£60 million boost to UK children’s television

July 9, 2018

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced the development of a new multi-million pound pilot fund to help increase the variety of children’s television in the UK. Business impact From 2019, £60 million will be made available to creators of children’s television content as part of a three-year pilot scheme aimed at creating greater variety in… Read more »


July 3, 2018

Welcome to the Employment Department Summer Briefing 2018. In this edition we look at: HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE: ARE THE TABLES TURNING? SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE – EQUAL TO MATERNITY LEAVE? PART-TIME WORKERS – PUBLIC AND BANK HOLIDAYS If you would like to discuss any of the points raised, please get in touch with a member… Read more »

Spotify makes stock market debut

May 29, 2018

Spotify began trading on 3 April, when 5.6 million shares were exchanged at $165.90 per share.  That effectively valued the company at around $29 billion.  As the day went on, the share price decreased and the company would ultimately close its first day of trading at $149.01 per share – more than 10% lower than… Read more »

Court of Appeal dismisses Quixotic contractual construction

May 29, 2018

In a case about Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal about an option over rights in Terry Gilliam’s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.  The court confirmed that a reference to the director’s involvement in the definition of the “Works” under option was not a mere… Read more »

Simkins LLP Partner Appointments

May 1, 2018

Simkins LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two partners with effect from today, 1 May 2018. Eleanor Steyn is promoted to Partner in our Disputes group.  Eleanor specialises in complex media/entertainment, reputation protection and commercial disputes and has developed a practice that encompasses copyright, performers’ rights, passing off/false endorsement, defamation, privacy and harassment. … Read more »

Simkins LLP and ReBalance

April 18, 2018

Simkins LLP is proud to announce that it is an official partner of ReBalance: a programme developed by Festival Republic and the PRS Foundation to address gender imbalance within the music industry. To see the full press release, and read about how Commercial group Associate, Jessie Merwood, will be supporting the ReBalance candidates, please click… Read more »