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Clintons is an award winning boutique law firm, based in Covent Garden, Central London and in Los Angeles, California. It is a market leader in the entertainment, digital media and creative industries and is highly regarded for its family, litigation, property and corporate work.

What we do.

Clintons advises on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of brands, on and off line, contentious and non-contentious.

Our Clients include brand owners, high profile image rights holders (including sportspeople and other celebrated individuals), individuals active in the creative industries (including fashion and other designers), digital media specialists, advertising and PR agencies, fashion businesses, publishers, sports marketing and sponsorship consultants, direct marketing agencies, production houses, market research companies and merchandising businesses.

The firm has a thriving Trade Mark practice and is a registered representative at both the UK IPO and at the European Trade Mark registry in Alicante.

 

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Brands & Marketing Services

 

The firm advises on:


Terms of Business: master services agreements between agency and client, other terms of business, contracts with suppliers including freelancers, specialist production houses and event managers.

Brand Protection and Exploitation: the protection and use of copyright, design rights, trade and service marks, domain names and other intellectual property rights and on sponsorship, merchandising and endorsement agreements.

Image Rights and their development, protection and exploitation.

Development and use of Creative Material for marketing or promotional purposes: buying or licensing creative material – including music and video material - for use in advertising. The firm has particular expertise in advising on the creation and use of Music for marketing purposes.

Data Protection and Privacy: advising on the use and aggregation of data in a marketing context as well as the rules and restrictions governing the use of personal data. 

Regulatory Issues: advice and interpretation of the various laws and voluntary codes governing advertising and marketing.

The Brands and Marketing Services team works closely with other teams within the firm to provide advice and support on Corporate matters (whether public or private), in brands and marketing services including start ups, sale and purchase, management buy outs, joint ventures, listings and complex earn out arrangements. 

We have a highly regarded Employment practice advising on the engagement of staff in marketing services and their employment or other status and on all issues surrounding their engagement, including incentives, complex earn outs and hire and fire.  

The Clintons' team consists of associates Halina Wielogorska and Supna Chavda and Partners Philip Stinson, Tom Frederikse, James Jones and Kami Naghdi.

Contacts:

Philip Stinson
Philip Stinson.

We have a highly regarded team of dedicated corporate and commercial lawyers working on transactions across a variety of sectors and with a particular focus on media, entertainment and digital technology.

We advise individual and business clients on the usual array of equity, business and lending transactions.

 

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Corporate

We do not define ourselves by the type of client we act for or the value of the transaction but we are best known for transactional work with a media, entertainment or technology focus. We are extremely experienced in handling media catalogue acquisitions and disposals.

Our clients seek our advice at differing stages in their development. Our approach and fee structure is versatile. 

Recent work includes:

The acquisition of one of the world’s largest music publishing catalogues for a US based rights company, including advice on the UK aspects and co-ordinating the European work.

The sale of the iconic British record labels, Stiff Records and ZTT Publishing to Universal Music.

A private equity backed EIS investment into a music publishing business.

Disposal of a leading exhibition and event business for on-trade drinks professionals.

Disposal of a leading exhibition business for venues and events. 

Sale of the archive of an iconic music TV show.

Sale of the West End’s leading theatre marketing agency to a private equity backed purchaser.

A major investment in a digital marketing agency.

The firm is tier 1 ranked for Media and Entertainment by Legal 500.  Corporate Partners Charles Gerada and Philip Stinson are both recommended. 

The department work closely with other specialists in Brands & Marketing Services, Music, Theatre,  Film & TV and Employment.

The team includes Associates Ollie Raggett and Partners Charles Gerada, Philip Stinson and Chris Coates. 

Contacts:

Charles Gerada
Charles Gerada.

The firm’s clients are at the forefront of the creation, exploitation and delivery of interactive content. 

As a market leader in media and entertainment for more than 60 years, this work is at the heart of the firm's practice. The firm provides ground-breaking advice on the creation and use of digital content in music, film and television, branding, gambling, e-commerce, games apps and other software.

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Digital Media & Interactive Content 

 

The expertise of the firm's lawyers covers all aspects of e-commerce and online business, including:

 

The exploitation of creative content online (including music, video, literary and UGC)

Online service terms and conditions, including mobile terms and conditions

Data Protection, including privacy and cookie policies and online privacy

Trade marks, domain names and brand protection

Software development agreements;

Fund-raising and investment models for online businesses.

Particular and substantial expertise in Electronic Money (“eMoney”) and Payment Systems and the application of UK and EU eMoney legislation to online payment systems.

The Clintons team in this area comprises Partners Tom Frederikse, Philip Stinson, James Jones and Berkeley Edwards.  

Contacts:

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse.

Clintons has extensive experience in dealing with employment law issues and prides itself on achieving amicable and fair resolutions.

The firm has considerable experience in providing clients with commercially sound and practical advice on all aspects of the legal relationship between the employer and employee. 

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Employment

 

We advise on: 

 

All ET and EAT jurisdictions including drafting ET1s, ET3s, witness and investigation work and final hearing representation;

High Court litigation relating to non-compete post termination restrictions;

Executive terminations and settlement agreements;

Preparing, drafting and negotiating contracts of employment and service agreements;

Drafting, reviewing and updating employee handbooks and staff policies;

Redundancy exercises (both individual and collective);

TUPE in the context of outsourcing, insolvency and other business transfers;

Discrimination claims (including bullying and harassment); and

Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures.


 

Contacts:

Layla Bunni 
Layla Bunni.

