Firm Profile > Simkins LLP > London, England

Simkins LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Simkins LLP's specialist media and entertainment offering is 'excellent at providing commercial legal advice across all areas of the entertainment  industry'. Music, TV, film, theatre, digital media, publishing, advertising and marketing sectors are the firm's key areas of expertise; it is regularly instructed by major media companies, institutions and independent producers on contentious and non-contentious work including copyright disputes, publishing agreements, audio-visual compliance, corporate acquisitions and disposals, games distribution, film production and finance, record deals and personal tax planning. Litigator Paddy Gardiner leads the disputes team and handles complex copyright and trade mark infringement claims, injunction proceedings, breach of contract, professional negligence, shareholder claims and royalty disputes. Tom Iverson is noted for contentious music instructions, while Ed Weidman is experienced in non-contentious music mandates. Ed Baden-Powell handles commercial and IP mandates and advised BMG on its acquisition of World Circuit Records, the leading world music library home to Buena Vista Social Club and Orchestra Baobab. Managing partner Euan Lawson is experienced in corporate and commercial matters across the music, television and publishing sectors.


The team has a broad spread of technical knowledge and experience across the media sector and this is coupled with long-term partner knowledge of clients and their business.

It has the breadth of team to assist in all areas of running a commercial enterprise and its commercial approach sets it apart from its competitors.

The whole team has great legal skills tempered with a good ability to provide commercial logic to deals.

Key clients

Iron Maiden

The Blair Partnership/Pottermore

Da Beat Freakz

Universal Music

ATC Management

Cutting Edge Music

Eagle Rock Entertainment

Snowed-in productions


BMG Rights Management


PRS for Music

J.K. Rowling

The Extreme Music Library

The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop


Reputation management Tier 1

Simkins LLP's reputation department 'has strength in depth and real experience in this field' and successfully undertakes highly sensitive cases and deals with reputational threats linked to privacy, confidence, anti-harassment, data protection and copyright issues emanating from different channels. The team, headed by the 'outstandingGideon Benaim , has earned particular praise for its representation of Sir Cliff Richard in the 2018 landmark case against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, establishing a precedent in privacy and data protection rights of individuals accused of criminal offences. Tom Iverson advises both claimants and defendants in proceedings in High Court, frequently obtaining injunctions for his corporate clients. The 'great and enormously supportive' Jon Oakley is an additional key figure of the exceptionally strong team as is 'effective litigator' Jessica Welch.


‘Simkins has excellent knowledge and experience of the relevant practice area and is also very approachable and easy to get on with. Strength in depth, not just at partner level.’

‘Exceptional experience of high-profile media cases, which they are able to bring to their ongoing practice.’

‘Gideon Benaim is the stand-out partner who managed their exceptional prosecution of Cliff Richard’s privacy claim. A historic victory.’

‘Jon Oakley is great and enormously supportive.’

‘Simkins have an enviable combination of experience, dynamism and patience – all of which are essential when representing high-profile clients.’

‘Gideon Benaim is the guy I want on my client’s side when things go awry. He is calming presence and tactically very astute. I know that if I ever need him he will always be there at any time of day and night.’

‘Gideon Benaim is robust without being aggressive, astute without being snide and caring without being weak.’

‘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.’

A high-quality defamation and privacy practice with strength in depth and real experience in this field – as evidenced by their role in acting for Sir Cliff Richard in his successful claim for invasion of privacy against the BBC.

Jon Oakley is hugely experienced and a superb lawyer with good strategic insight. His calm approach inspires confidence in particular with corporate clients.

Jessica Welch is definitely a name to watch. A very effective litigator whose quality of work product and judgement belie her relative lack of seniority.

Key clients

Sir Cliff Richard

JK Rowling

Evangelos Marinakis

Brand management Tier 4

Simkins LLP continues to perform strongly in contentious IP, with a focus on trade mark infringement claims. As head of IP, Jim Dennis has particular expertise in handling disputes involving trade marks and passing off.  On the non-contentious side, he is also experienced in advising clients on brand development, protection and enforcement. Commercial partners Caroline Copeland and Nick Eziefula focus on the marketing and advertising sector, advising on commercial arrangements between agencies, their clients and media owners; compliance and regulatory issues; and brands’ and agencies’ rights clearance and strategic issues in relation to their use of content.

Key clients

Rude Health Foods Ltd


Lonza Inc

Hearology Ltd

The Blair Partnership

Employment: senior executives Tier 4

The employment team at Simkins LLP advises employers and senior individuals on a wide range of employment related issues. Historically renowned for its work in the media and entertainment sector, the team, led by Susan Thompson and Victoria Willson, now has a client base spanning many industries, including construction, finance, banking, professional services, recruitment, marketing and charity. The team is currently defending a complex disability discrimination and sexual discrimination claim in the construction sector.


‘Simkins’ employment team demonstrate a unique understanding of media-focused clients’ employment needs. They demonstrate a real commitment to understanding client needs and supporting their ambitions and goals.

‘Both Neil Gill and Victoria Willson show a real understanding of their client’s needs and work wholeheartedly to get the best result.’

Key clients

Morrisons Utility Services Limited

McLaren Construction UK Limited

Vinci Construction UK Limited

First Group Holdings Limited

MCCGLC Limited

Logic Financial Services Limited

PSR Distribution Limited

Innocent Drinks Limited


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
Senior partner Paddy Grafton Green
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
 Gideon Benaim  photo Gideon Benaim
 Jonathan Blair  photo Jonathan Blair
 David Campbell  photo David Campbell
 Caroline Copeland  photo Caroline Copeland
 Jim Dennis  photo Jim Dennis
 Nick Eziefula  photo Nick Eziefula
 Paddy Gardiner  photo Paddy Gardiner
 Ben Gisbey  photo Ben Gisbey
 Paddy Grafton Green  photo Paddy Grafton Green
 James Harman  photo James Harman
 Tom Iverson  photo Tom Iverson
 Euan Lawson  photo Euan Lawson
 Lisa Logan  photo Lisa Logan
 Jon Oakley  photo Jon Oakley
 Giao Pacey  photo Giao Pacey
 Eleanor Steyn  photo Eleanor Steyn
 Susan Thompson  photo Susan Thompson
 Ed Weidman  photo Ed Weidman
 Victoria Willson  photo Victoria Willson
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 22