Firm Profile > Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England

Harbottle & Lewis LLP
7 Savoy Court

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's client roster comprises a significant number of entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses; the firm is also developing a strong reputation for its work in the technology, retail, leisure, communications and entertainment industries. Tim Parker is the name of note for clients in entrepreneurial and talent-led businesses, ranging from early-stage to listed companies. The team also acts on a number of transactions supporting the private capital practice, including group reorganisations, family investment vehicles and property transactions. Mark Phillips is a specialist in private company M&A with acknowledged expertise in the video game and publishing industries. Leading the wider corporate group, Charles Lévêque undertakes a broad variety of work with a focus on both private and public company M&A, AIM flotations, shareholder arrangements in particular for clients in the technology, media and retail sectors.

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They are extremely smart, experienced and responsive. They have the ability to think around problems and offer up innovative solutions. They are friendly but steely when necessary. A delight to deal with and certainly people you would want on your side!

Colin Howes’ experience is unrivalled. He is unflappable and unfailing in coming up with excellent advice and often, a unique angle of approach to challenged faced.

The Harbottle & Lewis team clearly know their way around M&A deals, and their collective experience and strong culture comes through in the way they work with clients and handle opposing counsel. We felt we had access to the most knowledgeable experts within each area of our SPA at Harbottle & Lewis, beyond the excellent core individuals who supported us throughout, and this created a powerhouse team and enabled us to nail down the best outcome. The attention to detail, clear explanations and advisory throughout the process was reassuring. The lead partner on our deal was hands-on throughout and always available, which was a deciding factor for us in choosing this team.

They are truly client focused. They select the team to meet your precise requirements. You are made to feel that your objectives are at the centre of everything.

Colin Howes is exceptional.

Key clients

The Panopoly Holdings PLC

All3Media Finance Limited

Yopa Property Limited

Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited

Sargent-Disc Ltd

Smart Pension

Engie New Ventures

Research Exchange Ltd

Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited

tPoint Solutions Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's media and entertainment practice is 'highly knowledgable and connected in the industry' and fields a cross-departmental team to ensure that all aspects of cases are 'handled seamlessly'. It has a strong reputation across the creative industries (including film, TV, theatre, publishing and music) as well as in advertising and marketing, where it advises brands, agencies and talent, particularly in the influencer marketing and adtech space. Michael Lister and Sacha Wilson jointly lead the advertising practice; Jonathan Berger heads up the film and TV group, and Kieran Jay, who joined from Lee & Thompson LLP, leads the music sector practice. Other names to note include Mark Phillips and Alan Moss for video game matters, media finance expert Abigail Payne and Neil Adleman, who is an expert in all aspects of theatre and live performances. Intellectual property specialist Shireen Peermohamed is a key name to note for publishing matters following Alex Hardy's departure to Hachette UK, and Sarah Lazarides handles the development, production, distribution and exploitation of rights in the film, TV and theatre industries.


Highly knowledgeable and connected in the industry.

Exceptionally responsive to client requests. The team displays an ability to work through complex issues and explain them to business teams in a pragmatic and clear way. Matters are run efficiently with a clear focus on fee transparency.

Sarah Lazarides – a pragmatic negotiator with an obviously deep insight into the market. Displays an ability to determine what’s important to her client and to focus on these issues.’

Clare Zucker (associate) – A pleasure to work with. Fantastic attention to detail and very responsive to client requests. Runs matters efficiently and inspires confidence in her clients.

The media and entertainment team have great knowledge and wisdom, wide experience, excellent breadth of contacts, yet remain highly approachable with their feet on the ground.

Jonathan Berger continues to be an outstanding partner who is excellent at resolving issues and making things happen. And fun!

Strong knowledge of all areas of the Theatre and Entertainment sector. No nonsense practical approach with sensible consideration of time and cost.

Neil Adleman – in-depth knowledge and contacts across the sector with good topline overview as well as detailed understanding.

The team is knowledgeable, commercially-astute, and very approachable; making working with them, individually and collectively, a real pleasure. We work predominantly with the team on film production and film finance matters but with a broad cross-disciplinary practice, we always feel that we are in safe hands as issues in other areas will be handled seamlessly by other teams.

Andrew Terry is excellent – he understands the business and advises accordingly.

