detailed understanding of the sectors we work in and the challenges we and our customers face.’

‘The care and attention Sheridans have shown to my business and clients has been a large part of our growth and success. They take a granular interest in the mechanics of your business and how they can help you maximise it.’

Brilliant and diverse team who exhibit depth of knowledge and insight in equal measure. Passionate and experienced in their field, with a special focus on the entertainment industry that has proved invaluable. The entire team is helpful and responsive beyond equal.’

We always receive an immediate respond to any concerns and questions, about all parts of our legal business. You feel seen, heard and valued at Sheridans.

An excellent team to deal with – they really truly understand the business and what I need from them as external counsel.’

Key clients

Supernova Capital LLP

Coutts & Co

Keshet UK Productions Limited

Mediacom

George the Poet

Syco Productions

Aardman Animations Limited

Natixis Coficine

See Saw Films (TV) Limited

Magnolia Mae Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully lobbied the UK government to launch the £500m Film and TV Production Restart Scheme in October 2020.
  • Acted for Ricky Gervais and his production company on a multi-year overall deal with Netflix and the production of series 3 of “After Life”.
  • Acted for the producers of the Princess Diana film “Spencer”, starring Kirsten Stewart.

Simkins LLP

Specialist media and entertainment law firm Simkins LLP has a highly regarded team, which demonstrates 'excellent all-round knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the music industry and the social influencer space’. In addition, it also has expertise in the TV, film and publishing sectors. The media practice is led by Euan Lawson, who handles corporate and commercial matters, while Paddy Grafton Green is knowledgeable about commercial and tax-related issues. In the music space, Tom Iverson is noted for his litigation experience, while James Harman handles a range of contractual matters for clients. Ed Weidman has 'an excellent grasp of the commercial nuances of a notoriously complicated industry’. Jonathan Blair has a strong focus on TV and film issues. Paddy Gardiner handles disputes across the media and entertainment sector, including those arising from breaches of contracts, as well as copyright and trade mark infringements. Ed Baden-Powell  is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Euan Lawson

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Grafton Green; Tom Iverson; James Harman; Ed Weidman; Jonathan Blair; Paddy Gardiner; Ed Baden-Powell; Stuart Smith; Ben Gisbey; Nick Eziefula; Lisa Logan; Caroline Copeland

Testimonials

‘Euan Lawson (also known as “the legend” amongst clients) is measured, level- headed, fair, and creates a collaborative commercial environment for parties to achieve their goals. Working with Euan brings peace of mind, from both legal/commercial perspectives.’

‘An excellent all-round knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the music industry and the social influencer space.’

‘Simkins have an excellent media practice constantly evolving with the changes in our industry.’

‘Jonathan Blair is an excellent all-round entertainment lawyer with particularly strong commercial experience and advice.’

‘Ed Weidman is a fantastic lawyer. Knowledgeable, reliable, fair and an excellent grasp of the commercial nuances of a notoriously complicated industry. He is an excellent person to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him and in turn Simkins.’

‘Quality and the feeling you have the best people on your team.’

‘They were incredibly understanding of our unique needs and collaborated in a very flexible way. I would describe the team as very approachable and capable – they took time to listen to our requirements and made recommendations accordingly.’

Key clients

Universal Music

Iron Maiden

Snowed-In Productions

Cake Entertainment

The Extreme Music Library

Pottermore

Da Beat Freakz

ATC Management

BMG Rights Management

Cutting Edge Music

PPL

The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop LLC

PRS For Music

Brönte Film and Television

Filmwave Ltd

Elvis Costello

Work highlights

  • Advised major record label, Universal Music UK, on the establishment of new frontline label 0207 Def Jam with co-presidents Alec and Alex Boateng, whose first signing post-completion was Stormzy.
  • Advised Iron Maiden, and their music publisher Concord (formerly called Imagem), on the defence of a major High Court copyright infringement claim by Mr Barry McKay in respect of several of the band’s biggest selling songs (including “Iron Maiden” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”).
  • Advised Snowed-In Productions on a number of productions, including the drama Too Close commissioned by ITV, and the drama You Don’t Know Me commissioned by the BBC.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton has a strong reputation across the media and entertainment arena. It is able to leverage the expertise of its defamation team to handle high-profile media sector disputes, and has a strong pedigree in high-profile libel cases. The film and TV department, which is is jointly led by Simon Goldberg and Razwana Akram, advises on a range of non-contentious matters, including development, production, finance and distribution. On the contentious side, clients benefit from the expertise of media dispute resolution specialist Stephen Shotnes. In the music space, practice head Richard Baskind works with Alasdair George and Jonny Petch to advise artists, songwriters and producers on a range of agreements. The practice also generates work from music labels, publishers, management companies and agencies. Experienced litigator Martin Soames, who heads up the publishing department, specialises in publishing disputes. Senior associate Blaise Gaymer is another name to note at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goldberg; Razwana Akram; Richard Baskind; Martin Soames

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Shotnes; James Greenslade; Marc Sobol; Alasdair George; Jonny Petch; Blaise Gaymer

Testimonials

‘Razwana Akram, who heads the media finance team, is a commercially- focused lawyer, able to quickly get to the heart of any issue and provide tailored solutions. She’s pragmatic and responsive, with a strong understanding of the film and TV sector.’

‘The team has genuine experience of the film industry and the practical issues that face film makers.

Commercially-minded, detail-oriented, good humoured and caring people.

SMB acted very quickly and was enormously flexible as to working hours reflecting different time zones. Their team consisted of well-seasoned lawyers like Simon Goldberg, but also included dynamic associates. A very convincing mixture of great experience and enthusiasm.’

I would definitely list Simon Goldberg and Razwana Akram, representing exceptional knowledge in the film industry and film finance.’

Key clients

42 M & P

FAE Film & Television Limited

Smitten Barks Ltd

Cantiliver Media Ltd

Northern Town – Marina Abramovic Sky Arts project

Glowberry “Brave Bunnies”

Patrice Etienne – Nuwave Pictures Limited

Enlightened Kingdom Limited

It’s A Lot Limited

Nick Cave

Sam Roman (professionally known as “Romans”)

Primary Talent International Group

Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd

Good Soldier Songs Limited

Guy Chambers

Gal-Dem

Andrew O’Hagan

Random House Group / Penguin Books

Simon & Schuster

Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Royal Institute of International Affairs

Work highlights

  • Handled all aspects of the development and production of the film ‘Silent Twins’ for 42 M & P.
  • Advising Nick Cave on new publishing administration arrangements for his songwriting catalogue.
  • Assisted Smitten Barks Limited with managing the production and financing of a new film ‘The Lost Girls’, produced during the pandemic and directed by Livia De Paolis.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP is praised by clients for its ‘incomparable industry expertise’ and ‘excellent commerciality and market knowledge’ across the media and entertainment arena. In the film and TV space, Charles Moore and Medwyn Jones advise clients on all aspects of development, finance and distribution, while David Quli, Neil Gillard  and Chris Hanson handle media finance matters. Michael Brader focuses on corporate transactions in the independent television production sector, while Daniel Whybrew acts for financiers, producers and distributors on the financing of TV and film projects. ‘Grand seigneur of games law’ Paul Gardner leads the computer games sector group, which includes Jas Purewal, who joined from Purewal & Partners. In the music space, Rachel Alexander specialises in high profile IP cases and online enforcement matters. Caroline Kean, who leads the defamation and litigation practices, is noted for her expertise in the publishing sector. She works with Matthew Dando and Julian Darrall. Sean James leads the content distribution and transmission team. Sarah MacDonald heads up the advertising, marketing and sponsorship group.

