Media and entertainment in North

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP advises on a range of matters for magazine publishers, radio and broadcasting companies, gaming companies, musicians, celebrities and prominent sportsmen and women. The firm particularly specialises in celebrity videogame endorsements. Antony Hall leads the team and has expertise in interactive media, computer games and creative industries.

Practice head(s):

Antony Hall

Key clients

Steamforged Games Limited

I2Media Limited

The TV Agency

Telenomics Limited

Kite Optics Limited

Pebbletree Limited

Hamir Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Steamforged Games on the licensing of the Horizon Zero Dawn video game entertainment property.
  • Advising the client on the licensing of video game entertainment property.
  • Acting for the client in relation to trade mark matters.
  • Advising on contractual arrangements and obligations for client.
  • Application for development funding.

Muckle LLP

Muckle LLP specialises in music and sport matters, notably image rights. The firm advises on high-value matters for clients in the entertainment industry ranging from Premier League footballers and football clubs, to international music artists. The ‘excellent’ practice head George Festing is ‘the ideal person to speak to in a crisis’. His team includes John Devine, who is an expert in sports matters.

Practice head(s):

George Festing

Other key lawyers:

John Devine


‘There is a strong understanding of the industry and of the rather unique relationships and complexities that go with it’

‘They maintain a highly professional approach with clients’

‘An out of London firm that has in-depth music litigation knowledge’

‘Muckle always has someone who can assist, no matter the issue’

‘George Festing is a calm and considered lawyer offering sensible, commercial advice’

‘Tony McPhillips has the ability to get things done’

Key clients

Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS)

Caribbean Premier League Limited

North Music Trust

Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

Robert Barton (Iron Maiden)

Tyneside Cinema

England Athletics Limited

Magnetic North East

Durham County Cricket Club

Sunderland AFC

The Football Association

The Northumbrian Pipers Society

Work highlights

  • Acts for Andy Taylor on matters arising from the litigation between the members of Duran Duran and Gloucester Place Music Limited, part of Sony/ATV.
  • Acted for Robert Barton in a claim brought by Barry McKay against him and members of the band Iron Maiden for copyright infringement in relation to the Iron Maiden songs ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and ‘The Nomad’.
  • Represents the Caribbean Premier League in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.
  • Represents England Athletics on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.
  • Advised a football club on all legal issues arising from the hosting, staging and live broadcasting by Sky TV on Sky One of a charity match.