Firm Profile > Wiggin LLP > London, England

Wiggin LLP
9TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING
22 PERCY STREET
LONDON
W1T 2BU
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 1

With 'unrivalled industry experience', Wiggin LLP's wide-ranging practice spans complex corporate, commercial and regulatory matters in the gambling sector. The team has extensive expertise in licensing, high-profile regulatory investigations and general compliance issues, in addition to advising key players in the sector on large-scale M&A, investment and restructuring transactions and commercial matters. Its impressive client base includes large remote and land-based gambling operators and platforms, software providers and payment processors, media and sports companies, and advertisers, among others. The practice is led by the 'outstanding' Jason Chess, a specialist in remote gambling matters, and Stephen Ketteley, who also focuses on advising online gambling operators, particularly in the i-gaming space. Other standout team members include David McLeish, who handles corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and senior associate Chris Elliott, who is noted for his specialist expertise in commercial and regulatory issues in the online gambling sector.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ketteley; Jason Chess

Other key lawyers:

David McLeish; Ben Whitelock; Jason Fisher; Chris Elliott

Testimonials

‘Personalised service, very good industry knowledge.’

‘Jason Chess is outstanding.’

‘The team has a roster of individuals with unrivalled industry experience. It is a pleasure to work with Wiggin – they are, without question, the leaders in the field of gambling regulatory advice. I would not work with anyone else.’

‘Standout team members include Steve Ketteley, David McLeish and Chris Elliott. Each provides commercial and practical advice that is easily digestible for the business – no matter how complex the issue. A fantastic team and an expert is always available to assist.’

‘David McLeish is really excellent.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment (including The Stars Group, Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair)

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

Entain (including Ladbrokes and Coral)

LeoVegas

Evolution Gaming (including NetEnt)

Gamesys Group (including Jackpotjoy)

Betsson

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

Wiggin LLP is praised by clients for its ‘incomparable industry expertise’ and ‘excellent commerciality and market knowledge’ across the media and entertainment arena. In the film and TV space, Charles Moore and Medwyn Jones advise clients on all aspects of development, finance and distribution, while David Quli, Neil Gillard  and Chris Hanson handle media finance matters. Michael Brader focuses on corporate transactions in the independent television production sector, while Daniel Whybrew acts for financiers, producers and distributors on the financing of TV and film projects. ‘Grand seigneur of games law’ Paul Gardner leads the computer games sector group, which includes Jas Purewal, who joined from Purewal & Partners. In the music space, Rachel Alexander specialises in high profile IP cases and online enforcement matters. Caroline Kean, who leads the defamation and litigation practices, is noted for her expertise in the publishing sector. She works with Matthew Dando and Julian Darrall. Sean James leads the content distribution and transmission team. Sarah MacDonald heads up the advertising, marketing and sponsorship group.

Practice head(s):

Charles Moore; David Quli; Neil Gillard; Michael Brader; Paul Gardner; Rachel Alexander; Alexander Ross; Caroline Kean; Sean James; Adrian Jones; Sarah MacDonald

Other key lawyers:

Medwyn Jones; Chris Hanson; Daniel Whybrew; Jas Purewal; Matthew Dando;; Sarah MacDonald; Julian Darrall; Elizabeth Wiggin; Peter Mason; Chris Hammond

Testimonials

‘Incomparable industry expertise. Super deep bench of incredible talent. Clearly skilled at information and resource sharing amongst the group and a responsive and polite support staff.’

‘Daniel Whybrew is without a doubt one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with during my 20 years of working in media finance. Dan has an exceptionally pragmatic attitude, understands all sides of a deal and always finds a way through even the toughest of situations.’

‘Wiggin has a stellar team for advising the games industry. They have been a leader in this field for a long time, and now Purewal & Partners has joined them, which makes the team even stronger.’

‘Both Julian Darrall (partner) and Elizabeth Wiggin (associate) provided an excellent service, helping us with a situation of which we had no previous experience of. Their proactive approach and clear step-by-step guidance helped us resolve the situation and delivered a positive outcome for our firm.’

‘Paul Gardner is the grand seigneur of games law in Europe; Jas Purewal is probably one of the most active and entrepreneurial young partners in this field.’