Practice head(s):

Charles Moore; David Quli; Neil Gillard; Michael Brader; Paul Gardner; Rachel Alexander; Alexander Ross; Caroline Kean; Sean James; Adrian Jones; Sarah MacDonald

Other key lawyers:

Medwyn Jones; Chris Hanson; Daniel Whybrew; Jas Purewal; Matthew Dando;; Sarah MacDonald; Julian Darrall; Elizabeth Wiggin; Peter Mason; Chris Hammond

Testimonials

‘Incomparable industry expertise. Super deep bench of incredible talent. Clearly skilled at information and resource sharing amongst the group and a responsive and polite support staff.’

‘Daniel Whybrew is without a doubt one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with during my 20 years of working in media finance. Dan has an exceptionally pragmatic attitude, understands all sides of a deal and always finds a way through even the toughest of situations.’

‘Wiggin has a stellar team for advising the games industry. They have been a leader in this field for a long time, and now Purewal & Partners has joined them, which makes the team even stronger.’

‘Both Julian Darrall (partner) and Elizabeth Wiggin (associate) provided an excellent service, helping us with a situation of which we had no previous experience of. Their proactive approach and clear step-by-step guidance helped us resolve the situation and delivered a positive outcome for our firm.’

‘Paul Gardner is the grand seigneur of games law in Europe; Jas Purewal is probably one of the most active and entrepreneurial young partners in this field.’

‘Excellent commerciality and market knowledge, pragmatic solutions that pre-empt the concerns of broadcasters/platforms.’

‘David Quli is a senior member of the team. Connections and knowledge are unrivalled.’

‘Jas Purewal has an exceptional knowledge of the video game business and is the person to go to with any legal work that needs goods understanding of the business context. Paul Gardner is a very experienced lawyer, dedicated and supportive.’

Key clients

Apple

Disney

NBC Universal

Netflix

Paramount Pictures / Paramount TV

Sky

Sony Pictures

Viacom

Virgin Media

Warner Media

Ventureland

XYZ Films

Quiver Capital

CD Projekt S.A.

Wargaming.net Limited

Studio Gobo Limited and Electric Square Limited (Keywords Studios PLC)

Microsoft

Tonic Group

GOG.com

Piggyback Games

Climax Studios Limited

Enad Global 7 (EG7)

That Silly Studio

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Warner Music UK Limited

Performing Right Society (PRS)

Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)

One Media iP

Rockstar Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment

IMPEL Y

Downtown Music Publishing

Disney

Spotify

Soundmouse

On Air

Bloomberg

Future plc

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

FootballCo Group

Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers

News UK

Times Newspapers

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible

Argus Media Limited

Harriman House Ltd

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

Stats Perform

Work highlights

  • Advising Sky on all aspects of the production financing of its original film slate.
  • Represented Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited in a ‘test case’ concerning copyright infringement in the online environment.
  • Advised CD Projekt S.A. on various aspects of its new video game, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie fields ‘an incredibly talented team which brings together masterful legal minds and great strategic capabilities’, particularly in areas such as social media, gaming and digital content. The ‘well-organised, knowledgeable and commercial’ cross-departmental practice also acts for clients on a range of issues across the film, TV and music industries. ‘Razor sharp’ partner Ben Allgrove has particular expertise in intermediary liability and online content distribution and regulation. He jointly leads the practice with corporate partner William Holder. Nadia Banno advises clients on media law disputes, while senior associate John Groom focuses on copyright, new technologies and digital media matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Allgrove; William Holder

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Banno; John Groom; Dewi Evans

Testimonials

‘Incredibly personable, highly knowledgeable and very commercially focused. The best way to describe the Baker McKenzie team is that they feel like an extension of your own.’

‘An incredibly well-organised, knowledgeable and commercial team that provides sound, clear advice with a focus on the clients’ wider business needs and interests.’

‘Ben Allgrove is one of the sharpest legal minds, not just in the media sector, but across the legal profession. He stands out from any competitor with his razor sharp legal mind and clear explanations to clients of the options available.’

‘An incredibly talented team which brings together masterful legal minds and great strategic capabilities. The strength of the legal advice and the ability to respond quickly to different legal matters makes Baker McKenzie stand out from other legal firms in this space.’

Key clients

Accenture

Egmont Publishing

Google (includes YouTube)

IMG / Endeavor

Netflix

Pinterest

Reddit

Shutterstock

Sony

Sovereign Films

Take Two Interactive

TikTok

Warner Bros

Work highlights

  • Acted for leading social media network, TikTok, in its UK arbitration against ICE, the major UK music collecting society.
  • Advised Sony Music Entertainment on an agreement for Simon Cowell to acquire Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in their global joint venture (JV) talent and production company, which owns TV super-formats Got Talent and The X Factor.
  • Advised Hutch Games Ltd on its acquisition by Modern Times Group MTG AB, a digital entertainment company based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Bates Wells

The ‘knowledgeable, strategic and efficient’ media team at Bates Wells is noted for its strength and regulatory expertise in the advertising and marketing space. The practice also excels in acting for clients in the art and entertainment industries, including well-known theatre and performance companies, film and TV production companies, and not-for-profit organisations. ‘Well-informed and engaging’ partner Erica Crump heads up the culture and creative team. She works with Molly Carew-Jones and Tom Pratt to advise charities and creative businesses on commercial contracts, IP, media and governance issues. Rupert Earle, who leads the firm’s advertising and marketing practice, advises the UK’s leading regulatory bodies, including the Advertising Standards Authority. The practice frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm to advise on a range of issues, such as employment, real estate and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Erica Crump; Rupert Earle

Other key lawyers:

Molly Carew-Jones; Tom Pratt; Alex Jameson

Testimonials

‘We work closely with Erica Crump who has shown genuine interest in, and concern for our organisation. She is well-informed and engaging, and provides very clear support to the organisation.’

‘Highly knowledgeable, strategic and efficient.’

‘Very collaborative and approachable. The team deliver professional advice in a clear and understandable and non-jargon way which works well for our organisation.’

‘Always respond in a helpful way.’

Key clients

Advertising Standards Authority

Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcasting Committee of Advertising Practice

English National Opera

Royal Albert Hall

Shakespeare’s Globe

Science Museum Group

The Horniman Museum

Booker Prize Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising the UK’s advertising regulator industry body on a vast range of matters and advertising law issues.
  • Advising Shakespeare’s Globe on high-value, strategic contractual and structuring work.
  • Advising the Booker Prize Foundation on commercial, media, charity, sponsorship and general legal matters.

Bray & Krais, Solicitors

Media and entertainment law boutique Bray & Krais, Solicitors  advises high-profile clients on matters such as recording, publishing and management agreements. Mark Krais assists clients with contracts, brand deals and licensing agreements. Richard Bray has particular expertise in international branded live events. Both Krais and Bray have over 55 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry collectively. Also recommended is Simon Dixon, who advises clients on the development and exploitation of media intellectual property rights. On the contentious side, Simon Goodbody acts for clients in disputes, particularly in the music industry.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bray; Mark Krais; Simon Dixon; Simon Goodbody

Other key lawyers:

Dorothea Thompson; Alan Lander; Andrew Forbes

Testimonials

‘The sheer level of experience the firm has in these sectors make them hard to beat.’

‘Richard Bray is an exceptional lawyer who understands how best to apply legal processes to help get our clients the best possible deals. A great soundboard and partner on our projects.’

