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Leo Marino

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Commercial property.


Partner in the commercial property group, advising on a broad range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and disposals of investment property; acting for companies and individuals on the acquisition and disposal of business premises; and acting for landlords and tenants on business leases and lease renewals.


Trained Harbottle & Lewis; qualified 1999; senior associate 2005; partner 2007.


The John Warner School, Hoddesdon; The University of Kent (LLB with French); The College of Law, London.


Family, squash, 5-a-side football, snooker, cinema.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

As a firm that ‚Äėreally understands key points to secure a transaction‚Äô, Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬†is particularly strong in UK lease negotiations and has unique experience acting for theatre and cinema companies. In one stand-out matter, Robert Reilly¬†advised London Theatre Company on the pre-let agreement for the 1 Tower Bridge development and also advised on the final transaction documentation. Reilly also assisted Chester Performing Arts Centre with its 20-year lease agreement in a space including parts of Chester‚Äôs former Odeon Theatre. Similarly, Melanie Benson¬†assisted Kobalt Music Group with the negotiation of its new head office lease near Cannon Street. Additional letting highlights include advising The Framestore on the multimillion-pound lease of its new head office at Chancery Lane, and acting for Really Useful Theatres Group in relation to subletting agreements for a restaurant premises. Also recommended are Leo Marino¬†and¬†Lee Greaves.

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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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