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Cheltenham

Wiggin LLP - Cheltenham
  • Jessop House
  • Jessop Avenue
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucestershire
  • UK
  • GL50 3WG
  • Number of partners 21
  • Number of fee-earners 30 

THE FIRM Wiggin LLP is a boutique law firm with an ethos of innovation and creativity. It is recognised by many as the best in the media business and has been a pioneer in media for over 20 years. The firm specialises exclusively in music, film, TV, broadcast, digital media, sport, betting and gaming, technology and publishing. It has earned an international reputation for fresh thinking and innovative approaches.
The firm works with a variety of media interests, from leading industry names to innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs. It represents, amongst others, publishers, broadcasters, media regulatory bodies, football clubs, sports governing bodies, film and TV production companies, telecommunications companies, film studios, record labels and TV channels.
Its impressive roster of clients includes BBC Worldwide, Bauer, BT, Channel 4, Condé Nast, Disney, Endemol, FACT, HBO, Hodder & Stoughton, Ingenious, ITV, International Cricket Council, Manchester United FC, Marvel, MPA, Paramount Pictures, Party Gaming, Perform, PPL, Racing UK, Random House, Sony Columbia, Time Warner Books, Times Newspapers, Turf TV, Twentieth Century Fox, UEFA, UKTV, Universal, Virgin Media and Warner Bros.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Wiggin provides a full service across commercial, corporate, litigation, employment, tax, finance and real estate. The firm provides genuinely market-leading expertise across all areas of media law. Its lawyers in all its service areas are deeply immersed in the media space, working on a daily basis with key industry players,with many having spent time seconded to, or working in-house at, media companies. Clients like its refreshingly commercial, no-nonsense approach.

OFFICES London, Brussels and Cheltenham. 

Areas of Practice

  • Media (including media litigation) 75%
  • Corporate 21%
  • Commercial Litigation 4%
    Contacts
  • Betting & Gaming Matt Bullock, Jason Chess, Ben Whitelock
  • Broadcasting Jason Chess, Sean James, Shaun Lowde
  • Commercial Litigation Simon Baggs, Caroline Kean, Neil Parkes, Michael Brader 
  • Corporate Michael Brader, Adrian Jones, Ben Whitelock
  • Digital Media David Deakin
  • Employment Marcus Rowland
  • Film & TV Sarah Bing, Neil Gillard, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore, Guy Sheppard, David Quli
  • Intellectual Property Simon Baggs Shaun Lowde Ted Shapiro
  • Music Simon Baggs, Alexander Ross
  • Media Finance Neil Gillard, David Quli
  • Publishing/Defamation Caroline Kean
  • Real Estate Matt Bullock
  • Sport Simon Baggs, Michael Brader, Sean James
  • Tax Sue Crawford
  • Technology Shaun Lowde, Alexander Ross

Branches

  • 10th Floor,
  • Met Building,
  • 22 Percy Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • W1T 2BU
  • Tel (020) 7612 9612
  • Fax (020) 7612 9611
  • Email : law@wiggin.co.uk
  • Website : www.wiggin.co.uk
  • Jessop House,
  • Jessop Avenue,
  • Cheltenham,
  • Gloucestershire
  • UK
  • GL50 3WG
  • Tel (01242) 224114
  • Fax (01242) 224223
  • Email : law@wiggin.co.uk

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Highly adept at handling all manner of IP matters related to the film, media and entertainment industries, particularly copyright and brand protection work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Their place in the market is right at the top of TV, film and broadcasting. They're peerless at that copyright work."

Client service: "They've helped us a lot, given us ample time and been very gracious with their fees."

What's new? Ted Shapiro joined the firm as a partner in January 2013. He was previously at the Motion Picture Association.

Work highlights Represented the Motion Picture Association in injunction proceedings against Internet Service Providers.

Advised Carnival Film & Television on protection of its 'Downton Abbey' trade marks.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Baggs "always provides excellent advice," according to commentators, who also credit him as being "tremendously hard-working and thoughtful." He leads much of Wiggin's major litigation, including the recent representation of various companies under the NBCUniversal umbrella in litigation over the film 'Battleship'.

Significant clients Federation Against Copyright Theft, Virgin Media, NBCUniversal, Mind Candy, CSC Media.

Licensing - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Able to utilise the firm's extensive media law expertise to advise online and electronic gambling providers, TV and other media companies on issues arising from gambling, social gaming and other similar enterprises.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Wiggin is very responsive and, valuably, also has very good judgement in terms of the level of detail required."

Client service: "They give comprehensive, good-quality advice and are always willing to be flexible with regard to cost structure."

Work highlights Advised GTECH G2/Lottomatica on the regulatory and technological aspects of the provision of a new gambling platform to the Greek state gambling monopoly.

Represented PokerStars in its establishment of independent player deposit protection trusts for the company's customers.

Notable practitioners  

Jason Chess specialises in electronic betting and gaming, and led on the GTECH G2/Lottomatica matter. Sources characterise him as a "highly respected lawyer who is really making a name for himself in high-profile matters." Clients also highlight his "willingness to get to know our business" and his ability to "give comprehensive and appropriate advice within a short timescale."  

Significant clients IGT, Barcrest, William Hill Gaming, NetPlay TV, Fremantle Media.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Entirely focused on representing defendants. Acts on both pre- and post-publication issues for clients in the book, magazine, TV, film and newspaper industries.

Work highlights Continues to work with Channel 4 on a variety of issues, including successfully defending an injunction by Viagogo to prevent the broadcasting of the Dispatches programme.

Acted for Random House and author Jacqueline Gold in a claim by Michael Caborn-Waterfield alleging defamation in Ms Gold's autobiography.

Notable practitioners  

Caroline Kean advises on contentious claims, and led the firm's representation of Random House in a claim by Michael Caborn-Waterfield alleging defamation in Jacqueline Gold's autobiography. Sources highlight her enthusiasm in getting the best for clients.

Amali de Silva is best known for her work in television, advising on pre-broadcasting issues. She was lead partner in the case for Channel 4, successfully defending against an injunctive action brought by Viagogo. Clients say she "understands our business and needs, and gives practical, realistic advice."

Significant clients News International, Bauer London Lifestyle, Hiscox Insurance Company, The Condé Nast Publications, Elsevier.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Parkes was promoted to the partnership.

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

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

Notable practitioners  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Law - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Regarded as media rights experts and handles a large amount of media-related sports work, including rights acquisition, content protection and anti-piracy matters. The firm also frequently acts for rights holders in their deals with gambling organisations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and make a tremendous effort to come and see the client in their location."

Market standing: "They have high-calibre lawyers who do a lot of high-calibre work.

Work highlights Advising the Perform Group on its acquisition of real-time sport data service Runningball, which engages more than 1,100 scouts in 70 countries gathering real-time information on live sports events.

Also advising the Perform Group on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Mackolik, the owner of Turkey’s leading independent sports websites.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Brader acts on corporate and commercial matters, and advises clients on the exploitation and protection of their media rights. One source said: "He will be honest about what is and isn't possible, and he has that depth of experience in corporate law-related media and sport issues." 

Significant clients Manchester United, Input Media, International Cricket Council, Racing UK, Turf TV.