‘When you deal with people who are real experts in their field, it just makes the whole relationship work so much better. They become a sounding board for creative thinking, which simply cannot be recreated if you do not have the sector experience.’

‘An excellent practice that gives best of breed legal guidance in the entertainment and music business. Strategic with attention to detail and great to have as part of your team.’

Key clients

Rolling Stones

Gorillaz

Skepta

Ed Sheeran

SonyATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited

Rokstone Music Limited

Polar Patrol Music Limited

Spirit-B Unique JV SARL

Edward Sheeran MBE

Steven McCutcheon

John McDaid

Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited

BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Bucks Music Group Limited

Kesi Dryden

Piers Aggett

Amir Izadkhah

James Newman

Johnny Harris

D Block Europe

Aitch

Central Cee

Jonathan Moss

Work highlights

  • Advising and acting on behalf of the writers and publishing companies in relation to an alleged copyright infringement of a composition.
  • Advising Rolling Stones on ongoing commercial matters.
  • Advised Aitch on ongoing commercial matters.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP leverages the firm’s impressive technology, data privacy and intellectual property expertise to act on contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the media and entertainment sector. Paul Jordan handles advertising, marketing law and brand protection work. He co-heads the practice with technology expert Mark Watts, who is noted for his particular expertise in data privacy. Commercial disputes partner Mark Brown has a strong profile among clients in the gaming industry. In addition, other key individuals include Richard Dickinson and of counsel Greg Ruback, who joined from Arnold & Porter and Paramount Pictures respectively in 2020. Senior associate Andrew Butcher is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jordan; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Mark Brown; Myles Jelf; Simon Clark; Richard Dickinson; Greg Ruback; Andrew Butcher; Toby Headdon

Testimonials

‘A strong team in relation to IT disputes generally, particularly those with an IP element and video games. Pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Mark Brown has excellent knowledge of the law and with a good feel as to how to handle a dispute and bring it to a favourable conclusion.’

Key clients

The Financial Times Limited

Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Spotify

Paramount Pictures

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Activision Blizzard

Scientific Games

ITV

Under Armour

Master Moley Ltd

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

Work highlights

  • Manage The Guardian’s worldwide trade mark portfolio, advising on global filing strategy and using and protecting their marks and online content. Assisting with the protection of their brand, taking action around the world to prevent third parties from using or registering conflicting brands.
  • Providing routine advertising copy clearance support to the IPA’s member agencies, and advice in relation to IT, data protection and commercial matters.
  • Represented Activision Blizzard in a high profile, landmark case, the first case in the UK by the online gaming industry being taken against the gaming “cheats/bots” sector.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘proactive and creative’ media and entertainment group has particular expertise in the film and TV, advertising and marketing, and gaming and interactive content industries. The practice is led by commercial contracts specialist Jason Saiban, who is experienced in handling advertising and marketing matters, particularly for sports, retail and leisure sector brands. The practice leverages its international reach to handle cross-border matters, particularly in the Middle East. Also notable is that it benefits from the experience of the firm’s competition, corporate, data privacy, regulatory and litigation practice groups. Jaclyn Wilkins left to join Comcast.

Practice head(s):

Jason Saiban  

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Lamont; Jody MacDonald; Nick White; Caroline Swain; Richard Davies

Testimonials

‘Efficient and friendly. Proactive and creative. Genuinely interested in my businesses and their success.’

Key clients

Nike

Marcus Rashford

International Tennis Federation

Bowers & Wilkins

Value Retail

Westfield

wagamama

Brasserie Blanc

Richemont

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Veloce Esports/ Quadrant Esports

The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE)

Liquid Crimson

Edge Creative Enterprise Fund LP

NCSOFT

Brain Analytics Limited

Sega Amusements International Limited

Ascot Racecourse

Youview

Caroline Quentin, Ingrid Dupre and others

Image Nation Abu Dhabi

CNBC

Historylies Limited

Mediapro Group

Caviar Creative

Boomtown Productions

Downrange Production

Work highlights

  • Advised Nike on influencer, promotion and partnership agreements supporting its online and in-store promotions, and assisted with the expansion of the Nike Sneakers app in the Middle East as part of a rollout covering 27 Global Store countries.
  • Advised Veloce Esports on its joint venture with Formula 1 driver Lando Norris to create QUADRANT a new esports and gaming content creation team.
  • Acting for various celebrities and well-known individuals in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers Limited and Mirror Group Newspapers Limited.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal acquired technology and digital media law firm Kemp Little LLP in November 2020, which has bolstered its ability to provide a broad range of services to clients. The cross-departmental team acts for clients in the digital broadcasting, publishing, music, social media, gaming and gambling industries.  In addition to advising on strategic and operational issues, the group assists with technology-related issues underpinning clients' businesses. Its expertise includes matters involving data privacy, emerging technology and IP issues. The practice is jointly led by corporate partner Andy Moseby and commercial technology expert Calum Murray, who advises on contractual and regulatory aspects of digital media and IT development. Deborah Angel handles M&A and investments for advertising and marketing clients. Rupam Davé, who made partner in 2020, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Andy Moseby; Calum Murray

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Angel; Rupam Davé; Emily Nuttall-Wood; Anna Byford

Testimonials

‘The team offers very timely, accurate and recipient-focused advice on urgent and business critical issued. They have a full grasp of the risk horizon and impact.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers

Thomson Reuters

iSite TV

Sky

Quantcast

DAZN Media

Summit Media

Danmon Group

The British Interactive Media Association

Work highlights

  • Providing Associated Newspapers with a tailored data protection officer service.
  • Acting for Thomson Reuters on its acquisition of the CaseLines business.
  • Represented News Corp in HMRC’s appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Goodman Derrick LLP

The media team at Goodman Derrick LLP advises clients in the film, TV, broadcasting and publishing sectors. Practice head Paul Herbert counts broadcasters, production companies, digital publishers, literary agents and advertising and communications companies among his clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a strong track record advising clients on commercial and corporate transactions, regulatory matters, competition issues and disputes. The team in London benefits from its ability to work with practitioners across the international network on multijurisdictional matters, particularly those in the Middle East and Asia. Hayley Brady, who made partner in 2020, is the firm's head of media and digital in the UK and she was recently appointed as a global co-head of the firm's media and entertainment sector practice. She advises media companies and clients in other sectors on matters such as content licensing and distribution, marketing, sponsorship and advertising. Stephen Wilkinson is well-known in the film and TV M&A space. Competition and regulatory specialist Stephen Wisking and dispute resolution partner Alan Watts are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Wilkinson; Stephen Wisking; Alan Watts; James Balfour; Andrew North 

Testimonials

‘From our dealings with the team, they have been able to offer insightful and practical advice and are clearly knowledgeable and experienced in their area of expertise.’

‘Hayley and her team are approachable which encourages clients to collaborate with them. Hayley in particular has offered us tailored and thoughtful advice, making us feel like she thoroughly put herself in our shoes when advising.’

There is a high level of quick turnaround time, which is essential in our business. I feel that I can reply completely on them to deliver and execute what is needed within tight timeframes.’

They understand the business very well and the business needs. This is of paramount importance.’

Good people, plain English, know their sector. This is not common in media.

Key clients

Sky

Hipgnosis Music Fund

MGM

STV

Penguin Random House

British American Tobacco

Smilegate

Kambi

NetEase

RugbyPass

Bauer Media

Google

Bounce Cinema

Work highlights

  • Advised MGM on its possible all-stock offer for Entain plc (formerly known as GVC Holdings plc), a sports-betting and gaming group listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising longstanding client STV on its commercial arrangements with ITV (including its broadcast networking arrangements).
  • Advised RugbyPass on contractual agreements related to the expansion of its streaming service, including in relation to its white label arrangements with a third party digital platform developer and distributor.

