Wiggin LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Wiggin LLP’s corporate team had a busy 2021, completing over 30 M&A deals. The team has seen significant growth, particularly in the gambling, computer games, technology, and independent TV production sectors. Team head Ben Whitelock  has particular experience in advising on corporate deals in the betting and gaming, technology, TV, and publishing events sectors. Michael Brader  has extensive experience in the very active independent television production sector, working on sales and acquisitions, as well as on the formation and funding of new production ventures for both creative talent and investors. Ciaran Hickey  has particular experience in the technology, computer games, digital media and television sectors, acting for leading businesses, investors and entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Ben Whitelock

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brader; Ciaran Hickey; Jason Fisher

Testimonials

‘Wiggin make every client feel as if they’re the only client. They’re responsive, communicate clearly, and always cut to the chase. Their team works together seamlessly ensuring you never have to repeat briefs or context.’

‘Ben Whitelock is the consummate professional. Highly commercial, personnable and an excellent sounding board for his clients, he gets the job done quickly with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Full partner engagement – technically first class married to a practical approach and always personable and available. this firm stands out in the legal market.’

‘The very high touch partner attention to deals and their willingness to invest time in getting to know your business and priorities when undertaking M&A.’

‘Jason Fisher is an exceptionally capable and diligent M&A and Corporate lawyer who can be trusted to take a deal through to success at reasonable rates, even when the client has limited internal resources to devote to the transaction.’

Key clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Banijay

Manchester United

DAZN

Stats Perform

UKTV

Telefonica Digital

Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group

Playtech

Entain

Worldpay

William Hill

Evolution Gaming

Xplor

HALMA PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Evolution Gaming on the acquisition of BigTime Gaming Pty Limited, one of the largest M&A transactions that occurred in the rapidly consolidating online betting and gaming sector in 2021.
  • Advised the shareholders of leading social media publisher, Jungle Creations, on a private equity investment from Livingbridge.
  • Advised the shareholders of Bad Wolf (one of the UK’s largest producers of scripted drama) on its sale to Sony Pictures.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 1

Regarded by one client as 'the preeminent advisor in the gambling sector,' Wiggin LLP's team handles a broad range of regulatory, corporate and commercial work. The practice is co-headed by Stephen Ketteley, an online gambling specialist with significant experience in gaming and sports betting; according to one client, there is 'no-one better to guide clients through the regulatory minefield'. Jason Chess jointly leads the team, advising leading industry players such as Flutter Entertainment as well as the Betting & Gaming Council. David McLeish, who previously held the role of general counsel at Playtech, has a wealth of industry expertise and regularly assists with significant transactions in the industry. Also recommended is recently promoted partner Chris Elliott, who possesses 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of UK regulation' and focuses exclusively on online gambling. The firm recently recruited senior associate Bethan Lloyd, previously head of legal (commercial) at William Hill.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ketteley; Jason Chess

Testimonials

‘The services provided by Wiggin’s Gaming and Betting Practice is outstanding, the in-depth knowledge of the UK gaming market and ability to connect with legal advisers globally brings a service that can attend to almost any gaming related query. Without doubt the best UK gaming lawyers available.’

‘Stephen Ketteley and Chris Elliott are quite simply the dream team, in-depth knowledge of the UK gaming market, coupled with EQ and a genuine desire to assist their clients, makes them the most approachable lawyers around.’

‘Wiggin’s Betting & Gaming team is the preeminent advisor in the gambling sector. They are experienced, knowledgeable, responsive and, above all, their advice is practical and actionable. They also have strong links with advisors worldwide, making them the one stop shop for advice on the global gambling sector. Highly recommended!’

‘Stephen Ketteley has vast experience in regulatory matters both in the UK and elsewhere, and there is no-one better to guide clients through the regulatory minefield. Chris Elliott has an encyclopaedic knowledge of UK regulation in particular, and offers practical advice that answers clients’ questions.’

‘David McLeish is a corporate specialist, but also has extensive regulatory and commercial experience. There is simply no-one better placed to guide a client through a complicated transaction or arrangement.’

‘Jason Chess is very experienced, and a long-standing valued advisor to the company. Chris Elliott is an up-and-comer, and recent partner with very good knowledge and responsive.’

