Duncan Calow > DLA Piper > London, England > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street

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Duncan Calow is well known for his work in the convergent worlds of content, technology and e-commerce. Duncan advises producer, publisher, distributor and retailer clients on a wide range of projects. These include digital delivery platforms, social media and e-business services; book, magazine and video games publishing; plus the latest interactive, mobile and broadcast services. Duncan advises on commercial and contractual legal issues; rights and branding; advertising and consumer law; privacy, libel and liability; gambling and specialist content regulation.


Trained at Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens, qualified 1994. Lawyer at Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens, Denton Hall and Denton Wilde Sapte. Partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and DLA Piper. Publications of note:Author, with Alan Williams and Andrew Lee, of Digital Media Contracts (3rd edition 2011 Oxford University Press) and, with Alan Williams, of the Publishing and Electronic Publishing Section of Halsbury’s Laws of England and of the New Media Sections of Clark’s Publishing Agreements (9th edition 2013 Bloomsbury).


General Secretary of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers; Publishers Association Legal Committee; Internet Service Providers Association Legal Forum; Society of Publishers.


Chesterfield School; University of Nottingham: Law, Economics & Politics BA Hons 2.1 1991, Chester Law School.


Family and friends, futurism and off-spin.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Brand management

DLA Piper‘s wide-ranging expertise in brand management spans trade mark protection and enforcement, and commercial exploitation of IP rights through advertising and licensing. Sponsorship, media and sports comprise a particular area of strength where the team are ‘industry renowned‘ for acting in high-profile campaigns, such as advising Unilever on football sponsorship arrangements with Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, La Liga and the South American federation CONMEBOL. Noted partners in the sizeable team include Nick Fitzpatrick for exploitation of media rights across all platforms and sponsorship; John Wilks for advertising regulatory work; Duncan Calow for adtech, licensing and commercial matters in publishing, music and television; and Patrick Mitchell for sponsorship arrangements. Associate Désirée Fields is recommended for trade mark and design portfolio management. Ruth Hoy chairs the practice.

London > Risk advisory > Reputation management

DLA Piper‘s defamation and reputation management team acts on a national as well as a global level and is able to rely on an expanded legal toolbox due to its position as an international full-service law firm, including a data protection unit. The London team is headed by Ruth Hoy and Duncan Calow with regional support from Richard Taylor in Birmingham, Andrew Smith in Manchester and Paul Stone in Leeds. Legal director Claire Sng assists clients with securing remedies at a pre-action stage via “right to be forgotten” and platform take-down procedures.