Talent

We advise celebrities in the media, film, tv, music, fashion and sports industries on their commercial agreements, endorsement, sponsorship terms,...

Data Protection

We provide specialist data protection advice to companies, public bodies and business owners operating both in the UK and internationally....

Public Procurement Contracts

We advise public bodies and charities and private business dealing with the public sector on public procurement contracts, and their...

Technology Agreements

We advise on all forms of technology contracts for clients ranging from start-ups to entrepreneurial founders, large media companies, social...

Film, TV and IP Finance

We regularly advise lenders and media companies on all forms of media finance, with a particular expertise in lending against...

Investment Finance

We advise companies, entrepreneurial founders and lenders on investment finance to assist with business growth. We advise on all forms...

Sport

Our multi-disciplinary sports team advises on all aspects of sport and related regulatory issues which impact clubs, sports associations, talent,...

Recording Artists

We advise a wide variety of recording artists, from emerging talent to stadium acts and across all musical genres. These...

Song-Writers

We advise song-writers on their particular needs which are often different to those of the recording artist. Our songwriter clients...

Producers/Mixers

We represent a variety of producers and mixers in respect of both their producer/mixer services and their song-writing services as...

Managers

We represent a number of highly successful managers and their businesses – from independent managers to large management companies. We...

Executives

We represent, often in conjunction with our Employment team, music industry executives in respect of their employment arrangement. Our clients...

Business Clients

We advise a wide variety of business clients – in particular independent record labels and publishers – with respect to...

Commercial Litigation

We advise on all forms of commercial litigation for both claimants and defendants and are valued for helping our clients...

Music Litigation

We have specialist expertise in advising clients in the music industry on dealing with disputes, enforcing their rights in the...

Professional Negligence

We have specialist experience in advising clients on claims for negligence against professional partnerships, advisers and suppliers which can be pursued...

Property Litigation

We advise on property related claims, principally between property owners and developers and their contractors which can range from disputes to recover unpaid...

Art

We represent buyers, sellers, artists, agents and galleries and help them acquire, safeguard and dispose of art and cultural property....

Media Tech

We advise a wide variety of media technology companies from tech start-ups to digital agencies and virtual reality businesses.  We...

Charity advisory

We have specialist experience in advising charities and their funders and trustees.  This advice ranges from advising on issues of...

Corporate Governance

We advise trustees and charities on best practice in the industry, compliance with the Charities Act, and other regulations which...

Privy Council

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories and Crown...

Social Enterprises

We act for Social Enterprises, their founders and their funders from their initial decisions on which structure to use, through...

Cohabitation

The law which governs rights on the breakdown of a co-habitation is complex and the consequences can sometimes come as...

Tech and Online

We advise start-ups, scale-ups and listed companies, including digital agencies, UK publishers and media companies, web based service companies and national charities.  We...

Children

Disputes regarding child issues are rarely straightforward. The right legal advice and guidance is of critical importance here. We understand...

Criminal Litigation

We act for defendants in cases, which are often high profile and sensitive, relating to criminal investigations. We advise on...

IP and Brand Protection

We are recognised as leaders in acting for brands, retailers and rights owners in advising them on all aspects of...

Civil Fraud

We advise on all aspects of civil fraud where deceit or misrepresentation, fraud or dishonesty, form part of the basis...

Business Crime

We have particular expertise in defending both companies and individuals in serious and complex fraud investigations, Revenue and VAT investigations,...

Sports

Our multi-disciplinary sports team advises on all aspects of sport and related regulatory issues which impact clubs, sports associations, talent,...

Regulatory

We provide financial regulatory advice and regulatory advice for professionals in relation to proceedings which may be brought against them...

Commercial Real Estate

We have an excellent reputation in the very competitive field of commercial property. Our partners and solicitors deal on a...

Retail Premises

We specialise in retail property acting for multiple and single unit operators in the high street and major shopping centres...

Restructuring and Transfers

We provide specialist advice and strategic guidance for companies, charities and public bodies on the employment issues which impact their...

Hotel and Leisure Sector

Our hotel and leisure sector specialists have provided legal services for many years, particularly in and around the west end...

Senior Executives

We work closely with senior executives (and their employers) on negotiating their employment packages, which often involve a degree of...

Journalistic Material

Intellectual property is at the core of all businesses and is vital to media industries. Your copyright, patents, trademarks, digital...

Data

We are well- known for acting on high profile data-related cases. We acted for the journalist and author Heather Brooke...

Contentious Media, Clearance

The reputations of businesses and the people directing them are important business and personal assets which frequently need to be...

Defamation/Libel

We are ranked in both the Legal 500’s and Chambers’ top tier of defamation and privacy solicitors. We have vast...

Corporate

We provide high level and specialist corporate advice to a wide range of clients including: companies, professional partnerships, directors, founders and...

Property Lending and Security

We have a substantial level of property lending experience and our team acts for banks, borrowers, and international private equity...

Media Disputes

We provide a comprehensive service for media companies which includes acting in litigation disputes, pre-publication advice and clearance, and media...

Commercial Agreements

We advise on all forms of commercial contracts, from traditional contracts for services to tech, retail and outsourcing agreements to commissioning,...

Online

We have extensive experience in working for media clients in both the audio-visual and publishing environments as they increasingly expand...

Corporate Restructuring

Our Corporate team provides a complete business formation, restructuring and advisory service. We are instructed by a wide variety of clients...

Newspapers and Magazines

We often represent newspaper and magazines in high profile cases. For example, Louis Charalambous and Erica Henshilwood conducted the litigation...

Partnerships and LLPs

We have specialist experience on advising individuals and businesses on partnerships and LLPs and on converting their partnerships into LLPs...

Finance

We advise on all aspects of corporate finance, traditional secured asset finance and specialist media and film finance with expertise...

Regulatory

We act in a wide range of regulatory matters. This includes helping clients obtain Ofcom licences, setting up compliance teams,...

Distribution

We advise on: • distribution agreements and all other content licensing arrangements • sales agency agreements • notices and acceptances of assignment • lab...

Catalogue

We advise on: • asset purchase agreements/share purchase agreements (depending on how acquisition of the catalogue is structured) • due diligence investigations...

Production

We advise on: commissioning and production finance and distribution agreements co-production arrangements and approvals required under official co-production treaties development...

Finance

We advise on: • loan and other investment agreements • active production partnership investment structures including lending bank undertakings • EIS investment structures...

Film and TV

We are one of the leading UK specialist firms advising the film and television industries. We advise on all aspects...

Regulatory

We act in a wide range of regulatory matters which includes helping clients obtain Ofcom licences, setting up compliance teams,...

Defamation

We are ranked by all the legal directories as a Top Tier law firm in advising clients on Defamation. We...

Music

Music law has been a key part of the SM&B story since its foundation in 1972. After strong diversification in...