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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Giles Crown

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Dispute Resolution


Divisional Managing Partner. Specialises in advisory and dispute advice involving intellectual property, defamation/reputation management, privacy/data protection and consumer/regulatory work mainly in relation to brand protection/enforcement, advertising/marketing and media/online issues. Clients include brand owners, marcomms agencies and media companies.


Trained Blackstone Chambers; called to Bar 1995; barrister 1 Brick Court 1995-2000; head of legal, TBWA UK Group 2000-01; senior communications lawyer, Lewis Silkin 2001-03; qualified 2003; partner Lewis Silkin 2003; head of department 2008; publications: ‘Advertising Law and Regulation’ (Butterworths 2000, 2nd edition 2011); CEDR Accredited Mediator; Higher Courts Rights of Audience.


Bar Council; Law Society; Law Society’s Membership Board; Advertising Lawyers Group; Branded Content Marketing Association; British Brands Group.


St Paul’s School, Barnes; Jesus College, Cambridge (1990 BA); UCL (1991 LLM).


Running, cycling, theatre, chess.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

The team at Lewis Silkin LLP includes Adam Glass, who has ‘a wealth of experience’ and acted Cherish Premier Wealth Limited in relation to an undercover investigation into alleged pension scams broadcast on prime-time television. He also represented the Public Relations & Communications Association in a hearing against PR agency Bell Pottinger. Giles Crown represented Oath (formerly AOL) in defamation proceedings. Another name to note is Ali Vaziri. Oliver Fairhurst moved to Stewarts Law LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Leading individuals

Giles Crown - Lewis Silkin LLP

Within: Brand management

Lewis Silkin LLP  is ‘a market-leading law firm for the advertising and creative industries’. Brinsley Dresden , Dominic Farnsworth  and Jo Farmer  jointly head the multi-disciplinary practice which spans global portfolio management, commercial contracts, non-contentious and contentious IP and commercial exploitation through advertising. Giles Crown  is an ‘outstanding litigator’ specialising in IP and advertising – ‘his leadership is what instills the pragmatic, commercial approach in the team’, according to a former client. Dresden and Crown have successfully defended Oak Furniture Land against a highly publicized misleading advertising claim brought by the ASA. On the non-contentious side Farmer has a ‘wealth of experience’ advising brand-owners and media agencies on advertising matters, product placement in social media platforms and sponsorship, and has recently assisted Suzuki GB on their re-negotiation of a talent and endorsement deal with ITV. Farnsworth leads in trademarks and along with Crown is assisting Sainsbury’s / Argos / Habitat and Britvic on their global portfolio management. Geraint Lloyd-Taylor  is highly recommended for advertising and marketing matters and understands ‘the business behind a request and adjust his draft accordingly’. Georgy Evans  joined in January 2018 from Harbottle & Lewis LLP .

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'excellent for soft IP advice and disputes' and attracts praise for 'exceptional speed of service and rounded advice'. 'Experienced and thorough' divisional managing partner Giles Crown heads up the creators, makers and innovators department which includes 'first rate partners, and brainy and hard-working associates'. The team has strong retail sector experience and has been instructed in trade mark disputes by fashion retailers SuperDry and Giordano. The group is also appointed to the legal panels of Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat, managing both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the companies' worldwide trade mark portfolios. A key name to note is head of the dispute resolution practice, Simon J Chapman, who is described as having 'a great sixth sense in litigation'. The team benefits from the addition of Georgy Evans who joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP and is particularly strong in trade mark matters. The group has also strengthened their patent capabilities with the addition of Chris Hayes from IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett). David Deakin and Phil Rymer are now consultants are the firm.

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