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UK-wide

Media & Entertainment


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

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Compact niche firm dedicated to media work, advising on film and television production and finance. Demonstrates significant experience in publishing work, including content clearance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely good at handholding through what was a minefield."

"They're small, which is an advantage because they're very accessible."

Notable practitioners  

Hakan Kousetta acts for producers on film and television production finance matters. He is singled out by market commentators as being "pragmatic" and "commercial," and is praised for his ability to "anticipate problems coming."

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

What the team is known for International giant offering multi-jurisdictional capabilities to large media organisations, including traditional rights holders and innovative digital media groups. Handles matters in developing areas ranging from video gaming and online distribution to IPTV and mobile TV.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

“Our business has encountered numerous disputes that have been solved by impeccable, swift legal and commercial thinking."

“I feel I have access to anyone at very senior levels within Baker – they're always supportive of the relationship." 

Work highlights Acted for Sovereign Films as lead legal advisers on a number of rights licensing matters and production and distribution agreements, including for Emma Thompson's film 'Effie'.

Represented BBC Trust as sole independent legal adviser in a diverse range of strategic and regulatory matters.

Notable practitioners  

The "practical and pragmatic" Ben Allgrove is an esteemed and experienced digital lawyer, acting for cutting-edge clients such as Netflix, Meltwater and Pinterest. Clients highlight his "consistent level of outstanding legal work."

Steve Holmes advises media clients on major transactions, and has particular expertise in technology, outsourcing and regulatory concerns. His clients include Virgin Media, Fremantle and Take Two.

Significant clients Google, Tumblr, Netflix, Fremantle, Hit Entertainment.

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

What the team is known for Remains at the forefront of the advertising and marketing regulatory landscape. Acts for numerous advertising associations, challenging regulators and defending regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Acclaimed for its long-standing relationship with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They're excellent – they work like part of the team. They own the issue like it's their own company.”

“Since day one they've been fantastic people to work with. We feel very comfortable when we have them on board.”

Work highlights Advised Matchlight on its documentary for Channel 4's 'Dispatches' programme, which focused on issues surrounding marketing on social media, notably bogus product endorsements.

Advised Beko on advertising and marketing matters.

Notable practitioners  

Rupert Earle continues to work extensively with the ASA, including defending the regulator against a judicial review application by Sainsbury's over the rejection of a complaint about Tesco's 'Price Promise' comparative advertising campaign. Earle is held in high esteem by peers, who highlight him as being “very, very impressive.”

Significant clients Committee of Advertising Practice, Direct Marketing Association.

What the team is known for Proficient across digital platforms, acting for broadcasters, publishers and computer games companies. Strong IP expertise ensures a depth of technical knowledge for media clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the leading firms for gaming work." 

Notable practitioners  

Simon Harper maintains a presence in the digital publishing field, continuing to advise media clients alongside heading up the firm's Lawyers On Demand business. He is well regarded by peers for his technical ability and subject matter expertise.

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

What the team is known for Bastions of the IP and TMT areas, demonstrating strength across the gaming, television and advertising sectors. Particularly proficient in online and digital content concerns. Valued for its ability to utilise the firm's network of offices across Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very commercial for a law firm. They're open to understanding our aims in terms of what we need to do and reaching that point."

"They were totally on top of our needs, feeding through specialist partners as and when needed."

What's new? New clients include Gamesys Group and Wasserman Media Group.

Work highlights Acted for Global Repertoire Database on an innovative project to create an online musical works database, from setting up the corporate structure to advising on music and database rights.

Represented The Football Association in the sale of its domestic media rights to England and FA Cup matches to BT Sport, News UK, ITV and BBC.

Notable practitioners  

Howard Rubin continues to be a leader in the video games industry, working extensively with clients such as Codemasters. Market observers revere him as being "very calm, very collected and very able."

The "brilliant" Phil Sherrell is highly regarded for his digital music and publishing expertise. Clients appreciate that he is "pragmatic, responsive and sensible to work with." Recent work includes advising Exposure Promotions on a series of celebrity endorsement agreements.

Felicity Reeve maintains a strong advertising and marketing practice, with a focus on the sports sector. She has advised long-standing client Whitbread Group on a wide range of work, including an endorsement agreement with Lenny Henry and sponsorship of the Rapha Condor cycling team.

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, UK Media Monitoring Association, Yahoo!, We R Interactive, Exposure Promotions.

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

What the team is known for Acts for clients from the academic, educational, art, religious and charitable sectors on a broad spread of publishing matters. Demonstrates expertise in digital publishing and plagiarism matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Very attentive and very clear." 

"Right on the money and professional." 

What's new? Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole merged on 1 July 2014 to form Blake Morgan.

Work highlights Advised Oxford-based independent legal publisher Hart Publishing on its £6.5 million sale to Bloomsbury.

Acted for ATG Media, publisher of Antiques Trade Gazette, on a range of print and online matters.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced practitioner Joss Saunders handles a range of concerns for publishing clients, including Osprey. He has particular expertise in plagiarism matters.

Significant clients Story Worldwide, Infospectrum, The European Society of Cardiology, Oxfam.

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

What the team is known for Offers brand management expertise to retailers. Demonstrates particular strength in acting for clients from the alcohol, gambling and digital media industries. Handles a high volume of copy clearance work and has a depth of experience in bringing and defending ASA complaints.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The feedback they supply is very relevant, insightful and considerate."

"They're commercial and sensible, and have handled media matters very well."

Work highlights Acted for Sainsbury's as lead counsel on the judicial review process arising from the ASA's decision to reject its complaint regarding Tesco's 'Price Promise' campaign.

Advised the Post Office on a wide range of advertising matters, in addition to reviewing all internal and external communications and providing extensive social media guidance.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Allan-Jones and Gavin Matthews are key contacts.

Significant clients Carlsberg, Immediate Media, Colgate-Palmolive, Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide.

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

What the team is known for Robust Thames Valley-based practice offering publishing advice to creative agencies and media publishers, including specialist journals. Guidance covers a broad range of content.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give pragmatic advice and have a commercial head on too." 

"They're very down to earth to deal with, and explain things in non-legal terms."

Work highlights Acted for Tullo Marshall Warren on its engagement by HSBC as its lead agency for the creation and delivery of media content.

Advised Moreover Technologies on its joint venture with Accenture.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the commercial and technology department Mark Blunden is noted for his experience in matters relating to digital publishing. He advised Creston on its work with the Government Procurement Service.

Significant clients Trader Media Group, Guardian News & Media, Nelson Bostock, Chartered Institute of Journalists, EMO.

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

What the team is known for Has extensive experience in the computer software games industry, and regularly acts for online gaming clients. Advises media and sports industry organisations on a range of content licensing and distribution concerns.

What's new? New clients include The Ticket Reserve, Betfred Group, Youth Sports Trust and Checkthebets.com.

Work highlights Acted for Sports Revolution on a range of agreements concerning the provision of digital entertainment systems within sports stadiums, and the onward selling of in-stadia digital media rights.

Advised Magenta Software Games on the negotiation of a software development agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to develop a game for the Sony PlayStation 3 platform.

Notable practitioners  

Liverpool-based Nik White is a key contact.

Significant clients Monterosa, Trinity Mirror, International Sports Management, The Professional Footballers Association, British Cycling Federation.

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

What the team is known for Esteemed niche music industry firm, particularly highly regarded for its focus on international branded live events. Acts for artists, agents, managers and record labels across a wide spectrum of entertainment law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent and very detail-oriented." 

"They navigated me through some very tricky waters on many occasions."

What's new? New clients include Phoenix, Rudimental, Vector Entertainment and Insanity Management.

Work highlights Represented talent management agency Merlin Elite in its sale to advertising agency M&C Saatchi.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Bray remains a pre-eminent artists lawyer, highlighted by market observers as "a real guru." He has an enviable track record in representing high-profile industry figures.

