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Harbottle & Lewis LLP - London
  • Hanover House
  • 14 Hanover Square
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • W1S 1HP
  • Managing Partner Glen Atchison
  • Senior Partner Gerrard Tyrrell
  • Number of partners 35
  • Assistant solicitors 35
  • Other fee-earners 18

THE FIRM Harbottle & Lewis provides pro-active legal advice to dynamic and creative clients. The firm is particularly skilled at advising those in the business of creating and exploiting intellectual property and other valuable rights, as well as those maintaining and generating active capital. The primary sectors in which the firm advises are media and entertainment; technology; advertising, marketing and sponsorship; sport; charities; retail; property; travel and leisure. Recent highlights include acting for Emirates on the terms of its 10 year sponsorship of the Transport for London cable car, “Emirates Air Line”; acting for Zattikka on its initial incorporation and the acquisition of other gaming companies; advising Comic Relief on matters relating to Comic Relief television programmes, fundraising and challenges overseas; and acting for Neal Street Productions on the production and financing for the highly popular BBC1 series ‘Call the Midwife’, including location and licensing agreements. Other recent work includes advising Conor Maynard in relation to his recording and publishing agreements and advising Tom Daley on the establishment of his image rights company and on endorsements deals. The firm continues to act for high net worth individuals and public figures on all aspects of their personal and financial affairs and has a niche expertise advising clients within the LGBT community. It won the FT’s Most Innovative Law Firm for Private Client work in 2012. The firm has advised a number of clients on sensitive employment matters including successfully representing a senior executive on a serious sexual harassment allegation; has advised on the sale and purchase of multi-million pound residential properties; advised on a wide range of significant cross-border disputes; and acted on a number of successful personal injury claims resulting in seven-figure settlements.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Harbottle & Lewis provides advice to businesses on commercial, corporate, charity, employment, family, finance, intellectual property, litigation and property law. The services provided to individuals include asset freezing, employment, family, high-value residential property, mediation, personal injury, philanthropy, tax, trusts and probate. The firm offers specialist advice to clients in all areas of the communications and creative industries including advertising, broadcasting, digital media, fashion, film, interactive entertainment, live events, media finance, music, publishing, sponsorship, sport, television and theatre. Having been at the centre of many of these industries’ largest and most high profile transactions and cases, the firm has a strong reputation for its work in these areas. It also advises on regulatory matters and the legal issues faced by organisations and individuals in the media spotlight, such as defamation, data protection, privacy and image rights.

CLIENTS Harbottle & Lewis take a personal approach to the relationship with its clients and provides commercial advice and pragmatic solutions to its clients’ specific needs. Clients range from early stage companies to major corporations and include multinational brands and rights owners, early stage venture capital funds and investment companies, as well as entrepreneurs and leading individuals. Examples include: Ben Sherman, Chelsea FC, Comic Relief, Conor Maynard, David and Victoria Beckham, Diageo, Emirates, England Cricket Team, Gok Wan, Hachette UK, IMO Car Wash, Jamie Cullum, Kate Moss, MAMA Group, Neal Street Productions, Penguin, PGA European Tour, Prescience Film Finance, PROfounders Capital, Raymond Gubbay Limited, Take 2 Interactive, The Royal Household,Universal Music Group,Universal Pictures,Virgin Group,Wolford London and Zattikka.

