Firm Profile > Simkins LLP > London, England

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

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Specialist media and entertainment law firm Simkins LLP has a highly regarded team, which demonstrates 'excellent all-round knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the music industry and the social influencer space’. In addition, it also has expertise in the TV, film and publishing sectors. The media practice is led by Euan Lawson, who handles corporate and commercial matters, while Paddy Grafton Green is knowledgeable about commercial and tax-related issues. In the music space, Tom Iverson is noted for his litigation experience, while James Harman handles a range of contractual matters for clients. Ed Weidman has 'an excellent grasp of the commercial nuances of a notoriously complicated industry’. Jonathan Blair has a strong focus on TV and film issues. Paddy Gardiner handles disputes across the media and entertainment sector, including those arising from breaches of contracts, as well as copyright and trade mark infringements. Ed Baden-Powell  is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Euan Lawson

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Grafton Green; Tom Iverson; James Harman; Ed Weidman; Jonathan Blair; Paddy Gardiner; Ed Baden-Powell; Stuart Smith; Ben Gisbey; Nick Eziefula; Lisa Logan; Caroline Copeland

Testimonials

‘Euan Lawson (also known as “the legend” amongst clients) is measured, level- headed, fair, and creates a collaborative commercial environment for parties to achieve their goals. Working with Euan brings peace of mind, from both legal/commercial perspectives.’

‘An excellent all-round knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the music industry and the social influencer space.’

‘Simkins have an excellent media practice constantly evolving with the changes in our industry.’

‘Jonathan Blair is an excellent all-round entertainment lawyer with particularly strong commercial experience and advice.’

‘Ed Weidman is a fantastic lawyer. Knowledgeable, reliable, fair and an excellent grasp of the commercial nuances of a notoriously complicated industry. He is an excellent person to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him and in turn Simkins.’

‘Quality and the feeling you have the best people on your team.’

‘They were incredibly understanding of our unique needs and collaborated in a very flexible way. I would describe the team as very approachable and capable – they took time to listen to our requirements and made recommendations accordingly.’

Key clients

Universal Music

Iron Maiden

Snowed-In Productions

Cake Entertainment

The Extreme Music Library

Pottermore

Da Beat Freakz

ATC Management

BMG Rights Management

Cutting Edge Music

PPL

The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop LLC

PRS For Music

Brönte Film and Television

Filmwave Ltd

Elvis Costello

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

The reputation management team at Simkins LLP litigates when necessary but largely focuses on pre-publication or pre-broadcast work, with particular strengths in obtaining takedowns, retractions, apologies and damages on behalf of claimants. Led by Gideon Benaim, who clients call ‘a truly valued adviser’, the team acts in crisis situations and advises on a wide range of defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection issues. Jon Oakley and Tom Iverson are other key practitioners, with Iverson skilled at obtaining injunctions, as well as handling multijurisdictional issues. Associates Jessica Welch and Thomas Moore provide strong support to the team.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Benaim

Testimonials

‘The people that one turns to in times of crisis have to be compassionate as well as capable and the Simkins team are just that.’

‘Vast knowledge and experience of very difficult cases and high profile ones.’

‘Gideon Benaim and Jon Oakley are a great team, always super quick response and ready to get on board at a moment’s notice.’

‘Gideon Benaim has provided incisive and wise counsel to us for a number of years, he thinks beyond black letter law, bringing real work common sense and pragmatism to what are frequently highly charged matters. His reputation may precede him but he remains humble and friendly. He is truly a valued adviser.’

Key clients

JK Rowling

Sir Cliff Richard

Employment > Senior executives Tier 4

At Simkins LLP, Victoria Willson and Susan Thompson provide 'pragmatic sensible advice at all times' to senior individuals such as CEOs and finance directors, and employers. The practice handles high-value exits, unfair dismissals, race, sex and other discrimination claims, equal pay issues and whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Willson; Susan Thompson

Testimonials

Pragmatic sensible advice at all times. Susan Thompson is excellent in her response rate, pragmatic advice, and keen to pass on knowledge.’

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

As a partner in Simkins LLP’s dispute resolution practice, Jim Dennis represents clients in copyright and trade mark infringement claims before all levels of the court. The team receives instructions from a portfolio of professional services, recruitment, entertainment, health foods and advertising clients.

Practice head(s):

Jim Dennis

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, organised, promptly responds to queries.

Great team; extremely client focused; great on-point legal advice but pragmatic and helpful – solution orientated.

Jim Dennis is always available, never too much trouble, and pleasure to work with. Advice always succinct and commercially astute.

Key clients

Boat Rocker Rights, Inc.

Rude Health Foods Limited

Frank Recruitment Group Services Limited

Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company (Estate of David Bowie)

The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

KPMG LLP

Crystal Team Limited (LDN CBD)

Interhealth Nutrceuticals, Inc (Lonza)

Ali-A Entertainment Limited

Private client > Family

Entertainment and media specialist firm Simkins LLP launched a divorce and family department in mid-2021 with the hire of Seddons practice head Deborah Jeff.

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