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ACK Media Law LLP
53 Welbeck Street

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 3

ACK Media Law LLP is a regular advisor to producers and financiers on UK projects and multi-jurisdictional co-productions, as well as writers, distributors, and other media rights owners on various IP issues. Practice head Sue Charles handles defamation, privacy and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Sue Charles

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Coutts & Co

EL James

Short Form Film Company Limited

Lupus Films Limited

Sharp House Finance Limited

Rise Films Limited

Wychwood Media Limited

Ramo Law PC

A&L Goodbody

Neil Gaiman

Building Block Projects LLP t/a Vamonos

Work highlights

  • Advising Arbuthnot Latham & Co, Limited on various deals and television loans for ITV and other UK network broadcasters.
  • Ongoing advice to Lupus Films Limited on the development of over 8 new projects.
  • Ongoing advice to Short Form Film Company on pre-production work for the hit BBC Children’s TV Show, Jamie Johnson.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

ACK Media Law LLP is best known for its work concerning defamation, pre-publication advice, privacy, copyright and data protection, where it acts for a range of publishers, producers and broadcasters.  Susan Aslan is experienced in all aspects of media litigation and regularly advises clients on crisis management issues, including those relating to social media. She co-leads the team with fellow founding partner Sue Charles, who handles defamation, privacy and compliance issues for major film and TV companies.

Practice head(s):

Sue Charles; Susan Aslan


‘The firm is a niche but highly experienced media law firm. The partners have enormous experience advising media defendants, both broadcasters, and digital and newspaper publishers, on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious legal issues.’

‘Susan Aslan has great judgment, interpersonal skills and experience.’

‘Susan Aslan is one of the most experienced media solicitors in London and is particularly strong on defending media publishers like newspapers and television. She is very sensible and applies very good judgement in her client’s best interests.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Channel Four Television

DVV Media Group

E.L. James/Fifty Shades Limited




New Year Film Limited

LNRS Data Services Limited

Rise Films


Hoxton Mini Press Limited and Hoxton Productions Limited

Avali Film Limited

Maurice Media Limited

Blast! Films Limited

Story Films Limited

Mandabach TV

ACK Media Law is a boutique media practice which acts for high-calibre clients.

The firm: Established in June 2008, ACK Media Law is a niche practice with extensive specialist media experience. It consists of three partners, three assistants and paralegals, and acts for broadcasters, publishers, and film and television producers regarding all matters relating to production, finance and content. It regularly advises on reputation management and copyright issues, and clients include such names as Fifty Shades Limited; Associated Newspapers; Channel Four Television Corporation; See-Saw Television and Reed Business Information Limited.

Types of work undertaken
the firm has built a reputation as being one of the leaders in animation production and finance, having acted on a large number of high-profile animation projects.

Brand licensing and merchandising: ACK Media Law aims to help clients get the most from their intellectual property rights, whether by assisting in relation to their exploitation or affording the legal protection to protect or enforce rights.

Content clearance: the firm’s experienced media litigation team advises on all pre-publication legal clearance issues, including defamation and malicious falsehood; intellectual property; privacy and breach of confidence; and compliance with the relevant regulatory codes including the OFCOM code.

Contracts: the firm drafts contracts involving intellectual property rights, including copyright assignments and licences, film, TV, publishing and merchandising agreements. It also advises on contractual disputes.

Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act: ACK Media Law has experience in conducting reviews of clients’ data processing in order to ensure that they have the correct procedures in place to comply with the Data Protection Act; and advising in relation to data protection notices on marketing material. It advises on investigations and requests for information.

Defamation and malicious falsehood: the firm is a leading practitioner in defamation law. It helps individuals and companies to protect their reputations, and publishers, broadcasters and others to avoid and resolve complaints brought against them. ACK Media Law represents both claimants and defendants.

Intellectual property: ACK Media Law regularly advises on a wide range of intellectual property matters including copyright; passing off; trade marks; domain name disputes; image rights and endorsement; database rights; publishing rights including electronic rights; and protecting client brands. It acts for individuals such as artists, musicians, authors, photographers and playwrights who wish to exploit and protect their own intellectual property rights.

Film finance: the firm has a comprehensive understanding of the myriad issues that surround both film financing and film production, and is well placed to act for finance entities, both private and institutional. It acts for a number of banks, tax-based investment companies and private individuals.

Film production: ACK Media Law has acted on a large number of high-profile films as both production lawyers and finance lawyers and is considered to be one of the UK’s leading specialists in all aspects of film production.

Litigation: the media litigation team acts in high-profile intellectual property disputes including copyright, passing off and trade mark infringement, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. It represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, in particular at mediations.

Media dispute resolution: the firm acts for media organisations and individuals in all types of media-related disputes. Examples include media contractual disputes involving TV licences, production agreements, directors’ contracts; general contract matters; ADR (such as mediation and arbitration); injunctions; debt collection matters; intellectual property disputes; and internet disputes

Reputation management: ACK Media Law’s media litigation team is experienced at acting for individuals and organisations that need to take urgent action to protect their reputation or privacy. The firm advises on injunctions to prevent publication where appropriate and works closely with PR advisers to ensure that clients’ reputations are protected and strengthened in every possible way.

Talent: the firm represents a large number of UK- and US-based talent from the film and television industries that includes actors, writers and directors and often works closely with agents.

Television: acting for several UK banks and some of the UK’s leading television production companies, the firm is able to offer advice and experience that comes from acting for both borrower and lender on different deals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior/managing partner Sue Charles
Media – non-contentious Nick Miller
Media – contentious Sue Charles
Media – contentious Susan Aslan
Photo Name Position Profile
Susan Aslan photo Susan Aslan Susan Aslan is a partner and founding member of ACK Media Law…
Sue Charles photo Sue Charles Sue Charles is a Partner and founding member of ACK Media Law…
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3