Media & Entertainment

“Although primarily considered a banking and finance-focused set, 3 Verulam Buildings has a flourishing media and entertainment offering. A number of its members advise publishing, film, television, radio, music and new media industry clients on issues relating to contract, copyright and licensing.”

Chambers and Partners UK 2015

3VB has a well-established reputation in this area and our barristers continue to act for a range of clients in the music, film, advertising and new media industries.

High profile cases include Thwaytes v Sotheby’s [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch) the successful defence of a claim for alleged negligent advice in relation to the sale of a Caravaggio painting.  A similar case in which we acted was Spencer-Churchill v Faggionato Fine Arts [2012] EWHC 2318 (Ch) where we acted for the Claimant in this action involving allegations of bribery, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty in the sale of a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat worth several million dollars.

Cases typically involve copyright or related rights, or disputes concerning management, publishing, recording, production or licensing agreements. Spin-offs from Chambers’ work in this field include instructions relating to film finance, entertainment-related professional negligence claims and litigation surrounding the collapse of a major record label. 

Our barristers in this area come from different spheres usually having trained as barristers having had a previous career in the arts from art dealing to film and TV production. 

Media & Entertainment