‘The team is unrivalled in terms of skills and experience in the sector. A trusted advisor, with deep industry knowledge. I can’t speak highly enough of the team.’

‘Steve Ketteley, David McLeish, and Chris Elliott – I think I speak for all Wiggin clients in the B&G sector to say that we are delighted Chris has been promoted and it is thoroughly deserved. Bethan Lloyd recently joined the team and is one to watch.’

Key clients

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

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

Entain (including Ladbrokes, Coral, Bwin and Party Poker)

LeoVegas

Evolution Gaming (including NetEnt, Red Tiger and Big Time Gaming)

Gamesys Group (including Jackpotjoy)

Betway

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

The team at Wiggin LLP 'set the gold standard when it comes to media law'. Charles Moore and David Quli head up the film & television division, Paul Gardner the interactive entertainment team, Rachel Alexander and Alexander Ross jointly lead on music, and Ross together with Adrian Jones and Caroline Kean additionally co-heads the publishing department. For their extensive expertise pertaining to the television sector and large Hollywood productions respectively, Neil Gillard , Medwyn Jones , and Chris Hanson come recommended. Sarah MacDonald leads the firm's advertising, marketing and sponsorship team and is a specialist on regulatory issues. Additionally noteworthy is Sean James ' practice focused on content exploitation via media platforms and Daniel Whybrew is another key name in film financing.

Practice head(s):

Charles Moore; David Quli; Paul Gardner; Rachel Alexander; Alexander Ross; Caroline Kean; Adrian Jones;

Other key lawyers:

Ross Sylvester; Jason Fisher; Sean James; Gráinne McKenna; Chris Hammond; Peter Mason; James Peel; Melissa Frost; Alexander Lea

Testimonials

‘The Wiggin team is very personable, commercial but, fundamentally, it is technically excellent. They are masters of the media and betting space. Can’t rate them highly enough. The team atmosphere is very strong and you feel like you are using a joined up, knowledgeable and respectful practice.’

‘Quick to react to even the most ridiculous of instructions. The team has a sense of fun, and aren’t stuffy, but all knuckle down to deliver. Ross Sylvester – simply excellent. Super hard working and technically strong. Knows his onions. Jason Fisher – excellent young corporate partner. Knows his space well. Developing a great betting and gaming practice.’

‘Wiggin set the gold standard when it comes to media law. They are always up to date on industry practice and the changing landscape of media finance, film and television contracting, labour law and specifically international as well as British entertainment norms. They have an in depth knowledge of both the independent film and television landscape as well as that of the US studios and international streamers.’

Rachel Alexander – calm and methodical.’

‘Outstanding, pragmatic commercial legal advice. Wiggin understand the media landscape, the complexities of the deals being negotiated and add extraordinary commercial, legal and technical value at every stage. Super timely in their responses, totally human in their interactions and a joy to work with.’

‘Sean James is exceptional, one of the best brains in the the media industry. He adds value at every step of the way, helping navigate hugely complicated matters with clarity and confidence. Sean is a pleasure to deal with and incredibly responsive and pragmatic in his advice. He always adds to the strategic debate and is approachable and unstuffy.’

‘First class team with in-depth understanding of music business.’

‘Outstanding, pragmatic commercial legal advice. Wiggin understand the media landscape, the complexities of the deals being negotiated and add extraordinary commercial, legal and technical value at every stage. Super timely in their responses, totally human in their interactions and a joy to work with.’

Key clients

Apple

Disney

MRC

NBC Universal

Universal Studios

Netflix

Sky

Sony Pictures

ViacomCBS

Virgin Media

Warner Media

Starbreeze

Wargaming.net Limited

Wildlife

The Yogscast

Coda Platform

Improbable Worlds Limited

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Warner Music UK Limited

Performing Rights Society

Phonographic Performance Ltd

One Media iP

Rockstar Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment

IMPEL

Downtown Music Publishing

Disney

Musixmatch

Soundmouse

On Air

Harper Collins Publishers

Associated Newspapers

Times Newspapers

News Group Newspapers

Pink News

Argus Media

Bloomberg

MBC Group

Future PLC

Splash News

Byline Times

Pitch Publishing

Joe

Canongate

Scribe

Work highlights

  • Advised WarnerMedia on multiple high end television productions in the UK and Europe, including House of Dragons, Succession, and Ted Lasso.
  • Advised Wargaming.net on the use of tanks and military vehicles in its games.
  • Represented Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in the Court of Appeal in the TuneIn case.

