Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Media & Entertainment

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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.


One source says: "They are complete business partners. They build up a really personal relationship with their clients and really invest in it."

A client reports: "They are excellent. They are very practical in the way they give advice and are also very business-minded."

Work highlights

Acted as production counsel to Netflix Studios on Rebecca, a film based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, starring Armie Hammer, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Notable practitioners

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.

Jonathan Berger is acknowledged for his wide-ranging film and television practice. He regularly advises financiers, broadcasters, distributors, Hollywood and independent producers, and subscription video on demand (SVOD) on all aspects of feature production and finance.
"Jonathan is really great, we trust his knowledge and insight.""He has a huge amount of expertise and is an excellent sounding board."

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.
"He is an exceptionally good music partner and a great asset. He is very commercial, concise, clear and reassuring." "He has a phenomenal client list."

Kostya Lobov is recognised for his expertise in the regulatory and intellectual property aspects of traditional and online advertising. He acts for leading agencies and also for brands themselves.

Mark Phillips is dedicated to video games, and acts for many leading studios and publishers on all manner of commercial and online copyright matters. He also has expertise advising on corporate transactions, including the acquisition and sale of businesses and investment agreements.

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 US.
"He's got a fantastic practice in this area. He has years of experience and is a real expert.""He's incredibly knowledgeable, very commercial and switched on.""Definitely a respected name in this industry."

Peter Armstrong has advised many leading Hollywood studios on the rights, development and financing arrangements for major motion pictures. He also acts for British and independent film and television production companies.

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.
"He's a really accomplished lawyer who is highly knowledgeable and intelligent.""He is very user-friendly and is extremely quick to understand the issues."

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.
"Sarah is extremely knowledgeable and practical. She combines commercial understanding with legal ability and is a star lawyer.""She's very responsive, understands our business, and is just an exceptionally nice person 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 is incredibly sharp, pragmatic and down to earth.""She's really practical and very responsive."

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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.


Advertising & Sponsorship

Film & Television

Interactive Entertainment





Media & Entertainment Department

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Media & Entertainment: Advertising & Marketing

Sacha Wilson
Band 4

Media & Entertainment: Film & Television

Abigail Payne
Band 3
Jonathan Berger
Band 4
Peter Armstrong
Band 4
Sarah Lazarides
Band 3

Media & Entertainment: Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content

Kostya Lobov
Up and Coming