Key clients


Interpublic (including agencies such as McCann Erickson)

David Beckham

Droga 5

De Beers Group



Vita Coco


Mr President (award-winning independent ad agency)

The Ozone Project

P&O Cruises


Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar Games

Square Enix

The Pokémon Company International

UKIE (UK’s video games trade body)

Finstock Capital

Sold Out

Rebellion Games

Fourth State Games

Supersonic Software

Pixion Games



Jess Glynne


Tom Elmhirst

Reputation management Tier 1

The media and information group at Harbottle & Lewis LLP 'has a well-deserved reputation both in the contentious and non-contentious fields' of reputation management. The team provides advice to a stellar client base, comprising key names from the entertainment and sports industries, corporations and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) , in relation to the entire gamut of reputation management matters, namely privacy, defamation, breach of confidence and data protection. Gerrard Tyrrell, who is regularly retained to represent senior members of the Royal Family and high-profile political figures, is described as 'head and shoulders above any other reputation lawyer in the country'. Tyrrell jointly heads up the practice with John Kelly, who 'provides first-class counsel in complex situations'. Senior associate Louise Prince acts for HNWI and corporate clients on a multitude of privacy and reputational issues; Natasha Hibbert's notable areas of practice include pre-publication advice and litigation in the context of defamation, privacy and data protection disputes.

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‘Harbottle & Lewis has a well-deserved reputation in the sector, both in the contentious and non-contentious fields.  Its Reputation Management team is one of the best in the country.  Not only do they know how to protect their clients’ reputations but they know how to pursue opponents with tactical astuteness that makes the publishers and broadcasters know they have a fight to get out of before it gets so much worse for themselves.’

‘Gerrard Tyrrell knows all the questions and all the answers.  You want him acting for you and not against you. John Kelly is highly skilled and enjoys a well-deserved reputation.’

‘Its in-depth knowledge is second to none. Their capacity for work, attention to detail, and timely feedback is excellent. Their counsel and advice is first class.’

‘I worked with Gerrard Tyrrell and don’t think I could have carried out my role (in-house) without his counsel and expertise. His knowledge of the media industry, and understanding of important nuances or changes within the industry were vital to me.’

‘Highly experienced, hard-working and dedicated team which is able to combine providing the best legal advice with understanding other perspectives, be they those of the client, communications considerations or operational requirements. Particularly good with media related issues and HNWI/VIP clients. Solicitors are always available, considerate and able to present complex legal arguments in an understandable way. Gerrard Tyrrell, and John Kelly provide first class counsel in complex situations to very important and influential clients.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the fact that they all bond together really well. Media problems need dealing with instantly. The team is brilliant at this. Gerrard Tyrrell is head and shoulders above any other reputation lawyer in the country. His knowledge of media law is second to none. He is always available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.’

‘I have worked with the HL reputation team for many years on little and large cases. They are excellent, responsive, and smart. John Kelly and Gerrard Tyrrell are at the top of their game. They attract first rate work and deservedly so.’

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 and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump

Sir Richard Branson

David and Victoria Beckham

Kate Moss

David Ross


Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Sir John Major

Pets at Home Limited

Lisa McPartlin

Anne Hathaway

Gordon Ramsay

Family Tier 2

Catherine Bedford heads the well-established team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, which includes Nicholas Westley and Mark Irving. The practice is recommended for its advice to high-net-worth clients with public profiles to protect, individuals from the business world, those with family wealth and clients whose wealth stems from their intellectual property. It regularly advises on pre and post-nuptial agreements, and is also recommended for its strength in complex and unusual children matters such as child abduction cases, and for its advice to same sex couples on both children and financial issues. Tom Farley-Hills left the firm to join Simons Muirhead Burton.

