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 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.
WTF is going on with EU publisher copyright?16 September 2016
Simon Entwistle has commented in an article for Digiday UK which discusses the European Commission's proposed news laws to update Europe's copyright rule.