Firm Profile > Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England

Harbottle & Lewis LLP
7 Savoy Court
LONDON
WC2R 0EX
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's focus on the technology and media industries sees the team regularly acting for a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders both domestically and internationally, from blue-chip video game studios to television production companies and high-growth fintech ventures. Charles Lévêque helms the group, which is equally capable of handling transactions in a number of other sectors, including the retail, leisure and data infrastructure industries. Colin Howes is highly rated by clients for his 'intelligent and original approach' to transactional matters. Mark Phillips specialises in private M&A both for early and later stage companies, while Tim Parker concentrates on entrepreneurial and talent-led businesses. Anthony Littner's practice centres on founders and investors, while Tom Macleod is noted for his growing expertise in advising early stage businesses on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Charles Lévêque

Other key lawyers:

Colin Howes; Mark Phillips; Tim Parker; Anthony Littner; Tom Macleod

Testimonials

‘I have used Harbottle & Lewis in a number of small and medium-sized M&A-type deals and their advice, help and support has been absolutely invaluable. I have worked with other firms but I always find myself gravitating back to them. They are accessible, smart, original thinkers and I am always delighted to have them on my side.’

‘Colin Howes is an absolutely exceptional lawyer. I have worked with Colin for a number of years in a wide and varied set of situations and he never fails to deliver the highest quality advice and guidance in a clear and simple form. His intelligent and original approach to solving often complex problems is remarkable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘Very responsive, a large team is involved. They are able to track, check and summarise the pros and cons in simple context for all changes in contract terms and ongoing negations.’

‘Tim Parker is approachable, friendly, huge amount of knowledge, explained clearly and applicably. Pleasure to work with.’

‘Attention to detail, availability and knowledge were all excellent. Colin Howes was incredibly helpful throughout.’

‘The H&L team is strong but most importantly very commercially oriented. The team members are hard-working, always available and willing to explore all possible avenues.’

Key clients

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

DeepCode AG

StorMagic Ltd

The Panoply Holdings Plc

Plato Media Ltd, t/a Hopster

Punchdrunk Global Limited

Watford & Essex

I E B Trading Ltd t/a allbeauty

iM Global Partner

All3Media

Secret Group

MUSO

Validus Risk Management

Coldpress

Temperley London

Locksmith Animation

Eiffel Investment Group

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

The cross-practice team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is noted for its ‘specialist knowledge’ and ‘wide-ranging experience’. It acts for clients from areas such as film, TV, theatre, publishing, gaming and music. Jointly led by Michael Lister and Sacha Wilson, the advertising and marketing department acts for brands, agencies and talent, particularly in the influencer marketing and adtech space. The scope of the work includes advice on regulatory issues, contracts, digital marketing and sponsorship matters. The head of the film and TV group is Sarah Lazarides, who ‘goes above and beyond the call of duty’. Music sector lead Kieran Jay advises clients on recording, publishing, management, live performance and endorsement agreements. Kostyantyn Lobov and Mark Phillips jointly head up the video games group, which is praised for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’. Elsewhere, media finance expert Abigail Payne ‘doesn’t miss a trick but is very practical in her advice’, while Neil Adleman is commended ‘as an industry leading expert’ in the theatre and live performances space. IP specialist Shireen Peermohamed is a key contact for publishing matters. Alan Moss departed to set up Moss Legal Limited. In another development, IP specialist Andrew Terry joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Kieran Jay; Kostyantyn Lobov; Mark Phillips; Abigail Payne; Neil Adleman; Shireen Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Terry; Jonathan Berger; Clare McGarry; Matthew Hiscox

Testimonials

‘Abigail Payne is an excellent lawyer. Doesn’t miss a trick but is very practical in her advice. Has quickly become my go-to lawyer at Harbottles.’

‘Sarah Lazarides (partner) is our lead counsel who goes above and beyond the call of duty on all legal matters great and small.’

‘Shireen Peermohamed (partner) is an exceptional advisor who provides pragmatic solutions and considers commercial realities in her strategic thinking.’

‘The specialist knowledge in this team is extraordinary – our primary contact Neil Adleman is recognised as an industry leading expert in what is a complicated and unique field.’

‘We’ve worked with the team at Harbottle for years and the relationship is a strong one. They have a wide-ranging experience across the industry which helps given the various contracts we work on. They understand our business completely.’

‘Our business is in the video games industry, and it makes a big difference when the legal firm has great knowledge of the industry. Harbottle & Lewis has practitioners who has served the industry for a long time, which makes it so much easier to communicate with when we have legal issues that need help and advice.’

‘Michael Lister consistently provides top quality advice and is really commercial and pragmatic. He gets what we are trying to achieve and helps us get there, steering us through any challenges that come up.’

Key clients

Havas

Interpublic

Kyra TV

Diageo

Mr President

Nissan

De Beers

Cara Delevingne

David Beckham

The Ozone Project

Universal Pictures

Michaela Coel

Amazon Studios

Punchdrunk

Sky UK Limited

Complete Fiction Pictures

Marv Studios

Global Citizen

Magic Light Pictures

John Battsek

Microsoft

Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar Games

Square Enix

Cloud Imperium Games

The Pokémon Company International

The Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)

