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Harbottle & Lewis is a leading UK-based law firm focussed on the technology, media and entertainment (TME) and  private client 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.

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 has 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.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK:  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.

Recent work highlights include

  • acting for the band Queen in relation to the biopic of the band Bohemian Rhapsody;
  • advising David Beckham on the negotiation of his agreement with the new digital sports content platform OTRO;
  • advising Diageo in relation to Diageo’s sponsorship of rugby union’s Six Nations Championship; and
  • as production counsel for Working Title for Universal Studios for two major motion pictures including the big budget adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, Cats

Other recent highlights include:

  • advising members of The Royal Household including HRH The Duchess of Sussex in relation to reputational issues and HRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in relation to both Royal weddings;
  • acting for the management company for J.K. Rowling’s high profile live theatrical show 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on data privacy issues associated with the website, ticket sales, marketing and promotion of the show and the general management of consumer data;
  • advising The Panoply Holdings PLC on its acquisition of four technology-related consultancy and digital transformation businesses
  • continuing to advise the England cricketers as a group through their partnership vehicles, the Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) for the men, and the England Women’s Player Partnership (EWPP), and advised on new player contracts for the women following their success in the Women’s World Cup.

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: 40
  • Number of UK associates: 41
  • Number of UK senior associates: 16

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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

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