Mark Krais is recognised for his first-rate industry knowledge. He routinely handles large-scale live events and acts for international artists as well as a range of events companies, brands and agencies.

Simon Dixon focuses on commercial and contractual issues across the music and theatre industries. Interviewees note that he "knows his stuff."

Alan Lander is an experienced music industry lawyer, acting for artists, managers, labels and publishers. He has a solid reputation in the field and is highlighted as "a safe pair of hands."

Significant clients Rolling Stones, The Wanted, The Stone Roses, F1 Rocks, Ed Sheeran.

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

What the team is known for Advises computer game and digital media clients on a range of content and distribution matters. Continues to impress with its comprehensive advertising and marketing practice, acting for clients from the travel and consumer product sectors. Offers additional proficiency in privacy and data protection work, and draws strength from the firm's trailblazing IP practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've got strength and depth: lots of really smart, bright junior lawyers to support the partners."

"They're getting to be a bigger firm but they maintain that medium-sized firm approachability." 

What's new? New clients include Bic, Paramount Pictures and Spotify.

Work highlights Acted extensively for Google on numerous technical privacy issues, including disputes with Foundem and Streetmap concerning the alleged manipulation of search services.

Represented Vype/Nicoventures in the launch of an e-cigarette brand, involving the successful defence of an ASA adjudication, and advised on media clearance across traditional and digital platforms.

Notable practitioners  

Myles Jelf is head of the firm's computer games and media group, and is held in high regard for his digital expertise. Observers note that he "understands the client's perspective very easily," pinpointing that he "partners well with the client to achieve strategic objectives."

Paul Jordan handles a wide range of advertising and marketing work, and has particular strength in digital matters. He worked on the rebranding and associated advertising campaign of hibu, formerly Yell, and acted for Spotify on an ASA complaint regarding a profanity included in a Lily Allen marketing campaign.

Significant clients Bartle Bogle Hegarty, BBC, Google, hibu, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

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

What the team is known for Demonstrates media sector expertise, particularly pertaining to the computer games, digital media and advertising and marketing industries. Handles commercial matters for a range of high-profile industry organisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They're responsive, receptive and keen." 

"They're very measured in their approach - they're not ones to get hot under the collar."

What's new? New clients include SuperGroup, Five and Endemol.

Work highlights Acted as primary UK legal advisers to Nike regarding all advertising and marketing work, including its 'Feel London' digital media integrated events, competitions run via social media, and sponsorship deals such as its partnership with O2.

Represented BSkyB in a £1.7 million format right dispute concerning a primetime music elimination show.

Notable practitioners  

Vanessa Barnett heads up the firm's TMT department and handles a range of advertising matters for high-profile clients such as Westfield. She is particularly well regarded by peers in relation to sponsorship work and social media concerns, and is praised by a client as being "very considerate of our business constraints." 

Jaclyn Wilkins continues to impress with her rapidly growing expertise in the field of computer games. Clients praise her as being "highly available and good at turning things round quickly."

Significant clients ITV, ITN, Barclays, Paddy Power, NC Soft.

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

What the team is known for Pre-eminent West End music and theatre experts, offering a full spectrum of media and entertainment industry advice. Excels in both contentious and non-contentious work, routinely acting for big-name acts and organisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Utterly, utterly superb. They are very experienced and have surpassed expectations."

"I like that the firm is not huge, so you feel like you know a reasonable number of the staff and that they won't change over time. But it is not so small that the advice is spotty or shallow in areas."

What's new? New clients include London Grammar, Bastille, The 1975 and Christopher Malcolm Productions.

Work highlights Represented Keith Reid in a multimillion-pound dispute over costs and income relating to previous lengthy litigation concerning Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'.

Advised David Ian Productions on the international roll out of 'The Bodyguard'.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Andrew Myers is going from strength to strength as a pre-eminent artists lawyer, representing high-profile clients including Muse and Bastille. He is "thorough, pragmatic and devoid of huff and puff," say interviewees.

"The daddy" of theatre John Cohen acts for creatives in the theatre industry, where he is highlighted as the "consummate expert." Peers note that he "has serious amounts of experience and drives a very hard bargain."

Andrew Sharland continues to be in the vanguard of music litigation, with a "fantastic reputation" and a growing presence acting for clients from the wider entertainment industry. He represented Harvest Entertainment in a dispute with Seal.

Peter Button is a highly regarded and well-established music industry practitioner, appreciated by one client as someone who "really went out of his way" to resolve issues. Clients include iconic acts such as Daft Punk, Paul Weller and The Who.

James Jones continues to impress in the theatre world, with clients including the Donmar Warehouse, David Ian Productions and Riverdream Productions. Market commentators mark him out as a "very good, technical lawyer."

Tom Frederikse is highlighted as being "very knowledgeable, very smart and very well experienced," and focuses on the intersection of digital media and music. He has worked extensively with Mind Candy, including in relation to content licensing for various Moshi Monsters products.

The "very dynamic" Nicky Stein continues to impress with his new music practice, and is highlighted by one observer as "the hottest artist lawyer." Stein's trailblazing transatlantic client list includes The 1975, London Grammar, Haim and James Blake.

Richard Hoare has a flourishing practice with an emphasis on dance and electronic music, advising artists, producers and labels. He is well regarded by his peers, who commend him as being "pragmatic - he gets a deal done."

Barclay Edwards is building a solid reputation as an up-and-coming artists lawyer. His practice acting for emerging talent is enhanced by his previous music industry experience. 

Significant clients Muse, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk, Sir Tim Rice, Donmar Warehouse.  

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

What the team is known for Offers broad advertising and marketing expertise, supported by an international offering. Particularly proficient in integrated advertising campaigns across the EU. Acts for brand owners, especially within the life sciences, financial services and food industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"CMS takes active steps to understand our business, and provides expert advice without losing sight of the commercial risks and benefits associated with that advice."

"They're very user-friendly and client-focused - nothing is too much trouble."

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Susan Barty is highly respected by marketplace commentators and continues to act for a number of high-profile brand clients. One client asserts: "I have found her advice on strategy in advertising disputes to be unsurpassed."

Lucy Kilshaw is an experienced associate, acting for brands on contentious and non-contentious matters. She is well regarded by peers as a "tremendous" practitioner.  

Significant clients Nestlé, Camelot, Royal Mail, Colgate-Palmolive, Burger King.

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

What the team is known for A commanding presence in the media and entertainment world, offering excellence across the industry in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Particularly noted for its celebrated publishing, film and television, advertising and digital media capabilities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their level of expertise in the media market is as good as it gets."

"They are responsive, knowledgeable and cost-effective." 

Work highlights Advised Scholastic on the development and negotiation of a new e-distribution model.

Provided advice on sponsorship arrangements to The Pro League Committee, owner of the rights to the professional football league and cup competitions in the UAE.

Notable practitioners  

"Leading light" Duncan Calow maintains a market-leading publishing practice, earning client praise for his ability to "combine an impressive range of technical knowledge with sound commercial and common-sense advice." He advised Random House on Bradley Wiggins' bestseller.

Michael Ridley heads the firm's television practice and is endorsed by clients for his "practical, no-nonsense approach - he has a very deep understanding of our business and our objectives." He acted for Discovery Communications on a reorganisation of its interests in the Eurosport channel.

Sian Croxon advises advertising clients from a range of sectors and is held in high regard by peers. Her work includes providing cross-border advertising and promotions clearance advice to international clients such as easyJet.

Film finance expert Christopher Hanson acts for film and studio clients as well as financiers, and counts Universal Studios and Warner Bros. among his client base. Marketplace observers say he is "exceptionally good."

