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Matthew Leverton

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner with wide-ranging litigation and dispute resolution experience.

Matthew is routinely instructed on high value commercial disputes acting for clients operating in a variety of sectors, including technology, engineering, financial services, entertainment, sport, fashion and retail. He has significant experience in representing private individuals (including ultra-high net worth individuals) in connection with contentious issues of all kinds, acting to protect those individuals’ assets, property, information and personal interests. Matthew also has extensive contentious property experience, representing clients of all kinds in respect of their property interests and disputes. 

Career

Trained at Travers Smith LLP, qualified in 2007. Made partner at Harbottle & Lewis in 2018

Member

i-Tech Law
Law Society

Education

1993-1998: Westminster School
1998-2002: Oxford University (Wadham College) (MA Classics)
2003-2005: College of Law (Bloomsbury) (GDL and LPC)


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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