Mr John Reid > Russells Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Mr John Reid
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(Leading individuals)
Russells Solicitors has ‘the market-leading contentious and non-contentious music law practice‘. The team acts for multinational record companies, publishers, leading agencies, artists and producers; and advises on music management, production, touring, sponsorship, recording and publishing agreements, as well as corporate structures, appearances and show agreements. The team has recently handled a number of major publishing deals; Jo Brittain, who heads the new artists team, secured an extension of Wolf Alice’s publishing deal with the Kobalt Music Group and negotiated the signing to Polydor of Sam Fender. Chris Gossage and Ryan Vince are noted for corporate and transactional work in the music sector and are often involved in the sale of independent record labels and catalogues. Chris Organ has a ‘wealth of experience‘; Steven Tregear heads the litigation team which features John Reid; and Gavin Maude heads the music department. Elsewhere, the firm also offers expertise across gaming, digital, social media and publishing mandates. It has recently been bolstered by several hires including Mark Ashelford, who heads the digital and social media practice, from Lee & Thompson LLP and Chloe Forsyth from Harbottle & Lewis LLP. Simon Esplen is the firm’s managing partner.
Russells Solicitors advises senior executives from a variety of industries including film, music production, sport and financial services. The firm’s work covers a wide range of matters such as termination arrangements, team moves, restrictive covenants and executive contracts. The ‘fully engaged, clever and empathetic‘ John Reid heads the team, and recently advised former England Women’s football team coach Mark Sampson on his employment tribunal claim against his former employers, which was settled on confidential terms.
The ‘efficient and prompt’ media and celebrity specialist Russells Solicitors acts predominantly for claimants, particularly for clients from the music and entertainment sectors. In this capacity, the practice headed by Steven Tregear often negotiates with in-house lawyers at major media outlets to achieve the best possible outcome for their client list. Apart from handling the usual range of reputation and privacy issues, John Reid, who ‘provides superb client care‘, has also been involved in a number of voicemail tapping cases.
- Leading individuals - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Media and entertainment (including media finance) - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- Employment: senior executives - London > Human resources
- Reputation management - London > Risk advisory