Firm Profile > Wiggin LLP > London, England

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

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.

Testimonials

This is probably the best all-round gambling and betting practice in the UK. The firm is responsive, astute and meticulous in its work

Stephen Ketteley has a true passion for the industry and intimate knowledge of British regulations in this area, as well as a deep understanding of how the industry works internationally

Jason Chess is a very well-respected senior figure

Stephen Ketteley and Jason Chess provide a speedy high-quality service

‘David McLeish has a wealth of industry experience from his time as a GC in the sector, which gives him a unique insight on how commercial and risk decision-making really gets done, driving pragmatic and focused advice’

‘Chris Elliott is fantastically knowledgeable of the regulatory issues facing the industry. An upcoming star’

Key clients

The Stars Group

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

GVC

LeoVegas

Casumo

Addison Global

Betsson

IGT

Kindred

GoLotto

Perform Group

Genius Sports

Evolution

Netent

SBTech

Royal Panda

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.

Testimonials

The team offers in-depth expertise across a range of media and entertainment sub-sectors.

The firm’s computer gaming experience is exceptional.

It has well-regarded experts for film and TV financing.

Key clients

Addison Global (MoPlay)

UKTV

Perform Group/ DAZN

NBC Universal

PokerStars

Elonex

News Corp UK

LeoVegas

Gamer Network

Sony

Netflix

Disney / ABC

Apple

Paramount Pictures

Sony Pictures

Warner Media (Warner Bros; HBO; Warner Horizon; Turner)

NBC Universal (Universal Studios; Focus Features)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Amazon Studios

CBS Studios International

Gamer Network

Playtech

Perform Group

William Hill

Elonex

The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

Appiness

Addison Global (Moplay)

Acute Art

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Sony Music Entertainment UK

Warner Music UK

PRS for Music

Downtown Music Publishing

One Media iP Group

Rockstar Games

Joss Stone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

eOne

Soundmouse

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tido

Associated Newspapers Limited

News UK (including The Sun and Dow Jones)

Ocean Media

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

Archant

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

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”.

Testimonials

Caroline Kean is a formidable opponent.

Wiggin is the best defendant team by some distance.’

Caroline Kean is smart and a good lawyer.’

Matthew Dando is brilliant.

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

News UK (including The Sun and Dow Jones)

Ocean Media

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

Perform/DAZN group

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.

Testimonials

Wiggin are strategic, focused and continuously deliver excellent service and strategic guidance. They are real experts across the entire IP practice.

Gurminder S. Panesar is a standout and very talented lawyer

Key clients

HarperCollins Publishers

Hiscox

Gucci

Motion Picture Association

Microsoft

Netflix

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.

Testimonials

Highly sector focused and therefore uniquely placed to advise clients, with a deep understanding of the critical relationship between regulation and commercial/strategic decision-making and deal structuring

Unparalleled industry expertise

‘Tech sector M&A experts with strong commercial acumen and a deep understanding of legal issues

David McLeish is a first class lawyer – dedicated tenacious and generally impressive. He is very practical and commercial, with significant expertise from in-house industry experience

Key clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Endemol Shine

Manchester United

Perform Group

WiseTech Global

Telefonica Digital

Stars Group

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

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'.

Testimonials

The Wiggin IP team members deserve their reputation as copyright experts; all members are engaged, responsive and hard working..

Rachel Alexander is agile and accommodating when it comes to being available to discuss and address issues that crop up during the course of a case.

Rachel Alexander has an unflappability, which is very reassuring in litigation. She has the ability to be in the detail, while also keeping strategic oversight.

Victoria Gyles is very bright, diligent and pragmatic.

Key clients

Endemol Shine Group

Microsoft Corporation

Gucci

3M

Hozelock

Motion Picture Association

MacGregor Healthcare

Richemont

Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Vans Inc.

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.

Testimonials

Wiggin has developed a great balance of practice areas and carefully built teams of diligent lawyers to ensure that it provides a service that is personal and effective for its clients.

The team does a fantastic job of keeping it simple for the clients, ensuring a single main contact and the all work and advice is channeled through them. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise available within Wiggin, enabling a diverse expert input to ensure requirements are always met at a high level.

David Naylor provides outstanding support and always ensures the right level of expertise is available to help clients as and when needed. He is empathetic through the challenges clients face, whilst providing robust and clear advice.

Key clients

Microsoft

Vodafone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Telefonica

Wisetech Global

Expedia

William Hill

Wipro

Fox Networks

Jaguar Land Rover

The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

BoardEx

Elonex

The Street, Inc

Starz Entertainment

UCAS

Pokerstars

Apricot (formerly MicroGaming)

Playtech

Acute Art

Perform Group

DataCore

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.

Testimonials

There is strong depth and breadth of expertise in the team, and it is used efficiently and effectively. Clients appreciate that the main contacts talk to them in their own language and take the time to understand their unique business.

David Naylor continues to provide exceptional support. He ensures that clients have timely access to expert advice as needed. He always provides a clear and considered response to queries and provides the necessary guidance through challenging situations. David sets realistic expectations and manages the right level of communication.

Patrick O’Connell is thorough and his depth of knowledge is outstanding. He is really approachable and a delight to work with.

Key clients

Netflix

HBO

Disney/Marvel

Pathé

Virgin Media

Racing UK

National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme / GAMSTOP

DataCore Software Corporation

Audience Trading Platform

Lionsgate

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.

Key clients

DAZN Group / Perform / Opta

Manchester United / Manchester United TV

Racecourse Media Group

PGA Tour

Our Star Club

Gerard Piqué

Virgin Media

PokerStars/BetStars

Digital Sports Mgmt

Kaká

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.

Key clients

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

Worldpay

TheStreet, Inc

Jaguar LandRover

Rakuten

Duedil

Tessian

Thomsons Online Benefits

BoardEx

Beauhurst

Vizolution

RightIndem

Lenny

Eligible

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.

Testimonials

Excellent on commercial disputes in the media industry‘.

Key clients

The Ingenious Group

bet365

Twentieth Century Fox

eOne

Viasat

Recorded Picture Company

Mister Smith Entertainment

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.

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.


CLIENT: Confidential

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.”