James is a Partner in the Commercial group and specialises in entertainment industry work.
His expertise includes recording, publishing and all other types of talent contracts. He has strong know-how in book publishing work and non-contentious intellectual property law, including advice on copyright, passing off and a variety of copyright-based commercial contracts such as merchandising contracts.
James regularly advises clients on publishing, recording, management, merchandising and joint venture agreements.
Focusing his practice on the music and entertainment business, James acts for a number of high profile songwriters, artist managers, jazz, pop and rock acts, authors, publishers and record labels.
James Harman advises clients in the music and book industries on commercial and contractual matters. Clients say: "He is very analytical and he brings confidence."
- Chambers & Partners, 2018
James Harman maintains a thriving music practice, advising a wide variety of successful talent clients on commercial and contractual matters. One source calls him "an expert in his field" and says he "is professional and courteous at all times."
- Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Great negotiator" James Harman maintains a strong artist practice, and is praised by clients for his "very good breadth of knowledge of the industry and fantastic experience."
- Chambers & Partners, 2015
James Harman is considered an "absolute legend" by peers for his magisterial command of publishing, recording and talent contract work in the music industry. He also advises on copyright law and merchandising.
- Chambers & Partners, 2014