We have a team of five specialist music lawyers – Julian Bentley, Stuart Barry, Julian Turton, Ann Harrison and Pete Bott. Between us we have a wealth of experience and knowledge of all aspects of the music business, working mostly for the independent and “talent led” side of the industry.
An informal but professional team, we offer a high quality, flexible service. We are able to undertake sophisticated and complex transactions and disputes, as well as provide strategic and commercial advice on all business aspects of our clients´ activities.
Our music clients include chart-topping acts, Mercury Prize, Brit and Ivor Novello award winners, multi-million selling artists, topflight songwriters and producers as well as many up and coming artists. On the business side we act for independent record and publishing companies, managers and new start ups.
Our work has an increasingly global flavour so we have a broad network of international specialist contacts.
We work closely with other members of the firm to provide technology, corporate and litigation advice. Our colleagues in the visual media and reputation management sectors also provide support as our clients’ interests extend into related areas.
Regular transactions include major and independent record and publishing deals, live performance, merchandising and sponsorship contracts and sales of companies and catalogues. In addition, we create the legal framework for new and innovative businesses in the digital and technology world.
Whether you are a creative or an entrepreneur, we can work with you to deliver all your legal needs from your first deal through to a restructure or sale of your business
Key contact: Julian Bentley
What the Legal Directories say:
Chambers & Partners
“The whole firm has a quiet, dedicated professionalism. They’re very knowledgeable and very practical” and they “genuinely understand the practical nature of the businesses they work for, which comes from years of experience and also working with lots of industry organisations.”
Julian Bentley is highlighted as “on the ball” and “very knowledgeable in the entertainment world.”
Stuart Barry is described as an “experienced music lawyer, acting for businesses and artists in the industry.”
Julian Turton is described as “a veteran of the music world”.
Julian Bentley and Ann Harrison are “highly recommended for their expertise in the music industry.”
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