Clintons is one of the leading Family Law practices in the UK.

Our Family Law practitioners are recognised as experts in their field and have been involved in many of the leading family law cases over the last decade including the groundbreaking case of Parlour v Parlour.  The firm is well known for representing high profile and high net worth individuals but it also represents a wide range of people from all walks of life.

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Family

Liz Vernon, who is the Head of Department, has a broad range of experience including financial cases involving divorce, unmarried couples and cases with international elements.  In addition, she handles complex private Children Law matters. One source considers her to be “A formidable individual of the highest intellect, with great judgment” (Chambers & Partners 2018 Guide to the Legal Profession).  In addition, she has been described as “very hardworking and does everything that she can to further her clients’ cases.  She knows the law inside and out and shows great attention to detail” (The Legal 500 2018).  She leads an extremely experienced and highly skilled team of family lawyers.  

Clintons is well known for taking an innovative approach and creating tailored solutions to suit each client, carefully taking their individual needs and issues into account.  We will provide the highest standard of professional representation whilst being entirely supportive on a personal level during what we know can be a very difficult time.

Approach

We are here to fight our clients’ corner and, where necessary, we do not hesitate to seek the assistance of the courts.  We have a breadth and depth of experience in guiding cases through litigation at all levels and at all stages.  However, we recognise that it is preferable and certainly more cost effective if cases can be resolved without litigation, so we also regularly take cases through alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. We only resort to litigation if we are sure that there is no viable alternative.  

Marriage and civil partnership breakdown

Clintons has a wealth of experience in dealing with the financial consequences of marriage and civil partnership breakdowns.  We regularly advise on complex cases involving businesses and trusts, both in this jurisdiction and internationally.  Where appropriate we can call upon associated experts with whom we work regularly, both here and in other countries, to provide sound support and robust solutions.

Relationship breakdown – unmarried couples

The breakdown of these increasingly common relationships raises important and complex legal issues in relation to children and property.  We provide a specialist service in relation to these issues which is supported by a depth of experience unrivalled in our profession.  We also advise on cohabitation agreements to minimise any negative impact in the event of a possible future breakdown of the relationship.

Pre-nuptial agreements

As the instances of divorce rises, couples often seek to agree before they marry what might happen if the relationship were to come to an end.  We are regularly involved in drafting and advising on pre-nuptial agreements to try to ensure that our clients will be properly protected for the future.  We are also experienced in dealing with post-nuptial agreements for couples who wish to regulate their financial affairs after marriage.

Children

We specialise in advising on the difficult and emotive issues concerning children both during and after divorce.  All of our practitioners have a great deal of experience in this area and understand the importance of dealing sensitively with these issues while at the same time acting effectively to ensure the best possible outcome. We always strive to keep the best interests of the children at the centre of the work we do.

 

Contacts:

Liz Vernon
Liz Vernon.

The firm’s film and television practice has grown exponentially since Kami Naghdi joined in 2014 and serves both international and UK clients in the sector.

We are best known for our expertise in complex rights transactions for both buyers and sellers and our ability to lead multi-party financing of audiovisual content. We work across all aspects of development, production, finance and exploitation of audiovisual content.

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Film & Television 

 

We act for financiers, content companies, award-winning producers, leading talent, writers, directors, authors (and author’s estates) and other businesses in the film and television sector.

A number of our team provide a unique perspective: they bring with them years of industry expertise and experience, enabling them to combine a potent mix of savvy commercial and detailed legal advice for our clients. The result: our clients can focus on the important elements of their creative businesses, with the confidence that they are well protected.

We are a tier-one ranked firm - the head of the practice, Kami Naghdi, is one of a handful of lawyers listed as a leading individual in film and television in the Legal 500.

We work closely with our market leading teams in litigation, music, brands, digital media and corporate.

The team consists of Associates Jennifer Parker, Emilie Edwards, Supna Chavda, Luke Gornell and Partner Kami Naghdi.

Contacts:

Kami Naghdi
Kami Naghdi.

Clintons is one of the leading US and UK immigration legal advisors to the entertainment and creative world as well as to a broad spectrum of clients across other industries.

Diana Okoeva, an Attorney in New York and a Solicitor in England and Wales, heads the team, which has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of US and UK immigration and nationality law. The firm’s clients range from high profile artists, entertainers, creative and tech start-ups and individual entrepreneurs, crossing the Atlantic in one direction or the other, to multinational publicly listed companies moving personnel to their offices in the US or the UK.

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US Immigration

We work with traditional and digital age talent, helping them obtain visas to perform, tour, play, act, film, create, appear and take on engagements in the US. We also help companies expand into the US, transfer personnel to their US offices, and employ foreign workers in the US in non-immigrant status or as permanent residents (aka “green card holders”).

We work with numerous British household name companies and start-ups that make news, advising them on permissible activities in the US during business visits, and strategizing their US expansion plans to create an infrastructure facilitating personnel travel and US moves.

Being based in London, we have an extensive consular practice, preparing clients for in person interviews both at the US Embassy in London and at other US Embassies in the EMEA region.

We act for investors seeking green cards under the EB-5 scheme, as well as individuals seeking green cards based on extraordinary abilities, National Interest Waivers, or other routes, or wishing to obtain US visas for themselves or their relatives.

We also assist clients with complex waivers of inadmissibility resulting from previous criminal record or immigration violations.

