Firm Profile > Clintons > London, England

Clintons
55 DRURY LANE
COVENT GARDEN
LONDON
WC2B 5RZ
England

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

For clients across the theatre industry, Clintons' 'impressive team' is a popular choice. It advises on a range of issues including rights acquisitions, financing issues and the licensing of shows to overseas producers and attracts praise for its 'amazing client service'. The practice is led by James Jones, who acts for established and emerging producers, while John Cohen tends to represent artists and creatives including set, lighting and costume designers, choreographers, musical directors and orchestrators. Aron Rollin (who has experience as a theatre producer) and former theatre publicist associate Stephen Pidcock provide impressive sector knowledge. Beyond theatre work, key contacts to note include head of the film and television practice Kami Naghdi, music sector experts Berkeley Edwards and Andrew Myers, litigators Andrew Sharland and David Griffiths, and Tom Frederikse, who focuses on digital media and technology. Fieldfisher's former practice head Tom Guida adds a breadth of experience in the development, finance, production, distribution and exploitation of rights across the film, TV and sport sectors, while Jennifer Parker is now a freelance legal consultant working with Level.

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Testimonials

Superb attention to detail. Personal care. Always attentive and always available. I have been a career-long client because they meet all my professional needs, on time and with care.’

Excellent team and fantastic to work with.

Amazing client service – friendly and professional and understand the client needs.

Kami Naghdi is an extraordinarily talented and knowledgeable practitioner with supremely effective legal and commercial nuance. He has built an impressive team at Clintons. The team is is ultra attentive and consistently goes beyond the call of duty to deliver results for the client.

John Cohen (senior partner at Clintons) has looked after my professional career for twenty-five years and he has done so with care above and beyond the useful legal input. His knowledge, contacts and negotiating skills are the best in the business and I have been the beneficiary of his talents. I could not imagine being elsewhere other than with John at Clintons.’

Excellent team and fantastic to work with.

James Jones is brilliant partner and wonderful to work with.

Amazing client service – friendly and professional and understand the client needs.

Really care about the clients best interests.’

Key clients

Bat Out of Hell

Creative House Productions Limited

David Ian Productions Limited

Les Enfants Terribles

Little Angel Theatre

Michael Harrison Entertainment Limited

Mischief Worldwide Limited

NB Productions Limited

New Adventures Limited

Nimax Theatres Limited

Stage Entertainment Limited

Talent Artistic Group Limited

TC Beech

The Lowry Theatre

Jamie Wilson Productions Limited

The Lionel Bart Estate

Tim Rice

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Don Black

Bill Kenwright Limited

Ambassador Theatre Group

Chess Productions Limited

The Anthology Group

The Wider Earth

Ph3D

Covent Garden Productions

S-Rights

Paul Godfrey

Tali Pelman Productions

Frederick Loewe Foundation

Frank Howson

South Bank Centre

Family Tier 3

Clintons’ reputation for its work in the entertainment sector is reinforced by a family practice that has a particular talent for representing clients in the public eye, ranging from musicians and actors to sports and business people. As a result, it frequently handles highly complex matters; recently, the team represented a well-known musician in a case which involved the valuation of music-related income streams. Liz Vernon heads the team and is well regarded for her experience in high-value financial remedy cases. Sarah Bostock is another noted member of the team.

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‘It is a boutique firm with a lot of clout. It combines a small, collegial team with an efficient and comprehensive offering which belies its size and competes with many of the larger London firms

The Clintons team has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, especially in the music and entertainment sector. It is able to deal confidentially and sensitively with the biggest and most complex high-value cases. Liz Vernon is deservedly regarded as one of the top divorce lawyers for high-profile clients in the entertainment sector and is able to deal with celebrities as well as less famous clients

‘What has impressed me most about Liz Vernon and Dom Christophers is their ability to give frank advice, work hard and gain their clients’ trust

‘Small but excellent family team. Liz Vernon is a tour de force. She has all the emotional and intellectual qualities needed to be a top family lawyer and is a pleasure to work with. She never loses sight of the objective and is extremely skilled at devising the right strategy for the case

Sarah Bostock is an unflappable lawyer and the personification of Resolution.  Whilst she very much fights for her clients she does so with intellect and an impressive forensic eye. She is admired by peers in the profession, including various members of the judiciary, and is certainly an asset to Clintons

