Keystone Law

Jonathan Coad

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Jonathan is a highly experienced media lawyer who acts for high-profile corporations and individuals to protect their reputation, their brand and/or individual profile, their privacy and confidential material. Unusually he also represents broadcasters and publishers dealing with defamation or privacy disputes, and assists them to minimise risk while retaining full editorial integrity by reviewing and editing material prior to broadcast or publication. Jonathan also safeguards the intellectual property of media and entertainment clients including broadcasters, independent production companies, musicians and authors. As well as protecting the more traditional forms of copyright in literature and music, he is skilled in dealing with the protection of more esoteric forms of copyright such as television formats, and is the founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association. He has conducted a number of high-profile format rights disputes and also advises on copyright risk prior to broadcast/publication.


1991 Qualified as a Solicitor; 1989–1991 Trainee at DJ Freeman; 1999-2001, Solicitor then Partner at Schillings; 2001–05, Partner at Simkins Partnership; 2005–09, Partner and Head of Litigation at Swan Turton; 2010–17, Partner at Lewis Silkin; 2017–present, Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law.