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Paul Jones

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Farrer & Co

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Intellectual Property


Paul Jones is a commercial contracts expert with an exceptional track record of delivering complex, business-critical projects for high-profile clients operating in the worlds of media, sport, education and culture.

A dedicated contracts expert, Paul specialises in advising on contract law and in undertaking work related to a wide variety of commercial contracts across both the public and private sectors.

His client base spans a broad range of industries and features large blue-chip organisations, as well as high-profile household names. He has particular expertise in acting for international media and publishing companies, sports governing bodies, schools and universities and internationally recognised cultural institutions.

Paul manages large, transformational projects for clients, and typically where the commercial contracts underpin business critical infrastructure changes or complex, large-scale transactions. These are some of the core contracts that enable the way these organisations operate. He regularly advises on supply, agency, distribution and services contracts, business process outsourcing (BPO), IT and technology contracts as well contractual joint ventures, collaborations and other strategic alliances. He has notable experience of broadcast, licensing, acquisition, publishing, exhibition and sponsorship contracts within all of this.

To complement his work and advice on the contracts being awarded, Paul also has significant expertise in advising on public and private sector procurement processes (including compliance, in the public sector, with the public procurement regime).

Paul develops close relationships with his clients and enjoys the privilege and responsibility of becoming part of the team helping to deliver some of the most challenging and exciting phases of their growth and development. Alongside his own technical expertise, clients benefit from Paul’s skill in project-managing the work across typically more than one key contract and coordinating teams of experts from across the firm to resource complex projects often featuring elements of employment, corporate or charity law. 

Working as he does with many in-house teams Paul is closely attuned to the needs of, and pressures put upon, in-house lawyers. He co-ordinates and runs regular training and update sessions for in-house lawyers, spanning the likes of contract, employment, information and corporate law, as well as themes such as litigation, governance, compliance and regulation. He plays an active role in the wider legal sector and is a member of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), the Society of Computers and Law (SCL) and the Procurement Lawyers' Association; as well as a regular speaker at events for the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA).

Within the firm, Paul supports his colleagues through his role in the firm’s graduate recruitment programme, amongst a range of other responsibilities.


Trained at Farrer & Co and qualified in 2002; made a partner in 2011.


Procurement Lawyers Association; Society for Computers and Law


Keble College, Oxford and Nottingham Law School.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Farrer & Co has experience in dealing with high-value commercial contracts, ranging from joint ventures and supply and distribution agreements to agreements in highly regulated industries and cross-border deals. The firm has particular expertise in the media, arts and education sectors. 'Excellent' practice head Paul Jones specialises in public procurement and complex commercial contracts, including outsourcing, IT, infrastructure and technology projects.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Farrer & Co's 'high-quality and fully engaged' education team continues to be at the forefront of acting for national schools on issues such as safeguarding, child protection, data protection and immigration. The team is led by Jonathan Eley and Sam Macdonald, and has a strong reputation for handling high-value, complex and sensitive work for clients. Recent highlights include several cross-border matters led by David Copping and David Smellie relating to the establishment of overseas institutions. Other core members of the group include contracts lawyer Paul Jones; newly made-up partner Maria Strauss, who has experience advising faith-based schools; and Ben Longworth.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Farrer & Co 's media and entertainment team handles non-contentious and contentious matters and it is active across corporate, employment, IP, commercial and reputation management mandates. The team receives plaudits for its 'exceptional' publishing sector expertise where it is instructed by leading print and digital publishers. The team has particular expertise in music and academic publishing mandates, and is also instructed by authors and literary estates . GDPR instructions have been prevalent for the team and it has provided advice on the impending ePrivacy Regulation for its publishing clients. The wider media and entertainment team acts for international broadcast production and rights companies, music estates, leading news generators and syndication houses, as well as radio, culture and film clients. In the sports sector, the team acts for leading events rights holders on production and broadcast agreements. Henry Sainty is 'very talented' and is noted for his publishing sector expertise, as well as his work in the sports and culture sectors. Paul Jones heads the team.

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