Nicholas West focuses on sponsorship and exploitation of media rights, and is described by one peer as being "without equal" in this area. He has advised the FA Premier League on broadcasting and its media rights strategy.

Significant clients easyJet, Sony Pictures, Disney, Amazon/Audible, Random House.

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

What the team is known for Broad publishing practice acting for print and digital publishers across a range of sectors. Distinguished by its strong relationships with academic and cultural publishers as well as leading acquirers of archives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Highly reliable and highly personable, with a warm and empathetic approach to our sector."

"The services are delivered efficiently and the fee levels managed sensitively and effectively."

What's new? New clients include The Southbank Centre.

Work highlights Advised Bauer Media on a variety of print publication, technology and broadcasting commercial contract matters.

Acted for the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library on the £3 million acquisition of photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot's personal archive.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Henry Sainty continues to impress marketplace observers, and has particular strength in digital publishing. He is praised by clients as being "responsive, pragmatic and personable, with deep knowledge of the media and publishing sector."

The "brilliant, knowledgeable and well-connected" Peter Wienand acts for publishing clients across the newspaper industry and museum and galleries sector. Clients highlight him as "a wise and reassuring presence on big-picture matters."

Significant clients The British Library, The Economist Group, BMJ Publishing Group, Top Right Group, Telegraph Media.

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

What the team is known for Strong contenders in film and television work, advising producers, distributors and financiers on all aspects of the creative process. Demonstrates strong media asset finance capabilities, and notable expertise in advertising and marketing matters, including rights licensing and content regulation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very well versed in the media sphere and have good technical knowledge as well."

"Very professional, very helpful and commercial." 

What's new? Emily MacKintosh has joined from Working Title Films.

Work highlights Advised Exclusive Film International on its acquisition of Icon Entertainment International and Majestic Films. 

Advised Align Technology on advertising and marketing matters across Europe, including a loyalty membership programme, use of endorsements, prize promotions and copy clearance.

Notable practitioners  

Media practice head Tim Johnson is "logical" and "commercial," and is celebrated for his film and television financing expertise in addition to his ability to "turn his hand to a variety of media deals." Recent work includes advising Rocket Pictures on a range of production, distribution and finance arrangements.

Highly experienced film and television lawyer Barry Smith is regarded by peers as a "legend," and advises on financing, production and distribution matters. He advised Marv Films on financing arrangements for the feature film 'Secret Service'.

David Naylor is building a strong reputation in the field of digital media, where he is highlighted as having a "very broad understanding of the industry" and is valued by clients for his "insight and awareness." He acted for Trinity Mirror on a deal with online gaming company Contagious Sports relating to a betting app.

David Bond heads up the firm's advertising and marketing practice, advising clients on clearance issues, sponsorship and branding concerns. He has acted for William Reed on multiple marketing matters of late.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Rocket Pictures, Ingenious Media, BP, Nickelodeon.

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

What the team is known for South West-based team offering a range of services to publishers, creative agencies, literary agencies and rights owners. Renowned for its strong relationship with the regional newspaper industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are cheaper than London firms and offer a really strong service."

"The questions I asked were picked up quickly, and we were given thorough and extensive answers - not legalese."

What's new? New clients include Mustard Television and Mission Marketing Group.

Work highlights Advised UBM on the disposal of Property Week magazine and associated events to Metropolis International.

Advised Silvergate on its proposed agreement with an Irish animation company for a second series of TV programmes based on Beatrix Potter's 'Peter Rabbit' books.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Worrell is a key contact.

Significant clients Local World, Conville & Walsh, Tindle Newspapers, Which?, MAMA Group.

What the team is known for Boutique renowned for its excellence in music litigation. Offers bespoke industry expertise in contract, copyright and royalties disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Very efficient and methodical in their approach." 

Notable practitioners  

Described as "one of the best entertainment lawyers in the business," Andrew Forbes is a highly revered and "hugely strategic" practitioner, commanding particular respect for his experience in litigating music industry disputes. Marketplace observers praise him as a "very shrewd operator," noting that he "pulls out all the stops and understands litigation in a commercially minded way."

Esteemed music industry litigator Dominic Free is characterised as being "very measured, thoughtful and thorough," and is admired as an advocate who "comes up with novel points."

Martyn Bailey continues to handle contentious media and entertainment matters, and is highlighted by market commentators as being "very commercial."

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

What the team is known for Acts for television, broadcasting and film clients on production and finance work. Offers regulatory expertise to the advertising and marketing sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"First-class service, clear and direct."  

"They're good value for money and provide expertise in the field of media regulation."

What's new? New clients include The History Press, Saqi Books and CSC Media.

Work highlights Advised ATVOD, the primary regulator for UK Video on Demand Services, on its remit and operations.

Represented UTV in the launch of its new channel in the Republic of Ireland.

Notable practitioners  

"Very effective" head of department Paul Herbert continues to advise a range of media and technology clients. He "provided clear and concise advice, which covers the territory without providing a ramble through the bushes," said one interviewee.

Significant clients Clearcast, BSkyB, BBFC, The Office of Adjudicator for the Broadcast Transmission Services, Digital 3+4.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Continues to act for media clients on matters as diverse as digital distribution, rights licensing and live events, with particular strength in publishing. Maintains a strong track record in music industry acquisitions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They know their stuff and tend to reach positions quickly." 

Work highlights Advised the ONE Campaign on a music campaign launched at Tate Modern to coincide with the G8 Summit.

Advised APB Creative on a product that incorporates images of recording artists into wallpaper.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Davies has a depth of experience in the media industry, focusing his practice at the intersection of music and technology. He is admired for his digital media expertise, and acts for clients such as Warner Music.

Significant clients Music Gateway, The Third Company, Pure Solo, Private Eye, Guardian Media Group.

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

What the team is known for Broad media and entertainment practice with experience in broadcasting and streaming copyright matters. Noted for its work advising record companies, collection agencies, brands and artists in music industry disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm a massive fan of the work they do. They're bullish and strong."

"They take on board everything we need; they really get an understanding of everything and get to grips with our organisation."

Work highlights Represented TV Catchup in a landmark case concerning copyright in broadcast and live streaming over the internet.

Acted for Compass Records on a dispute with Celtic Records over copyright issues connected with its purchase of a catalogue of Irish folk music.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Laurence Gilmore is an experienced music litigator. Clients highlight him as being "very knowledgeable and extremely charming," and note that he is "straightforward and easy to work with."

Philip Herbert is well regarded for his merchandising expertise and has a diverse range of experience, including in relation to high fashion retail and the photographic industry. His clients include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment.

Significant clients PPL, PRS for Music, McDonald's, One Media Publishing, Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

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

What the team is known for Media and intellectual property boutique offering clients a bespoke service across digital media platforms. Venerable sector specialists demonstrate commitment to interactive content and social media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They show commitment to the commercial needs of my business. It feels like they're an invested member of the team."

"They're very thorough and conscientious. Things are turned around quickly."

What's new? New clients include YJB Films, Matchless Games, Vibe Software, QuickThink Media and Bright Cloud.

Work highlights Represented Gaming Realms in its £12 million reverse takeover of Pursuit Dynamics and admission on AIM, advising on all aspects of its core business.

Acted for the shareholders of Future Games of London on its acquisition by Ubisoft, advising on intellectual property, digital media and commercial contract concerns.

Notable practitioners  

The "very commercial" David Hansel is an expert in digital media rights, focusing on content work across platforms. Clients value his deep industry understanding and highlight him as being "quick-thinking, clear, incisive and confidence-inspiring."

Tom Henson advises creatives and publishers, with particular strength in handling regulatory concerns. He is praised as a "very good strategic thinker" who offers "great insight into the balance of legal and commercial needs."

Significant clients Easy Fundraising, Cellcast, Orion TV, FIN London, Commodity Flow.

