Rapid growth and constant innovation in the way businesses and individuals use, store, trade and consume information and content are continually raising new business and legal issues.
In the fast-changing media and technology sector, where many traditional approaches are under challenge, we believe that a combination of experience in contract preparation, negotiation and dispute resolution and a detailed understanding of IP, regulatory and licensing issues are critical. Businesses require professional advisers who understand the myriad issues affecting the industry.
Our corporate lawyers have supported numerous transactions for media clients, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
We advise on a broad range of media and technology-related disputes, drawing on our in-depth understanding of how our clients’ businesses operate within the industry, to deliver practical solutions. Our litigation lawyers have been involved in some of the most significant defamation cases in the UK and can advise on defamation-related disputes across the sector.
Beyond our extensive corporate and litigation experience, much of our work in this area relates to online content delivery. We advise on all aspects of online presence, including content production and acquisition, website and sales terms, privacy policies and data protection and liability issues. We are also well placed to advise on the opportunities and issues surrounding revenue generation from online content.
Our clients in this area include advertising agencies, interactive entertainment distributors, newspaper, music, consumer and academic book and magazine publishers, computer hardware, computer software, gaming, internet and e-commerce companies.
Legal 500 2016
Highlights for Fladgate LLP … included advising Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of a list of language textbooks from Advance Materials and assisting One Delta with its acquisition of Audioboom.
Highlights for Fladgate LLP corporate lawyer David Robinson included advising Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of a list of language textbooks from Advance Materials and assisting One Delta with its acquisition of Audioboom. IP lawyer Eddie Powell successfully defended The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Fladgate LLP’s Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with NISA as part of its acquisition of 140 convenience stores from Morrisons. In another highlight, Alan Wetterhahn assisted BGO with an online and TV advertising campaign. Other clients include Digital Cinema Media and Krannich Solar.
The “highly competent” publishing team at Fladgate LLP “understands the industry and provides practical advice”. David Robinson advises Random House. IP specialist Eddie Powell represents the Publishers Association. Litigator Simon Ekins is recommended.
BSkyB, Odeon Cinemas and Cambridge University Press feature in Fladgate LLP’s client roster. Grant Gordon, David Robinson and Eddie Powell are recommended.
At Fladgate LLP, David Robinson advised Random House on e-book and digital rights issues. Eddie Powell advised The Book Service and the Publishers Association on issues arising from the administration of Woolworths. Litigator Simon Ekins is recommended.
Fladgate LLP advised Random House on its acquisition of Virgin Books and a majority stake in BBC Books. Key clients include Taylor & Francis and Seven Publishing. David Robinson and Eddie Powell are commended for their “proactive, reliable support”, and Simon Ekins for his “in-depth publishing expertise”.