Julian Bentley

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Julian worked initially as a tour manager, overseeing the live performances of musicians in the UK and Europe. He then moved into management, guiding the careers of recording artists, actors and comedians.

After further studies to become a lawyer, Julian joined the Simkins Partnership in 1991. He completed his training in 1993, became a partner in 1997 and was a founding partner of Swan Turton in 2005.

His clients include major and independent record companies, music publishers, recording artists, composers, record producers, advertising agencies and comedians.

Julian holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in UK and European Law of Copyright and Related Rights from King’s College London.

Published works include A view from across the pond – The artist’s team in the UK, a chapter in the 2012 IAEL book entitled Building your Artist’s Brand as a Business, and the Editor’s Introduction to the 2009 IAEL book entitled Multiple Rights Deals in the Music Industry.

What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers & Partners

Julian Bentley is head of the music team at Swan Turton. He advises artists, producers and songwriters, as well as major and independent labels, music publishers and advertising agencies on commercial agreements of all kinds and rights issues.  Julian is very reasonable, very smart and a logical thinker.”

Legal 500

“Julian Bentley ‘goes the extra mile to get the job done'”


Previous editions:

Chambers & Partners

A client notes: The results he achieved went beyond my expectations.

“Julian Bentley is “quick, very careful on the detail” yet “can be aggressive when I need him to be,” according to one delighted client.”

“He is recommended in particular for his expertise in rights issues and clients say “he is extremely thorough and aggressive in the best way”.

“a safe pair of hands”

“knows the law as well as the marketplace”

Legal 500

“Bentley has a ‘first-rate understanding of the commercial and legal landscape of the music industry’.” (2013 Edition)

“Rising star Julian Bentley has a growing reputation for solid commercial advice”

“never flummoxed in a crisis”

“a heavyweight figure”

“legendarily tough but also very commercially sensible”