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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.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Simons Muirhead & Burton  acts for major broadcasters and television production companies. Clients include Simon and Schuster, Channel 4 and Penguin Random House. Partners Louis Charalambous , Martin Soames  and Razi Mireskandari  are all ‘reassuringly capable lawyers’. They’ve acted for News Group Newspapers Limited in a number of claims including successfully opposing a libel claim brought by cleric Ali Hammuda and defending a libel and breach of Data Protection Act claim brought by Max Mosley. In addition, the practice carries out all legal clearance work for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Erica Henshilwood , Gordon Clough  and Jeffrey Smele  are additional names to note.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Soames (Publishing) - Simons Muirhead & Burton

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Simons Muirhead & Burton regularly handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for media and entertainment sector clients and has significant expertise across film and TV, publishing, sports and music. Simon Goldberg, who is noted for his publishing expertise, and Razwana Akram head the film and TV department, and advised California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment and Violet Dreams on the production, finance and distribution of feature film, Teen Spirit. Akram also advised Nutopia on production matters during the development of two proposed series’ for Netflix. Stephen Shotnes heads the film disputes department and defended the Future Film Group on a claim brought by Copthall Ltd regarding the financing of Hollywood film, Odd Thomas. Peter Weiss leads on digital media matters and advised Renowned Films on an investment by US company Critical Content and the sale of its shares owned by Channel 4. Richard Baskind heads the music department and advised Good Soldier Records’ arrangements with Kobalt Label Services for the physical and digital distribution of Good Soldier Records’ repertoire in North, Central and South America; and negotiated an agreement for DJ Alan Walker to become a brand ambassador for electronic dance label, Liquid State. Martin Soames is noted for his publishing expertise and advises Simon & Schuster UK and Penguin Random House on a range of pre-publication clearance issues. The key figures include consultant Alasdair George, who is active in music transactions; Marc Sobol, who leads the broadcasting and sports media department; senior associate Blaise Gaymer, who is active across publishing and digital media work; senior associate Jonny Petch who is ‘excellent’; consultant Damien Yare, who recently joined from Warner Music UK; and senior associate James Greenslade, who specialises in film and TV work. Charles Law has left the firm.

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