Howard Kennedy LLP

The media and entertainment team at Howard Kennedy LLP is praised for its ‘robust and strategic approach' to handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, including corporate, IP, finance, regulatory and employment issues. Mark Stephens CBE has specialist expertise in international comparative media law and regulation. He co-heads the practice with Robert Lands, who has a particular focus on IP and data protection issues faced by clients in the creative industries. ‘Superb lawyer’ Elizabeth Morley, who made partner in 2020, handles contentious work involving issues such as defamation, reputation management, privacy, data protection and freedom of speech. Alex Watt, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2021, leads the firm’s advertising and marketing practice. Colin Sawdy joined from Sheridans in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Alex Watt; Colin Sawdy; Elizabeth Morley

Testimonials

‘Liz Morley is a wonderful lawyer, who is very hard-working and approachable.’

‘The media team at Howard Kennedy is unique because of their robust and strategic approach, the sheer diversity of their clients and the nature of the matters on which they advise.’

‘Mark Stephens is a rainmaker. Mark is incredibly strategic and robust, helping journalists and media organisations achieve their desired outcomes in a thoughtful and creative way.’ 

‘Liz Morley is a superb lawyer, extremely competent and calm. She also has a very friendly manner.’

Key clients

Spa Publishing

Melanie Newman

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Express Newspapers

Bloomsbury

Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

Work highlights

  • Representing freelance journalist Melanie Newman in her appeal for the right to access court documents as a journalist, centred around the balance between the right to privacy under Article 8 and a responsible journalist’s right to access court papers and to report on court proceedings under Article 10.
  • Redrafted the terms and conditions by which Spa Publishing sold advertising within its publications.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins LLP is noted for its ‘geographical reach and breadth of industry experience’, which makes it a strong choice for clients in the TV, film and digital industries. Practice head and ‘standout media partnerLisbeth Savill acts for clients such as film and TV producers and distributors, broadcasters, platforms and digital-first companies, as well as financiers and investment funds. Ian Felstead has considerable experience of advising on commercial litigation and regulatory disputes in the media and technology sectors. Patrick Mitchell has a particular focus on media rights and distribution agreements, while Mike Turner (who joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in 2020) handles M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Associate Rachael Astin is another key contact in the team. Clare Hardwick left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lisbeth Savill

Other key lawyers:

Ian Felstead; Patrick Mitchell; Robbie McLaren; Farah O’Brien; Mike Turner; Rachael Astin; Stewart Robinson

Testimonials

‘Top broad media practice. I would recommend this team for complex corporate and finance media matters with tight deadlines. A reliable and trusted advisor for us in media finance.’

‘Lisbeth Savill is a standout media partner. A brilliant experienced lawyer with strong commercial advice.’

‘Broad entertainment experience (both geographical reach and breadth of industry experience).’ 

‘Our clients are in many geographic areas and Latham & Watkins has expertise and offices globally. It makes the process of asking a question regarding law in Germany, the UK or US very easy and seamless.’

Key clients

Cohen Media Group LLC

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Eon Productions

Warner Bros Entertainment Inc

Endeavor/IMG

ITV plc

Studiocanal

Pinewood Studios

Moonbug Entertainment Limited

MGM

ViacomCBS Inc. and CBS Studios Inc.

DAZN

Formula E

Work highlights

  • Advised Cohen Media Group, LLC on the acquisition by Cohen Curzon Media Group Limited of the entire issued share capital of Trentnet Limited, which, together with its subsidiaries, operates the Curzon cinema chain business, Curzon Home Cinema app and Artificial Eye film distribution business.
  • Advised Moonbug Entertainment Limited on its acquisition of Cocomelon.
  • Advised Sony Pictures Entertainment and its subsidiary, Columbia Pictures Corporation, on the $195m acquisition of Silvergate Media.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's team is noted for its ‘broad knowledge of legal issues related to the media and entertainment industry’. It acts for some of the biggest names in the technology, media and communications industries, and has a notable reputation in the digital media space. Led by Mark Owen, the practice combines sector expertise and multidisciplinary specialisms to handle a wide range of matters, including M&A, IP, media regulation and advertising transactions. Copyright, media and advertising specialist Adam Rendle has particular experience of advising digital services clients on content licensing, advertising, regulatory and copyright issues. Graham Hann leads the firm’s video games and gambling practices, focusing on content-led platforms, while experienced media and IP litigator Niri Shanmuganathan handles non-contentious pre-publication matters and contentious issues. Charles Lloyd is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rendle; Charles Lloyd; Graham Hann; Niri Shanmuganathan; Xuyang Zhu

Testimonials

‘The team is strategic and will work with you to achieve your specific goal. Each member seems to have broad knowledge of legal issues related to the media and entertainment industry, whilst also having a distinct area of particular expertise. It means they work well together.’

Key clients

Beyond Entertainment Limited

The Athletic

Cambridge University Press

Intersnack

Nkoda

Barclays

Brentford FC

Kolibri

Altibox

Audio Network

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP fields a cross-departmental TMT team, which handles high-profile M&A and antitrust work in the media and entertainment sector, as well as contentious and regulatory matters. It also acts for clients on commercial mandates, including those concerning content production, distribution and licensing, and IP. David Stone and Neville Cordell are key contacts.

Dentons

Dentons’ media and entertainment team in London, which is part of a larger international practice, acts for clients in the film, TV, animation, digital media and games sectors. Its varied workload includes regulatory, M&A, data protection and IP matters. The group is jointly led by technology specialist Andy Lucas, corporate partner Darren Acres and Anna Copeman, who focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lucas; Darren Acres; Anna Copeman

Key clients

Peters Fraser Dunlop Group Limited

Virgin Group

BBC Scotland

Warner Music Group

Yamaha

Facebook

MTG

Nordic Entertainment

Anthem Entertainment

Sonco Gaming

Work highlights

  • Advised Peters Fraser Dunlop Group Limited on its sale to International Literary Properties UK Ltd. (ILP), a US owned literary management company.
  • Advised Yamaha on licensing its IP to authorised product dealers, in order for the dealers to effectively advertise and promote the Yamaha products for sale.
  • Advising Warner Music on a number of investments in music portfolios and businesses, including Ziiki Media, a leading music aggregator, distributor and production house, with a significant presence in Africa and India.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher acts for clients in the media and entertainment sector on corporate, finance, commercial and tax matters. Practice head Tim Johnson has considerable expertise in structuring multi-party financings for film and TV projects. The cross-practice team includes corporate partners Andrew Blankfield, Carlton Durrant and Christine Philips, as well as corporate tax expert Derek Hill.

Testimonials

Practical, clear and helpful advice. Good industry knowledge and know-how with ready solutions to recurring problems.’

We worked with Tim Johnson who is calm, highly knowledgeable, very clear and always considerate of our business needs.’

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP has a strong profile in the music sector, where it acts for clients such as UK music collecting societies, musicians and music publishers. It is notably strong in contentious matters, including those concerning the monopoly of the music merchandising sector; Martin Ochs is a noted expert in this space. Also recommended is Callum Galbraith, whose work covers management disputes, band name disputes and royalty audit claims, among other matters. Head of media Christopher Hutchings is mainly known for his defamation and privacy work, but also advises clients on commercial issues and image rights. Simon Gallant has experience of advising clients on IP, litigation and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ochs; Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:

Callum Galbraith; Simon Gallant 

Testimonials

‘Martin Ochs has in depth knowledge of IP law and vast experience at litigating in this area.’

