Media & Entertainment

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide


Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for its experience in the financing and production of film and television projects. Acts for film studios, production companies, banks, film funds and private financiers based mainly in the UK and the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We are very pleased. We have a lot of choice for counsel, but have not thought for a minute about going anywhere else."

Market standing: "I would always recommend them. They are at the top of their game."

Work highlights Advised author E L James on a rights acquisition deal with Focus Features/Universal with a view to making film adaptations of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Advised Ecosse Productions on a variety of legal issues regarding the script for 'Diana', a biopic of the late Diana, Princess of Wales with Naomi Watts in the title role.

Notable practitioners

Hakan Kousetta counsels clients on the full spectrum of finance and production matters affecting film and television projects. One source said: "Hakan is great – very well connected and very good at structuring deals and finding the money for it to work." 

Sue Charles specialises in pre-publication and script clearance for film and television projects. One source said she is "fantastic. We threw a very complex challenge at her and she really came through."   

Significant clients Anonymous Content, E L James/Fifty Shades Limited, Eleventh Hour Films, Working Title Films.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles digital content, advertising and film and television matters, complemented by the firm's focus on the interface between technology and the law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "We have been very impressed. We wanted the commercial sense and scale that a big firm can give."

Commercial awareness: "They have a very commercial perspective which is invaluable."

Work highlights Advised Pinterest on data protection, e-commerce, IP, marketing and general digital media issues, as well as a passing-off litigation in the UK.

Advised Warner Bros. with regard to the UK and European launch of its Ultraviolet Digital Locker 2.0 service, a cloud-based platform for storage and distribution of films.

Notable practitioners  

Ben Allgrove practises at the cutting edge of developments in digital content exploitation and protection across various media sectors. Sources say he "has fantastic knowledge of copyright issues, great industry knowledge and knows how to apply law to practical problems."

Sources praise the "great practical advice" Steve Holmes confers, and think highly of him for the innovative technology companies he represents, many of which are market leaders in computer games and digital broadcasting.

Significant clients Arqiva, FremantleMedia, L'Oréal, Netflix, Carlsberg.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its work in advertising, marketing and theatre. Enjoys long-standing relationships with the ASA and major institutions of the London stage.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent work, we were really pleased. Can't think of any improvements needed."

Commercial awareness: "BWB provides excellent value for money."

Work highlights Advised the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on reconciling CAP Code rules with the requirements of EU law and other interested bodies and regulators with regard to online behavioural advertising.

Advised MJE Productions on the West End production of 'Ghost', and the show's London closing, as well as a Broadway run and other exploitation issues.

Notable practitioners

Rupert Earle is the ASA's only external legal adviser and as such advises the body on claims made to it and resulting investigations. Sources say: "Rupert's knowledge of the law as it relates to advertising is second to none." 

Sean Egan heads the firm's arts and media practice and is a renowned figure in theatre. He advises many of the stage's most prestigious and successful organisations. One respondent said: "His work is exemplary – he always gives very well thought through advice" and is "very experienced – he has seen it all before."

Significant clients ASA, Bill Kenwright Productions, Direct Marketing Association, English National Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known in the media sector for its representations of publishers, computer games companies and broadcasters seeking to maximise their returns from digital platforms. Experienced in handling e-gaming concerns.

Work highlights Advised the Financial Times on its insourcing of printing arrangements formerly handled by its main UK printer.

Advised The Guardian on a number of innovative software and online content agreements concerning mobile phone apps and key projects for the company's website.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Harper supports clients embracing new technologies, particularly digital content and online publishing. He also oversees the firm's Lawyers on Demand service. 

Significant clients Channel 4, Deluxe MediaCloud, The Newspaper Licensing Agency, PRS for Music, BAFTA.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known in the UK and further afield for its expertise in IP and TMT matters affecting media and entertainment clients. Represents media companies in matters involving online and digital content.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The quality of the work is always Rolls-Royce standard, turnaround is within the right timeframe and it takes into account the nature of our business."

Technical ability: "A very sophisticated practice founded on a solid TMT base." 

Work highlights Acted for the UK Media Monitoring Association in the high-profile dispute between the Newspaper Licensing Agency and Meltwater regarding internet news clippings royalties.

Instructed by leading gaming developer and publisher Codemasters to assist with its legal and commercial operations in the UK and worldwide.  

Notable practitioners

Felicity Reeve is noted for her experience of advising on sponsorship, advertising and media rights matters, often in sports broadcasting. 

Phil Sherrell is a media litigator with a focus on music, advertising and publishing cases. He led the firm's representations in the widely reported Meltwater matter. Sources say he is "very articulate and persuasive" and that he "instils confidence in his clients." 

Howard Rubin is particularly well known for his commercial and regulatory advice to technology clients, including video games and software companies.

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, BT Vision, Nestlé, The FA.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A publishing practice specialising in clients producing non-fiction material such as academic, art, educational, religious and charitable publications. Supports clients' efforts to exploit and protect their content as it appears in emerging digital formats.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They were at all times frank, friendly and supportive." 

Efficiency: "We feel we got an excellent service at a reasonable cost." 

Notable practitioners

Joss Saunders wins praise for his magisterial knowledge of his field, with one source describing him as an "up-to-the-minute, consummate professional – the sort of person who is best placed to discuss changes in the law and publishing." 

Significant clients ATG Media, The European Society of Cardiology, Oxfam, Pavilion Publishing, Taylor & Francis.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for advising retailers on marketing and promotional campaigns, especially those operating in regulated sectors such as alcohol, gambling and digital media. Another area of focus lies in bringing and defending complaints overseen by the ASA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very professional, flexible and proactive."

What's new? Partner Kim Walker joins from Pinsent Masons, where he headed the firm's IP team.

Work highlights Negotiated a licence with LOCOG on behalf of Royal Mail Group to create a range of stamps commemorating Olympics and Paralympics gold medal-winning Team GB athletes.

Advised the The Bart Ingredients Group on a rebranding exercise.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Allan-Jones and Gavin Matthews are key contacts.  

Significant clients, Carlsberg, M&S, Sainsbury's, ITV.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Represents clients in the publishing sector, in particular on matters involving content for electronic and digital platforms.

Work highlights Advised Trader Media Group on a digital publishing agreement with Future Publishing with a view to the creation of an interactive online title.

Advised British Pharmacological Society on IP and publishing rights concerning the society's learned journals and its implementation of recommendations made by the Hargreaves Report.

Notable practitioners

Mark Blunden heads the firm’s commercial and technology group, and specialises in the legal aspects of the commercialisation of digital and hard-copy content in publishing and advertising.

Sarah Williamson works at the interface of online publishing, advertising and marketing, and advises some of the firm's marquee clients on sponsorship, brand licensing and PR services agreements. 

Significant clients Creston, Guardian News & Media, Intelligence Squared, Censhare, Chartered Institute of Journalists.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for expertise in representing the computer software games industry. Also has a broad digital media and brands practice and acts for a number of sports clubs, audiovisual production companies and publishers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I don't feel the need to go elsewhere when I get such great service from Brabners." 

