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.
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.