Mr John Reid > Russells Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russells Solicitors
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Work Department

Employment, Litigation




John is a partner in the firm’s litigation department and also leads Russells’ employment law advisory work.

John is a very experienced litigator who handles a wide range of media and entertainment disputes, including reputation management and privacy, as well as more general litigation.

John is also widely regarded for his work on employment matters to include drafting contracts and procedures, dealing with contentious issues, and general HR/employment advisory work.

John not only advises clients in media and entertainment, but also works increasingly in sport, advising governing bodies, organisations, clubs and personalities, particularly in relation to employment related disputes.

Over time John has also developed expertise in assisting clients with tricky immigration issues, particularly difficulties entering the US.

John excels at solving problems for clients as painlessly and cost-effectively as possible.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

John Reid (Music)Russells Solicitors

Deeply ingrained in the music industry, Russells Solicitors is a go-to market leader for record companies, publishers, producers, established and up-and-coming artists. Practice co-head Gavin Maude primarily works with artists and industry executives and focuses on emerging talent. The contentious side is headed up by Steven Tregear who leads a team of ‘top notch litigators‘, including John Reid , and predominantly handles copyright infringement, contractual, and audit claims. Third in the leadership team is Simon Esplen who represents a wide variety of industry players on commercial and contractual matters. Chris Gossage leads the firm’s corporate department and recently evidenced his strength in transactions by handling Kobalt Music Royalty Fund II’s catalogue sale to Chord Music. Another specialist for emerging talent is Jo Brittain whereas Ryan Vince focuses on long-term relationships between established artists and record companies. Senior consultant Chris Organ has a varied practice working in the wider field of media & entertainment.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Russells Solicitors is well-regarded for representing individual sporting talent on private client, matrimonial employment, media work and litigation advice. The practice also advises sports clubs and management agencies, across boxing and football. Practice head Steven Tregear specialises in sports litigation; he is recognised for acting on claims and disputes concerning contractual and copyright-related matters, as well as defamation and privacy claims. John Reid is recommended for dealing with regulatory and disciplinary issues for governing bodies, organisations, clubs and personalities.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

Russells Solicitors notably acts for well-known celebrity claimants seeking advice on libel, privacy, data protection, and harassment in the media. Practice head Steven Tregear specialises in media litigation and represents a range of major record companies, artists, and talent managers. ‘Go-to claimant lawyer’ John Reid covers a range of privacy disputes assists clients with litigation avoidance strategy. Senior associates Dan Hoyle and Jay Joshi support the team on phone hacking litigation.