Work highlights Advising interactive content provider Monterosa on the protection and commercial exploitation of its IP rights and possible disputes with other parties.

Negotiated software development agreements with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on behalf of Magenta Software Games.  

Notable practitioners

Liverpool-based Nik White is a key contact. 

Significant clients Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks), Manchester United FC, Trinity Mirror, British Cycling Federation, The Professional Footballers Association.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A media boutique specialising in matters concerning the music industry, representing well-known artists, composers, managers, agents and record labels. Well known for co-ordinating sophisticated live events and tours. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They can do things that have never been done before."

Industry knowledge: "Outstanding understanding of an artist's revenue streams in the new music paradigm."

Work highlights Acted for the Rolling Stones on a global agreement with the promoter for the band's 50th Anniversary Tour. 

Advised on management agreements for all X-Factor finalists on behalf of Quest Management.

Notable practitioners

Mark Krais has a much sought-after specialism in international live events and tours for some of the biggest brands in music history. One source said of his negotiating skills: "He's a master – his timing is outstanding. I'm endlessly impressed." 

The "very personable and practical" Simon Dixon advises performers, artists, agents, managers and record companies on commercial matters and contracts. He also leads the firm's theatre practice, and has extensive experience in live events and performances. 

Richard Bray is praised for his "incredible attention to detail" as well as for his "sound, sensible and well-reasoned commercial advice." Like his fellow partners, he has represented some of the most prominent and influential artists, songwriters, agents, managers, publishers and record companies in recent history.

Significant clients Michael Harrison Entertainment, The Stone Roses, Take That, The Voice contestants, Diageo, The Wanted.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 22 other qualified solicitors

What the team is known for Advises clients working in advertising and marketing on brand protection and exploitation matters. Also brings expertise to digital and interactive media content concerns.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "We sought advice from Bristows on a number of matters which were handled quickly and professionally, with practical guidance always given."

Client service: "They've understood the issues and gone beyond the call of duty."

Work highlights Advised Guardian News & Media on the launch of the Guardian young readers’ website and a number of iPhone app development deals.

Acted for Cadbury on the implementation of its London 2012 counter-ambush marketing programme.

Notable practitioners  

Myles Jelf heads the firm's computer games and media group. His work lies at the convergence of telecoms,  IT and interactive media.

Paul Jordan takes the lead on much of the firm's advertising and marketing work. Sources say he "really knows the industry, gets to and understands the point very quickly, and is very commercially minded."

Significant clients Bartle Bogle Hegarty, BBC, Diageo, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Centaur Publishing.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners

What the team is known for Advises on concerns relating to digital media, computer games and interactive content. Continues to expand in handling advertising and marketing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "I really like their broad, full-service capabilities. They are very responsive to my enquiries."  

Work highlights Advised NCsoft on a range of interactive content agreements this year, amongst them the launch of the anticipated GuildWars2 computer game.

Advised YouView on the competition and regulatory law implications of the launch and roll-out of the YouView platform.

Notable practitioners

Vanessa Barnett represents clients in the advertising, marketing, online and sports sectors, consulting on brand, sponsorship and agency contracts. She advises Nike on sponsorship agreements and social media campaigns. 

Jaclyn Wilkins is fast garnering an enviable reputation for her advice to software development companies on computer games and the impact of e-commerce legislation.  

Significant clients Westfield, Barclays, ITV, Made by Many, Paddy Power.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for its work in the theatre and music industries, though it has a comprehensive media and entertainment practice handling commercial, litigation and transactional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They bring unrivalled knowledge and depth, especially at the increasingly important nexus of theatre and music."

Client service: "I have always been very impressed with the personal touch. They got to know me and my business very well and fitted their approach to my needs." 

Work highlights Advised Scott Walker and his production company Happy Dog Entertainment on UK legal issues affecting script development and production matters concerning a major Hollywood film written and directed by the artist.

Advised Plan B on a new set of publishing arrangements with EMI Music Publishing.

Notable practitioners

John Cohen is renowned for his skill and track record as a deal maker in the world of theatre. He is described as "outstanding – instinctively smart, grasping the commercial heart of the matter every time."

Andrew Sharland is the firm's lead media and entertainment litigator. He is praised for his intellectual rigour, independence of mind and the excellent results he has achieved for his clients over the years.

Peter Button co-heads the firm's prestigious music department, and counts a host of household-name artists and acts, new and established, amongst his clients. 

James Jones is recognised as a leading player in the commercial theatre arena. He advised Sir Tim Rice and Lee Menzies on their adaptation for the theatre of the novel 'From Here to Eternity'.

Andrew Myers co-heads the music department. He represents artists, writers and performers, including creators of content who have attained iconic status, amongst them Muse, The Cure and Bloc Party.

Tom Frederikse is roundly considered one of the finest lawyers working at the juncture of digital media and music. One client described him as "an absolute subject expert on collecting societies," while another said he is "incredibly thorough," and "very approachable – he's become like one of the family."

Nicky Stein acts for a highly impressive roster of music acts in the UK and USA, and is a fixture on deals for new artists on both sides of the Atlantic. His clients include Gotye, Plan B and Vampire Weekend.  

Richard Hoare garners accolades for his dynamic music practice, part of which is concerned with representing artists in the dance and techno genres.

Significant clients The Donmar Warehouse, Lorraine Pascale, Daft Punk, The Who, Mofilm, Virgin Media.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises advertising and marketing clients on major promotional campaigns targeted at home and overseas. Expertise in advertising litigation and specialised issues such as ambush marketing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very well geared to our way of doing business." 

Work highlights Advised National Australia Bank and its UK entities on the regulatory requirements governing promotions of financial services to offshore clients.

Assists Johnson & Johnson on its 'Mouth Off' campaign on Twitter and YouTube regarding Listerine mouthwash.   

Notable practitioners

Susan Barty is a recognised leader in the world of advertising and marketing law. She is praised for her "fantastic" level of experience, and for her "excellent relations with the UK regulatory authorities," which "gives her advice an extra layer of insight."

Significant clients, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé, Royal Mail, Sara Lee.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its wide-ranging expertise covering work on advertising and marketing, film and television, publishing, digital media and interactive content-rich platforms. Handles a spread of contentious and non-contentious work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "Their clients like that they can co-ordinate launches globally."

Client service: "We found them very capable and accommodating." 

Work highlights Advised Manchester City on its new kit sponsorship agreements with Nike.

Advised Lionsgate UK on the licensing of digital rights to Netflix.

Advised Disney and Zenimax Bethesda on hotly anticipated computer game releases. 

Notable practitioners

Sian Croxon heads the firm's advertising and marketing team, and handles both litigious and regulatory matters. She is lauded for the depth of her expertise in the area and for running a "very strong all-round practice."

Michael Ridley acts for some of the best-known organisations and personalities in television. He works on acquisitions, joint ventures, carriage agreements and production contracts.

Christopher Hanson is a respected authority on the financing of major film and television projects, acting on behalf of film studios, financial institutions, producers and distributors. He also advises on sports sponsorship matters.