‘Excellent commerciality and market knowledge, pragmatic solutions that pre-empt the concerns of broadcasters/platforms.’

‘David Quli is a senior member of the team. Connections and knowledge are unrivalled.’

‘Jas Purewal has an exceptional knowledge of the video game business and is the person to go to with any legal work that needs goods understanding of the business context. Paul Gardner is a very experienced lawyer, dedicated and supportive.’

Key clients

Apple

Disney

NBC Universal

Netflix

Paramount Pictures / Paramount TV

Sky

Sony Pictures

Viacom

Virgin Media

Warner Media

Ventureland

XYZ Films

Quiver Capital

CD Projekt S.A.

Wargaming.net Limited

Studio Gobo Limited and Electric Square Limited (Keywords Studios PLC)

Microsoft

Tonic Group

GOG.com

Piggyback Games

Climax Studios Limited

Enad Global 7 (EG7)

That Silly Studio

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Warner Music UK Limited

Performing Right Society (PRS)

Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)

One Media iP

Rockstar Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment

IMPEL Y

Downtown Music Publishing

Disney

Spotify

Soundmouse

On Air

Bloomberg

Future plc

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

FootballCo Group

Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers

News UK

Times Newspapers

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible

Argus Media Limited

Harriman House Ltd

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

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

Recent additions to Wiggin LLP‘s IP practice include Calum Smyth, whose prior role as head of Barclays’ global IP team honed his knowledge of transactional and contentious technology and software matters. The firm has also strengthened its Brussels presence to ensure seamless trade mark enforcement capabilities in the EUIPO. Key individuals Rachel Alexander and senior associate Victoria Gyles are strong in the media, music and technology sectors, and carve out a reputation in the fields of online enforcement, digital copyright and intermediary liability. Practice head Sara Ashby and Michael Browne operate in traditional sectors including fashion, retail and consumer goods, while partner promotion John Colbourn is the go-to parallel imports expert. Anna Carboni, who had been at the firm since its 2017 acquisition of IP boutique Redd, has now retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Calum Smyth; Rachel Alexander; Victoria Gyles; Michael Browne; John Colbourn

Testimonials

In my opinion Wiggin has one of the best teams for contentious and non-contentious work of this kind in the UK. The team is led by Sara Ashby, who is an extremely experienced IP litigator. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Sara Ashby – in my view she is an exceptional IP litigator, one of the best I have ever worked with. Clients can be confident that she will leave no stone unturned to achieve a successful result.

Michael Browne – very capable and experienced IP litigation partner.

John Colbourn – another very capable and experienced IP contentious and non-contentious partner especially in the field of branding.

Joanne Gibbs is very hard working and thorough. Highly recommended. Georgina Hart is an excellent member of any litigation team, especially in relation to technical litigation.

The team members complement each other and this gives the client a sense of security. One associate is all over the details whereas the other focuses on main point and communicates with the client. Also, the team easily communicates strict legal information to non-legal executives for them to comprehend.

What stands out for me in Wiggin is that alongside handling the case, they always keep you updated, even when they have to act urgently, they always send thorough explanations right after.

John Colbourn is a very sage and steady pair of hands when helping decision making in a complex area.

Key clients

Endemol Shine Group/Banijay (format titles including Peaky Blinders, Big Brother, MasterChef, Deal or No Deal, Pointless, Black Mirror)

Microsoft Corporation

Gucci

3M

Hozelock

Motion Picture Association

Richemont

Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Vans Inc.

PRS for Music

Netflix

HarperCollins

Bet365

Hiscox

Rollic Games

Wargaming

Abcam

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Wiggin LLP's experience in the media, TV and film arena sees the team handling high-profile transactional work for an impressive roster of major studios, indie producers, and digital music platforms. The team is also routinely praised for its 'unrivalled expertise' in the gambling market, where David McLeish, Jason Fisher and practice head Ben Whitelock jointly spearhead the cross-border group. Michael Brader leads the TV production M&A desk, while Ciaran Hickey heads up the growing technology and video game practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Whitelock

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brader; Jason Fisher; Ciaran Hickey; David McLeish

Testimonials

‘Brilliant firm – always made me feel like their most important client. All lawyers were very competitively priced for the level of their experience and skill set. Great mix of interpersonal skills and thorough technical knowledge.’

