New Media Law provides legal advice in the creative industries - with a niche focus on digital media.
Technological advances in our everyday lives continually change the way that our clients do business. With many years’ experience in the tech industry our lawyers advise on a wide range of issues in the sector (whether for IT suppliers or users).
Brand management is the process of maintaining, improving and upholding a brand so that the name is associated with positive results. We can offer advice on all aspects of brands and intellectual property and we also offer specialist advice on trade mark law.
Film and TV
We give advice across various aspects of the Film and TV sectors, including film financing, production, post production or enforcement of IP, whether advising small independent film makers or major Hollywood producers and production companies. We advise on all aspects of programme creation and production, whether for small independent programme makers or national television broadcasters and production companies.
With many years’ expertise working in the publishing industry we advise on all aspects of the publishing sector. Our broad range of knowledge makes us well placed to advise not just on traditional magazine publishing matters, but also all aspects of digital publishing as well.
Our music team offers expert advice to clients based on first hand experience in the music industry. We advise established record companies, music publishers, managers and internationally recognised artists and songwriters, as well as those trying to break into the music industry. With an ex VP of BMI in the USA on our team, who has many years expertise of international digital rights, we are well placed to advise new models on their strategy, rights acquisition and licensing. We also represent music catalogues for sale and purchase.
With expertise in both commercial and corporate law, we can help with the development and growth of new businesses. We also cover many of the legal issues that affect start-up businesses including; financial advice, intellectual property, dispute resolution, private client, real estate and employment law.
We are a commercial law firm in addition to a media law firm. As such, we have expertise in the core areas relating to the retail sector. These include the following practice areas: licensing, dispute resolution, real estate, corporate / commercial, IP, employment and competition.
We have an expert team that provides advice on the legal issues associated with software development. Our team includes lawyers who specialise exclusively in technology, e-commerce and digital media as well as commercial lawyers with expertise in IT and Data Protection.
Advertising, Marketing & PR
As a firm that specialises in the creative industries, we offer tailored advice in Advertising, Marketing and PR. We provide advice on everything from commercial agreements to digital media to film and television to internet and IPTV.
We cover the entire range of "Private Client law" from simple to complex wills (including varying Wills after death by "Deeds of Variation"), estate and wealth planning and in particular ways to mitigate inheritance tax on death; advice on and the setting up of lifetime Settlements and Trusts in Wills; all forms of Probate and Letters of Administration on Intestacy (where there is no Will); cross-border matters and domicile and residence issues; Court of Protection and Public Guardianship matters to include the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.
We have local and international experience in competition law and provide insight and solutions to the full range of our clients' competition and sector regulatory needs - in the UK, EU and beyond. A business does not need to have market power for competition law to be relevant to its activities.
Corporate and Commercial
We offer advice on all aspects of commercial and corporate law, specialising in both online and offline agreements. We assist our clients in a wide range of matters including; mergers and acquisitions, control approval, antitrust disputes and litigation, competition risk management and dealing with market and sector investigation.
Data Protection and Privacy
Our Data Protection practice areas advises on all aspects of data protection and privacy. Our team possesses expert knowledge across the law and information technology, as well as e-commerce. We have experience in handling corporate and commercial transactions with an intellectual property element and can therefore offer advice to clients on how best to protect their own intellectual property whilst being compliant with UK and EU data protection regulations.
Defamation and Reputation Management
We provide expert advice on all aspects of defamation. We advise on both 'pre-event' and 'post-event' defamation issues, regularly advising international book and magazine publishers as to the potential issues pre-publication.
We offer expert advice on all aspects of digital and interactive media. We advise clients throughout all stages of the process, including the creation, commissioning and delivery of digital content, from online music sites and mobile phone content providers, to computer games and app developers.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Our dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration team offers effective and commercially based solutions to our clients to help solve commercial disputes. We recognise litigation is a last resort for clients and we therefore also advise our clients on alternative types of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation where this could yield a more effective result for our clients.
We provide comprehensive advice and support on a full range of employment related matters, both in relation to disputes and corporate governance. We advise clients on everything from employment contracts, business restructuring and senior appointments to redundancies, terminations and dealing with employment related disputes. We also provide advice on human resources.
Our team offers advice on all aspects of intellectual property ("IP"), notably copyright, designs and trade marks. Understanding IP is essential to the commercial success of a company so we regularly perform IP audits and advise clients on how best to exploit and protect their IP.
We provide advice on all aspects of national and international online licensing, notably in respect of music publishing (as well as in the use of master recordings and films). We have expertise in initiating and designing, then negotiating and finalising, digital rights licences in the US and across the EU.
We regularly offer expert advice upon the financial aspects of digital distribution agreements (music, TV, film, and podcasting), e-commerce websites, mobile phone content agreements, internet service provider ("ISP") agreements, satellite broadcast agreements and digital rights management systems.
We provide expert advice on all aspects of real property law in England and Wales. This includes advice on property transactions (notably the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, as well as residential and commercial leaseholds) and specialist advice on issues such as land development, and rights to light.
Trusts and Probate
We advise clients across a range of wills and probate issues, from estate administration to lasting powers of attorney and inheritance law. We also offer bespoke legal advice across a wide range of inheritance, intestacy trusts and tax issues.
Phone: +44 (0) 207 291 1670
Fax: +44 (0) 207 291 1680
24 Hanover Square
The NML blog...
* Ian Penman of New Media Law to speak at rAsia conference in Moscow: 20 - 22 June: http://rasia.com/2015/forum/en/speakers-current The title of Ian's main talk will be "How to save the record business from itself...".
* Ferne McCann of TOWIE lands film role via New Media Law: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/towies-ferne-mccann-lands-first-5726614 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3089505/Ferne-McCann-proudly-shows-taut-tummy-toned-legs-bikini-lives-Cannes.html https://www.list.co.uk/article/71005-ferne-mccann-lands-film-role/ http://www.heatworld.com/2015/05/towies-ferne-mccann-has-bagged-herself-a-film-role-at-cannes#.VWF-rM_JDIU http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2015/05/is-towies-ferne-mccann-heading-to-hollywood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3087101/TOWIE-s-Ferne-McCann-does-Cannes.html
* New Media Law client Jacques Alexander, wrote to Ian Penman after the Cannes Film Festival and said:
After meeting Ferne in Cannes I feel I have a part for her in my movie "UPPERCUT".
As she trained as a hairdresser she is perfect for the part of the saucy young stylist in the Mayfair salon.
The film, which is based on my own life story as you well know, has everything: fashion, hairdressing, boxing, murder, blackmail and revenge. It’s a true rag to riches story that shows when you lose everything, it's your family that stands by you.
The story tells of how my brother and I fight to get everything back that had been stolen from me by my lying thieving accountant of 20 years.
Thanks again for a great day on your boat.
See you soon.