‘Martin Ochs has specialist expertise, and a user friendly manner and approach.’

Practical and transparent dialogue throughout the whole process.’

Key clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Performing Right Society Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Video Performance Limited (VPL)

TRAP Worldwide

David Nicoll (manager of The Kooks)

Bravado International Group

George Lowden Guitars

Danilo

All Media Music

Proper Records Limited

Adam Ficek

Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
  • Advised TRAP Worldwide, the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry, on anti- counterfeiting, prosecution and online brand protection measures.
  • Advising the joint venture between PPL and PRS For Music regarding public performance licensing and the collection of royalties for the industry.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s practice is characterised by its breadth, with the work covering various industries, including publishing, music, advertising, fashion and art. Nicola Thatcher advises publishing clients at the pre-publication stage on minimising risks. Ian Down is experienced in marketing and advertising matters, and he also advises on sponsorships, sales promotions and endorsement agreements. ‘Master strategistGerard Cukier has expertise in advising high-profile individuals in the music and film industries, while Nick Weaser (who joined from Clintons in 2020) focuses on representing emerging talent in the music space. Lucy Blick-Jones provides ‘invaluable advice’ on matters relating to digital media and technology. Vanessa Barnett is a key contact for data and technology-related issues. Jamie Horner joined from Ashfords LLP in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Thatcher; Ian Down; Gerard Cukier; Nick Weaser; Lucy Blick-Jones; Vanessa Barnett; Jamie Horner

Testimonials

‘Keystone Law is an excellent legal practice, operating in a pretty unique way as a collection of affiliated legal professionals, rather than a traditional law firm. This seems to give them access to a much wider range of expertise than would otherwise be the case.’

‘Nick Weaser is a key part of the team, always on hand to assist and explain, and thorough in his work. Exceptional.’

‘The team at Keystone Law are committed to providing accurate and timely advice. I have found them to be flexible and responsive to our legal needs.’

‘Lucy Blick-Jones goes the extra mile for her clients, and she is always readily available to provide invaluable advice. She has a broad knowledge base about our particular industry and her general business sense means that we can be confident in the service she is providing.’

‘Keystone’s uniqueness is well-known, a happy and effective place to work. The firm attracts lawyers with balanced lives, which leads to better judgement, in my experience.’

‘Gerard Cukier always puts the clients’ interest first. He recognises the dangers inherent in protracted litigation and will always take great care before advising a client to litigate. Combines great effectiveness in a classy unaggressive style. A master strategist.’

Key clients

Julia Kogan

Dame Shirley Bassey DBE

Tommy Farrow

Simon Armitage (Poet Laureate)

August Ramberg (‘Discrete’)

Matthew Bishop

Hachette Book Group

Pan Macmillan

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Lady Colin Campbell

Fresh Air Production (Neil Cowling Limited)

Oxford Media Solutions Limited (trading as Videvo)

FIPP Limited

Russell Watson

Wienerworld

Henry Hadaway Organisation Ltd.

101 Films Limited

Six Music Group

Nelson’s [Mandela] Kids Ltd

Deepak Sikka

Skyrocket Entertainment Limited

Richard Walters

Work highlights

  • Acting for Julia Kogan in her high-profile dispute with Nick Martin concerning the film Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep.
  • Advised singer Dame Shirley Bassey on her new recording deal with Decca Records.
  • Advising Hachette Book Group on potential liability for libel and infringement of privacy rights of the books, and assists with editing to minimise risk.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's media and entertainment practice comprises of lawyers whose expertise lies in corporate and securities work, as well as dispute resolution. Led by Miles Robinson, the team advises clients operating in the advertising and marketing, film and television, gaming and information services sectors. It particularly stands out acting for content owners across the media landscape. Robert HamillRebecca Bothamley and James Whitaker are key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Rebecca Bothamley; James Whitaker

Key clients

Overmore Group

Entertainment One Limited

Adopt Me!

Work highlights

  • Advising Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers including on technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.
  • Representing Entertainment One Ltd (eOne), which became part of Hasbro Inc from the start of 2020, on a range of matters.
  • Advising the US/UK team of Adopt Me! on the establishment of its new video games company and the development, application, registration and protection, licensing and commercialisation of its intellectual property rights worldwide.

Swan Turton LLP

Commercial law boutique Swan Turton LLP specialises in the media, marketing and technology sectors, and it advises clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Charles Swan, who has an impressive advertising and marketing sector practice. Julian Bentley, who heads up the music department, advises artists, promoters, record producers, songwriters, music publishers and labels on transactional matters. Catherine Fehler is noted for her expertise in music litigation. Antony Gostyn, who advises on a broad cross-section of issues relating to the film and TV industries, and publishing expert Julian Turton are also key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Julian Bentley; Charles Swan; Catherine Fehler; Julian Turton

Other key lawyers:

Antony Gostyn

Key clients

Wunderman Thompson (formerly J. Walter)

Thompson London

The Hershey Company

World Productions Limited

Donovan

Madness

Red Bull Limited

Mute Song Limited

Underworld

Peter Green

PBJ Management Limited

The Association of Photographers

Image Rights International, INC

Leftfield

Crisis

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Work highlights

  • Advising Madness on the deal with Union Square Music/BMG for Madness’ entire recording catalogue.
  • Advising Underworld on the deals with Caroline/Universal for their new album project.

Travers Smith LLP

The ‘sterling’ team at Travers Smith LLP advises international media and entertainment sector clients on a range of matters, including IP, disputes and regulatory issues, as well as key strategic initiatives and agreements. Richard Brown advises corporate clients on commercial contracts, joint ventures and outsourcing arrangements. He works with Dan Reavill, who heads up the commercial, IP and technology practice. The group frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm and actively assists clients with media sector transactions. Ben Chivers and Louisa Chambers are among other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Brown; Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:

Ben Chivers; Louisa Chambers; Michael Cuthbertson; Michael Ross; Richard Offord 

Testimonials

‘The team is sterling. They go above and beyond for us. Their knowledge is second to none and their ability to take a commercial view and not just a legal view makes them our go to lawyers.’

‘Travers Smith is an outstanding firm. The key aspect is that they truly understand our sector. This knowledge, combined with commercially-minded legal advice makes their media practice stand out as the best available. It’s always a pleasure working with these guys.’

Key clients

Ambassador Theatre Group

HB Leisure

Racing Post

G Network

BUUK Infrastructure

Channel 4

Substance Global

HATO Press

Premier Rugby

THE World Universities Insights

News UK

International Literary Properties

Dennis Publishing

Ascential

Basal Infrastructure

London Resort

Virgin Media

Wireless Group

Immediate Media

S4 Capital

Exponent Private Equity

Talk Sport

Ericsson

Pinewood

TES Global

Work highlights

  • Advised Channel 4 on the negotiation of its business-critical playout arrangements with providers Red Bee Media and Prime Focus Technologies.
  • Advised Pinewood in relation to a major joint venture with MBS, Pinewood MBS Lighting, which provides lighting and grip equipment to film and TV productions across the UK.
  • Advised the world’s number one live theatre business ATG on how to weather the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 has had on the theatre industry.

ACK Media Law LLP

The team at media boutique ACK Media Law LLP is noted for its ‘knowledge of the market in independent film and television production’. It advises clients on a range of issues, including IP protection and exploitation mandates, as well as structuring financing. Led by Nick Miller and Sue Charles, the team is experienced in handling cross-border matters, and counts production companies, producers, writers, distributors and financiers among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Miller; Sue Charles

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the market in independent film and television production.’