‘Ben Whitelock is very hands-on and with a high degree of attention to detail. As a client you feel very comfortable.’

‘We receive more partner attention than from any other firm. Lawyers are all extremely bright and highly specialised in their field. The team is led by the tremendous Ben Whitelock who combines great intellect and knowledge of his field with pragmatism and desire to help. Not above “rolling up his sleeves” to help out – a fantastic adviser to have on side.’

‘This team makes you feel like every transaction they advise on is their top priority. You get extremely dedicated personal service that is not only of extremely high technical calibre but cares in-depth about the business they are advising and the in-house team within it.’

‘Jason Fisher is a stand out partner. Not afraid to roll his sleeves up and always available with a very collegiate approach whether to the business or in-house team.’

‘Wiggin’s gambling industry expertise is unrivalled in the market. I would not instruct anyone else.’

‘David McLeish is a fantastic sounding board and his industry experience in-house stands him apart from other private practice partners.’

Key clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Endemol Shine

Manchester United

DAZN

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WiseTech Global

Telefonica Digital

Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group

Playtech

Entain

Worldpay

Clairvest Group

Legendary Entertainment

Xplor (formerly Transaction Services Group/Clearent)

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

Wiggin LLP's defamation and reputation management practice is a strong defendant outfit, best known for representing several major UK publishers. The team has considerable expertise in pre-publication advice and defending clients from applications for injunctions, in addition to defamation, privacy and data protection claims. Practice head Caroline Kean has 'unrivalled knowledge', having worked on a number of key libel and privacy claims throughout her career. The team has a global reach, with many of Kean's clients based abroad, including a significant number in the US. Matthew Dando is 'excellent' and advises clients across the media, tech and sports industries. In July 2020, the team strengthened its offering through the hire of Julian Darrall from Associated Newspapers, where he was deputy head of editorial legal services.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dando; Julian Darrall; Elizabeth Wiggin

Testimonials

‘The defamation/privacy team is first class, led by Caroline Kean, and has a slate of defendant/insurer clients in publishing and newspapers in particular.’

‘Caroline Kean is one of the most experienced practitioners in the field, with an unrivalled knowledge of the law in defamation/privacy and of how the publishing sector operates.’

‘Matt Dando is an excellent younger partner who has rapidly become popular with media clients, especially Associated Newspapers, no doubt for his cool head and measured judgement.’

‘Julian Darrell has moved from a very senior role at Associated Newspapers (having previously been at RPC) and brings an unparalleled level of experience and judgement from both private practice and from working in-house.’

‘The team at Wiggin is very strong – in-depth technical knowledge and sound legal advice delivered in a client-friendly manner; consistent top-quality service.’

‘Very much a growing force at the top of the reputation management field – particularly from the perspective of defendant publishers, who very much value the quality and focus which the media team is able to bring to bear to any case.’

Key clients

Bloomberg

Future plc

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

FootballCo Group

Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers (The Sun)

News UK (including Dow Jones)

Times Newspapers

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

Argus Media Limited

Harriman House Ltd

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

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

Wiggin LLP’s IP practice is lauded in the technology and media sectors, regularly securing sizeable mandates across the litigation and transactional disciplines. Both claimants and defendants instruct practice head Sara Ashby, Calum Smyth, Michael Browne and senior associates Victoria Gyles and Flora Greenwood on patent infringement, validity and enforcement actions in industries ranging from mechanical engineering and automotives to software and consumer electronics. Close collaboration with the growing Brussels office significantly boosts cross-border project capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Calum Smyth; Michael Browne; Victoria Gyles; Flora Greenwood

Testimonials

Wiggin’s patent practice is one of the best in London. It is led by Sara Ashby who is one of the most exceptional litigators I have worked with. She has built an exceptional team.

Michael Browne is a very capable litigator in the fields of TMT matters with an IP element.

