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.
Lewis Silkin advises Be Heard management team on terms of the acquisition of Be Heard by MSQ04 September 2020
Lewis Silkin has advised the management team of Be Heard Group on their ongoing terms with MSQ following the acquisition of Be Heard Group by MSQ.
Junk food ad ban is two years away: Brinsley Dresden comments for The Times28 July 2020
A 9pm watershed for junk food adverts is likely to take two years to introduce as ministers give companies time to make food healthy enough to promote.
Johnson wages war on junk food ads in bid to tackle UK obesity: Brinsley Dresden comments for City A.M.27 July 2020
Boris Johnson is set to announce sweeping measures to overhaul junk food advertising in the UK, which could include a 9pm watershed on TV adverts.
Advertising trade bodies united in distaste for 'junk food' TV and online ad ban: Brinsley Dresden comments for The Drum27 July 2020
The UK government is planning a junk food TV – and now potentially online – advertising ban, blaming such ads for the ticking “time bomb” of obesity. Whether this move will improve public health remains hotly contested, but among the advertising trade bodies there is consensus. They hate it.
Influencers are unionising – what do you need to know?17 July 2020
As the power of the influencer increases, as does the importance for brands to not only find the perfect talent for their campaign, but to ensure a happy and long-lasting relationship.
Ads & Brands Law Digest: June-July 202006 July 2020
Welcome to the June-July 2020 issue of our monthly Ads & Brands Law Digest.
Lewis Silkin advises Be Heard Group PLC Management on their takeover offer from MSQ Partners Ltd25 June 2020
Be Heard Group PLC has agreed to a GBP6.2 million takeover offer by marketing communications group MSQ Partners Ltd, in a deal which makes the group better placed to win more and larger clients both within the United Kingdom and internationally, particularly in North America and Southeast Asia.
Webinar - Keep the spark alive: Incentives, equity and beyond for independent agencies23 June 2020
We’ll talk you through conventional employee incentive models; EMI options; hurdle shares; partly paid shares and cash bonus schemes and the pros and cons of each.