Expertly taking care of the law & the business of creativity.


The record business is booming, but the broader industry and the artists that sustain it have been severely damaged by the disruption caused by the pandemic, Brexit and the challenges facing the global economy. The landscape is opportune, but there are many pitfalls. It pays to have expert advice on your side. We are leading practitioners in the music business with a deep knowledge of its many facets. Our client base is an impressive array of artists, record labels, publishers, distributors, managers, studios, producers, festivals, promoters, agents and technology companies 

We have substantial experience in advising artists on how to protect and clear the rights in their musical output and to help them navigate the best route to market, whether that's in their dealings with major labels, independent record companies, or in the artist direct sector.


Also, CL&B has a particular reputation in advising independent music businesses including record labels looking to establish or metamorphose into 360-degree entertainment companies and to acquire a share of ancillary income, such as live, merch and sponsorship earnings.

Furthermore, because of his formidable knowledge and extensive contacts, Dean is a "go-to" person in dance music, We represent many global DJs, and some of the World's leading electronic artists and record labels. 

We advise clients in relation to catalogue sales, investment deals, joint ventures and music business disputes.

We tailor our services to our clients’ needs and budgets, and provide them with a reliable and efficient service.

We advise on all aspects of legal and business affairs and on all types of deal. Our involvement will invariably create a commercial benefit to any transaction. 

Services Include

Business Set-Up 
Recording agreements
Songwriting agreements
Management agreements
Licensing agreements
Production agreements
‘360’ deals
Investment schemes
Sync agent agreements
Label Deals
Featured vocalist agreements
Producer agreements
Compilation licensing
Domain names
Trade Marks
Getting out of deals
Music disputes
Sponsorship deals
Vocalist agreements 
Distribution agreements
Band agreements
Termination and settlement agreements 
Music business service agreements 
Aggregation agreements
Synchronisation agreements
Production library agreements
Performance agreements
Catalogue sales  
Crowd Funding
Agency agreements 
Sample clearance
Neighbouring rights deals
Joint Ventures
Merch deals 
Remix Agreements
Music disputes 
Investment Agreements
Ticketing agreements
Concert streaming agrements
Template precedents
Composer agreements
Music licensing and compliance
Band name disputes
Beats agreements
Film Music clearance
Public Domian advice

Music client base and associations include

 Abby Simone / Acantha LangAirbit / Altered Images / Andrea Belfi / Andy C / Anger Music / Ashley BeedleAs It Is / Beyond Measure RecordsBIMMBlazers / BlueyBroken Hands / Blow Monkeys / BrodieBüşra KayıkçıButa ArtCannibal Hymns / Casper the GhostChilds Play / Cinematic Orchestra / Circus Recordings / Club Class Management / CMD/CTRL / Collateral / Creeping JeanCR2 / Dave Lee / David CourtneyDeathwaltz Recordings / De DannanDeeWunn / DMY RecordsDorian Concept / Down2Earth MusicDStyle / Dirty Dutch Records / Demob Happy / DJ Food / Dirty Vegas / Dots Per Inch / DNO RecordsDream Wife / DRS / Dub PistolsEast17 / El LondoEmily MakisEmma Noble / ENiGMA DubzEvadney / Fallen Tree 1 Hundred Fatboy Slim / Felt Music / Flowered Up / FlyingMojitoBros / FMLYFootsie / FooRFreemasons / Freshly Squeezed / Frontier RecordsFunkadelic /  Furyon / Gargantuan Music / General GGeorge Clinton / Ghost Copy Music / Girls of the InternetGeorge DiazGLOO / Gok WanGoldie / GoodboysGreen Door Store / Hattie CookeHedara / Hollie CookHope Moira / House Trained RecordsHRVYHydrogen Dukebox / Ian SimmondsIraina Mancini / Jalen NgondaJames Hype / Jagz Kooner / Jaz Coleman / Ian SimmondsInjazero Records / Isle of JuraJalapenoRecords / Jarki MonoJennifer Touch / Juno ReactorKate WildKhruangbin / Kitty MontagueKomplete Music Group / KC LightsKilling JokeKlaus Blatter / Knucks / Last Man Records / Lazer GirlLeah WellerLeon Jean-Marie / Liefur James / Live Eye Productions / LekotaThe Levellers / LoopLoren Gray / Liberty Music PR / Liquorice DragonLittle Barrie / Little TriggersLout Promotions / MadmessMarsh / MartaMatata /  Max Music Publishing / Max WhiteMeduza /  Melo-Zed / MentisMetalheadz / Michael Monroe / Mila Falls / Mind EnterprisesMisunderstood / MizbeeMolecular SoundsMoulettes / My Moozik / Nathan BallNathan Dawe / Nia WynNick Corbin Night Time Stories / NNAVYNoah IngsNox Vahn OceanColour Scene / Ocean Wisdom / On Point EventsOKTOBAOrchards / PasadenasPaul Harris / Parliament / Paul Weller / Paranoid London / PhaseMusic / Phats & Small / Polytonics / Preeya Kalidas / Prinzhorn Dance School / Pro7ect 7 / R&S RecordsRam Records / Ramp Records / Raygun Records / Real Playaz / Red Light Management / Republic of Music / Rob DavisRob Jones TV / Roland ClarkRose Elinor Dougall / RowettaRubber Jaw / Ryan GorringeRYD / Satch SatchellSamana / Sam Johnson / Sash SingsSDJMSentre / Shakeable Germ / Shogun AudioSiouxsie & The Banshees / Slack CitySkeamerSkindred Sleeper / SNAYXSomething To Hate On / Sondela RecordingsSoundway Records / Spiller / S.P.YStatic Cosmonaut / Stone Foundation / Steve Mac / Steve MasonSteve Smith / Smoke Fairies / Stardom / Steve Cradock / The StickmenSTR4TA / Sweet LoveTiawa / The Clause / The Brkn RecordThe HeliocentricsTime S.p.A.Unipersonale  / Tobin Prinz / Toby Lee

Nice things our clients say about us

Dean Marsh has worked with me since the start up of my company Alphadog Management. Dean goes beyond the duties of just legal.  His knowledge of the music industry and contact list are endless. Facing some of the toughest challenges musically, Dean has been at my side through all the Battles and all the greatest of Highs. My team here at Alphadog would be incomplete without Creative Law. Thanking Dean and his team for his on going services. They say there is no 'I' in team... I say there is no 'I' without Dean.