Leading Individuals

Rising Stars

Media and entertainment in South East


With thorough expertise of defamation and reputation, Healys helms copyright licensing in addition to software computer game development. Nicholas Taylor heads the department and is highly knowledgeable of media law in addition to public figure disputes, including IP and rights protection. Andrew Sparrow is often engaged in company sales and acquisitions for internet, software, and technology businesses, while Samantha Oakley assists gaming companies, online content creators, producers and writers with data protection compliance as well as GDPR. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Brighton.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sparrow; Samantha Oakley


‘They’re brilliant at not just what they do but also supporting the local community.’

‘They are contactable anytime and provide good advice and service immediately. They are always helpful, efficient, and attentive. I thoroughly recommend them.’

‘After many years of dealing with Healys, the firm has proven to be the finest firm of solicitors I have encountered in both America and the United Kingdom.

‘Their work has been exemplary and they are a very organised and experienced firm in all aspects of the law.’

‘Nicholas Taylor is an excellent media lawyer.’

‘Nicholas Taylor’s knowledge of the law is amazing and he can be relied on anytime of the day and night.’

‘Without a doubt, Mr. Nicholas Taylor is the best Solicitor in the United Kingdom. For many years, he has served me and many of my professional colleagues and has proven to be decisive not only in his interpretation of the law, but also in his demeanour and availability.’

‘Nick Taylor gave us hope and understood the problems immediately. Following Nick’s advice and effective correspondence the three issues went away.’

Work highlights

Howes Percival LLP

Often entrusted by the Tolkien Estate, the former Maier Blackburn LLP team joined Howes Percival LLP‘s practice in 2024 and has a wealth of expertise in media law as well as merchandising, the team also enjoys a substantial presence in the creative industries. Cathleen Blackburn is a key port of call for cross-border copyright and academic publishing. Steven Maier’s core strengths lie in privacy and libel disputes in addition to matters pertaining to copyright, domain names and trademarks. Elsewhere in the firm, James Howarth leads the contentious sphere and is experienced before the Media & Communications List of the High Court, while Jenna Bruce leads the non-contentious side from Northampton and is frequently engaged in drafting rights agreements.

Practice head(s):

Cathleen Blackburn; Steven Maier; James Howarth; Jenna Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Miles Barnes; Chris White


‘Good strength and depth.’

Key clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Magda Archer

Cochrane Collaboration

European Association of Archaeologists

M C Beaton Literary Estate

David Shrigley

Estate of Peter Mayle

Work highlights

  • Advised the Tolkien Estate in connection with the repeated infringement of its intellectual property rights in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on the merchandising platform Etsy.com.
  • Advised Escargot Copyright Limited on a dispute over the use of the well-known book title “A Year in Provence” in connection with an unrelated television programme.
  • Advised British pop artist Magda Archer on a dispute with the fashion house Gucci over the use of certain images in their clothing range.

Moore Law

The Brighton-based team at Moore Law works with a host of leading clients from the worlds of content creation and fashion, including a number of prominent podcasters and YouTube personalities. The key figures to note are firm founder Tris Moore, a highly experienced commercial and IP lawyer who anchors the firm’s YouTube-centred offering, and media and entertainment practice head Scott Appleton, who works with a range of influencer clients on various corporate and commercial matters.


Practice head(s):

Tris Moore; Scott Appleton

Key clients

Couple Keys / The Fellas Studio


Ace Grading

Buff Motion

Sidemen Clothing

Sidemen Entertainment

Arcade Media


Callum Airey

Upload Agency

We Are Tilt

Infinite Abundance

Xibo Signage

Zeitgeist Agency

Bigfoot Media

Goalhanger Podcasts


Groovy Groovy Limited

Sea Media

Taylor Berry Limited

The Life Guide

Work highlights

  • Advising The Fellas Studios on IP, talent management and podcast production contracts with leading talent including Chloe Burrows, Saving Grace, Not my Bagg and Pitch Side – support under retainer.
  • Retained adviser to the Sidemen’s commercial arm, Sidemen Clothing, encompassing all UK and international commercial contract, IP protection and enforcement issues, as well as advising the Sidemen collective on IP issues relating to their YouTube channel.
  • Adviser to Upload Agency on all commercial contract and IP issues, including in relation to Influencer / YouTube clients Chunkz, Niko and Beta Squad, among others.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

With knowledge of the fashion, food and drink, gaming, sport as well as the technology and media sectors, Stevens & Bolton LLP represents a range of clients including digital entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. Tom Lingard leads the team and he caters to significant names in the automotive sector, while Elaine O’Hare and Tom Collins are noted for their expertise in IP. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Guildford.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Elaine O’Hare; Tom Collins


‘Tom Collins knows a huge amount about the industry, is very commercial, and is always available.’

‘Very knowledgeable (partners and associates), fast and efficient, good billing rates, friendly and approachable.’

Key clients

Immersive Group Gaming Ltd

Prestige Asset Finance Limited

Dash Games Ltd

Alamy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advisised Immersive Gamebox on branding issues.
  • Advisised Prestige Asset Finance Limited on a range of matters concerning branding and domain names.
  • Advised UK game developer Dash Games on branding issues.