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

Wiggin LLP‘s IP practice has particular strength in the digital realms, advising those in the audio-visual, music, sports and entertainment, retail, and fashion industries and fielding dedicated specialists in contentious and non-contentious matters. Sara Ashby heads up the practice which is known for its online enforcement, intermediary liability, and copyright infringement dispute expertise, with recent highlights including advising PRS in its claim of copyright infringement against Qatar Airways in relation to the use of music in its in-flight entertainment systems. Brand protection and trade mark litigation is also in the purview of the team, with John Colbourn a key individual for parallel imports. Rachel Alexander has extensive expertise advising clients in the technology, music, and media sectors. Gurminder Panesar left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Calum Smyth; Rachel Alexander; Michael Browne; John Colbourn; Mark Deem

Testimonials

‘A breadth of partners, all with huge experience, that can offer different perspectives – matching the best skill set to each case.’

‘Michael Browne has outstanding judgment, huge experience, able to synthesize and analyse complex technical and legal cases to cut through to the important issues.’

‘Sara Ashby really focuses on the detail in each case, rehearsing all the arguments and counter-arguments at an early stage.’

Key clients

Banijay Group (formerly Endemol Shine Group)

Sage Group plc

Microsoft Corporation

Guccio Gucci SpA

3M

Motion Picture Association

NBCUniversal

Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

PRS for Music

Oxford University Press/University of Oxford

LeoVegas

Wargaming

Halma

Work highlights

  • Represented Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment successfully in the Court of Appeal in the TuneIn case.
  • Assisting Sage Group plc with managing its 1800 strong global trade mark portfolio and providing strategic advice on a variety of other IP rights.
  • Acting for Socotec in a world-wide dispute relating to ownership of the ‘AJA’ brand, which includes trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings before the English High Court and a parallel arbitration action before the LCIA.

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

Wiggin LLP's 'top media defendant team' provides a specialist service to some of the world's biggest publishing houses and media production companies. Experienced litigator Caroline Kean heads up the practice and regularly undertakes complex cross-jurisdictional libel matters. Matthew Dando advises clients across the media, tech, and sports sectors, and provides trusted counsel to Associated Newspapers. Dual qualified in New York, senior associate Adelaide Scardino Lopez represents clients in defamation, data protection, and copyright disputes, while Elizabeth Wiggin has experience advising clients both pre-action and before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dando; Adelaide Scardino Lopez; Elizabeth Wiggin; Robin Shaw

Testimonials

‘The Wiggin team is rock solid. In the face of reprehensible tactics, they were calm, steady and wise throughout. Their ability to speak in plain English was refreshing, as was the good humour with which they managed a complex, high stakes case against dangerous opponents. They had the confidence to call out empty threats, and to make strategy based on that confidence. I could not recommend them more whole-heartedly.’

‘Caroline Kean has a remarkable ability to stay cool and think clearly in the face of even the most aggressive or underhand tactics. She speaks in plain English. Again and again, her assessment of risks in our high-stakes case was vindicated. Her intuitive grasp of the law – and of justice – gives her an ability to form strategy that is confident without ever being reckless.

‘Lizzy Wiggin has all the attributes one could wish for in a solicitor. Her grasp of detail is precise but she wears it lightly, always cutting to what is crucial. Even when the stakes are high and her opponents ferocious, she remains cheerful, a true gift.’

‘Incredibly client friendly. One of the very few elite media/reputation management teams with the experience and knowledge to conduct the most complex cases in the field.’

‘Caroline Kean is one of the doyennes of the media law world; a highly experienced practitioner with great knowledge of the law and a feel for tactics and strategy which is always clear and decisive and commercial.’

‘Matt Dando is a star and the next big defendant-focused lawyer in the sector. He has the trust of numerous large media players and the experience and knowledge to conduct cases across the spectrum.’