The Tonic Games Group

Ukie

Rebellion Games

Fourth State Games

all3media Group

Neal Street Productions

Hopster

Quiddity Films

Finstock Capital

Pixion Games

LA Media Fund

Secret Group

Jamie Hendry Productions

Queen

Stormzy

Jess Glynne

Mahalia

Little Simz

FKA Twigs

Nina Nesbitt

Tom Elmhirst

Paolo Nutini

Snakehips

Emir Taha

Lucy Blue

Global Citizen

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Hachette UK

Association of Applied Biologists

Suitcase Magazine

The Publishers Association

Rebellion Publishing

The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett

BibliU Limited

The Bent Agency

Dazed Group Ltd

Unputdownable Ltd for author Mark Dawson

National Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions

The Old Vic

Donmar Warehouse

Sadler’s Wells

Playful Productions

Michael Cassel Group

Smith & Brant Theatricals

Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Reputation management Tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's strong reputation in defamation and privacy work is reflected in its impressive roster of clients, which includes members of the Royal Family, UHNWI, company executives and high profile entertainment, media and sports personalities. The team also advises on breach of confidence, data protection and information law, with the majority of its work being preventative. Practice heads Gerrard Tyrrell and John Kelly collectively have over 60 years' experience in the the field and are supported by a wider team of associates, including Louise Prince who advises corporate clients on various reputational issues and Amy Bradbury, a specialist in data protection rights.

Practice head(s):

Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Louise Prince; Amy Bradbury

Testimonials

‘I have worked very closely with the Harbottle & Lewis reputation team for many years. They are first-rate. They are strategic, considered, and effective.’

‘Highly experienced team. John Kelly is outstanding.’

‘Discretion, sector expertise, speed and availability combined with sensitivity around the nature of and personalities involved in our business.’

‘Gerrard Tyrrell – always available to help with advice and background context when issues erupted.’

Key clients

All of the most senior members of the Royal Family, including HM The Queen; TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Former First Lady of the United States Melania Trump

Sir Richard Branson

David and Victoria Beckham

Kate Moss

Roman Abramovich

David Ross

Iceland

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Sir John Major

Pets at Home Limited

Gordon Ramsay

Softbank (SBIA)

Universal

Family Tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has an exceptional team with Catherine Bedford 'leading from the front and inspiring the team' that  represents HNW clients with public profiles to protect. Clients include UHNW individuals from the business world and those with dynastic/family wealth as well as entrepreneurs. It continues to act in complex and unusual children matters such as child abduction; advising same sex couples and alternative families on both children and financial issues. Another area of expertise is advising on financial claims for non-married couples. Nicholas Westley specialises in complex matrimonial matters. Mark Irving is also recommended. It 'can manage the most complex litigation as if it were a walk in the park' .

Practice head(s):

Catherine Bedford

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Westley; Mark Irving; Lidia Cantele; Eleanor Haidon

Testimonials

The family team is relatively young and has excellent energy. It is never afraid of a fight although it will try and find compromise where that is in the client’s best interests. Catherine Bedford and Nick Westley are both excellent litigators‘.

‘Excellent family/private client team, friendly and approachable,  providing first rate practical advisors and advice, dealing with the largest matters, but offering the same quality of service to all tiers.  Exceptional commitment to the interest of the clients – the lawyers really care in a way that is a pleasure to see and to work alongside. They leave no stone unturned and will work day and night (literally) for their clients. If you want a family legal team to really be not only on your side, but by your side, I cannot recommend anyone more strongly. Catherine Bedford who heads up the team is fantastic.  She is the embodiment of all that is described in the preceding section (which I could repeat here), whose validity owes a great deal to her qualities.  She is very ably supported indeed by her partner Mark Irving and assistant solicitors, senior – Lidia Cantele – and more junior – Eleanor Haidon.  Mark, Lidia and Eleanor all exhibit the same qualities, and apply the same standards that are a hallmark of the department. A pleasure to work with them‘.

‘I have been extremely pleased and impressed with Harbottle & Lewis’s thorough knowledge about every detail of my case.  The lawyers never seemed preoccupied by other cases they may have been involved with and always acted and made me feel like mine was the most important case. Lidia Cantele’s care is extraordinary.  Her thoughtfulness, patience, attention to detail and ability to see the big picture is exactly what is needed to steer a clear path through often difficult situations‘.

‘I have been very impressed by the exceptional quality of the work done by the team at Harbottle & Lewis, which is of the highest standard in terms of all relevant criteria, including knowledge of relevant law and practice, judgement on sensitive tactical questions, client care and handling of the client and sheer hard work.  The team is led by Catherine Bedford, assisted by other partners – Mark Irving. My comments also apply to a very impressive team of Associates led by Lidia Cantele. An outstanding performance all round‘.

‘The family law team at Harbottle and Lewis is one of the few truly top family law departments in London. Led by the dynamic Catherine Bedford, H&L has quickly overtaken competitors in the field over the last few years, as a result of which the biggest clients are now queuing up at the door. Given the strength in depth of the team, it is clear to see that they will continue in the ascendancy for many years to come. Harbottle and Lewis is a very strong team from top to bottom, and is blessed with a number of serious players‘.

Catherine Bedford is, quite simply, the future of family law in London. Over the last few years she has emerged as the front runner to replace the old guard of leading solicitors who are fast approaching retirement. Catherine has it all: she is charismatic, thoughtful, driven and a brilliant strategic thinker. Clients warm to her immediately and she is utterly dedicated to them‘.

Mark Irving and Lidia Cantele are both stars of the future. They are already handling very serious cases and both have all that it takes to succeed at the highest level. I expect to see both of them at the very pinnacle of family law over the next twenty years‘.

‘A good mix of both male and female and a wide spectrum of experience meant they worked well together as a team. Catherine Bedford – Excellent managerial and client management skills. Nick Westley – tough negotiator’.

