Mr Simon Esplen > Russells Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Commercial

Position

Managing Partner

Career

Simon’s career in the entertainment industry started in 1986 when he began working as a concert promoter and artist manager. Recognising that his interest lay more in the business and contractual side of the industry, he returned to college to study law, emerging in 1994 to work at a leading independent record company. He joined Russells in 1995 qualifying in 1997 and was appointed managing partner in 2015. He is privileged to have a varied and successful client base including artists (both established and new), managers, songwriters, dancers, magicians, producers/mixers, record and publishing companies, party organisers, models, radio presenters/DJ’s, illustrators, concert promoters and concert production companies. He also runs large due diligence exercises in relation to the acquisition of music companies businesses and catalogues. Simon sits on the Teenage Cancer Trust Music Board.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Simon Esplen (Music)Russells Solicitors

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.