Wiggin LLP > Cheltenham, England > Firm Profile

Wiggin LLP
JESSOP HOUSE
JESSOP AVENUE
CHELTENHAM
GL50 3WG
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 1

Combining a ‘full service offering across commercial, corporate, litigation and regulatory work with extensive industry knowledge‘, Wiggin LLP‘s offering encompasses regulatory investigations, venture capital investments and white label arrangements. Practice chair Stephen Ketteley is praised for his ‘extensive and incomparable knowledge of gambling regulation’. David McLeish is an authority on M&A work in the gaming and betting space. Chris Elliott is described as ‘particularly strong on the details of British gambling regulation’. Bethan Lloyd has in-depth knowledge of strategic partnerships, while Oliver Tenzer‘s time as legal counsel at a leading sportsbook provider informs the commercial and regulatory assistance he gives to clients. Jason Chess became a consultant for the practice in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ketteley

Testimonials

‘Wiggin’s Betting & Gaming team is the pre-eminent practice in this specialist area of law. It combines a full service offering across commercial, corporate, litigation and regulatory work with extensive industry knowledge.’

‘David McLeish is a superb all round advisor and is valued for more than just his legal advice. His scope of knowledge is unrivalled and he provides honest and direct advice.’

‘Stephen Ketteley’s knowledge and experience of gambling regulation is extensive and incomparable – there is very little he doesn’t know about how gambling is regulated across the world.’

‘Chris Elliott has an encyclopaedic knowledge of gambling regulation, and is particularly strong on the details of British gambling regulation.’

‘ The team has deep knowledge of their subject area in various jurisdictions and excellent contacts at other firms outside the UK.’

‘Jason Fisher has brilliant knowledge and is always across the latest developments in a fast moving regulatory sector. We find he is very commercial and provides balanced advice within agreed timescales.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay (from FIS)

Entain

DAZN

Evolution

Bally’s Corporation

Betway

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 1

Charles Moore and Neil Gillard, both of whom specialise in all aspects of film and television production, finance and distribution, head up the division at Wiggin LLP alongside media finance expert David Quli, a regular advisor to banks, funds and companies on loans and investments. The team is the first port of call to various corporate giants, such as Disney, Netflix and Universal, in addition to prominent UK broadcasters, independent producers, financiers and distributors. Decoding the UK entertainment sector for US studios is a particular strength for Chris Hammond. Gráinne McKenna and Alexander Lea are also recommended for their all-inclusive film and television expertise. Sean James brings decades of experience in content distribution and transmission, while consultant partner Medwyn Jones is another hugely experienced television production expert.

Practice head(s):

Charles Moore; David Quli; Neil Gillard

Other key lawyers:

Grainne McKenna; Chris Hammond; Alexander Lea; James Peel; Sean James

Testimonials

‘Close familiarity with practical workings of the film and television sector.’

‘Exceptional service in every way.’

Key clients

Focus Features

FX Networks

Warner Media

Disney

Cofiloisirs

MRC

Working Title Television

Sony Pictures

Sky

NBC Universal

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

With David Quli at the helm, Wiggin LLP is the first port of call to major US studios, the largest SVOD platforms, independent producers, financiers – including both banks and funds – and distributors across both the film and television sectors. The team also includes transactional expert Chris Hanson, who is adept in corporate and project finance as well as debt and equity structures, and Daniel Whybrew, a regular advisor on development loans for independent producers or multi-jurisdictional financings with tax credits.

Practice head(s):

David Quli

Other key lawyers:

Neil Gillard; Chris Hanson; Daniel Whybrew; Garth McDonald; Matt Shone

Testimonials

‘In all respects Wiggin outshines any law firm I’ve ever worked with and I have worked with a lot over my career in media. They are extraordinarily responsive, extremely clever in their thinking, spot on when assessing risk, very pragmatic in their approaches to problem solving and everyone I’ve met at the firm is simply delightful. They have a very deep back bench of talent so that when one individual might not be familiar with a another company, issue or other matter they can always find information internally which is to say they are very collaborative in all ways.’

‘Matt Shone is simply one the most organized, resourceful, calm, smart hard working and lovely people I’ve met. Matt understands all sides of a deal, which goes a long way to assist with swift and trouble free closings.’

‘Daniel Whybrew has never met a problem he can’t solve. He is extremely resourceful and knows how to get deals done. He delicately balances the requirements of the financial institution I work for as well as those of my clients. He is a truly expert negotiator and always approaches matters with a calm pragmatism that is appreciated by all sides. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff (unless it needs it) while he deftly handles the big stuff. Dan remains one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with.’

‘David Quli is one of the most experienced lawyers I’ve ever met, which means that I only ever need to go to him if something is getting really tricky and I go to him then because he’s the one to get the really difficult jobs done. He has seen it all and he employs that wealth of experience to get things done.’

