Advertising & Marketing
We have been advising clients in the advertising sector since the early 1970s. We have advised the founders of advertising agencies which became icons of the British advertising industry, to many of the world’s largest agency networks, as well as leading independent agencies.
Along the way, we’ve advised them on mergers and acquisitions, public company flotations and ultimately on to their sale. We helped them hire people and fire people, and now we teach them how look after millennials. We advised on them on their contracts, their IP, their premises, their disputes, their tax and their immigration issues.
But a few years ago, advertisers began to realize that if they wanted specialist advertising advice, they should speak to a firm that is immersed in the business. So now we advise them too, particularly in relation to data protection and privacy (including the GDPR), advertising regulation, talent contracts, employment status of freelancers and intellectually property protection, enforcement and disputes.
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You can view our latest 2 AdLaw blog posts below and our full blog here.
ASA Chief Executive, Guy Parker in conversation: Fireside chat highlights27 November 2020
Earlier this week, Brinsley Dresden, Partner and Head of our Advertising & Marketing Sector Focus Group, welcomed Guy Parker, Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Agency (“ASA”), for a virtual fireside chat to discuss how the ASA is facing up to some of the big issues in the advertising and marketing industry.
Government considers imposing ‘Duty of Impartiality’ on social media platforms19 November 2020
It is a lofty ideal to impose a duty of due impartiality on social media platforms. Decisions of where and whether to allow or to block various content on major social media platforms are extremely important. The flow of information, misinformation and disinformation clearly has the power to influence societies and the outcome of elections.
Lewis Silkin advises brand, communications and experience research specialist The Nursery on its conversion to employee ownership19 November 2020
Lewis Silkin advises brand, communications and experience research specialist The Nursery on its conversion to employee ownership
Imposing impartiality on social media is probably impossible: Geraint Lloyd-Taylor writes for The Times19 November 2020
It is a lofty ideal to impose a duty of due impartiality on social media platforms. Decisions of where and whether to allow or to block various content on popular sites are extremely important, given that the flow of information, misinformation and disinformation clearly has the power to influence societies and the outcome of elections.
Ads & Brands Law Digest: October 202009 November 2020
Welcome to the October 2020 issue of our monthly Ads & Brands Law Digest.
To mark Black History Month, we’ve looked at some of the ads that have been labelled racist in both the UK and further afield, but we’ve been shocked to identify the biggest offender of all30 October 2020
Author’s note: I always give careful thought before publishing offensive ads in articles or including them in presentations, but unfortunately, I think it is often essential so that the reader or audience can fully appreciate the story. Nevertheless, I should like to apologise for any offence that is caused by the ads included in this piece.
New video sharing platform regulations - something to get twitchy about?26 October 2020
Does your website/app/platform allow the sharing of videos? Even just as an add-on to its main activities? If so new regulations governing video sharing platforms need to be on your radar.
Instagram vows to tackle hidden celebrity ads after watchdog probe: Geraint Lloyd-Taylor comments for City AM19 October 2020
Instagram has pledged to do more to prevent hidden advertising on its website and app amid concerns that influencers are failing to make it clear when they have been paid to promote products. In this article for City AM, Geraint Lloyd-Taylor comments on how collaboration between the CMA & the ASA is key to these regulations.