‘Nick Miller is incredibly knowledgeable, fair and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Coutts & Co

Short Form Film Company Limited

EL James

Lupus Films Limited

Sharp House Finance Limited

Keshet Productions UK Limited

Rise Films Limited

Lucky Cape Pictures Limited

Wychwood Media Limited

Sleeper Films

Work highlights

  • Advising Arbuthnot on various deals and television loans for ITV and other UK network broadcasters.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to Lupus Films Limited on the development of over 8 new projects, including its newest project Kensuke’s Kingdom.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Short Form Film Company on pre-production work on the hit BBC children’s TV show Jamie Johnson.

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP has a ‘strong, claimant-focused media law practice with a deserved reputation for fighting for the interests of the underdog’. Led by Tamsin Allen, the media and information law team combines the firm’s first-rate reputation in human rights with expertise in media litigation to act for a range of clients in defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. The group has experience of acting for whistleblowers in media-related matters, and frequently collaborates with the firm’s criminal, public law, employment, immigration and family departments. Both Katie Wheatley and Kate Goold have experience of advising individual journalists and media organisations.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Katie Wheatley; Kate Goold

Testimonials

‘Bindmans has a strong, claimant-focused media law practice with a deserved reputation for fighting for the interests of the underdog. They represent a wide range of individuals and campaigning groups and are at the forefront of legal developments in media and information law field.’

‘Tamsin Allen is tough but empathetic. A real tactician.’

‘Extensive media and information (including data protection) law practice with interesting/unique crossover work from criminal justice/public law work.’

‘Partner Tamsin Allen is an outstanding and highly respected solicitor of great experience. She has great judgment and always puts in the extra hours for her clients.’

Key clients

National Union of Journalists

News Statesman Limited

All the Citizens

Middle Eastern Eye

Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research

Work highlights

  • Providing general advice to National Union of Journalist on range of matters, such as advising members in respect of any contentious legal disputes.
  • Acting for the New Statesman Limited, publisher of the New Statesman magazine. This include specific contentious matters, including proposed Libel claims.
  • Acting for The Citizens, an online journalism platform that conducts critical investigative journalism on big tech, bad actors and the government.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is notably active in the advertising and marketing space, and advises large brands and influencer agencies on marketing and social media issues. Led by Declan Cushley, who heads up the firm's IP and commercial group, the team also acts for clients in the beauty, cosmetics and automotive sectors. Richard Nicholas handles e-commerce, data and social media matters. Giles Parsons and Bonita Trimmer are among other key contacts at the firm, which saw Alex Watt depart for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Bonita Trimmer; Ryan Harrison; Richard Nicholas; Giles Parsons

Testimonials

‘The team are very supportive and proactive, and meet expectations and deadlines when requested. They manage the portfolio effectively and with minimal fuss.’

Key clients

Lotus Cars

PZ Cussons

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Iconic London Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

Vision Express

Billion Dollar Boy Limited

Burges Salmon LLP

Based in Bristol, the IP and media team at Burges Salmon LLP counts broadcasting as a key area of strength, with it advising clients on a range of matters, including broadcasting rights exploitation, IP, commercial and regulatory issues. The practice is also noted for its expertise in the advertising and marketing space, where it acts for major retailers and broadcasters, transport, healthcare and energy clients. Jeremy Dickerson, who is experienced in contentious and transactional IP matters, co-heads the practice with Helen Scott-Lawler. The latter practitioner advises clients on commercial contracts, advertising and marketing law, brand protection and sponsorship issues. Recently promoted partner Emily Roberts and senior associate Georgina Shaw are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw; Richard Hugo

Key clients

BBC

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery Channel

Sam Branson/Sundog Pictures

Eurosport

Virgin Group

Glastonbury Festival

Endemol Shine

20th Century Studios

Play Sports Network

Work highlights

  • Advising Sam Branson & Sundog Pictures on their major media joint venture with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, including the docu-series to be hosted by the Clintons and based on their Book of Gutsy Women.
  • Acting for the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advising Discovery, Inc on new UK channel launches, programme names and content, merchandising opportunities and third party trade mark infringement issues.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Senior associate Daniel Prim is a name to note at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. On the contentious side, his experience includes advising clients on defamatory and malicious falsehood claims, trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  In addition, Prim undertakes non-contentious work, which includes providing advertising advice to major retailers and financial institutions. Andrew Terry joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's multidisciplinary team acts for its media and entertainment sector clients on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Peter Singfield, who focuses on publishing and commercial disputes, particularly IP and brand protection issues. Alexandra Leonidou leads the firm’s data, privacy and information security practice. Managing associate Annalisa Checchi handles commercial, IP and technology-related contracts in the firm’s Bristol office. Neil Parkes departed for Lewis Silkin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Singfield

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Leonidou; Annalisa Checchi

Key clients

Sky UK Limited

Netflix

HarperCollins UK

Future Plc

Conde Nast & National Magazine Distributors Limited

Reach PLC

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group

Silvergate Media Limited

Ministry of Sound Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Netflix in a claim valuing at £9m, against a landlord of film studios.
  • Acted for the MPA to represent its members (Disney, Warner Bros. Sony Pictures, Paramount, Universal & Netflix) and the members of the ACE in connection with the protection and enforcement of film and TV content being unlawfully made available online.
  • Supported Warner Bros. in respect of the development of their terms of engagement with production companies using their De Lane Lea studios for film and TV production.

Gowling WLG

At Gowling WLG, the ‘personable, practical and responsive’ advertising law team is active in multijurisdictional projects across Europe, North America, Russia, the Middle East, the ASEAN region and China. It acts for clients in the automotive, retail, food and drink, technology and consumer sectors on advertising-related matters, including digital marketing issues. Legal director Dan Smith, who heads up the practice, advises global brands, rights holders and agencies on matters relating to digital media, multinational promotions, influencers and native advertising, ASA complaints, sponsorship and ambush marketing. Birmingham-based partner Kate Swaine is an experienced litigator with expertise in comparative advertising.

Practice head(s):

Dan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Kate Swaine; Mathilda Davidson; Kate Hawkins

Testimonials

‘This team is able to provide practical feedback and risk assessments when it comes to marketing advice and guidance.’

‘They are personable, practical, and responsive.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Carlsberg

Weetabix

Hovis

Oxfam

Nomad Foods

Dollar Shave Club

Volvo

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Work highlights

  • Advising Volkswagen on its whole range of advertising and marketing related queries across its brands: Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT,  Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
  • Advising international brewer Carlsberg on all of its alcohol marketing clearance queries and ASA issues by way of a retainer.
  • Advised Hovis on a range of advertising law issues across its business, some of which are longer term, bespoke projects and campaigns while others require a quick turnaround.

Hansel Henson

The intellectual property and digital media boutique Hansel Henson advises clients on bringing apps to the market, publishing and broadcasting content online, as well as brand communication. David Hansel focuses on IP, contracts and regulatory work, while Tom Henson handles media rights matters and has expertise in convergent technologies. Sarah Wells advises on commercial agreements in the fields of app development and marketing, relating to social media influencers. The team also counts international companies among its clients and regularly handles multijurisdictional work.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Tom Henson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wells

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, efficient and personable, and they get the results that we need with minimal effort on our part.’

‘David Hansel is a real industry leader. There’s simply nothing he hasn’t seen before and he is calm and pragmatic when seeking solutions.’