‘Adelaide Lopez is a fantastic associate who goes the extra mile for her clients and gives excellent tactical advice’

‘A top media defendant team, with real industry and litigation know-how.’

Key clients

Future plc

Disney

PinkNews Media Group Ltd

FootballCo Group

HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers (The Sun)

Bloomberg

News UK (including Dow Jones)

Times Newspapers Limited

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

Argus Media Limited

Harriman House Ltd

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

Stats Perform

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Hachette

21st Century Fox

Oxford University Press

Archant

New York Post

Reuters

National Geographic

Faber & Faber

Centaur

Immediate Media

Channel 5

Fox Searchlight

Pathé

Global Radio

Bauer

Netflix

Orion Books

Paramount

Vice

Legal Cheek

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

Wiggin LLP ‘provides excellent, comprehensive, practical, detailed advice’ across a wide range of industry sectors, including the electronics, engineering, medical devices, financial services, software, and technology industries; clients instruct the team on patent litigation and transactional matters. The team is led by ‘leading light’ Sara Ashby, and is also home to Michael Browne, whose broad experience in patent litigation is praised by clients, and Calum Smyth, who is a key contact for financial services companies. The practice is well known for its experience in the technology and media sectors, and regularly coordinates and supports international mandates. Consultant Flora Greenwood is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Testimonials

‘The team benefits from its huge strength in depth in media law, offering a different insight to other firms without this group.’

‘Sara Ashby is one of the most experienced IP litigators in London. She cares deeply for her clients and combines detailed analysis of the case with sound commercial advice.’

‘This is a leading IP practice with some exceptional practitioners.’

‘Calum Smyth is an excellent patent litigator. He has extensive commercial knowledge. He shows technical flair (he has an engineering background) and is able to embrace new and complex technical areas, where he is recognised as being an expert.’

‘Sara Ashby is a leading light. She has a superb record as a patent litigator. Sara has a razor-sharp legal brain, but is still very commercial and client focused. These qualities, together with her determination in litigation to get the best results for her clients, mean that she has a great success record. Sara is able to turn her hand to a range of different subject-matter areas.’

‘Mike Browne – very good at analysing complex technical & legal matters, getting to the core issues upon which the case is likely to turn. Particularly good in cases where there are multiple causes of action. Wide experience in patent matters. Brings his broader range of litigation experience to the fore in patent cases.

‘Wiggins provides excellent, comprehensive, practical, detailed advice that is suited for our large and diverse multinational corporation. The value we receive from Wiggins, when comparing pricing to the deliverables offered, is unparalleled in the region.’

Key clients

Permavent Limited & Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited

Hozelock

3M

MacGregor Healthcare

BPW Bergische Achsen KG

Tanks and Pipeworks Limited

Evolution Gaming

Work highlights

  • Acted for Permavent Limited and Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited in a long-running High Court patent entitlement dispute.
  • Acting for 3M in ongoing patent validity proceedings against Saint Gobain in the Patents Court.
  • Acted for Hozelock in a patent infringement and validity matter, invalidating a patent which had been previously litigated to the Court of Appeal and had a Certificate of Contested Validity.

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

Wiggin LLP advises its clients on software licensing and distribution, technology procurement, and outsourcing matters and is increasingly well-known for supporting clients in the media and gaming spaces; it is also active in contentious mandates. Gordon Moir leads the team with expertise in telecoms and media law, advising major providers and industry challengers; his practice is bolstered by his previous experience working in-house. Alan Owens is co-head of the litigation practice and has expertise in the IT and telecoms space. Other key names include Victoria Harris–Honrado, who joined from an in-house position at the end of 2021, and Marcus Bagnall, who joined from Linklaters in early 2022 to bolster the firm’s telecoms offering. David Naylor departed to Squire Patton Boggs in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Wiggin’s team is an excellent IT and Telecoms practice. They know the issues and materials to an expert degree, and they are a tight unit and work efficiently and professionally.’

‘Wiggin is not only extremely competent but provides spot-on advice which is easy to use in-house. They are there when you need them, have a wide network of lawyers and firms in other geographies and offer cross-country advice for multinationals.’