Nicholas West devotes a large proportion of his practice to advising The FA Premier League on all facets of its broadcast rights arrangements. He also represents sports broadcasters and associations in similar matters.

Duncan Calow is, according to sources, a "big name in book publishing." However, this is not to detract from his sterling work in advising publishers on how best to exploit their content on multiple digital and audiovisual platforms. Another source said of him: "He's the real deal."

Hilary Stewart-Jones devotes her practice almost entirely to regulatory work within the gambling sector, including online gambling. She is described as being one of the "best door-openers in the business." 

Significant clients The FA Premier League, Pearson, Sony Computer Entertainment, ESPN, Warner Bros.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A long-established publishing practice that handles commercial, corporate, IP and clearance work across various sub-genres and categories of the industry, including academic, business-to-business, children's literature and literary estates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Very strong in guiding organisations in a practical, commercial way."

Technical ability: "A very high calibre of work." 

Work highlights Advised SAGE Publications on the acquisition of Adam Matthew Digital, a leading digital publisher of primary sources, and the journal programme of The Royal Society of Medicine.

Advised the British Library on the draft regulations to apply legal deposit to non-print works, including those in digital form or published online.

Notable practitioners

Peter Wienand is a well-known figure for his advice on traditional print publishing and also matters concerning digital and online content. One client said: "The solutions he proposes are always conceived with our business realities in mind."

Henry Sainty leads the firm's media, entertainment and technology group, and has a particular focus on publishing and digital media platforms regarding the commercial exploitation of IP rights. He is described as "decent, diligent and client-focused – a class act." 

Significant clients Bauer Consumer Media, IMG Media, The Economist Group, Newsfax International, Incisive Media.

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in the advertising and marketing, film and television sectors. Production agreements, asset finance and corporate finance, as well as licensing of publishing rights, sponsorship and content regulation, are areas of focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We found them very reassuring and helpful." 

Clarity: "Very pleased – they keep things concise and straightforward." 

Work highlights Advised direct response retailer Guthy-Renker on a variety of matters such as celebrity endorsements, claim substantiation, distribution agreements and the use of 'before and after' photographs.

Advised Lions Gate on its part in a complex, multiparty digital video-on-demand project.

Notable practitioners

David Bond leads the firm's advertising and marketing practice. He is especially esteemed for his record in mounting and defending claims before the ASA.

Sonal Patel is building a solid reputation in advertising and marketing law. She advises on ASA complaints and appeals, brand promotion and exploitation, advertising clearance, cross-border campaigns, and social media and online marketing promotions.

Tim Johnson focuses above all on film and audiovisual financing, production, video-on-demand and licensing deals. According to one source, he "understands the film business and financing inside out. He's more like a business adviser, not just a lawyer."

Barry Smith has decades of experience in the film industry behind him. He concentrates mainly on helping to enable tax-efficient funding structures for film production and distribution, and also advises on internet-based delivery systems.

Significant clients BP, BBC Worldwide, eHarmony, Netflix, Time Warner/Warner Bros.

What the team is known for A media law boutique devoted almost entirely to music litigation, in particular disputes over royalties, contracts and copyright.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Forbes has one of the best-regarded practices in music industry disputes. He is "extremely capable, thoughtful and diligent" and has "excellent client-handling skills." Forbes has been selected by a number of industry giants to lead internet blocking orders.

Dominic Free, an "excellent lawyer," is "very well regarded in the industry." An expert on the law as it affects the music industry, he is a popular choice with both clients and other solicitors looking to refer matters in conflict situations.

Martyn Bailey is valued by record labels and household-name acts for his contentious practice. Sources say he is "incredibly commercial, pragmatic and tough."

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises the broadcasting, film and television sectors, focusing mainly on finance, production and distribution of content. Also acts on rights, classification and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Everything is straightforward and there are no surprises." 

Industry knowledge: "They have a greater knowledge of our difficult matters than we do."

Work highlights Advises the Authority for Television on Demand, the Ofcom-appointed regulator for video-on-demand services in the UK, on all facets of its operations and jurisdiction.

Acts as the British Board of Film Classification's sole external legal counsel.

Notable practitioners

Paul Herbert leads the firm's broadcasting, film and television practice. One client said he is "all the things I need from a lawyer – responsive, accurate and gives comprehensible and commercially minded advice." 

Significant clients S4C, Sky, UTV, Random House, Seven Publishing Group.

What the team is known for Particularly reputed for their talent in music and publishing. Advises on commercial and contentious matters for major names in the media sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Best known for music and classic West End media work."

What's new? The firm recently merged with Davenport Lyons.

Work highlights The firm advised on the full range of agreements needed to produce and broadcast client Amnesty International's 2012 'Secret Policeman's Ball'. The event was streamed live by Epix and broadcast on Channel 4.

Acted for satirical magazine Private Eye in obtaining precedent-setting access to previously restricted court documents relating to a number of recent headline-grabbing scandals.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Davies is appreciated by clients and fellow lawyers for his experience in the field of music publishing, having worked in the sector before entering private practice. That said, he is at home in a number of areas within the media, such as digital media, publishing and live events.

Significant clients BMG Rights Management, British Film Company, Random House, Vice UK, Warner Music International Services.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong expertise in music industry disputes. The firm acts for artists, household-name brands, record companies and collection agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: Sources attest to the firm's work across the music industry and in particular its instructions on behalf of collecting agencies.

Work highlights Acted for the Performing Right Society in a dispute that saw the PRS win the highest award of flagrancy damages yet conferred on a collection agency.

Won a precedent-setting victory for client TVCatchup with regard to live streaming of films and audiovisual broadcasts.

Notable practitioners

Laurence Gilmore is a well-regarded music litigator who has won significant victories on behalf of the principal music rights collection agencies, artists, publishers and record companies.

Philip Herbert specialises in media disputes, particularly cases within the music, film and television industries and also matters centring on brand licensing and protection.

Significant clients Compass Records, McDonald's, PPL, One Media Publishing, Directors UK.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified solicitors

What the team is known for Expertise in new media platforms and practices, especially on advertising, computer gaming, social media and interactive content.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're very nimble, thoughtful and are not shy about putting our position first in an earnest, straightforward manner."

Technical ability: "Very able and committed individuals." 

Work highlights Advises computer games software developer Future Games of London on content supplier contracts and distribution agreements with regard to its releases worldwide.

Notable practitioners

David Hansel is regarded as being at the vanguard of digital media developments and the new ways in which media rights are exploited and protected. Sources are pleased to report that he is "timely and very thorough."

Tom Henson is praised for his work on content licensing agreements, rights protection and also the regulatory frameworks affecting new media businesses. Interviewees consider him to be "rigorous and persistent." 

Significant clients Carlton Leisure, Gaming Realms, International Data Group, Ndemic Creations, FIN London, Orion TV.

What the team is known for Ranked in every table in this chapter, Harbottle & Lewis has almost unrivalled in-depth expertise across the board in advertising and marketing, film and television production and finance, music, publishing and theatre concerns.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Harbottles are flipping excellent: they are really commercial and provide reassurance when you need it."

