Simkins LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Simkins LLP
LYNTON HOUSE
7-12 TAVISTOCK SQUARE
LONDON
WC1H 9LT
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Music Tier 1

Simkins LLP has a particular focus on catalogue sales and acquisitions pertaining to music publishing rights and sound recordings. Managing partner Euan Lawson – known for his music expertise in both a commercial and corporate context – heads up the division, which also has a thriving talent practice including established and up-and-coming acts, in addition to acting for the estates of well-known musicians. Disputes head Paddy Gardiner is noted for his involvement in complex IP issues – an area in which Ed Baden-Powell is further instructed alongside his commercial contract work. Also within the team is the experienced litigator Tom Iverson and Ed Weidman, an expert in non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Euan Lawson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Simkins are one of the leading specialist firms in music. They have an excellent team, with deep industry knowledge and a thorough understanding both of their clients’ needs and the specialist areas of law involved.’

‘Paddy Gardiner is an outstanding practitioner in this field – knowledgeable and experienced, with a command of the most complex cases.’

‘Paddy Gardiner has very sound strategic and tactical judgment.’

‘Tom Iverson is exceptionally thorough and bright. He works through all the complex issues and comes up with good solutions to any issues or problems.’

‘Simkins is undoubtedly one of the leading music law firms in London. They are regularly in the largest cases for the highest profile clients.’

‘Paddy Gardiner has many years of experience in the largest and highest-stakes cases. In my experience, clients rightly value his judgment enormously.’

‘Tom Iverson is a superbly bright partner who is cutting out a significant practice in music, film and reputational work. I would recommend him highly.’

‘Very strong team with great experience and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Becky Hill

Bella Figura Music

Blantyre Capital

BMG Rights

Cutting Edge

Def Leppard

Eliza Rose

Experience Hendrix

Iron Maiden

One House

P!NK

Phonographic Performance Limited

PRS for Music

PRS Members Fund

The Extreme Music Library

The Spice Girls

Universal Music Group

Wilkinson

Work highlights

  • Advised the artist P!NK on her European Tour for 2023.
  • Advised Experience Hendrix and Sony Music in the defence of a claim for ownership of copyrights and royalties made by Jimi’s former bandmates in The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  • Advised BMG Rights on the acquisition of the key music interests of the Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, and the acquisition of Jean-Michel Jarre’s publishing catalogue.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Digital content & social Tier 2

Ed Baden-Powell heads up Simkins LLP‘s digital practice and is noted for his extensive experience handling commercial contracts and IP matters, with particular expertise in high-value services agreements, as well as brand protection and rights exploitation arrangements. The team, which also includes music and advertising expert Nick Eziefula, acts for both corporate and individual clients and has enjoyed a notable uptick in work stemming from the burgeoning NFT landscape.

Practice head(s):

Ed Baden-Powell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have always been extremely satisfied with the level of service and expertise.’

‘Ed Baden-Powell has always been very knowledgeable on the mandates that were assigned to him. He also has great communication skills which results in efficient work and exchanges.’

Key clients

Big Health

Soga World

Wizarding World

Work highlights

  • Advised Soga World – a Web 3.0 consultancy firm – on the development of its business model and on related contractual and IP matters.
  • Ongoing advice to Wizarding World Digital on commercial and regulatory matters.
  • Advised Big Health on commercial and corporate matters relating to the Sleepio sleep-therapy app and the Daylight anxiety-therapy app.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 2

Jonathan Blair heads up Simkins LLP’s film & TV division, which is a go-to firm for financiers and producers in matters involving audio-visual content; he has particular expertise in structuring international co-productions and financing packages. On the contentious side, the team is well-versed in copyright infringement claims, distribution disputes and contractual litigation. Other recommended individuals include managing partner Euan Lawson and associate Astrid Bulmer, who can advise film and television clients on all stages of the production lifecycle.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blair

Other key lawyers:

Euan Lawson; Juliane Althoff; Astrid Bulmer

Testimonials

‘The best thing I have found about Simkins is the speed with which they deliver a brilliant service. I’ve worked with several law firms and none of them have come close to delivering contracts, advice or comments on negotiations as quickly – and not at the expense of quality.’

The firm regularly detail changes, news and updates to the film and television sectors. It’s completely geared to me as a film producer and I honestly find it incredibly succinct and useful.’

‘A big strength seems to be not only the diversity of knowledge within the firm as a whole, but their flexibility in bringing in different lawyers for specific cases.’

‘Astrid Bulmer is so incredibly efficient! Her speed and efficacy make such a difference to my line of work and it’s the main reason I will continue working with her.’

