Firm Profile > Russells Solicitors > London, England

Russells Solicitors
YALDING HOUSE
152-156 GREAT PORTLAND STREET
LONDON
W1W 5QA
England

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

Russells Solicitors' team is praised for its 'expert knowledge of, and advice on, the nuanced way in which the corporate and creative worlds intersect’. With it being particularly active in the music industry, the practice acts for clients such as record companies, publishers, producers and established and up-and-coming musicians. It handles an array of commercial, corporate and contentious matters. Names to note at the firm include 'laser-focused’ managing partner Simon Esplen and Gavin Maude, who co-head the team. Jo Brittain has expertise in advising emerging talent on contractual matters. Chloe Forsyth acts for labels, publishers and talented individuals in the music and entertainment industry. Chris Gossage handles commercial work, and alongside Ryan Vince, advises on high-profile corporate transactions. Steven Tregear and John Reid are key contacts for contentious matters. Senior consultant Chris Organ is also well-respected. Simon Jordan made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Simon Esplen; Gavin Maude

Other key lawyers:

Chris Organ; Jo Brittain; Chloe Forsyth; Mark Ashelford; Chris Gossage; Ryan Vince; Simon Jordan; Steven Tregear; John Reid

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge of, and advice on, the nuanced way in which the corporate and creative worlds intersect.’

‘Simon Esplen is a laser-focused, savvy professional who understands his clients’ needs and is able to consistently deliver in what can be a high-pressured and unpredictable situation.’

‘Chris Gossage is a commercially-minded legal brain who is always looking at the bigger picture impact of any intricate element of a deal or point of law.’

‘A very personable and communicative practice that is led by the very best of legal knowledge.’

Key clients

George Michael’s Estate

Coldplay

Arctic Monkeys

Florence and the Machine

Universal Music Group

Mabel

Clean Bandit

Roger Waters

Foals

Amy Winehouse’s Estate

Kobalt Music

Sam Fender

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Celeste

Culture Club / Boy George

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 4

Russells Solicitors acts predominantly for claimants, representing celebrities and talent across libel, privacy, harassment and data protection. The practice has a stronghold in the music industry which is reflected by its client base of high-profile musicians, including international pop star Dua Lipa. Led by Steven Tregear, the team has considerable expertise in litigation, with John Reid handling a range of media and entertainment disputes and senior associate Dan Hoyle playing a lead role across the firm's phone hacking claims.

Practice head(s):

Steven Tregear

Other key lawyers:

John Reid; Dan Hoyle

Testimonials

‘Well-known experts in this field.’

‘Dan Hoyle – excellent attention to detail, great with clients and superb on legal analysis.’

‘Steven Tregear is excellent, highly pragmatic with very good judgement.’

Key clients

Cheryl

Universal Music Group

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

The Estate of Amy Winehouse

Dua Lipa

Carl Barât

Kilimanjaro Live Limited

The Estate of George Michael

Ian Wright

Queensberry Promotions Ltd/Frank Warren

The Specials

Natalie Imbruglia

Nicola Roberts

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

Russells Solicitors acts for sports managements agencies, agents, clubs and major bodies, though predominantly focuses on individual athlete representation, supporting star names on everything from private client advice and employment through to media agreements, sponsorship, regulatory disputes and disciplinary hearings. Practice head Steven Tregear is a litigator with a prominent track record in contentious contractual, copyright, defamation and privacy matters and a principal focus on football and boxing.

Practice head(s):

Steven Tregear

Other key lawyers:

John Reid

Testimonials

‘The individuals I had the chance to work with were very competent and professional.’

Key clients

Various Premier League clubs: Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers

Frank Warren/Queensbury Promotions

Tyrannic LLC, for the services of Mike Tyson

Frank Lampard

Ian Wright

Mark Sampson

David Haye / Hayemaker Ltd

Modest! Golf Ltd

Lee McGregor and Chantelle Cameron

TaP Sports & Entertainment Limited

Private client > Family Tier 5

Russells Solicitors acts for various celebrities particularly those in the music and arts industry as well as wealthy individuals working in the financial services sector and other UHNW professionals. The team has built up a reputation for its discreet advice and is also dedicated proponents of collaborative law in settling family matters when advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Carol Ellinas heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Carol Ellinas

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Hoare; Andrew Miles

Testimonials

The firm is a huge resource to high profile clients going through family breakdown – this is a media savvy business that understands its clients’ needs for low impact, confidential, solutions away from the eyes of the press. Carol Ellinas brings unrivalled experience and a wealth of business good sense. She gets to the heart of issues straight away and is ingenious at finding the solutions. She is no nonsense and forthright with her opponents and her clients know that she will fight their corner fearlessly. Lucy Hoare is a growing talent. Under the careful tutelage of Carol Ellinas, Lucy has become a formidable lawyer. She is fast, efficient and effective. One to watch‘.

Personal service as well as obviously legal knowledge. Old fashioned service but in a good way! Carol Ellinas for family law‘.

‘A really hardworking team who puts the hours in for clients. Carol Ellinas – fantastic way with clients. Lucy Hoare- former young solicitor of the year proves that her accolade was not a flash in the pan.  Dedicated and talented with a phenomenal work ethic. Andrew Miles – young and bright with loads of potential’.

‘Have only done one case recently for this firm.  Dealt with Carol Ellinas who did a valiant job with a hugely difficult client’.

‘I have always found Russells to be very warm and approachable‘.

‘The whole team is knowledgeable, approachable & gives you the feeling that it is engaged and wants the best possible outcome.  The advice is realistic but driven by achieving the end goal. Carol Ellinas is sympathetic, empathetic, driven and engaged.  She is always available for even the smallest issues and ensures that her and her team around her have the same values‘.

‘I have only worked with Lucy Hoare from this team. I understand that the family team within Russells, has an exceptional reputation. Lucy Hoare is clear sighted and a very tough but very polite opponent, well respected, sensible, intelligent and diligent. Her case preparation is exceptional; she knows her cases inside and out’. 

‘Great service to clients. Strong, commercial advice, very competent , able and commercial in its opinions‘.

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, 8 senior associates and 13 solicitors. In addition, there is 1 senior consultant (Chris Organ), 2 consultants (James Wyllie and Mark Sinnott), 5 trainee solicitors, 3 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, the sale or acquisition of music publishing or master rights catalogues, 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, 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 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.

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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
Mr Mark Ashelford photo Mr 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
Ms Chloe Forsyth photo Ms 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 : 8
Number of Solicitors : 13
Number of Trainee Solicitors : 5
Number of Paralegals : 2