Key clients

Permavent Limited & Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited

Hozelock

3M

MacGregor Healthcare

BPW Bergische Achsen KG

Tanks and Pipeworks Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Wiggin LLP advises clients across the TMT ecosystem in relation to software licensing, distribution agreements, data protection, IP law and various related areas. Alongside this core offering, the team acts for clients in high-profile litigation. Gordon Moir, who co-leads the team alongside commercial litigator Alan Owens, has over 20 years of experience in IT and telecoms law. Currently, Owens is advising various major telecoms companies in relation to the complex regulatory aspects of large-scale projects, including data protection, retention and transfer matters. David Naylor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alan Owens; Gordon Moir

Other key lawyers:

David Naylor

Testimonials

‘Gordon Moir: out of the box thinking, readily availability and emphasis on efficient and cost effective provision of services. Gordon has been a standout among the partners I have worked with in my long career’ 

‘The Wiggin team assisted us with a technology dispute. We were grateful for their expertise in handling such a case. They took over the process from another firm and got to grips with the issues quickly.’

‘Alan Owens had good practical experience that he brought to the table and he was able to advise us effectively during the process of our negotiations, whilst ensuring the legal process met our timetable.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable team; always there to help for complex customer questions; tech savvy.’

‘Gordon Moir is one of the most competent partners I have ever worked with. He always keeps his calm and comes up with a solution where others would be stuck debating how to understand the question.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Vodafone Group plc

AT&T

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Warner Music UK

Worldpay

DAZN Media Services Limited

Starz Entertainment, LLC

BNET

InstaDeep

Transaction Services Group (TSG)

Playtech plc

Rakuten

Penguin Random House

Ooredoo

IQE plc

Tessian Limited

National Online Self Exclusion Scheme Limited t/a GAMSTOP

Speedcast

Datacore

GOG.com

On Air

Soundmouse

Racecourse Media Group (RMG)

Cervest

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Wiggin LLP’s broad practice covers the full range of data issues from compliance work to ICO investigations, cybersecurity matters and data breaches. The ‘responsive, flexible and cost-effective’ team is active in the TV and film, computer game, gambling and betting industries. David Naylor leads the practice and is experienced in cross-border transactions and projects. Julian Darrall joined in September 2020 from an in-house role at Associated Newspapers.

Practice head(s):

David Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Ross; Caroline Kean; Patrick O’Connell; Julian Darrall

Testimonials

‘The team at Wiggin are experts in their field which results in outstanding knowledge and support for our company’.

‘I know the advice and support we receive is well thought through with a full understanding of our business and I greatly value the input they provide’. 

‘Whilst not physically part of our team we do see our Wiggin team as an integral part of our company’.          

‘Patrick O’Connell not only ensures we have all the relevant GDPR compliance in place, he supports us in our day to day operation, often dealing directly with our more challenging DP contacts’. 

‘Wiggin have an excellent understanding of our industry, so their advice always takes account of the practical realities of whatever matter they are working on’.    

‘Patrick O’Connell is a fantastic asset for the firm – very knowledgeable, with a pragmatic approach and easy manner’.

‘We have found Wiggin to be highly collaborative in supporting our relatively small internal legal team’.  

‘Patrick O’Connell in particular has been invaluable in supporting our group’s data protection officer’.

Key clients

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

National Online Self Exclusion Scheme Limited t/a GAMSTOP

Transaction Services Group Limited

Mediatonic Limited

Starz Entertainment, LLC

DataCore Inc.

Tessian Limited

Wargaming.net Limited

The Codemasters Software Company Limited

Centaur Media PLC

Duedil Limited

HBO Inc (New York)

Perform Content Services Limited

RMG Operations Limited

DAZN Media Services Limited

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

Wiggin LLP provides international regulatory advice and support on corporate transactions, investments, IP issues and commercial matters. Its team's experience spans cryptocurrencies, ICOs, mobile and online payment services, as well as e-money services. David Naylor counts digital media, internet and mobile technology businesses among his clientele. He co-heads the practice with Jason Fisher, who is recommended for advice on regulatory issues. Calum Smyth joined from an in-house role at Barclays in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Naylor; Jason Fisher

