We work with clients from across the broad spectrum of the publishing sector, in print and digital media, acting for creators, vendors and distributors of original and archive content.
As a firm, we work very closely with industry bodies in the sector, and are associate members of the PPA and the AOP, among others. In addition, members of our team have worked in-house, including on secondment from the firm, at magazine businesses, newspapers, radio stations, book publishers and music labels, and are therefore familiar with the commercial and practical issues which businesses operating in the publishing industry face day-to-day.
Our work for clients in the sector brings into play all that we do across the firm, from M&A and joint ventures to employment and immigration advice via IP, tech and commercial advice, content creation and pre-publication advice, consumer, ecommerce, dispute resolution and real estate. Working closely with our colleagues in the marketing services and commercial groups, we are at the forefront on many issues affecting the sector, including ad fraud, ad blocking and programmatic inventory trading as well as the constantly-changing regulatory environment for issues such as data privacy and the regulation of brand funded, video and digital content. This helps inform the work we do in more traditional areas in the publishing world such as book deals, option agreements and defamation.
Our clients range from multinational media groups to digital first start-ups, international bestselling authors to artists and we tailor our advice and approach to fit the individual needs of each person who chooses to instruct us
Lewis Silkin advises longstanding client Walker Books on its sale to Trustbridge Global Media13 May 2020
Lewis Silkin has advised longstanding client Walker Books on the sale of the group to Trustbridge Global Media.
New court rules: media claims on the move01 October 2019
From today, 1 October 2019, all High Court claims that include a claim for defamation, misuse of private information, data protection and/or harassment by publication must be issued in the Media and Communications List (“the List”) in the Queen’s Bench Division. A claim that involves the publication or threatened publication of information via the media, online, or the activities of the media may also be issued in the List.
Lachaux: defamation clients must prove “serious harm”17 June 2019
Has a statement about you caused you serious harm? That is the question posed by section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013, which has been the subject of a long running defamation claim brought against the publishers of the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Huffington Post. The Supreme Court has now delivered its judgment on the interpretation of section 1, which has significant implications for the media industry.
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket on its sale of the world’s best-selling gadget magazine – Stuff – to Kelsey Media06 June 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Haymarket Media Group, on the sale of Stuff to Kelsey Media. Stuff encompasses the world’s best-selling gadget magazine and Stuff.TV. The deal is due to close in mid-June following consultation with affected employees. It follows the sale by Haymarket, advised by Lewis Silkin, of four specialist consumer brands to Future plc, which closed last month.
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket on its sale of five consumer media brands to Future plc26 March 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Haymarket Media Group, on the sale of five consumer media brands to Future plc, for an aggregate sum of up to £14m.
CDM 2015: Who is the Principal Designer?01 August 2017
By now, everyone is familiar with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”). However, there still seems to be confusion as to who should fulfil the role of the Principal Designer (“PD”).
Lewis Silkin acts for Sans Frontieres Associates on their investments from Dods Group Plc and Lord Timothy Bell02 May 2017
Lewis Silkin has advised Sans Frontieres Associates, the international, strategic communications consulting company, on its set up and on the investments received from Dods Group Plc and Lord Timothy Bell. Sans Frontieres Associates is a London based company which began trading in January 2017, founded by Jonathan Lehrle, former partner of Bell Pottinger.
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket Media Group on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network25 November 2016
Lewis Silkin has advised long-standing client Haymarket Media Group, the privately held media company, on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network, a specialist online motor racing content and events company.