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Louis Castellani

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Commercial litigation.


Partner in litigation; undertakes a broad range of commercial litigation with experience that includes acting in cases in the High Court, the appellate courts and the Public Inquiries and Coroners Inquests, as well as cases under various arbitration rules. His clients include international businesses, state agencies and private offices from a wide variety of industries and countries for whom he also acts in an advisory capacity on managing risk and avoiding litigation. Louis also advises the firm’s sports clients on disciplinary and arbitration proceedings, as well as on regulatory issues. Case highlights include: BNP Paribas v AHAB v Maan Al-Sanea; Saad Investments Company Ltd (in liquidation) v Maan Al-Sanea (Court of Appeal); The Litvinenko Inquest and Inquiry; Lucasfilm Ltd v Ainsworth (Supreme Court); Experience Hendrix LLC v Times Newspapers Ltd; PRS for Music v Festival Republic Ltd and LiveNation Music (UK) Ltd v Gaming International Ltd.


Trained Clyde & Co; qualified 2000; partner 2010; solicitor-advocate (civil).


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary lawyers.


St Peter’s RC School; King’s College London (1995, LLB)



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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