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UK-wide Media & Entertainment
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11 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Our strong reputation is built on delivering commercial and practical legal advice to those working in the media and entertainment industries. With over 60 years’ experience in media and entertainment law, we remain dedicated to being the best in this field. Being at the forefront of the latest industry developments and trends, we understand the challenges and opportunities that clients face. Our clients benefit from strong legal expertise delivered with industry insight and a commercial approach. Even when advising on the most innovative ideas, we find the clear way forward and provide practical legal solutions.

Chambers Review

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Media & Entertainment: Film & Television - UK-wide
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Band 2
What the team is known for

Outstanding strength in media and entertainment, with long-standing expertise in media finance within the video games, film, TV and theatre sectors. Widely regarded as a destination firm for publishing clients, offering expertise in commercial and IP matters. Experienced representing major multinational studios and production companies from the gaming and film spaces throughout development. Demonstrates additional strength in growth areas such as virtual and augmented reality, e-sports and online platforms.

Strengths

Interviewees find that "the team at Harbottle are very prompt, responsive and they communicate very clearly."

A client says that the team is "intelligent, well resourced and understands how our business works."

Another source reports: "They respond to every one of our queries and give practical advice about any challenges along the way."

Work highlights

Advised Universal Pictures on the full range of production contracts, in relation to Jurassic World: Dominion, the third film in the Jurassic World franchise.

Notable practitioners

Neil Adleman is a doyen of the theatre business, having worked on the finance, production and transfer of many of the best-loved productions to hit the West End. His practice also has an international element to it as he is often involved with Broadway shows in the USA.
"His unrivalled experience means he is extremely knowledgeable and provides reliable advice informed by excellent business instinct. He is a good communicator and adviser."

Kieran Jay is head of the music group at Harbottle & Lewis. He advises artists, producers and songwriters as well as independent management, publishing and record labels on all manner of commercial arrangements.
"His experience is excellent, which helps to make commercial negotiations as streamlined as they can be." "He is very technically able and very commercial."

Sarah Lazarides acts as production counsel to creatives, rights holders, Hollywood studios, SVOD platforms and UK indies. She is well versed in advising clients on production contracts, financing arrangements and IP clearance issues.
"A keen negotiator, always quick to respond to any enquiries and a brilliant strategist." "Sarah Lazarides's friendly, calm and also forthright approach, her extensive experience, exacting standards and attention to detail make her a joy to work with."

Shireen Peermohamed advises leading publishing houses on all manner of commercial agreements, IP matters and online brand protection. She focuses her practice on dispute resolution, including trade mark infringement cases and contractual disputes.
"Shireen has a really strategic vision and gives great technical advice." "She is very client-focused."

Mark Phillips is dedicated to video games, and acts for many leading studios and publishers on all manner of commercial matters. He also has expertise advising on corporate transactions, including the acquisition and sale of businesses and investment agreements.
"Mark Phillips is well respected for fighting his client's corner." "A good stalwart of the games industry."

Abigail Payne acts for clients on all sides of the film and television industry on production, finance and also rights arrangements. She has recently helped multiple publishers and literary estates with respect to book adaptations.
"Abigail Payne has a brilliant film financing mind."

Jonathan Berger is acknowledged for his wide-ranging film and television practice. He regularly advises financiers, broadcasters, distributors, Hollywood and independent producers, and SVOD platforms on all aspects of feature production and finance.
"Jonathan Berger is responsive, smart and commercially minded."

Sacha Wilson is co-head of the firm's advertising team. He is well regarded for his experience advising on all commercial aspects of online advertising and adtech, and associated regulatory compliance and data privacy considerations.
"Sacha is very technically astute, understands commercial pressures and always delivers to deadlines." "He is very practical, a good negotiator and really knows the sector."

Kostya Lobov is recognised for his expertise in the regulatory and intellectual property aspects of media content creation, with particular regard to games and interactive media, as well as traditional and online advertising.
"Kostya is very knowledgeable in advertising regulations and intellectual property, and very easy to talk to and collaborate with." "He responds to all our requests really quickly and thoroughly."

Harry Bresslaw represents leading producers and rights holders, as well as a number of emerging independent producers.
"Harry's drafting is excellent." "He is personable and always makes himself available."

Zoey Forbes advises clients on an array of matters, including publishing agreements and cross-media rights acquisitions. She has particular expertise in copyright law.
"Zoey is really thorough in her advice, very user-friendly and spends time getting to know and understand our business."

Ranked Lawyers at
Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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UK-wide

Media & Entertainment: Advertising & Marketing

Sacha Wilson
4
Sacha Wilson
4
Band 4
Media & Entertainment: Film & Television

Abigail Payne
3
Abigail Payne
3
Band 3
Sarah Lazarides
3
Sarah Lazarides
3
Band 3
Jonathan Berger
4
Jonathan Berger
4
Band 4
Media & Entertainment: Gaming and Social Media

Mark Phillips
2
Mark Phillips
2
Band 2
Kostya Lobov
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Kostya Lobov
U
Up and Coming
Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious

Kieran Jay
2
Kieran Jay
2
Band 2
Media & Entertainment: Publishing

Shireen Peermohamed
2
Shireen Peermohamed
2
Band 2
Zoey Forbes
Zoey Forbes
Associates to watch
Media & Entertainment: Theatre

Neil Adleman
1
Neil Adleman
1
Band 1
Harry Bresslaw
Harry Bresslaw
Associates to watch

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