What the team is known for Acclaimed media industry experts with esteemed experience across the sector. Celebrated for work relating to theatre, games, publishing, advertising, and film and television. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely top-quality  - they know everything that you'd need and are very personable, friendly and supportive."

"Excellent - they work closely with us to understand what we're trying to achieve."

What's new? New clients include Iceland Foods, Soundhalo, Intercontinental Literary Agency and Punchdrunk.

Work highlights Advised Microsoft on the expansion of its Xbox Games content offering and the launch of the Xbox One console.

Acted for the producers of the Broadway hit 'The Book of Mormon' on its transfer to the West End, advising on issues ranging from structuring and financing to marketing and promotions.

Notable practitioners  

Pre-eminent theatre specialist Neil Adleman continues to work primarily for producers, offering them the benefit of his extensive West End and Broadway experience. Marketplace observers note his breadth of expertise in the field, calling him "superb" and adept at "picking out the nitty gritty bits of contracts."

The "phenomenal" Abigail Payne continues to be a leader in film and television work, who "knows the business inside out." Clients value her "first-rate advice," while commentators observe that she "is really very tough and does a really good job for her clients."

Highly regarded advertising specialist Andy Millmore is praised as "a pleasure to work with and exceptionally bright." Clients highlight his "practical and absolutely in-depth knowledge of the industry."

The "focused and driven" Mark Phillips acts for a range of video game and interactive entertainment clients, recently acting for Geomerics on licensing agreements for its imaging software. He is lauded by interviewees for being "intensely passionate about the clients he acts for."

Shireen Peermohamed continues to impress with her "considerable expertise" pertaining to publishing, with one source noting that she "knows the industry inside out." Clients include Hachette and Oxford University Press.

Chloe Forsyth heads up the firm's music offering, and is highlighted as being "creative in thinking around particular issues that come up in deals." She acts for labels, brands and artists, and is praised by clients as "a great source of knowledge on how the music industry works."

Clients say film and television practitioner Jonathan Berger is "very responsive, with a good commercial view." He specialises in digital cinema deployment and digital distribution of content.

Significant clients MWO, Universal Pictures, Take-Two Interactive, Universal, Penguin Books, National Theatre.

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

What the team is known for Broad commercial media and entertainment practice, with impressive advertising and marketing capabilities and international reach. Experienced in campaign, sponsorship, promotions and clearance work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They're very professional and very agile, and provide quick responses."

"They're very proactive and come to us with potential developments that may affect us."

Work highlights Acted for Mars on its sponsorship of the England football team, including associated campaigns and promotions.

Advised A2 on marketing activities connected with its A2 Milk product, including reviewing campaign materials across online, TV and print media platforms.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Welfare heads up the firm's London advertising and marketing offering, and acts for clients across the life sciences, cosmetics and food and drink industries. He acted for Belstaff on an endorsement and brand ambassador agreement with David Beckham.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Ocean Spray, ITV, Trinity Mirror, Cineworld.

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

What the team is known for Maintains a strong presence in the publishing sector, specialising in the representation of specialist science and technical journals, and in acting for high-profile broadcasters and newspapers. Demonstrates additional experience in the theatre industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Straightforward, reliable and friendly." 

"They're thoughtful and interested, and go the extra mile." 

Work highlights Acted for Dreamers Licensing on the negotiation of rights and terms of licence with the Margaret Mitchell Estate for a Hungarian musical version of 'Gone with the Wind'.

Advised Roddy Doyle on his controlling rights in the West End musical 'The Commitments'.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Eagles acts for a range of clients from publishing and theatre, in which sectors he is regarded as a "guru." A veteran of the media industry, he is well equipped to advise on a vast spectrum of issues. 

Robert Lands advises publishers, authors and visual suppliers on a range of concerns, including online and copyright matters. Clients appreciate his "extremely detailed knowledge" and that he is "good at giving off-the-cuff advice."

Prominent media practitioner Mark Stephens is lauded as "a legend in his own lifetime." He has a wealth of experience in advising and litigating on a diverse array of issues faced by high-profile clients. Stephens focuses on work with international components, and represents a number of US publishers.

Significant clients CNN, Guardian News & Media, Washington Post, Prometheus Media, Society of Authors.

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

What the team is known for Digital specialists offering a broad scope of media and entertainment advice to a number of UK digital agencies. Benefits from extensive experience in the technology sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"You don't feel like you're dealing with external people who don't know about your business - they know us well and how we fit together."

"Very approachable, very bright and very responsive lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

Calum Murray is a key contact.

Significant clients LOVEFiLM International, Turner Broadcasting, Dan Technologies, Connect2Media, PPL.

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

What the team is known for Celebrated experts in film and television work, acting primarily for independents. Routinely handles production, finance, sales and distribution matters with significant international components. Acclaimed music offering, with an impressive client roster of iconic acts in addition to a flourishing practice acting for emerging artists. Impressive bench of industry-focused individuals handling both contentious and non-contentious work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was impressed with their knowledge and attitude, but more importantly with the way they conducted negotiations - efficiently, quickly, and with a straightforward, pragmatic attitude."

"There is a friendliness and humble attitude in their approach, along with fierce knowledge and the ability to deliver."

What's new? Sam Tatton-Brown has joined from Davenport Lyons.

New clients include Channelflip, Summit Media, Keshet International, Shine Pictures, Wilbur Smith and this year's The Voice UK contestants.

Work highlights Advised One Direction on numerous matters, including record deal renegotiation with Syco/Sony, a Sony Pictures film deal, worldwide touring arrangements and a plethora of merchandising and endorsement deals.

Advised StudioCanal on all production and finance matters for Pierre Morel's USD40 million 'The Gunman', starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Reno Antoniades heads up the firm's film department, and is revered for his distinguished finance expertise and comprehensive understanding of international production. He has a particularly high profile in the field, and is extolled as being "pragmatic - he sees the bigger picture and takes a holistic approach."

Mike Brookes is a prominent litigator in the entertainment sector, with extensive experience in handling high-profile cases for celebrities, notably disputes involving musicians. Market observers note that he is "very well respected in the industry."

Illustrious music industry veteran Andrew Thompson is lauded as "a superb lawyer and a great industry leader." He specialises in talent representation and is praised as being "very approachable" and "excellent to deal with."

The "very accomplished and very commercial" Christos Michaels has a burgeoning film and television practice, focusing on structuring finance for independent films, and acts for distributors and sales agents in addition to producers and financiers. Clients value that he is "extremely hard-working but also really approachable," noting that he "enables us to maximise our opportunities."

Lawrence Engel heads the firm's music group and has broad industry experience. He represents some of the most high-profile acts in the industry, recently working extensively with One Direction. He is highlighted as being "very diligent, incredibly accessible, and a brilliant legal mind."

Richard Lever leads the firm's television group and is considered a consummate expert in TV drama production work. Clients say he is "honest, available and thorough," and appreciate his "incredible market knowledge and awareness."

Gordon Williams is an established music industry player with notable experience in litigating a range of entertainment disputes. Recent work includes acting for Blur's former manager in a commission dispute.

The "brilliant" Jeremy Gawade is admired for his eclectic practice across film and television work. He recently advised Harry Hill on the TV rights to his musical 'I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical'.

Nicki Parfitt continues to flourish as an accomplished film and television practitioner. She acts for production companies, sales agencies and financiers, and has a noted specialism in structuring Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) investment for film projects.

Sam Tatton-Brown continues to establish himself as a go-to film finance lawyer. He is highly regarded by peers for his wealth of experience, having advised numerous banks in this area.

Robert Lee is a linchpin of the music group, having amassed decades of experience acting for labels and artists on a range of disputes. He has represented a legion of iconic acts, and continues to count Queen amongst his clients. 

