Dean Marsh is a highly experienced business advisor and very well-connected entertainment and media lawyer with over 30 years’ experience.
In 1996, Dean established his own, London-based solicitor’s practice, Dean Marsh & Co, which quickly grew and gained a formidable reputation among the great and good of the music industry. Prior to this, he gained valuable experience across many different legal areas, including as a corporate lawyer, fashion business legal practitioner and as a media litigator. This makes for an impressive combination of both a wide and deep legal knowledge, including an understanding of the machinations of the different industries that converge to form the creative sector.
He established Creative Law & Business in 2008 to provide an alternative to the traditional law firm. We are a pioneering specialist consultancy, providing both sound legal advice and informed commercial guidance, to creative talent and independent companies in the entertainment business, particularly music clients
Dean’s goal has always been to forge long term relationships with both creative talent and creative entrepreneurs. That the vast majority of Dean’s work comes from client recommendation is a reflection of this.
Personally, Dean has helped establish and develop many music-related businesses. He was the co-founder of the successful Guilty Pleasures entertainment brand and jointly established the pioneering disco re-edit label, OST Recordings. He was also a founding partner in the leading licensing consultancy, Sample Clearance Services. Dean is also the business manager for a number of successful music artists.
Dean was visiting lecturer in Law at Bucks New University and frequently speaks and moderates panels at music industry conferences. He can also be heard on BBC Radio 5 live as a copyright and music business correspondent.
Shino has worked with Dean as personal assistant and business manager for many years. She has specialised in project/business management within the electronic music industry and studied ILEX at Richmond Upon Thames College.
Ali is a very experienced trained book keeper. She has specialised in looking after music business working with CL&B and many leading labels and artists such as Skint, Republic of Music, Black Butter and the Freemasons She takes care of the accounting, billing and office administration. Don’t mess with her!
As an artist and writer, it is not always easy to understand the legal side to music as I tend to enjoy creating. Dean has really helped me to sort through the meanings and implications of a few agreements. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Dean looked through the different options going forward and goes the extra mile for his clients; This is what makes his service personal which I prefer rather than dealing with a large firm. I would definitely ask for Dean's help in future and advice on any music or creative agreement and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice for a creative project.