I have been an IP/commercial lawyer for almost 25 years. My work covers traditional IP issues, from patent licensing, portfolio management through to global IP restructuring. I am also heavily involved in anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy issues.
While the subject matter of my work may range from pharma to software and FMCG to car designs much of my time is focused on the media, creative, entertainment and sports industries.
Over the last 20 years, I have been on tour with bands (as a lawyer) and been part of the delivery team on many events. The projects I have worked on range from the Sydney Olympic Games and Doha Asian Games through to the Concert for Diana, Royal Ascot and London Fashion Week.
I am qualified in England and Wales and New South Wales.
I am currently recognised in the legal directories for my work in the areas of IP; brand management; media and entertainment; sport; and theatre.
I am proud to lead our Media and Entertainment industry sector focus group. I am also a member of the Sports sector focus group and Brands and IP and Commercial legal practice groups.
Brands and IP
The protection, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights has been the corner stone of my practice for many years.
- I've helped companies with brand clearance and searching strategies for example coordinating and undertaking all clearance work for the LIVE NATION brand outside the Americas.
- I've advised many well-known athletes, artists and personalities on image rights and related issues.
- I've advised rights owners on restructuring their global portfolios and implemented those recommendations.
- I've also coordinated anti-counterfeiting programmes for a whole range of rights holders from major international artists, software manufacturers and fashion houses to producers of equipment used in live-line engineering.
I advise on a wide range of commercial issues and commercial agreements and enjoy getting to grips with complex and challenging issues.
My work includes: acquisition of the commercial rights to international sporting events; catering agreements for events and venues; production and co-production agreements; joint ventures; ticketing terms and conditions; agents agreements; commercial agency regulations; distribution and franchising agreements; development deals; publishing; sponsorship; licensing (character and brand); and theatrical funding and financing arrangements.
My work is international in nature and I am often involved in deals where all parties are outside the UK.
I provide many of my clients with strategic and commercial advice, working with them to understand their commercial objectives and to then meet those objectives in the most pragmatic and cost effective way.
Media and Entertainment
My work in the media and entertainment sector has moved from computer games to music, from music to theatre, and from theatre to TV, film and publishing.
In music I have worked for numerous promoters, agents, artists, writers and representative bodies; in theatre I primarily represent producers, rights holders and creatives; in the computer games industry I represent both developers and publishers; and in publishing I generally represent authors.
I have been advising the producers of the musical the Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert on all production issues (including rights clearance) since 2004.
I particularly enjoy working on major events and have been responsible for the legal issues (including music and performer issues) for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games, Manchester Commonwealth Games and Doha Asian Games as well as the Concert for Diana (28 Artists and 20 presenters, broadcast in over 140 countries).
I have been involved in legal issues in the sports industry for many years - my first sports matter was a deal to bring Craig McDermott to Yorkshire as Yorkshire CC's first non-Yorkshire born player in 1992. He had an operation instead.
In February 1999, I joined the legal team of SOCOG, the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee and since then have worked on many sporting events both in the UK and around the world.
I have advised on and negotiated (as well as advised on strategy for): sponsorship deals valued at more than US$1bn; numerous licensing deals (including setting up the team licensing arrangements between a major UK sport governing body and the international representative team); agreements to acquire the commercial rights (and the right to organise) a major international sporting event (as well as a class of events); and agreements and structures for new events.
I work mainly for rights holders, governing bodies, organisers and brands, but also represent athletes and their agents.
Awards and Recognition
- Chambers 2017 - Ranked - UK-wide, Media & Entertainment: Theatre
- Jeremy Summers concentrates on commercial and IP issues for clients in theatre and other creative industries. Sources say he provides a "sensible overview that embraces big-picture issues over expediency," and praise his "superb commercial awareness and outstanding client service."
- Chambers 2017 - Ranked - London (Firms), Intellectual Property
- Jeremy Summers is best known for advice on licensing and collaboration arrangements involving all core rights, although he also works on contentious matters. Clients say: "We rely on his judgement in negotiations. He is commercially minded and gives straightforward answers."
- Legal 500 2016 - Commercial IP specialist Jeremy Summers is also recommended.
- Legal 500 2016 - Jeremy Summers (who is noted for his ‘clear advice and ability to anticipate clients’ needs’) advises Live Nation on IP issues.
- Legal 500 2016 - Jeremy Summers, a commercial and IP specialist, is another name to note [in Sport].