John Kelly:
John has joined the firm as a litigator who is recognised as an expert in the field of reputation protection and defamation. He specialises in advising leading individuals and corporate clients on how to protect their rights and reputations.Clients include successful individuals and companies in the areas of business, financial services, sport, music, film and television. He is also experienced in coordinating international campaigns and multi-jurisdictional litigation through US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Dalton Odendaal: Dalton has re-joined the firm as a Partner. For the last six years Dalton has been working on the Olympic Games with LOCOG and the BOA. Dalton worked at LOCOG for five years (from 2007 to 2012) where he was the Head of Legal: Commercial. In the year leading up to the Games and until the end of 2012 he also worked for the BOA where he was Director of Business Development responsible for securing sponsorship and licensing deals for the 2013-2016 quad.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation 20%
  • Corporate 18%
  • Private Client 28%
  • Property 7%
  • Other 27%
  • Advertising & Marketing Andy Millmore
  • Broadcasting Tony Ballard
  • Charity & Philanthropy David Scott
  • Corporate & Commercial Colin Howes
  • Corporate Finance Tim Parker
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Rhys Llewellyn
  • Data Protection Adam Mitton
  • Employment Marian Derham, Howard Hymanson
  • Family Tom Farley-Hills
  • Fashion Sandi Simons
  • Film Peter Armstrong, Abigail Payne
  • Intellectual Property Andy Millmore, Shireen Peermohamed
  • Interactive Entertainment Alan Moss, Mark Phillips
  • LGBT Linzi Bull
  • Litigation Andy Millmore
  • Media Finance Alan Moss, Abigail Payne
  • Music Chloe Wright
  • Personal Injury Daniel Marks
  • Private Wealth Glen Atchison
  • Property Leo Marino, Robert Reilly
  • Publishing Shireen Peermohamed
  • Reputation Management Gerrard Tyrrell
  • Retail Melanie Benson, Adam Mitton
  • Sponsorship Bob Mitchell
  • Sport Bob Mitchell
  • Tax Glen Atchison
  • Technology Tony Ballard, Adam Mitton
  • Theatre & Performing Arts Neil Adleman
  • Television Jonathan Berger, Medwyn Jones
  • Venture Capital Tony Littner


  • Hanover House,
  • 14 Hanover Square,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • W1S 1HP
  • Tel (020) 7667 5000
  • Fax (020) 7667 5100
  • DX 44617 Mayfair
  • Email : info@harbottle.com
  • Website : www.harbottle.com

Charities - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Charities law group drawing on firm-wide expertise in media law. Sought out for its brand management and brand protection expertise, and for its commercial advice on the use of new technologies. Also advises a number of charities associated with royals.

Work highlights Advised the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on its incorporation and registration, and on subsequent fund-raising and operational issues.

Advised the governors of Ibstock Place School on its demerger from The Froebel Trust and its subsequent transfer to a new charity.

Notable practitioners  

David Scott heads the team.

Significant clients Comic Relief, Virgin Unite, Big Change Charitable Trust, Forward Internet Group, Malaria No More UK.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-12 partners
-9 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good and growing reputation for advising clients in the media, technology and entertainment sectors on lower mid-market transactions. Has particular expertise in advising online businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They provided sound commercial advice as well as sound legal advice - from my point of view that makes them very attractive."

Client service: "They were able to work at odd hours on a global transaction."

Bench strength: "It is a very good, young and hardworking team."  

What's new? New clients and panel wins include MAMA, Rara and Omnifone.

Work highlights Represented Forward Internet in the acquisition of Factory Media.

Represented the shareholders of iLUKA in the sale of the company's share capital to Chime Communications.

Represented Zattikka on its acquisition of Hattrick for an initial consideration of EUR15 million with deferred consideration of up to a further EUR7.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Howes is rated by sources for his calm and measured approach. His highlights include advising Hilary Bevan Jones on the sale of 51% of Endor Productions.

Significant clients Penguin Books, shareholders of Intent Media, Atomico Investments, shareholders of Fashion Lab, shareholders of Redkite Financial Markets.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients in the TV, media and sports sectors at both employer and employee levels, delivering bespoke employment advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I would refer them to everyone and anyone and I am personally using them once more. Once you've had an experience with them, you want to return to them."

Industry knowledge: "I don't know of any employment law specialists who would have the industry knowledge that Harbottle & Lewis do."

Notable practitioners  

The vastly experienced Howard Hymanson retains a core expertise in senior executive representation, typically acting for individuals from the media and entertainment sectors. His "incredibly calm and considered" attitude draws praise from market commentators, as does his "inventive and resourceful" approach to cases. 

Significant clients Tripadvisor, Comic Relief, Lastminute.com, World Courier UK, Basler UK.

Family/Matrimonial - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Handles a range of matrimonial finance and children law work, as well as cohabitation and pre and postnuptial agreements. Specialist expertise in advising same-sex couples on children law matters, including international surrogacy, Children Act cases and pre-conception agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Linzi Bull and Tom Farley-Hills are joint heads of the family team.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for its work in the digital media sphere. Also handles high-value, complex IT matters for clients in a number of industry sectors.

Work highlights Advised Hachette UK on its procurement of a new wide area network (WAN) system.

Advised WorldCourier on a network infrastructure support services arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Mitton is a key contact.

Significant clients Geometrics, Hachette UK, Microsoft, Nissan, Telenor. 

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for A leading media firm with substantial IP know-how. Particularly well regarded for its copyright practice, although it also has expertise in trade marks and design protection.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A very well-established copyright firm - they're very strong at that."