Last but not least, we assist clients with all kinds of US nationality matters, including clients wishing to acquire US citizenship for themselves or their children, clients who believe they have lost their US citizenship and wish to acquire formal proof of their loss of nationality, and dual-citizens who have found the obligations involved in maintaining dual citizenship too burdensome and wish to give up their US citizenship.

UK Immigration

We advise on all UK business and personal immigration matters, both under the Points Based System and outside of it.

This includes, among others, Tier 1 applications for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Exceptional Talent/Exceptional Promise; Tier 2 (Business and Commercial Sectors) and Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting Sectors) Sponsor Licence Applications for employers, together with compliance and auditing services, advice on recruitment processes and the Resident Labour Market Test, and applying to assign individual Certificates of Sponsorship; Dependant Family Member and Domestic Worker applications; various applications for EU nationals and their family members; and visa applications by Representatives of Overseas Businesses, UK Ancestry visa applicants and visitors.

We also advise and assist with UK Permanent Residency applications, Naturalisation and Registration applications, together with British passport applications as well as discretionary applications outside of the Immigration Rules.

Team

Our team members are involved in many industry organisations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), International Bar Association (“IBA”), American Bar Association (“ABA”), Immigration Law Practitioners Association (“ILPA”) and British American Business (“BAB”). The team consists of PA/Legal Assistant (Non qualified) Samantha Cobley, Senior Paralegal Margot Sacré, Consultant Tanya Goldfarb and Partner Diana Okoeva.

 

Contacts:

Diana Okoeva
Diana Okoeva.

Clintons has a formidable reputation in the area of litigation and dispute resolution and is the market leader for contentious entertainment and media work.

Our partners are eminent in this field and handle a full range of contentious issues, including the most complex and high-profile litigation.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

 

Although we deal with a wide diversity of litigation matters, it will come as no surprise that we have particular expertise in the entertainment, media, creative  and related industries. Indeed, many of the cases in which we have acted have contributed to the law governing these areas. In-house lawyers and other solicitors frequently turn to us for advice on substantial and complex matters.

In the media and entertainment fields specifically, our expertise is called upon by both major and independent record companies and music publishers. We have been involved in many ground breaking cases in Music, and have represented (amongst others) The Stone Roses in their battle for independence from Silvertone/Zomba, U2 against the PRS, Sony in its defence of proceedings brought by George Michael and John Wadlow in establishing a manager's right to perpetual post-term commission in his case against Seal.

 

Contacts:

Andrew Sharland
Andrew Sharland.
Steve Joelson
Steve Joelson.

Music is a fundamental part of Clintons' practice and has been since the firm’s foundation just over 60 years ago. 

Clintons has helped shape today's music industry through its clients, transactions and cases and is involved in many of the most forward thinking and innovative deals which are shaping the modern music industry.

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Music

 

The firm acts for well established artists and those just embarking on their careers. We also represent many of the world's most successful producers, songwriters and managers.

We actively support the development of new talent and each year we select a few unsigned or unmanaged artists from the very many that approach us.

We are consistently ranked amongst the leading commercial music teams in the UK - being ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and Band 1 in Chambers and Partners.

If matters become contentious, Clintons has the most highly regarded specialist music litigation practice in the UK: click here for more information.

The team consists of Assistant Solicitors Nick Weaser, Halina Wielogorska, Callie Matthews and Alastair Kenwood, and Partners Nicky Stein, Andrew Myers, Peter Button and Berkeley Edwards.

Contacts:

Berkeley Edwards
Berkeley Edwards.

We provide pragmatic, round-the-clock advice across the full range of privacy and reputation management issues.

The firm has helped shape and develop the law of privacy in the UK through its involvement in the ground breaking Court of Appeal decisions in Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited (following which tabloid newspapers are now required to pixilate photographs of children) and Gulati & Ors v MGN Limited (in which record damages were awarded to all eight of the representative claimants, including the firm’s client, Shane Richie, for misuse of private information arising out of the ongoing phone hacking scandal). 

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Privacy & Reputation Management 

 

Clintons provide pragmatic, round-the-clock advice across the full range of privacy and reputation management issues, including defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, data protection and protection from harassment.     

The Firm acts for well-known actors (including Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Joe Swash and Gillian Taylforth), television personalities (including Davina McCall, Denise Van Outen, David Walliams and Russell Brand), sportsmen (including Joey Barton, Razor Ruddock, Des Walker and other leading Premiership footballers) and musicians (including Paul Weller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Peter Andre), as well as corporate entities including talent agencies, production companies and broadcasters.

The 2017 edition of the Legal 500 states that “Clintons’ team ‘demonstrates nothing but class and diligence in its work’ and has ‘an impressive style and manner paired with a thorough and tough approach’. The ‘genuinely excellent’ group is active in the unlawful mobile voicemail interception litigation and is advising an extensive client list, including Chris Parker, Danny Young and Brooke Kinsella in misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers.

The 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners states that “the team is known for being a respected media boutique firm with a robust phone hacking practice and a venerable record in high-profile privacy cases. Particularly excels in harassment and misuse of private information cases.  Represents a fine choice of firm for celebrities, musicians and other media and entertainment personalities.”

The team consists of Litigation Executive Caroline Hrabi, Associate Sebastian Jones and Partners Roddy Chisholm Batten and Andrew Sharland.

Contacts:

Roddy Chisholm Batten
Roddy Chisholm Batten.

Since 1955 Clintons has provided a comprehensive range of legal services to private clients, many of whom are in the public eye.

We help our clients organise their personal and business affairs in the most effective manner, often in conjunction with accountants and tax advisers, helping to ensure the protection and smooth succession of family wealth.