Significant clients David Beckham, Queen, Depeche Mode, Red Production Company, Revolution Films.

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

What the team is known for Indomitable force in the advertising and marketing sphere, acting for pre-eminent agencies on regulatory, content and contract issues. Multidisciplinary group of acclaimed individuals, offering media and technology expertise across the digital, film, television and music industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"There's nothing that would come up that they couldn't handle within this sector."

"They go the extra mile. That personal approach is really valuable in the media industry."

Work highlights Acted for Spark44 and TAG Europe on the drafting and negotiation of talent agreements with Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleson for the high-profile Jaguar F-Type television commercial.  

Advised Heyday Films on the production of a feature film adaptation of 'Paddington Bear'.

Notable practitioners  

Giles Crown heads the firm's media brands and technology group and is an acclaimed leader in the advertising industry, considered to be "one of the best" and a consummate expert in the field. He has significant experience in dispute resolution, and is admired by peers as being "absolutely wonderful." 

The pre-eminent Brinsley Dresden is "correctly viewed as one of the leading advertising lawyers in the country." Clients place particular value on his ability to diffuse crisis situations, and note that "he's really well connected and super-respected in the industry." Recent work includes advising Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in relation to Sainsbury's 'Christmas in a Day' television campaign.

The "very wise" Guilherme Brafman is an established advertising industry figure, advising a range of financial services and creative industry clients on strategic matters. Clients note that "the depth of experience he brings is amazing," while peers indicate that " he knows the answer to any advertising question."

Cliff Fluet continues to impress as an expert in digital music and licensing matters, and is identified as being "very well informed about trends in the market," with a burgeoning client base including Deezer and Vevo. Clients praise his "healthily commercial outlook" and extol him as "a brilliant people person with vast knowledge of the industry."

Jo Farmer is well regarded for her advertising expertise and routinely handles large client contractual projects, where she is "always looking for the best solution." She acted for Bacardi Martini on Martini's 150th anniversary celebrations. 

The "wonderful" Jonathan Coad has a broad media practice. He earns particular praise for his film and television work, where he is admired as "an absolute expert on the format rights business." 

Dominic Farnsworth acts for brand owners and agencies on a broad spectrum of advertising and marketing matters. His intellectual property expertise ensures he is particularly adept at handling brand protection concerns.

Significant clients Publicis Groupe, Mother London, AMV BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Syco.

What the team is known for Strong advertising and marketing offering, acting for domestic and international brands and agencies on a range of commercial and IP concerns. Well experienced in promotions, competitions, celebrity endorsements and viral marketing.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp is head of the firm's corporate group, and has notable proficiency in handling advertising and marketing concerns. Interviewees say he is "excellent," and highlight his years of experience in the field.

Rupert Casey is highlighted by market observers as being "very skilled and knowledgeable" in advertising work. His practice is bolstered by his particular prowess in the fields of IT and commercial contracts.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Oxford-based boutique with deep experience in contentious and non-contentious media concerns. Highlighted as established publishing experts acting for authors, literary estates and publishing houses. Admired for its copyright and dispute resolution capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm stands out for its personal attention to client needs - I always felt they were accessible and easy to communicate with."

"High competence and vast experience." 

What's new? New clients include Luxor Cinema Group.

Work highlights Acted for long-standing client The Tolkien Estate on a dispute with Warner Bros. concerning merchandising rights.

Represented Classic Media, the owners of Postman Pat, in a dispute over the use of an image in the Guardian of a stockbroker celebrating in a costume of the children's character on the day of the Royal Mail stock market flotation.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced publishing specialist Cathleen Blackburn is admired for her "impeccable professionalism" and praised by commentators as a "clear and articulate thinker with an innate ability to understand the client's thought process and needs." She acts for authors, publishers, libraries and museums, and offers additional expertise in copyright and trademark licensing.

Steven Maier handles contentious publishing matters, and has experience in litigating commercial, copyright and trade mark disputes. Peers praise him as an "intellectual but practical contentious advocate." 

Significant clients Oxford University Press, Marvel Entertainment, Classic Media, Simon & Schuster, The E R Eddison Estate.

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

What the team is known for Acclaimed West End media and commercial experts, with a significant bench of experienced market players. Renowned for its broad industry capabilities, and particularly celebrated for its music, theatre, publishing, and film and television offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Everyone I've dealt with there is intellectually brilliant, commercially aware and rigorous in their drafting." 

"They have a very good, broad knowledge, and as well as the specialist stuff they have every kind of media skill you would need." 

What's new? New clients include Captify Media, Creative Skillset Sector Skills Council and Saracen Films.

Work highlights Acted for Bruce Springsteen, P!nk and Neil Young in connection with touring arrangements.

Advised Paul McGuinness on the handover of U2's management to Guy Oseary, which involved the purchase of McGuinness's company Principle Management by Live Nation.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Euan Lawson continues to be a venerated market leader in the music industry, highlighted by peers as "absolutely superb." Clients note that he is "very efficient and very calm," and value his "wide commercial expertise."

Paddy Gardiner is extolled as an "excellent litigator" who acts on music industry disputes. In addition to handling numerous matters for PRS, he recently represented Blix Street Records in a dispute with its former distribution partner Hot Records.

The "tenacious" David Franks is held in high regard for his depth of experience in theatre. He acts for individuals and companies ranging from songwriters and performers to publishers and producers.

"Great negotiator" James Harman maintains a strong artist practice, and is praised by clients for his "very good breadth of knowledge of the industry and fantastic experience." His work with emerging talent includes advising 'The Voice' contestant Becky Hill on her deal with Parlophone.

Clients praise Ed Baden-Powell as "an outstanding lawyer with that rare mix of excellent legal knowledge and a commercial approach to giving advice." His practice spans the music and digital industries, with recent clients including BMG Rights Management and tech start-up Captify Media.

Jonathan Blair advises financiers and producers on a broad range of film and television work. Clients say he is "intuitive, strategic and emotionally intelligent - he thinks in 360 degrees." One sources further notes that he "understands the practicality of the film business."

"Extraordinarily professional" advertising and marketing practitioner Nicola McCormick is lauded as being "bright, pragmatic and commercial." Her work includes advising 180 Amsterdam on matters relating to an international TV campaign for Qatar Airways.

Nigel Bennett's broad commercial practice incorporates a range of media concerns. Peers regard him as a "very experienced" practitioner, with particular strength in publishing. 

Paddy Grafton Green is an unparalleled veteran of the music world, with market commentators observing that he "knows everyone in the business bar none." Clients laud him as being "intellectually terrifying" but "very approachable."

Significant clients Universal Music Group, Iron Maiden, Charles Saatchi, The Hanbury Agency, Passion Pictures.

Basic facts about the department
- 38 partners
- 58 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service commercial media and entertainment practice acclaimed for its representation of major media owners, agencies and brands on a domestic and international level. Offers pre-eminent expertise across the board, supported by exalted technology and e-commerce capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They give good pragmatic advice, understand the business and don't over-lawyer things."

"They're incredibly professional and absolutely know the media world inside out."

Work highlights Advised Reliance Entertainment on the production and financing of the USD25 million feature film 'Vampire Academy'.

Acted for IMG Worldwide on its strategic partnership with live video streaming market leader Livestream.

Notable practitioners  

The "fabulous" David Zeffman focuses his practice on the sports and gambling industries, and maintains a strong reputation in broadcasting work. Peers highlight him as being "streetwise and shrewd."

Clive Gringras is an esteemed technology practitioner, noted for his depth of experience in gaming and digital media work. Clients say he is "brilliant from a legal strategy perspective."

"Terrific" head of film and TV Jacqueline Hurt is distinguished by interviewees as "one of the most knowledgeable, commercially aware film finance lawyers." Her recent work includes advising ITV on the financing and production of 'Thunderbirds Are Go'.