Key clients

Worldpay

Western Union

GEO BD Blockchain

Rakuten

Thomsons Online Benefits

Tessian

Duedil

Beauhurst

Vizolution

RightIndem

Eligible.ai

MyO Receipts

iPipeline

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

The sport group at specialist media, technology and IP firm Wiggin LLP is led by Ross Sylvester, an ‘excellent, commercially focused’ practitioner who advises broadcasters, organisations, rights holders and platform aggregators on the acquisition and exploitation of audio-visual, data and media rights. Sarah MacDonald provides clients with merchandising, sponsorship and brand licensing proficiency, while the firm has also added significant ‘breadth, depth and experience’ in the field of esports with its November 2020 acquisition of specialist firm Purewal & Partners. That firm's founding partner, Jas Purewal, is now a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ross Sylvester

Other key lawyers:

Sarah MacDonald; Jas Purewal; Sean James

Testimonials

‘The team offers a quality of legal expertise and service which matches their London-based peers whilst also representing great value for money. Willingness to be flexible in order to meet their clients’ needs.’

‘Ross Sylvester is an excellent lawyer with a great breadth of knowledge and experience across multiple facets of the sport, media and telecoms world. Conscientious, friendly and client-orientated, he has the rare ability to work well with lawyers and non-lawyers alike.’

‘Sean James is a hugely experienced, hard-working and thoughtful lawyer with a keenly commercial approach. Very enjoyable to work with, provides a safe pair of hands on any matter and adds real value.’

‘They have a breadth and depth of skills and experience in the eSports and eGaming sectors.’

Key clients

DAZN Group

Manchester United / MUTV

Racecourse Media Group

Premiership Rugby

Fulwell 73

FootballCo Media (operator of Goal website)

STATS Perform

Flutter Group (including PokerStars and FOX Bet)

Virgin Media

Digital Sports Mgmt

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Wiggin LLP is a go-to firm for commercial litigation involving the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming industries. Caroline Kean is the head of litigation, working with Alan Owens, who 'adds great value'. Matthew Dando's practice encompasses a mix of media litigation and general commercial litigation work. Julian Darrall joined from Associated Newspapers in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:

Alan Owens; Matthew Dando; Julian Darrall

Testimonials

Clear industry understanding, listens to the client’s needs and adapts to accommodate them.

Always strives to go over and above. I worked with Wiggin on a High Court litigation and couldn’t have been happier with the service.

The most important aspect of the practice is its unique combination of professionalism and personalisation during the litigation.

One can expect truthful, timely and adequate legal advice.

The practice is very well prepared for gaming and regulatory matters, and offers tangible solutions to matters.

Looks to add value with creative solutions wherever possible.

Alan Owens is very knowledgeable, and has approached our cases with the necessary care, while reflecting on our business needs and what would be best for us as an outcome.

Alan Owens adds great value both personally and in the manner in which he managers and supports his team, always getting the most from them.

