The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work 020 7667 5000
Fax 020 7667 5100

Harbottle & Lewis is a leading UK-based law firm focussed on the private client and technology, media and entertainment (TME) sectors. Clients range from start-ups to multinational companies, from household names to private individuals and their family offices. For more than 60 years, Harbottle & Lewis has acted for some of the most creative, talented and successful people, businesses and corporates, across all of their legal needs.

The firm:  Harbottle & Lewis is well known for our stand-out expertise in the TME sectors. This sector knowledge is very much in the DNA of our firm. Harbottle & Lewis’ capabilities have expanded to support our clients outside these sectors. Whether lawyers are talking about wealth, relationships or information, our private capital expertise enables them to support clients, as well as to help them successfully develop, grow and protect their assets.

Harbottle & Lewis clients benefit from strong legal expertise delivered with industry insight and a commercial approach. Their deep client relationships are built on mutual trust and understanding. The firm’s legal and tax professionals take the time to understand their clients and their businesses to ensure the advice they provide is specific, effective and business ready.

Types of work undertaken: Harbottle & Lewis provides a full service across corporate, commercial, employment, family, finance, intellectual property, litigation, private wealth, property and tax law. The firm also advises on regulatory matters and the legal issues faced by organisations and individuals in the media spotlight, such as defamation, information protection, privacy and image rights.

Work Highlights: Recent highlights include:

  • advising long-standing client Victoria Beckham Limited on a transformative investment from private equity firm NEO Investment Partners into Victoria Beckham’s luxury fashion brand;
  • advising Expedia on the terms of its strategic alliance with Thomas Cook;
  • advising various sports teams including Saracens, the England Cricket Men’s and Women’s Teams, Watford Football Club, Cricket West Indies and Invictus Games Foundation on various sports-related issues; and
  • acting as production counsel for Universal on its big budget films Mamma Mia! 2 and Doctor Dolittle.

Other recent highlights include:

  • being appointed by Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays Limited to conduct a full ‘GDPR Readiness’ project to assist both businesses with their preparation for the implementation of the Regulations in May 2018;
  • advising Nissan in relation to its appointment as the official automotive partner of the World Expo to be held in Dubai in 2020;
  • advising on all aspects of the transfers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway and to Australia;
  • advising on various prominent reputational management issues on behalf of high profile clients, corporates and brands including Kate Moss; Meghan Markle and HRH Prince Henry of Wales; and
  • continuing to act for Square Enix, Microsoft and Take-Two Interactive on a range of matters.

The firm continues to act for high-net-worth individuals and public figures on all aspects of their personal and financial affairs. The firm has advised a number of clients on sensitive employment matters; on the sale and purchase of multi-million pound residential properties; on effective tax structuring of new and existing businesses for entrepreneurs; on the administration of significant UK trusts and estates; and immigration for tier 1 investors and entrepreneurs.

  • Number of UK partners: 44
  • Number of UK associates: 42
  • Number of UK senior associates: 11

Above material supplied by Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Legal Developments by:
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.

    - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to