Senior executives Tier 2

Home to 'an extraordinary group of experts', Harbottle & Lewis LLP stands out for the comprehensive range of expertise it offers to C-level individuals, and also its handling of discrimination and unfair dismissal matters that have arisen due to Covid. In addition to an array of discrimination and whistleblowing cases, Howard Hymanson is notable for his personal injury expertise, assisting clients who are dealing with mental health and 'long Covid' illnesses, while Yvonne Gallagher is considered a 'stand out' for litigation and negotiating settlements. Marian Derham has a strong practice in the creative, fashion and telecoms industries, and senior associates Poppy Lucas and Sarah Verrecchia both attract praise for the scope of their expertise.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson

Other key lawyers:

Marian Derham; Poppy Lucas; Sarah Verrecchia

Testimonials

An extraordinary group of experts who provide professional advice on a full range of employment law issues. Diverse expertise acting for executives level negotiating and advising on: – exit strategies – termination packages – contractual arrangements – PR communication. Exceptional client service.’

I had a pleasure to work with the extraordinary Marian Derham and Poppy Lucas.’

The lawyers are intelligent, astute, knowledgeable and supportive.’

H&L which came highly recommended and very quickly stood out. Howard Hymanson not only gave me valuable free advice at the end of the call but he showed me that he is really sympathetic and understanding towards my matter.

Howard and his associate team member thoroughly captured all the details of my case and offered sound advice throughout. Everything seemed transparent and they were always ensuring that I am comfortable with the strategy they laid out. Howard was always very generous with his time and patient with me. He spent more hours on my case than what he finally invoiced me.’

Howard Hymanson has incredible judgment.’

Yvonne Gallagher stood out, taking a very sensible but firm approach to litigation for her client, which enabled the matter to reach a sensible outcome for both parties at an early stage, without the need for protracted litigation.’

Sarah Verrecchia provided an outstanding service with impeccable response rates, supportive people skills in a difficult time, and thorough analysis of the unusual issues arising.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP continues to be instructed by a number of well-known new and existing charity clients on a diverse range of charity law matters. Under the leadership of David Scott and Colin Howes, it advises corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities, subsidised arts organisations and high-net-worth-individuals on their personal philanthropy. It is also well-placed to advise charities on mergers, reorganisations and other corporate transactions and is skilled at handling issues where clients face huge public scrutiny by working with its reputation management team.

Practice head(s):

David Scott; Colin Howes

Other key lawyers:

May Delaney; Katerina Capras

Testimonials

It has deep expertise in not-for-profit activity – we have worked with H&L on a range of issues (charity re-structuring and objects, managing relationships with the Charity Commission, major donor/commercial agreements, trademarking, HR advice and strategy support), in both formal and informal capacities. The service and relationship that we have received is high-quality, timely and effective – the team at H&L is always available and supportive – in many cases we present a problem to them and they are quickly able to identify solution options with supporting expertise. We also value the philanthropic contribution that H&L offers to our charity, which spans a number of areas‘.

Our primary interface is Colin Howes – who is a key, trusted stakeholder for our organisation. His advice and support is highly-valued by our charity’s leadership team and our trustees.  Colin’s approach starts and ends with the relationship, and how best he can serve our charity’s objectives, from which the legal strategy and work then flows. I always feel that he takes into consideration the entirety of our situation, never focusing on specific legal points. The other quality that I value in Colin, having worked with him for several years, is his consistent and positive development of junior staff’.

May Delaney helpful and proactive. Colin Howes – intellectually extremely able and a joy to work with‘.

‘Very customer focused, the lawyers go the extra mile to support clients. The expertise provided on amending our Articles of Association was invaluable. Katerina Capras guided us through the entire process step by step- we could not have managed this without her advice and excellent support!‘.

A very responsive team with creative solutions to client problems. The team works hard to support clients at every stage of the process and is transparent on fees. May Delaney has always been an excellent resource for clients. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and forward thinking approach has solved many a tricky problem for clients‘.

Very good and capable. Has helped to save the day on one case which was difficult and we had to deal with challenging third parties. I am profoundly impressed and grateful for the support and professionalism. A great team to work with. May Delaney – associate. I really value her experience and quality of work. Hardworking, sees the bigger picture. Commercial. Committed‘.

‘Outstanding, open, honest and direct. Fully up to date technically and digitally. Engaged and committed. Every one is an outstanding communicator‘.

Harbottle & Lewis for its expertise in the Charity sector and because of  the excellent existing relationship with the firm ( Media ). H&L is always keen to show willing in accommodating the client‘.

Key clients

The Wigmore Hall

Screen Academy Foundation

The Talent Fund

Virgin Unite

Film London

Make My Money Matter

Dance Umbrella

Theatr Clwyd Trust Ltd

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's commercial litigation group handles contentious matters for the firm's media, technology and entertainment sector clients. In addition, it is also active in retail and finance industry disputes, and it generates mandates from high-net-worth clients from the firm’s private capital practice. The firm is frequently involved in complex litigation with a nexus to jurisdictions such as the US, Russia, the Middle East, Cayman Islands/BVI and across Europe. Sandi Simons leads the commercial litigation group, which includes experienced partners Louis Castellani and Matthew Leverton. At senior associate level, Georgina Long has 'a good eye for detail' and Lizzie Williams is 'very good at running cases with little support'. Former partner Andy Millmore is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Sandi Simons

Other key lawyers:

Louis Castellani; Matthew Leverton; Georgina Long; Lizzie Williams; Andy Millmore

Testimonials

A friendly and efficient team with experience in both litigation and arbitration.

An excellent, client-focused and accessible service delivered by people who work very well as part of a wider team encompassing clients and counsel.

Unparalleled expertise in the media field, and very approachable and adaptable.

Sandi Simons is an excellent team leader, with good strategic instincts and bags of common sense – very friendly for a partner of her seniority, and happy to get her hands dirty mulling over the issues and even the details.

