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Russells Solicitors

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

As 'a boutique music and entertainment firm which has city-level quality of technical skills', Russells Solicitors is a top choice for clients in the music sector. From record companies, publishers and producers to established and up-and-coming musicians, the group has the ability to assist clients with the full range of commercial and contentious matters. Managing partner Simon Esplen (who leads the practice) and senior partner Chris Organ both have an impressive breadth of expertise in this space; Gavin Maude acts for a range of artists and Jo Brittain regularly assists emerging talent with contractual matters. For corporate and transactional matters, Chris Gossage and Ryan Vince are noted. The group has also continued to bolster its litigation practice (within which Steven Tregear and John Reid are key contacts) with the addition of senior associate Jay Joshi from Judge Sykes Frixou.

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Jo Brittain is exceptional at his job, super efficient and always on hand if I have any queries.

A boutique music and entertainment firm which has city level quality of technical skills.

Key clients

George Michael’s Estate


Arctic Monkeys

Florence and the Machine

Universal Music Group


Clean Bandit

Roger Waters


Amy Winehouse’s Estate

Reputation management Tier 4

With extensive experience acting for players within the entertainment, media and music industry, Russells Solicitors shines in the claimant side of work. Regular mandates include advising on privacy, libel, harassment and data protection claims brought against websites, newspapers and magazines. The team counts among its past successes a number of settled claims relating to the phone-hacking scandal, on which John Reid advised several celebrities. Practice head Steven Tregear is a seasoned practitioner in reputation management issues for a stellar cast of musicians and TV personalities.

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‘Steven Tregear is both thoughtful and hands-on, with superb knowledge of the music and sports industry.’

Key clients

Cheryl Tweedy

Modest! Management (managers of One Direction, Little Mix amongst others)

Curve Media

Patsy Kensit

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan

Kilimanjaro Live Limited

Kirsty Gallacher

The Estate of George Michael

Bobby Gillespie (frontman of Primal Scream)

Ian Wright

Family Tier 5

Russells Solicitors' family team has built up a reputation for its discreet advice, acting for a large number of celebrities, primarily in the music business but also in sports, film, TV and the media. It also acts for a client base of wealthy individuals in the financial services sector. The team under the leadership of Carol Ellinas is skilled at settling family matters through collaborative law and at using the quasi-collaborative law process when advising on pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Sport Tier 5

Russells Solicitors stands out for its strength in the sport of boxing, primarily focusing on dispute resolution, employment and reputation management issues. Steven Tregear is a renowned litigator with a strong track record in contractual and copyright disputes. Non-contentious work is primarily handled by Ryan Vince, who is an expert in commercial agreements and corporate transactions.

Russells is widely regarded as a market leader in the music industry. The firm is, however, also now recognised as an all round entertainment and media practice.

The firm: Established in 1974, Russells is based in the West End of London and is known historically as a niche firm specialising in all areas of media, entertainment and leisure including music, sport, e-commerce, digital media and technology, theatre, television and film. Russells is consistently rated amongst the top firms (as well as having leading individuals in its fields) in both professional guides and publications. The firm has grown steadily and today has 14 partners, 5 senior associates and 15 solicitors. In addition, there is 1 senior consultant (Chris Organ), 2 consultants (James Wyllie and Mark Sinnott), 4 trainee solicitors, 2 paralegals and a professional and disciplined support staff.

Principal areas of work: Russells offers most of the advice and services that its clients require from a general practice. In addition to its core business of negotiating agreements in the entertainment industry, buying, structuring and selling companies, litigation, digital media and technology, employment and immigration advice; it also undertakes private client work (such as wills, estate planning and probate), conveyancing and matrimonial advice. Its litigation department enjoys a reputation that is second to none, successfully representing its clients in numerous high profile cases and, more recently, achieving notable successes in privacy and reputation management. The commercial department is highly respected with individuals who have been involved in some of the most significant deals within its industry over the years, representing artists, authors, sport and TV personalities and actors, as well as companies and industry organisations. Well regarded for its negotiating rigor and ability to conclude agreements, the firm’s outlook is always coupled with a sound, pragmatic approach to ever-changing industry landscapes.

The firm has a low profile and is known for the longevity of the relationships it enjoys with its clients, many of whom have been with the firm from the start of their careers, and who now enjoy worldwide fame and success.

Russells has grown organically over the years to accommodate the increase in its client numbers and the breadth of its clientele. The reputation of the firm and word of mouth recommendation are the primary sources of business for Russells as opposed to aggressive advertising and promotion trading on the back of the fame and notoriety of its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior consultant Chris Organ
Managing partner Simon Esplen
Music Gavin Maude
Corporate Chris Gossage
Litigation Steven Tregear
Employment John Reid
Family Carol Ellinas
Private client Peter Smith
Digital media and technology Mark Ashelford
New Artist Jo Brittain
Conveyancing/Real Estate Angela Fong
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mark Ashelford photo Mark Ashelford Partner
Mr Jo Brittain  photo Mr Jo Brittain Partner
Mr Karl Dembicki  photo Mr Karl Dembicki Partner
Ms Carol Ellinas  photo Ms Carol Ellinas Partner
Mr Simon Esplen  photo Mr Simon Esplen Managing Partner
Ms Angela Fong  photo Ms Angela Fong Partner
 Chloe Forsyth photo Chloe Forsyth Partner
Mr Chris Gossage  photo Mr Chris Gossage Partner
Mr Simon Jordan  photo Mr Simon Jordan Partner
Mr Gavin Maude  photo Mr Gavin Maude Partner
Mr Chris Organ  photo Mr Chris Organ Senior Consultant
Mr John Reid  photo Mr John Reid Partner
Mr Mark Sinnott  photo Mr Mark Sinnott Consultant
Mr Peter Smith  photo Mr Peter Smith Partner
Mr Steven Tregear  photo Mr Steven Tregear Partner
Mr Ryan Vince  photo Mr Ryan Vince Partner
Number of UK Partners : 14
Number of Senior Consultants : 1
Number of Consultants : 2
Number of Senior Associates : 5
Number of Solicitors : 17
Number of Trainee Solicitors : 4
Number of Paralegals : 2