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10 Ranked Lawyers

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Media & Entertainment: Music - UK-wide
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What the team is known for

Premier music firm offering commercial advice and litigation services. Provides a comprehensive service to its roster of talent clients, with a number of iconic acts and breakthrough artists on the books. Also offers expertise with regard to live events. Supplements sector knowledge with the capacity to advise media clients on any tax, employment and property issues they may face.

Strengths

An interviewee says: "They have a very transparent level of communication, and give insightful and experienced opinions."

A client finds the team is "extremely solid in terms of the drafting and also gives great commercial advice."

A source reports: "Their strengths are their attention to detail, highly personal service and commitment to client relationships."

Work highlights

Represented the Estate of Prince against Warner Chappell, concerning an injunction for copyright infringement covering the song 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' awarded in Italy, which Warner Chappell argues is a worldwide injunction.

Notable practitioners

Chris Organ has worked with many world-conquering musicians and performers over the years and continues to advise key clients on all manner of commercial transactions.
"Chris is very personable and has a depth of knowledge and experience across a variety of practice areas."

Gavin Maude leads the music department at Russells. He is relied upon for commercial legal advice by an impressive roster of British recording artists and leading industry executives.
"Gavin Maude attracts some of the biggest and best clients in recent times."

Steven Tregear heads the firm's litigation team. He has a legendary client list and comes highly recommended for IP, contract, partnership and public image disputes.
"Steven has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the music industry, is brilliant commercially and in understanding what is in clients' best interests, and really good at negotiating."

Simon Esplen serves as managing partner of the firm. He represents recording artists, estates, touring companies, labels and media companies in all manner of commercial arrangements and song catalogue deals.
"Simon was an agent, so he understands what clients need and has good interpersonal skills." "He is very hard but very fair in his approach to deal-making."

John Reid is a consummate media lawyer, best known for his representation of artists, estates and celebrities in all manner of commercial and privacy disputes. He also advises on a wide range of non-contentious business matters, including employment advisory, immigration and reputation management matters.
"John is a good commercial litigator who is very keen on resolving a matter in our best interest."

Jo Brittain advises music artists on record and publishing deals, as well as commercial contracts and international sponsorship agreements. His practice particularly focuses on representing emerging and breakthrough talent.
"Jo has a great ability to humanise and translate the legalese."

Chloe Forsyth advises clients on a range of agreements, including recording, publishing and producing. She is well thought of for her advice on the treatment of music rights across all conceivable media formats, from film and television to video games and advertising. She acts for talent, emerging media companies and major labels.
"Chloe is experienced, diligent and always gives level-headed advice."

Christopher Gossage is head of the firm's corporate team. He is known for his work advising talent and industry-side clients on the full range of commercial contracts, catalogue deals and also big-ticket corporate transactions.
"Christopher really understands his clients' needs."

Ryan Vince advises many of the firm's leading artist and executive clients on commercial and corporate matters. These include catalogue sales, investment arrangements and M&A transactions.

Simon Jordan has particular expertise in advising emerging artists in the legal assistance that they require, including publishing agreements and joint venture label deals.
"Simon has a brilliant business mind and is very creative, always presenting multiple options." "He has fantastic attention to detail and is able to explain complex issues simply."

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Media & Entertainment: Music: Contentious

Steven Tregear
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Steven Tregear
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John Reid
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John Reid
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Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious

Chris Organ
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Chris Organ
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Senior Statespeople
Gavin Maude
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Gavin Maude
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Band 1
Simon Esplen
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Simon Esplen
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Band 2
Chloe Forsyth
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Chloe Forsyth
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Band 4
Christopher Gossage
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Christopher Gossage
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Band 4
Jo Brittain
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Jo Brittain
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Band 4
Ryan Vince
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Ryan Vince
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Band 4
Simon Jordan
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Simon Jordan
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Up and Coming