Commercial awareness: "They  are quick and thorough, deal-oriented and responsive."

Work highlights Advised Microsoft on its Xbox and multi-platform digital media and video-on-demand product, Zune, on electronic sell-through, licence agreements with content owners, and regulatory and competition issues.

Advised Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures on all production, advertising and marketing issues concerning a new musical adaptation of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

Delivers advice on advertising law to the independent agency MWO.

Notable practitioners  

Andy Millmore leads the firm's advertising and marketing practice. He handles mainly promotional campaigns and sponsorship deals, as well as litigation matters. He is described as "one of the leading players" in the sector.

Abigail Payne is best known for her work in the financing and production of UK independent films, and counts Londinium Films amongst her clients. One interviewee described her as a "sensible and smart deal maker."

Robert Storer is a consultant for the firm. He advises clients on all areas of film and television production, including project development, finance, production, distribution and IP rights matters.

Chloe Wright is a music lawyer, concerned mainly with transactions, acting on the business as well as the artist side. One client said: "When I have needed support on lesser-known areas, Chloe has been like my left arm."

Shireen Peermohammed heads the firm's publishing department, advising on commercial, corporate, defamation and privacy issues. Sources describe her as a "rising star" and "a thinker who gives good practical advice."

Neil Adleman is considered by senior sources in the market as "far and away one of the top figures in theatre." Steeped in all facets of the theatre world, he also handles work with an international dimension.

Mark Phillips has a national reputation for his expertise in matters digital, specifically e-commerce, computer games, online publishing and interactive content concerns. He leads the firm's practice in this area.

Jonathan Berger has a commercial and transactional practice covering the exploitation of rights and the production of film and television projects, as well as digital distribution channels. 

Significant clients Electronic Arts, Dreamworks, Royal Shakespeare Company, Universal Music Group, Take 2 Interactive.

What the team is known for Particularly well known for its work in advertising and marketing. Areas of specialism include multi-jurisdictional promotions, media planning and buying and sponsorship arrangements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They offer strategic advice and an integrated relationship – they're not just a litigation gundog."

Market standing: "Very commercial and client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Aimia, the owner of the Nectar brand, on the establishment of a joint venture with Sainsbury's to co-ordinate marketing activities affecting the retail giant's suppliers.

Notable practitioners

Richard Welfare is "a pleasure to work with," according to sources. He heads the firm's advertising and marketing practice and is a universally revered figure in the industry.

Significant clients Anschutz Entertainment, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, Ocean Spray, Cineworld.

What the team is known for In-depth experience of publishing concerns. Clients include newspaper, magazine and digital publishers, authors, academic journals, agents and literary guilds. Advises on matters from contracts to royalty claims and copyright disputes.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: Sources laud the team for its estimable understanding of the media landscape.

What's new? The firm was created through the merger between Finers Stephens Innocent and Howard Kennedy in January 2013.

Work highlights Advised the Writers Guild of Great Britain on the creation of a new collecting society and copyright collection agency.

Represented the Peter Schaufuss Ballet Company with regard to its production of the Tchaikovsky trilogy at the London Coliseum.

Notable practitioners

Robert Lands is lauded for his "great depth of knowledge." He takes a strong interest in publishing and digital media, particularly in online content distribution.

Brian Eagles represents internationally acclaimed companies, artists, authors and performers working throughout the media and entertainment world, his publishing and theatre practices come in for special acclaim. 

Mark Stephens has wide experience of litigation across a number of disciplines, and is renowned for his handling of media and publishing cases. Sources praise his "wonderful, extremely creative mind," and consider him to be someone who "thinks laterally and puts his heart into representing his clients." 

Significant clients British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies, Old Vic Productions, Society of Authors, Springer Science & Business Media, Washington Post.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading TMT specialist firm handling commercial, litigious and transactional matters concerning digital media, computer games software, interactive content and social media. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: Interviewees highlighted the dynamism of the firm's activity in corporate transactions within the digital technology sector.

Work highlights Advised independent digital agency AKQA on its sale to WPP.

Acts for LOVEFiLM UK on a range of issues, including digital content rights, online advertising and regulatory concerns.   

Notable practitioners

Calum Murray is a key contact.

Significant clients AKQA, Fortune Cookie, I Spy Marketing,, Thomson Reuters.

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on all manner of film, television and music matters. Well versed in the law relating to the convergence of traditional media forms with digital platforms. Handles both contentious and commercial work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are always working to solve the problems. They're also a very personable team who take the time to explain things clearly and build a personal relationship with their clients."

Industry knowledge: "Lee & Thompson's music department is really hot at the moment - I always recommend them to artists looking for representation."

Commercial awareness: "They are straightforward, proactive and cost-sensitive."

Work highlights Advised Revolution Films on content clearance and the financing of 'Rush', a major independent feature film directed by Ron Howard.

Advised Jessie J, One Direction, Queen, Spice Girls and Tinie Tempah with regard to their performances in the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

Notable practitioners  

Reno Antoniades is a specialist in independent film and television financing and production and is thought of as being one of the most prominent lawyers in the field. Market sources say he "leads a great practice," and that he is a "very good deal maker on behalf of his clients."

Richard Lever heads the firm's television department, and advises on every facet of finance, production and talent matters. He counts a number of innovative production companies amongst his clients and is deeply involved in policy-making concerning broadcasting.

Natalie Usher is a partner in the firm's film department. Her work spans the spectrum of film law, taking in finance, production, distribution and talent agreements. She also takes a special interest in Scottish film production.

Jeremy Gawade is a renowned film and television specialist who handles all facets of finance, production and distribution. He also acts for a number of talent-driven production companies.

Christos Michaels takes a lead in advising major distributors and sales agents operating in the independent film industry. Sources say he is "well known in the field" and is "always on hand when a deal is being done."

Nicki Parfitt is esteemed by clients and peers alike, and is described by sources as "hard-working and insightful." She acts for film and television production companies, financiers, distributors and film sales agents.

Rebecca Pick acts for Hollywood studios and independent production companies, carrying out the full spectrum of development, financing, talent, production and distribution work.

Mike Brookes is a contentious media and reputation management specialist. He also oversees content clearance and libel checking for entertainment projects of all kinds, and is instructed by both business and talent-side clients.

Andrew Thompson, a co-founder of Lee & Thompson and senior partner at the firm, focuses on the representation of artists, composers, performers and writers. He is described as a "standout" figure in the industry.

Lawrence Engel heads the firm's music department and focuses principally on talent representation and corporate and commercial deals within the sector. Clients say he "knows the business well, is very pragmatic and is good at cutting through the issues and getting the job done."  

Gordon Williams heads the firm's celebrated dispute resolution group and undertakes all manner of entertainment litigation. He also leads the firm's brand management and protection practice.

Robert Lee has an exciting practice representing artists and bands as they transition from nascent acts to renowned figures in their fields. Music industry sources appreciate how his advice keeps them abreast of developments in an ever-changing industry, with particular regard to how digital distribution is overturning established channels.