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Private Client

 

In this area, the firm offers expertise in:

 

Wills and lifetime succession planning.  We have particular expertise in acting for musicians and other creative individuals.

The creation and registration of lasting powers of attorney and advice to attorneys in discharging their duties.

Administration of estates including those of non-UK domiciliaries and those with multi-jurisdictional issues.  Recent jurisdictions outside of the UK where we have had dealings include France, Monaco and the Bahamas.

Trust administration including day to day dealings with trustees, beneficiaries and investment managers.

Litigation support is provided by very highly regarded and experienced dispute resolution lawyers offering expertise in:

Probate litigation, including challenges to the validity of wills, removal of executors and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

Trust litigation including breach of trust claims, constructive trust claims, variation of trusts and removal of trustees.  

We have longstanding relationships with the Chancery bar, both junior and leading counsel, which is on hand to offer very specialist advice, or indeed advocacy, where required.

The team consists of Partner Andrew Kidd and consultants Tim Bienias and Jeremy Crouch.  

Contacts:

Andrew Kidd
Andrew Kidd.

The firm acts for a wide range of private, commercial and institutional clients who value the team’s personal and proactive service and outstanding communication skills.

James Nethercot leads a team of sought-after property lawyers with exceptional expertise honed over many years in a busy central London practice.  The team members are frequently described as ‘safe pairs of hands’ – an invaluable quality in the fast paced transactional property market – and the property team enjoys a very high level of client loyalty. 

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Property

 

The firm acts for a wide range of private, commercial and institutional clients who value the team’s personal and proactive service and outstanding communication skills.   

We offer a full range of property legal services in the commercial and residential sectors.  We advise on sales and purchases, leases, leasehold enfranchisement, planning, development and secured lending work. 

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with the personal service which they have come to expect from being a Clintons’ client, the technical expertise required and the commercial awareness borne of many years' experience in the property sector. We aim to deliver comprehensive and effective advice that adds value to our clients' activities.

Clients range from banks and other lenders, to high profile and high net worth individuals (both onshore and offshore), investors and trust companies as well as many well-known businesses.  Beyond our clients, we have a very wide range of contacts in the property industry, including valuers, surveyors and agents, with whom we work closely to ensure that our clients receive the best comprehensive advice possible.

The team consists of Assistant Solicitors, Orla Meehan and Saima Saeed and Partner, James Nethercot.  We are very fortunate to also have the expertise of senior statesmen of the profession, Michael Goldman and Laurence Middleweek, who qualified in 1973 and 1969 respectively, and who bring wise counsel drawn from many years of practising property law at the highest and most demanding level.    

Contacts:

James Nethercot
James Nethercot.

Clintons is one of the UK's leading suppliers of legal services to the sports world. The firm advises governing bodies, businesses and individuals active in sport.

The Sports Team’s clients include leading individuals from a wide range of sports, as well as international and domestic governing bodies, event organisers, brands, sponsors, licensed intermediaries, sports marketing and sponsorship consultants and sports equipment manufacturers.

 

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Sport

The work the Team undertakes is complex and high profile and includes:-

Contractual arrangements and disputes: sponsorship (event, broadcast and otherwise), endorsement agreements, event management agreements, event broadcast production and sales (television, radio and new media), the protection and exploitation of commercial rights in sport, licenses for the use of sporting imagery, and terms of business for suppliers of sports goods and services,

Constitutional, Regulatory and Disciplinary: drafting, interpretation and representation in relation to the various rules and regulations governing sport, including in relation to doping, gambling integrity, and other disciplinary issues.

Brand protection and exploitation: advising on copyright, design rights, trade and service marks, domain names and other rights in sport based on intellectual property.

Services for individual sports people: immigration (UK and US), residential property, invasions of privacy, relations with the media, harassment, family and matrimonial matters (including pre-nuptial agreements), wills and other personal arrangements. Clintons brings the benefit of its extensive experience of acting for prominent individuals in the public eye to advising sports people unused to dealing with the attention of the media and the general public.

Corporate work: start ups, MBOs, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and employment issues for sports businesses. 

The Clintons' team comprises Mel Stein and Partners Stephen Joelson, Karim Bouzidi and Philip Stinson.

 

Contacts:

Karim Bouzidi
Karim Bouzidi.

Clintons is consistently ranked in the top tier of theatre law firms, acting for companies, individuals and organisations in all areas of the industry.

The firm’s team of specialist theatre lawyers is involved with productions worldwide, from the biggest West End musicals to new shows from first-time writers and producers.

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Theatre

 

We represent producers in relation to UK and overseas productions, corporate and IP matters, and preparing contracts with creatives, theatres, investors and exploiters of subsidiary rights.

We also represent a large number of creative talents, including composers, lyricists, playwrights, choreographers and designers (costume, lighting, set and sound). In some cases, the firm effectively acts as an agent as well as a lawyer, taking care of all aspects of their business.

Our clients also include many theatre investors, both institutional and private.

Current and recent clients and productions include: Tim Rice, Don Black, the estate of Lionel Bart, The Bodyguard (Michael Harrison and David Ian), Everyone’s Talking About Jamie (Nica Burns), Matthew Bourne and New Adventures, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, Nativity!, An Officer and A Gentleman and On Your Feet! (Jamie Wilson) and Bat Out Of Hell.

The theatre team at Clintons consists of Associate Solicitor Stephen Pidcock, Barrister Aron Rollin, and Partners John Cohen and James Jones

Contacts:

James Jones 
James Jones.
John Cohen
John Cohen.

