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

Gaming and betting Tier 1

Wiggin LLP has expertise in providing regulatory, corporate and commercial advice, which involves assistance with regulatory investigations and international risk strategies, ongoing advice on compliance and licensing, assistance with M&A transactions and business-to-business arrangements, and advice on advertisement contracts. The team regularly represents clients from the betting, poker, casino, lottery, media and sports sectors, while Stephen Ketteley, who co-heads the practice with Jason Chess, is particularly active for clients from the online gambling sector.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Wiggin LLP has a 'wealth of talent' for media and entertainment sector mandates, where it handles contentious and non-contentious matters. The team offers expertise across advertising, marketing, sponsorship, film, TV, content distribution and transmission, corporate, content protection and litigation, computer games, technology, music, publishing, interactive content and media finance. Among the 'fantastic team'Sean James specialises in the creation, acquisition, licensing and distribution of content, as well as broadcast advertising; Charles Moore specialises in film and television production, financing and distribution; Medwyn Jones advises on the development, finance, production and distribution of television programmes, and also handles sponsorship and broadcasting issues; Neil Gillard is active across film and television production, finance and distribution; Chris Hanson is a media finance expert and led advice for MUFG Union Bank on a loan for the financing of the production of the next film in the Kingsman series; and David Quli is instructed by financiers, producers and distributors on the financing of films, television programmes, video games and music. Elsewhere, Paul Gardner is 'incredibly knowledgeable on the computer game sector'; Daniel Whybrew is 'strong on TV and film financing work'; and Sarah MacDonald, who was recently promoted to partner, heads the advertising, marketing and sponsorship team.

Reputation management Tier 1

The defamation and reputation management department at Wiggin LLP acts exclusively on the defendant side and is praised by some for being 'the best defendant team by some distance'. A high proportion of the firm's work consists of advising clients on sensitive and controversial content prior to publication or broadcast. The firm has also added specialist media clearance brand Reviewed & Cleared to its service portfolio, providing low-cost clearance advice by experienced solicitors. Team head and 'formidable opponentCaroline Kean acts for publishers, broadcasters and film companies alike and many of her clients are based in other jurisdictions such as the US. The 'brilliantMatthew Dando is particularly adept at defending libel and privacy claims for clients across the media, tech and sports industries. Consultant Anna Doble is another name to note: she advises well-known brands, publications and productions with her added expertise in copyright clearance. One of the firm's recent stand-out matters is acting for publishing house Faber & Faber and author Tom Bower in the lawsuit brought by Nick Brown MP over a statement made in “Broken Vows – Tony Blair, the Tragedy of Power”.

Brand management Tier 2

Focusing on media, technology and intellectual property, Wiggin LLP  continues to be among the 'best known' brand management practices in London. The practice offers the full range of portfolio management services, led by Gurminder S Panesar; the team is supported by INCOPRO, a company co-founded by the firm, which offers online brand protection strategies to manage online content and tackle parallel import, counterfeiting and other infringement issues. The team is led by Anna Carboni, a 'well-known figure and all-round expert in trademark issues', who is also able to handle hearings and try cases in-house. Simon Baggs, Sara Ashby and Rachel Alexander are the other highly qualified partners. Director John Colbourn and associate Joanne Gibbs  are also recommended for soft IP.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Wiggin LLP is most active in the media, technology, brands and entertainment industries, where the firm's key clients operate. Work includes advising public and private companies on both domestic and cross-border mandates, with the added capability to act for entrepreneurs and investment backers. The overall corporate practice is aligned with the firm's market specialisms but also work together in sectors such as gambling. The 'experienced' and 'expert' Adrian Jones and Michael Brader co-head the corporate practice, both with broad experience across the media sector.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'first-class' practice at Wiggin LLP is highlighted for its expertise across brand and online content protection and design law matters, in addition to its experience in patent litigation and commercial IP advice. 'Trade mark expert' Anna Carboni heads up the team and handles a range of trade mark, design and copyright disputes and strategic advice. Litigator Sara Ashby combines design law expertise, significant experience in patent disputes and knowledge of parallel imports, while Simon Baggs focuses on the protection of online content. Other names to note include commercial IP partner Simon Chalkley, and Rachel Alexander, who 'has an in-depth knowledge of UK and EU jurisprudence in the area of copyright'.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The technology team at Wiggin LLP has experience assisting clients with IT infrastructure projects, outsourcing arrangements, corporate and financing transactions and litigation; it also has expertise in new and emerging areas of technology including AI, gaming and virtual reality matters. Practice head Alan Owens handles contentious IT matters, while Ciaran Hickey and David Naylor are names to note for corporate transactions and data protection work respectively.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Wiggin LLP acts for a high-profile client roster of media and technology clients, with notable examples including Netflix, HBO, Disney, Marvel and Virgin Media. The group has recently been active advising on personal data matters; it assisted Netflix and HBO with the processing of cast and crew data and GDPR issues. Other areas of expertise for the practice include contentious data protection work, cybersecurity breaches, regulatory investigations and cross-border projects. David Naylor and Alexander Ross jointly lead the department; Naylor focuses on transactional and advisory work and Ross has notable expertise in digital rights. Caroline Kean is the key contact for contentious matters.

Sport Tier 4

Wiggin LLP's sports group specialises in advising media organisations in the sector on distribution deals and rights acquisitions, and representing betting companies and rights holders in various partnership and data exploitation matters. The team works with clients such as governing bodies and broadcasters on the regulatory constraints around traditional and emerging forms of media and entertainment and represents them in contentious cases relating to areas such as libel, reputation management and breach of contract. Practice head Ross Sylvester specialises in sports rights acquisition and distribution, advising major clients such as Virgin Media, Kosmos and DAZN on high value deals in the sector. Associate Sarah MacDonald, who leads on sponsorship, advertising and marketing, recently acted for international footballers Gerard Pique and Kaka in two lucrative corporate and commercial deals.

