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Giles Crown

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Joint Managing Partner, heading up the part of the firm focussed on creative, innovative and brand-centric businesses. 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

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'down-to-earth and relatable' reputation management team works closely with the firm's employment practice, assisting high-profile clients with sensitive reputational issues. 'Calm and competent' department leader Adam Glass specialises in pre-publication clearance work; in particular advising trade publisher Haymarket media on all of its titles such as "Campaign", "Third Sector" and its automotive press publications. Giles Crown acts for high-profile and high-net-worth clients and the 'technically good' key figure Karen Baxter handles cases entailing an overlap with employment and partnership law.

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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 lauded for its 'excellent commercial and practical advice' and 'outstanding reputation in advertising and marketing', which saw the team work alongside Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in negotiations for Elton John to appear in the John Lewis Christmas advert. Brinsley Dresden is regularly instructed by leading brands and advertising agencies to advise on all aspects of advertising law and regulation. Giles Crown has a niche specialisation in comparative advertising issues and is particularly active on the contentious side. Jo Farmer is described as 'one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in advertising' and is often the 'go-to' adviser for media agencies and tech platforms in relation to social media campaigns and media buying. Dominic Farnsworth and Geraint Lloyd-Taylor (who was promoted to partner in April 2019) are also of note.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The practice at Lewis Silkin LLP is recognised for its expertise across contentious IP matters, trade mark and design portfolio management work, commercial and transactional mandates, and domain name management issues; and has notable sector specialism in the retail, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and engineering industries. The group is jointly led by Jo Farmer, who handles a range of non-contentious matters including advertising and marketing issues; trade mark practice head Dominic Farnsworth; Simon J Chapman, who heads up the dispute resolution team, and brand management expert Giles Crown. Chris Hayes departed to an in-house role at GW Pharmaceuticals.

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Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
    - Lewis Silkin LLP

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