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Firms To Watch: Media and entertainment

Lewis Silkin LLP made a notable addition to its burgeoning Manchester office with the lateral hire of digital, commerce and creative specialist Laura Harper from Irwin Mitchell.

Media and entertainment in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s advertising and marketing team advises a range of well-known clients in several sectors on matters including strategy, compliance and competition. The firm has particular strength in the retail and consumer sector and is recommended for its promotional advertising and green claims work. Key names include Jonathan Davey, who specialises in commercial media contracts, and Hayley Anderson, who has broad knowledge of social media influencer contracts, comparative advertising and ASA complaints.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Davey; Hayley Anderson


‘The team provides excellent advice in relation to contracts and issues.’

‘The AG team have been a very helpful sounding board for issues and potential issues. If something more serious arises, they have been quick to help out and advise accordingly. The advice is also very practical and not long-winded in its approach.’

‘Very approachable and practical with advice, but also when advising business teams.’

Key clients

J. Carter Sporting Club Limited T/A Castore

Zelus Sport Ltd

David Fishwick


Work highlights

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP‘s practice brings to bear integrated expertise in commercial and IP law, sport, and dispute resolution. The practice is particularly known for its defamation and malicious falsehood litigation work, most notably representing Coleen Rooney in the case against Rebekah Vardy. The team is jointly led by IP expert Colin Bell and experienced defamation litigator Helen Otty. Also key is Paul Lunt, who, whilst also leading the firm’s commercial team, is highly experienced in libel cases, having represented a number of well-known athletes and their families. Nick McAleenan covers data breach fallouts and multi-party reputation management matters, is a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Helen Otty; Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lunt; Nick MacAleenan


‘They don’t come much stronger in the North West for depth of media law experience than the team at Brabners.’

‘Paul Lunt has stand out experience having dealt with a variety of high profile matters in recent times.’

‘Nick McAleenan is an excellent recent addition. He is always a cool and calming influence, and backed up with a great knowledge of all aspects of media law. He has a particularly strong strand of his work specific to data protection.’

Key clients

Coleen Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Ben and Deborah Stokes

Dr Riccardo Frati

Michael Vaughan

LCA Jobs Limited


Manchester & Sale Rugby Club Ltd

Commonwealth Games Federation

Gamino.io Limited

Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group Limited

Dark Horse Comics LLC

Chris Eubank Jr. Limited

NextGen Promotions Limited

Wasserman Media Group

Shareholders of Sentric Music Group Limited

Leighton Hall

Work highlights

  • Represented Coleen Rooney in her successful defence of the libel proceedings that were issued against her by Rebekah Vardy.
  • Advised the Commonwealth Games Federation on numerous matters, including drafting, negotiating, reviewing and advising on: the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games Host Contract in Australia, as well as the Trinidad and Tobago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games Host Contract.
  • Representing LCA Jobs Limited in defamation and malicious falsehood litigation. The Supreme Court has now granted the client permission to appeal.

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP’s practice, rated by clients as the ‘go-to firm in the region‘, is led by experienced reputation management specialist Rebecca Young . Young is described by one client as ‘the best litigator I have dealt with‘, having overseen the growth of the practice and its workload, bringing in harassment and NDA expert Katherine Mills from Clyde & Co in October 2022. Also key within the team is Oliver Wright, whose specialism is reputation management work for politicians, trade unions and the police. Technology sector and cryptocurrency specialist Jemma Fleetwood has vast experience in acting in high-profile privacy litigation. The media group also works closely with the firm’s sports practice, led by Stephen Taylor Heath. Nick McAleenan  left the firm in August 2022. John Burns joined the group in early 2024 from Gateley Legal, contributing his broad experience in the drafting and negotiation of IP assignments and tech development exploitation agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Young

Other key lawyers:

Jemma Fleetwood; Oliver Wright; Katherine Mills; Graham Small; Stephen Taylor-Heath; John Burns


‘Good strength and depth.’

‘They were prompt, responsive and clearly knowledgeable.’

‘The go to firm in the region as they have strength in depth of high quality lawyers who are seasoned litigators and great tacticians. The quality and profile of their work is testament to their strengths.’

‘Rebecca Young – the best litigator I have dealt with. She is setting the standards for others to follow. Her case preparation is phenomenal and clients love her for how much she invests in their cases.’

‘Collaboration and willingness to provide solutions that may fall wide of the scope. Excellent team to work with.’

‘Graham Small and Stephen Taylor Heath have always been there to support us. Very grateful for their help.’

