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Tony Littner

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Corporate partner and head of the venture capital group specialising in providing strategic corporate and commercial advice to growing entrepreneurial businesses, angel and super angel investors, and venture capital funds. He also handles a broad range of company/commercial work including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, advising clients particularly from the media and entertainment, communications and technology sectors.


Trained Herbert Smith LLP, 2003-05; qualified 2003; Harbottle & Lewis LLP, 2005-present.


Haberdashers Askes School for Boys, Elstree; College of Law, University of Birmingham (1999, LLP Law (First class)).


Running, football, cinema, theatre.

London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Leading individuals

Tony Littner - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Within: Venture capital

Led by the 'solutions-oriented' Tony Littner, Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'cohesive and collaborative' three-partner team is particularly well versed at handling mandates for entrepreneurs within the technology and media space, where it is able to provide a 'comprehensive service' by virtue of its interdisciplinary approach which often draws in experts from the IP and broader tech teams. Although the team is traditionally better known for its company-side work, it is increasingly active for investors, which include traditional venture capital funds, as well as corporate venturers, including GMG Ventures.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Recognised for its representation of rights holders in the media, sports and entertainments sectors, Harbottle & Lewis LLP's technology team assists with a range of commercial and venture capital transactions. Practice head Daniel Tozer regularly advises established technology companies and start-ups on the development and commercialisation of new technologies. Michael Lister focuses on the use of cutting edge technology in sport and other forms of entertainment, while Tony Littner leads the firm's start-up and venture capital group. The practice also benefits from the addition of the 'very practical, solution-driven' and 'extremely user-friendly' Sacha Wilson, who joined from Bristows LLP and is 'extremely experienced in media and advertising'.

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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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