Clintons advises on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of brands, on and off line, contentious and non-contentious.

Our Clients include brand owners, high profile image rights holders (including sportspeople and other celebrated individuals), individuals active in the creative industries (including fashion and other designers), digital media specialists, advertising and PR agencies, fashion businesses, publishers, sports marketing and sponsorship consultants, direct marketing agencies, production houses, market research companies and merchandising businesses.

The firm has a thriving Trade Mark practice and is a registered representative at both the UK IPO and at the European Trade Mark registry in Alicante.

 

Read More

Brands & Marketing Services

 

The firm advises on:


Terms of Business: master services agreements between agency and client, other terms of business, contracts with suppliers including freelancers, specialist production houses and event managers.

Brand Protection and Exploitation: the protection and use of copyright, design rights, trade and service marks, domain names and other intellectual property rights and on sponsorship, merchandising and endorsement agreements.

Image Rights and their development, protection and exploitation.

Development and use of Creative Material for marketing or promotional purposes: buying or licensing creative material – including music and video material - for use in advertising. The firm has particular expertise in advising on the creation and use of Music for marketing purposes.

Data Protection and Privacy: advising on the use and aggregation of data in a marketing context as well as the rules and restrictions governing the use of personal data. 

Regulatory Issues: advice and interpretation of the various laws and voluntary codes governing advertising and marketing.

The Brands and Marketing Services team works closely with other teams within the firm to provide advice and support on Corporate matters (whether public or private), in brands and marketing services including start ups, sale and purchase, management buy outs, joint ventures, listings and complex earn out arrangements. 

We have a highly regarded Employment practice advising on the engagement of staff in marketing services and their employment or other status and on all issues surrounding their engagement, including incentives, complex earn outs and hire and fire.  

The Clintons' team consists of associates Halina Wielogorska and Supna Chavda and Partners Philip Stinson, Tom Frederikse, James Jones and Kami Naghdi.

Contacts:

Philip Stinson
Philip Stinson.

We have a highly regarded team of dedicated corporate and commercial lawyers working on transactions across a variety of sectors and with a particular focus on media, entertainment and digital technology.

We advise individual and business clients on the usual array of equity, business and lending transactions.

 

Read More

Corporate

We do not define ourselves by the type of client we act for or the value of the transaction but we are best known for transactional work with a media, entertainment or technology focus. We are extremely experienced in handling media catalogue acquisitions and disposals.

Our clients seek our advice at differing stages in their development. Our approach and fee structure is versatile. 

Recent work includes:

The acquisition of one of the world’s largest music publishing catalogues for a US based rights company, including advice on the UK aspects and co-ordinating the European work.

The sale of the iconic British record labels, Stiff Records and ZTT Publishing to Universal Music.

A private equity backed EIS investment into a music publishing business.

Disposal of a leading exhibition and event business for on-trade drinks professionals.

Disposal of a leading exhibition business for venues and events. 

Sale of the archive of an iconic music TV show.

Sale of the West End’s leading theatre marketing agency to a private equity backed purchaser.

A major investment in a digital marketing agency.

The firm is tier 1 ranked for Media and Entertainment by Legal 500.  Corporate Partners Charles Gerada and Philip Stinson are both recommended. 

The department work closely with other specialists in Brands & Marketing Services, Music, Theatre,  Film & TV and Employment.

The team includes Associates Ollie Raggett and Partners Charles Gerada, Philip Stinson and Chris Coates. 

Contacts:

Charles Gerada
Charles Gerada.

The firm’s clients are at the forefront of the creation, exploitation and delivery of interactive content. 

As a market leader in media and entertainment for more than 60 years, this work is at the heart of the firm's practice. The firm provides ground-breaking advice on the creation and use of digital content in music, film and television, branding, gambling, e-commerce, games apps and other software.

Read More

Digital Media & Interactive Content 

 

The expertise of the firm's lawyers covers all aspects of e-commerce and online business, including:

 

The exploitation of creative content online (including music, video, literary and UGC)

Online service terms and conditions, including mobile terms and conditions

Data Protection, including privacy and cookie policies and online privacy

Trade marks, domain names and brand protection

Software development agreements;

Fund-raising and investment models for online businesses.

Particular and substantial expertise in Electronic Money (“eMoney”) and Payment Systems and the application of UK and EU eMoney legislation to online payment systems.

The Clintons team in this area comprises Partners Tom Frederikse, Philip Stinson, James Jones and Berkeley Edwards.  

Contacts:

Tom Frederikse
Tom Frederikse.

Clintons has extensive experience in dealing with employment law issues and prides itself on achieving amicable and fair resolutions.

The firm has considerable experience in providing clients with commercially sound and practical advice on all aspects of the legal relationship between the employer and employee. 

Read More

Employment

 

We advise on: 

 

All ET and EAT jurisdictions including drafting ET1s, ET3s, witness and investigation work and final hearing representation;

High Court litigation relating to non-compete post termination restrictions;

Executive terminations and settlement agreements;

Preparing, drafting and negotiating contracts of employment and service agreements;

Drafting, reviewing and updating employee handbooks and staff policies;

Redundancy exercises (both individual and collective);

TUPE in the context of outsourcing, insolvency and other business transfers;

Discrimination claims (including bullying and harassment); and

Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures.


 

Contacts:

Layla Bunni 
Layla Bunni.

Clintons is one of the leading Family Law practices in the UK.