‘The team has a wealth of expertise gathered whilst working in-house at telco providers. That “real life” in-house experience is invaluable as it translates to informed, practical advice.’

‘Gordon Moir is an authority on telecoms and refreshingly commercial in his advice.’

‘Victoria Harris has recently joined the team and brings a wealth of in-house experience, and is incredibly intelligent and insightful.’

‘Marcus Bagnall is extremely competent, efficient, always available and very friendly. A great business partner.’

‘Gordon Moir is one of the best sounding boards and advisers you can hope for when stuck in complex cases. In his calm manner he helps you to structure a matter. What makes him and his team stand out is that you feel your mandate matters to them, that they want to achieve something not only for you but also with you.’

‘Gordon Moir and a team of extraordinary IT/Telecoms lawyers. They have deep knowledge of a broad range of IT and telecom issues and legal applications. They possess not only a deep understanding of the legal issues, but have a professional grasp of the related technology.’

Key clients

AT&T

Vodafone

BNET

Telstra

Lycamobile

Orange

Expereo

Virgin Media

O2

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Advising AT&T on its global response to Covid regulations on its operations.
  • Supported Telstra in producing a series of guardrails to help its product teams to self-diagnose potential regulatory issues in product launch processes.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

With extensive expertise in the media and entertainment, marketing and gaming segments, the data privacy team at Wiggin LLP ‘is not only technically knowledgeable but also commercially astute, making it a very good business partner’. Practice head Patrick Rennie is a key contact for GDPR-work, audits, direct marketing issues and compliance matters. Senior Associate Christina Henry, who focuses on the tech and media sectors, is also another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Rennie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong commercial understanding of how data protection works in the gambling sector. Practical recommendations on how to proceed rather than just repeating the law.’

‘Patrick Rennie not only understands data protection law but also how to offer advice within a commercial context. He is practical and great at solving problems encountered by clients’

‘Wiggins is extremely knowledgeable in the iGaming sector and is trusted by us to lead and advise on data protection.’

‘Wiggin is an extension of our in-house legal function. The team seamlessly steps in to support us when we need. Its industry knowledge is fantastic and allows it to advise with real practicality and commerciality.’

‘Patrick Rennie is incredibly knowledgeable and practical. He is able to give fast and clear advice on every issue we are facing.’

‘Patrick Rennie has been excellent as the key point of contact for privacy-related work. The differentiator we have felt with Wiggin is that the advice is always anchored in practical, pragmatic considerations and it is always provided from a standpoint of knowing our business very well.’

‘The Wiggin data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team is not only technically knowledgeable but also commercially astute, making it a very good business partner.’

‘Patrick Rennie is not only very technically competent in this area but also, having spent substantive time on secondment in DPO roles in-house, understands the practical and commercial realities faced by businesses and DPOs intimately.’

Key clients

The Stars Group t/a Pokerstars

Centaur Media

Transaction Services Group

Expereo International BV

Starz Entertainment

Oxford Strategic Marketing

WHG (International) (William Hill)

SP Film Production (Sony)

DAZN Media Services

DataCore

Tessian

Wargaming.net

Duedil

Perform Content Services

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Stars Group t/a Pokerstars with all of its data protection matters, providing support for its DPO and in-house team.
  • Acted for Centaur Media, a publisher of B2B publications, on a wide range of data protection compliance matters, including the implementation of cookies and direct marketing.
  • Advised Xplor and its group of companies on a full range of data protection matters, including audits, intra-group agreements, and international data transfers.

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

Wiggin LLP advises organisations, rights holders, broadcasters and platform aggregators on the acquistion and exploitation of audio-visual, data and media rights. The practice also deals with sponsorship arrangements, image rights deals and brand activations in the sports sector. Practice head Ross Sylvester specialises in commercial sports rights acquisition and exploitation across all consumer platforms and distribution models. Sarah MacDonald leads on sponsorship, advertising and marketing matters, while senior associate Sarah Drake works closely with media businesses in developing their sports content portfolios and consumer offerings.

Practice head(s):

Ross Sylvester

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Macdonald; Sarah Drake; Sean James; Josh Kay

Testimonials

‘Excellently placed and well connected in the sports world. Incredible industry knowledge. You want them on your side.’