‘One of the best UK law firm in entertainment.’

‘Chris Hanson is one of the best experts in media and entertainment financing.’

‘Dan Whybrew is unflappable, extremely knowledgeable and excellent at communicating with lawyers and lay people alike. We know that we are in good hands.’

Key clients

Cofiloisirs

Natixis Coficine

IPR.VC

Anton Capital

Coutts

Comerica Bank

MUFG Union Bank

Bank of Montreal

Aperture Media Partners

HSBC

Netflix

Access Entertainment

National Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Advising IPR.VC – a Nordic private equity fund – on various equity investments in feature films “Civil War”, “Beau is Afraid” and “Humans”.
  • Representing Cofiloisirs on the financing of “Triangle of Sadness”, “Mrs Harris Goes to Paris”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Ipcress Files”.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Theatre, publishing and other media Tier 1

Wiggin LLP‘s publishing practice is well-placed to guide journalists and content creators through each stage of the publication process, from the conception of a story to defending it in high-profile litigation. In addition, thanks to the firm’s broader commercial and IP capabilities, the team can provide digital expertise to publishers transitioning to alternative forms of content, including podcasts, film and television, social media and e-commerce platforms. Recommended individuals include experienced litigators Matthew Dando, drawing on his depth of experience with commercial and contractual disputes, and Robin Shaw, who joined from Ince & Co in June 2022, and head of the firm’s renowned defamation and litigation practices Caroline Kean.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dando; Alexander Ross; Rachel Alexander; Ted Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Kean; Robin Shaw; Adelaide Scardino Lopez; Elizabeth Wiggin

Testimonials

‘The leading practice in soft IP media law – it combines experience, efficiency and skill with industry awareness and friendliness. I can’t think of a weakness that their offering has in this field.’

‘Caroline Kean is experienced and savvy – she knows the media sector and is trusted by numerous blue-chip clients.’

‘The team are ingrained in the sector and fully understand and appreciate its current challenges. We have found this insider knowledge to be valuable when seeking support – the team offers sensible and commercial advice.’

‘Caroline Kean‘s advice is fantastically efficient. She is commercial and decisive in her approach.’

‘Matthew Dando’s calm, thoughtful and able guidance in a dispute has helped us many times.’

Key clients

openDemocracy

Private Eye

The Telegraph

The Guardian

Disney

Spotify

Times Newspapers Limited

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

21st Century Fox

National Geographic

Fox Searchlight

New York Post

Pathé

Netflix

Paramount

Vice

HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Associated Newspapers Limited

Future plc

News Group Newspapers

Bloomberg

Dow Jones

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

Centaur Media

MBC Group

Elsevier

Argus Media Limited

Harriman House Ltd

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

Stats Perform

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Hachette

Oxford University Press

Archant

Reuters

Faber & Faber

Immediate Media

Bauer

Orion Books

Spitting Image

Jewish Chronicle

Byline Times

Canongate

Andersen Press

Publishers’ Licensing Services

Elaph

Work highlights

  • Advice to Spotify on the negotiation on all its exclusive podcast contracts for deals worldwide.
  • Represented The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in its successful appeal of Thurrock Council’s and the ICO’s refusal to provide financial information detailing the investment practices of the most leveraged council in the UK.
  • Defending HarperCollins Publishers Ltd in a libel claim against the book, Pervasion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story in a claim brought by Ghislaine Maxwell’s former assistant, Emmy Taylor.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Video games Tier 1

Deeply ingrained in the video game sector, Wiggin LLP is a go-to for leading content creators, publishers, platforms, esports companies and trade associations. Specialising in tech and commercial transactions, Paul Gardner heads up the interactive entertainment team, which is a regular advisor on various contractual, IP and regulatory matters. Peter Lewin – promoted to partner in April 2023 – is further praised for his expertise in games publishing and licensing, IP rights and games-related regulation. Associate Isabel Davies also comes recommended for her insight the mobile and casual gaming markets.

Practice head(s):

Paul Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Prime insight into video games sector with a friendly and client-focused approach.’

‘Paul Gardner is our go-to person for game development legal issues – he is experienced, knowledgeable and professional.

‘Peter Lewin is very clever, creative and to-the-point.’

‘Isabel Davies is our main contact – approachable, knowledgeable and down to earth.’

‘Paul Gardner has a comforting presence and is supportive to his junior colleagues.’

‘We use Wiggins because their video games sector knowledge is the best in the UK.’

‘Peter Lewin are Isabel Davies are simply exceptional. They both understand our products and our market unlike any other UK lawyer. Their advice is targeted and practical to us.’