Fintech Tier 5

Wiggin LLP's 'creative and persistent' fintech group has specialist expertise advising clients ranging from disruptive fast-growth machine learning companies to multinational corporates on data protection, privacy and cyber security issues. Outside of these core areas the team also assists clients with corporate transactions, including investments and acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues in the e-commerce space, and IP protection. Practice head David Naylor, who specialises in technology and IP law, stands out for his experience as general counsel to US and European companies on international business expansion and cross-border projects.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Most of Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation work is focused on the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sectors. Caroline Kean is litigation head, Alan Owens is a technology litigation specialist, and Matthew Dando was appointed partner in 2019.

The firm: Wiggin is a law firm which focuses on media, technology and intellectual property. It advises clients on the financing, exploitation and protection of their creative and commercial assets in these sectors.

We deliver real value by providing commercial advice based on a fundamental understanding of the industry sectors in which our clients operate. Wiggin works with clients as a trusted partner, offering commercial and strategic input in conjunction with first class legal expertise. The deep history the firm has within its chosen specialisms gives clients access to long-established relationships with industry contacts and regulators.

Principal areas of work: Alongside its specialist commercial expertise, the firm provides a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property. Wiggin’s clients range from leading businesses in broadcast entertainment, music, sport and publishing through to platforms, content retailers, gaming and technology companies and early stage entrepreneurs.

The firm’s Brussels office provides legal support and lobbies EU decision makers on behalf of clients on a wide range of matters, including EU copyright reform, data protection, competition policy, trade and e-commerce. Wiggin has also built a network of trusted overseas law firms, with a similar media, technology and IP focus, covering all key worldwide jurisdictions.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Rachel Alexander  photo Mrs Rachel Alexander
 Sara Ashby  photo Sara Ashby
Mr Simon Baggs  photo Mr Simon Baggs
 Simon Bernholt  photo Simon Bernholt
Mr Michael Brader  photo Mr Michael Brader
 Michael Browne  photo Michael Browne
Mr Matt Bullock  photo Mr Matt Bullock
 Anna Carboni  photo Anna Carboni
Mr Jason Chess  photo Mr Jason Chess
Mrs Sue Crawford  photo Mrs Sue Crawford
 Matthew Dando  photo Matthew Dando
 Jason Fisher  photo Jason Fisher
 Paul Gardner  photo Paul Gardner
Mr Neil Gillard  photo Mr Neil Gillard
 Chris Hammond  photo Chris Hammond
Mr Chris Hanson  photo Mr Chris Hanson
Mr Ciaran Hickey  photo Mr Ciaran Hickey
Mr Sean James  photo Mr Sean James
Mr Medwyn Jones  photo Mr Medwyn Jones
Mr Adrian Jones  photo Mr Adrian Jones
Mrs Caroline Kean  photo Mrs Caroline Kean
Mr Stephen Ketteley  photo Mr Stephen Ketteley
 Alexander Lea  photo Alexander Lea
Mr Shaun Lowde  photo Mr Shaun Lowde
 Sarah MacDonald  photo Sarah MacDonald
 Gráinne McKenna  photo Gráinne McKenna
Mr David McLeish  photo Mr David McLeish
Mr Charles Moore  photo Mr Charles Moore
Mr David Naylor  photo Mr David Naylor
 Alan Owens  photo Alan Owens
Mr Gurminder S Panesar  photo Mr Gurminder S Panesar
Mr David Quli  photo Mr David Quli
Mr Alexander Ross  photo Mr Alexander Ross
Mr Marcus Rowland  photo Mr Marcus Rowland
 Ceri Stoner  photo Ceri Stoner
Mr Ross Sylvester  photo Mr Ross Sylvester
Mr Ben Whitelock  photo Mr Ben Whitelock
Mr Daniel Whybrew  photo Mr Daniel Whybrew
Number of UK partners : 41
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45+

The firm: Wiggin is a law firm which focuses on media, technology and intellectual property. It advises clients on the financing, exploitation and protection of their creative and commercial assets in these sectors.

We deliver real value by providing commercial advice based on a fundamental understanding of the industry sectors in which our clients operate. Wiggin works with clients as a trusted partner, offering commercial and strategic input in conjunction with first class legal expertise. The deep history the firm has within its chosen specialisms gives clients access to long-established relationships with industry contacts and regulators.

Principal areas of work: Alongside its specialist commercial expertise, the firm provides a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property. Wiggin’s clients range from leading businesses in broadcast entertainment, music, sport and publishing through to platforms, content retailers, gaming and technology companies and early stage entrepreneurs.

The firm’s Brussels office provides legal support and lobbies EU decision makers on behalf of clients on a wide range of matters, including EU copyright reform, data protection, competition policy, trade and e-commerce. Wiggin has also built a network of trusted overseas law firms, with a similar media, technology and IP focus, covering all key worldwide jurisdictions.

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 Caroline Kean caroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Alan Owens alan.owens@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 Michael Brader michael.brader@wiggin.co.uk
Corporate Adrian Jones adrian.jones@wiggin.co.uk
Data protection David Naylor david.naylor@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
Competition Collette Rawnsley collette.rawnsley@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Anna Carboni anna.carboni@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Simon Baggs simon.baggs@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
Real estate Matt Bullock matt.bullock@wiggin.co.uk
Sport & esports Ross Sylvester ross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Sport & esports Sarah MacDonald sarah.macdonald@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 Ciaran Hickey ciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Technology David Naylor david.naylor@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Shaun Lowder shaun.lowde@wiggin.co.uk
Number of UK partners : 41
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55+

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


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


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


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