UK Bar: Media & Entertainment 2018

In this section, 43 leading barristers are recognised for their outstanding work in the field of media and entertainment law. Those included have a proven track record litigating and advising on a range of matters including intellectual property and contractual disputes for prominent clients in the media sphere.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ian Mill QC Blackstone Chambers
2. Daniel Alexander QC 8 New Square
3. John Baldwin QC 8 New Square
4. David Pannick QC Blackstone Chambers
1. Mark Vinall Blackstone Chambers
2. Gwilym Harbottle Hogarth Chambers
3. Lindsay Lane 8 New Square
4. Amanda Michaels Hogarth Chambers


Widely recognised as one of the leading media and entertainment law sets, BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS sees 10 impressive silks listed in this chapter.
The “outstanding” Ian Mill QC has “an excellent reputation” in the media and entertainment sphere, frequently representing some of the biggest names in the music industry.
David Pannick QC is “a star advocate” who impresses commentators with his superb ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and easily digestible format.
“Stellar silk” Robert Howe QC is widely recognised for his outstanding work acting for well-known media organisations. He is particularly highly regarded for his “excellent knowledge of broadcasting regulatory matters”.
The “exceptional” Pushpinder Saini QC has a long-standing reputation as the go-to barrister for internationally recognised artists and groups requiring representation in copyright matters.
Tom Weisselberg QC is a superb litigator who stands out for his excellent work representing applicants and licensing bodies in complex copyright disputes.
Robert Englehart QC is a prominent figure in the media and entertainment field, and is “particularly strong handling broadcasting work”, according to impressed sources.

This year, five top-tier silks from 8 NEW SQUARE are highlighted for their expertise in the field.
Daniel Alexander QC is considered “the leading silk in this area” according to commentators, who commend his vast experience litigating in a range of international disputes.
John Baldwin QC is described as “a leader in the field” thanks to his expert knowledge of copyright law. He has extensive experience representing many well-known names from the music and publishing communities.
The “excellent” Tom Moody-Stuart QC impresses peers with his expert handling of intellectual property issues affecting clients in the media and entertainment industries.

The “outstanding” Justin Rushbrooke QC at 5RB is a highly respected silk who stands out for his comprehensive understanding of media law.

The “fantastic” Richard Spearman QC of 39 ESSEX CHAMBERS possesses more than 40 years’ experience in the sector and is lauded as “the star of the media Bar”.

Andrew Caldecott QC at ONE BRICK COURT is a long-standing fixture in the market who garners praise for his deep understanding of the media business.

Jon Turner QC at MONCKTON CHAMBERS is “absolutely brilliant” according to respondents, who recommend him for his leading practice.

SERLE COURT’s Elizabeth Jones QC has worked for more than 30 years in the media business and is “very highly thought of” by peers thanks to her impressive management of complex cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Edmund Cullen QC of MAITLAND CHAMBERS is “a superb media and entertainment lawyer” who boasts great experience acting for many major record companies in a range of high-profile disputes.

The “excellent” Hugo Cuddigan QC at 11 SOUTH SQUARE ranks prominently for his first-rate practice, receiving endorsements for his strong courtroom presence.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC at 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS wins praise for his technical excellence and broad-ranging experience advising media clients on copyright disputes and contractual issues.

Antony White QC at MATRIX CHAMBERS is one of the leading experts at the Bar for media and information law and is highly regarded by peers and clients alike for his brilliant work in the space.


HOGARTH CHAMBERS is home to four leading juniors who impress with their expertise in the field.
Gwilym Harbottle is a favourite among clients, who commend “his eye for detail and conscientious approach to all elements of his instructions”.
Amanda Michaels is “a clear leader in the field”, who is widely recommended as “technically outstanding, highly commercial and client friendly”.

Specialist media and communications set 5RB also ranks prominently and sees four top juniors recognised.
The “outstanding” David Sherborne is a leading junior recognised for his expert handling of complex privacy, confidentiality and defamation matters for key figures in the public eye.
Christina Michalos is “a fantastic junior” and widely held to be a specialist in media and entertainment law. She is particularly well regarded for her expertise when it comes to image rights work.

Mark Vinall at BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS boasts “a strong reputation in the market” thanks to his extensive experience handling disputes between artists and their managers, copyright infringement and merchandising matters.

The “excellent” Lindsay Lane at 8 NEW SQUARE is highly recommended for her vast knowledge of copyright law in the media and entertainment sector.

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