Our Family Law practitioners are recognised as experts in their field and have been involved in many of the leading family law cases over the last decade including the groundbreaking case of Parlour v Parlour.  The firm is well known for representing high profile and high net worth individuals but it also represents a wide range of people from all walks of life.

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Family

Liz Vernon, who is the Head of Department, has a broad range of experience including financial cases involving divorce, unmarried couples and cases with international elements.  In addition, she handles complex private Children Law matters. One source considers her to be “A formidable individual of the highest intellect, with great judgment” (Chambers & Partners 2018 Guide to the Legal Profession).  In addition, she has been described as “very hardworking and does everything that she can to further her clients’ cases.  She knows the law inside and out and shows great attention to detail” (The Legal 500 2018).  She leads an extremely experienced and highly skilled team of family lawyers.  

Clintons is well known for taking an innovative approach and creating tailored solutions to suit each client, carefully taking their individual needs and issues into account.  We will provide the highest standard of professional representation whilst being entirely supportive on a personal level during what we know can be a very difficult time.

Approach

We are here to fight our clients’ corner and, where necessary, we do not hesitate to seek the assistance of the courts.  We have a breadth and depth of experience in guiding cases through litigation at all levels and at all stages.  However, we recognise that it is preferable and certainly more cost effective if cases can be resolved without litigation, so we also regularly take cases through alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. We only resort to litigation if we are sure that there is no viable alternative.  

Marriage and civil partnership breakdown

Clintons has a wealth of experience in dealing with the financial consequences of marriage and civil partnership breakdowns.  We regularly advise on complex cases involving businesses and trusts, both in this jurisdiction and internationally.  Where appropriate we can call upon associated experts with whom we work regularly, both here and in other countries, to provide sound support and robust solutions.

Relationship breakdown – unmarried couples

The breakdown of these increasingly common relationships raises important and complex legal issues in relation to children and property.  We provide a specialist service in relation to these issues which is supported by a depth of experience unrivalled in our profession.  We also advise on cohabitation agreements to minimise any negative impact in the event of a possible future breakdown of the relationship.

Pre-nuptial agreements

As the instances of divorce rises, couples often seek to agree before they marry what might happen if the relationship were to come to an end.  We are regularly involved in drafting and advising on pre-nuptial agreements to try to ensure that our clients will be properly protected for the future.  We are also experienced in dealing with post-nuptial agreements for couples who wish to regulate their financial affairs after marriage.

Children

We specialise in advising on the difficult and emotive issues concerning children both during and after divorce.  All of our practitioners have a great deal of experience in this area and understand the importance of dealing sensitively with these issues while at the same time acting effectively to ensure the best possible outcome. We always strive to keep the best interests of the children at the centre of the work we do.

 

Contacts:

Liz Vernon
Liz Vernon.

The firm’s film and television practice has grown exponentially since Kami Naghdi joined in 2014 and serves both international and UK clients in the sector.

We are best known for our expertise in complex rights transactions for both buyers and sellers and our ability to lead multi-party financing of audiovisual content. We work across all aspects of development, production, finance and exploitation of audiovisual content.

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Film & Television 

 

We act for financiers, content companies, award-winning producers, leading talent, writers, directors, authors (and author’s estates) and other businesses in the film and television sector.

A number of our team provide a unique perspective: they bring with them years of industry expertise and experience, enabling them to combine a potent mix of savvy commercial and detailed legal advice for our clients. The result: our clients can focus on the important elements of their creative businesses, with the confidence that they are well protected.

We are a tier-one ranked firm - the head of the practice, Kami Naghdi, is one of a handful of lawyers listed as a leading individual in film and television in the Legal 500.

We work closely with our market leading teams in litigation, music, brands, digital media and corporate.

The team consists of Associates Jennifer Parker, Emilie Edwards, Supna Chavda, Luke Gornell and Partner Kami Naghdi.

Contacts:

Kami Naghdi
Kami Naghdi.

Clintons is one of the leading US and UK immigration legal advisors to the entertainment and creative world as well as to a broad spectrum of clients across other industries.

Diana Okoeva, an Attorney in New York and a Solicitor in England and Wales, heads the team, which has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of US and UK immigration and nationality law. The firm’s clients range from high profile artists, entertainers, creative and tech start-ups and individual entrepreneurs, crossing the Atlantic in one direction or the other, to multinational publicly listed companies moving personnel to their offices in the US or the UK.

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US Immigration

We work with traditional and digital age talent, helping them obtain visas to perform, tour, play, act, film, create, appear and take on engagements in the US. We also help companies expand into the US, transfer personnel to their US offices, and employ foreign workers in the US in non-immigrant status or as permanent residents (aka “green card holders”).

We work with numerous British household name companies and start-ups that make news, advising them on permissible activities in the US during business visits, and strategizing their US expansion plans to create an infrastructure facilitating personnel travel and US moves.

Being based in London, we have an extensive consular practice, preparing clients for in person interviews both at the US Embassy in London and at other US Embassies in the EMEA region.

We act for investors seeking green cards under the EB-5 scheme, as well as individuals seeking green cards based on extraordinary abilities, National Interest Waivers, or other routes, or wishing to obtain US visas for themselves or their relatives.

We also assist clients with complex waivers of inadmissibility resulting from previous criminal record or immigration violations.

Last but not least, we assist clients with all kinds of US nationality matters, including clients wishing to acquire US citizenship for themselves or their children, clients who believe they have lost their US citizenship and wish to acquire formal proof of their loss of nationality, and dual-citizens who have found the obligations involved in maintaining dual citizenship too burdensome and wish to give up their US citizenship.

