Taking care of the legal & commercial side of creativity.

Contracts

Our advice is always this: never leave things to trust. Always formalise every agreement to remove uncertainty and avoid the risk of a dispute (and all that entails).

We are experts in advising clients that are entering into commercial contracts in the media and the entertainment industries. Let us help and protect you.

Structuring

If you are offering terms it’s essential to structure the deal correctly. The key is getting the right balance between making sure it’s beneficial for you, whilst still being attractive to the other party (or parties). Historically, deal structures in this area have been dictated by what is customary. That is not now always the case. We can clearly explain all the different deal options available to you and offer advice on deal structures, both industry-typical models and also the new business models that are revolutionising the rapidly-developing digital entertainment industry.

Drafting

Our ethos is, wherever possible, to draft concise contracts, free of legal jargon. Also, we prefer to present fair (not one-sided) terms, to avoid the expense and delay of protracted negotiations. If you intend to make a deal and are planning on proposing deal terms to another party, we can help you create a best-possible deal proposal.

Negotiation

We are expert negotiators and will invariably obtain improvements in the commercial terms on offer to you. Depending on the circumstances and your budget, we can lead the negotiation process or, if you prefer, advise you “from the side-lines”, enabling you to effectively negotiate for yourself.

Reviewing

In general, we are willing to provide a preliminary review of a contract free of charge and point out any glaring issues. We will then be able to give a fee quote should you instruct us to advise you further, to respond to a proposal or amend the draft and to negotiate the deal on your behalf.

Renegotiating

If the deal is no longer beneficial, viable, or fair, we can help you re-structure, extend, improve or terminate.

Extricating

If you want to get out of a deal, we can help you. We can advise if it’s legally unenforceable on a point or law, or it may be possible to terminate for breach. Alternatively, there may be scope for an amicable termination by mutual agreement.

General Commercial

We can also provide general commercial advice for all our clients, in areas such as:

Business start up advice

Setting up a company or LLP, formalising the agreement between the founding parties (e.g. a partnership agreement or shareholders agreement)

Contracting with customers /clients

We can prepare for you a set of template T&Cs of business, contracts for services and framework agreements which you can utilise to make sure your business dealings are conducted in a professional and clear way, with IP considerations at their heart

Company/commercial

We advise on corporate law matters, investment deals, share issues, acquisitions, share and asset sales, mergers, joint ventures, and directors’ service agreements  

Employment

We can provide you with employment contracts (with enforceable non-compete provisions) and employment manuals. We also assist clients with termination of employment contracts.

Business Plan

We can help you prepare a professional and robust business plan and our accounting expert associates can help you prepare financial projections and valuations

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property underpins everything we do. We are experts and advise on all areas of IP, including:

Copyright    

Licensing, assignment, joint ownership and infringement, moral rights and performers’ rights

Confidentiality 

Preparation and / or review of NDAs

Trade Marks 

We offer a fixed fee to apply on clients’ behalf for Trade Mark registration, both in the UK and internationally and can assist with any Trade Mark Oppositions

Design Rights  

We offer a fixed fee to advise on design rights and to apply for Registered Designs

Passing Off 

We have huge experience in this area and can advise both clients making claims and those threatened with claims

Patents  

Through our Patent Attorney associates we can assist in any Patent applications

    Dispute Resolution

    Dean has had many years’ experience dealing with media and entertainment industry disputes. His early involvement has, in many incidences, resulted in pragmatic and beneficial pre-action settlements, avoiding the expense, delay and stress of litigation.

    Initial Advice

    We can provide initial advice on any possible claims you might have, their merits, likely damages and the availability of injunctive relief.


    Letters before action

    We can prepare cease and desist and take down notices and detailed letters in relation to breach of contract, infringement of copyright etc.





    Claims against you

    We are adept at defusing threatened claims and establishing potential counter-claims.


    Mediation

    We have had notable success in settling complex and volatile cases using Alternative Dispute Resolution processes.


    Settlements & Agreements

    Once settled, we draw up concise agreements that put settlements to bed on water-tight and confidential terms.


    Litigation

    We are not litigators, preferring instead to focus on prep-action settlements. But if litigation is inevitable or necessary, we have teams of experienced and effective litigators that we can bring on board to ensure a satisfactory resolution.

    Deal Procurement

    We prefer to work in a symbiotic way with our clients. We always try and help their careers and businesses because, by doing so, will generate more work for us!

    Introductions

    If required and feasible, and as a matter of course, we look to “hook up” clients with other clients (or our contacts) if we believe it would be mutually beneficial for all parties

    Investment

    If you need investment, we may be able to help. We can help smaller higher-risk trading companies establish an EIS or SEIS company and offer investment tax-efficient advice for high net worth individuals.

    We can help you structure offerings to crowd funding platforms or patrons.

    We have close connections with the Arts Council, UKTI, and PRS Foundation and other grant-awarding bodies.

    We work closely with Steve Daniel Associates, the highly experienced consultancy who can provide financial and accounting support services, preparation of management accounts and cash flow projections. We can therefore offer a “full service” when it comes to selling your business or catalogue.


    Fees

    Our fees are always reasonable. Our lower overheads mean our fees should be especially competitive. Particularly through:-

    Free Initial Consultation  

    We offer new clients an introductory meeting, or call,  free of charge to understand your needs and to provide preliminary advice as well as supply you with a fixed fee quote for any additional work required or recommended

    Fixed Fees

    We can invariably agree fees in advance with you for commercial work

    Limited Means  

    If you are on a specific budget we will try and work within it. If you have a very limited budget we can provide a “quick and dirty” solution to point out any glaring issues without the cost of a full review.

    Payment of your Fees by someone else

    If you are an artist entering into to a record, publishing or management agreement in the music business, we may be able to procure our fees via the party you are contracting with

    “On the clock” Work

    In the unusual situation that we are not able to agree a fee (if, for example, it is not possible to accurately gauge how much work is required), then we shall charge for the amount of work carried out based on hourly rates (and as set out in our T&Cs of business. Please click here for more info). We will, of course, be able to provide estimates of likely fees for each stage of any piece of work.

    Sourcing Deals 

    If we agree to look to procure a deal for you on a ‘no deal no fee’ basis, then we will charge you a reward fee typically 5% of your actual net receipts under any deal we procure for you (in addition to our costs).

    Payment

    Typically, new clients pay 50% of agreed fees in advance with the balance payable when the work is completed. Otherwise the fee is payable as set out in our T&Cs (please click here for more info). 

    Other Services

    Our aim is to provide the widest possible range of business-critical services to our clients, but we will not deal with matters we consider to be outside of our areas of expertise or experience. However, we are affiliated worldwide with very experienced and capable law firms and service providers who can provide our clients with expert support in the areas of:

    Conveyancing; Commercial Property; Commercial Litigation; Immigration; Matrimonial; Family Law; Wills & Probate; Competition Law; Litigation; Reputation Protection; Debt Collection; Crime; Personal Injury; Motoring Offences; General Civil Litigation; Administering of Oaths; Foreign Law; Notary Public Services; Cyber Crime and Cyber Security; Defamation & Privacy; Financial Services



    Nice things our clients say about us

    it was a pleasure working with Dean. He understood the nature of a small businessin the digital media industry and was quick and efficient in assisting us with creating a contract that suited the needs of our company!