‘Dom Christophers is an excellent associate and certainly one to watch. He is hardworking and his meticulous attention to detail and flawless knowledge of his cases makes him a very able lawyer

‘Clintons provides its high-net-worth and high-profile clients with outstanding legal advice and assistance. Dan Chalmers is an excellent tactician. He provides clients with robust and clear advice of the highest calibre, with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for them. His personable nature engenders a sense of trust which, in turn, promotes a highly professional yet supportive working relationship

‘Dom Christophers is hugely technically capable and builds very strong client relationships thanks to his willingness to go the extra mile and empathise effectively while giving pragmatic commercial advice

Reputation management Tier 3

Clintons focuses its privacy and reputation management team almost entirely on the claimant side, acting for TV and sports personalities, as well as musicians and corporate entities.  The firm is able to advise across a range of areas including defamation, malicious falsehood, breach of confidence, data protection and harassment. Roddy Chisholm Batten continues to have a pivotal role in the phone hacking proceedings against News Group Newspapers Limited and MGN Limited, which is also a key area of activity for Caroline Hrabi.

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‘Honest and helpful at all times. Roddy Chisholm Batten is always really helpful at all times, even out of office hours for emergencies.’

‘My experience of working with Clintons has been absolutely first class, particularly the way additional partners with expertise in other areas are drafted in as needed – the process has been seamless.’    

‘Roddy Chisholm Batten is great at making a new (to me) and technical area easily understandable, with various clear courses of action presented well.’

‘Andrew Myers has endless patience with impatient clients.’

Key clients

HRH The Duke of Sussex

Danny Cipriani (England rugby international)

David Walliams (actor, comedian and children’s author)

Lily Allen (singer and songwriter)

Jay Kay (lead singer of Jamiroquai)

Daisy Lowe (model, fashion designer and TV personality)

Paul Weller (singer and songwriter)

Jessie Wallace (EastEnders actress)

Shane Richie (former EastEnders actor)

Danny Dyer (EastEnders actor)

Sport Tier 5

Clintons’ team is led by consultant Mel Stein, who is also president of the Association of Football Agents and as such is uniquely experienced in commercial agreements involving football players. He is currently acting for the association on its landmark dispute with FIFA, which has sought to cap the commissions earned by agents from football transfers. Karim Bouzidi is another key name and specialises in disputes concerning regulations, commercial contracts and media relations.

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‘Excellent service in all respects.’

‘The service our company experienced was totally professional and first class.’

‘Our case was dealt with by Karim Bouzidi – the individual service and attention to detail was quite incredible, as was the professional advice we received, which resulted in a satisfactory conclusion for our company.’

Key clients

Association of Football Agents (UK) Limited

The National League

Swimathon Foundation

Sportquake Limited

Didier Drogba Foundation

The Sports PR Company

Joey Barton (footballer)

Barnet Football Club

Immigration

Clintons is known for supporting clients in the entertainment, media, advertising and marketing sectors. The practice is led by Diana Okoeva, who is dual qualified as an attorney in New York and a solicitor in England and Wales - she focuses on US immigration and nationality law and is described as 'excellent, thorough and very supportive.' The team has a niche in transatlantic transfers in entertainment, assisting production companies, theatre shows and musicians. 'Exceptional' senior associate Natasha Hotson joined from Lewis Silkin LLP in 2019 to lead the firm's UK immigration offering.

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‘They are extremely helpful and attentive. They find solutions where others may find roadblocks.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable, reactive, on the ball and helpful. Demystifying the ever-moving goalposts of US immigration isn’t for the faint hearted, but the Clintons team lead by Diana Okoeva have been an incredible partner to us over the past few years.’

‘Working with Clintons was a terrific experience. I would gladly recommend it. They were caring, approachable and ready to help me 24/7. Answers were fast, timing was great, never overpromised anything.’

‘Diana Okoeva is excellent, thorough and very supportive.’

‘Natasha Hotson is exceptional in her knowledge and commitment to her clients. She leaves no stone uncovered and always goes the extra mile.’

‘Natasha Hotson and Diana Okeova are brilliant. I think of them as the dream team when it comes to immigration. They never fail to give clear and practical advice.’

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