Key clients

Wargaming.net Limited

Starbreeze

Riot Games

The Yogscast

Improbable Worlds

Electronic Arts

Stillfront

Robot Teddy

Railsimulator.com (t/a Dovetail Games)

Work highlights

  • Advised Wargaming.net Limited on its withdrawal from the Russian Federation and Belarus.
  • Advised Starbreeze on its acquisition of several video game IPs, the establishment of a new UK studio, and its expansion into third-party games publishing.
  • Advised Riot Games on its copyright infringement lawsuit against internet conglomerate NetEase.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 2

Boasting a ‘true partner-led service’ and ‘pragmatic and commercial approach’, Wiggin LLP is regularly sought out by a range of top clients from the media, entertainment and technology sectors. The team is well placed to advise public and private companies on domestic and cross-border matters, including joint ventures, M&A and private equity deals. The team is led by the ‘commercially-minded’ Ben Whitelock, who has particular experience advising on corporate deals in the betting and gaming, technology, and publishing sectors. Ciaran Hickey advises clients across the technology and media sectors on a broad range of cross-border and domestic corporate transactions, acting for leading businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. Jason Fisher, lauded for his ‘first-class client service’, is instrumental in managing the firm’s relationships with key clients.

Practice head(s):

Ben Whitelock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team were very impressive and helped us massively navigate a deal which was quite complex. They suggested various mechanisms and fixes throughout, and always gave us a great view from multiple team members which I personally enjoyed as things were debated and discussed as a team helping us to reach the right position. I would highly recommend Wiggin.’

‘All team members brought different attributes to the deal. The leadership and client management skills felt very personalised and I felt like I was being supported by a really diligent and skilled team. The team’s knowledge of similar deals in our sector was also a massive win for us.’

‘Good all-round knowledge with a very pragmatic and commercial approach to getting things done. Excellent guides and sounding board for me and my management team.’

‘I have worked with Ben Whitelock on a number of transactions. He’s an experienced and commercially-minded lawyer with an excellent team of associates, juniors and individual subject matter experts. Always available and just as willing to advise when to push a point as when not.’

‘Wiggin provides a true partner-led service at extremely competitive rates. They are flexible in their approach to billing and fees, which has been extremely helpful in recent times whilst still maintaining first rate client care.’

‘Jason Fisher stands out. Always available, easily able to go toe to toe with much larger global firms whist providing first class client service and technical legal advice.’

Key clients

Bad Wolf

Banijay

DAZN

Element Pictures

Entain

ERA Interactive

Evolution Gaming

FIS

Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group

Fulwell 73

House Productions

Playtech

Racecourse Media Group

Stats Perform

UKTV

William Hill

Xplor

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Wildstar Films on the sale of the Company to Fremantle.
  • Advised the majority shareholders of Digital Sports Mgmt (a leading sports marketing, gaming and entertainment agency) on the sale of a majority share to YMU.
  • Advised Broadway Gaming (the leading independent online bingo operator) on its acquisition of UK online bingo division of 888 Holdings plc (the leading international gambling operator which is in the process of acquiring William Hill) for a consideration of up to US$50m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Experts in the digital world, Wiggin LLP is particularly known for its online enforcement and intermediary liability work, acting for content and brand owners, as well as clients in the film, publishing and luxury goods industries. One key area of expertise includes copyright infringement, and its brand strategy and portfolio management practice is also expanding. The team is capable of working across a broad spread of sectors, from film and music to pharma and technology, and is recommended for its ‘commercial and pragmatic’ approach. Sara Ashby spearheads the practice, covering the full gamut of IP rights, while Rachel Alexander’s expertise includes online enforcement and copyright infringement matters. John Colbourn’s broad practice advises on international brand strategy and portfolio management, as well as considerable litigation experience. Michael Browne’s practice covers contentious and non-contentious remits, such as trade secrets and copyright litigation. Joanne Gibbs, Calum Smyth and Peter Dawson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Testimonials

‘Their expertise is second to none, as the loyalty of their clients reflects.’

‘Depth of knowledge, thoughtfulness and thoroughness.’

‘Wiggin excel in all aspects whether their technical ability, speed in response, willingness to support the client in a very holistic matter from adapting to your billing needs, your technical needs, a team mentality without overcharging.’

‘Wiggin has an excellent IP practice. Their practitioners have a thorough and deep understanding of the law, and draw on the immense experience the firm has, particularly in the entertainment and media space, allowing clients to benefit from high quality and commercially relevant advice.’

‘Rachel Alexander provides very clear advice and has a good eye for litigation. You would always want her on your side of any dispute. Rachel is very approachable, unflappable in a crisis, extremely hard-working and will always make herself available to meet client requests.’

‘Due to an extensive and deep understanding of the law and civil procedure rules the team is able to provide advice on complex areas of the law speedily and in detail. In addition, the team approaches matters through a commercial and pragmatic lens.’

