Leading Individuals

Media and entertainment in North

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

Antony Hall, commercial head at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, advises a wide range of media and entertainment clients, including international magazine publishers, cultural organisations, national and regional broadcasting companies, and gaming companies, as well as assisting prominent musicians and celebrities. The team frequently handles matters which include identifying, protecting and exploiting IP rights that exist in creative works. Other work includes advising on flotations, public takeovers, and private sales and acquisitions of media companies.

Practice head(s):

Antony Hall


The team is friendly and approachable and prides itself on being a seamless extension to our business.

David Cox is responsive, approachable, pragmatic and constructive in the way he approaches all negotiations.

Responsive and highly pragmatic in providing advice, finding the best legal and technical solutions to contractual problems.

Key clients

Steamforged Games Limited

I2Media Limited

Northern Film + Media

The TV Agency

Goodboy Digital

Beacon Creative

Work highlights

  • Advised Steamforged Games on licensing deals with Capcom Entertainment and Bandai Namco.
  • Assisted Northern Film + Media with the creation of a suite of contractual documentation for emerging film directors and creators.
  • Advised Goodboy Digital Limited on its contractual arrangements with the BBC in relation to its CBeebies Get Creative App.

Muckle LLP

The team at Muckle LLP acts for a wide range of high-profile media and entertainment clients, including both corporations and individuals from the worlds of music, film, TV, advertising, and fashion. The practice handles the full spectrum of both contentious and advisory work, including reputation management, rights infringement, shareholder disputes, royalty claims, sponsorship, celebrity endorsement, and licensing. George Festing - described as 'a joy to deal with' - is the key partner; he works in tandem with sports specialist John Devine, who is frequently instructed by national sports governing bodies, professional sports clubs and affiliated charities.

Practice head(s):

George Festing

Other key lawyers:

John Devine


George Festing is an excellent and very reliable litigator. Very capable and a delight to work with.

It is a proper full service business law firm.

George Festing is a joy to deal with. He gets through the noise very quickly and is very commercial.

Key clients

James Lavelle

Caribbean Premier League Limited

Guernsey Electric

North Music Trust

Tyneside Cinema

England Athletics Limited

Magnetic North East

Durham County Cricket Club

Sunderland AFC

The Football Association

The Northumbrian Pipers Society

Work highlights

  • Advising James Lavelle, founder of the Mo’Wax record label and the musical outfit UNKLE, in relation to company, contractual and music rights issues.
  • Assisting the Caribbean Premier League with their media, image, and licensing agreements for video gaming and worldwide betting rights.
  • Representing a heritage American vocal group in a trade mark and passing off claim against copycat performers in the UK.