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Shireen Peermohamed

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Intellectual Property and Publishing


Partner advising on intellectual property and publishing, Shireen specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to brands, content and designs, as well as advising on their protection and exploitation. She acts for clients in the publishing, technology, retail and leisure, fashion, FMCG and entertainment fields, amongst others.


  • Trained, Clifford Chance; qualified 1989, assistant solicitor 1989-1993
  • assistant solicitor, Ashursts 1993-97
  • partner, Rouse Legal (formerly Willoughby & Partners) 1997-2008
  • partner, Harbottle & Lewis 2009


  • Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn
  • Balliol College, Oxford (MA Hons PPE)

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬† is a ‚Äėreputable company with skilled practitioners‚Äô and has a strong offering in portfolio management, sponsorship, advertising and influencer marketing. Andy Millmore¬† and the recently promoted partner Michael Lister¬† jointly head the advertising team, taking on¬†complex and high- value sponsorship and advertising matters . Other figures to note are¬†Shireen Peermohamed¬†whose expertise covers¬†strategic advice on the protection and commercial exploitation of brands, Jeremy Morton¬† in IP litigation and brand enforcement, and Bob Mitchell¬† on sport-focused sponsorship work; he recently assisted SportPesa on it's shirt sponsorship with Everton Football Club. ‚ÄėDiligent‚Äô senior associate Kostyantyn Lobov in brand management and advertising is praised by clients as 'a key asset in the team'. Andy Korman¬†joined The Sports Consultancy and Georgy Evans¬†joined¬†Lewis Silkin LLP. Sacha Wilson¬† joined in May 2018 from¬†Bristows LLP.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

With 'faultless professionalism' Harbottle & Lewis LLP's intellectual property group has been highlighted as being 'simply fantastic', particularly in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. The group is instructed to defend two defendants against the owners of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand in a complex High Court trade mark infringement case. The department also has experience acting in patent litigation and infringement advice, particularly in the software and technology sectors. Jeremy Morton heads up the firm's IP litigation team and led the establishment of an IP holding company created following the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, this has included handling the transfer and enforcement of rights. Singled out for her 'extensive knowledge', Shireen Peermohamed attracts praise for 'striking the perfect balance between professionalism and warmth'. Peermohamed, ably supported by the 'excellent and diligent' Kostyantyn Lobov, is instructed by a major US automotive brand to handle all UK IP rights enforcement, including in relation to the misuse of their branding on car parts and accessories. The group was strengthened with the arrivals of chartered trade mark attorney Sharon Daboul and several new associates. Georgy Evans left the team to join Lewis Silkin LLP and Rebecca Collard joined Aegis

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Shireen Peermohamed (Publishing) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is active across publishing, music, film and TV, theatre, gaming and digital media mandates. It also boasts strong media financing capabilities. Mark Phillips is experienced in video gaming and co-heads the interactive entertainment team with Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games; he regularly advises leading publishers, financiers and developers, and also handles commercial and IP related matters. Clients in this space include Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and The Pokémon Company International. Abigail Payne is active across film and television development, production, financing and distribution, and heads the media finance team, which includes Charles Lévêque and associate Katrien Roos. TV and film department head Jonathan Berger acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, major independent producers, distributors and financiers and advised Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), alongside Moss, as production and financing counsel on the independent feature film Juliet, Naked. Sarah Lazarides  regularly acts as production counsel on films and television programmes, and Peter Armstrong acts for major US studios on film and television matters. Associates Harriet Stone, Louis Huglin and Clare Zucker are also key members of the TV and film department. Chloe Forsyth heads the music team, which includes consultant George Babbington, and continues to act for James Ford on his producer arrangements with artists. Theatre team head Neil Adleman is advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on its transfer to Broadway and Australia; and advised the producers of Young Frankenstein on rights, corporate and contractual issues. Shireen Peermohamed leads the publishing practice, which includes senior associate Alex Hardy, and acts for clients such as Hachette UK Publishing Group, Bloomsbury, Egmont and The Publishers Association. Recently promoted partner Michael Lister specialises in eSports and Kostyantyn Lobov, who handles IP and advertising issues affecting clients in the games industry, has been promoted to senior associate. Sacha Wilson joined in 2018 from Bristows LLP. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

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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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