Selina Potter is an established expert in broadcast technology and distribution markets, lauded for her deep knowledge in relation to output deals, content licensing and rights acquisition. She recently acted for BBC Worldwide on its global licence agreement with Getty Images.

Industry luminary John Enser has a wide-ranging practice, incorporating strengths in music, broadcasting and digital work. Clients note that he "never ceases to amaze with the breadth and depth of his knowledge on all the hot topics in the industry." Recent work includes advising the French Press Association on a EUR60 million fund to finance new digital projects.

The "very practical and solution-oriented" Victoria Gaskell continues to impress with her burgeoning film and television practice, offering expertise in commercial and regulatory concerns across the content and digital media industries. Clients highlight her "deep knowledge about our business and sector."

The firm's eminent international head of media Mark Devereux remains a highly respected industry figure, providing strategic corporate advice to high-profile media mainstays. He has enormous experience in film and television work, and recently worked on Studio Canal's acquisition of Red Productions.

Steven Corney is a well-regarded commercial advocate with experience in representing a range of media organisations in contentious matters. Market commentators observe that he "enjoys the cut and thrust of litigation."

Significant clients Dentsu Aegis, MGM, BBC, Warner Music Group, News International.

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

What the team is known for Consummate advertising and marketing industry leaders with burgeoning digital sector expertise. Demonstrates an innovative approach to the media and entertainment industry, and is esteemed for its proficiency in cutting-edge issues. Acts for an impressive roster of corporates on a range of commercial concerns, as well as advising banks on technology sector financings and investments. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Brilliant - they're very attentive and I felt like we were cared for. On the deal I felt all of their experience and expertise, and felt very reassured."

"They very quickly got to grips with the subtleties of our business."

What's new? New clients include Virgin Media, BT Vision, Thomson Reuters and LOVEFiLM.

Work highlights Acted as Facebook's primary adviser on advertising and gambling matters across the UK and Europe.

Advised 'World of Tanks' creator WarGaming on a range of issues, including a comprehensive legal review of its website structure and terms.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Gardner is an esteemed media and technology practitioner, focusing on regulatory matters and commercial transactions relating to computer games and interactive entertainment. Marketplace observers note that he "has been at the forefront of the market for many years."

The "excellent" Nick Johnson continues to be a leading light, renowned for his advertising, marketing and sponsorship expertise. He acts for advertiser and media owner clients, including Expedia, Yahoo! and Visa.

Tim Birt is well regarded for his experience in acting for media and marketing clients, with particular focus on corporate concerns. He represented shareholders of multi-jurisdictional digital service design agency Fjord in its sale to Accenture.

"One of the most pre-eminent people in the whole industry," Stephen Groom is a veteran of the advertising and marketing space, with strength in high-value campaigns and data-driven techniques. Peers praise him as being "hugely experienced and commercially sensible."

Significant clients Everything Everywhere, BBH, Dell, Iris Nation, Amazon.

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

What the team is known for Commanding industry presence offering esteemed media industry expertise to domestic and international corporate clients. Acclaimed for its digital and interactive content capabilities, in addition to impressive film, television and advertising offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We can always rely on the accuracy of their advice, and their responsiveness is fantastic."

"They're terrific and pay attention to what we need." 

What's new? New clients include Iris Worldwide, ITV, Clear Channel and Discovery.

Work highlights Acted for Bauer Media in relation to a broad range of advertising, marketing and sponsorship concerns, including negotiating FHM.com's promotional tie-in with William Hill.

Advised Potboiler Productions on the production and financing of feature film 'A Little Chaos', starring Kate Winslet.

Notable practitioners  

"Standout" television practitioner Stephen Edwards is an eminent figure in the field, valued by clients as someone who "understands the nitty gritty" of broadcasting copyright and regulatory matters. He has handled a number of rights clearance concerns for BBC Worldwide.

Michael Maxtone-Smith is an esteemed film financing lawyer who "knows his stuff and is an extremely proficient draftsman," in addition to being "excellent on transactional work." He has handled a number of picture financings for Coutts and Pinewood.

The "go-to guy" in film production and acquisition financing work, Richard Philipps continues to impress with his depth of knowledge and experience, and has led on two complex international financings for Natixis Coficine. Clients value his "calmness, pragmatism, good advice and general good humour."

Gregor Pryor is held in high esteem for his leading digital media practice, offering particular excellence at the intersection of interactive content and music. Peers note that he "is very good at understanding the market and has a strong knowledge of the start-ups," while clients praise him as a "fantastic, insightful, deeply analytical and highly strategic" practitioner.

Nick Swimer is making waves in the broadcasting world, gaining a strong following for his "fantastic legal brain" and industry experience. Clients praise his ability to "summarise an issue pithily and calmly but with real confidence." He has acted for Channel 4 in its multimillion-pound advertising and sponsorship agreement with BT.

Significant clients Microsoft, Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, McDonald's, Samsung.

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

What the team is known for Publishing powerhouse admired for its representation of newspapers, publishers and media insurers in contentious and non-contentious situations. Offers established advertising and marketing expertise, increasingly acting for agencies and brands on digital matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They know their stuff. They have been excellent and we have a good deal of confidence in them."

"The people we deal with are down to earth, not stuffy, and their legal practice is good."

What's new? New clients include Adstream, SodaStream and Democratic Press.

Work highlights Represented Simon & Schuster in relation to distribution agreements and models for HarperCollins and VIZ.

Acted for Google on advertising issues across the Google platform and various Google products.

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" David Hooper remains pre-eminent in the publishing world, with a reputation for attracting high-profile clients such as Forbes Magazine. He demonstrates particular expertise in handling complaints to industry regulators. 

Oliver Bray continues to impress as an advertising and marketing practitioner, acting for retailers, brand owners and agencies. Clients praise him as being "clear on the law and very experienced in the nature of us as a client."

Significant clients Daily Mail General Trust, Bloomsbury, The Financial Times, Vibrant Media, Cineworld Cinemas.

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

What the team is known for Music industry luminary, renowned in the marketplace for representing high-profile and emerging artists, as well as managers, labels and publishers. Comprehensive industry offering with particular ability in contentious disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Huge subject matter knowledge and experience in dealing with the industry."

"Very, very smart, strategic and experienced." 

Notable practitioners  

The "truly excellent" Chris Organ continues to be a leading figure in artist representation, acting for a number of household names. Peers note that he is "very, very experienced" and a "tough negotiator and good commercial lawyer."

Steven Tregear is an experienced entertainment industry litigator, widely respected for his tenacious style. Clients praise him as being "very good at giving a pragmatic view on what the next steps should be," and peers value that he is "always incredibly reliable."

Gavin Maude continues to make waves in the music industry as "a serious player in the media world." His burgeoning practice focuses on artist representation, notably new talent.

Simon Esplen has deep music industry experience, and is well regarded for his varied client base of artists, managers, promoters and producers, as well as record and publishing companies.

Mark Sinnott specialises in representing major record labels and is well respected within the industry for his valuable experience and reassuring manner.

John Reid continues to develop his litigation practice, acting for clients in music industry disputes and defamation matters. He earns praise from peers for his representation of iconic acts.

Christopher Gossage maintains a corporate-focused media practice, with substantial experience in advising record labels in commercial transactions. He is also highlighted for his representation of figures in the merchandising, touring, publishing and digital rights fields.

"Standout" music industry litigator Brian Howard is a seasoned veteran of the profession, with decades of experience in acting for high-profile artists and labels on a diverse range of entertainment industry disputes. Marketplace observers praise him as being "a notch above anyone else in the area."

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

What the team is known for Full-service media and entertainment offering, with renowned strength in film, television, digital media, music and theatre work. Provides comprehensive industry guidance to creatives and corporates. Commanding bench strength, including dispute resolution capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A terrific firm of talented people." 

