Philip Stinson

Partner, Brands & Marketing Services, Corporate, Sport


Philip has been a Partner in Clintons’ Commercial and Entertainment department since 1996. He heads up the firm’s Brands & Marketing Services practice.


Philip advises on the legal and commercial issues surrounding owner managed businesses and in particular the businesses of creative people and the brands that they create and work with. He has over 20 years' experience in helping businesses develop from start up to exit, advising on intellectual property, corporate, commercial and personnel issues. He enjoys being able to make introductions and recommendations to his clients where he can. He also has a longstanding interest and involvement in sport and advises individuals and organisations involved in the the sports business. 


His clients include leading advertising and marketing services businesses, luxury brands, artists and art dealers, digital media and publishing businesses, cinematic and theatrical rights owners, bands, entertainers, product and fashion designers, authors, Olympic medal winners and mass participation event owners.


Examples of recent work:


Development funding agreement and an Associate Producer credit for The Frozen Ground, a feature film starring Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and 50 Cent.


Contracts for the Creative Direction and Set Design services for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


Contractual arrangements for the creation, recording and performance of the Anthem for the 2015 World Handball Championships in Qatar.


Contractual arrangements for the Scott Expedition (in which Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere became the first to successfully complete Scott's planned journey to the South Pole and back) including sponsorship agreements with Land Rover and Intel.


The involvement of the annual Swimathon event as part of the 2016 Sport Relief Games.


The multi-million refinancing of a listed marketing services business.


The multi-million sale of a major owner managed marketing services agency.

The negotiation of a major book deal for a premiership footballer.

The multi million sale of an events and exhibition business.


Education, recognition and appointments:


Trustee of the Swimathon Foundation, owners of the world's largest pool based fund-raising swim, which takes place throughout the UK each year with some 25,000 participants.


Member of the newly constituted independent European Athletics Court.


Member of the European Sponsorship Association and author of the legal section of that organisation's Diploma qualification.

Recommended in the Legal 500 for his work both in Brand Management and in Media and Entertainment.


Trained and qualified at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) in the City and joined Clintons as a Partner in 1996.


Graduate of Worcester College, Oxford.

Contact +44 (0)20 7395 8449