Martin Soames > Simons Muirhead Burton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Simons Muirhead Burton
87-91 Newman Street

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Media Content and Disputes




1988-90 Theodore Goddard, trainee; 1990-2000 Biddle & Co, assistant then partner; 2000-2006 DLA; 2006-2009 Best & Soames; 2009 onwards Simons Muirhead & Burton.


Queens’ College, Cambridge.


Cycling, sailing, art, literature.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

Simons Muirhead Burton is seen as the go-to practice for defendant work by some of the largest publishers and broadcasters in the country, including MGN and Channel 4. In addition, the team has a strong track record defending some of Europe’s largest publishing houses, NGOs and trade unions. Department head Jeffrey Smele advises news organisations on defamation, privacy, data protection and regulation and confidentiality issues, particularly during pre-publication clearance. Louis Charalambous is an expert in the content aspects of journalism, including libel, privacy and contempt. Razi Mireskandari, who brings his exerience as dispute resolution team head to the group, is skilled in media litigation. Stephen Shotnes is skilled in litigation and pre-publication clearance issues, while Martin Soames specialises in publishing disputes. Senior associate Emma Linch is another key name, specialising in defamation and misuse of private information work.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Theatre, publishing and other media

(Leading Individuals)

Martin Soames – Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton handles both contentious and non-contentious publishing work, ranging from books to social media, across to national and international news and content providers, such as ITN and Channel 4. An expert in all areas of publishing, Martin Soames heads up the practice, which has particular expertise in pre-publication matters and litigation – areas in which data protection head Stephen Shotnes is further instructed. Senior associate Emma Linch is recommended for her clearance advice to book publishers, podcasts, online media and film production companies.