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Capital Law LLP has established a strong client base within the film and TV industries and regularly advises prominent clients including S4C and Handmade Films across a variety of commercial and IP work, as well as in relation to other legal issues including employment and corporate, should the need arise. Although as a trainee solicitor Fiona Peet is at a relatively junior level, the calibre of work and experience within the sector (she was formerly head of legal and business affairs at a Welsh independent TV production company) belie her years, to the extent that she leads on numerous matters including advising branding and content company, Smörgåsbord, on the talent agreement for Welsh actor Luke Evans' starring role in the Visit Wales campaign. Peet also recently assisted Tom Kelleher on his work for The  Football Show on the development of a bespoke production agreement it recently made with Zig Zag Productions. IP expert Wayne Beynon is also regularly engaged in media and entertainment-related work.

The 'responsive and diligent' team at boutique firm¬†Loosemores Solicitors¬†provides a 'very commercial approach' to clients across a range of matters, including film and television production and funding agreements, and sports media agreements. The 'very strong' Mark Loosemore¬†has 'vast experience in contract negotiations', particularly as it relates to media and data rights agreements in the sports industry. The 'very commercial' Loosemore handles a raft of work for the Football Association of Wales, including advising it on a number of agreements relating to the production and release of the Don‚Äôt Take Me Home film documenting the team's experiences throughout the Euro 2016 football tournament. Herself formerly head of legal affairs at S4C,Sara Griffiths¬†has particular credibility within the film and TV industry and has advised numerous new clients during the course of 2017, including¬†Tarian Cyf, which she advised on an agreement to appoint a distributor in the US for a television documentary series originating from the UK. Other clients include UHY Hacker Young, Zest Sports Group and Messy Hands Production.  

Hugh James 's Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco's licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Litigator Tracey Singlehurst Ward regularly handles contentious work in the sector including acting for claimants and defendants in defamation matters.

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