Firm Profile > Clintons > London , London


Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Clintons stands out for its 'breadth of knowledge' across media and entertainment sector work; the team handles contentious and non-contentious matters across the film, TV, music, theatre and digital media sectors. Film and TV group head Kami Naghdi has a focus on complex rights transactions and feature film production and financing, where he is ably supported by associate Jennifer Parker.  The theatre team, which is led by James Jones and features the 'brilliant' John Cohen, is experienced in the structuring of deals and productions, which includes advising on rights acquisitions, financing and the licensing of shows. Andrew Sharland and David Griffiths lead the 'renowned' music litigation department, which represents leading musicians, songwriters, managers and producers, as well as record companies, publishing, management, live event and digital media companies. The non-contentious music practice, which is led by Berkeley Edwards and also features Andrew Myers, handles complex global structures for established and emerging artists and is regularly involved in high-profile negotiations, re-negotiations and restructurings. The team also utilises its newly established office in Los Angeles to advise on cross-border work. Tom Frederikse heads the firm's digital media team, which advises on the licensing of digital content as well as trade mark and brand protection matters.

Family Tier 3

Clintons advises on both the financial aspects of relationship breakdown as well as the issues relating to children. It also frequently advises on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. There is regularly an international dimension to the work that it does. Head of team Liz Vernon is particularly known for her work on high-value financial remedies and is very experienced at dealing with companies, trusts and other complicated financial issues. Sarah Bostock assists wealthy clients who have complicated financial structures and also advises on other issues such as domestic violence as both a solicitor and a mediator.

Reputation management Tier 3

Clintons provides pragmatic advice across the full range of reputation management and privacy issues. The firm mainly acts for well-known musicians, actors and sportsmen and continues to be heavily involved in mobile voicemail interception litigation against various defendants. The 'helpful and supportive' team, which is headed by the 'very accessible and friendlyRoddy Chisholm Batten also has strong ties to the firm's offices in Los Angeles, offering its celebrity clients a gateway for claims in the United States and especially against social media platforms based in this jurisdiction. Legal executive Caroline Hrabi provides key support to the reputation practice, with particular expertise in phone hacking claims.

Sport Tier 5

Clintons acts for clients including footballers, media agencies, governing bodies, private companies and charitable foundations, typically advising on sponsorship and marketing agreements, acquisitions, contractual negotiations and regulatory matters. On the contentious side the team handles disputes arising from alleged breach of contract. Senior partner Mel Stein has particular expertise representing high profile footballers and advising clients in regulatory matters, whereas litigation partner Karim Bouzidi handles a wide range of disputes including regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.


Clintons is regularly instructed by corporate clients in the media, entertainment, technology, advertising and marketing sectors on a range of immigration issues. The team receives plaudits for its UK and US immigration expertise; it has 'in-depth knowledge and expertise of US immigration law'. The team advises on transatlantic transfers in the entertainment sector; it advised on US visas for the creative team of a West End musical for its transfer to Broadway and a US tour. The practice also works with entrepreneurs, start-ups, creative agencies, multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals.

Clintons is an award winning boutique law firm, based in Covent Garden in Central London. It specialises in representing clients in the entertainment, media, creative, digital, marketing and sports industries. It provides a full and personal service to businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals working in these and wider commercial fields.

Types of work undertaken: Music: music is a fundamental part of Clintons’ practice and has been since the firm’s foundation over 50 years ago. Clintons has helped shape today’s music industry through its clients and the transactions and cases with which it has been involved.

Theatre: the firm’s lawyers are involved in leading productions in the UK and around the world on a regular basis, representing theatrical producers in relation to UK and overseas productions, and preparing contracts with all creative elements, theatres, investors and exploiters of subsidiary rights. Clintons also represents a large number of composers, lyricists and playwrights and, in many cases, works with their agents, designers (set, costume, lighting, sound) and choreographers. Clintons also represents investors in theatre, both institutional and private. In the case of certain highly successful composers, lyricists, playwrights and designers the firm acts in effect as agent as well as lawyers, taking care of all aspects of their business.

Family: Clintons has one of the leading family law practices in the UK. Its family law practitioners are recognised as experts in their field and have been involved in many of the leading family law cases over the last decade (including the groundbreaking case of Parlour v Parlour and the widely reported Court of Appeal decision in Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky). The firm is well known for representing high-profile and high-net-worth individuals; at the same time it represents a broad range of people from all walks of life in connection with divorce; pre- and post-nuptial agreements and all other family law matters.

Brand management, advertising and marketing: Clintons advises on all aspects of protection and exploitation of brands – contentious and non-contentious – for brand owners, image rights holders and those involved in the provision of marketing services. The firm also has a thriving trade mark practice and is a registered representative at both the UK IPO and at the European Trade Mark registry in Alicante. Clients include brand owners, publishers, creative individuals, digital media specialists, advertising and PR agencies, sports marketing and sponsorship consultants, direct marketing agencies, individual designers, design companies, production houses, market research companies, merchandising companies and high-profile image rights holders (including sportspeople and other celebrated individuals).

Digital media and interactive content: Clintons’ long-standing media, entertainment, copyright and technology expertise has resulted in significant practice growth in representing clients active in the digital economy, particularly in the structuring and delivery of entertainment and interactive content in music, film, computer games and social media. The firm’s clients are at the forefront of the digital delivery of audio and audio visual material, including music, film, TV content and games apps and other software. For Clintons’ creative talent client base, the firm’s detailed knowledge of the digital environment is a fundamental part of the service that the firm provides. The firm’s lawyers are uniquely qualified to guide clients through corporate structures, licensing, commercial requirements and other aspects of the protection and exploitation of creative material online.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Clintons has a formidable reputation in the area of litigation and dispute resolution. Its partners are eminent in this field and handle a full range of contentious issues, including the most complex and high-profile litigation. Although the firm deals with a wide diversity of litigation matters, it will come as no surprise that it has particular expertise in entertainment, media, creative and related industries. Indeed, many of the cases in which the firm has acted have contributed to the law governing these areas. In-house lawyers and other solicitors frequently turn to Clintons for advice on substantial and complex matters.

Reputation management and protection: Clintons has a wealth of experience in advising on reputation management, including defamation. The firm’s clients include well-known recording artists, television personalities, actors and sportsmen. Clintons also represents corporate entities including talent agencies, broadcasting and software companies. The firm’s lawyers provide sound, pragmatic advice on the full range of reputational issues including defamation (both libel and slander); infringement of privacy (including claims involving alleged phone hacking); malicious falsehood/trade libel; endorsement and image rights agreements; data protection and misuse of information; protection from harassment; and dealing with the press generally.

Department Name Email Telephone
Brand management, advertising and marketing Philip Stinson
Digital media and interactive content Tom Frederikse
Film, TV and radio Kami Naghdi
Music Andrew Myers (commercial)
Music Andrew Sharland (litigation)
Reputation management and protection Roddy Chisholm Batten
Sport Mel Stein
Theatre John Cohen
Theatre James Jones
Commercial James Jones
Corporate Chris Coates
Employment Philip Stinson (commercial)
Employment Layla Bunni (litigation)
Family Liz Vernon
Immigration Tanya Goldfarb
Intellectual property Andrew Sharland (litigation)
Intellectual property Tom Frederikse (commercial)
Entertainment litigation Andrew Sharland
Entertainment litigation David Griffiths
Litigation Stephen Joelson
Property James Nethercot
Private client Andrew Kidd