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‘A stellar team that is getting stronger and stronger. There is a high standard throughout

Catherine Bedford is a superb family lawyer. Her client list is the envy of many. Her work rate is prodigious. She has sound judgement and always makes the right call. Her strategic overview is astute and first rate’

Catherine Bedford and her team have been exemplary, in every respect, through that time. Utterly professional and dedicated in their behaviour, wise in their advice and unflinchingly loyal to me as the client

Mark Irving is also one of the best lawyers  I have worked with. Calm, clever and considered. You want him on your side. Every lawyer in this team is excellent

Catherine Bedford’s legal knowledge, judgement, sensitivity to the needs of the clients, industry and efficiency mean that she is among the top family law solicitors. Mark Irving and Lidia Cantele have also shown exceptional legal skills and judgement, all while working under great pressure’

‘In every sense, H&L represents the future of family law. Catherine Bedford is vastly experienced in family law and is responsible for driving the team forward in an energetic and collaborative way. She is a master tactician who is familiar with all the tricks of the trade and is never one to be caught out by the other side. Her advice is sensible and pragmatic, whilst she also knows how to fight a client’s corner hard when required’

What a team! It is flourishing under the leadership of Catherine Bedford, who is a force to be reckoned with. She brings with her a heady mix of ambition for her clients, an understanding of the necessity for well-placed pragmatism and a steely commitment to the cause’

Nick Westley is really easy to work with but he also rigorously pursues his clients’ best interests. Nick sees cases differently to most solicitors and can see what is likely to be achievable and can plot a route map for achieving the most difficult results. A brilliant lawyer and a tough negotiator but pragmatic and down to earth. Clients love him

Senior executives Tier 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has particular expertise in the media and entertainment sectors, and the employment department advises both employers and senior executives. Team co-head Yvonne Gallagher is an expert at resolving board-level disputes and advising on TUPE for corporate clients, while fellow co-head Howard Hymanson is a leading lawyer specialising in high-value personal injury claims, including psychiatric injury. Another key name is Marian Derham, whose practice includes a variety of media and entertainment clients. Among other senior executives work, the practice handles exit negotiations related to claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination, and restrictive covenants, especially for clients in the financial services and tech sectors.

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‘The clarity and precision they brought to my situation was extraordinary. They were much easier to understand than others I have worked with.’

‘Marian Derham brought an amazing range of qualities to the task. She was absolutely brilliant at manoeuvring the twists and turns of my situation and in briefing me on what to do. She enabled me to be much stronger than I would normally have been in a situation such as mine and was an inspiration to me.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and where necessary are able to refer to colleagues within the team for additional input. The relationship is personal and committed.’

‘Marian Derham is knowledgeable and experienced and highly practical in her approach.’

‘Creative and lateral thinkers, resourceful, ‘big picture’ approach, buddy-scheme four-eyes approach to strategy, emotionally intelligent approach to handling clients, extremely fast turnaround, transparent and proportionate regarding fees. All major sectors covered.’

‘Marian Derham has the ability to make you feel like yours is the only case she is working on. She is focused, clearly explains all detail, and is happy to clarify any aspects again and again. She was always available to discuss information over the phone – nothing is ever too much trouble. Marian also displays a very wide knowledge of all the different sectors.’

‘Marian Derham’s detailed knowledge of legislation and her calm, measured approach to issues have made her invaluable when dealing with some complex matters. She evaluates things from all angles helping clients to make informed decisions. I would not hesitate to recommend Marian in particular to anyone.’

‘Harbottle were always proactive and one step ahead of the other side at all times. They exuded an aura of calm in a stressful situation.’

‘Marian Derham is at the top of her craft, one of the very best, an exceptional lawyer. Offering immense professionalism, incredible intellect and sheer talent; additionally she has the gift to offer calm, logic, strategic focus at a time of intense fear and anxiety. Marian is fast, astute, works with zero fuss and few words that are clear, direct, powerful, decisive and directional. Marian quietly takes control and leads with total transparency. I felt that I could trust Marian 100%. She is a quiet, gentle, deeply caring individual and there was not one moment I felt unsupported; legally, emotionally and psychologically… she had my back from our first hello and to this day I credit her with saving my life and preserving my future.’


Key clients

David Pemsel

Andrew Coppel CBE

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is well known for its work with corporate foundations and media-related fundraising charities, as well as subsidised arts organisations. David Scott and Colin Howes co-head the team. Scott is highly regarded for his advice to high-profile charities on various issues such as corporate governance, as well as his work with wealthy clients on their personal philanthropy. Howes is also adept at advising charities on a broad range of issues, including corporate governance and compliance matters.

