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Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides intellectual property advice to media clients; handles advertising and marketing matters; advice on broadcasting rights exploitation; and handles disputes. Jeremy Dickerson¬† heads the team and is ‚Äėa very good commercial and media lawyer‚Äô. Helen Scott-Lawler¬† focuses on IP development, licensing and structuring. Recent highlights include being appointed to advise the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on its IP portfolio. Other clients include Virgin Care, which it advises on campaign launch materials, and Discovery Communications, which it is advising on the launch of new UK TV channels, new programme names, merchandising and trade mark infringement issues.

Foot Anstey¬†services high-profile clients in film and television, marketing and music. It provides advice on publishing law, regulation, copyright, trade marks, passing off, advertising, data protection, licensing and employment law. Richard Neary¬† is head of media and technology and advises on employment law in the media sector. Tony Jaffa¬† specialises in publishing matters. Neil Parkes¬† focuses on media litigation, content protection and contentious IP. Jennifer Agate¬†focuses on pre- and post-publication advice and contentious media law; she is ‚Äėa particular star‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a superb eye for detail and a strongly practical and sensible approach to clients‚Äô interests‚Äô. Martin Cuell¬† handles licensing transfers and exploitation of rights. Peter Singfield¬†deals with commercial disputes, and IP and brand protection issues. Alexandra Leonidou¬†specialises in privacy and data protection, advertising, digital media and technology.¬†Clients include Aardman Animations, Sky UK, The Independent and Evening Standard and Newsquest Media Group.

Osborne Clarke provides advice on TV broadcasting, internet only TV services, digital platforms, gaming, social media, interactive content, publishing, marketing and advertising, and EU and competition issues. It advises an array of multinational clients in the technology sector such as Square Enix, Facebook, Yahoo!, Virgin Media, Bose and Miniclip. Recent work highlights include acting for Expedia in relation to advertising services and marketing communications. It also assisted Gram Games with the opening of its London office and a range of commercial and regulatory issues. Another highlight includes advising Compagnie Gervais Danone with numerous IP issues in relation to its advertising campaigns for Actimel. Tom Harding¬†heads the team, he specialises in commercial transactions, regulatory issues and the production and exploitation of interactive entertainment products and services. Clare Robinson¬†specialises in IP litigation focusing on the technology and digital business sectors. The team provides ‚Äėa very good level of service, knowledge of online content and the regulatory landscape‚Äô.

Royds Withy King acts for media, publishing, leisure, technology and environmental businesses and organisations. Highlights include acting for media business Network N in relation to various contracts. The firm also advised Chedburn Networks on its online terms and conditions and policies. A further highlight includes advising Adam Matthew Digital on licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities. Philip Banks-Welsh focuses on IP litigation. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co advised E3 Media on providing digital service campaigns to their clients and also on drafting master service agreements (MSAs). It also provided Stuff Advertising with an MSA for an advertising campaign. Rebecca Steer heads the team and is experienced at creating and monetising IP and media related assets. Mailin Bala is also recommended.

Ashfords LLP advises clients on TV production contracts, publishing agreements, advertising and marketing advice, rights clearance, pre-publication advice, rights exploitation and contentious issues. The firm advised Ginsters on advertising, terms and conditions, data protection issues and brand licensing arrangements in relation to a promotional campaign. It also drafted and negotiated a location agreement for HelloFresh when the company appeared in the BBC TV show The Apprentice. Tom Phipps heads the team supported by London-based associate Hannah Batten . Other clients include Historic England and The Roald Dahl Story Company.

Battens Solicitors Limited advises producers and content creators. Recent highlights include advising producer Mallinson Sadler Productions on finance, production and broadcast of a prime-time documentary series. It also advised on the negotiation of a joint venture between a music producer and a major international music publisher. A further highlight includes advising a sports personality on branding rights internationally. Brian Levine heads the team, he is supported by Peter Livingstone who handles media and entertainment-related disputes.

Nash & Co provides legal advice to the television production industry including financing, production and exploitation of television content. Duncan White and Tim Jackman both joined the firm in January 2017 from Twofour Group which is part of ITV. Highlights include providing support to Label1 television who produce the television programme Hospital which aired on BBC. This involved advising on contempt, privacy and the correct police procedure under PACE due to the fact that the programme had been filming at St Mary’s Hospital when Khalid Masood was admitted to A & E after the Westminster terror attack. Clients include Twofour Group and Boom Cymru TV.

Thrings LLP advises on advertising regulation and compliance, content distribution, delivery platforms, digital design, finance, insurance, programme formats, registering and enforcing intellectual property rights, clearance and exploitation, licenses, and TV and film production. Graeme Fearon heads the team.

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