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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They provide carefully considered support and guidance, adding value at every stage of the process. I couldn't recommend them more highly.
Chambers & Partners
Simkins have an excellent media practice constantly evolving with the changes in our industry.
Legal 500
They demonstrate commercial and industry knowledge while being a fast and effective team.
Chambers & Partners
Block Quote
Great team; extremely client focused; great on-point legal advice but pragmatic and helpful – solution orientated.
Legal 500
Knowledgeable, organised, promptly responds to queries.
Legal 500
Jim Dennis is always available, never too much trouble, and pleasure to work with. Advice always succinct and commercially astute.
Legal 500

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