‘Jonathan Blair regularly comes onto our calls giving advice on larger matters – I have always found him engaging and incredibly knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Blue Jean Productions

Big Fish Films

Bronte Film & Television Limited

Coutts & Co

Erebus Pictures

Fegg Features

HTYT Limited

MBK Productions

Milo the Cat

Raw Television

Roadshow Productions

Rockerdale Studios

Rooks Nest Entertainment

Snowed-In Productions

Snowstorm Productions

SunnyMarch Productions

The Blair Partnership

Wild Bunch

Work highlights

  • Advising MBK Productions on the financing of One Life, the biographical film of British humanitarian, Nicholas Winton, starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn and Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Advising Bronte Film & Television (JK Rowling’s production company) on all aspects of the drama series Troubled Blood, based on the book from the Strike series of detective novels by Robert Galbraith.
  • Advising MBK Productions on the financing of The Convert, an action drama directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Guy Pearce and Te Kohe Tuhaka.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Media finance Tier 2

Simkins LLP's wide-ranging media finance expertise covers the financing of film and television productions, the structuring and documentation of equity investments, and finance agreements including loan, security and inter-party arrangements. Practice head Jonathan Blair is a regular advisor to leading UK producers and production companies as well as international distributors and financiers. Managing partner Euan Lawson is also recommended; his recent work includes strategic investments and the financing of catalogue acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Blair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘When our directors are in panic mode, Euan Lawson will respond with a calm and thoughtful clear view,  resolutely moving forward with constructive resolution.’

‘Euan Lawson is a highly intelligent and experienced commercial lawyer.’

‘To adapt the lyrics from the late great Tina Turner – Simkins are ‘Simply the best, Better than all the rest’.

‘A big strength seems to be not only the diversity of knowledge within the firm as a whole, but their flexibility in bringing in different lawyers for specific contracts/cases. Astrid Bulmer is so incredibly efficient! Her speed and efficacy make such a difference to my line of work and it’s the main reason I will continue working with her. Astrid operates with a level of transparency I appreciate – I have never been surprised by the cost of a project. Astrid obviously has a great relationship with her partner, Jonathan Blair. He regularly comes onto our calls giving advice on larger matters – I have always found him willing to engage and incredibly knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Coutts & Co

MBK Productions

Blue Jean Productions

Erebus Pictures

Milo The Cat

Raw Television

Rockerdale Studios

Universal Music Group

Work highlights

  • Advising MBK Productions on the financing of One Life, the biographical film of British humanitarian, Nicholas Winton, starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn and Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Acting for MBK on the financing of The Convert, an action drama directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Guy Pearce and Te Kohe Tuhaka.
  • Advising Coutts & Co on the financing of various television programmes.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Theatre, publishing and other media Tier 2

With managing partner and commercial expert Euan Lawson at the helm, Simkins LLP is regularly called on for advice on theatrical matters. Elsewhere, the team - which includes transactional specialist Ben Gisbey - is well-versed in publishing mandates, including the acquisition and sale of literary rights.

Practice head(s):

Euan Lawson

Other key lawyers:

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

Simkins LLP acts for clients in crisis situations, especially those involving digital and social media issues in the defamation, privacy and data protection spaces. In addition, the team is heavily involved in pre-publication and pre-broadcast work. Gideon Benaim leads the team, representing leading clients in the financial services, technology and television sectors. Tom Iverson supports clients with matters concerning data protection, defamation, privacy and copyright law. Associate Jessica Welch is another key name, with experience in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Benaim

Other key lawyers:

Jon Oakley; Tom Iverson; Jessica Welch; Hugo Mason

Testimonials

‘A Rolls Royce service to clients. Extremely responsive and always ahead of opponents.’

‘Gideon Benaim is calm under pressure. His decision making is always on point.’

‘Jon Oakley is a great thinker and all over the detail. A calm head when it is needed most.’

‘Gideon Benaim heads up the exceptional department, and both Gideon and Jon Oakley were hugely professional, delicate, understanding and thorough. Advice was always succinct. Billing is as expected, and the team under Gideon and Jon were swift and thorough in their dealings with our client.’

‘Gideon Benaim is a very bright, considered, talented lawyer with years of experience heading up the team in reputation, and his knowledge and expertise ensures thorough exploration of all the facts before quality advice is given.’

‘Gideon Benaim heads the reputation team with extensive expertise in defamation, privacy, harassment and copyright.’

‘Simkins are genuinely concerned with their client’s interests – seeking to reach satisfactory resolutions before the matter comes to court. They are very quick into action and are available 24/7 – they realise that in this area of business speed is very important. They have a network of contacts around the world who can be called on to give unbiased advice in many jurisdictions. Overall very highly recommended.’

‘Gideon Benaim is outstanding. He gives sound counsel and is not afraid to say what he thinks is the best advice, regardless of whether this is what the client thinks they want to hear. I also recommend Jon Oakley.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 4

Simkins LLP advises a variety of clients, including influencers, brand owners, and talent on the full gamut of issues, including agency appointments and brand management. Practice head Caroline Copeland handles a broad range of matters, including relationship agreements, in addition to media buying and production issues. Nick Eziefula has a great deal of experience in the music and technology industries, and assists a number of media investment companies, supported by associate Helena Franklin, who is adept at the negotiation of commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Copeland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Simkins understand the the way the media works – they become an advisory partner and are able to judge the context and the delicate handling required when dealing with a reputation issue. They work alongside us, ensuring a smoother outcome.’