Industry knowledge: "They know our business very well and have all the knowledge."

Work highlights Advised Orange in relation to a dispute with Orange Information Systems.

Acts for record label World Circuit on trade mark concerns.  

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Shireen Peermohamed is "very good at making complicated issues simple," according to sources. She advises on both litigation and licensing concerns.  

Significant clients Royal National Theatre, Universal Studios, Ben Sherman, Virgin Group, Oxford University Press.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Particularly noted in the media and entertainment sector, acting for theatre groups and drama schools. Also active in retail portfolio work.

What's new? Melanie Benson promoted to partner.

Work highlights Advised Ben Sherman Group on its property portfolio, including the acquisition of stores.

Acted for Zone Limited on its new head office lease in the Kings Cross development.

Notable practitioners

Robert Reilly is head of department and a key contact.

Significant clients Cross Stone Properties, Framestore, LAMDA, Really Useful Theatre Group, Take Two/Rock Star.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for A claimant practice that handles a significant amount of privacy work. Increasingly prominent in handling defamation actions with an international angle.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "From the start they listened to my story, and from that moment I felt their constant support during a time of intense stress. What they planned to do, how they planned to progress it and the cost of the process were clear to me throughout."

Commercial awareness: "They are swift, candid and informed, and understands the context in which we operate."

What's new? Jo Sanders was promoted to partner.

John Kelly brings his sterling reputation after joining from rivals Schillings.

Work highlights Represented HRH Duchess of Cambridge in a privacy case concerning the publication of photographs brought against French magazine Closer.

Continues to represent around 60 individuals in the phone hacking compensation scheme set up by News International.

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Gerrard Tyrrell is spending an increasing amount of time on international matters. Clients particularly appreciate his "great personal skills" and say he "understands our needs completely." He was the partner in charge of the firm's representation of the Duchess of Cambridge.

New arrival John Kelly is a "talented lawyer" who "gives real added value." He is best known for his connection with the sports sector, and represents companies and individuals in various reputation protection matters.

Jo Sanders is quickly gaining a stellar reputation for her role on defamation matters, with sources noting she is "a serious player in this field." One source particularly appreciated "her clarity of process" and reassuring of those who have had limited exposure to the legal profession.

Significant clients The Aga Khan, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kate Moss, Kevin Pietersen.

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.

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.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds and other investors with a focus on the media and technology sectors. A robust and growing presence in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercially focused, and I feel that while they are doing a legal job they are also very good at taking on the commercial realities."

Client service: "All of the interactions I have had with the firm have been excellent."

What's new? New clients include Skyscape Cloud Services, Citysocialising, Halocline, Webtab UK.

Work highlights Advised PROfounders Capital on its investment in easyCar's 'Club Car'.

Advised InSkin Media on its £2 million venture capital raise led by Beringea.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Littner is "highly diligent and responsive," and a "great negotiator," sources say. He advised Brandwatch on a USD6 million investment in the company led by Nauta Capital.

Significant clients Atomico Ventures, Forward Internet Group/Forward Internet Partners, MAMA, Runa Capital, mydeco.

Sports Law - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Traditionally strong on commercial matters, particularly sponsorship, IP and marketing-related issues. Also has a strong governing bodies client base, which it advises on regulatory matters. Acts for significant clients in sports such as Formula 1, golf and football.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have been their normal helpful and professional selves. They have real in-depth knowledge of the area and when needed they have brought in others from the firm to help."

Technical ability: "Their overall guardianship of our intellectual and legal capital is exceptional. It's really impressive the way they get on top of things."

What's new? Dalton Odendaal has returned to the firm as a partner after six years, previously working at LOCOG and latterly as Director of Business Development at the British Olympic Association.

Work highlights Handled Aaron Cook's appeal against the decision of Great Britain Taekwondo in regards to his non-selection for London 2012 and possible legal action against the British Olympic Association.

Advises Professional Sports Group on a number of participation, commercial, representation and regulatory issues that directly affect it and some of its leading athletes.

Notable practitioners  

Bob Mitchell was the lead partner on the Aaron Cook case and is highly experienced in negotiating sponsorship and other commercial agreements. One source said: "He's commercially minded and has a vast understanding of the sports industry as a whole."

Significant clients The England Cricket Team, PGA European Tour, Chelsea Football Club, Tom Daley, Ladies European Tour.