Josh Smith commands a thriving music practice in acting for artists, management companies, independent labels, publishers and producers. He takes a keen interest in emerging artists and bands.

Sam Tatton-Brown recently joined the group from Davenport Lyons. He has one of the most exciting film and TV finance practices going, and has been involved in funding arrangements for projects of international renown and success. He is particularly commended for his ability as a negotiator.

Significant clients Bryan Ferry, Depeche Mode, Ministry of Sound, Studio Canal, Vertigo Films.

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners

What the team is known for Expertise in advertising and marketing, computer gaming, interactive content and social media. Advises both digital technology companies and traditional media businesses adapting to a changing and converging marketplace.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Lewis Silkin can be relied upon to supply an expert in virtually every field I have ever enquired about."

Client service: "I think everything they do is excellent - the way they retain staff, training and communication are excellent."

Work highlights Advised Saatchi & Saatchi on the drafting and negotiation of an agreement with Kevin Bacon for the actor to feature in a popular promotional campaign for Everything Everywhere.

Advised GE on ambush marketing with regard to the London 2012 Olympics.

Notable practitioners  

Giles Crown is, according to a major client, "one of the leading advertising lawyers in the UK and that's why we use him." He is also praised for his "impeccable integrity and all-round client-handling skills."

Brinsley Dresden is regarded as "dynamic" and "very knowledgeable" by senior market figures. He advises on all facets of commercial and regulatory advertising and marketing work.

Guilherme Brafman is lauded for the extent of his knowledge of the advertising, brands and promotional sector. His arrival from Kaye Scholer a few years ago has contributed to Lewis Silkin's "added strength" in this area.

Jo Farmer is steeped in advertising law and acts for a range of leading agencies and brand owners. She undertakes brand ambassador and sponsorship deals, and has developed deep expertise in social media regulation.

Dominic Farnsworth advises agencies and brand owners on advertising, sponsorship, endorsements and promotions. Clients find he is "charming" and proffers "really clear and concise explanations."

Jonathan Coad leads the firm's television practice, advising on a range of matters such as IP rights, commercial contracts and libel clearance work. One source said: "He's an absolute expert on the format rights business." 

Cliff Fluet is particularly well known for his work in the music industry. One sector source described him as a "specialist with a fabulous reputation, and a very nice person."

Jeremy Summers recently joined Lewis Silkin from Pitmans. He is highly valued for his knowledge and experience of the theatre world and his skill as a commercial lawyer. Clients find his level of diligence extraordinary, and appreciate his practical outlook. 

Significant clients AMV BBDO, Electronic Arts, Havas Worldwide London, MTV Networks.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for major brands and agencies on campaigns, celebrity endorsements, fund-raising, sponsorship agreements and corporate activity in the advertising sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Recognised as a well-known player in the field."

Notable practitioners  

Rupert Casey acts for some of the most prominent advertising agencies in the world, as well as household-name brand owners. One client described him as "highly knowledgeable and responsive."

Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp has been one of the principal figures in advertising law since the the 1980s. He tends to act for individual businesses, many of which are giants in their respective sectors.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners

What the team is known for An Oxford boutique that represents literary estates, world-renowned publishing houses and authors in matters such as rights licensing agreements, copyright, digital development agreements, defamation and privacy. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Excellent substantively, and as a small firm of genial people they are a delight to work with." 

Industry knowledge: "Very user friendly, with impeccable knowledge of the publishing field."

Work highlights Acted for the J R R Tolkien Estate on copyright claims against online suppliers, including, concerning products sold on their websites.

Notable practitioners  

Cathleen Blackburn brings more than 20 years' experience to the table and acts for a number of venerable literary estates as well as large publishing businesses. One client said: "Her experience and grasp of all the major issues is truly impressive."

Steven Maier takes the lead on the team's litigious matters. A "very likeable and insightful" partner, he is described as "a real expert – he can tell exactly what the law is on a question." 

Significant clients Agatha Christie Limited, Oxford University Press, European Association of Archaeologists, Marvel Entertainment, Simon & Schuster.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A comprehensive media and entertainment practice. Tremendous expertise in handling matters concerning film and television, music, publishing and theatre. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Commercial awareness: "A lovely team with reams of experts providing excellent commercial advice."

Industry knowledge: "Long established leaders in theatre and music work."

Commercial awareness: "It is their commercial sense which makes them so attractive." 

Work highlights Advised J K Rowling and The Blair Partnership on the forthcoming television series adapted from her best-selling novel 'The Casual Vacancy'.

Advised Rights Agency, the neighbouring rights agency which acts for Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, on a major investment deal with Dutch rights company.

Acted for Euro RSCG on contracts with Anna Friel and Ed Speeler to create films supporting a sponsorship drive of the Titian Gallery in the National Gallery.  

Notable practitioners  

Nicola McCormick undertakes contentious and non-contentious work in the advertising sector, defending claims brought by the ASA and advising clients on the regulatory regime. She is seen as "bright, responsive – very much a team player."

Jonathan Blair specialises in the financing, production and distribution of film and television projects. He is "very helpful for matters relating to use of rights" in such productions, according to sources.

Nigel Bennett is an all-round transactional and regulatory lawyer in the media space, paying particular attention to film, television and publishing. He is described as "very experienced and commercially minded."

Euan Lawson has a flourishing music practice, which is devoted in large part to record deals, touring and other commercial contracts, but also fulfils the role of general counsel to artist and performer clients. He is praised for his "great attention to detail and commercial sense."

James Harman is considered an "absolute legend" by peers for his magisterial command of publishing, recording and talent contract work in the music industry. He also advises on copyright law and merchandising.

Paddy Gardiner chairs the firm's dispute resolution practice and is well known for his litigation and ADR efforts for clients in the music industry. He has represented top-selling artists and performers and leading record companies.

Paddy Grafton Green is appreciated by sources for his practical approach and consistent reliability. He acts for artists, high net worth individuals and media companies on all manner of commercial, corporate, employment, tax and branding matters. 

Ed Baden-Powell advises entertainers, sports personalities and rights owners on the range of commercial contracts central to their livelihoods. Clients praise his "incredible brain" and resolutely commercial outlook.

David Franks is lauded for his work on contracts and IP rights issues in the music industry and especially the theatre. Sources say he is a "tough bargain-maker" who "really knows his stuff."

Significant clients David Bowie, International Olympic Committee, Iron Maiden, Stage Entertainment, Universal Music Group.

What the team is known for Well known for the quality and extent of its media and entertainment practice, which is in part underpinned by a historic concentration on intellectual and technology law. Areas of expertise include film and TV, publishing, music and digital media.

Work highlights Advised ITV on its handling of a libel claim brought by former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine of West Green and its response to the related Ofcom investigation.

Advised Columbia Pictures Industries on the structuring of the films 'Total Recall' and 'Captain Phillips' with regard to the UK film tax credit regime.  

Notable practitioners

Jacqueline Hurt engages in the content creation, financing and distribution aspects of film production.

Selina Potter advises broadcasters and audio-visual distributors on commercial contracts for the production and delivery of content.

