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Wiggin LLP

Cheltenham

Wiggin LLP - Cheltenham
  • Jessop House
  • Jessop Avenue
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucestershire
  • UK
  • GL50 3WG
  • Number of partners 24
  • Number of fee-earners 35+ 

The Firm Wiggin LLP is a niche media 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.

As the largest media law firm in the UK, Wiggin lawyers provide a seamless service to clients spanning innovative start-ups and household media names.
Clients include:
■Broadcasters
■Betting and gaming companies
■Major and independent TV and film studios
■Media financiers
■Newspaper groups
■Platforms and content retailers
■Publishers
■Sports bodies and rights holders
■Trade associations
■Technology companies

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
  • Content Distribution & Transmission Sean James, Ross Sylvester
  • 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
  • Media Finance Neil Gillard, David Quli
  • Music Simon Baggs, Alexander Ross
  • Publishing/Defamation Caroline Kean
  • Real Estate Matt Bullock
  • Sport Simon Baggs, Michael Brader, Sean James, Ross Sylvester 
  • Tax Sue Crawford
  • Technology Ciaran Hickey, Shaun Lowde

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
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for One of the leading media law firms in the country. Much of its work is concerned with the protection and commercialisation of soft IP rights. Noted strength in digital media and luxury brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality and speed with which they can get to grips with a new issue and to both provide topline legal advice and propose a litigation strategy is incredibly impressive." 

"They are really pushing the boundaries in terms of what they can offer."

Work highlights Represented the leading US film studios in their successful applications for court orders requiring UK-based ISPs to block access to websites infringing their copyright.

Acting for Ministry of Sound in a dispute with streaming service Spotify, in which the client alleges that track lists for its compilation albums are protected by database copyright.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Baggs is regarded as being one of the most exciting litigators in the UK with regard to the protection of IP rights online. He represented the major film studios in their successful action to require ISPs to block copyright-infringing websites.

Significant clients Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Motion Picture Association, NBC Universal, Perform Group, Warner Bros.

Licensing - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 associates

What the team is known for Specialist gambling practice with significant experience in advising electronic gambling platforms, television and media companies, and charitable lotteries.

Work highlights Advised IGT on the relaunch of its electronic casino slot games, which involved cross-jurisdictional regulatory issues. 

Notable practitioners  

Jason Chess is highly regarded by peers for his industry knowledge and presence within the gambling sphere. Clients describe him as a "go-to gambling guru" who is "extremely accurate and knowledgeable, and always goes the extra mile."

Significant clients Pokerstars, GTech, Mansion, NetPlay, Endemol.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Esteemed defendant-focused practice, acting for a range of media organisations and industry insurers. Advises book, magazine and digital publishers on pre and post-publication concerns, as well as providing pre-release clearance guidance to film studios.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone who I have dealt with is extremely commercially aware and their advice always takes account of the practicalities. They are able to summarise extremely complex legal matters in plain English. We feel confident effectively placing our own reputation in their hands."

"If they're on the other side you know sensible advice is going to be given - they're not going to be difficult for the sake of it."

Work highlights Defended a photographer against an injunction claim, after One Direction's Harry Styles claimed several photographers were guilty of harassment.

Advised Dow Jones & Company on reporting restrictions in place around the naming of individuals implicated in Libor claims.

Notable practitioners  

Caroline Kean is an extremely experienced media litigator, held in high esteem for her negotiation skills and defamation expertise. Peers praise Kean as "practical, a delight to deal with and effective." 

The "excellent" Amali de Silva advises TV and publishing sector clients on defamation matters, and is well regarded for her extensive work with Channel 4. She is highlighted as "fantastically responsive, good-humoured and pragmatic."

Significant clients News UK & Ireland, Bauer Consumer Media, Condé Nast, Hiscox, MoneySavingExpert.com.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

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.

Sports Law - UK-wide

What the team is known for Well regarded by peers for its expertise in broadcasting and the exploitation of media rights. As well as a focus on media and digital rights matters, the firm also has experience in handling corporate transactions and advising on constitutional and corporate governance issues for sports governing bodies and other sports organisations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've provided us with a fantastic service – they are real experts in their fields. They stay on top of technology, commercial law, gambling and advertising issues, and we find them extremely responsive. They also have a good balance in the way they resource deals."

"They take a practical and pragmatic approach. They're very good at driving a deal forward. The turnaround times are fantastic." 

Work highlights Advised sports content provider Perform Group on the acquisition of sports data company Opta.

Advised Virgin Media on carriage arrangements with BT Sport to allow Virgin Media to offer BT Sport channels.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Brader advises a wide range of media companies on corporate and commercial matters, including media rights exploitation. He was the lead lawyer for Perform Group on the acquisition of Opta.

Significant clients Manchester United & MUTV, News UK & Ireland, International Cricket Council, BT Sport, Racing UK.