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Michael Lister

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Sport; Sponsorship; Advertising


Partner in the Sport and Sponsorship group and head of the firm’s Advertising practice.

A sports marketing specialist advising professional teams, governing bodies, athletes, agencies, global brands and tech companies on commercial agreements and rights exploitation.


Admitted as a Solicitor in 2009 having trained at Harbottle & Lewis; made Partner in 2017.


Law Society
European Sponsorship Association


Haydon School; Birmingham University; York College of Law


Cricket, golf, tennis and squash; ECB Level II cricket coach

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Next generation lawyers

Michael Lister - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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 (Services) Limited.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The IT and telecoms practice at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is instructed by well-known brands such as Virgin Group and Microsoft in addition to advising tech start-up companies. The group advised Expedia on its strategic agreement with Thomas Cook for the use of Expedia's booking platform for all hotel-only sales on online distribution channels across Europe. It also acted for the international car wash company Anduff on outsourcing project arrangements with Infor. Daniel Tozer heads up the department which includes recently promoted partner Michael Lister.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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 (Services) Limited. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

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Within: Next generation lawyers

Michael Lister - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Within: Sport

Active across a wide range of sports, the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is especially strong in high-profile commercial agreements and event-staging; it counts sportspeople, clubs and governing bodies among its client roster. Group head Bob Mitchell assisted Cricket West Indies with reviewing its governance and contractual relationships, and advised the British Amateur Gymnastics Association on revising its 'Performance Athlete Agreement' for its World Class Programme. He also acted for The Queen's Club on its agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association to stage the Aegon Championships. Michael Lister advised Watford FC on its largest shirt sponsorship deal to date, and assisted Emirates with renewing its sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC and Real Madrid CF. He also acted for Volkswagen on its four-year sponsorship agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). England Hockey, Hennessy Sports Worldwide and the Invictus Games Foundation are additional clients.

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

  • 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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