‘They provide quality, sensible, commercially focused advice.’

‘Calum Smyth and Sara Ashby are a joy to introduce to clients and to work with.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Sage Group plc

China Construction Bank

Banijay Group

Motion Picture Association

bet365

Riot Games

Performing Rights Society/PRS for Music (PRS)

Warner Music Group & Sony Music Entertainment

Sky

Netflix

Elsevier

Palace Skateboards

University of Oxford & Oxford University Press

Corsearch Inc.

Thought Machine

Work highlights

  • Representing Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in a very substantial damages inquiry against TuneIn. Successfully represented the record labels in the liability proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal; the Supreme Court rejected TuneIn’s application for permission to appeal.
  • Managing Sage’s 1,800 strong worldwide trade mark portfolio; handling all UK, EU and WIPO matters directly and managing registry disputes and litigation in various jurisdictions across the globe.
  • Represented Riot Games in substantive copyright infringement proceedings in the High Court, and coordinated parallel proceedings in Singapore, Germany and Brazil.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

In the technology arena, Wiggin LLP advises on large-scale commercial and regulatory projects, with demonstrable experience in working with disruptive technologies. The practice also provides regulatory assistance on communication services and products. Gordon Moir, who specialises in issues relating to market access and regulation of telecoms services, jointly leads the team alongside litigation expert Mark Deem and Marcus Bagnall, who handles matters concerning blockchain, NFTs and token classifications. Victoria Harris–Honrado, who is an expert in competition and network regulation, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Moir; Marcus Bagnall; Mark Deem

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Harris-Honrado; Claire Livingstone

Testimonials

‘Gordon Moir is a someone you really want to go to for a good understanding of real risk when providing complex solutions in problematic jurisdictions.’

‘Victoria Harris-Honrado has tremendous experience with UK regulation.’

Marcus Bagnall is a go-to contact for support on structuring deals or contracts in the wider communications and technology space.’

‘Wiggin are fast, trustworthy and above all friendly, approachable and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Claire Livingstone is an absolute rock. Extremely bright, reliable and fast. She adds a lot of value and thinks commercially.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable with in-depth understanding of the sector and issues and a practical approach.’

‘Gordon Moir and Marcus Bagnall are excellent lawyers who deeply understand the industry and provide strategic and practical advice. They are extremely responsive and always available.’

‘Wiggin offer a very comprehensive, responsive and innovative legal service to clients in the IT and technology sectors.’

Key clients

AT&T

BNET

DAZN

Digital Nasional Berhad

Electronic Arts

ETNO

Expereo

FIFA

Formula E

Improbable

ITV

Magicave

MBC Group

Microsoft

Orange Business Services

Penguin Random House

Sony Music Entertainment

Speedcast

Spotify

Telstra

Ubisoft

Virgin Media O2

Vodafone

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Advising AT&T on several aspects of its global regulatory compliance, including EECC implementation, Covid regulations and AI.
  • Advising BNET on the creation of critical wholesale regulatory and commercial arrangements for access to network and infrastructure that will be in place between BNET and all the other telecoms retail operators in Bahrain.
  • Supporting Orange Business Services as they deploy their global connected car solutions to some of the world’s leading automotive providers.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Music Tier 2

TThe music division at Wiggin LLP handles a range of litigation for leading UK collecting societies and trade bodies, and is further geared to provide enforcement and pre-litigation advice. Co-head Rachel Alexander is the key name on the contentious side, while oon the commercial side, the main contact is fellow co-head Alexander Ross, who advises clients in the licensee space, including film producers, studios, broadcasters, video games companies, video producers and online platforms. Elsewhere, the group have expertise in music catalogue acquisitions and disposals, working in close conjunction with the firm’s corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Alexander; Alexander Ross

Other key lawyers:

Peter Mason; Georgina Hart

Testimonials

‘Rachel Alexander is organised and experienced with deep media knowledge.’

‘Georgina Hart is pragmatic, prepared, experienced and trusted by clients.’

‘Wiggin have a thorough and deep understanding of the law and provide their clients with consistently high quality and commercial advice.’

‘Rachel Alexander provides very clear advice and has a good eye for litigation. She has a strong understanding of the music sector and takes into account its nuances.’

‘Rachel is approachable, unflappable in a crisis, extremely hard-working, and will always make herself available to meet client requests.’

‘Fantastically knowledgeable and engaged team.’

‘Rachel Alexander is a standout partner.’

Key clients

Blokur

Disney

Downtown Music Publishing

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

Lifescore

Musixmatch

On Air

One Media iP

Oxford University Press

Performing Right Society

Phonographic Performance Ltd

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Soundmouse

TCAT

Warner Music UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in a substantial damages inquiry against TuneIn.
  • Advising Disney on all the music licensing for its Disney+ service across Europe, MENA and further afield.
  • Representing PRS in copyright infringement proceedings against Qatar Airways relating to the use of PRS’ musical works in Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system.

