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Tom Iverson

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Simkins LLP


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.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Next generation lawyers

Tom Iverson - Simkins LLP

Within: Reputation management

Headed by the ‘outstandingGideon Benaim, ‘responsiveJon Oakley  and ‘pragmaticTom 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.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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.

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