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UK 2022
UK-wide Media & Entertainment
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Band 3

7 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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

Renowned media boutique firm providing transactional advice, dispute resolution, pre-publication and regulatory compliance services to clients across the creative industries. Noted expertise in live events, film and TV, music, publishing and theatre. Has the resources to assist media clients with corporate, tax and IP matters.

Strengths

Clients say: "Their attention to detail, and clear guidance and correspondence, makes it a much easier process to go through."

Interviewees report: "Simkins' activity and core focus is supported by a set of lawyers that have robust backgrounds in other fields, so they marry the corporate and commercial sides well."

A source says: "They really understand us as a client, so they share information that is relevant and are always one step ahead of us."

Work highlights

Defended Iron Maiden and their music publisher Concord against a copyright claim in the High Court regarding several of their most iconic songs, including 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and 'Iron Maiden'.

Notable practitioners

Paddy Grafton Green is a music industry expert with deep experience advising well-loved entertainers. He advises on the full span of commercial agreements, corporate transactions and tax structures, and acts as executor to several late artists' estates.
"Paddy Grafton-Green is a legend. There's nothing he doesn't know."

Euan Lawson serves as managing partner at Simkins. He advises talent, rights holders and industry-side clients in music and across the media on the full spread of commercial agreements, company formation and high net worth tax management.
"Euan Lawson has a very broad knowledge of the entire music industry." "A smart and sensible lawyer."

Paddy Gardiner leads the firm's dispute resolution team. He is a music litigator highly regarded for his work across a broad range of contentious matters, particularly copyright and breach of contract disputes.
"Paddy Gardiner is always incredibly supportive and attentive, is so experienced in our sector and totally understands our business."

Ed Baden-Powell advises music industry and wider media clients on IP, franchise and catalogue licensing, and contracts of all kinds. He is also recommended for advice on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures.
"Ed Baden-Powell really knows the area, the industry standards and the legal position to aim for."

Jonathan Blair is recognised for his knowledge of tax-based film financing and also for commercial agreements of all kinds in the service of bringing productions and content to market. He acts for film and TV producers, financiers and distributors, both in the UK and worldwide.
"Jonathan Blair is attentive, smart and knowledgeable. He also has a real 360-degree understanding of all aspects of film and television production." "He is commercial, responsive and has an ability to adapt to the challenges of the business and industry."

James Harman advises talent-side clients on recording, songwriting and publishing contracts, as well as book deals, licensing and merchandising. He also acts for literary agencies.
"James Harman is always super calm and reassuring, asks the right questions and comes up with the right response. He also has a remarkable memory."

Tom Iverson is acknowledged for his growing contentious media practice. He has experience advising on copyright infringement claims, band member disputes and breach of contract litigation, as well as reputation protection matters.
"Tom Iverson's ability to analyse huge volumes of data and create succinct summaries is his key attribute." "A real fighter who will give a case absolutely everything."

Ranked Lawyers at
Simkins LLP

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UK-wide

Media & Entertainment: Film & Television

Jonathan Blair
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Jonathan Blair
3
Band 3
Media & Entertainment: Music: Contentious

Paddy Gardiner
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Paddy Gardiner
2
Band 2
Tom Iverson
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Tom Iverson
3
Band 3
Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious

Paddy Grafton Green
S
Paddy Grafton Green
S
Senior Statespeople
Euan Lawson
1
Euan Lawson
1
Band 1
Ed Baden-Powell
3
Ed Baden-Powell
3
Band 3
James Harman
3
James Harman
3
Band 3