Intellectual property

Smart, commercial lawyers with deep, sector-specific expertise on the exploitation and protection of our clients’ intellectual property rights.

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Creating, exploiting and protecting intellectual property rights is at the heart of many of our clients’ businesses.

We cover all the major creative industry sectors, including advertising, digital & tech, film & TV, music, publishing, sport & gaming and theatre.

We advise a wide range of clients from large multinational corporations to private individuals, from owner-managed businesses to cultural institutions. The main focus of our work includes the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, intellectual property advisory work, and dispute resolution.

Whoever our client is, our approach is founded on a profound understanding of their business. This, together with our network and close professional relationships in the creative industries, enables us to give our clients real-world, expert advice that shapes and informs their commercial decisions.


Our areas of expertise include the following:

  • Copyright and related rights
  • Trade marks (registered and unregistered)
  • Database rights
  • Design rights (registered and unregistered)
  • Advice on content creation and exploitation
  • Advice on the financing of media projects
  • Advice on catalogue and product acquisitions and disposals
  • Stand-alone due diligence
  • Outsourced or overflow business affairs
  • Litigation and dispute resolution



For trade mark enquiries, please contact Jim Dennis. For copyright and other IP-related enquiries, please contact Euan Lawson.

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Simkins have an excellent media practice constantly evolving with the changes in our industry.
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They were incredibly understanding of our unique needs and collaborated in a very flexible way. I would describe the team as very approachable and capable – they took time to listen to our requirements and made recommendations accordingly.
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They take a sensible pragmatic approach to a contentious situation. Their legal analysis of the issue is good and they provide a number of options to me as the client as to how to move forward.
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The team are first rate, knowledgable, easy to deal with and client-friendly.
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Jim Dennis is quick to respond, and gives clear commercial advice.
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