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Film
We were one of the first UK law firms to specialise in the film business and our advice draws on many years of experience.

We advise on all the legal and related issues involved in the development, production and exploitation of feature films and we pride ourselves on always giving comprehensive, practical and relevant advice that meets our clients’ commercial needs.

Our clients range from individual producers to financiers, distributors and exhibitors, and we are happy working across all genres and at all budget levels.

Specific areas of work include: drafting and advising on option agreements, writers agreements and first overhead deals; advising on structuring coproductions, shareholder agreements, joint ventures and EIS, equity finance and bank financing (both pre-sales and debt); drafting and negotiating all talent agreements, including director, producer, artist and composer agreements; chain of title and clearance reports; advising on sales agency agreements and distribution deals.

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Drafting and advising on option agreements
  • Writers agreements and first overhead deals
  • Advising on structuring co-productions
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Joint ventures and EIS
  • Equity finance and bank financing (both pre-sales and debt)
  • Drafting and negotiating all talent agreements, including director, producer, artist and composer agreements
  • Chain of title and clearance reports
  • Advising on sales agency agreements and distribution deals.
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    They are great - we can rely on them to be responsive and do extremely high-quality work
    Chambers & Partners, 2020
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    Every lawyer I have worked with has been friendly, approachable and willing to listen.
    Chambers & Partners, 2019
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    They are very commercial, really understand our business and can apply the law practically in line with our business goals.
    Chambers & Partners, 2020
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    They understand our business incredibly well and provide a range of specialists as needed.
    Chambers & Partners, 2018
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    Huge effort, attention to detail and great concern for their clients.
    Chambers & Partners, 2017
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    They provide carefully considered support and guidance, adding value at every stage of the process. I couldn't recommend them more highly.
    Chambers & Partners, 2018