Tom Iverson > Simkins LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Tom specialises in dispute resolution in the media and entertainment industries. His practice is split between two main areas: entertainment-related disputes; and reputation protection and media law. Tom also frequently applies his skills to general commercial litigation. On the entertainment side, Tom has spent over 11 years advising on copyright, performers’ rights, false endorsement, passing off, royalty, management, shareholder and other contractual and tortious claims for both claimants and defendants. His experience covers music, film, television, theatre, computer games, publishing, art, design and sport. Tom has advised many world-famous entertainers and rights-holders, and acted in some of the most significant and high-profile cases of the last two decades. Tom’s media-related practice focuses on reputation protection for high-profile individuals and companies. His experience includes acting for claimants and defendants in defamation proceedings, obtaining privacy injunctions and injunctions for breach of confidence, advising on harassment issues, and defending Advertising Standards Authority complaints.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Reputation management

(Leading individuals)

Tom IversonSimkins LLP

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 ‘outstanding‘ Gideon 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 supportiveJon Oakley is an additional key figure of the exceptionally strong team as is ‘effective litigatorJessica Welch.

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Tom Iverson (Music)Simkins LLP

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.