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Media: Video games in London

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is the first port of call for global publishers and IP owners, including Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts and SEGA, in addition to leading trade associations, indie studios and esports organisations. With combined expertise in commercial, corporate, IP and regulatory matters, Mark Phillips and Kostyantyn Lobov co-head the firm’s interactive entertainment group. Also recommended is Rupam Davé for his involvement in tech and commercial partnerships, which includes advising on emerging technologies, adtech and software licensing, among others.

Practice head(s):

Kostyantyn Lobov; Mark Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Rupam Dave; Charles Leveque


‘The team has a distinct boutique feel and as such is making a particular effort to understand the client’s particular situation, providing advice with this in mind.’

‘The individuals are very available and prompt in their responses – their knowledge of the law and the industry sector is profound and very helpful.’

‘We have enjoyed the collaboration with Kostyantyn Lobov and Charles Leveque – both are knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Kostyantyn Lobov provides consistently excellent and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients


Take-Two Interactive

Electronic Arts

The Pokémon Company International

Square Enix



Electric Noir

Kindred Concepts


Work highlights

  • Advising SEGA on tech and data protection matters pertaining to development, customer contracting, cloud arrangements and outsourcing.
  • Advice to Take-Two Interactive on commercial, tech, advertising and regulatory matters relating to iconic games franchises, such as GTA, which defined their respective genres.
  • Advising Electronic Arts on their UK trademark portfolio.


Sheridans provides the full breadth of interactive entertainment advice, advising on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, finance, IP and tax matters. The team acts for leading national and international games companies, from independent developers to big name publishers, as well as esports teams, streamers, and influencers. The team is jointly headed by Alex Tutty, an expert in emerging areas such as the use of NFTs and blockchain technologies, and Jamie Smith, an established individual in the advertising sector. Computer game veteran Alex Chapman places a particular focus on the exploitation of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Alex Tutty; Jamie Smith

Other key lawyers:

Alex Chapman; Rahul Gandhi; Christiana Loizides; Sian Squires; Bethan McGrath


‘A practice that is able to help with any area of our niche business.’

‘Advice is always pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Always impressed with the attentive level of service, no matter the individual.’

Wiggin LLP

Deeply ingrained in the video game sector, Wiggin LLP is a go-to for leading content creators, publishers, platforms, esports companies and trade associations. Specialising in tech and commercial transactions, Paul Gardner heads up the interactive entertainment team, which is a regular advisor on various contractual, IP and regulatory matters. Peter Lewin – promoted to partner in April 2023 – is further praised for his expertise in games publishing and licensing, IP rights and games-related regulation. Associate Isabel Davies also comes recommended for her insight the mobile and casual gaming markets.

Practice head(s):

Paul Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Peter Lewin; Isabel Davies


‘Prime insight into video games sector with a friendly and client-focused approach.’

‘Paul Gardner is our go-to person for game development legal issues – he is experienced, knowledgeable and professional.

‘Peter Lewin is very clever, creative and to-the-point.’

‘Isabel Davies is our main contact – approachable, knowledgeable and down to earth.’

‘Paul Gardner has a comforting presence and is supportive to his junior colleagues.’

‘We use Wiggins because their video games sector knowledge is the best in the UK.’

‘Peter Lewin are Isabel Davies are simply exceptional. They both understand our products and our market unlike any other UK lawyer. Their advice is targeted and practical to us.’

Key clients Limited


Riot Games

The Yogscast

Improbable Worlds

Electronic Arts


Robot Teddy (t/a Dovetail Games)

Work highlights

  • Advised Limited on its withdrawal from the Russian Federation and Belarus.
  • Advised Starbreeze on its acquisition of several video game IPs, the establishment of a new UK studio, and its expansion into third-party games publishing.
  • Advised Riot Games on its copyright infringement lawsuit against internet conglomerate NetEase.

Baker McKenzie

With clients such as Google and Take-Two Interactive turning to Baker McKenzie, the team is noted for its expertise in the video game arena. Solicitor advocate Ben Allgrove, who anchors the regulatory and IP litigation offering, co-heads the practice with William Holder, whose transactional capabilities cover acquisitions and disposals, consortium arrangements, IPOs, venture capital investments, corporate structurings and reorganisations, among others. John Groom - promoted to partner in July 2022 - comes recommended for his focus on copyright, digital media, and new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Ben Allgrove; William Holder

Other key lawyers:

John Groom

Key clients



Egmont Publishing


Hutch Games

IMG / Endeavor

Index Ventures

Inspired Entertainment








Sovereign Films


Take Two Interactive

Work highlights

  • Advice to Embracer Group on its acquisition of development studios Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, Square Enix Montréal and a catalogue of IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, among others.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is a regular advisor on major corporate, data, IP, consumer and advertising mandates. Senior associate Will Deller heads up the practice, which continues to receive instructions in the burgeoning Web3 and Metaverse markets, as well as from traditional sports bodies seeking the team’s expanding esports expertise. Seasoned litigator Phil Sherrell is the first port of call for global gaming giants including Take Two Interactive and Epic Games.

Practice head(s):

Will Deller

Other key lawyers:

Phil Sherrell; Simon Fielder; Nick O’Donnell

Key clients

Epic Games




Activision Blizzard

Palma Pictures

Warner Bros. Discovery




Aser Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Mobile Premier League on the acquisition of Berlin-based GameDuell, including its international subsidiaries.