Louis Castellani is a fantastic tactician, who really understands what makes opponents tick and what will press the appropriate buttons. He really sees the bigger picture with clients whose interests are not necessarily confined to the dispute in hand.

Matthew Leverton has built a very strong reputation and has very good fraud experience – a very safe pair of hands and very insightful.

Senior associate Georgina Long has a good eye for detail.

Senior associate Lizzie Williams is very good at running cases with little support, doing the work of several associates.

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Victoria Beckham

LiveNation

Ticketmaster

Oxford University Press

IS Prime

ISFE 21

McCann Erickson Central

Floreat Group

Mishal Al-Sanea

Laurence Sargent

Lara Sargent

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP undertakes a significant amount of corporate occupier work with a nexus to the retail, hospitality and office sectors. In addition, it is also active in the tech, video games and interactive entertainment arenas. Melanie Benson leads the property department, which acts for a client roster including restauranteurs, cinemas and fashion luxury brands, as well as landlords, ultra-high-net-worth investors and family offices.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Benson

Other key lawyers:

Leo Marino; Lee Greaves

Testimonials

‘The partners are very talented and helpful, giving good commercial advice . The accounts team have been very understanding through the pandemic. In summary, they are well run, professional and a client-focused company.’

‘Melanie Benson is very insightful, using her excellent knowledge to make complex leases transaction run smoothly. She has very good interpersonal skills which makes working with her a pleasure.’

Key clients

Commercial Holdings 496 Limited

IMO Car Wash Group

Arch Light Cinemas

Cross Stone Group

Gordon Ramsay Holdings

Rockstar North

LW theatres limited

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

The team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP performs proactive copyright and trade mark infringement searches and subsequent takedowns in IP-rich sectors such as theatre and publishing. Notable work includes practice head Shireen Peermohamed’s representation of the estate of Terry Pratchett in wide-ranging enforcement actions. The team has recently brought in a number of new clients from a range of creative sectors including video gaming, which is the forte of Kostyantyn Lobov, whose instructions often concern copyright protection of visual assets. Recently joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Andrew Terry has added additional capabilities in strategic brand management mandates.

Practice head(s):

Shireen Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:

Kostyantyn Lobov; Andrew Terry; Neil Adleman

Testimonials

The whole team act as one, they offer support and understanding but listen and offer the best solutions to the problems.

Under the leadership of Shireen Peermohamed the team are excellent, efficient, objective and essential to our UK enforcement operation. Shireen has imparted her automotive trade mark knowledge not only to Kostyantyn Lobov, who has become a key player in our operation, but also to the trainees whose knowledge grows everyday.

Shireen Peermohamed is excellent and sets a high standard.

The team is experienced, innovative and passionate about understanding their clients’ needs.

Shireen Peermohamed is a brilliant lawyer, razor sharp, expert in her field of specialism, incredibly commercial in her approach and a pleasure to work with.

Neil Adleman is a fantastic legal partner, he goes the extra mile; he is very commercial, knows the theatre industry intimately and is a strategic thinker.

Key clients

Queen Productions Limited (The band ‘Queen’)

Dunmanifestin Limited (owners of the rights in Sir Terry Pratchett’s works)

Electronic Arts, Inc

Warpaint PLC

Stormzy

The Tonic Group (owners of the hit video game FALL GUYS)

Gumball 3000 (the famous international car race)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Glen Atchison heads a dynamic and 'great' team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP. Clients include entrepreneurs in new disrupter industries and high-profile ‘celebrities’. The group continued to expand with the recruitment of Zoë Camp from New Quadrant Partners LTD. Atchison’s principal focus is advising UK resident and non-resident ultra-high-net-worth individuals on multifarious issues, ranging from tax-efficient international succession planning and structuring through to the use of trusts or other bespoke arrangements to trace and protect assets, increasingly with a significant international dimension. Jonathan Burt is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Glen Atchison

Other key lawyers:

Zoë Camp; Jonathan Burt; Marianne Kafena; Gary Ashford; Chris Moorcroft; Siena Gold; Caroline Rao

Testimonials

‘I find this firm to be friendly, easy to work with, calm, wise, knowledgeable, efficient, prompt in responding and, in short, very professional in providing a first class service which is just what I need‘.

‘A refreshing and vibrant team. Marianne Kafena – very experienced and a delight to work with. Chris Moorcroft -very knowledgeable and innovative. Sienna Gold -bright and engaging’.

‘Approachable, very responsive and easily understood advice. Very transparent on billing and very reasonable. Very approachable, happy to explain a point until there is understanding. Quality of advice is always clear and concise‘.

‘Innovative, entrepreneurial mindset to match the clients. Collaborative and always willing to help. Gary Ashcroft – always goes the extra mile and incredibly knowledgeable on tax. Caroline Rao – strong and knowledgeable with a good client base‘.

‘It is a good private client law firm with expertise in the entertainment industry which is what I use them for. Zoe Camp a leader in the field‘.

The team at Harbottle Lewis all bring slightly different areas of expertise to the table, but seem to genuinely “get on” as individuals, which really helps them work collaboratively across the practice. The main thing that sets Harbottle apart, in my experience, is the combination of being very good, professionally and technically on the one hand and approachable on the other. They are informal and easy/straightforward to deal with, but really “know their stuff”‘.

‘Experienced team on the private client side. Jonathan Burt has both experience as an external advisor and also from the perspective of a trust company, as he worked in-house. His international exposure and connections make him a go-to lawyer‘.

‘The team is excellent and expanding rapidly, which is a testament to  its abilities in a highly competitive field. Jonathan Burt is first-rate – the perfect private client lawyer, combining technical expertise with first-rate judgement’.