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment

The Ingenious Group

Bet365

Twentieth Century Fox

MBC Group

DAZN group

Stats Perform

eOne

Harper Collins

Entain

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Rachel Alexander photo Rachel Alexander Rachel is a Partner in the Litigation group.  She advises media clients…
 Sara Ashby  photo Sara Ashby Sara is a partner in the intellectual property team, with over 20…
 Michael Brader photo Michael Brader Michael is a partner and co-head of the Media Corporate Group, and…
 Michael Browne  photo Michael Browne Michael is a partner in Wiggin’s intellectual property advising on the enforcement and…
 Jason Chess photo Jason Chess Jason is a partner and co-head of the Betting and Gaming group.…
 John Colbourn photo John Colbourn John has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, with a broad…
 Sue Crawford photo Sue Crawford Sue is a partner and head of the Tax group. Internationally recognised…
 Matthew Dando  photo Matthew Dando Matthew advises clients predominantly in the media, tech and sports industries on…
 Julian Darrall  photo Julian Darrall Julian is a partner in our defamation and litigation practices. Julian has…
 Jason Fisher  photo Jason Fisher Jason is a Partner in the Corporate group advising clients across the…
 Paul Gardner  photo Paul Gardner Paul is a partner who specialises in commercial transactions and regulatory issues…
 Neil Gillard photo Neil Gillard Neil is a partner in the Film & TV group. Neil advises…
 Chris Hammond  photo Chris Hammond Chris is a Partner in Wiggin’s Film & TV Group. The focus…
 Chris Hanson photo Chris Hanson Chris is a partner and media finance expert. He has worked in…
 Ciaran Hickey photo Ciaran Hickey Ciaran is a partner in the Corporate group. He advises clients across…
 Sean James photo Sean James Sean is a partner and head of the Content Distribution and Transmission…
 Adrian Jones photo Adrian Jones Adrian Jones is a partner and co-head of the corporate group. He…
 Medwyn Jones photo Medwyn Jones Medwyn is a partner specialising in television. Medwyn began acting for the…
 Caroline Kean photo Caroline Kean Caroline is a partner and head of the litigation group. She also…
 Stephen Ketteley photo Stephen Ketteley Steve is a partner and the co-head of the Betting & Gaming…
 Alexander Lea  photo Alexander Lea Alexander is a partner in Wiggin’s Film & TV group and advises clients…
 Sarah MacDonald  photo Sarah MacDonald Sarah provides commercial and regulatory advice across a range of media industry…
 Gráinne McKenna  photo Gráinne McKenna Gráinne McKenna is a partner in the Film & TV Group. For…
 David McLeish photo David McLeish David is a partner and a member of our Corporate and Betting…
Mr Gordon Moir photo Mr Gordon Moir Gordon is a Partner in the Telecoms group. He is an internationally…
 Charles Moore photo Charles Moore Charles specialises in all aspects of film and television production, financing and…
 David Naylor photo David Naylor David is a partner and co-head of the firm’s technology group .…
 Alan Owens  photo Alan Owens Alan provides litigation and contentious regulatory services to the technology and related…
 David Quli photo David Quli David is a partner and specialises in media finance. He advises financiers,…
 Patrick Rennie  photo Patrick Rennie Patrick is a Partner in the Data Protection group. He is a…
 Seth Roe photo Seth Roe Seth is a Partner in the Employment group.  He has over 10…
 Alexander Ross photo Alexander Ross Alexander is a partner and head of the Commercial Music and Digital…
 Marcus Rowland photo Marcus Rowland Marcus is a partner and head of the Employment group. He provides…
 Calum Smyth  photo Calum Smyth Calum has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in IP…
 Ceri Stoner  photo Ceri Stoner Ceri is a partner in the tax group advising companies across all…
 Ross Sylvester photo Ross Sylvester Ross is a partner in the content distribution and transmission group and…
 Ben Whitelock photo Ben Whitelock Ben is a partner in the Corporate group. He has a broad…
 Daniel Whybrew photo Daniel Whybrew Daniel is a partner in the Film & TV Group and advises…
Number of UK partners : 40
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80+

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 Alan Owens alan.owens@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Computer games Paul Gardner paul.gardner@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 David Naylor david.naylor@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 Marcus Rowland marcus.rowland@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 Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Sport & esports Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Sue Crawford sue.crawford@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Ceri Stoner ceri.stoner@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Alan Owens alan.owens@wiggin.co.uk
Technology David Naylor david.naylor@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Ciaran Hickey ciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Telecoms Gordon Moir gordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Number of UK partners : 40
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80+

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.


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “The Wiggin team were outstanding throughout, I’d never go into battle without them”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “Wiggin gave a completely comprehensive and 360 degree service throughout the entire transaction. Great expertise, confidence and competence in all areas and at all times. We were served very, very well.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “Extremely commercial with a quick understanding of new technology and the various issues.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “The international gambling regulatory framework is characterised by being largely completely unharmonised; inconsistent in terms of approach, application and enforcement; frequently onerous; operationally invasive; commercially indispensable; legally multilateral; and uniquely politicised. Wiggin have a genuinely unique understanding of this 3-dimensional maze: Few others claim to, no others do”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “As a newly established international remote gambling operator, IP asset protection is one of the most important considerations for our organisation and requires expert guidance and management. Wiggin have been instrumental in protecting the newly created brand. They have offered a truly end-to-end service, allowing the in-house team to focus on the strategic aspects of this work.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “We love working with them because they are efficient and industry-savvy. We trust them as advisers.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Wiggin LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “They are always responsive, thorough, good value, personable and easy to deal with.”