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Martyn Bailey

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Lee & Thompson LLP

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Dispute Resolution


Partner, Dispute Resolution 


Martyn is a partner in Lee & Thompson's Dispute Resolution Group.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he spent ten years as a partner at Forbes Anderson Free, a highly respected boutique practice specialising in litigation and dispute resolution. Martyn was previously a partner at The Simkins Partnership (now Michael Simkins) and trained at the city firm, Macfarlanes.

He represents clients in a diverse range of industries including film, music, sport, leisure, investment and private equity, and financial services. Martyn handles disputes on a wide range of legal issues. In particular, he advises on disputes relating to a range of specialist contracts in different industries. He has expertise in copyright, trade mark and passing off including online IP matters. He is experienced in professional negligence and in shareholder, director and partnership disputes. He also advises on regulatory issues.

Martyn has extensive High Court experience including obtaining and defending interim injunction applications. He is also experienced in arbitration, adjudication, the copyright tribunal and mediation. His music industry practice experience includes advising longstanding clients Ministry of Sound, PIAS/Co-Op and the Beggars Group in addition to publishers, artists and managers. In film and television, he acts for UK and US film and television producers, distributors, financiers, agents, writers and actors including GFM Films and SP Sales and Distribution, FilmOn TV, Tony Wood and John Noel Management.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėquick and efficient‚Äô team at¬†Lee & Thompson LLP¬†specialises in the media, technology and creative industries. Dominic Bray‚Äôs advertising and marketing group has been bolstered by the arrival of Huw Morris¬†from Reed Smith LLP, and advised Engine Group on several matters. Digital and technology head Julian Ward¬†joined in 2017 from Hamlins LLP¬†and advises clients such as video game developers Pixel Toys, Rovio Entertainment and Team 17. Lawrence Engel¬†¬†heads the music group, which represents a range of high-profile talent, industry organisations, major and independent music publishers and record labels and collection societies. Kieran Jay¬†and senior associate Lizzie Payne-James¬†represent a number of new and emerging artists. ¬†‚ÄėOutstanding litigator‚Äô Gordon Williams¬†represented publisher Bourne Co in a case brought by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing involving a music publishing catalogue. Martyn Bailey¬†is representing independent record label, Brille Records on a dispute with the Swedish band, The Knife. TV group head Richard Lever¬†acted for writer Beau Willimon and his production company, Westward Productions on The First,¬†a straight-to-series drama. Film group head Christos Michaels¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, well connected and always available‚Äô; he advised Rocket Science Industries on its establishment, appointment, sales, distribution and finance agreements for a number of Hollywood films. Managing partner Reno Antoniades¬†heads the film and TV group and advised¬† Potboiler Productions on the adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Nicki Parfitt¬†advised Eon Productions on the production of The Rhythm Section. Film and TV finance lawyer Sam Tatton-Brown¬†is ‚Äėvery practical, thorough and responsive‚Äô.¬†Mike Brookes¬†heads the reputation protection group and is recommended alongside corporate head Malcolm Murray,¬†Mary Burrows,¬†Mark Stafford,¬†Lee Stone,Will Everitt,¬†Jeremy Gawade¬†and consultant Andrew Thompson.¬†Senior associates Simon Goodbody, Antony Swiatek¬†and Tim Fowler¬†are also singled out. Mark Ashelford¬†has joined Russells Solicitors.

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