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Key clients

Screen Academy Foundation

The Talent Fund

Make My Money Matter Limited

Film London

UK Theatre Association

Comic Relief

Dash Arts

Virgin Unite

Opera Holland Park

Regent’s Park Theatre

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is 'fantastic to work with - we would always choose to use them'. The commercial litigation group acts for clients across the firm’s established core sectors of media, technology and entertainment, as well as those operating in the retail and financial sectors, and HNW clients from the firm's private capital practice. Much of its work involves complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration in several jurisdictions, including the US, Russia, the Middle East, Cayman Islands, BVI and across Europe. Sandi Simons heads the commercial litigation group, which also includes highly regarded partners Louis CastellaniAndy Millmore and Matthew LevertonSofie Hoffman joined as partner from Edmonds Marshall McMahon.

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‘Lizzie Williams has been excellent at managing the client and attention to detail. Sandi Simons has an unusual grasp of detail and unusually good legal brain for a partner.’

‘Strength in depth. Efficiency and rapid turnaround.’

‘Team of Sandi Simons (partner) and Lizzie Williams and Ben Stevens (associates) all excellent.’

‘All round team. Consistently good. Always available and deliver results.’

‘John Kelly and Matt Leverton are an excellent team.’

‘If you want Magic Circle quality and service, with really nice people to work with, but without the price tag, that is Harbottles. They cover most areas of commercial work and can (and do) absolutely go head to head against the giant firms. They have impressive clients, especially in media, and are very much valued by them. In this practice area I think they are brilliant.’

‘I think the whole team demonstrate a no-nonsense commercial approach to cases, always putting clients’ interests first and doing the necessary to achieve the best. Louis Castellani would be my personal choice of lead partner if I had a commercial issue in any area of commercial litigation, but especially if there were a media or publicity angle. Sandi Simons (partner) is a great tactician, always two steps ahead, but also a stickler for the details as well as a very knowledgeable technical lawyer. Matthew Leverton is cracking on detail, with a fantastic memory for it, and with a dog-like ability to keep gnawing at the other side until he gets an answer. More junior people include Georgina Long who is really switched on to all the complexities and tactics of a case, and Lizzie Williams who shows judgement and instinct beyond her years of qualification!’

‘I struggle to think of a better commercial disputes firm in their part of the market. They combine a wealth of hands-on litigation experience, a deep grasp of how use the court system to get results and an overarching commercial focus on their clients’ interests.’

‘All the H&L people I have worked with have been distinctive for their sheer grasp of how to conduct litigation. It is rare to find this combination of technical expertise and strategic acumen, not just in one or two individuals but across a whole team.’

‘On the partner side, I would single out Andy Millmore (a keen eye for the key point), Louis Castellani (very shrewd litigator) and Matt Leverton (a real rising star).’

Key clients

Laurence Sargent

Lara Sargent

Universal Pictures Visual Programming Limited

Floreat Group

Falcon Asset Finance (Cayman) Limited

Vandermolen Film Co. Limited


Ticketmaster Oxford University Press

Mishal Al-Sanea

Havas Ltd

Wanis Ltd

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises clients in the entertainment and consumer sectors, assists with adtech matters and handles contentious data subject access requests. Gerrard Tyrrell advises domestic and international clients on the protection, exploitation and security of information, while John Kelly acts for clients in the entertainment and sports sectors on data removal matters.

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Key clients

Virgin (Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays)

The Pokémon Company International

Diageo Plc

Comic Relief

O’Reilly Media

The Publishers Association

De Beers Group



Harry Potter Theatrical Production

The Ozone Project

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a strong name for trade mark, copyright and design services in the digital media, publishing and entertainment spheres. Brand management, exploitation, anti-counterfeiting and IP enforcement issues are routinely handled by practice head Shireen Peermohamed, who regularly works for clients including film studios, authors, designers, luxury goods and videogames companies. Andy Millmore and senior associate Kostyantyn Lobov take on IP litigation, including copyright and design infringement, domain name disputes, passing-off actions and IPO oppositions.