DLA Piper

Known for his work in the convergent worlds of content, tech and e-commerce, Duncan Calow heads up DLA Piper's gaming, social media and interactive content practice, which focuses on guiding gaming giants through high-value corporate transactions. Nick Fitzpatrick is a regular advisor to global rights holders on IP and regulatory matters in the esports space, as well as exclusive management arrangements with esports competitors.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Calow

Other key lawyers:

Nick Fitzpatrick

Lee & Thompson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP has an extensive client roster comprising of UK and international game developers, publishers, platforms and creative individuals. With digital, IP and tech expert Julian Ward at the helm, the team is well-placed to advise on music licensing arrangements in the Metaverse, video game development and publishing transactions, M&A deals and IP rights. The group often draws on the firm’s broader media finance expertise, as well as from members within its corporate, commercial, employment, data protection, IP and dispute resolution teams.

Practice head(s):

Julian Ward

Other key lawyers:

Andy Florence


‘Julian Ward is always accessible and understands our business – nothing is too much trouble with him.’

‘Andy Florence is technically a very good lawyer – when engaging with our stakeholders, he can cut through issues and speak in a language our internal clients understand.’

Key clients

Lockwood Publishing


Team 17


Bonsai Games

Pixel Toys


Reality Gaming

Nitro Circus

Hutch Games

Work highlights

  • Advised Lockwood Publishing Limited on the licensing requirements for featuring music within a Metaverse games world.
  • Advised Jagex on a multi-million-dollar videogame development and publishing transaction concerning the critically acclaimed game SpacePunks.
  • Advised Bonsai Games on a major investment and publishing deal with Superfund Inc.

Lewis Silkin

Commercial and transactional IP expert Nick Allan heads up the interactive entertainment practice at Lewis Silkin, which receives regular instructions from large multinational publishers, independent game developers, VR/AR game studios, metaverse and esports developers, and adtech companies. The team has experience advising on commercial contracts, publishing and licensing agreements, IP rights, brand management and content distribution, as well as various corporate, consumer and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Allan

Other key lawyers:

JJ Shaw


‘Nick Allan is technically very sharp and always willing to help.’

‘Nick Allan’s knowledge of the gaming market sets him apart from other lawyers – he is technically excellent, responsive and knows our business inside out.’

‘The team has excellent background and insights on the sector – it is skilled and offers practical advice to international clients.’

‘Nick Allan is an outstanding lawyer – always cooperative in his approach and up-to-date with the latest developments specific to the video game sector.’

‘Nick Allan is a very capable, hardworking and diligent individual, with huge experience across the video game sector.’

Key clients

Keywords Studios PLC

Silver Rain Games

ustwo Games


Piggyback Interactive


XR Games

Dovetail Games


Blink Games

Work highlights

  • Advising Keywords Studios on their UK outsourced commercial contracts and employment work.
  • Advising Silver Rain Games on commercial contracts, IP, brand management, employment and corporate matters.
  • Advising X R Games Limited on a funding round co-led by existing investors Praetura Ventures and Maven Capital Partners.

Reed Smith LLP

Under the leadership of Gregor Pryor and Sophie Goossens (who splits her time between Paris and London), Reed Smith LLP has a notable roster of major players in the video game sector and is sought after for its expertise in matters involving games regulation, creative content licensing, streaming, esports, crypto and NFTs. Music expert Nick Breen is also praised for his involvement in regulatory, commercial and copyright matters pertaining to video games.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Pryor; Sophie Goossens

Other key lawyers:

Nick Breen

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's comprehensive client roster includes start-ups, investment funds and investors, big tech platforms, gaming developers and publishers. Commercial, data and IT specialist Graham Hann co-chairs the gaming and esports practice with Robert Fenner, a transactional expert with experience advising Chinese and Asian companies looking to expand on a global scale. Other recommended individuals include skilled IP advisor Mark Owen, and Adam Rendle, who guides companies through the entire lifecycle of their media assets.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Robert Fenner

Other key lawyers:

Mark Owen; Adam Rendle

Key clients



Sega Europe


1up ventures

Advanced publications

Bitkraft Ventures

Behaviour Interactive

Work highlights

  • Advised Behaviour Interactive, a large Canadian video game studio, on its acquisition of SockMonkey Studios, an award-winning developer based in the UK.
  • Advising SEGA’s European operations on various corporate, advisory and contentious matters.
  • Advising Bitkraft Ventures, a global investment platform for gaming, Web3, and immersive tech, on a number of transactions, including its investment into Magicave Holdings Ltd.


Under the Liverpool-based Sean Crotty's leadership, Weightmans LLP's media and entertainment practice has had recent success advising on commercial contracts for mobile app game developments, in addition to voice talent and motion capture agreements with high profile actors. IT, IP and data protection expert Nicola Gonnella – who splits her time between Glasgow and London – is also recommended for her expertise in the video game sphere.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gonnella

Key clients

Apadmi Limited

Swissport GB Limited

West of England Combined Authority

The Open University

PTW International Holdings Limited

Side (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

DSW Ventures

Nomad Games Limited

NHS Blood & Transplant

Westlab Limited

Mercarto Limited

Cybertill Limited

Palringo Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

Work highlights

  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a number of voice talent and motion capture agreements with high profile actors in relation to major video game titles.
  • Advised Apadmi Limited on various commercial agreements, ranging from app development and maintenance agreements, licensing and professional services agreements, to corporate acquisitions and framework agreements.