Media & Entertainment - UK-wide
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.
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."
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.
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.