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Key clients

Virgin Holidays / Virgin Enterprises

Queen Productions Ltd (the band Queen)

Electronic Arts Inc (video games)

McIntyre Entertainment Group Ltd

Jonathan Church Productions

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP acts for a significant number of entrepreneurs in new (often tech) disrupter industries. Other clients stem from the creative industries, including high-profile celebrities. The 'dynamicGlen Atchison primarily concentrates on advising UK resident and non-resident ultra-high-net-worth individuals on various issues, ranging from tax-efficient international succession planning and structuring through to the use of trusts or other bespoke arrangements to either trace or protect assets. Jonathan Burt is well regarded for his advice on cross-border succession planning in particular. Marianne Kafena joined the team from Farrer & Co and has particular expertise in the Middle East.

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Delivers top-notch area expertise in a relaxed, professional and personable manner. High energy and forward thinking. State-of-the-art knowledge. Entrepreneurial

The team has so much experience and understands how to manage and look after UHNW clients’

Glen Atchison is dynamic, has boundless energy, is excellent with clients and can get straight to the heart of a matter

Glen Atchison is an excellent tactician and leader. His team has a very entrepreneurial attitude and has the breadth and ability to deal with anything a client wants’

Jonathan Burt is exceptionally bright, technically excellent and experienced in international private client work

Siena Gold is delightful, mature beyond her years, has excellent judgement and is hugely competent technically

‘Jonathan Burt is a great lawyer with a strong practice and interesting clients. He is amazing, very, very clever and provides sound advice

‘Zoë Camp’s clients feel absolutely supported by her; they have trust and confidence that they are getting the right advice. She is responsive and delivers a first-class service‘

Sport Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s core areas of focus include sports marketing, technology and reputation management. Bob Mitchell helms the team and is particularly active in sponsorship and sporting events agreements, as well as on regulatory and disciplinary issues. Michael Lister is also heavily involved in sponsorship agreements, and has acted for companies outside of sport such as Nissan and Pokémon on their sponsorships of sporting events. Dalton Odendaal was formerly head of legal: commercial for the London Olympics, and as such is highly skilled in advising on all types of commercial arrangements relating to events.

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‘The team have a great depth and breadth of experience in the sports space. They are able to blend deep legal knowledge with an understanding of how brands work and the challenges they face, in order to deliver the right outcomes. ‘

‘Michael Lister is always available; he has extensive experience across a range of sports and a really positive can-do attitude. The advice he has given us in several different scenarios has been invaluable and in instances where we have had to work with in house legal teams.’

‘Besides being highly experienced in the sports industry and doing an exceptional job for us, they have the inimitable capability to explain complex legal topics in a language which makes them understandable/comprehensible for us as a commercial team.’

‘Michael Lister and Sam Purkiss have a really professional way of working, responding quickly to new challenges with high-quality assessments. And all this in an exceptionally pleasant, friendly and cooperative way. I very much appreciate their behaviour in negotiations – resolute in execution, gentle in manner. Which fits perfectly to the spirit of our team.’

Key clients


David Beckham

Ladies European Tour

England Hockey


Nissan and Nissan Formula E

Team England Player Partnership


Dan Ticktum


Watford FC

Rebellion Publishing

Santa Rita Wines

Professional Cricketers’ Association

TMT Tier 3

Combining ‘rigorous legal skills with a deep knowledge of the media sector and excellent commercial acumen’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises a range of clients, from start-ups to multinational companies. The firm provides a ‘breadth and depth of experience’, including reputation management, commercial advice, IP and trade mark, advertising, data management and wealth. The team includes Michael Lister, Sacha Wilson, Jonathan Berger, Shireen Peermohamed, Gerrard Tyrrell, John Kelly, Abigail Payne, Kieran Jay, Bob Mitchell, Neil Adleman, Mark Phillips and Alan Moss.


‘The team always went the extra mile to understand our needs and understand exactly what mindset we had in relation to the matter they were assisting with’

‘They really went into the nitty gritty and challenged our thought process to make sure we made the right decision when required’

‘Harbottle offer clear pragmatic advice and work well with our business objectives’

‘Shireen Peermohamed is excellent’

‘They are extremely reliable, efficient and very personable. I am always confident of excellent support across various matters’

‘The breadth of practice at H&L means that when I require advice in other sectors of the media (or more generally) I am confident in the expert advice provided’

‘Neil Adleman is the pre-eminent theatre lawyer in Europe. Brilliant industry knowledge and highly commercial’

