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Work 020 7667 5000
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Fax 020 7667 5100
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44617 MAYFAIR
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Melanie Benson

Tel:
Work 020 7667 5000
Email:
Web:
www.harbottle.com
Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Work Department

Property

Position

Specialises in all aspects of real estate with specialism in landlord and tenant in relation to media, retail and fashion, and high-end residential for both UK and non-UK residents. Melanie acts for retailers, media clients and private property companies including Ben Sherman Group Ltd, Victoria Beckham, Really Useful Group Ltd, Royal National Theatre, Take 2/Rockstar and XIX Management Ltd.

Career

  • Greenhouse Stirton & Co; trained and qualified 1999; assistant 1999-2000
  • Harbottle & Lewis associate 2000-2004; senior associate 2004-12; partner June 2012 to date

Member

Law Society

Education

  • Skipton Girls High School
  • Queen Mary, London (LLB 2(1))
  • London College of Law LPC (commendation)


London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

As a firm that ‘really understands key points to secure a transaction’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is particularly strong in UK lease negotiations and has unique experience acting for theatre and cinema companies. In one stand-out matter, Robert Reilly advised London Theatre Company on the pre-let agreement for the 1 Tower Bridge development and also advised on the final transaction documentation. Reilly also assisted Chester Performing Arts Centre with its 20-year lease agreement in a space including parts of Chester’s former Odeon Theatre. Similarly, Melanie Benson assisted Kobalt Music Group with the negotiation of its new head office lease near Cannon Street. Additional letting highlights include advising The Framestore on the multimillion-pound lease of its new head office at Chancery Lane, and acting for Really Useful Theatres Group in relation to subletting agreements for a restaurant premises. Also recommended are Leo Marino and Lee Greaves.

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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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