Media & Entertainment Disputes
Content disputes take many shapes and forms, and we deal with them all.
Whether the dispute be breach of copyright, passing off, breach of confidence, privacy, defamation, malicious falsehood – or a combination two or more of those – then we have the expertise to deal with it. We also have all the industry expertise to deal effectively with contractual disputes. We make an early assessment and if we think you will lose we will tell you and get you out of the dispute as quickly and cheaply as possible. If we think you will win we fight your corner hard and try to get you a resolution early on to avoid the expense and uncertainty of a trial.
We also view programmes and read copy for libel and privacy expertly and robustly deploying our in-depth legal and industry knowledge; work we have done for a wide range of broadcasters and publishers.
New rules on witness statements in force from 6 April 202109 March 2021
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has approved new rules on preparing trial witness statements of fact in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (i.e. the Chancery Division, the Commercial Court, Circuit Commercial Court, Financial List). The new rules apply to trial witness statements signed on or after 6 April 2021 (with certain exceptions) and will have a significant impact. Parties and their advisers need to become familiar with the changes now for any trial statements that may already be in progress.
Dispute Resolution Update - October 202016 October 2020
Welcome to our October 2020 Dispute Resolution Update which collates some of our recent insights. We will be hosting our next dispute resolution webinar on the 5th November 'Trading through the pandemic: insolvency issues, risk and contractual performance.' You can find registration instructions here. Thank you for reading the October Dispute Resolution Update.
Dispute Resolution Update - July 202020 July 2020
Welcome to our July 2020 Dispute Resolution Update. We've included articles on a range of issues, including features on Covid-19, Professional Services and Sports Disputes. Since our last Update, Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown has turned life upside down for many businesses and individuals. As the world has adjusted, contentious issues have started to emerge. Not only can we help resolve such issues once they arise, we can also work with you to reduce the risk of litigation. If you have any feedback, comments or queries let us know by contacting Paula Barry.
Important new case on disclosure, but has anyone noticed?29 April 2020
Given the dominance of the coronavirus over all aspects of life, including the law, it would be easy to miss the appearance of a new case about one of the basics of litigation.
I didn’t sign up for this! Can parties escape obligations when the deal changes?28 April 2020
It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown as various governments roundly seek to combat the spread of Covid-19. The impact has seen businesses forced to adapt to a reality that they would never have envisaged. Measures in the UK have left a variety of sectors reeling as shops have shut, operations have been restricted and events have been cancelled.
Legal Professional Privilege Update22 April 2020
This guide is intended to provide a brief overview of legal professional privilege. It identifies some practical steps which will help to maintain privilege and concludes with a privilege “flowchart” and table of commonly used terms.
Implying terms into commercial contracts impacted by COVID-1931 March 2020
We live and work in unprecedented times. The health of the population is rightly the priority, but it is abundantly clear that steps taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having a very significant impact on the ability of businesses to fulfil obligations in commercial contracts.
COVID-19: force majeure and frustration flowcharts30 March 2020
The Coronavirus situation may interfere with contractual performance for a variety of reasons. Download here our flowcharts of the issues for those considering whether it is possible to bring contracts to an end (or suspend performance of contractual obligations) without breaching the contract by relying on contractual force majeure clauses or the common law doctrine of frustration.