‘Jonathan Berger is a highly effective commercial media lawyer with superb negotiation skills and business advice’

Key clients

Amazon Studios

Anne Hathaway


Cat’s on the Roof Group (Crook Productions, Vaudeville Productions, Second Act Productions, Gameface Productions)

Cloud Imperium Games

Dan Ticktum

David and Victoria Beckham

David Ross

Dazed Group Ltd

De Beers Group

Dead Ink Books



Donmar Warehouse

Droga 5

England Hockey

Enriched Media Group (Film and TV finance)


Finstock Capital

Fourth State Games

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette UK

Venture capital Tier 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's venture capital team is praised by media and technology entrepreneurs and start-ups for its 'holistic and cost-effective' advice on deals throughout the funding lifecycle. Led by Tony Littner, the team is best-known for its investee-side work and has also started to gain inroads into the investor market, including acting for a number of corporate venturers. Senior associate Tom Macleod 'has a rich understanding of the start-up ecosystem' and has a notable reputation for advising high-growth technology companies.

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‘H&L have been on our journey as a start up since day one, even though we have limited budgets and only a small understanding of the legal side of things, they have been amazing in breaking things down and offering time which is above and beyond their means. Always available whenever I needed them to answer questions, no matter how big or small.’

‘Stand out partner is Tom Macleod. He has been like an extension of our team, got to know individuals in my company and supported us through our growth, he has always introduced the right partners at the right times to keep costs down for us too.’

‘The ability to see both side of the equation – investors and founders. The firm always provides a balanced view. They know the VC area inside out and can do small and big deals alike. Love working with this firm.’

‘Anthony Littner – always available with a strong customer focus and commercial mind. Always looking for solutions. Sees all sides of the debate. Tom Macleod – sees many different viewpoints.’

‘Great communication and balancing of key strengths against fees to ensure a holistic service delivered in the most cost effective way.’

‘A very warm and hands-on approach, no question or query is deemed silly and you really get the sense that H&L act and feel like an extension of your own in-house legal team.’

‘Tom Macleod has been handling our account for the last few years and the experience has been second to none. Tom has a rich understanding of the start-up ecosystem and is very well placed to provide us with a top-class service.’

Key clients

Smart Pension

ENGIE New Ventures


Pixion Games Ltd



Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited

Astrid & Miyu


Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP represents both landlords and tenants in the office and retail corporate occupier field, specialising in the technology, entertainment, media, luxury and retail sectors. The ‘very commercialMelanie Benson delivers ‘great knowledge of the law’; she heads the department which is active in respect of mixed-use and residential development projects and also undertakes transactions, financing and asset management instructions on behalf of investor clients.

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‘They are very responsive, always know the right answer, and are not expensive.’

‘Melanie Benson has a great support team around her. All the other partners I have dealt with have been very professional and knowledgeable in their chosen fields.’

‘I have worked with Melanie Benson for the last 15 years. In this time we have worked on many transactions. She is so good because of her great knowledge of law, but she also makes it clear and understandable for us. She is very commercial in the professional advice that is given, and is responsive in dealing with questions and documentation. She has great understanding of our business and the people who run it which makes it a pleasure to deal with her.’

Key clients

Network Homes

Ingenious Media Limited

Cross Stone Group

Take Two Interactive Software Europe Limited

IMO Car Wash Group

British Olympic Association

Hanger 13 Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Recognised for its technology, media and entertainment sector expertise, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises on a range of technology transactions and emerging technology issues. The team also has commercial and venture capital experience, with a particular focus on advising entrepreneurial technology businesses. Tony Littner heads up the firm’s start-up and venture capital groups.

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Route Research


Havas Media


Research Exchange






Virgin Management/Virgin Red

Retail and consumer Tier 4

Harbottle & Lewis LLP acts for a range of retail and fashion clients across a variety of mandates including brand management and IP issues, commercial contracts, corporate transactions, real estate issues, employment matters, litigation, technology and data mandates, and reputation management work. The group is also active in sustainability mandates and social media projects. Sandi Simons and Melanie Benson jointly lead the cross-practice group; Simons handles contentious claims and Benson focuses on real estate issues for luxury brands, designers, retailers and model agencies. Marian Derham is a key contact for employment mandates and Michael Lister advises on commercial agreements and advertising and IP matters.