Key clients

The International Olympic Committee

Soga World

Work highlights

  • Advised the International Olympic Committee on various brand partnerships with TV stations and sports bodies.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Led by Paddy Gardiner, the IP practice at Simkins LLP handles copyright and trade mark infringement claims, with demonstrable experience in the media and entertainment industries. Key contact Jim Dennis is noted for his expertise in trade mark prosecution, protection and enforcement cases, regularly representing clients in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Gardiner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jim Dennis provides clear, concise and expert commercial advice on time and without surprise as to cost.’

Key clients

Experience Hendrix, LLC

David Bowie Estate dba Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC

KPMG LLP

Rude Health Foods Limited

Lonza Group/Arxada Group

Jason Atherton Restaurant Holdings Limited

Pepper Group

Fuwa Fuwa

Leopard Song Productions Limited

Boat Rocker Rights, Inc.

The firm: Simkins LLP is a leading media and commercial law firm. The firm was founded in 1962 as one of the pioneering firms for the entertainment and media industry and is still best known for its market-leading practice in that area. Today the firm works with clients from a broad range of industries, and offers a full range of legal services in corporate and commercial law, property law, employment law and dispute resolution. Across the practice, lawyers have an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality, responsive advice that is always commercial and focused on clients’ needs.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial: the commercial practice is at the heart of the firm’s business. Its lawyers are experts in drafting and advising on commercial contracts of all kinds. They have a wide range of experience in all commercial contracts, but have a particular expertise in advising on contracts for the acquisition, protection and exploitation of rights.

Corporate: the corporate group acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors including the media, entertainment and leisure sectors. The firm can advise on all stages of a company’s life cycle – from fledgling start-ups and through every stage of development, including equity and debt financings, joint ventures, international expansion and IPOs.

Disputes: wherever possible, the firm helps clients avoid disputes or nip potential problems in the bud. But if litigation is necessary, the team has the necessary expertise and experience in a wide range of courts and tribunals to take cases to trial. Simkins offers advice and representation on general commercial disputes and has a specific focus on media-related cases.

Employment: Simkins’ lawyers pride themselves on delivering concise, timely and practical employment law advice. The team has wide expertise in the media and entertainment sector but is equally at home with clients from other industries, including retail, charities, finance and professional services.

Media: the firm covers all the major industry sectors, including advertising, digital media, film, television, music, publishing, sport and theatre. In those sectors, we advise a wide range of clients from large multinational corporations to private individuals, and owner-managed businesses to cultural institutions.

Property: the property group has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial property work. The firm’s approach is highly commercial, and the team gets under the skin of every business it works with, whether they are developers, property financiers, high-net-worth individuals or public and private companies.

Reputation: businesses and individuals, whether they are high-profile or not, sometimes need to take decisive action to protect their reputations. Simkins has extensive knowledge and experience in this area and offers clients tailored legal services to protect their reputation, privacy and confidentiality as effectively as possible.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Euan Lawson
Corporate Caroline Copeland
Commercial Ed Baden-Powell
Disputes Paddy Gardiner
Employment Victoria Willson
Media Euan Lawson
Property David Campbell
Reputation Gideon Benaim
Photo Name Position Profile
Ed Baden-Powell photo Ed Baden-Powell Ed is a partner in the commercial group and advises on all…
Gideon Benaim photo Gideon Benaim Gideon is a lawyer specialising in reputation protection for high-profile individuals and…
Jonathan Blair photo Jonathan Blair Jonathan is a commercial lawyer with a strong sectoral focus in film,…
David Campbell photo David Campbell David is a partner in the property group. He merged his practice…
Caroline Copeland photo Caroline Copeland Caroline is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a wide range of…
Jim Dennis photo Jim Dennis Partner
Nick Eziefula photo Nick Eziefula Nick is a Partner in the Commercial group. He specialises in commercial…
Paddy Gardiner photo Paddy Gardiner Paddy is head of the firm’s disputes group. He handles disputes across…
Ben Gisbey photo Ben Gisbey Ben is a corporate and commercial lawyer with broad experience across different…
Paddy Grafton Green photo Paddy Grafton Green Paddy is senior partner at Simkins LLP. He is a commercial media lawyer,…
James Harman photo James Harman James is a partner in the commercial group and specialises in entertainment…
Tom Iverson photo Tom Iverson Tom specialises in dispute resolution in the media and entertainment industries. His…
Euan Lawson photo Euan Lawson Euan is a commercial lawyer and managing partner at Simkins LLP. He…
Jon Oakley photo Jon Oakley Jon specialises in reputation protection and crisis management for companies and high-profile…
Giao Pacey photo Giao Pacey Giao is a corporate lawyer experienced in dealing with a broad range…
Susan Thompson photo Susan Thompson Partner
Ed Weidman photo Ed Weidman Partner
Victoria Willson photo Victoria Willson Victoria specialises in employment law and advises on the full range of…
Number of UK partners : 21
Number of other UK fee-earners : 21