‘Ross Sylvester knows the sports betting world in and out. He’s fabulous.’

‘Exceptional depth of understanding within the sector. Wiggin’s experience of the legal issues within sport mean that there is nothing they haven’t seen before and can give relevant advice accordingly at very short notice.

‘No other firm has such a key understanding of the unique commercial and emotional pull of sports which creates unique, and often illogical, decision making from rights holders.’

‘Ross Sylvester’s advice is nuanced and couched within the specificity of the sports sector where circumstances are often unique.’

‘The team has great industry knowledge and is able to provide top quality legal and related commercial advice with respect to the subject matter.’

‘Sarah Drake has great industry knowledge and is able to provide top quality legal and related commercial advice with respect to the subject matter.’

‘Josh Kay was brilliant to work with.’

Key clients

DAZN Group

Manchester United/MUTV

Racecourse Media Group

Premiership Rugby

FIFA

FootballCo Media (operator of Goal Website (amongst others))

Stats Perform

SportsContentCo

FIBA/FIBA Media

Digital Sports Mgmt

Work highlights

  • Assisted DAZN with various high value media rights agreements to secure exclusive content for its global OTT service.
  • Advised on the renewal of Premiership Rugby’s domestic TV rights arrangements with BT Sport.
  • Advised Zee Network on aspects of its 10 year deal with the Emirates Cricket Board.

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

Wiggin LLP advises clients in the fintech space on financings, M&A, joint ventures, the development of new financial services technologies, and IP issues. The practice is also recognised for handling data protection and cybersecurity breaches. Jason Fisher fronts the team, while Calum Smyth is another name to note. David Naylor departed for Squire Patton Boggs in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Worldpay

Western Union

Tessian

iPipeline

SAGE Group plc

Xplor

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation team is well known for its media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sector expertise. Consultant Caroline Kean is litigation head; Alan Owens is 'outstanding'; and Matthew Dando specialises in contentious commercial and media industry publication disputes.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:

Alan Owens; Matthew Dando; Elizabeth Wiggin

Testimonials

‘Great strength from a small team.

‘Knows its specialist areas inside out and excellent for medium-sized disputes.’

‘Very responsive, switched on and good to work with. We always get full partner attention, which is rare for most firms these days.’

‘Advice is not merely template based, but takes into account the full complexity and nuance of each problem – deep sector experience and knowledge.’

‘Fully focused on clients’ issues, in-depth advice with options, and always practical and commercial. The lawyers also listen to clients and their particular concerns.’

‘Alan Owens is outstanding. All over the detail, but his particular strength is in understanding the client and where litigation will go.’

‘Alan Owens has solid gambling law expertise.

‘The very realistic and commercial senior associate Elizabeth Wiggin is very easy to work and delivers rapid turnarounds.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment

The Ingenious Group

Bet365

Twentieth Century Fox

MBC Group

DAZN Group

ITV

Harper Collins

Entain

Belgium > Intellectual property

The EU and Belgian IP office at Wiggin LLP works with multiple blue-chip multinationals on patent and trademark litigation, portfolio management, and trade secrets cases and is praised by clients for its abilities to find ‘ingenious solutions‘ to a host of problems. Online protection and enforcement is a further key workflow for the practice. Ted Shapiro is noted for his wide knowledge of international and European copyright law. Carina Gommers focuses on trademark portfolio mandates and customs counterfeit seizures. Trademark and design specialist Eva De Pauw is also recommended for her capabilities in cross-border patent litigation and unfair competition cases.

Practice head(s):

Ted Shapiro; Carina Gommers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great firm to work with. Deepest knowledge of applicable law and ability to find ingenious solutions to clients’ needs. Outstanding understanding of challenges facing the clients and aptitude to resolve problems in the most time and cost-efficient manner.’

‘Carina Gommers and Carl de Meyer are the two leaders with the firm possessing legal acumen and wealth of knowledge in all facets of practice. A target-oriented team, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The IP team at Wiggin LLP is highly capable and responsive. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with them.’

‘We have been collaborating for a long time with Carina Gommers. Smart and proactive, it is always a pleasure to work with her. She is an effective communicator, providing reliable and quick advice.’