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Very friendly and approachable.

Kind, understanding and helpful.

Michael Lister and his team made me feel important, valued and some how that I was adding value to the firm by bringing things to their attention. It is a very unique and special way of creating a working dynamic where everyone feels they have a place and is empowered.

Key clients

Victoria Beckham Limited

Harrods Limited


Arizona Muse

Vita Coco

Rosemary Water

Astrid & Miyu

Wolford London Limited

De Beers UK Limited

Marylebone Cinema Limited

Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar Games

Arch Light Cinemas

Employers Tier 7

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has particular expertise in the media and entertainment sectors, and the employment department advises both employers and senior executives. Team co-head Yvonne Gallagher is an expert at resolving board-level disputes and advising on TUPE for corporate clients, while fellow co-head Howard Hymanson is a leading lawyer specialising in high-value personal injury claims, including psychiatric injury. Another key name is Marian Derham, whose practice includes a variety of media and entertainment clients. Among other senior executives work, the practice handles exit negotiations related to claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination, and restrictive covenants, especially for clients in the financial services and tech sectors.

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‘Good with cutting edge and high profile cases. Media savvy. Tactically excellent.’

‘Howard Hymanson is exceptional. Calm, canny, and cunning. He’s great at negotiations, in spotting the angles and in getting surprise hefty wins.’

‘The firm has been particularly helpful during the coronavirus pandemic, staying on top of emerging regulation and giving helpful legal perspectives.

‘Every individual I have worked with at Harbottle has been diligent, offering sound and considered legal advise. The work has been excellent and they are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm is particularly strong in offering employment services in cases that require a multidisciplinary angle.’

‘Howard Hymanson is the partner to go to for cases that cross between the High Court and the Employment Tribunal.’

‘Marian Derham is proactive and gives very good commercially based advice.’

‘Marian Derham – an experienced and wise advisor. Thoughtful and detailed in her responses, Marian enables us to feel secure when navigating challenging issues beyond our experience.’

‘This practice is unique and stands above other firms with the ease and speed with which matters are assessed and dealt with.’

‘Marian Derham is obviously a leader in her field. The ability to balance the awareness of the personal/emotional implications of working in employment practice but without losing the professional clarity required by her client is a difficult one to achieve but one she manages exceptionally well.’


Key clients

Borro Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Harrods Limited

Fiery Angel Limited

Wanis International Foods – Wanis Limited

ISAM Funds (UK) Limited

GP&J Baker

LAMDA (Drama School)

Nimax Theatres

Wolford London

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. For more than 60 years, Harbottle & Lewis has acted for some of the most creative, talented and successful people, businesses and corporates, across all of their legal needs.

Harbottle & Lewis is well known for its stand-out expertise in the TME sectors. This sector knowledge is very much in the DNA of the firm. Harbottle & Lewis’ capabilities have expanded to support its clients outside these sectors. Whether lawyers 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.

The firm’s legal and tax professionals take the time to understand clients and their businesses to ensure the advice they provide is specific, effective and business ready.

Principal areas of work: Harbottle & Lewis provides a full service across corporate, commercial, employment, family, finance, intellectual property, litigation, private wealth, 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:

  • Acting for Queen Productions Limited, which owns the IP to the works and archive of world-renowned band Queen
  • Acted as production counsel on Rebecca , Netflix’s first feature film shot in the UK
  • Advised David Beckham on the negotiation of a number of significant commercial agreements
  • Advised the UK’s National Olympic Committee, the British Olympic Association, on the acquisition of its new headquarters

Other recent highlights include:

  • Advised Harrods Limited in relation to multiple employment law issues
  • Advised Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays on all aspects of their data protection compliance activities
  • Advising members of the Royal Household in relation to reputational and privacy issues
  • Advised the National Theater on the successful West End transfer of The Lehman Trilogy and subsequent Broadway transfer
  • Provided a range of Corporate M&A, Information Technology and Venture Capital advice to technology innovator and leading UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension

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 +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Advertising and Marketing Michael Lister +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Advertising and Marketing Andy Millmore +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Advertising and Marketing Sacha Wilson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Broadcasting Sacha Wilson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Charities and Philanthropy Colin Howes +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Charities and Philanthropy David Scott +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Commercial Property Lee Greaves +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Commercial Property Leo Marino +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate and Commercial Colin Howes +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate and Commercial Charles Leveque +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate Finance Tim Parker +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Rhys Llewellyn +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Data Protection Sacha Wilson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Louis Castellani +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Matthew Leverton +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Dispute Resolution Sandi Simons +44 (0)20 7667 5000
E-commerce and New Media Sacha Wilson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Marian Derham +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Yvonne Gallagher +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Employment Howard Hymanson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Catherine Bedford +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Mark Irving +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Family Nicholas Westley +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Fashion Melanie Benson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Fashion Sandi Simons +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Film & Television Jonathan Berger +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Film & Television Sarah Lazarides +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Kostyantyn Lobov +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Andy Millmore +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Intellectual Property Shireen Peermohamed +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Interactive Entertainment Kostyantyn Lobov +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Interactive Entertainment Alan Moss +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Interactive Entertainment Mark Phillips +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Media Finance Alan Moss +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Media Finance Abigail Payne +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Music Kieran Jay +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Personal Injury Daniel Marks +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Capital David Scott +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Glen Atchison +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Jonathan Burt +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Sofie Hoffman +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Marianne Kafena +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Private Wealth Chris Moorcroft +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Publishing Shireen Peermohamed +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Reputation Management John Kelly +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Reputation Management Gerrard Tyrrell +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Residential Property Melanie Benson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Restructuring & Insolvency Matthew Leverton +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Retail Melanie Benson +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Sport & Sponsorship Michael Lister +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Sport & Sponsorship Bob Mitchell +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Tax Gary Ashford +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Theater and Performing arts Neil Adleman +44 (0)20 7667 5000
Venture Capital Tony Littner +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 Partner in the firm’s Tax group, assisting high-net-worth, trust…
 Glen Atchison  photo Glen Atchison Glen is the firm’s Managing Partner and Head of the firm’s Tax…
 Catherine Bedford  photo Catherine Bedford Catherine is a Partner and head of the Family Group. Under Catherine’s…
 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…
 Louis Castellani  photo Louis Castellani Partner in litigation; undertakes a broad range of commercial litigation with experience…
 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…
 Lee Greaves  photo Lee Greaves Lee is a Partner in the firm’s Property Group, specialising in all…
 Sofie Hoffman  photo Sofie Hoffman Sofie has acted 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 is a partner and Head of the employment group. He represents…
 Mark Irving  photo Mark Irving Mark is a Partner within the firm’s Family department. He handles all…
 Kieran Jay  photo Kieran Jay Kieran has represented leading artists, song-writers, producers and mixers as well as…
 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 a litigator who specialises in the area of reputation…
 Sarah Lazarides  photo Sarah Lazarides Sarah is a Partner in the firm’s Film & Television Group, specialising…
 Charles Leveque photo Charles Leveque Charles advises on corporate finance transactions (including public and private mergers and…
 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 Sport and Sponsorship group and…
 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…
 Andy Millmore  photo Andy Millmore Andy is a Partner with 35 years’ experience of advising on a…
 Bob Mitchell  photo Bob Mitchell Bob has been a dedicated sports lawyer and head of the firm’s…
 Chris Moorcroft  photo Chris Moorcroft Chris advises individuals and families on wealth planning and succession matters. This…
 Alan Moss  photo Alan Moss Alan Moss advises clients in the fields of interactive entertainment and film…
 Dalton Odendaal  photo Dalton Odendaal Dalton advises on all aspects of the commercial exploitation of rights in…
 Tim Parker  photo Tim Parker Tim is a Partner and Head of Corporate Finance advising both private…
 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…
 Gerrard Tyrrell  photo Gerrard Tyrrell Senior partner and head of media and information group; specialising in IP,…
 Nicholas Westley  photo Nicholas Westley Nicholas is a Partner and Barrister in the Firms Family group. Nicholas…
 Sacha Wilson  photo Sacha Wilson Sacha is a partner in the Technology, Media and Entertainment (TME) group…
Number of UK partners : 38
Number of UK associates : 38
Number of UK senior associates : 20
Other Lawyers : 6