I am the Managing Partner of the ‘Creators, Makers and Innovators’ division at Lewis Silkin, specialising in intellectual property, advertising & marketing, privacy & data protection, consumer & regulatory and reputation management work.
I am primarily a dispute resolution lawyer, but also provide clearance and risk management advice to my clients, which range from famous brands to major marcoms agencies, media, telecoms & tech companies, sports clubs and high net worth individuals.
The legal directories for intellectual property, advertising & marketing and brand management work recognise me as a Leading Practitioner as “a pre-eminent advertising and marketing practitioner” and ‘very confident and solution-focused’. I am ranked as a World Intellectual Property Review Leader, World Trademark Review ‘Top 1000’, an ‘IP Star’ by Managing Intellectual Property, Who’s Who Legal: TMT 2017 and in Super Lawyers. I have higher courts rights of audience and am an accredited CEDR mediator. I am a Committee Member of the Branded Content Marketing Association and on the British Brands Group’s legal section, I am also a member of the Creative Industries Council Marcoms Group. I am joint author and editor of the leading textbook ‘Advertising Law & Regulation’ (2nd Ed.).
Brands & Intellectual Property
I have been involved in a number of landmark cases in my specialist legal areas of intellectual property, privacy & data protection and reputation management, including acting for Three against O2 in a comparative advertising dispute in the Court of Justice of the European Union and for Viagogo against the Rugby Football Union in a Supreme Court case involving data protection issues arising from a ‘Norwich Pharmacal’ order. I am a regular speaker in the UK and abroad, including in 2016 at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s AGM on trade marks and metatags in the UK/EU and the IBA Litigation Forum in San Francisco on the different approach to privacy and data protection between the US and UK/EU.
Advertising & Marketing
I have particular knowledge and experience of the advertising & marketing sector, having been in-house counsel for advertising group TBWA (part of Omnicom) before joining Lewis Silkin. I am recognised as a leading practitioner by the legal directories for advertising & marketing and brand management work, described as “a pre-eminent advertising and marketing practitioner” and ‘very confident and solution-focused’. I have been involved in a number of landmark cases involving the sector, including acting for Three against O2 in a comparative advertising dispute in the Court of Justice of the European Union.
I am a Committee Member of the Branded Content Marketing Association and on the British Brands Group’s legal section. He is also a member of the Creative Industries Council Marcoms Group. He was the sole author of the leading textbook ‘Advertising Law & Regulation’ and is joint author and editor of its second edition (published by Bloomsbury Professional).
Awards and Recognition
- Chambers 2017 - Band 1 - UK-wide, Media & Entertainment: Advertising & Marketing
- Giles Crown is the head of the firm's media, brands and technology department and is an expert in brand management and related areas, including IP and reputation management. Sources say: "Whatever angle you're trying to push, he's able to think very laterally. He's a very good sounding board."
- Chambers 2017 - Ranked - London (Firms), Intellectual Property
- Giles Crown advises on the development of brand protection strategies and trade mark litigation. One client describes him as "absolutely unflappable."
- Legal 500 2016 - The ‘very confident and solution-focused’ Giles Crown represented BT in a trade mark infringement claim brought against it by Virgin Media.