Residential property Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in residential property work, as is reflected by the fact that it acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, overseas investors and media and sports personalities. The practice advises clients on matters in the London prime and ultra-prime markets, as well as more generally countrywide. Team head Melanie Benson is an expert in leasing, conveyancing and investment. She works with Leo MarinoLee Greaves and senior associate Jonathan Hewitt.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Benson

Other key lawyers:

Leo Marino; Lee Greaves; Jonathan Hewitt

Testimonials

Fantastic firm with great lawyers, entrepreneurial spirit and incredible clients.’

Excellent professional advice, always available.’

Key clients

Zedra

Sport Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is home to a sports practice praised by one client as ‘pure gold standard’. Practice head Bob Mitchell is a dedicated specialist in this sector; he is principally active on commercial and regulatory affairs, supporting a client list of governing bodies, marketing and management agencies, leading brands and athletes. A further figure of prominence is Michael Lister, who ‘consistently provides top quality advice’ on sponsorship agreements, event staging arrangements and player contracts, both on the field and off of it. The practice is able to call upon the firm’s leading defamation and reputation management expertise and also includes ‘fantastic’ associate Mike Jones, who recently supported on German international Kai Havertz’s transfer to Chelsea FC.

Practice head(s):

Bob Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lister; Mike Jones

Testimonials

‘The team feels like an extension of ours – they fit in seamlessly providing commercial and practical advice and drafting when we need them. We work across a very broad range of arts and entertainment sectors, from global ceremonies to creative installations and festivals and we know that the team can plug in and advise confidently whatever we turn our hand to.’

‘A lot of our work involves cutting-edge technology and often deals that are the first of their kind. The team have been very helpful in helping us with novel agreements and in getting things done in short timescales. They are pragmatic, highly commercial and also great people who we enjoy working with, which makes a big difference.’

‘Mike Jones is fantastic, he is commercial and highly pragmatic and feels like an extended part of the team. He is able to turn his hand at a really wide range of agreements and subject matters, often working at the forefront of new technologies in entertainment. We enjoy working with him and value his advice and input.’

‘Michael Lister consistently provides top quality advice and is really commercial and pragmatic – he really gets what we are trying to achieve and helps us get there, steering us through any challenges that come up. A safe pair of hands with a cool and calm approach. He is a really nice guy to work with, and feels like an extended part of our team. Highly recommended!’

‘They have the talent to make complex legal topics understandable and comprehensible for us as a commercial/sponsorship outfit. Very experienced in the sports industry and with big sports organisations. They are pure gold standard from my point of view.’

Key clients

Kai Havertz

South African Professional Rugby Players’ Association

Cricket West Indies

Nissan e.dams

The Queen’s Club

David Beckham

Team England Player Partnership (England Cricketers)

Esports player Mongraal (Kyle Jackson)

Powerboat P1

Tyrone Mings

SecuTix

Volkswagen

Ladies European Tour

Williams Harfield Sports

Conor Hourihane

Memphis Depay

Che Adams

Professional Cricketers’ Association

The Race Around

Bamg Sports Limited

Emirates

Federation of International Cricket Association

Diageo

Gumball Rally

TMT Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a noteworthy media and entertainment practice, which primarily advises a broad spectrum of prominent companies in relation to corporate transactions, commercial agreements and IP law. In a recent highlight, the team advised Marv Studios on the financing of the feature film Tetris, which will be available on Apple TV. Peter Armstrong frequently advises major production companies in relation to feature films, whereas Jonathan Berger tends to assist broadcasters, producers, distributors and financiers with commercial agreements, including joint ventures. Abigail Payne is also a core member of the media group, with notable expertise in international co-productions and complex financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Abigail Payne; Peter Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Shireen Peermohamed; Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly; Jonathan Berger

Testimonials

‘Harbottle & Lewis is a firm that cares about its clients and their needs: they look for ways to help their clients with flexible costs, confidentiality, honesty and commitment from the first instance.’

‘Team are innovative, practical, commercially minded and really pleasant to deal with.’

‘Sacha Wilson is very commercial, gets straight to the heart of the matter, makes everything seem very manageable and you know you are in a safe pair of hands.’

‘Harbottle have a deep understanding and expertise in the video games industry and this comes through in their advice which is concise and commercially focused. In addition to this obvious strength, an area where I have sought their expertise quite regularly is in the ad tech space. Sacha Wilson’s expertise in this area, both from a practical and legal perspective, has been invaluable.’

Key clients

Interpublic

Kyra TV

Mr President

The Ozone Project

De Beers

Havas

Nissan

Amazon Studios

Complete Fiction Pictures

Magic Light Pictures

Michaela Coel

Sky UK Limited

Universal Pictures

Marv Studios

Punchdrunk

Cloud Imperium Games

Fourth State Games

The Interactive Software Federation of Europe

The Pokémon Company International

Ukie

Microsoft

Rebellion Games

Gumball 3000

Venture capital Tier 3

Leveraging the firm's well-regarded IP and technology capabilities, Harbottle & Lewis LLP's venture capital team provides 'exceptional and solution-oriented advice' to media and technology entrepreneurs and start-ups, through every step of the funding process, from early stage access to SEIS/EIS capital through to follow on rounds of equity finance provided by larger institutional funds. Team head Tony Littner takes the lead on the majority of the firm's work for investee clients, which praise the 'strategic' nature of his advice. The firm also continues to grow the investor side of the practice and has begun to pick up some notable mandates from corporate venturers. Appreciated for his 'thorough' advice, senior associate Tom Macleod is gaining significant market visibility.

Practice head(s):

Tony Littner

Other key lawyers:

Tom Macleod

Testimonials

They provide exceptional and solution-oriented advice.’

‘They collaborate and always look for the best solutions.’