‘Carina Gommers is very skilled and knowledgeable with Belgium’s IP. She has the ability to think outside-the-box and I am extremely impressed by her professionalism.’

‘Carl Demeyer stands out for his intelligence, knowledge, experience, communication, availability’

‘I have had a very good experience working with Wiggin in Belgium and in the UK. I particularly appreciate high quality of their advice, their experience and focus on finding effective, client-friendly solutions. I have engaged Wiggin in several trademark matters all of which have been resolved to the full satisfaction of my clients. We’ll be working with them in the future.’

‘I specifically appreciate the work done by Carina Gommers in my clients’ matters. Her advice is always to the point and business-oriented. There is nothing I need to add or explain to my client when I forward her advice – she perfectly understands the needs of foreign companies and explains the proposed strategy in a clear and comprehensive manner.’

Key clients

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Motion Picture Association (Brussels)

Vlisco

Superdry

Samsung

Tunstall

bet365

Sanluc

Netflix

Rituals

Endemol – Banijay

Warner

Wargaming

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Advertising, marketing & sponsorship Sarah MacDonaldsarah.macdonald@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Stephen Ketteleystephen.ketteley@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Jason Chessjason.chess@wiggin.co.uk
Brexit & EU Ted Shapiroted.shapiro@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Matthew Dandomatthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Mark Deemmark.deem@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Gordon Moirgordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Victoria Harris-Honradovictoria.harris-honrado@wiggin.co.uk
Computer Games Paul Gardnerpaul.gardner@wiggin.co.uk
Consumer law & regulatory compliance Claire Livingstoneclaire.livingstone@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Sean Jamessean.james@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Ross Sylvesterross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Corporate Ben Whitelockben.whitelock@wiggin.co.uk
Data Protection Patrick Renniepatrick.rennie@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Caroline Keancaroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Matthew Dandomatthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Employment Seth Roeseth.roe@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Sara Ashbysara.ashby@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Rachel Alexanderrachel.alexander@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Charles Moorecharles.moore@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Medwyn Jonesmedwyn.jones@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) David Qulidavid.quli@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Neil Gillardneil.gillard@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Chris Hansonchris.hanson@wiggin.co.uk
Music Alexander Rossalexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Alexander Rossalexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Caroline Keancaroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Sports & esports Ross Sylvesterross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Ceri Stonerceri.stoner@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Marcus Bagnallmarcus.bagnall@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Ciaran Hickeyciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Telecoms Gordon Moirgordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Rachel Alexander photo Rachel AlexanderRachel is a Partner in the Litigation group.  She advises media clients…
Sara Ashby photo Sara AshbySara is a partner in the intellectual property team, with over 20…
Michael Brader photo Michael BraderMichael is a partner and co-head of the Media Corporate Group, and…
Michael Browne photo Michael BrowneMichael is a partner in Wiggin’s intellectual property advising on the enforcement…
Jason Chess photo Jason ChessJason is a partner and co-head of the Betting and Gaming group.…
John Colbourn photo John ColbournJohn has over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, with a broad…
Sue Crawford photo Sue CrawfordSue is a partner and in the Tax group and has over…
Matthew Dando photo Matthew DandoMatthew is an experienced litigation partner, specialising in contentious commercial matters and…
Chris Elliott photo Chris ElliottChris is a partner in the Betting & Gaming team, concentrating on…
Jason Fisher photo Jason FisherJason is a Partner in the Corporate group advising clients across the…
Paul Gardner photo Paul GardnerPaul is a partner who specialises in commercial transactions and regulatory issues…
Neil Gillard photo Neil GillardNeil is a partner in the Film & TV group. Neil advises…
Flora Greenwood photo Flora GreenwoodFlora is a consultant in the Intellectual Property group and advises clients…
