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ACK Media Law LLP

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

Niche media and reputation protection firm ACK Media Law LLP specialises in a range of litigation, defamation advice, pre-publication clearance, post-publication analysis of media content, and data protection advisory services. 'Outstanding media lawyer' and practice co-head Susan Aslan has a wealth of experience in media litigation, regularly advising major national broadcasters, production companies, newspapers, and publishers. Joint team lead Sue Charles helps numerous high-profile clients navigate long-term and complex legal situations, such as mass copyright infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Sue Charles; Susan Aslan


‘Very client friendly and focused. Able to provide bespoke advice to individuals and companies in the sector and draw on substantial legal experience.’

‘Susan Aslan is a well-respected and experienced litigator who is completely trusted by her clients to steer them through even the trickiest case.’

‘It is a niche practice led by extremely experienced media lawyers. Such practices are increasingly rare. The fees are reasonable and not weighted by hours worked by unnecessary numbers of fee earners. They respond rapidly, thoughtfully and efficiently to urgent and non urgent matters.’

‘Susan Aslan is an outstanding media lawyer with great depth of knowledge, common sense and extremely good instincts.’

‘Sue Charles has always provided us with an excellent service. She has helped with a number of copyright infringement claims and is very approachable and knowledgeable and very efficient at dealing with the key issues of each claim. She is also a real pleasure to work with and manages to explain key legal issues in a way that people who aren’t lawyers can understand.’

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

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice relating to Fifty Shades Trilogy and subsequent E.L James publications.
  • Providing ongoing advice on a wide range of claims including defamation, privacy, data protection and copyright. In particular, defending a libel claim brought by Teal Swan, a spiritual adviser, which involved locating and taking statements from witnesses across the USA who had been followers or family of followers of hers and concluding a resolution in which Associated Newspapers paid no damages or costs and gave no apology or undertaking not to repeat.
  • Providing ongoing advice to DVV Media in relation to pre and post publication of articles for FlightGlobal, Personnel Today and the Road Transport Group.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Nick Miller and Sue Charles jointly head the department at ACK Media Law LLP, which represents a variety of production companies such as Rise Film and Lupus Films as well as assisting writers such as EL James and Neil Gaiman with the transformation of their literary work into television series. Charles focuses her expertise on reputation management, rights of privacy, and defamation whereas Miller is very active in media finance.

Practice head(s):

Nick Miller; 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.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to Lupus Films Limited on the development of over eight new projects.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a short form film company in relation to pre-production work on the hit BBC Children’s TV Show ‘Jamie Johnson’.

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.

Senior/managing partner Sue Charles
Media – non-contentious Nick Miller
Media – contentious Sue Charles
Media – contentious Susan Aslan
Susan Aslan photo Susan AslanSusan Aslan is a partner and founding member of ACK Media Law…
Sue Charles photo Sue CharlesSue Charles is a Partner and founding member of ACK Media Law…
Nick Miller photo Nick MillerNick Miller, previously at Howard Kennedy, received his well deserved promotion to…
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3