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

As a defendant-based practice, Wiggin LLP‘s reputation management and content protection team acts for many of the leading publishers in the UK, as well as film and TV companies in the US. Matthew Dando leads the team with particular experience handling publication disputes in the media industry, as well as libel and privacy litigation. Caroline Kean regularly undertakes complex cross-jurisdictional media matters. Senior associate Adelaide Scardino Lopez is experienced in breach of confidence claims, as well as cases relating to defamation, privacy, data protection and copyright. Senior associate Elizabeth Wiggin advises clients on pre-action issues, as well as appearing before courts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dando

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Kean; Robin Shaw; Elizabeth Wiggin; Adelaide Scardino Lopez

Testimonials

‘Matthew Dando is a pleasure to work with and maintains a calm perspective during even the most turbulent cases. Clients hugely value his reassuring judgement and commercial acumen.’

‘Adelaide Scardino Lopez is hugely liked by clients, she has fantastic instincts and is completely committed to her clients’ best interests.’

‘Matthew Dando and Adelaide Scardino Lopez are both brilliant, hard working, great to work with and have sound judgment. Hugely impressive team.’

‘Significant experience acting for media defendants, well known and with a deserved reputation.’

‘Caroline Kean – complete heavyweight, excellent instincts. Matthew Dando – sensible, pragmatic, safe pair of hands with clients. Elizabeth Wiggin – hard working, team player, on top of details.’

‘Caroline Kean – seasoned partner with a wealth of litigation experience.’

‘Caroline Kean is not only an expert in the field of media freedom and strategic litigation against public participation but personally committed to it. Communicates well and is very easy to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Wiggin is excellent. She instills confidence, is a grafter, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

openDemocracy

Private Eye

The Telegraph

The Guardian

Spitting Image

Disney

Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers (The Sun)

Bloomberg

Penguin Random House

Condé Nast

Times Newspapers Limited

HarperCollins Publishers Limited

21st Century Fox

New York Post

National Geographic

Fox Searchlight

Pathé

Netflix

Paramount

Vice

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

Future plc

Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal)

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Centaur Media

MBC Group

Elsevier

Argus Media Limited

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

Stats Perform

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Hachette

Oxford University Press

Archant

Reuters

Faber & Faber

Immediate Media

Bauer

Orion Books

Jewish Chronicle

Work highlights

  • Defending the Guardian in a High Court libel action by the actor, director, writer and producer Noel Clarke regarding a series of articles published in April 2021 detailing allegations about Mr Clarke’s behaviour.
  • Successfully defended HarperCollins and journalist Tom Burgis in a libel claim brought by the Kazakh mining giant, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, concerning Mr Burgis’s book, Kleptopia.
  • Defended Associated Newspapers against claims by the leader of the opposition and now Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, and his son-in-law, Imran Ali Yousaf, for defamation over an article in The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Wiggin LLP’s ‘friendly and engaging’ team is renowned for its technology and media sector expertise and is also capable of acting across a diverse range of other sectors, from film and music to pharma and gaming. Leading the practice is Sara Ashby, who advises on patent enforcement and strategy with extensive experience in the litigation sphere. Key contact Calum Smyth’s range of expertise encompasses software patentability, technology transactions, brand protection, M&A and structuring issues, whilst Michael Browne’s broad experience extends from patent entitlement disputes and various other proceedings, to drafting and negotiating joint development, licensing and franchise agreements. Associates Georgina Hart and Sinclaire Marber Schäfer are other names to note in the practice, the latter joining from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fantastic boutique IP firm with some exceptional lawyers. Friendly and engaging lawyers who provide excellent commercial and strategic advice. Very strong in patent matters.’

‘An extremely experienced IP team, many individuals with decades of experience litigating the full range of IP and TMT disputes. They have technical, and industry related expertise coupled with excellent knowledge and judgment.’

‘Michael Browne has outstanding analytical skills that enable him to identify the key issues in the most complex of cases, enabling the team to focus on what really matters, and then use his knowledge, experience and judgment to develop a winning strategy for the client.’

‘Sara Ashby is extremely clever and has decades of experience as an IP litigator dealing with some of the most difficult and wide-ranging cases. Her sound judgment and sage advice enables clients to achieve the best possible outcomes.’

