Music

We were one of the first UK firms to specialise in the music industry. Today our music practice is one of the strongest and biggest and our reach is international.

Get in touch
Overview

We have unparalleled knowledge and a great depth of experience that we can draw upon in offering strategic and commercial advice on a wide range of activities, from contract drafting and negotiation services to undertaking advisory work and dispute resolution across the whole music industry.

Our client base is wide-ranging. It includes major record companies, international publishers, artists, bands and DJs, writers and composers, managers, producers, mixers, merchandisers, collecting societies, trade associations, digital businesses, agents, promoters and studios. We advise new artists and entrepreneurs as well as playing a part in some of the most sophisticated transactions and complex disputes in the business.

The experience of our music lawyers and the availability of other specialists within the firm gives us the unique ability to assemble at short notice dedicated multidisciplinary teams for each specific job.


Expertise

Our areas of expertise include the following:

  • Recorded music
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Agency
  • Touring and live
  • Merchandising and licensing
  • Sponsorship and endorsement
  • Band relations
  • Digital licensing
  • Neighbouring rights
  • Collecting societies
  • Acquisitions
  • Clearances
  • Music for film & TV
  • Corporate arrangements
  • Disputes / infringements
  • Reputation protection

KEY CONTACTS

KEY CONTACTS

Our lawyers have in-depth music expertise and deliver high-quality, pragmatic and commercial advice.

Euan Lawson

Euan Lawson

Partner
Euan Lawson

Euan Lawson

Partner
Block Quote
Source
Ed Weidman "is an excellent person to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him and in turn Simkins."
Legal 500
Very analytical and brings confidence.
Chambers & Partners
An excellent all-round knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the music industry and the social influencer space.
Legal 500
Block quote
Source
They are very commercial, really understand our business and can apply the law practically in line with our business goals.
Chambers & Partners
Every lawyer I have worked with has been friendly, approachable and willing to listen.
Chambers & Partners
Simkins have an excellent media practice constantly evolving with the changes in our industry.
Legal 500

News & Insights

laptop and phone

Determining meaning on social media – context is key, but how much?

Film reel

Film and TV Briefing: Friday 20 May 2022

make up

Partner Susan Thompson and Associate Andrew Lloyd explore the employment law implications of the “tech revolution” in the workplace

tv and remote

Film and TV Briefing: Friday 13 May 2022