Matthew Pryke > Hamlins LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hamlins LLP
1 Kingsway

Work Department

Commercial and Tech/Sport.


Matthew is the Managing Partner of the firm and specialises in Commercial and Tech.

Matthew is recognised as an expert in intellectual property law, IT and commercial matters, particularly in the media, sports, entertainment and creative industries. Matthew has extensive experience in developing, protecting and implementing commercial rights programmes for a large number of sports, media and entertainment organisations and events, advising on strategic intellectual property, IT and media rights strategies.

Matthew is renowned for his knowledge and understanding of brand protection strategies having advised on the use of terms such as “FINE”, “GRAND PRIX”, “NEW LOOK”, and “FABÉRGE”.

Matthew has developed a substantial practice and loyal client following and advises clients on a range of creative and entertainment industries such as television, modelling and sports and has acted for some of London’s biggest names in the bar, restaurant and nightclub arenas. He also has a solid client following in the technology sector.

Matthew’s practice covers a wide variety of contracts, often of a global or an international nature. He also has particular expertise in the structuring, negotiation and protection of licensing and franchise arrangements. He has worked previously as an in-house lawyer and has a unique understanding of the fast pace and requirements of commerce. Matthew was legal counsel for A1 Grand Prix, the brainchild of a prominent member of the Dubai Royal Family.

Matthew is also a Notary Public and a member of The Notaries Society. Matthew writes as a legal expert for many publications and has appeared on Sky News.


Partner 2012.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Clients recommend Hamlins LLP for its ‘notable strength in the establishment and operation of sports leagues’; the team has a strong focus on the structuring and launch of new events, initiatives and formats, across a wealth of sports, and is also reputed for its commercial, regulatory, doping, corporate, IP, privacy and reputation management capabilities. Practice head Matthew Pryke is a ‘valued source of market-specific knowledge’; he has a track record of having acted for some of England’s most famous footballers. Other work encompasses broadcast and promotion agreements, sponsorships and player transfers.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Hamlins LLP ’s IP group has a strong music rights practice, working with longstanding clients such as music licensing companies PPL and PRS on copyright claims, with co-head Martin Ochs leading the proceedings; his expertise is also deployed in the FMCG and hospitality sectors. Co-head Matthew Pryke is regularly engaged on endorsements and software licensing deals by sports and technology clients.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

The corporate practice at Hamlins LLP acts for a mix of entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger corporates on public and private M&A transactions. Dual-qualified (Kyrgyz and UK) Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood heads up the team, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional financings in the mining sector as well as a number of property holding company divestments. Matthew Pryke is also noted for his experience in media, intellectual property and technology issues.