Key clients

3M

Permavent Limited & Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited

Evolution Gaming

Sage Group Plc

Thought Machine Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for 3M in patent revocation proceedings before the High Court.
  • Acted for Lacuna Space Limited in High Court litigation relating to cutting edge satellite communications technologies.
  • Advised Evolution Gaming on the IP aspects of its acquisition of gambling technology provider Transigo Limited (t/a Digiwheel).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 3

The team at Wiggin LLP handles a broad range of matters, with particular emphasis given to rights matters for buyers and sports rights holders; and sponsorship agreements. Sarah MacDonald heads the practice, often advising brands on distribution or promotional issues, and the use of audio-visual content. Senior associate Bethan Lloyd has vast expertise in handling commercial matters for betting and gaming clients, and regularly assists them with licensing matters. Mark Deem joined the group from Mishcon de Reya LLP in September 2022, contributing his knowledge of technology and media disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah MacDonald

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is full of knowledgeable and bright lawyers who understand the issues faced by our industry, and our business. They are extremely pragmatic in terms of their advice. Over and above that, however, the team consists of normal, friendly people who are approachable and likeable.’

‘We are able to interact with the team on a human, as well as a professional level. Bethan Lloyd stands out for her pragmatic advice and approachable manner.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of client needs and timelines and quickly get to the bottom of the issue at hand. A personable and solutions focused team, they often feel like an extension to the in-house team. We have great confidence in being able to pick up the phone to various members of the team at any time and quickly receive tangible answers that the business can move forward with.’

‘Sarah MacDonald has exceptional knowledge of the advertising sector across both sports and gambling industries and provides pragmatic, commercial solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

MBC Group

Vodafone UK

Manchester United

BetStars

BetVictor

Stake.com

SBOTOP

Jockey Club Racecourses

Premiership Rugby

FootballCo

Two Circles

FIFA

William Hill

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

The ‘creative and knowledgeable’ data privacy team at Wiggin LLP has demonstrable strength advising clients in the media, entertainment, and gaming industries on all aspects of data protection, with particular emphasis on regulatory issues and investigations. The ‘brilliantPatrick Rennie leads the practice and is a key name for GDPR compliance matters, Age Appropriate Design Code issues, and regulatory obligations. Senior associate Christina Henry specialises in advising tech and media sector clients on compliance matters and is highly rated for her ‘forensic approach to complex matters‘.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Rennie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very digitally-focused practice with unrivalled specialist expertise in gaming, interactive entertainment, film, and TV.’

‘The team is creative and knowledgeable – the go-to team for tough or unusual problems.’

‘The team is led by Patrick Rennie who is brilliant at explaining complex issues in simple (and entertaining) terms. His level of client service is outstanding and overall he is fantastic to work with.’

‘Christina Henry is one of the most knowledgeable and committed data protection lawyers in the UK. Her level of diligence and forensic approach to complex matters sets her apart from competitors.’

‘The team consistently goes above and beyond to understand the specific needs and objectives of each client, tailoring legal strategies accordingly. This client-centric approach ensures that potential clients can expect exceptional service and results.’

‘What sets them apart from competitors is their deep expertise in this complex and evolving field. They possess an in-depth understanding of data protection laws, regulations, and best practices, allowing them to provide invaluable guidance to clients.’

‘One standout partner I had the privilege of collaborating with is Patrick Rennie. His extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of data protection and privacy laws make him a trusted advisor in the industry.’

‘Patrick Rennie is a brilliant data protection specialist, providing great technical advice and pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Thunderful Group AB

Stannah Management Services Limited

Notonthehighstreet Enterprises Limited

The Stars Group t/a Pokerstars (TSG Interactive Services Limited)

Centaur Media PLC

Transaction Services Group Limited

Expereo International BV

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Oxford Strategic Marketing Limited

WHG (International) Limited t/a William Hill

SP Film Production Limited (t/a Sony)

DAZN Media Services Limited

Warner Bros. Discovery

Perform Content Services Limited

RMG

Work highlights

  • Acting as the Data Protection Officer for the retail brand, Not On The High Street, advising the business on all aspects of data protection.
  • Long-stranding advisor to Centaur Media, publisher of various b2b publications including The Lawyer, providing advice on collection of personal data (directly and from external sources) as well as acting as its Data Protection Officer.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Wiggin LLP focuses on the global purchase, exploitation and protection of high-value commercial media rights. Practice head Ross Sylvester, who frequently works in conjunction with legal director Sarah Drake, advises both international media groups and various competition rights holders on media rights arrangements and licensing mandates. Sarah MacDonald handles partnership agreements between sponsors, athletes and sporting events, while Sean James is a key contact for sporting investor companies on athlete sponsorships.

Practice head(s):

Ross Sylvester

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Macdonald; Sarah Drake; Sean James

Testimonials

‘Very practical and commercially driven advice. Up to date with the latest regulations.’

‘Ross is passionate about sports law. So knowledgeable and resourceful. He is professional and available. He knows how to simplify and navigate the complexities of sports law. I had the pleasure to work with him on so many projects. We worked closely during the world cup and the result was fantastic, our company was able to make the best out of the FIFA World Cup without getting any infringement notices.’