John Enser is head of the firm's music practice, and is a noted expert on data and digital technology law.

Victoria Gaskell advises on commercial and regulatory matters affecting broadcasters and digital platform providers.  

Mark Devereux is a much-admired figure across the spectrum of media and entertainment, coming in for particular praise for his film and television work.

Steven Corney has led the team's litigation efforts on behalf of a number of top organisations.

Clive Gringras heads the firm's technology practice and takes a strong interest in new media and e-commerce.

David Zeffman is one of the UK's leading advisers to clients operating in sports, gambling and online television. He is lauded for his leadership qualities and knowledge of the law concerning broadcast rights. 

Significant clients Aegis, BBC Worldwide, Guardian Media Group, MGM, Warner Music Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 53 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive expertise in advertising and marketing, gaming, interactive content and social media matters. Assists blue-chip corporates, emerging companies and software developers with steering a profitable course amid ever-changing business conditions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We were looked after by a diligent, applied team that knew its subject inside out."

Industry knowledge: "They really understand the digital gaming sphere."

Work highlights Advised the independent shareholders of advertising agency agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty on the disposal of the remaining 51% of the company to Publicis Groupe.

Advised Wargaming, the developer of online gaming site World of Tanks, on privacy issues and a wholesale legal review of its website.

Notable practitioners

Consultant Stephen Groom co-chairs the firm's advertising and marketing group and is applauded by clients for his "excellent knowledge and understanding" of the sector. He is also a privacy and data protection specialist.

Nick Johnson concentrates for the most part on advertising and marketing law. He also undertakes e-commerce, gambling and sponsorship work. Market-leading sources refer to him as "one of the best in the industry."

Senior partner Tim Birt is a seasoned veteran of complex, strategic deals within the media and entertainment sector. One client said he found him a "go-to for sage counsel when things got rather serious."

Paul Gardner is steeped in computer games and interactive entertainment, and commands "enormous respect" from clients and peers alike for his pioneering work in the new media sector.

Significant clients Expedia, Everything Everywhere, Facebook, Nintendo, Virgin Media.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers accomplished, commercial advice to clients in advertising and marketing, film and television, gaming, interactive entertainment and social media. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "A benefit of working with Reed Smith is its global reach and massive resources, and that's been very valuable to us."  

Client service: "A really fantastic team to work with. They have done good work for us in spaces with which we are less familiar, and we feel they really complement the internal team."

Work highlights Advised McDonald's on its promotional campaigns as a sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Negotiated all the cast, financing, co-production, completion guarantor and sales agent agreements for 'A Most Wanted Man', an adaptation of the novel by John le Carré.

Acts for start-up technology company Art Finder on a range of issues, including copyright, licensing and content distribution.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Edwards is a leading authority on IP rights and regulatory regimes as they affect broadcasting, where he has advised some of Europe's largest organisations. One client said that "Stephen knows copyright law inside out."   

The "consistently great" Michael Maxtone-Smith represents banks and financiers, but also private investors, broadcasters, distributors and producers looking to finance major film projects.

Gregor Pryor leads the media and technology group in London, his focus centring on advertising, marketing, music rights and digital content matters. One source said: "He is well known and well respected in the digital music world, which is enormously helpful for his clients, and he's also a pleasure to work with."

Richard Philipps is universally acknowledged as being a "guru" and "veteran" of film finance. He is "very knowledgeable and supremely well connected" as well as "well versed in deal structures, which he runs very well," according to a source. 

Significant clients Bauer Consumer Media, BBC and BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, RTÉ, Zynga.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in the publishing arena, and has a particularly highly developed newspaper practice. The firm also has noted strength in advertising and marketing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They seem very responsive, understand the needs of our business, see the bigger picture and provide tailored advice."

Industry knowledge: "Big players in the newspaper and newsgathering industries."

What's new? Paul Joseph was promoted to the partnership.

Work highlights Advised Associated Newspapers on its participation in the Lord Leveson inquiry into press practices, ethics and culture with regard to privacy law.

Advises the Daily Mail on its online and print promotions.

Notable practitioners  

Oliver Bray advises brand owners, agencies, retailers and technology companies on all aspects of advertising and marketing law. One client said he "continually provides robust advice in very tight timeframes and is an excellent resource to have at hand."

David Hooper is a specialist in publishing and acts for newspapers, publishing houses and well-known media figures, particularly in connection with privacy law and copy clearance. He is "always excellent to deal with – he gets the balance right between conservatism with regard to privacy laws, and art."

Significant clients, Faber & Faber, Google UK, Times Newspapers, Bloomsbury.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A West End boutique that acts for emerging and established artists, independent and corporate production companies, distributors and agencies. Advises on all manner of commercial deals and disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Great. If you want to smash something, they're your firm."

Notable practitioners  

Brian Howard is roundly regarded as one of the foremost music litigators in the country, and his straightforward, pragmatic manner is valued highly by clients. Sources find him "incredibly wise and experienced." 

Chris Organ looks after some of the biggest names in popular music. He handles contract and IP rights negotiations, but also the myriad immigration, employment and reputation management problems that his clients may encounter.

Steven Tregear has a very strong reputation as a contentious music lawyer. As well as contractual and rights disputes, he also handles matrimonial, immigration and other personal problems encountered by clients. Clients have "great confidence" in him as he "doesn't get fazed by the issues."

Simon Esplen is a seasoned representative of up-and-coming as well as established acts, in addition to composers, producers, concert promoters, managers, publishers and record companies.

John Reid is a music litigator clients and fellow lawyers instantly warm to for his experience and wisdom. He is noted for his knowledge of employment, immigration and defamation concerns.

Mark Sinnott is a valued legal and commercial adviser to record company clients, who find him a "very reassuring person to have around." He is "incredibly calm and incredibly smart," someone who "turns things around in the twinkling of an eye."

Christopher Gossage is a go-to individual for record companies looking to acquire or dispose of corporate assets. He also advises clients on rights issues, investment, merchandising, publishing and touring matters.

Gavin Maude has a superb roster of world-famous artist and performer clients which would be the envy of any lawyer in the music business. He also has a flourishing practice advising senior executives of music companies on employment matters.

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A truly comprehensive media and entertainment offering which takes all kinds of instructions concerned with film and television, music, gaming and software development, and theatre.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are doing an excellent job – execution, efficiency, timeliness and value of the advice is great."

Client service: "They're quick to respond to any questions, are on the ball and have never let us down."

Commercial awareness: "A good, cost-effective solution; with quiet efficiency they've built a very stable position."

Work highlights Advised Octopus Investments on the financing and closing process of the production costs of the film 'Pitch Perfect'.

Advised Il Divo on the commercial and legal ramifications of their new contractual arrangements with Simon Cowell's company, SyCo.

Acted for BT Vision on the acquisition of rights to screen Premiership Rugby and European Club Rugby, as well as other film, TV and music rights.

Notable practitioners  

James Kay focuses primarily on the exploitation of IP rights in film and television productions. Sources say he is "very clear in his advice and very good at giving a risk analysis of your decision," and that he is a "pleasure to do business with."

