Neil Parkes > Lewis Silkin > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lewis Silkin
255 Blackfriars Rd

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner: Neil is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department specialising in a broad range of Media & Entertainment, Intellectual Property and complex commercial disputes.

Dispute Resolution

Neil has an extensive experience of handling a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, including representing clients in ground-breaking and high-profile litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, cross-border issues, international arbitrations and expert determinations as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation. He proactively works with business stakeholders at an early stage to avoid disputes arising or escalating. Where they do, he focuses on helping to prevent disputes becoming drawn-out and time-consuming and, where appropriate, to retain or repair valuable commercial relationships through strategic and creative thinking.

Intellectual Property

Neil has particular experience of intellectual property disputes and online rights protection for media rights owners, such as film, TV, music, sports, computer games and major brands, ranging from large scale notice and takedown, third party disclosure orders, injunctions, website blocking orders and complex or precedent setting strategic litigation, having acted in several leading cases concerning the enforcement of IP rights online.

Neil is recognised for advising on criminal aspects of intellectual property law, anti-piracy and rights protection, having conducted multiple high-profile private criminal prosecutions on behalf of media rights holders.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Praised as ‘super efficient’ and ‘proactive’, Lewis Silkin’s broad IP offering covers a wide array of matters, extending from various disputes and portfolio management to regulatory work. Thomas Gaunt leads the practice, which routinely handles matters in the retail, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing and engineering sectors. Adam Glass’s capabilities include music and literary copyright disputes for various advertising and media clients. Giles Crown strengthens the practice with his specialist expertise in brand protection and enforcement work, with Simon Chapman contributing his extensive litigation experience. Neil Parkes regularly instructs media rights owners, and Nick Bowie is at the forefront of the firm’s trade mark portfolio practice.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

With ‘significant experience in dealing with complex disputes‘, Lewis Silkin‘s dispute resolution practice is able to leverage partners and experienced lawyers from across the entire firm. Examples includes shareholder disputes, where the team often comprises colleagues from the firm’s employment and corporate law practices. Dispute resolution head Mark Lim is a widely-respected cross-border commercial disputes expert; Andrew Wanambwa, whose track record includes several large-scale disputes before the English High Court, ‘quickly identifies the key issues‘; Clive Greenwood is highly experienced in commercial and corporate conflicts; and Neil Parkes has longstanding experience in representing clients from the media, entertainment and technology sectors. At managing associate level, Fraser McKeating ‘gets the work done‘, while Nigel Enticknap acts in commercial disputes that frequently incorporate international aspects.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV

Lewis Silkin is a regular advisor to major and independent film and television clients on matters pertaining to talent engagement, content creation, finance, production and exploitation. The team’s contentious capabilities – where Neil Parkes is the main point of contact – include reputation management and defamation, as well as the protection and enforcement of brands and IP rights. Parkes has particular expertise in online content protection strategies and often acts for media giants such as Sky, the Motion Picture Association and the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. He co-heads the practice with the employment-focused Russell Brimelow.