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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Russells Solicitors

John Reid leads the department at Russells Solicitors, which is active in the media entertainment and sports sectors; the group recently advised a senior executive at EMI Publishing on his move to establish Los Angeles-based operations for Budde Music and assisted Roar Global with negotiating terms for all incoming directors and renegotiating terms for current directors. Gavin Maude and Chris Gossage are also recommended for clients in the music industry; Maude handles appointments, terminations and restrictive covenants work while Gossage is experienced in service agreements and exit arrangements.

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London: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 5

Russells Solicitors

Russells Solicitors  provides a ‘personalised service to its many clients from the music and entertainment industries’. Head of teamCarol Ellinas  is ‘all over her cases and goes the extra mile to provide her clients with a top-notch service’.  Ellinas' cases frequently have an international element.

Leading individuals

Carol Ellinas - Russells Solicitors

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Russells Solicitors

Russells Solicitors is a specialist entertainment and media firm that acts for celebrities in libel, privacy, harassment and data protection claims against magazines, websites and newspapers. Joint heads Steven Tregear and John Reid successfully represented Cheryl Tweedy in preventing the publication of intrusive stories during her pregnancy. Callum Galbraith  joined Hamlins LLP in summer 2018.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Russells Solicitors

The ‘exceptional’ team at Russells Solicitors has ‘extensive experience’ in the music sector, and acts for record companies, publishers, producers and leading agencies, as well as established and emerging artists. Litigator John Reid handles a range of media and entertainment disputes, including reputation management and privacy cases. Key work included representing musician and songwriter Ben Martinez in a dispute with Jessie J over the rights to several of her songs; and advising the estate of George Michael on a range of matters. Mark Sinnott is praised for his ‘unrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge’ and regularly represents music companies on complex contractual negotiations. Chris Gossage heads the corporate department, which includes recently promoted partner Ryan Vince; and Gavin Maude , who heads the new artist department, which includes Jo Brittain.  Gossage and Maude advised singer Mika on re-negotiations with Italian state-run broadcaster, Rai Uno, over the renewal for a second series of his TV show, which is broadcast on Italian national TV; Gossage also advised X-Ray Touring on the negotiation of a joint venture partnership, involving a multimillion-pound partial purchase of the business by US-based Paradigm Talent Agency and investment fund, Yucaipa. Chris Organ, litigation head Steven Tregear and consultant Brian Howard  are also standout individuals. Digital and social media group head Mark Ashelford recently joined from Lee & Thompson LLP and solicitor Peter Mason recently joined from PPL. Simon Esplen leads the team.

Leading individuals

Chris Gossage (Music) - Russells Solicitors

Chris Organ (Music) - Russells Solicitors

Gavin Maude (Music) - Russells Solicitors

John Reid (Music) - Russells Solicitors

Simon Esplen (Music) - Russells Solicitors

Next generation lawyers

Ryan Vince (Music) - Russells Solicitors

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Sport - ranked: tier 6

Russells Solicitors

Though it acts for sports clubs and management agencies, the department at Russells Solicitors is especially strong in acting for sportspeople; media work is a particular area of expertise. Employment expert John Reid is active mostly in contentious work: in a case that settled successfully in 2017, he represented triple-jumper Nathan Douglas in claims against UK Athletics and an Italian training facility after Douglas suffered a serious ankle injury at the latter. Other clients include the ECB, Surrey CCC and Linford Christie. Litigator Steven Tregear heads the group.

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