‘I have had the privilege of getting to know Jemma Fleetwood and recommend her.’

Key clients

Smart Parking Ltd

United Utilities

Dr Chauhan OBE

VSL Sport Ltd

Davinia Taylor

British Woodworking Federation

Boyne Valley Ltd

British Medical Association

Police Federation


Nadine Merabi Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for claimants in AAA (1) BBB (2) v CCC in obtaining an interim non-disclosure injunction, through to a final injunction granted at a Summary Judgment hearing. The firm also acted in the appeal brought by the defendant, in which the claimants were successful. The firm continued to act for the claimants where the defendant subsequently breached the terms of the non-disclosure injunction and in committal proceedings.
  • Advised on a project to mint and sell NFTs featuring pixelated sections of the stadiums of Ukraine Premier League Football Clubs. The proceeds are going towards President Zelensky’s charitable foundation.
  • Acted for Riaz Ahmad OBE in a claim for libel and harassment concerning the publication of false allegations of child sexual abuse. A permanent injunction was granted following judgment on the claim, pursuant to a successful application to strike out the defence.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP offers a comprehensive practice, handling non-contentious issues such as sponsorship, merchandising, influencer agreements and competition law, as well as disputes involving defamation litigation, brand protection and preventative injunctions. The team is led jointly by Amy Chandler, a digital marketing specialist who leads on the firm’s non-contentious work, and reputation management expert Melanie McGuirk. Sarah Bazaraa, who focuses on the fashion sector and assists clients including Boohoo and Prettylittlething, is also integral to the team.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bazaraa


‘Highly professional, supportive and excellent advice.’

‘Amy Chandler has an ability to see around corners. Always delighted when she’s on my side and she’s always my first choice.’

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited


Debenhams.com Online Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Carm Productions Limited

UP Global Sourcing UK Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

Serotonin Digital Limited

Kip McGrath Global plc

Beauty Bay Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in relation to the publication of threatened articles in two national newspapers and subsequent inaccurate reporting in the market report of a global market intelligence agency.
  • Advising Caters News Agency, an independent photo and news agency, on content licence agreements with content contributors and third-party licensees.
  • Advising a retail client in respect of a complicated brand ambassador agreement with an international sporting personality.

Centrefield LLP

Sports specialist firm Centrefield LLP actively supports athletes, institutions like the Super League and well-known sports clubs like Nottingham Forest FC and Leicester Tigers with a range of media arrangements and contractual matters. The firm has assisted with a number of Amazon’s series of documentaries covering sports clubs and athletes behind the scenes. Edward Canty and David Bentham lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Edward Canty; David Bentham

Key clients

Super League

Focus Media Solutions

Decibel Sports Management

MetaLantis Inc

The Rugby Players’ Association

CV Technologies

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Leicester Tigers

Work highlights

  • Advised a sports star in respect of an Amazon documentary.
  • Advised MetaLantis on its arrangement with the Argentinian FA to develop a virtual digital national stadium in the metaverse.
  • Advised FMS on its arrangement to create and publish the magazine and digital content for a leading luxury car brand.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s team is led by Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who advises on media strategy and press liaison work. Ben Reeves is noted for his vast expertise in handling defamation and malicious falsehood litigation. Sports sector work is a strong area for the practice, with major clients in this space including St. Helens RLFC and the PFA.  Saha Dehsheykhi left the firm to join Gowling WLG in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dawson-Gerrard

Other key lawyers:

Ben Reeves


‘An excellent defamation and media law practice in the Midlands and the North of England. Proactive & friendly.’

‘The team are very thorough and very easy to work with. They get on with things and are great at ensuring that litigation moves forward effectively.’

‘They were highly responsive and gave excellent advice which was turned around very quickly.’

‘One thing they all had in common, and which the firm does brilliantly, is to communicate complex advice clearly and in plain English. They are also very personable to work with. I’d recommend them to anyone requiring their expertise.’

‘I have used Mills & Reeve on several occasions and found them to provide a superior service. They kept me updated at each stage of the process, provided clarity when discussing complex legal issues and ensured any questions were resolved quickly.’

Key clients

The British Boxing Board of Control

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, Players

The Professional Footballers’ Association and members

St Helens Rugby League Football Club

Travelers Insurance Company

England Golf

Coronation Street

Work highlights

  • Advising The British Boxing Board of Control on reputation management and media issues.
  • Acting for Ajayi and Others, succeeding in their application to strike out a malicious falsehood claim in the High Court, Queens Bench Division, Media and Communications List (Parris v Ajayi & Ors [2021] EWHC 285 (QB).

