High Court rejects claim of joint authorship in a screenplay

July 10, 2018

The screenplay for the film Florence Foster Jenkins was written by Nicholas Martin, as sole author.  Mr Martin’s ex-girlfriend Julia Kogan’s contributions to the creation of the screenplay were not sufficiently collaborative. Business impact Film and TV producers are often concerned about the contribution of co-authors, early stage contributors to development.  Whilst clear-cut IP assignments… Read more »

£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 »