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Jonathan Coad

Work 020 3319 3700
Keystone Law

Work Department

Media, intellectual property


Jonathan is a highly experienced media lawyer who acts for high-profile corporations and individuals to protect their reputation, the value of their brand and/or individual profile, and their privacy and confidential material. He also represents broadcasters and publishers dealing with defamation or privacy disputes and assists them to minimise risk while retaining full editorial integrity by reviewing and editing material prior to broadcast or publication.

Jonathan also safeguards the intellectual property of a range of media and entertainment clients including broadcasters, independent production companies, musicians and authors. As well as protecting the more traditional forms of copyright in literature and music (he is an ex-professional musician who is classically trained and has spent many hours in recording studios), he is skilled in dealing with the protection of more esoteric forms of copyright such as television formats, and is the founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association. He has conducted a number of high-profile format rights disputes and also advises on copyright risk prior to broadcast/publication. He regularly delivers seminars at major international TV festivals on format protection and is an advisor to FRAPA (the international format industry association).

In addition, Jonathan has worked closely with most of the leading PR agencies as a trusted partner to create effective media strategies when client reputations are under threat by the media. He undertakes PR crisis management work for both corporate clients and high-profile individuals in commerce, politics and the entertainment industry, utilising the skill set he has gained from many years in the media industry. He is most effective prior to a crisis occurring, in either preventing it taking place or greatly reducing its impact. However, where brands or reputations have suffered damage, he conducts regulatory complaints and/or litigation on their behalf.

A frequent contributor to the press (including clients such as The Huffington Post and International Business Times for whom he writes articles) and industry-leading publications such as the Inforrm media law website, Jonathan also speaks regularly on television and radio as well as at a range of media events and as part of debate panels.


2017 Keystone Law Consultant Solicitor
2010-2017 Lewis Silkin Partner
2005-2009 Swan Turton Partner and Head of Litigation
2001-2005 Simkins Partnership Partner
1991-2001 Schillings Solicitor then Partner
1989-1991 DJ Freeman (now Kendal Freeman) Trainee

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Coad - Keystone Law

Within: Reputation management

The team at Keystone Law handles proceedings on behalf of claimants and defendants on a range of matters including intellectual property, risk management and litigation.  Jonathan Coad joined the team from Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for television personality Noel Edmonds in relation to his claim against Lloyds Banking Group. He also successfully acted for Mohammad Kozbar in his defamation hearing against The Daily Telegraph. Ian Down has acted for several well-known global brands.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Keystone Law has significantly expanded its brand management offering with recruitment of Will Sander from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Rebecca Halford-Harrison from Kemp Little LLP, John Haggis from Sheridans and Jonathan Coad from Lewis Silkin LLP . The multi-disciplinary team specializes in brand management and advertising and marketing work. Work highlights include Ian Down advising on the launch of the Louise Parker Method in a leading high-end retailer, and assisting Life Health Foods with health and nutritional claims on branded products. Vanessa Barnett continues to advise Tesco Mobile on general marketing matters and Lucy Blick-Jones assisted BBC studios with an increasing range of digital marketing work.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėresponsive and diligent‚Äô team at Keystone Law¬†is experienced across advertising, marketing, publishing and photography sectors and handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters such as commercial, licensing, IP, regulatory and reputation management matters. Jonathan Coad¬†is representing Noel Edmonds on a claim against Lloyds Banking Group; and is representing Jack Dunn on a copyright case against bestselling novelist Dan Brown. BBC Worldwide and Watkins Media are also clients. Vanessa Barnett, John Haggis, who joined in 2017 from Sheridans¬†and acts for a range of media agencies and publications, and Lucy Blick-Jones, who has a ‚Äėcommercial approach‚Äô, are also key figures in the team.

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