‘Their expertise and depth of knowledge is firstly truly assuring, and secondly the defining principles by which they have always stood for. Beyond this, they are always more than willing to take time to explain uninitiated. I would personally recommend Tom Henson and Sarah Wells.’

‘Super responsive with urgent work, always practical and pragmatic. A delight to deal with.’

‘Sarah Wells is excellent, incredibly thorough and extremely responsive.’

‘Personal service tailored to our needs. Proactive approach. Always able and willing to help.’ 

‘Their continuous support over the years across a wide range of different projects has meant we have built an incredibly trusted and caring relationship that we value deeply.’

Key clients

Future Games of London Ltd

Hutch Games Ltd

Conversion Factory Ltd

UNRD Ltd

Vetstoria Limited

Another Place Productions Ltd

Sixt Rent A Car Ltd

Samarkand Global Ltd

Viker Ltd

Red9 Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Future Games of London in submitting hundreds of take down notices across the App Store and Google Play in relation to HUNGRY SHARK copy-cats.
  • Assisting Hutch Games with its sale to Modern Times Group.
  • Advising Conversion Factory Ltd on commercial contracts, including assisting in reviewing terms and conditions with substantial retailer clients in the insurance and retail sector.

Ince

Ince’s ‘wise, responsive and innovative‘ TMT practice is noted for its expertise in the publishing and news media sector, counting the Telegraph Media Group, Guardian News and Media, and Private Eye among its clients. Practice head Melanie Hart, Robin Shaw, Nick Goldstone and James Quartermaine all have experience of handling contentious matters; the work in this space includes defamation, privacy, IP, data protection and contractual disputes. Alon Domb and Paul Toolan are knowledgeable about corporate and commercial issues. Nigel Davies has music industry experience.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Hart

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Stratton; Robin Shaw; Nick Goldstone; Alon Domb; Paul Toolan; Nigel Davies; Luke Burgess; James Quartermaine

Testimonials

‘Robin Shaw offers focused advice. As an extremely sharp practitioner, he brings a depth of experience offering both practical and client-focused advice.’

‘Benjamin Atkin is going from strength to strength; no slouch in learning from the master (Robin Shaw), he is fast and efficient. He is capable in tasks large and small.’

They are very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with.’

They make themselves available, communicate very well and listen very well.’

Key clients

Guardian News and Media Limited

Telegraph Media Group

Pressdram Limited

Troubador Theatres Limited

Spitting Image Productions Limited

Oysterware Limited

Sportpesa Holdings Limited

Remka Inc

IPE International Publishing Limited

The Family (Music) Limited

Library Rights Company (UK) Limited

Modus BPCM

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Daily Telegraph in its successful defence of a libel claim brought against it by US author and journalist, Nina Burleigh.
  • Acting for the Daily Telegraph in its successful defence of a libel claim brought against it by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder and major shareholder of easyJet.
  • Acted for leading digital signage provider Oysterware Limited in a claim for breach of contract and infringement of copyright.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's multidisciplinary team, which works on a cross-office basis, is noted for its particular expertise in the interactive video games sector. In Liverpool, Sean Crotty, who advises clients on matters such as video game development agreements, licensing and recording agreements. John Schorah is noted for his experience of transactional work, while Victoria Robertson handles commercial, IT, intellectual property and data protection matters. Manchester-based corporate partner Sarah Walton is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty; Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah; Sarah Walton

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Nomad Games Limited

Apadmi Limited

The Open University

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Work highlights

  • Advised Side (UK) on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements in relation to a number of high-quality titles involving high-profile actors.
  • Advised Liverpool Media Academy on its national expansion and new campus in the former Olympic village, securing a significant multimillion pound development from a consortium of investors, including, Sir Terry Leahy (former CEO of Tesco Plc) and Robbie Williams.
  • Acted for Nomad Games on its amicable exit from a publishing agreement with a video games publisher based in France, which included complex royalty, intellectual property and platform provisions.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's multidisciplinary team undertakes a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work for clients in the advertising, esports, gaming, publishing, music, TV and film industries. The practice is led by Eddie Powell, who advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection, competition and dispute resolution.

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP ‘puts collaboration at the heart of the practice’, according to one of its clients. The intellectual property and media team is recommended for its music industry expertise, advising copyright collecting societies such as the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), Video Performance Limited (VPL) and the Performing Right Society (PRS). Justin Goldspink handles a wide range of IP matters relating to music, copyright and branding, and he is also a key contact for PPL. He co-heads the practice with Clive Halperin, who ‘offers great insight’ and has a particular interest in technology and artificial intelligence. Ross Waldram is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Justin Goldspink; Clive Halperin

Other key lawyers:

Ross Waldram 

Testimonials

‘One of the things that really sticks out is their commercial awareness and their ability to assist not just on the clear legal issues but the risks surrounding decisions made.’ 

‘Clive Halperin is without doubt one of the best lawyers that I have worked with over the last 20 plus years. Clive’s knowledge in his field of expertise is second to none. He is always available and provides concise yet detailed responses to questions and problems.’

‘GSC are market leading specialists in infringement actions within media. They offer a bespoke service tailored to the needs of our business that enables us to instruct them on a wide variety of matters. They put collaboration at the heart of the practice and ensure that they are flexible in the services they offer.’

Key clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

PPL PRS Limited

Cano Water Limited

Barmy Army Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) before the Copyright Tribunal in respect of the tariff for the use of PPL’s sound recordings at events.
  • Receiving instructions from PPL PRS Limited in respect of the enforcement of the rights of PPL and PRS in sound recordings and musical works.
  • Acting for CanO Water on the growth and protection of the brand in the EU and internationally.

Level

Level, which operates as a flat structure for self-employed lawyers, has a strong focus on media, entertainment, technology and sport. One of the key individuals at the firm is Halina Wielogorska, who has particular experience of matters concerning the music industry. Jennifer Parker, who is noted for her work in the TV and film arenas is another active practitioner. Both individuals joined from Clintons in 2020. Other notable arrivals were Alec Cameron, who moved from Elevate/Halebury, and Natalie Kadas.  Tim Lowles is a key contact for contentious media matters. In a recent development, the ‘exceptionalIrving David recently joined the practice from DWFM Beckman.

Other key lawyers:

Halina Wielogorska; Jennifer Parker; Alec Cameron; Natalie Kadas; Tim Lowles; Irving David

Testimonials

‘Halina Wielogorska is a standout lawyer. Having watched her grow and garner respect from the industry she really is one of the best at what she does. She listens, delivers and is exceptional at getting results.’

‘As a team, they are forward thinking, thorough and respected. Could not recommend them enough.’

‘Jennifer Parker – personable and genuinely cares about the process.’

Key clients

Beno Obano via PSC Sinnybaby Media Limited

NERVO

Kojey Radical via PSC Bellyempty Limited

Emily Burns

ABSOLUTE

Carly Wilford

Amaarae via PSC Goldenchild

Music Ltd.