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP provides contractual, corporate governance and strategic support to a range of entertainment sector clients, including app developers and video game producers. Sean Crotty, a data compliance specialist, leads the team. He is supported by video games sector specialist John Schorah, who brings first-hand market experience to the practice, having worked previously as a CEO in this industry. Competition lawyer Laurence Pritchard also supports the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah; Laurence Pritchard


‘What stands out is their ability to keep things incredibly simple. Also, their responses are quick and timely, and they are able to cover the most important issues, showing an instant and smart understanding.’

‘Laurence Pritchard made working with Weightmans so pleasant and seamless.’

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 variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements with actors in relation to a number of titles.
  • Advised Apadmi Limited on corporate and commercial issues, contract review and negotiations as well as governance and strategic support.
  • Advising an automobile manufacturer in relation to a high value procurement of specialist media and entertainment equipment and services for in-car use.

Fletcher Sports Law

Building on its experience handling media matters for athletes, Fletcher Sports Law regularly oversees endorsement deals between social media influencers and major brands such as Oh Polly and Gymshark. Paul Fletcher heads the practice with his deep knowledge of sports law. Fletcher is supported by the 'thorough, technical and extremely commercial' Tom Grant, who has ample expertise in partnership deals and image rights.

Practice head(s):

Paul Fletcher


‘Tom Grant has carved a fantastic niche in representation and endorsement contracts for social media influencers. Does associated disputes work including defamation.’

‘The team is at the forefront of the social media influencer revolution. Their knowledge of the issues facing influencers, brands, and management is second to nobody in the market.’

‘Tom Grant is thorough, technical and extremely commercial in his approach to deals and disputes. He understands the media and entertainment business; there is very little he won’t have encountered before. He is able to get things done and is willing to fight hard for his clients.’

Key clients


Amber Gill

Ferne McCann

Mark Wright

HLD Management

Genflow Creators Agency

All Star Entertainment

Kate Ferdinanad

Work highlights

  • Advised a reality TV personality on an Oh Polly endorsement deal.
  • Advised an internet personality on a Gymshark endorsement deal.
  • Advised an internet personality on a Foot Asylum endorsement deal.

Manleys Solicitors

Manleys Solicitors is a boutique practice specialising in defamation and privacy work, frequently for high profile clients, as well as covering sports arbitration matters. The team is led by Mark Manley, a brand protection and reputation management expert and accredited mediator who is praised by clients for his 'in-depth knowledge'. Peri Mornington, who has a strong record in libel litigation, is also key.

Practice head(s):

Mark Manley

Other key lawyers:

Peri Mornington


‘Manleys, particularly Mark Manley, has a very impressive clientele and in-depth knowledge of media related litigation and defamation.’

‘Very measured and detailed approach. Hugely driven to provide the best outcome for client. Clear communication about progress of case.’

Key clients

R&S Records Limited

Renaat Vandepapeliere

Sourced Developments Limited

Newsco Insider Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in relation to privacy and defamation claims arising from matters surrounding the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
  • Represented a celebrity in relation to extensive online trolling constituting breaches of her privacy, defamation, and harassment.
  • Acted for NHS midwife, in finding that there is no standalone tort of intrusion into physical privacy.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP, based in Stockport, oversees publishing agreements as well as TV and other commercial media contracts in the music industry. The group assists a diverse client base including record labels, and well-known bands and musicians such as New Order, The Coral, Pixies and former Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr. The practice is led by the 'pragmatic, unflappable' Andy Booth, who has longstanding experience providing advice on record contracts and merchandising licenses.

Practice head(s):

Andy Booth


‘I find Andy to be collaborative, responsive, practical, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘We work with the team on a regular basis and always feel they apply a pragmatic approach to problems which is driven by an overall commercial approach. They have provided excellent advice over the years and we enjoy the collaborative approach they adopt.’

‘Andy Booth is pragmatic, unflappable, experienced and commercial.’

Key clients

New Order

Johnny Marr


The Coral

Agnes Obel


Paul Heaton

Modern Sky Entertainment UK

Scruff of the Neck


Ian Brown

Work highlights

  • Represented Scruff of the Neck in the renewal of a Twitch TV station contract.
  • Advised New Order in their renewal of publishing agreements with Universal Music.
  • Acted for Paul Heaton in obtaining a publishing agreement with Universal Music.