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London: Human resources

Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Clintons

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.

Practice head(s):Diana Okoeva

Testimonials

Diana Okoeva is very thorough in her approach both in the verbal consultations and detailed review of documentation that is ultimately presented.

Diana Okoeva is very responsive and is a pleasure to work with.

Provides flexible and efficient advice.

Work highlights

  • Advising an internationally recognised luxury car manufacturing company on all US immigration matters.
  • Advised on the US immigration aspects of a company’s $50m expansion into the US.
  • Acted as sole immigration advisor for a major international amusement park company on the establishment of a new project in the US.
  • Advised on the immigration aspects of a British restaurant chain’s launch of into the US.
  • Enabled a VR start-up in the UK to obtain status under the treaty of trade and commerce with the US.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Clintons

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.

Practice head(s):Liz Vernon

Other key lawyers:Sarah Bostock; Daniel Chalmers

Testimonials

'The team is a wonderful combination of knowledge and pragmatism. The lawyers know what they are doing  and how to do it. The head of department Liz Vernon is a true star'.

'It is a strong, committed and able team that gives clear advice, handles clients well, looks for the compromise if it's there, but resolute if it is not'.

'Led by the charismatic Liz Vernon who is clever, emotionally intelligent, a first-rate strategist who leads from the front. She is a formidable litigator too'.

'Led very capably by Liz Vernon, the team deals with a number of celebrities particularly in the music industry. Liz Vernon is a tough advocate – always prepared and at the top of her game. She has a number of brilliant associates'.

'Daniel Chalmers has very good client handling skills'.

'Sarah Bostock has a calm and reassuring manner with her clients. She is able to build strong, trusting relationships with them, with a clear focus on their welfare while ensuring a pragmatic outcome is reached'.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Clintons

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 friendly' Roddy 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.

Practice head(s):Roddy Chisholm Batten

Other key lawyers:Caroline Hrabi

Testimonials

'The team were helpful and supportive  in all of their communications throughout the process. I would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.'

'Roddy Chisholm Batten was very accessible and friendly at all times and explained legal jargon and the process clearly and precisely.'

'Caroline Hrabi constantly updated me on how the the case was proceeding and nothing was too much trouble.'

'Roddy Chisholm Batten and Caroline Hrabi are very easy to talk with and both were empathetic to my case, which was a great comfort.'

Key Clients

Danny Dyer

David Walliams

Denise Van Outen

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Paul Weller

Sheryl Gascoigne

Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen (TV presenter & interior designed)

Des Walker (former England footballer)

Joey Barton (former Newcastle & England footballer)

Jack Ryder (former EastEnders and Holby City actor)

Kacey Ainsworth (former EastEnders and Grantchester actress)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Denise Van Outen (TV presenter), Kara Tointon, Gillian Taylforth, Natalie Cassidy, Joe Swash, James Alexandrou, Ray Panthaki (all current or former EastEnders actors), Colin Salmon (actor) and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (singer and song writer) in respect of their individual phone hacking claims against NGN Limited.
  • Acting for David Walliams, Danny Dyer, Lily Allen, Tony Hadley, Daisy Lowe, Cristian Solimeno (former Footballer’s Wives actor), Tracy Ann Oberman (former EastEnders actress), Rob Kazinsky (former EastEnders actor), Kacey Ainsworth and Darren Hales (former EastEnders and current Grantchester actress and her husband), Lindsey Coulson (former EastEnders actress), Jack and Avis Ryder (former EastEnders actor and his mother) and Joey Barton (ex-Newcastle United footballer) in respect of their individual phone hacking claims against MGN Limited
  • Acting for Danny Dyer in defamation/misuse of private information claim against The Mirror.
  • Acting for Aurelie Eboue in a defamation claim against the Sunday Mirror.
  • Acting for rapper Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox in defamation claim against six individual defendants.

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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

Clintons

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.

Practice head(s):Kami Naghdi; James Jones; Andrew Sharland; David Griffiths; Berkeley Edwards; Tom Frederikse

Other key lawyers:Andrew Myers; Jennifer Parker; Peter Button

Testimonials

The team has an outstanding media and entertainment practice.

It is adept at handling a range of complex matters

The team is hardworking and has in-depth insights into the media sector.

Key Clients

Creativity Capital

Parti Productions

Rebel Park

Bat Out of Hell

Creative House Productions

David Ian Productions

Les Enfants Terribles

Little Angel Theatre

Michael Harrison Entertainment

Mischief Worldwide

NB Productions

New Adventures

Nimax Theatres

Stage Entertainment

Talent Artistic Group

TC Beech

The Lowry Theatre

Jamie Wilson Productions

The Lionel Bart Estate

Tim Rice

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Don Black

Bill Kenwright

Ambassador Theatre Group

Chess Productions

The Anthology Group

The Wider Earth

Sony Music Entertainment

Universal Music

Brian Eno

Brainfeeder Records Inc

West One Music

Cooking Vinyl Group

Max Richter

Spilt Milk Management

Time S.p.A Unipersonale

Richard Hall Music (Moby)

Muse

Max Richter

Van Morrison

The Cure

Daft Punk

The Who

Paul Weller

The 1975

Vampire Weekend

Charlie XCX

James Blake

Disclosure

YEBBA

Royal Blood

Michael Kiwanuka

Jorja Smith

Lewis Capaldi

Virgin Media

Activision

Mind Candy

Pledge Music

Mofilm

Work highlights

  • Advised Creativity Capital on the financing of Sea Fever, starring Connie Neilson and directed by BAFTA winner Nessa Hardiman.
  • Advised the producers of the musical Bat Out Of Hell on its opening in Germany.  
  • Represented Time, an Italian record company, and Freecut, an Italian music publishing company, on a dispute with Nir Tibor (p.k.a. “Dennis Lloyd”), a well-known songwriter, performer, musician and producer.
  • Advised Michael Harrison Entertainment and David Ian Productions on the opening of a new touring production Benidorm Live, based on the award-winning, BAFTA-nominated ITV television series.
  • Represented Spilt Milk Management in a dispute with internationally successful songwriter, Amy Wadge.
Leading individuals

Andrew Myers (Music) - Clintons

Andrew Sharland (Music; litigation) - Clintons

David Griffiths (Music) - Clintons

John Cohen (Theatre) - Clintons

James Jones (Theatre) - Clintons

Kami Naghdi (Film and TV) - Clintons

Rising stars

Jennifer Parker (Film and TV) - Clintons

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Clintons

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.

Practice head(s):Mel Stein

Other key lawyers:Karim Bouzidi

Testimonials

"Mel Stein has a very unique insight and understanding of the inner workings of the sports industry."

'Simply the best legal advice and support whenever our company needs it.'

Key Clients

The Sports PR Company

National League

Didier Drogba Foundation

Sportquake Limited

Joey Barton

Swimathon Foundation

Jonathan Walter

Jako UK Ltd

Association of Football Agents

Barnet Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for The National League in respect of all its key commercial sponsorship and broadcasting negotiations.
  • Dealing with various commercial, sponsorship and marketing agreements for Sportquake, including those with Liverpool, Newcastle, The FA, Paris St Germain, Valencia and Fulham.
  • Representing The Sports PR Company Limited on a High Court claim.

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