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Alasdair George

Simons Muirhead & Burton

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1985-1993 – Compton Carr Solicitors: trainee from 1985 to 1987. Associate from 1987 to 1988. Partner from 1988 to 1993.

1993 to 2006 – Sony Music Entertainment: Manager Business Affairs from 1993 to 1994. Head of Legal Affairs from 1994 to 1998. Head of Legal & Business Affairs from 1998 to 2006.

2007 to 2016 – Edge Group: Director.

2016 to 2018 – Simons Muirhead & Burton: Consultant.

2018 to current - Simons Muirhead & Burton: Partner




Exeter University – LLB Hons


Music. Playing guitar & collecting vintage guitars. Military history. Football.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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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