Chris Hammond photo Chris HammondChris is a Partner in Wiggin’s Film & TV Group. The focus…
Chris Hanson photo Chris HansonChris is a partner and media finance expert. He has worked in…
Ciaran Hickey photo Ciaran HickeyCiaran is a partner in the Corporate group. With over 15 years’…
Sean James photo Sean JamesSean is a partner and head of the Content Distribution and Transmission…
Adrian Jones photo Adrian JonesAdrian is a corporate lawyer specialising in advising media and technology clients…
Medwyn Jones photo Medwyn JonesMedwyn is a partner specialising in television. Medwyn began acting for the…
Caroline Kean photo Caroline KeanCaroline is a partner and head of the litigation group. She also…
Stephen Ketteley photo Stephen KetteleySteve is a partner and the co-head of the Betting & Gaming…
Alexander Lea photo Alexander LeaAlexander is a partner in Wiggin’s Film & TV group and advises clients…
Sarah MacDonald photo Sarah MacDonaldSarah leads Wiggin’s advertising, marketing and sponsorship team and is also active…
Gráinne McKenna photo Gráinne McKennaGráinne is a partner in the Film & TV Group. For over…
David McLeish photo David McLeishDavid is a partner and a member of our Corporate and Betting…
Gordon Moir photo Gordon MoirGordon is a Partner in the Telecoms group. He is an internationally…
Charles Moore photo Charles MooreCharles is Wiggin’s Senior Partner. He specialises in all aspects of film…
Jas Purewal photo Jas PurewalJas is a digital entertainment lawyer and business advisor specialising in video…
David Quli photo David QuliDavid is a partner and specialises in media finance. He advises financiers,…
Patrick Rennie photo Patrick RenniePatrick is a Partner in the Data Protection group. He is a…
Seth Roe photo Seth RoeSeth is a Partner in the Employment group.  He has over 10…
Alexander Ross photo Alexander RossAlexander is a partner and head of the Commercial Music and Digital…
Ted Shapiro photo Ted ShapiroWith over 25 years’ experience, Ted is recognised as a leading expert…
Calum Smyth photo Calum SmythCalum has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in IP…
Ceri Stoner photo Ceri StonerCeri is a partner in the tax group advising companies across all…
Ross Sylvester photo Ross SylvesterRoss is a partner in the content distribution and transmission group and…
Ben Whitelock photo Ben WhitelockBen is a partner in the Corporate group. He has a broad…
Daniel Whybrew photo Daniel WhybrewDaniel is a partner in the Film & TV Group and advises…
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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Advertising, marketing & sponsorship Sarah MacDonaldsarah.macdonald@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Stephen Ketteleystephen.ketteley@wiggin.co.uk
Betting & gaming Jason Chessjason.chess@wiggin.co.uk
Brexit & EU Ted Shapiroted.shapiro@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Matthew Dandomatthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Commercial litigation Mark Deemmark.deem@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Gordon Moirgordon.moir@wiggin.co.uk
Competition Victoria Harris-Honradovictoria.harris-honrado@wiggin.co.uk
Computer games Paul Gardnerpaul.gardner@wiggin.co.uk
Consumer law & regulatory compliance Claire Livingstoneclaire.livingstone@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Sean Jamessean.james@wiggin.co.uk
Content distribution & transmission Ross Sylvesterross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Corporate Ben Whitelockben.whitelock@wiggin.co.uk
Data protection Patrick Renniepatrick.rennie@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Caroline Keancaroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Defamation & reputation management Matthew Dandomatthew.dando@wiggin.co.uk
Employment Seth Roeseth.roe@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Sara Ashbysara.ashby@wiggin.co.uk
Intellectual property Rachel Alexanderrachel.alexander@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Charles Moorecharles.moore@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment Medwyn Jonesmedwyn.jones@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) David Qulidavid.quli@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Neil Gillardneil.gillard@wiggin.co.uk
Media & entertainment (inc. finance) Chris Hansonchris.hanson@wiggin.co.uk
Music Alexander Rossalexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Alexander Rossalexander.ross@wiggin.co.uk
Publishing Caroline Keancaroline.kean@wiggin.co.uk
Sport & esports Ross Sylvesterross.sylvester@wiggin.co.uk
Tax Ceri Stonerceri.stoner@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Marcus Bagnallmarcus.bagnall@wiggin.co.uk
Technology Ciaran Hickeyciaran.hickey@wiggin.co.uk
Telecoms Gordon Moirgordon.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.


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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.”