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Simkins LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Simkins LLP is a specialist media and entertainment law firm with the ability to handle contentious and non-contentious issues for a range of clients from household names and major institutions to high-profile talent and independent producers. For music, TV and publishing sector clients practice head Euan Lawson is a name to note for corporate and commercial matters, while Paddy Grafton Green combines commercial and tax expertise. Jonathan Blair has particular film and television financing experience, and Ed Baden-Powell, who acts for global rights-owners, sports bodies and entertainers, attracts praise for his 'mastery of the copyright field'. In the music sector, James Harman and Ed Weidman are noted for contractual matters, while Tom Iverson focuses on music sector litigation. Head of disputes Paddy Gardiner is another name to note contentious matters.

Practice head(s):


Very pragmatic and realistic. Ben Gisbey explains everything so well and in practical terms. Great company.

Ben Gisbey: Outstanding. Attention to detail is incredible. Amazing negotiators.’

Nick Eziefula is a pragmatic, sensible and commercial lawyer who provides quality and clear commercial advice.

Work around the clock and very proactive in reaching the quickest and best practical solution.

Lisa Logan: tireless, professional and focused.

Besides the team’s approachability which is greatly appreciated, they have always demonstrated an outstanding capacity to understand our concrete needs and to deliver very high-quality and totally business-oriented work.

Our collaboration with Ed Baden-Powell has been extremely valuable since the first interactions a few years ago. We have in particular experienced his mastery of the copyright field (in its broadest meaning and in relation to all possible related area) by being delivered extremely high-quality documents and advice in a very responsive manner, even when our deadlines were very short.

Very good, personal service. Good availability. Very knowledgeable in their fields.

Key clients

Iron Maiden


Da Beat Freakz

Universal Music

ATC Management

Cutting Edge Music

Eagle Rock Entertainment

Snowed-In Productions


BMG Rights Management


PRS For Music


The Extreme Music Library

The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop LLC

Filmwave Ltd

Reputation management Tier 2

Simkins LLP offers a comprehensive reputation protection practice, covering advice on crisis management issues arising out of different media channels, such as print, broadcast and online content, as well as social platforms. The practice is particularly strong in pre-publication work, but also deals with post-publication complaints, demonstrating extensive experience obtaining takedowns, corrections, apologies and damages on behalf of claimants. Gideon Benaim, who is noted for his longstanding background in reputation management and media litigation, oversees the team. Tom Iverson assists in the full-range of matters, namely  defamation and privacy claims, as well as breach of confidence, harassment and data protection. Jon Oakley, who stands out for his experience before the appellate courts, and associate Jessica Welch are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):


‘Simkins are clearly one of the leaders in the area of reputation protection, with strong relevant knowledge and experience. They are genuinely concerned with their client’s interests – seeking to reach satisfactory resolutions at the earliest opportunity and therefore seeking to deliver value for money. They are very quick into action and are genuinely available 24/7 – they realise that in this area of business speed is vital. They have a network of contacts and associate companies in many countries around the world who can be called on to give unbiased advice in many jurisdictions. Overall very highly recommended.’

‘They play to win, while understanding if clients make enemies in the press it could damage them in the long-term. Forensic in detail, but practical in execution of strategy.’

‘Gideon Benaim and his team are leaders in their field and inspire great confidence in clients in crisis who need to know that their problems are understood, are being managed and that everything that needs to be done is being done. If I needed to refer a high-profile client with a reputational/media problem, Simkins would be my first call.’

‘Gideon Benaim is outstanding, and clearly right at the top of the tree in this field. 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.’

‘Gideon Benaim has represented some of the biggest names in entertainment and business – he wins confidence quickly with a deep knowledge based on experience.’

‘Jon Oakley is sharp as a razor but charming and always understanding whatever the twist in the road is that litigation so often throws up.’

‘Gideon Benaim – amazing experience with high-profile individuals. Calm, clear, practical and always thinking strategically and thinking ahead. An excellent technical lawyer who is great to deal with and instils enormous confidence in the client.’

Key clients

JK Rowling

Sir Cliff Richard

Evangelos Marinakis

Senior executives Tier 4

The practice at Simkins LLP advises both employers and senior individuals, and while much of the team's work focuses on the firm's core area of media and entertainment, clients are also drawn from sectors such as construction, utilities and professional services. The key partners are the 'commercial, pragmatic, and tenacious' Susan Thompson, who works with a range of plc and SME clients, and Victoria Willson, who is well-regarded for her employment litigation expertise. Both are praised for their 'excellent client service' and regularly handle work referred to them by major international firms.

Practice head(s):


‘Good clear advice. Assertive people who dare to make a judgement rather than just seek instructions.’

‘My overall impression of the firm is that, for a small team, they punch well above their weight in terms of client base and levels of service.  They certainly hold their own against other firms that I have worked with and have an excellent reputation within the industry.’

‘They have a high profile client base, are passionate about their clients and provide pragmatic commercial advice to assist their clients to make sensible decisions.’

‘Susan Thompson is a very experienced employment lawyer.’

‘I was recommended Simkins by a senior HR professional – she told me I would receive intelligent, thoughtful, thorough advice and she was right.’

‘Simkins are a very well run, client-focused team when conducting employment litigation. They are extremely focused on achieving the commercial goals set by the clients.’

‘Susan Thompson and Victoria Willson are both stand-out employment lawyers. They are both really lovely to deal with, switched on and focused on delivering excellent client service. Not only are they legally astute, but they are also friendly and engaging – the perfect combination for any modern day lawyer.’

‘Susan Thompson is commercial, pragmatic, and tenacious. She is a very good negotiator.’

‘Victoria Willson is incredibly committed and responsive as well as technically able.’

‘When I first spoke to Victoria Willson I was very concerned about my legal route forward. By the end of that first call, I felt listened to and utterly reassured. Victoria’s approach is thorough, covering all possible options. More than anything she instils the most incredible confidence in her clients – her depth of knowledge is such that you know everything has been thought of. She is also very ambitious for each client, not stopping until she has secured you the best deal possible.’

‘Victoria Willson is excellent at employment litigation. She is very commercially focused and has a talent for finding the right strategy for achieving the client’s goal, whatever that might be.’

Key clients

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Vinci Plc

FirstGroup Holdings Limited

Innocent Drinks Limited

MCCGLC Limited


Casadei UK Limited

Luisa Spagnoli Limited


United Trust Bank

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Simkins LLP’s IP specialist Jim Dennis has a strong reputation for trade mark litigation. Recent work has included infringement and opposition proceedings before the UK courts and the CJEU for clients in media and entertainment (the firm’s focus sector), recruitment and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):


Jim Dennis is proactive, strategic and quick to respond to queries.

Key clients

Rude Health Foods Ltd


Lonza, Inc.

Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co LLC (Estate of David Bowie)

Ali-A Entertainment Ltd

Frank Recruitment Group Services Ltd

APCOA Parking (UK) Limited

Crystal Team Ltd

Interhealth Neutraceuticals 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…
 Lisa Logan  photo Lisa Logan Lisa is a commercial lawyer especially focused on film, television, digital media…
 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…
 Eleanor Steyn  photo Eleanor Steyn
 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