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Media & Entertainment: Music - UK-wide
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Celebrated full-service media firm with an impressive litigation offering. The firm's music lawyers act for talent, producers and managers, while its strong film and TV department advises independent producers and digital media platforms. Well known for its innovative gaming practice, which attracts established and startup video games developers. Considerable expertise in advising producers and artists in the theatre world.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "They are a well-oiled machine who just know what needs to get done and never blink at any complexity."

Respondents report: "They are attentive and quick to action, and provide sound, reassuring advice." 

Sources praise the team's "incredible expertise."

Work highlights

Advised the producers of the film Spencer, based on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, on all matters involved in the deal, including production, financing and distribution.

Notable practitioners

Howard Jones is the firm's managing partner and is one of the UK entertainment industry's most venerable advisers. He is particularly celebrated for his work in music and theatre.
"Howard is very knowledgeable and has an enviable client base."

Alex Chapman advises games developers and content creators on all manner of commercial and corporate deals, including M&A transactions, share sales, and development and publishing agreements. He is also highly regarded for his mastery of the UK Games Tax Relief Scheme.
"He is very practical in his approach, always taking a stand on what makes sense commercially and then following that up with legal advice." "Alex is very sharp and very focused on getting things done."

Jacqueline Hurt is recognised for her excellent reputation for working at the summit of film and TV. She advises Hollywood studios, UK and international producers, SVOD platforms and investors on all stages of finance, production and distribution.
"Very smart and very knowledgeable."

James Kay leads the firm's media finance team. He advises investors, studios, producers and also a number of high-profile comedians on all manner of production, exploitation and carriage agreements.
"James is practical, commercial and a pleasure to deal with." "He is clear and concise in his work."

Claire Lewis helps playwrights and impresarios bring their productions to the London stage, and advises recording artists and promoters on worldwide touring arrangements. She also advises creatives and industry-side clients on album deals.
"Claire is straightforward and a good technical lawyer."

Russell Roberts represents talent, executives, music publishers and record companies in negotiations for all kinds of commercial and corporate agreements. These range from catalogue and image rights deals to joint ventures and share offerings, as well as employment matters.

Alex Tutty is head of the computer games and interactive entertainment department at Sheridans. He regularly acts for developers and publishers on all manner of licence agreements and also mergers and acquisitions.
"Alex has an incredible knowledge of the industry and explains everything in a clear and concise manner." "He is very easy to talk to, very prompt and responsive."

Robin Hilton advises talent, producers, studios and financiers on the financing, production and monetisation of all manner of audiovisual content. Best known for his work in film and TV, he also acts for comedians and for music and social media stars.

Nick Mahara is head of the film production group. His practice includes assisting talent on deals with major UK and US studios and producers.
"Nick is a voice of reason and calm in a difficult situation. His advice is clear, to the point and very useful." "He has a sensible head on him and wants to get things done."

Tim Davies has particular expertise in representing independent games developers the negotiation and drafting of financing, development and publishing agreements.
"Tim is thoughtful, considered and provides great insight."

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Media & Entertainment: Film & Television

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Jacqueline Hurt
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Band 1
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James Kay
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Band 1
4
Robin Hilton
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Band 4
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Nick Mahara
U
Up and Coming
Media & Entertainment: Gaming and Social Media

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Alex Chapman
1
Band 1
3
Alex Tutty
3
Band 3
Tim Davies
Associates to watch
Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious

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Howard Jones
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Eminent Practitioners
3
Russell Roberts
3
Band 3
Media & Entertainment: Theatre

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Claire Lewis
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Band 2