Sixteen Films Limited

Blink Productions Limited

Robbie Lyle and Tao Weitzer

Work highlights

  • Acted for England rugby player Bene Obano on the production and financing of the documentary “Everybody’s Game”.
  • Advised Kojey Radical on a number of cutting-edge brand deals and guided him through competing publishing offers from BMG, Beggars, Because and Pulse – some of the world’s leading independent music publishers. Kojey eventually settled on a highly competitive co-publishing deal with Pulse.
  • Advising Blink Productions on financing and production matters relating to high value puppet-based comedy TV series commission “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” commissioned by Channel 4 and BFI,

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a well-established reputation in the media industry, as is reflected by its representation of well-known clients in IP and contractual litigation. On the non-contentious side, the team advises on advertising clearance, sponsorships, endorsements and influencer arrangements. Its work in the gaming space is on the increase. Jeremy Hertzog’s work includes advice to media and entertainment companies on IP issues. Sally Britton handles brand protection matters. IP litigator David Rose is another key contact, as are recently promoted managing associates Anne Rose and Stuart Lester. Lewis Cohen heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hertzog; Sally Britton; David Rose; Simon Leaf; Anne Rose; Stuart Lester

Testimonials

First class attitude with immense knowledge of how to treat clients.’

The team we have worked with at Mishcon are incredibly professional and knowledgeable. Whilst we tend to have one or two key contacts, we have met many different experts across the company, and this gives us full trust that we have the best legal advice from different aspects and specialties.’

Key clients

Sky Limited, Sky UK Limited and Sky International AG

Morphe Cosmetics Limited

J Sporting Club Ltd (t/a Castore)

Digital Sports Agency Limited

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR)

Prager Metis (Amy Winehouse Foundation)

WR digital GmbH (Footstock)

CBS Broadcasting Inc & CBS Studios Inc

Sanrio Global Limited

Global Radio Services Limited and Global Media and Entertainment Limited (Global)

Nintendo Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Sky on a wide-ranging trade mark dispute with SkyKick (cloud software company)
  • Advised Castore on its kit sponsorship agreements with Scottish Champions Rangers FC and the West Indies Cricket Team.
  • Advising Global – one of the world’s largest media & entertainment groups – on a broad range of brand protection, IP enforcement, advertising, commercial and media matters.

Northridge Law LLP

Northridge Law LLP is a go-to for many well-known advertising and marketing agencies, as well as commercial sponsors, tech companies and other clients in the sports, media and entertainment space. Jon Walters, who leads the non-contentious work undertaken by the firm, has particular expertise in commercial partnerships, advertising and marketing regulatory issues. Paul Shapiro, who made partner in 2020, provides commercial and regulatory advice to clients across the sports and media sectors; he has particular experience of establishing new sports tournaments and competitions, and advising on event hosting. Managing associate Jamie Feldman is a name to note for advice on employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Jon Walters

Other key lawyers:

Paul Shapiro; Jamie Feldman

Testimonials

‘The team have incredible strength in depth and industry specific knowledge, which cannot be replicated.’

‘Jon Walters is a standout. As we’re a start-up, he took the time to understand the vision and consistently add value across the lifecycle of our company from helping us to execute complex legal matters (including international restructure) to capital raising networks and brand ambassador deals.’

‘Northridge has an incredible network into sporting associations and professional players and has helped us secure our first brand ambassadors for our product through these networks – we couldn’t be happier.’

Key clients

Bandicoot TV

KIN Partners

Roc Nation

CSM

BRX

Two Circles

Betway

AEG Worldwide

DesignScene

Blink Productions

Argonon

Work highlights

  • Advising Bandicoot TV on commercial and employment matters to ensure series 2 of ‘The Masked Singer’ could be successfully filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised KIN Partners on deals for household names in sports and media, such as NBA star Luka Doncic and Neymar Jr.
  • Acted as key advisor to the Roc Nation, including on the signing of Marcus Rashford.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a dedicated communications, media and entertainment industry group, which advises clients on transactional matters, including cross-border M&A and joint ventures, content acquisitions and outsourcing. It also handles issues pertaining to advertising and marketing, dispute resolution, exploitation and protection of rights and sponsorships, among other matters. Corporate partner Oliver Stacey leads the team, which includes EMEA IP head Mike Knapper and Paul Joseph, who was recruited from RPC in May 2020. Zayed Al Jamil recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stacey

Other key lawyers:

Mike Knapper; Paul Joseph; Daniel Metcalfe; David Marshall; Lara White; Marcus Evans; Stephen Rigby; Zayed Al Jamil

Key clients

Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG)

777 Partners LLC

Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG) on its acquisition of Hutch Games Ltd (Hutch). Hutch is a leading developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games focused on the racing genre. MTG’s acquisition enables strong growth opportunities within a new and highly attractive game category for MTG, while also further diversifying the group’s games portfolio.
  • Advised 777 Partners LLC, a Miami-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in the London Lions basketball club and its partnership with the existing management team.
  • Advised Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited as Global Co-ordinator in relation to facilities amounting to $40m and UGX220bn to MTN (Uganda) Limited as borrower.

Purdy Smith

Commercial law firm Purdy Smith is known for its expertise in the advertising and marketing space. Led by Mark Smith, the practice offers ‘sharp and accurate advice’ to clients such as well-known brands, marketing agencies and overseas law firms. Its work covers a full spectrum of commercial, contentious and regulatory matters. Smith acts for clients in the food, travel, cosmetics, retail and entertainment sectors, and has expertise in advising on pan-European projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Testimonials

‘Purdy Smith (and particularly Mark Smith) always give sharp and accurate advice. They have the ability to respond quickly and in a very effective way meaning that the advice they provide is always useful, even if they spot a specific risk.’ 

‘Mark Smith is always available by phone or email and ready to fit your urgent issues. He has the ability to go straight to the legal point(s) at stake, which makes his advice very effective.’

Key clients

Charlotte Tilbury

Claire’s

CSM Sport & Entertainment

Expedia

Work highlights

  • Advising premium make-up and skincare brand Charlotte Tilbury Beauty on a variety of issues including prize promotions, product names and advertising copy.
  • Advising an international tech giant on consumer litigation claims challenging statements in advertising and marketing materials.
  • Advising an international takeaway food brand on advertising-related intellectual property issues, substantiation of claims and regulatory requirements applying to the advertising of food and drink products.

Sound Advice (Legal) LLP

Sound Advice (Legal) LLP, which specialises in music and media law, acts for musicians, independent labels, producers and songwriters. Robert Horsfall and Sonia Diwan are key contacts.

William Grace

The ‘expertly equipped team’ at William Grace specialises in technology-related matters and has considerable expertise in the digital media space. Carolyn Burbridge handles work involving innovative technologies and digital media, while Alastair Shaw (who co-founded the firm with Burbridge) advises clients on contract management and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Burbridge

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Shaw; Ian Frost; Abby Minns; Claudia Vincenzi

Testimonials

‘Really strong technical knowledge. Carolyn Burbridge is an expert in her field and is well supported, particularly by Claudia Vincenzi.’

‘Carolyn Burbridge is pragmatic and realistic. She helps focus on the things that really matter in negotiations.’

Carolyn Burbridge offers good reasoned, pragmatic advice.’

Alastair Shaw and Carolyn Burbridge always provide good, commercial advice, which is to the point. They are a small team but they punch above their weight. they have access to other lawyers and consultants should the need arise.’

Key clients

Crypto Coin Comparison Ltd (t/a CryptoCompare)

British Horseracing Authority

English Language Video Learning Ltd

Empiribox Ltd

Maritrace Ltd

Lighterman Ltd (t/a Tradeviews)

New London Architecture Ltd

Red Dog Ads Ltd

The Wellbeing Games Ltd

Audience Communication and Events SA

Work highlights

  • Advised CryptoCompare on all worldwide crypto currency data licensing matters.
  • Instructed by British Horseracing Authority ( BHA) in connection with digital transformation projects.
  • Assisted English Language Video Learning Ltd with the establishment of the business and its roll out in the UK and across Europe.