Mr Chris Gossage > Russells Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Chris joined Russells in 1999, where he has been a partner for over 15 years and now heads Russells’ Corporate department as well as specialising in all commercial transaction work in music and the wider entertainment world. Chris also works closely with the Universal labels EMI, Island, Polydor and Decca negotiating recording agreements with artists on their behalf. Chris’ ability to combine experience of high value corporate transactions with a detailed knowledge of the intricacies of the music business is a rare commodity and highly valued by clients. Chris has a reputation for clear commercial advice, excellent drafting and a calm and considered style of negotiation. His clients for large company sales and acquisitions include many of the UK’s major record and music publishing companies; large independent record and music publishing companies from the UK and USA; successful recording artists, songwriters, managers and entrepreneurs; concert booking agents, digital designers, restaurant chains and television production companies. Chris enjoys working as part of the large corporate and commercial team at Russells specialising in music and entertainment work.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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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.