Anthony Littner is very quick thinking and takes a strategic viewpoint on all advice given. Anthony will be thinking about what is around the corner in 1-5 years and shares his experience from the outset. This ultimately not only protects the company but is cost effective.’

Tom Macleod is thorough with his work.’

Tom Macleod is extremely personable, very sharp legally but willing to be pragmatic when appropriate.’

Key clients

Smart Pension

Primer API Limited

DeepCode AG

ENV (ENGIE New Ventures)

GMG Ventures

Laundryheap

StorMagic

Electric Noir Studios

Pavegen

Validus Risk Management Ltd

iM Global Partner

Punchdrunk Global Limited

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a niche focus on the technology, media and entertainment sectors and has considerable experience in the adtech sphere. Its expertise includes data compliance work, international data transfer issues, data breaches and SARs. The cross-departmental team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters under the leadership of Sacha Wilson, who is head of the firm’s advertising group. Gerrard Tyrrell advises high-profile individuals and institutions on data protection work and reputation management issues, while John Kelly is a name to note for ICO matters and cybersecurity work. Daniel Tozer left for Keystone Law in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly

Key clients

Take Two Interactive

Diageo Plc

De Beers Group

Havas Media Group

Expedia

The Ozone Project

Nimax Theatre

Sargent-Disc Ltd

WhiteHat Jr

Hunter Boots

Primer API

SecuTix

Carwow

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is known for advising large and small technology companies in relation to a wide range of transactions, including M&A, investments and fundraising rounds. Sacha Wilson is known for his expertise in adtech, digital marketing, digital media transactions and data privacy matters. Anthony Littner leads the firm's start-up and venture capital groups, focusing primarily on the technology and media sector.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Wilson; Anthony Littner

Other key lawyers:

Tom Macleod

Testimonials

‘Sacha Wilson – outstanding knowledge and understanding of application of GDPR. Most knowledgeable I have found in the market.’

‘Harbottle & Lewis have a deep understanding and expertise in the video games industry and this comes through in their advice which is concise and commercially focused. In addition to this obvious strength, an area where I have sought their expertise quite regularly is in the adtech space. Sacha Wilson’s expertise in this area, both from a practical and legal perspective, has been invaluable.’

Key clients

Expedia

Take Two Interactive

Square Enix

De Beers Group

Tonic Games Group

Havas Media Group

Diageo Plc

Whitehat Jr

Carwow

Sargent-Disc Ltd

Nimax Theatre

Primer API

HyperX (Kingston Technology)

Skymagic

Nissan

Hunter Boots

Retail and consumer Tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP  advises luxury brands, fashion designers and retailers, and high-profile individuals, and has niche expertise in ethical fashion-related matters and sustainability projects. Jointly headed up by commercial litigator Sandi Simons and property lawyer Melanie Benson, the group has exhibited particular expertise in commercial contracts, reputation and brand management issues, employment matters, sponsorships, influencer marketing, IP mandates, and dispute resolution. Other names to note are Marian Derham and Michael Lister.

Practice head(s):

Sandi Simons; Melanie Benson

Other key lawyers:

Marian Derham; Michael Lister

Key clients

Victoria Beckham Limited

Kate Moss

Harrods Limited

Arizona Muse

MOB Kitchen

Astrid & Miyu

Wolford London Limited

De Beers UK Limited

SimiHaze

Cara Delevingne

Diageo

HyperX

Employers Tier 6

Equally strong in contentious and non-contentious work, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is best known for its work in the media and entertainment sector. Practice co-head Yvonne Gallagher routinely defends employment tribunal claims, in addition to her extensive record in TUPE transfers and day-to-day issues Fellow co-head Howard Hymanson specialises in personal injury claims and senior executive issues, while Marian Derham focuses on matters pertaining to the theatre, television and film industries.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson

Other key lawyers:

Marian Derham; Sarah Verrachia

Testimonials

Efficiency, knowledge and clarity.’

Marian Derham is proactive and has our institution’s Vision and Values firmly in mind when giving advice. Very strategic thinker. Mark Primrose is thorough and gives excellent technical HR advice.’

Very responsive, practical and commercial advice from experienced and approachable lawyers who understand our business.’

Technically strong and competent, always available.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited (Insurance)

Nimax Theatres (Theatre)

Harrods Limited (Retail)

GP&J Baker Limited (Retail)

Taj Hotels (Leisure)

Take Two Interactive Software Inc (Games)

Wolford London (Retail & Fashion)

Punchdrunk Global Limited (Theatre)

Wanis International Foods (Food & Beverage)

Astrid & Miyu (Fashion & Retail)

LAMDA (Higher Education)

Harbottle & Lewis is a leading UK-based law firm focused on the technology, media and entertainment (TME) and private client sectors. Clients range from start-ups to multinational companies, from household names to private individuals and their family offices.

Whilst known for our stand-out expertise in the Technology, Media and Entertainment sectors, our capabilities spread far wider than this advising for some of the most creative, talented and successful people, businesses and corporates, across all of their legal needs. Whether we are talking about wealth, relationships or information, the firm’s private capital expertise enables its lawyers to support clients, as well as to help them successfully develop, grow and protect their assets.

Harbottle & Lewis’ clients benefit from strong legal expertise delivered with industry insight and a commercial approach. Their deep client relationships are built on mutual trust and understanding.

Principal areas of work:

Harbottle & Lewis provides a full service across corporate, commercial, employment, family, finance, intellectual property, litigation, private wealth, immigration, property and tax law.

The firm also advises on regulatory matters and the legal issues faced by organisations and individuals in the media spotlight, such as defamation, information protection, privacy and image rights.