Key clients

DAZN Group

Manchester United TV

FIFA

Premiership Rugby

EPCR

Stats Perform

Formula E

Two Circles

Racecourse Media Group

FootballCo Media

Work highlights

  • Advised new client European Professional Club Rugby on the tendering of its media rights and conclusion of agreements with each of its major broadcast partners, including BT Sport (TNT), ITV, RTE, Viaplay and SuperSport.
  • Advised DAZN on its long-term ground-breaking deal with the NFL for the operation of its Game Pass International OTT service.
  • Advised Vodafone on its major sports sponsorships, including its multi-year partnerships with Wimbledon, Emma Raducanu and WRU.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

'A great mid-market firm', Wiggin LLP fields go-to commercial litigators for the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming industries. Matthew Dando specialises in contentious commercial matters and publication disputes in the media sector; the 'very astute' litigator Mark Deem is a September 2022 partner recruit from Mishcon de Reya LLP; and consultant partner Caroline Kean is a media disputes specialist. Former partner Alan Owens departed the firm in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dando; Mark Deem

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Kean; Elizabeth Wiggin; Adelaide Scardino Lopez

Testimonials

‘Mark Deem is very astute, caring, and quick to learn tricky scientific concepts. Mark also has a high level of IT understanding, which is very useful.’

‘Mark Deem does stand out. His ability to understand complex scientific detail quickly is very impressive. Mark is always there if clients need him.’

‘Mark Deem manages his team well, and what they produce is of high quality. All in all a very bright person and easy to work with.’

‘Matthew Dando is extremely straightforward and collaborative.’

The team worked very well in preparing and submitting all the documents for High Court.

All members of the team work well and clients are impressed by their astute questions, proving they understand concepts quickly.

‘A great mid-market firm, with a particular niche in media, IT and gaming work. An efficient and personable team.’

‘Alan Owens is a first-class partner, and Elizabeth Wiggin & Caroline Kean are exceptional litigators.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox

MBC Group

DAZN group

ITV

HarperCollins

Entain

Grant Naylor Productions

Work highlights

  • Acting for A-IR in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of a Master Services Agreement and Statement of Work, which concerned the conduct of a clinical trial for a US counterparty.
  • Defending Failbetter Games against a claim brought by its previous CEO, in relation to a defective buyback of his shares in the company.
  • Defending LucasFilm against an unjust enrichment claim, in relation to its film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 5

Wiggin LLP’s fintech practice works with businesses at all levels, from fast-growth companies to multinational corporations, on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, with noteworthy expertise in the multi-jurisdictional analysis of the regulated status of cryptoassets. Jason Fisher – praised for his ‘first class personal client service’ – heads up the team alongside Marcus Bagnall, who joined from Linklaters LLP in January 2022 and is equipped to advise on industry digitalisation mandates and NFT development. IP specialist Calum Smyth is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fisher; Marcus Bagnall

Other key lawyers:

Calum Smyth; Alexander Ross

Testimonials

‘Alexander Ross is an extremely knowledgeable partner. He was very thorough in the review and writing process, which was very useful to anticipate potential pitfalls with international laws for example.’

‘Wiggin provides a true partner-led service at extremely competitive rates. They are flexible in their approach to billing and fees, which has been extremely helpful in recent times whilst still maintaining first rate client care.’

‘Jason Fisher stands out. Easily able to go toe to toe with much larger global firms whist providing first class personal client service.’

Key clients

SAGE Group

Tessian

Thought Machine Group

Worldpay

Xplor

Volt

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

The team at Wiggin LLP , which is praised for its 'very pragmatic and commercial approach to getting things done', has been handling increasing volumes of VC work in recent years. Key names include the 'experienced and commercially minded' Ben Whitelock  and Ciaran Hickey.

We’re a law firm that specialises in media, technology and IP. We help you realise the value of your ideas in a digital age.

Our specialists predict the legal challenges that arise from the wealth of new ideas and technologies that the digital world is constantly creating.

From Hollywood studios to early stage tech businesses, games developers to leading brands, we understand our clients’ needs and give informed advice. We don’t just tell you the risks – we give our opinion in a jargon-free, real-world context, so you have the freedom to do what you do best, creatively and commercially.

We’ll advise and support you on the financing, exploitation and protection of your creative and commercial assets. Alongside our specialist commercial expertise, Wiggin also delivers a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property.

Our Brussels office lobbies EU decision makers on your behalf – on everything from EU copyright, audio visual regulation, data protection and competition policy, to trade and e-commerce, in addition to providing expert legal support. We’ve also built an informal network of trusted overseas law firms – with a similar media, technology and IP focus to our own – to ensure you get the advice you need in all key jurisdictions.

