Julian Turton

Julian heads the firm’s Publishing Groups. His practice, which is principally commercial, covers many related areas within the entertainment and media sectors.  He has provided expert evidence in numerous high profile music business disputes including a leading music business case of John Wadlow v Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (pka Seal).  He is a regular speaker and chairman at domestic and international conferences.

Julian was the President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers from 1998 to 2001.  This is the largest professional association of lawyers and business affairs executives with a global membership. He is also a founder member of Adlaw International, a global network of specialist advertising law firms of which Swan Turton is the sole UK member.

Published works include editing Neighbouring Rights: Artists, Producers and their Collecting Societies, The Impact of Competition Law on the Music Industry and, most recently, Legal & Commercial Effects of Digitisation on the Music Industry.

Julian was a founding partner of Swan Turton in 2005.

Languages: German

What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers & Partners

The “exceptional” Julian Turton is a highly experienced music lawyer with “very good contacts and a good manner,” according to sources.  He mainly advises artists on transactions and offers an “encyclopaedic knowledge and efficient service”.

Legal 500

“experience, understanding and patient”


Previous editions:

Chambers & Partners

Julian Turton “is roundly regarded as one of the best media lawyers working today. He has three decades of experience in the media world and represents some of the most sophisticated clients in this area.” (2013 Edition)

“an approachable and massively well-informed and cultured lawyer.” (2012 Edition)

“clients appreciate his academic and thorough approach to matters and say that he is always calm and never lets anything faze him”.

“the grand master of IP in the music and literary fields”.

Legal 500

“excellent negotiating partner, who is creative and adventurous”