Recent work highlights include:

  • Advising Universal Pictures on Jurassic World, the first UK production to restart after Covid pandemic restrictions.
  • Advising Stormzy on his recent exclusive recording agreement, via his #Merky imprint, with Universal Music – one of the most lucrative artist deals signed in the music industry in 2020.
  • Advised the Ozone Project, which is a cutting edge digital advertising platform owned by the major news publishers, including the Guardian, News UK and the Telegraph.
  • Advising members of the Royal Household in relation to reputational and privacy issues.

Other recent highlights include:

  • Advising Diageo on its new global agency media buying services agreement with the Omnicom Group.
  • Advising leading games publisher Take-Two Interactive on its US$1 billion bid for Codemasters.
  • Acting as trusted advisors to Amazon Studios across its scripted and unscripted slate of projects.
  • Advising several sporting organisations including Team England Player Partnership (England Cricketers), Queens Club a number of top footballers and major sponsors on a range of matters.

The firm continues to act for high-net-worth individuals and public figures on all aspects of their personal and financial affairs. The firm has advised a number of clients on sensitive employment matters; on the sale and purchase of multi-million pound residential properties; on effective tax structuring of new and existing businesses for entrepreneurs; and on the administration of significant UK trusts and estates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Glen Atchison glen.atchison@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Advertising and Marketing Michael Lister michael.lister@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Advertising and Marketing Sacha Wilson sacha.wilson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Broadcasting Sacha Wilson sacha.wilson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Charities and Philanthropy Colin Howes colin.howes@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Charities and Philanthropy David Scott david.scott@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Commercial Property Lee Greaves lee.greaves@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Commercial Property Leo Marino leo.marino@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate and Commercial Colin Howes colin.howes@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate and Commercial Charles Leveque charles.leveque@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate Finance Tim Parker tim.parker@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Rhys Llewellyn rhys.llewellyn@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Data Protection Sacha Wilson sacha.wilson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Louis Castellani louis.castellani@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Matthew Leverton matthew.leverton@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Sandi Simons sandi.simons@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
E-commerce and New Media Sacha Wilson sacha.wilson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Marian Derham marian.derham@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Yvonne Gallagher yvonne.gallagher@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Howard Hymanson howard.hymanson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Catherine Bedford catherine.bedford@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Mark Irving mark.irving@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Nicholas Westley nicholas.westley@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Fashion Melanie Benson melanie.benson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Fashion Sandi Simons sandi.simons@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Film & Television Sarah Lazarides sarah.lazarides@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Immigration Sarah Gogan sarah.gogan@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Kostyantyn Lobov kostyantyn.lobov@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Shireen Peermohamed shireen.peermohamed@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Andrew Terry andrew.terry@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Interactive Entertainment Kostyantyn Lobov kostyantyn.lobov@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Interactive Entertainment Mark Phillips mark.phillips@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Media Finance Abigail Payne abigail.payne@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Music Kieran Jay kieran.jay@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Personal Injury Daniel Marks daniel.marks@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Capital David Scott david.scott@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Glen Atchison glen.atchison@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Jonathan Burt jonathan.burt@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Zoë Camp zoe.camp@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Siena Gold siena.gold@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Sofie Hoffman sofie.hoffman@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Marianne Kafena marianne.kafena@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Chris Moorcroft chris.moorcroft@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Marcus Parker marcus.parker@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Publishing Shireen Peermohamed shireen.peermohamed@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Reputation Management John Kelly john.kelly@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Reputation Management Gerrard Tyrrell gerrard.tyrrell@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Residential Property Melanie Benson melanie.benson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Restructuring & Insolvency Matthew Leverton matthew.leverton@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Retail Melanie Benson melanie.benson@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Sport & Sponsorship Michael Lister michael.lister@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Sport & Sponsorship Bob Mitchell bob.mitchell@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Tax Gary Ashford gary.ashford@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Theater and Performing arts Neil Adleman neil.adleman@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Venture Capital Tony Littner tony.littner@harbottle.com +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Neil Adleman  photo Neil Adleman Neil is Head of the firm’s Theater Group. He advises clients in…
 Peter Armstrong  photo Peter Armstrong Peter is a Partner in the firm’s Film & Television Group, specialising…
 Gary Ashford  photo Gary Ashford Gary is a highly experienced International Tax Partner and is an expert…
 Glen Atchison  photo Glen Atchison Glen established the Private Client & Tax and Private Capital groups at…
 Catherine Bedford  photo Catherine Bedford Catherine is well-known in the field of family law, leading the Family…
 Melanie Benson  photo Melanie Benson Melanie leads the Property Group and deals with all aspects of real…
 Jonathan Berger  photo Jonathan Berger Jonathan is Head of the firm’s Film and TV Group. He acts…
 Jonathan Burt photo Jonathan Burt Jonathan has spent 25 years advising international entrepreneurs and wealth owners. His…
 Zoë Camp  photo Zoë Camp Zoë is a private client lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience.…
 Louis Castellani  photo Louis Castellani Louis is a litigation partner and undertakes a broad range of commercial…
 Marian Derham  photo Marian Derham Marian is a Partner in the firm’s Employment group acting for employers,…
 Yvonne Gallagher  photo Yvonne Gallagher Yvonne specialises in employment law, acting for employers and senior executives. She…
 Sarah Gogan photo Sarah Gogan Sarah is a private client lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in…
 Siena Gold photo Siena Gold Partner advising individuals, family offices, trustees and the financial institutions representing them…
 Lee Greaves  photo Lee Greaves Lee is a Partner in the firm’s Property Group, specialising in all…
 Sofie Hoffman  photo Sofie Hoffman Sofie Hoffman acts on a number of international contentious trust and probate…
 Colin Howes  photo Colin Howes Colin is a partner who works in both the Corporate and Commercial…
 Howard Hymanson  photo Howard Hymanson Howard acts for both employers and senior executives in relation to contentious…
 Mark Irving  photo Mark Irving Mark is a Partner within the firm’s Family department. He handles all…
 Kieran Jay  photo Kieran Jay Kieran represents leading artists, song-writers, producers and mixers as well as independent…
 Marianne Kafena  photo Marianne Kafena Marianne is a leading tier one private client lawyer with more than…
 John Kelly  photo John Kelly John Kelly is recognised as a leading litigator who specialises in the…
 Sarah Lazarides  photo Sarah Lazarides Sarah is a Partner in the firm’s Film & Television Group, specialising…
 Charles Leveque photo Charles Leveque Charles is Head of the Corporate Group at Harbottle & Lewis. He…
 Matthew Leverton  photo Matthew Leverton Matthew is a Partner with wide-ranging litigation and dispute resolution experience. He…
 Michael Lister  photo Michael Lister Michael is a Partner in the firm’s Sports Group and head of…
 Tony Littner  photo Tony Littner Tony is a Corporate Partner and Head of the firm’s Venture Capital…
 Rhys Llewellyn  photo Rhys Llewellyn Rhys is a Corporate partner specialising in private company and business sales…
 Kostyantyn Lobov photo Kostyantyn Lobov Kostyantyn advises on all matters involving intellectual property, dispute resolution, regulatory and…
 Leo Marino  photo Leo Marino Leo is a Partner in the firm’s Commercial Property group, advising on…
 Daniel Marks  photo Daniel Marks Daniel is a Litigation partner who advises on all aspects of personal…
 Bob Mitchell  photo Bob Mitchell Bob has been a dedicated sports lawyer and head of the firm’s…
 Chris Moorcroft  photo Chris Moorcroft Chris Moorcroft advises individuals and families on the structuring of wealth and…
 Dalton Odendaal  photo Dalton Odendaal Dalton advises on all aspects of the commercial exploitation of rights in…
 Marcus Parker  photo Marcus Parker Marcus has over 20 years’ experience in the private client industry as…
 Tim Parker  photo Tim Parker Tim is a Partner in Corporate Finance, advising both private and public…
 Abigail Payne  photo Abigail Payne Abigail is a Partner in the Film and TV Group providing advice…
 Shireen Peermohamed  photo Shireen Peermohamed Shireen is a Partner advising on intellectual property and publishing. She specialises…
 Mark Phillips  photo Mark Phillips Mark is Partner in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial group, Publishing group,…
 David Scott  photo David Scott David provides personal and corporate tax advice to the full range of…
 Sandi Simons  photo Sandi Simons Sandi has been a dispute resolution specialist for over 25 years. She…
Mr Andrew Terry photo Mr Andrew Terry Andrew is an Intellectual Property partner with more than 20 years’ experience…
 Gerrard Tyrrell  photo Gerrard Tyrrell Gerrard is Senior partner and head of media and information group; specialising…
 Nicholas Westley  photo Nicholas Westley Nicholas is an experienced family barrister. He previously practised at Queen Elizabeth…
 Sacha Wilson  photo Sacha Wilson Sacha is a partner working across the firm’s Media & Entertainment and…
Number of UK partners : 42
Number of UK associates : 34
Number of UK senior associates : 23
Other Lawyers : 6

