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Lewis Silkin levels up games practice with new legal director

20 October 2021

LONDON – Lewis Silkin today announces the appointment of Nick Allan as a legal director to lead the firm’s growing practice in interactive entertainment.

Nick is a specialist in computer and video games, especially in commercial transactions in the industry, including developing, publishing and licensing deals. His hire further bolsters Lewis Silkin’s market-leading Media & Entertainment sector expertise.

In addition, Nick has a strong background in intellectual property with extensive experience advising on issues specific to the interactive entertainment industry, such as the use of real-world assets within games. He also has deep knowledge of the various regulatory issues affecting the sector, advising on the likes of the Online Harms Bill, the Children’s Code, age ratings, virtual currencies, loot boxes, collecting societies and e-commerce.

He was recognised this year by the Legal 500 as a “younger lawyer to watch out for” in Media and Entertainment and is active both as a member of the Video Games Bar Association and as a speaker at influential games conferences, including the annual Games Industry Law Summit in Vilnius and the annual Develop conference in Brighton.

Giles Crown, Joint Managing Partner at Lewis Silkin, commented: 

“It is a pleasure to welcome someone of Nick’s calibre and expertise to Lewis Silkin. Nick’s practice is perfectly aligned with our focus on creative, tech and innovation businesses and in particular our market leading media & entertainment offering.  His appointment further enhances our capabilities in advising clients within the fast growing and dynamic games and interactive entertainment industries. We are delighted to have Nick as part of the team.”

Cliff Fluet, Partner and Joint Head of the Media & Entertainment sector group at Lewis Silkin, said: 

“Nick is a hugely positive addition to our growing media & entertainment sector team, bringing with him a wealth of experience and authority in the computer and video games space. This is an exciting time in the games industry and we look forward to working with Nick to help clients bring their ideas to fulfilment and unlock possibilities in this cutting edge sector.”

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