UK Immigration

We advise on all UK business and personal immigration matters, both under the Points Based System and outside of it.

This includes, among others, Tier 1 applications for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Exceptional Talent/Exceptional Promise; Tier 2 (Business and Commercial Sectors) and Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting Sectors) Sponsor Licence Applications for employers, together with compliance and auditing services, advice on recruitment processes and the Resident Labour Market Test, and applying to assign individual Certificates of Sponsorship; Dependant Family Member and Domestic Worker applications; various applications for EU nationals and their family members; and visa applications by Representatives of Overseas Businesses, UK Ancestry visa applicants and visitors.

We also advise and assist with UK Permanent Residency applications, Naturalisation and Registration applications, together with British passport applications as well as discretionary applications outside of the Immigration Rules.

Team

Our team members are involved in many industry organisations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), International Bar Association (“IBA”), American Bar Association (“ABA”), Immigration Law Practitioners Association (“ILPA”) and British American Business (“BAB”). The team consists of PA/Legal Assistant (Non qualified) Samantha Cobley, Senior Paralegal Margot Sacré, Consultant Tanya Goldfarb and Partner Diana Okoeva.

 

Contacts:

Diana Okoeva
Diana Okoeva.

Clintons has a formidable reputation in the area of litigation and dispute resolution and is the market leader for contentious entertainment and media work.

Our partners are eminent in this field and handle a full range of contentious issues, including the most complex and high-profile litigation.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

 

Although we deal with a wide diversity of litigation matters, it will come as no surprise that we have particular expertise in the entertainment, media, creative  and related industries. Indeed, many of the cases in which we have acted have contributed to the law governing these areas. In-house lawyers and other solicitors frequently turn to us for advice on substantial and complex matters.

In the media and entertainment fields specifically, our expertise is called upon by both major and independent record companies and music publishers. We have been involved in many ground breaking cases in Music, and have represented (amongst others) The Stone Roses in their battle for independence from Silvertone/Zomba, U2 against the PRS, Sony in its defence of proceedings brought by George Michael and John Wadlow in establishing a manager's right to perpetual post-term commission in his case against Seal.

 

Contacts:

Andrew Sharland
Andrew Sharland.
Steve Joelson
Steve Joelson.

Music is a fundamental part of Clintons' practice and has been since the firm’s foundation just over 60 years ago. 

Clintons has helped shape today's music industry through its clients, transactions and cases and is involved in many of the most forward thinking and innovative deals which are shaping the modern music industry.

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Music

 

The firm acts for well established artists and those just embarking on their careers. We also represent many of the world's most successful producers, songwriters and managers.

We actively support the development of new talent and each year we select a few unsigned or unmanaged artists from the very many that approach us.

We are consistently ranked amongst the leading commercial music teams in the UK - being ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and Band 1 in Chambers and Partners.

If matters become contentious, Clintons has the most highly regarded specialist music litigation practice in the UK: click here for more information.

The team consists of Assistant Solicitors Nick Weaser, Halina Wielogorska, Callie Matthews and Alastair Kenwood, and Partners Nicky Stein, Andrew Myers, Peter Button and Berkeley Edwards.

Contacts:

Berkeley Edwards
Berkeley Edwards.

We provide pragmatic, round-the-clock advice across the full range of privacy and reputation management issues.

The firm has helped shape and develop the law of privacy in the UK through its involvement in the ground breaking Court of Appeal decisions in Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited (following which tabloid newspapers are now required to pixilate photographs of children) and Gulati & Ors v MGN Limited (in which record damages were awarded to all eight of the representative claimants, including the firm’s client, Shane Richie, for misuse of private information arising out of the ongoing phone hacking scandal). 

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Privacy & Reputation Management 

 

Clintons provide pragmatic, round-the-clock advice across the full range of privacy and reputation management issues, including defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, data protection and protection from harassment.     

The Firm acts for well-known actors (including Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace, Joe Swash and Gillian Taylforth), television personalities (including Davina McCall, Denise Van Outen, David Walliams and Russell Brand), sportsmen (including Joey Barton, Razor Ruddock, Des Walker and other leading Premiership footballers) and musicians (including Paul Weller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Peter Andre), as well as corporate entities including talent agencies, production companies and broadcasters.

The 2017 edition of the Legal 500 states that “Clintons’ team ‘demonstrates nothing but class and diligence in its work’ and has ‘an impressive style and manner paired with a thorough and tough approach’. The ‘genuinely excellent’ group is active in the unlawful mobile voicemail interception litigation and is advising an extensive client list, including Chris Parker, Danny Young and Brooke Kinsella in misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers.

The 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners states that “the team is known for being a respected media boutique firm with a robust phone hacking practice and a venerable record in high-profile privacy cases. Particularly excels in harassment and misuse of private information cases.  Represents a fine choice of firm for celebrities, musicians and other media and entertainment personalities.”

The team consists of Litigation Executive Caroline Hrabi, Associate Sebastian Jones and Partners Roddy Chisholm Batten and Andrew Sharland.

Contacts:

Roddy Chisholm Batten
Roddy Chisholm Batten.

Since 1955 Clintons has provided a comprehensive range of legal services to private clients, many of whom are in the public eye.

We help our clients organise their personal and business affairs in the most effective manner, often in conjunction with accountants and tax advisers, helping to ensure the protection and smooth succession of family wealth.