"They're great at negotiating. Practical, calming, incredibly thorough, meticulous and supportive." 

Work highlights Advised Ingenious Media on the production and funding of numerous films and TV programmes, including 'The Moon and the Sun'.

Negotiated a multimillion-pound label deal with Universal for PMR Records.

Notable practitioners  

Alex Chapman is an esteemed digital media practitioner, focusing his practice on video games work. Market observers note that he "understands the industry well," while clients appreciate that he "always has a clear vision on the difficult cases and he's not afraid of being tough."

"Top dog" Howard Jones is described by clients as the "best in town," offering revered expertise in the theatre and music industries. Marketplace commentators label him "the Alex Ferguson of music lawyers," observing that there is "not much he hasn't seen or done."

The "excellent" James Kay is highly regarded by peers for his film and media financing expertise. He is praised as being "thorough, fair, good at leading and closing a deal, as well as very personable and easy to deal with."

Claire Lewis continues to impress with her theatre-focused practice, where she is highlighted as being "very professional and efficient." Clients describe the experience of working with Lewis as "very positive and very constructive."

James Sully acts for publishing companies, independent labels, managers and artists on a range of deals, with noted proficiency in representing new talent. Recent work includes negotiating a deal with Universal for PMR Records.

Robin Hilton handles film financing transactions, and recently advised GroupM Entertainment on the financing, production and exploitation of a range of online content and television programmes. Sources say he is "personable, knowledgeable and highly professional."

Peter McInerney is admired as an "incredibly diligent and pragmatic" film and television practitioner, with extensive experience in advising on broadcasting concerns. He acts for Buccaneer Media on the production of its entire catalogue of television projects.

The "practical and calming" Russell Roberts continues to act for creatives, labels, publishers and industry executives on a range of corporate matters, and is valued as being "very well connected." He recently advised high-profile record executive Jason Iley on his position as president of Roc Nations Records.

Michael Thomas is highly regarded for his work with artists, as well as organisations and high net worth individuals. He has a broad media and entertainment practice beyond his expertise in the music industry. 

Stephen Luckman is an experienced music industry expert, advising talent, executives and media companies on a range of rights exploitation concerns. Marketplace observers note that he is "great" and "dynamic."

The "very proactive and knowledgeable" Tahir Basheer continues to impress with his music industry nous. He is particularly well regarded for his experience in relation to digital platforms, and is praised for his "depth of knowledge and strength of negotiating."

Significant clients GroupM Entertainment, British Film Institute, Splash Damage, Pink Floyd, The Really Useful Group/Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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

What the team is known for Fast establishing itself as a serious contender in the publishing field, with in-depth industry experience. Offers comprehensive advice to an impressive roster of publishing clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice was easy to understand and really helpful in terms of trying to navigate what was a really thorny issue."

"They were really good on timing and turned everything around really quickly."

Work highlights Advised Oxford University Press on putting together template app development framework agreements.

Provided The Financial Times with a virtual in-house counsel service, covering print and digital publishing matters.

Notable practitioners  

Laurence Kaye is a highly esteemed figure in the publishing industry, highlighted by peers as "an astute commentator - more than just a lawyer." Clients appreciate that he is "very good at breaking down very complex information and legal language and helping us to see what the potential risk might be, whilst also understanding what we're trying to do."

Significant clients Cambridge University Press, Macmillan, Euromonitor International, European Publishers Council, Pottermore. 

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

What the team is known for Media specialists with a burgeoning reputation across the industry. Particularly well regarded for its music, film and television capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They find solutions as opposed to problems, and have a very, very good, broad understanding of media."

What's new? New clients include Acorn Productions, Great Point Media and Highfield Pictures.

Work highlights Advised Prescience Film Finance on the finance and structural elements of a EUR7 million investment by an EIS company into the film 'Madame Bovary'.

Acted for Acorn, which manages the Agatha Christie Estate, on a new Poirot novel to be published by Harper Collins.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Soames is an esteemed publishing practitioner, offering pre-publication clearance advice to magazine and book publishers. Clients praise his "speedy response times."

Head of department Simon Goldberg has a diverse range of film, TV and publishing experience, and is highlighted as being "very commercial" and "very calm under fire." He acts for independent production companies in addition to publishing clients, notably advising Dennis Publishing on the syndication in the Middle East of the magazine The Week. Market commentators observe that he is "very good at getting his clients what he says he's going to give them."

Significant clients Zig Zag Productions, Dennis Publishing, Nick Cave, Independent Talent, Pete Tong.

What the team is known for Acclaimed advertising and marketing practice, offering comprehensive advice to corporate clients. Global reach ensures excellent handling of international clients and campaigns.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Wegenek is deemed "pre-eminent" in agency work, and has enormous experience in the advertising and marketing sector. Peers appreciate his "sensible and non-posturing" approach. 

Carlton Daniel continues to make waves in the advertising and marketing field as an impressive senior associate, rapidly gaining experience in a host of contentious and non-contentious work.

What the team is known for Niche music firm benefiting from decades of industry experience. Acts for a host of writers, performers, producers and artists.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've earned the right to be called blue-chip." 

"Very good artist lawyers." 

Notable practitioners  

Kaz Gill is an established industry player, labelled "excellent" by his peers. His depth of experience is an asset to his prestigious client base.

John Statham continues to act for a raft of artists in the music industry, and enjoys a solid reputation built through extensive work with high-profile acts.

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

What the team is known for Broad media practice, with particularly revered advertising and marketing expertise. Esteemed for its depth of experience in the field. Highly regarded for its work in the music and publishing industries, acting for agencies, creatives and corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're big enough to have the knowledge base within the immediate team and have senior partners who are very experienced, but I feel very much like we get a very individual one-to-one relationship."

"They take the time to understand your needs and listen. Their approach to negotiations is always strong and firm, but practical and fair at the same time."

What's new? New clients include Driven, Extravaganza Music SRL, Image Rights International and the estate of Mary Norton.

Work highlights Advised JWT London on a broad range of UK and advertising clearance work.

Acted for former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green on various music matters.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Swan is a hugely respected advertising industry figurehead, who is praised for being "very respectful of the creative industry." Observers note that he "works quietly and authoritatively, based on a very sharp intellect combined with considerable practical experience of the advertising industry."

Julian Turton maintains a strong music practice acting for artists, in addition to offering assured advice to authors. He has acted for Madness in a publishing deal.

Stuart Barry has broad music industry experience and is particularly well regarded for his licensing agreements and collection societies work. He is praised as being "calm and effective."

Julian Bentley acts for artists, independent music publishers and labels. Recent work includes advising Mute Song on a range of songwriting agreements.

Significant clients Radio Advertising Clearance Centre, Association of Photographers, Underworld, Sebastian Faulks, Adjust Your Set. 

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

What the team is known for Prominent full-service media and entertainment practice, esteemed for its publishing, advertising and broadcasting expertise. Benefits from an international platform, and from significant clout in IP and technology matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I feel confident that they know exactly what's what in the industry."

"Absolutely top of their league for media work." 

Work highlights Acted for Macmillan on multiple cross-border publishing portfolio transfers.

Represented PRS in a dispute with UK broadcaster of Bollywood films and music B4U concerning unpaid licence fees.

Notable practitioners  

Pre-eminent publishing expert Niri Shan is highly regarded for his "excellent" litigation skills. His work includes representing Spotify in its copyright dispute with Ministry of Sound.

Tony Ghee is an experienced and "amazing" broadcasting lawyer, held in high esteem for his expertise pertaining to digital work. He is well regarded among peers, one of whom notes: "If I found he was acting opposite me I'd be delighted."

Paul Mitchell is a seasoned veteran of the publishing field, lauded for his copyright expertise. He remains plugged in to the media market, where he is admired as "the doyen of this sphere."