Robin Hilton is much sought for advice on the financing, production and distribution of film and television projects. He is also expert on brands, advertising and the fashion industry.

Peter McInerney is a partner in the firm's film and television group, and is noted for his work on international co-production format licensing. One client said he "will respond at the drop of a hat" and has "faultless knowledge of the sector and its workings."

Howard Jones is the firm's managing partner. A "terrific" music lawyer with 30 years' experience in media and entertainment law, he is said to offer an unparalleled view of the market.  

James Sully represents a host of artists and performers, emerging and established, as well as music producers, managers, publishers and record companies. He renegotiated Il Divo's record contract and is described as a "lovely guy; very experienced."

Russell Roberts has a comprehensive music practice which takes in commercial and corporate transactions within the industry. He is lauded for his "analytical mind" and is "not one to jump to conclusions," according to one interviewee.

Michael Thomas has a thriving practice in the worlds of music and musical theatre, representing clients such as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Pacha Nightclubs. He also acts for television personalities. 

Claire Lewis concentrates on music and theatre work, earning praise from sources for her work on investor agreements, financings, and artist and production contracts.   

Tahir Basheer assists with content rights, including their protection and exploitation, particularly on new means of delivery, such as music provision websites.

Alex Chapman is an acknowledged pioneer in the law affecting interactive content, digital entertainment and video games. "Hats off to him," says one client, adding: "He has a really good grip on much of the games market."

Significant clients British Film Institute, Channel 4, Mindshare Media Worldwide, Mojang, The Really Useful Group/Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Expertise across a number of media concerns; its advertising and marketing work earn particular acclaim. Advertiser-funded and sponsored programming is a noted strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: Sources commend the team's profound knowledge and experience of the advertising industry, including its ancillary expertise in IP law.

Work highlights Acted for JWT Entertainment in negotiations on producing a series of programmes financed by Shell for broadcast on The Discovery Channel.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Wegenek advises on advertising, marketing, film and television concerns. He takes a close interest in areas such as behavioural targeting, pricing guarantees and social media in advertising. He is recognised as "a well-known personality in the field."

Associate Carlton Daniel is fast carving out a name for himself in the advertising and marketing world, where he handles both transactional and contentious matters, including defending ASA complaints. Clients say he is "excellent" and "really knows his stuff." 

Significant clients uMedia, Soho Films International.

What the team is known for A forward-looking West End firm that represents artists, performers, producers and writers that have found national and global acclaim in the music world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: Sources point to the firm's long-standing devotion to and prominence within the music industry, as well as its dedication to clients.

Notable practitioners  

Kaz Gill is well known in the business for his tireless efforts in supporting the interests of his prestigious clients.

John Statham represents a diverse range of talented individuals and groups, particularly with regard to artist and commercial contracts.

Significant clients The Horrors, Peter Doherty, Radiohead, Supergrass, William Orbit.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well regarded for its services to clients involved in the advertising and marketing, music and publishing sectors. Advises talent, agencies and corporate entities on the full range of commercial and contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We are happy with the relationship – it's straightforward and productive."

Client service: "They are more than just people at the end of a telephone: they get involved."

Work highlights Advises advertising agency JWT London on UK and international clearance issues, ASA complaints and production agreements over advertiser-generated content.

Advised Madness and Mike Oldfield with regard to their performances in the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Swan is sought by the biggest advertising agencies, brands, content owners and artists for his counsel. One leading industry client said he is "calm and very considered in an industry which is anything but. An oasis of sensible, thoughtful advice."

Julian Turton's practice straddles music, publishing and advertising, and he is roundly regarded as one of the best media lawyers working today. He has three decades of experience in the media world and represents some of the most sophisticated clients in this area.

Stuart Barry worked as a sound engineer for eight years before entering the law, and so is in an ideal position to understand the challenges faced by his clients, which include established acts such as Madness as well as producers, internet companies, independent record labels, publishers and advertisers.

Julian Bentley is the firm's head of music, but also represents major comedy and advertising agencies. Like several of his colleagues he has experience of working in the industry, in his case as a manager for musicians, actors and comedians.

Significant clients Association of Photographers, Radio Advertising Clearance Centre, Sebastian Faulks, Underworld, Mute Song.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A dedicated and well-developed media and entertainment practice. Its knowledge and experience in publishing, advertising and marketing and in film and television is particularly highly sought.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very responsive, a good depth of knowledge, and always unequivocal in their response."

Technical ability: "They were excellent. We would use them again without hesitation."  

Work highlights Advised publisher DC Thompson on a licensing agreement for software to digitise past publications and offer electronic versions of current issues. 

Represented the Performing Right Society in the High Court and Court of Appeal in a copyright infringement action against B4U Network.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Lloyd heads the firm's advertising and trade marks, copyright and media groups. He is therefore well versed in all manner of advertising rights and regulatory issues, including contentious work before the ASA.

Sarah Needham receives ever-increasing recognition for her work on commercial contracts and data protection matters with media organisations, in particular publishing and advertising clients. 

Tony Ghee heads the broadcasting group, advising on transactional, regulatory and IP rights work on behalf of major networks and telecommunications companies in the UK and abroad.  

Niri Shan is a media litigator with a particular focus on publishing, newspapers and attendant data protection issues. Peers esteem him as a "superb"  practitioner performing "very exciting work."

Timothy Pinto heads the firm's publishing group. He is often sought for advice on user-generated content in online publications, and on how clients can best disseminate their content through websites and social media.

Paul Mitchell is a consultant to the firm and an authority on IP rights in the media, above all in the publishing sectors.  One client said he has an "in-depth knowledge of music publishing, which is really rare."

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, Macmillan, Spotify, Telegraph Media Group, Omnicom.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A growing profile in broadcasting, film and television. Looks after a sophisticated client base on all manner of commercial and corporate matters, with a particularly strong understanding of digital content exploitation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We appreciate their seminars and talks as well – always worthwhile and a real value-add."

Commercial awareness: "The lawyers integrated well into our business and provided an invaluable service to the legal team and the company as a whole."

Work highlights Advised YouView, a joint venture between the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, BT, Arqiva and Talk Talk, on pre-launch issues affecting its new television platform.

Advised Channel 4 on its recent acquisition of additional Freeview broadcasting capacity.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Brown specialises in commercial, IP and corporate transactions, very often on behalf of broadcasters and media organisations. One client said he "is always easy to get hold of and has a good understanding of the challenges facing our business."

Benjamin Chivers is an associate who has already impressed many of the firm's flagship clients with his insights and hard work. His advice is all the more valuable since he came into private practice from an in-house position at a new media company. 

Significant clients Avail TVN, Pinewood Shepperton, talkSPORT, On Demand Group, Shazam.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading practice in computer games, interactive content and social media matters. Well placed to serve technology clients in the North West and beyond.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We are very pleased with their performance. We really appreciate the fact that they are readily available whenever we need them."

Work highlights Advised Side on a number of voice talent and motion capture contracts for various actors to guest on blockbuster games titles such as Total War: Shogun 2 and Forza Horizon.

