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ACK Media Law LLP

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Defamation and Privacy / Film and television


Sue Charles is a Partner and founding member of ACK Media Law LLP. She was a partner at DJ Freeman, Olswang and Howard Kennedy prior to founding ACK Media Law LLP. She advises on all aspects of media law on matters ranging from defamation, privacy and compliance issues for clients which include film and TV companies, print and on-line publishers. A large proportion of her work is pre-publication and has advised clients on how to avoid taking legal risks whilst achieving their creative goals. Sue also provides content clearance advice acting for the producers of a number of high profile films. In addition to her pre-publication work, Sue also advises on all aspects of media litigation. She acts for clients such as Reed Business Information Limited (publishers of Estates Gazette and New Scientist), Fifty Shades Limited and See Saw TV. Sue specialises in brand and reputation management advising on the most effective way to manage brands, including dealing with a wide range of threats ranging from trademark and copyright disputes to licensing arrangements.


Partner DJ Freeman; partner Olswang; Partner Howard Kennedy; founding partner ACK Media Law LLP.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

ACK Media Law LLP's team is headed by Sue Charles  and Susan Aslan. Aslan advised Channel 4 on programme complaints, and successfully defended Associated Newspapers in libel proceedings in respect of a MailOnline article reporting on the conviction of three men.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

ACK Media Law LLP is a boutique outfit that is particularly noted for its media finance expertise and it regularly advises producers and financiers on UK projects and complex multi-jurisdictional co-productions. The team also renders content advice for film and television productions and acts for writers, distributors and media rights owners on IP mandates. Sue Charles advises See Saw Films and See Saw Films (TV) on a range of content clearance and compliance issues; and continues to advise EL James and Fifty Shades Ltd on a range of issues. Nick Miller advises Arbuthnot Latham & Co. on various deals and television programme loans for ITV, is advising Sharpe House on production matters and multi-party financing relating to a forthcoming documentary and advises Coutts & Co. on the financing of multiple non-scripted television programmes. Short Form Film Company, Rise Films and 42 M&P are also clients.

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