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Media & Entertainment — Northern Ireland


Millar McCall Wylie - Media & Entertainment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Pre-eminent media and entertainment practice in Northern Ireland, offering profound expertise to clients in the film and TV sector. Noted capabilities in media finance, production and distribution. Continues to act for Northern Ireland Screen on international screen projects, as well as advising numerous other producers and financiers. Noted for work in digital media, music and theatre.

Strengths Clients say: “They are not only knowledgeable but pragmatic, providing not just the legal points but also business considerations.”

Other interviewees also highlight the team's “substantial sector-specific experience and skill,” as well as the fact that the lawyers are “able to take into account context and keep one eye on future complications.”

Work highlights Acted for Northern Ireland Screen in connection with the funding of the seventh series of 'Game of Thrones', drafting, negotiating and arranging execution of the production finance agreement.

Significant clients Doubleband Films, Fine Point Films, GBL Productions, Paper Owl Films, Raw Nerve Productions.

Notable practitioners

Damian McParland is regarded by clients as “knowledgeable, calm and collected - exactly the sort of person you want on your side.” He is recommended for his wealth of knowledge on issues surrounding the development and production of film and television content.

Abbie Long advises on a range of media and entertainment issues, with a particular focus on film and TV production and finance. Clients appreciate her “practical common sense,” as well as her ability to “see both the legal issues and the wider context.”

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Johnsons Solicitors - Media & Entertainment Department

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Strong Northern Ireland media law offering, best known for its expertise in resolving contentious data protection, defamation and privacy disputes for its enviable celebrity client base. Experience of representing major publishers, artists and film producers. Frequently involved in cases with multijurisdictional dimensions.

Notable practitioners

Laura Cunningham is a key contact.

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Band 1

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Damian McParland is regarded by clients as “knowledgeable, calm and collected - exactly the sort of person you want on your side.” He is recommended for his wealth of knowledge on issues surrounding the development and production of film and television content.

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Band 2

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Abbie Long advises on a range of media and entertainment issues, with a particular focus on film and TV production and finance. Clients appreciate her “practical common sense,” as well as her ability to “see both the legal issues and the wider context.”

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Band 2

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Olivia O'Kane of Carson McDowell has a diverse media practice, advising clients on data protection, copyright, libel and licensing matters. One source says: "She really immersed herself in the project to make sure it would happen," adding: "She is very empathetic and effective."

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Band 2

TWEED

From the Chambers UK guide

"Formidable litigator" Paul Tweed of TWEED is described by commentators as a "very experienced and impressive advocate." He has a significant contentious media law practice, frequently representing high-profile clients in reputation management matters.

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