Advised Playrise Digital on funding, licensing and contractor agreements to establish a new mobile games development studio.

Notable practitioners  

John Schorah brings in-house experience of gaming software development. Leading sources in private practice and in the computer games sector attest to his talents. 

Significant clients Ambient Studios, Leading Light Design, Playjam, Relentless Software, Voo Foo Studios.

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Located both in London's West End and in Cheltenham, offering a strong track record in advising and litigating on behalf of clients in broadcasting, film, music and digital media. Credited with a deep understanding of digital technology and convergence of channels and platforms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Media specialists are what we need, and they're great. They think entrepreneurially and we really value that."

Commercial awareness: "Wiggin has a particularly strong grasp of the impact of digital technology and the internet."

Market standing: "Market knowledge is second to none. Very quick turnaround times, sensible billing and good advice."

What's new? Guy Sheppard was promoted to the partnership.

Neil Parkes was promoted to the partnership.

Work highlights Advised Paramount Pictures on the financing and production of the forthcoming 'Jack Ryan' film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Keira Knightley and Chris Pine.

Advised Pulse Films on music rights with regard to its production of a film of an LCD Soundsystem performance at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Notable practitioners  

Sean James is head of the firm's broadcast and digital content group, and is considered by sources to be "one of the leaders in the crossover of film and television rights to new platforms." Clients say: "Throw anything at him, and he can handle it."

The "fantastic" Miles Ketley has an impressively comprehensive film and television practice. He represents film studios, financiers, sales agents, producers, distributors and broadcasters.

Charles Moore is a figure of great importance in the film and television world. He represented HBO on all aspects of the production of popular television series 'Game of Thrones', and was instrumental in the campaign to establish a tax credit regime for television projects made in the UK.

David Quli is frequently instructed by banks and production companies on film financing projects. One client said he is "extremely intelligent, calm, gives practical advice and has the ability to act autonomously on my behalf – I wouldn't use anyone else."

Neil Gillard advises broadcasters, film producers, television production companies, financial institutions and advertising agencies on all manner of film and television matters.

The "very accomplished" Sarah Bing concentrates largely on all facets of film production, including financing, distribution and cast agreements. She also advises clients in television on commissioning, production, rights acquisition and regulatory matters. 

Rising partner Guy Sheppard earns recognition from senior lawyers operating in film and television, and recently completed a fruitful secondment with a major UK television broadcaster.

Daniel Whybrew is "personable and warm" and "able to make smart legal and business decisions," according to sources. He is fast making a mark in the film finance and production arena.

Simon Baggs is felt to be one of the best media and entertainment litigators working today. One senior market source described him as "quite excellent – he has deep industry and technical knowledge, is excellent at client relations, takes his work very seriously, thinks around the topic and is very genial."

Caroline Kean is a "known name" in the publishing industry, particularly on clearance work and litigation. She has been advising her clients on the implications of the Leveson report and its findings.

Alexander Ross is a specialist in music and digital content rights and their commercial exploitation. Clients say he is "very methodical and formidably intelligent," and also "invaluable in negotiations."

David Deakin joined Wiggin from BBC Worldwide, where he was head of legal for digital media and technology. He is central to the firm's pioneering activity in new media and multi-platform work.

Jason Chess heads the firm's betting and gaming group, and advises clients on electronic gambling and attendant regulatory, marketing, distribution and sponsorship issues. One client said he "is very important to our business."

Medwyn Jones is considered a "television guru," and has operated at the heart of the independent sector since the 1980s. He acts principally for production companies, who see him as a valuable business adviser as well as a source of external legal counsel.

Significant clients Base79, BBC Worldwide, Coutts & Co, Virgin Media, Warner Bros.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Bernie Nyman leads his own specialist publishing law practice, B M Nyman & Co, handling all facets of work relating to that industry, from libel clearance through commercial contracts to questions of copyright.

Nina Best of Browne Jacobson LLP advises clients on regulatory and commercial matters in advertising. One client described her as "outstanding – she brings great understanding and quality work."  

Ilana Saltzman of Coffey Graham LLP is commended for her work relating to advertising, brand management and sponsorship in the luxury goods and retail sectors. One client said she "is extremely efficient and a great communicator; she understood our company and brand."

Neil Mohring of Eversheds LLP acts for some of the best-known and most influential names in the history of popular music, amongst them Elton John, U2 and the estates of Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. He is regarded as the "engine" of the firm's practice.

Lisa Logan of Gateley divides her time between the Midlands and London, and leads the firm's media team, taking a particular interest in matters relating to film and television production, distribution and rights.

Since publication, Jeremy Summers has joined Lewis Silkin LLP

Tony Morris of Marriott Harrison is best known for his work on commercial music projects and artist contract negotiations. One client said he valued Morris's "knowledge, compassion and years of experience."

Adam Rose joined Mishcon de Reya from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in September 2013. Rose is well known for his work with publishers and broadcasters, and especially for his expertise in advising clients on technology-related commercial contracts.

Peter Coles of M Law is a veteran of film and television law with decades of experience in the sector. He handles all aspects of rights exploitation, financing and production.

George Festing recently joined Muckle LLP from Forbes Anderson Free. His abilities as a litigator have won him many admirers amongst the legal profession. They describe him as "calm, assured" and "very reliable – people like doing business with him."

Sarah Caughey of O'Melveny & Myers LLP works with her colleague Libby Savill on high-end film finance and production. Clients from world-famous organisations in the sector find her "very pleasant and attentive."

Lisbeth Savill of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is roundly considered to be one of the best film lawyers in the UK. One client said of her: "Libby is excellent – she has great knowledge and great relationships with industry figures and executives in the USA. She is a pleasure to work with."

Rafi Azim-Khan of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is a very popular and highly esteemed figure in advertising and marketing. One client said of him: "He's fantastic, really switched-on."

Mailin Bala of Shoosmiths is an up-and-coming associate who acts for a number of newspaper and book publishing clients, offering experience in digital technology and its applications.

Laurence Kaye joined Shoosmiths in 2013 in what can only be described as a great coup for the firm. He is highly rated by clients and peers alike for his work at the juncture of publishing and digital media. He is described as "a very able, bright man."

Martin Soames of Simons Muirhead & Burton is an accomplished publishing specialist who acts for a number of the leading houses in the industry. His work is informed by his past career as a commissioning editor. 

Rebecca Steer of Steer and Co enters the rankings this year on the back of her dynamic digital media and interactive content practice and positive recognition from the market. One source said: "She's very friendly, approachable and patient. She clarifies the potential perils of doing business in this area."

Mike Shepherd of Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin LLP is a renowned music litigator, whose years as in-house counsel at a record company make him a very useful asset for industry clients.

Interviewees' assessments of Vanessa Huet de Froberville of Lawrence Graham LLP as an advertising law specialist are encapsulated in the words of just one, who said: "The service provided by Vanessa was without exception outstanding and was always customised to our specific demands and requirements."

Daniel Smith is head of advertising and marketing at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. His practice takes in all facets of advertising, promotional, brand management and sponsorship concerns.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.