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Simon Gallant

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Hamlins LLP

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A Partner for many years with Mishcon de Reya, Simon has extensive experience representing claimants and defendants. He has acted in several landmark libel cases including Berkoff v Burchill, Stern v Piper, Slipper v BBC, and Lowe v Associated Newspapers. He is the author of ‘Media Law: A Practical Guide to Managing Publication Risks’ published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Simon has acted in numerous litigation matters involving production, distribution and sales agreements in the film and media sector. He acts for a number of prominent fashion brands.

As a former Consultant to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising he provided pre-clearance advice to over 200 advertising agencies. As part of that role he was also a member of the Independent Television Commission’s Advertising Advisory Committee and the Committee of Advertising Practice.


London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

The ‘very committed’ media team at Hamlins LLP acts for a range of claimant in libel and data protection claims, and assists corporate clients and executives with reputation management matters including preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten. Christopher Hutchings  is representing various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The ‘experienced, calm and practicalSimon Gallant  joined the team from Gallant Maxwell.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Hamlins LLP  advises clients in the media, hotel and leisure and retail industries on strategic brand growth, protection and exploitation matters. The practice strengthened its offering in media and data protection with the arrival of Simon Gallant in October 2017. Martin Ochs  focuses on copyright and music IP litigation and continues to work with TRAP to manage counterfeit merchandise. Commercial and IP partner Matthew Pryke 's recent work includes assisting on the commercial and branding merger of several leading modelling agencies, brand licensing arrangement between easyProperty and Fine & Country Limited and licensing and commercialisation of several brands within the Brompton Group of entertainment venues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Hamlins LLP delivers ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and the team has ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business’. It is particularly noted for its experience in contentious music cases, and music merchandising sector disputes. Music head Martin Ochs leads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, is a ‘sensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients’, and regularly advises PPL and PRS For Music on numerous cases. Ochs is also representing Bravado International Group and Danilo Promotions on claims relating to unofficial music calendars alleging infringement of image rights and unfair competition against a number of defendants. TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders against Piracy) is also a key client. Protecting and exploiting IP rights within the music, entertainment and media sectors is a key area of focus which has been bolstered by the arrival of consultant Simon Gallant from Gallant Maxwell. Gallant acts for a number of publishers such as the Jewish Chronicle, Euromoney Publications and Bonnier Zeffre on litigation, IP and data protection matters. Media head Christopher Hutchings is active on defamation and privacy cases, and also advises on commercial issues and image rights. Senior associate Hayley Devlin is also noted.

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