We’ve used our specialist knowledge of media, technology and IP, and our contacts in these sectors, to create a number of spin-off ventures focused on your needs.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising, marketing & sponsorship Sarah MacDonald sarah.macdonald@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Stephen Ketteley stephen.ketteley@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Jason Chess jason.chess@wiggin.co.uk
Brexit & EU Ted Shapiro ted.shapiro@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Matthew Dando matthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Mark Deem mark.deem@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Victoria Harris-Honrado victoria.harris-honrado@wiggin.co.uk
Computer Games Paul Gardner paul.gardner@wiggin.co.uk
Consumer law & regulatory compliance Claire Livingstone claire.livingstone@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Sean James sean.james@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Corporate Ben Whitelock ben.whitelock@wiggin.co.uk
Data Protection Patrick Rennie patrick.rennie@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Matthew Dando matthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Employment Seth Roe seth.roe@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Sara Ashby sara.ashby@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Rachel Alexander rachel.alexander@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Charles Moore charles.moore@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Medwyn Jones medwyn.jones@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) David Quli david.quli@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Neil Gillard neil.gillard@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Chris Hanson chris.hanson@wiggin.co.uk
Music Alexander Ross alexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Alexander Ross alexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Sports & esports Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Ceri Stoner ceri.stoner@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Marcus Bagnall marcus.bagnall@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Ciaran Hickey ciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Telecoms Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Number of UK partners : 43
Number of other UK fee-earners : 130+

We’re a law firm that specialises in media, technology and IP. We help you realise the value of your ideas in a digital age.

Our specialists predict the legal challenges that arise from the wealth of new ideas and technologies that the digital world is constantly creating.

From Hollywood studios to early stage tech businesses, games developers to leading brands, we understand our clients’ needs and give informed advice. We don’t just tell you the risks – we give our opinion in a jargon-free, real-world context, so you have the freedom to do what you do best, creatively and commercially.

We’ll advise and support you on the financing, exploitation and protection of your creative and commercial assets. Alongside our specialist commercial expertise, Wiggin also delivers a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property.

Our Brussels office lobbies EU decision makers on your behalf – on everything from EU copyright, audio visual regulation, data protection and competition policy, to trade and e-commerce, in addition to providing expert legal support. We’ve also built an informal network of trusted overseas law firms – with a similar media, technology and IP focus to our own – to ensure you get the advice you need in all key jurisdictions.

We’ve used our specialist knowledge of media, technology and IP, and our contacts in these sectors, to create a number of spin-off ventures focused on your needs.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising, marketing & sponsorship Sarah MacDonald sarah.macdonald@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Stephen Ketteley stephen.ketteley@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Jason Chess jason.chess@wiggin.co.uk
Brexit & EU Ted Shapiro ted.shapiro@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Matthew Dando matthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Mark Deem mark.deem@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Victoria Harris-Honrado victoria.harris-honrado@wiggin.co.uk
Computer games Paul Gardner paul.gardner@wiggin.co.uk
Consumer law & regulatory compliance Claire Livingstone claire.livingstone@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Sean James sean.james@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Corporate Ben Whitelock ben.whitelock@wiggin.co.uk
Data protection Patrick Rennie patrick.rennie@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Matthew Dando matthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Employment Seth Roe seth.roe@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Sara Ashby sara.ashby@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Rachel Alexander rachel.alexander@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Charles Moore charles.moore@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Medwyn Jones medwyn.jones@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) David Quli david.quli@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Neil Gillard neil.gillard@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Chris Hanson chris.hanson@wiggin.co.uk
Music Alexander Ross alexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Alexander Ross alexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Sport & esports Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Ceri Stoner ceri.stoner@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Marcus Bagnall marcus.bagnall@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Ciaran Hickey ciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Telecoms Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Number of UK partners : 43
Number of other UK fee-earners : 130+

To help our clients meet their most important challenges we strive to build the very best legal and support teams, comprising people from a range of backgrounds, who are nurtured and developed in an inclusive environment that allows them to express who they are.

Inclusivity, personal development and a focus on the wellbeing of those around us help us in creating a place where we all want to work – and to continue to attract, retain and develop the most talented people.

We are committed to increasing diversity within the firm and holding ourselves to the inclusion and diversity commitments we make. These include:

• increasing the gender balance in our partnership
• supporting a work/life balance that works for individuals
• increasing ethnic diversity
• supporting LGBT+ employees
• promoting social mobility

We have active support networks that provide a focus for those who identify with different groups and that help us to continue to improve diversity.

We don’t just view our commitment to our people, inclusion and diversity as a commercial driver – it is fundamental to why we at Wiggin choose to work here, and the advisors we strive to be.