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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Simkins LLP

Simkins LLP 'goes the extra mile to make its clients feel valued' and 'punches above its weight' thanks to the 'excellent team', which includes 'tenacious and pragmatic adviser' Susan Thompson and Victoria Willson, whose 'judgement is exceptional'. The team has expanded its expertise beyond its media and entertainment sector strength with clients stemming from the construction, finance, professional services and recruitment arenas. Key areas of strength include contracts and service agreements, exit packages and disputes; it recently handled a discrimination claim, acted in a whistleblowing dispute and assisted with senior executive recruitment and terminations.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Simkins LLP

Headed by the ‘outstanding’ Gideon Benaim, ‘responsive’ Jon Oakley  and ‘pragmatic’ Tom Iverson, Simkins LLP's team is commended for its ‘strong knowledge and experience’. It acts for a number of high-profile individuals and also does advisory work for film and television producers, non-news publishers and digital media clients. Gideon Benaim led the team that successfully represented Sir Cliff Richard in his privacy and data protection action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. Fiona McAllister  and Jessica Welch are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gideon Benaim - Simkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Fiona McAllister - Simkins LLP

Jon Oakley - Simkins LLP

Tom Iverson - Simkins LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Simkins LLP

The ‘cost-effective, commercial and responsive’ IP team at Simkins LLP  is noted for assisting brand-owners on commercial and non-contentious issues as well as on complex trade mark infringement claims.  Litigator Jim Dennis is representing Rude Health Foods in an invalidity action case at the UKIPO against the NUDE HEALTH trade mark. Caroline Copeland  and Nick Eziefula are recommended for commercial matters.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Simkins LLP

Media and entertainment firm Simkins LLP is commended for its ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘highly responsive’ team, which has expertise across music, TV, film, theatre, digital media, publishing, advertising and marketing. Key work includes advising WP Films and Snowed-in Productions on the financing, production and distribution agreement relating to the new drama series The Wilsons, commissioned by the BBC; advising Filmwave on the negotiation and completion of its deal with MGM Studios for MGM to acquire the rights in a new feature film, Every Day, which will be co-produced by Filmwave and Likely Story; advising Illuminated Films on a new children’s animation series for CITV; and advising singer P!nk in relation to various live shows. The team has also advised PRS for Music in two copyright tribunal matters and advised producer Richard East in a shareholder dispute in respect of royalties received from the musical Mamma Mia!. Department head and managing partner Euan Lawson is ‘incredibly astute’, ‘very commercial and practical in his approach’; he specialises in music, live events and new media. Paddy Gardiner heads the dispute resolution team, which also features Tom Iverson. Commercial partners Lisa Logan, James Harman, Nick Eziefula, Jonathan Blair and Ed Baden-Powell (who is ‘exceptionally smart, detail-orientated and incomparably committed to clients’) are recommended, as are corporate partners Caroline Copeland and Giao Pacey. Firm chairman Paddy Grafton Green is experienced across the music, theatre and publishing sectors and ‘exceptional’ associate Ed Weidman is part of the firm’s music team.

Leading individuals

Paddy Gardiner (Music) - Simkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ed Weidman (Music) - Simkins LLP

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