Paddy Gardiner

Phone +44 20 7874 5662

PA Catherine Spelman
Phone +44 20 7874 5635

Paddy is head of the firm’s Disputes group. He has over 20 years’ experience of handling disputes across a range of sectors, particularly in the media and entertainment industries, including: complex copyright and trade mark infringement claims, injunction proceedings, breach of contract, professional negligence and shareholder claims. He deals regularly with cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and occasionally up to the Supreme Court, as well as proceedings in the specialist Copyright, Tax and Competition Appeals Tribunals.

Paddy has litigated many disputes through to trial, although where possible he seeks to settle them through ADR. He always seeks to deploy a sensible, pragmatic and cost-effective approach for clients. He has represented both corporates and high net worth individuals, including music copyright collection societies PRS for Music and PPL, Universal Music, the gaming corporation Caesars Entertainment and leading entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment field.

Paddy is recommended in Chambers & Partners as a leading individual for disputes in the music industry, having been praised by clients as a sound technician with a clear understanding of our needs and a desire to achieve them in a cost-efficient way and direct and commercially astute.  He is also recommended in Legal 500 for media litigation, which describes him as a strong tactician.


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Paddy Gardiner is an experienced media litigator with a focus on the music sector, representing music collecting societies and other clients on a variety of contentious matters. Interviewees say: "He's very sharp, very commercially minded in his approach and aggressive when he needs to be." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Paddy Gardiner is head of the firm's disputes group and is described by commentators as "very able" in the context of contentious music matters and litigation. He is particularly well regarded for his music-collecting societies practice. - Chambers & Partners, 2017
Particularly esteemed for his work in music copyright infringement cases, the "excellent" Gardiner is singled out for praise by observers as "a very bright litigator." - Chambers & Partners, 2016
Paddy Gardiner is extolled as an "excellent litigator" who acts on music industry disputes. - Chambers & Partners, 2015
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