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Sandi Simons

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Litigation, retail and fashion, interactive entertainment, publishing, music, theatre, film and television


Partner and head of the litigation group and co-head of the multi-disciplinary retail and fashion group. Advises in relation to a wide variety of commercial litigation with a focus on contract and commercial, intellectual property and Commercial Agents Regulations disputes. Has wide-ranging experience in taking cases to trial. Has significant experience in both bringing and defending applications for injunctive relief and resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution. Has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of the media and entertainment industry and advises a number of the firm’s retail, fashion, interactive entertainment, music, publishing, theatre, film and television clients.


  • Trained, Cameron McKenna; qualified 1994
  • partner, Harbottle & Lewis LLP 2005; Head of Litigation 2015




International Association of Entertainment Lawyers


  • Heathfield School for Girls
  • Haberdasher’s Aske’s School
  • LLB Hons 2(1), University of Manchester
  • Guildford College of Law, Law Society Finals First Class Honours


Sport (especially football), travel and fashion.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Harbottle & Lewis LLP 'provides an excellent commercial litigation service; its partners and associates have real litigation experience and the full confidence of their clients'. The commercial litigation group represents clients across the firm's core technology, media and entertainment sectors; it also acts for clients operating in the retail and financial sectors, and high-net-worth clients from the firm’s private capital practice. The team acted for Universal Pictures Visual Programming in defending a claim brought against it by entities, which alleged breach of contract. Dispute resolution head Andy Millmore  'has an eye for strategy, pays close attention to detail and is very good at working out the strengths and weaknesses of cases'; Louis Castellani's 'approach combines tough-mindedness with excellent judgment'; and Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head. The key senior associates are 'rising star' Matt Leverton and Melanie Hart.

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  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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