Head of the firm's trade marks, copyright and media group Charles Lloyd is an experienced practitioner, advising media clients on a broad spectrum of intellectual property advertising concerns.

Significant clients Bwin, Spotify, Associated Newspapers, DC Thomson, Telegraph Media Group.

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

What the team is known for Liverpool-based video games experts, acting for studios and independent developers. Demonstrates expertise pertaining to social media, interactive content and apps, and has a wealth of experience in negotiating deals with major publishers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There's a uniformity of service - they all seem to be on the same wavelength."

"They know what our environment is like and they understand the pressures."

Work highlights Acted for Side (UK) in relation to voice talent and motion capture agreements for several major video game titles, including 'Assassins Creed IV'.

Advised Nellyvision on the app licensing and development agreement relating to its 'About Time' app, inspired by the award-winning board game.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Crotty and John Schorah are the key contacts.

Significant clients Novarama Technology, Relentless Software, Playground Games, Nomad Games, Playrise Digital.

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

What the team is known for Pre-eminent media boutique with a stellar reputation in film, television, advertising, publishing and music work. Handles contentious and non-contentious matters for media organisations ranging from large corporates to specialist content producers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They are very helpful and very knowledgeable, have a quick turnaround and do great work."

"A very consultative and commercially driven approach." 

What's new? Leading TV lawyer Medwyn Jones has joined from Harbottle & Lewis.

New clients include Elonex, Bank of Montreal, Entertainment One, MKS and Publishers Licensing Society.

Work highlights Acted for Columbia Pictures on George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men', providing wide-ranging production advice including on the structuring of a unique UK/German co-production arrangement.

Oversaw the competitive tender process for BT, for the representation of the advertising inventory on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN between bidders Sky Media, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Notable practitioners  

Sean James remains an inimitable figure in broadcasting work and content technology, with a stellar reputation for handling carriage and distribution agreements across platforms. He has advised UKTV on the negotiation of a carriage agreement with BSkyB.

The "very entrepreneurial" Miles Ketley is deemed a "real sector specialist" in film and television work, admired for his strategic nous. Clients highlight him as being "very good at thinking on his feet."

Charles Moore is a highly esteemed film and television practitioner, focusing on production, finance and distribution work. He is lauded for his industry experience and ability to "think outside the box," and clients say he is "not only smart, responsive and responsible, but also very practical." 

David Quli is an established film finance and distribution expert, with a flourishing television practice. Peers extol him as "a very good technician," while clients praise him as being "extremely down to earth, extremely practical and extremely knowledgeable."

Neil Gillard acts for independent producers, broadcasters and financiers, and is well regarded for his established film and television practice.

Guy Sheppard continues to impress as a rising star in the film and TV group, advising clients on production and finance matters. Clients say he is "super-responsive" as well as "very, very clever and very, very quick."

Associate Daniel Whybrew is admired for his rapidly growing film and television finance expertise. Market commentators highlight him as being "extremely knowledgeable and personable."

Simon Baggs is an eminent music litigator with additional expertise in the field of gaming. He is deemed "very impressive" and valued as a practitioner who is "very much about finding solutions." He acted for Ministry of Sound on a high-profile dispute with Spotify.

Medwyn Jones is a key player in the field of drama production, with decades of experience in acting for independent production companies as well as talent, writers and rights owners. Market observers say he is "excellent and really able."

Alexander Ross continues to develop his burgeoning digital music practice, offering expertise in content licensing and distribution and acting for clients such as Entertainment One and Mood Media. Clients praise his ability to "rise above the issue and contextualise it for us," while noting that he "turns things around and gets things done."

Shaun Lowde enters the rankings this year, with peers praising his "brilliant" work in content distribution and transmission. Recent highlights include leading the competitive tender process for the representation of BT Sport channels.

Jason Chess is well regarded for his in-depth regulatory knowledge of the gaming industry, with one interviewee remarking: "He knows his stuff." Chess advises platforms and operators of electronic gambling as well as brand owners seeking to monetise existing audiences. 

David Deakin specialises in digital content and publishing work, advising a diverse range of clients on content distribution and transmission matters. He is praised for his "very consultative and commercially driven approach."

Sarah Bing is a well-regarded film and television practitioner, noted for her versatile production and finance capabilities. Peers say she is "excellent to do business with."

The "fantastic" Caroline Kean provides pre-publication advice to publishers and production companies, including Bauer and Shortlist. She is an experienced litigator and is commended as being "incredibly user-friendly."

Significant clients News Corp UK, Twentieth Century Fox, Virgin Media, Ministry of Sound, Bauer Consumer Media.

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Bernie Nyman remains an exalted figure, noted for his depth of experience in the publishing industry. He heads up his own specialist firm, B M Nyman & Co, handling a broad spectrum of issues for publishers, authors and literary agents.

Ingrid Silver of Dentons offers traditional and new media expertise to clients including Sony, Scripps, Al Jazeera and Essence Digital. "You always feel she's highly invested, highly interested and highly personable," say clients.

Neil Mohring of Eversheds LLP acts for music clients including U2 and The Elton John Group. Clients applaud his "wide industry experience and feel for the peculiarities of a deal and the relationships of the parties before and after."

The "calm, personable and responsive" Lisa Logan of Gateley has extensive experience in the television and film industry. Her work highlights include acting for Pulse Films on the negotiation of deals for a C4 Björk documentary.

Sarah Caughey continues to impress peers and clients alike, with a practice focused on film finance. She joins Latham & Watkins as counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Lisbeth Savill joins Latham & Watkins from O'Melveny & Myers. She is an esteemed film finance lawyer, praised as for her commercial acumen and negotiation skills. Peers have "a lot of time and a lot of respect" for her, whilst clients name her as "a top lawyer operating in the film space."

The "straight-shooting" Tony Morris of Marriott Harrison is held in high regard for his music and film & television expertise, with observers noting that he is "very experienced in the media and entertainment world." Morris works as a mediator in the field, in addition to acting for clients such as The Agency Group, RSA Films and Carnaby Films.

George Festing recently joined the dispute resolution group at Muckle LLP from Forbes Anderson Free. He has significant experience in litigating music industry disputes, and is admired by commentators for his "reassuring, calm manner."

Rafi Azim-Khan of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is held in high regard for his flourishing advertising practice. He advised SCA on an ASA dispute between its business Velvet and Kimberly-Clark.

Established artist lawyer Paul Spraggon of SSB Solicitors is considered "a music legend." Peers highlight that he is "very approachable and charismatic," and "knows his way around the music industry."

Rebecca Steer of Steer and Co provides industry-specific advice to media and technology clients, including Bristol Media, SecondSync and Yogscast. Clients say she is "very helpful and flexible," as well as "extremely knowledgeable on the creative and technology sector."

Mike Shepherd of Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin LLP is an experienced music litigator, representing artists as well as publishers in high-profile disputes. Commentators praise him as being "superb," noting that he "has a wonderful way of communicating with clients."

Richard Brown of Travers Smith LLP is regarded as a "very commercially minded" practitioner, advising film and television clients such as Channel 4, Vubiquity and UTV on matters ranging from carriage agreements to contractual arrangements and joint ventures. Clients say he "is very responsive and always seems to find the time to help us."

The "really fantastic" Benjamin Chivers of Travers Smith LLP continues to impress as a "terrifically helpful" and proactive associate. His practice focuses on film and television work, recently advising Pinewood Shepperton on its joint venture with Chinese media group Seven Stars Media.

The "very knowledgeable and pragmatic" Daniel Smith of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co continues to impress with his burgeoning advertising and marketing practice, acting for clients such as Unilever and Volkswagen. He has a "very measured and dynamic approach," and "understands the commercial reality and the industry."

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