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Media and Entertainment (Dispute Resolution)

Media is a constantly evolving global industry. Advances in technology have opened new channels for consumer engagement, ranging from streaming services to social media to targeted advertising and more recently metaverses. 

In this rapidly developing market, companies and talent have to maximise and protect the value of all their content and other assets.  

We help our clients commercialise and protect their content and the intellectual property that underpins it. We ensure that they are not only protected against an infringement or breach, but also prepared for one and ready to react immediately. 

We are particularly well known for our work in respect of Advertising and Marketing, Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content, and have also been advising an ever-growing number of clients on all aspects of their NFT and metaverse strategies.  

We provide a full suite of legal services to production, promotion, publishing and content owning companies, as well as celebrities, influencers, musicians, actors, directors, producers, authors, journalists, broadcasters, artists, designers and sports talent. 

The passion of our team of lawyers is reflected in our embrace of the sector’s incredible diversity. We support one of the UK film industry's charitable bodies, the British Film Institute (BFI) and are a partner in its LGBTQI+ film festival, BFI Flare. 

Key Services

The team combines significant media contracts experience with privacy expertise, enabling us to provide practical advice across the spectrum of issues our AdTech clients face.  

We advise on compliance with the CAP and BCAP Codes and ASA investigations, and on advertising clearance and marketing law issues, acting for clients in matters before the ASA. We also advise clients operating in emerging sectors such as blockchain, NFTs and fan tokens. 

Advising the world's leading media companies including Sky, Global, NBC Universal, and Nintendo as well as a host of high-profile entertainers and media personalities in respect of the way that they can best protect their brands. 

We provide clearance and compliance advice.

Our work includes advising on option and life-story arrangements, content creation, supply and distribution arrangements.

As part of our broader Reputation Protection & Crisis Management practice, we advise both claimants and defendants pre- and post-publication on potentially defamatory content (libel and slander). This includes carrying out libel reads and wider content clearance; pursuing and defending legal complaints; responding to journalistic enquiries ahead of a planned publication or broadcast; and managing reputational attacks, both online and offline. 

We advise the world's leading media companies, talent agencies and entertainers on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. Our specialisms include acting for both employers and senior executives/talent on redundancies and restructurings; EDI in the workplace (including discrimination, bullying and harassment); worker status and the gig economy; restrictive covenants; whistleblowing; and litigation in both the High Court and Employment Tribunal. We have particular expertise in privacy issues connected with litigation. We also work closely with HR departments on day-to-day queries and employment documentation.

Advising on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights across the media and entertainment sector. Our IP Disputes group is particularly well known for its range of expertise in the field of enforcement including blocking injunctions for rights holders, and also private prosecutions against pirated content.

We advise on publishing and distribution agreements. 

We act on some of the most high-profile deals and advise regularly on multi-million pound sponsorship, endorsement and influencer arrangements, both in traditional forms and in new models. We have worked on some of the most high-profile collaboration agreements. 

We help our clients to embrace the opportunities that web 3.0 provides to develop new and broaden existing relationships. We advise on the creation and sale of NFTs and the contracts and regulatory issues that underpin these activities. Our work includes advising on licensing content for use in Metaverses, the delivery and ingestion of content and collaboration agreements with content creators to create physical and virtual goods. 

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