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Private Client

 

In this area, the firm offers expertise in:

 

Wills and lifetime succession planning.  We have particular expertise in acting for musicians and other creative individuals.

The creation and registration of lasting powers of attorney and advice to attorneys in discharging their duties.

Administration of estates including those of non-UK domiciliaries and those with multi-jurisdictional issues.  Recent jurisdictions outside of the UK where we have had dealings include France, Monaco and the Bahamas.

Trust administration including day to day dealings with trustees, beneficiaries and investment managers.

Litigation support is provided by very highly regarded and experienced dispute resolution lawyers offering expertise in:

Probate litigation, including challenges to the validity of wills, removal of executors and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

Trust litigation including breach of trust claims, constructive trust claims, variation of trusts and removal of trustees.  

We have longstanding relationships with the Chancery bar, both junior and leading counsel, which is on hand to offer very specialist advice, or indeed advocacy, where required.

The team consists of Partner Andrew Kidd and consultants Tim Bienias and Jeremy Crouch.  

Contacts:

Andrew Kidd
Andrew Kidd.

The firm acts for a wide range of private, commercial and institutional clients who value the team’s personal and proactive service and outstanding communication skills.

James Nethercot leads a team of sought-after property lawyers with exceptional expertise honed over many years in a busy central London practice.  The team members are frequently described as ‘safe pairs of hands’ – an invaluable quality in the fast paced transactional property market – and the property team enjoys a very high level of client loyalty. 

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Property

 

The firm acts for a wide range of private, commercial and institutional clients who value the team’s personal and proactive service and outstanding communication skills.   

We offer a full range of property legal services in the commercial and residential sectors.  We advise on sales and purchases, leases, leasehold enfranchisement, planning, development and secured lending work. 

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide our clients with the personal service which they have come to expect from being a Clintons’ client, the technical expertise required and the commercial awareness borne of many years' experience in the property sector. We aim to deliver comprehensive and effective advice that adds value to our clients' activities.

Clients range from banks and other lenders, to high profile and high net worth individuals (both onshore and offshore), investors and trust companies as well as many well-known businesses.  Beyond our clients, we have a very wide range of contacts in the property industry, including valuers, surveyors and agents, with whom we work closely to ensure that our clients receive the best comprehensive advice possible.

The team consists of Assistant Solicitors, Orla Meehan and Saima Saeed and Partner, James Nethercot.  We are very fortunate to also have the expertise of senior statesmen of the profession, Michael Goldman and Laurence Middleweek, who qualified in 1973 and 1969 respectively, and who bring wise counsel drawn from many years of practising property law at the highest and most demanding level.    

Contacts:

James Nethercot
James Nethercot.

Clintons is one of the UK's leading suppliers of legal services to the sports world. The firm advises governing bodies, businesses and individuals active in sport.

The Sports Team’s clients include leading individuals from a wide range of sports, as well as international and domestic governing bodies, event organisers, brands, sponsors, licensed intermediaries, sports marketing and sponsorship consultants and sports equipment manufacturers.

 

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Sport

The work the Team undertakes is complex and high profile and includes:-

Contractual arrangements and disputes: sponsorship (event, broadcast and otherwise), endorsement agreements, event management agreements, event broadcast production and sales (television, radio and new media), the protection and exploitation of commercial rights in sport, licenses for the use of sporting imagery, and terms of business for suppliers of sports goods and services,

Constitutional, Regulatory and Disciplinary: drafting, interpretation and representation in relation to the various rules and regulations governing sport, including in relation to doping, gambling integrity, and other disciplinary issues.

Brand protection and exploitation: advising on copyright, design rights, trade and service marks, domain names and other rights in sport based on intellectual property.

Services for individual sports people: immigration (UK and US), residential property, invasions of privacy, relations with the media, harassment, family and matrimonial matters (including pre-nuptial agreements), wills and other personal arrangements. Clintons brings the benefit of its extensive experience of acting for prominent individuals in the public eye to advising sports people unused to dealing with the attention of the media and the general public.

Corporate work: start ups, MBOs, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and employment issues for sports businesses. 

The Clintons' team comprises Mel Stein and Partners Stephen Joelson, Karim Bouzidi and Philip Stinson.

 

Contacts:

Karim Bouzidi
Karim Bouzidi.

Clintons is consistently ranked in the top tier of theatre law firms, acting for companies, individuals and organisations in all areas of the industry.

The firm’s team of specialist theatre lawyers is involved with productions worldwide, from the biggest West End musicals to new shows from first-time writers and producers.

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Theatre

 

We represent producers in relation to UK and overseas productions, corporate and IP matters, and preparing contracts with creatives, theatres, investors and exploiters of subsidiary rights.

We also represent a large number of creative talents, including composers, lyricists, playwrights, choreographers and designers (costume, lighting, set and sound). In some cases, the firm effectively acts as an agent as well as a lawyer, taking care of all aspects of their business.

Our clients also include many theatre investors, both institutional and private.

Current and recent clients and productions include: Tim Rice, Don Black, the estate of Lionel Bart, The Bodyguard (Michael Harrison and David Ian), Everyone’s Talking About Jamie (Nica Burns), Matthew Bourne and New Adventures, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, Nativity!, An Officer and A Gentleman and On Your Feet! (Jamie Wilson) and Bat Out Of Hell.

The theatre team at Clintons consists of Associate Solicitor Stephen Pidcock, Barrister Aron Rollin, and Partners John Cohen and James Jones

Contacts:

James Jones 
James Jones.
John Cohen
John Cohen.

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