We believe a diverse firm is a stronger firm. Diversity allows us to better understand our clients’ needs, provide innovative solutions and conceive alternative approaches to issues. We are committed to ensuring that our workforce is as diverse as our client base, and that our staff feel included and respected.

Grass Roots Impact

During the year, the firm has continued to focus on diversity and inclusivity at graduate level. As well as providing better financial assistance to prospective trainees, we partner with Aspiring Solicitors (AS), an organisation that champions graduates from underrepresented groups (e.g. low income families, first generation undergraduates, BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with special needs and disabilities). Through mentoring, employability assistance and involvement in AS events we are proud to say that this year we have offered more training contracts to AS members than to non-AS members.

We partner with Prime, an organisation committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience.

Last year we also signed up to The Brokerage’s Generation 2020 Academy, a digital programme that allows us to support disadvantaged students (aged 17 or 18) through mentoring and masterclasses. Ten individuals from across the firm took part and partners Marianne Kafena and Sacha Wilson gave sessions about their careers and how to become a lawyer.

A supportive and inclusive environment

We have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusivity events program, including fundraising activities, circulars and sessions with key speakers. This programme of events complements our skills-based diversity, unconscious bias and interview skills training for those taking part in the recruitment process.

Following a review of the firm’s parental policies, these were recently enhanced. Maternity leave increased from 16 weeks to 22 weeks of full pay; shared parental leave increased from statutory pay to 22 full weeks of full pay; the length of service requirement for paternity pay was removed; and further time could be taken as single days following return to work to adjust to the pressures of parenthood. In addition, the firm introduced a parental mentoring programme for new parents.

We support those who wish to return to work on a part-time basis following maternity leave. A 100% of those requests have been granted to date. The firm also accommodated childcare-related flexible working requests from those who have not recently returned from maternity or paternity leave and requests unrelated to childcare.

Our gender balance at the senior level has improved year on year and this year we increased the number of female partners from 22% to 28% and increased the number of female partners on the Management Executive Committee from just over a third to over a half.

Supporting the Change Makers

We work to use our expertise to support those within our industries who are working to effect change.

Pro Bono Work and Initiatives

In the past year our lawyers have undertaken a number of pro bono initiatives including providing advice on furlough to social care organisations in North Central London during the COVID-19 pandemic and advising the organisation Equal Representation for Actresses 50:50.