Advertising & Marketing
We have been advising clients in the advertising sector since the early 1970s. We have advised the founders of advertising agencies which became icons of the British advertising industry, to many of the world’s largest agency networks, as well as leading independent agencies.
Along the way, we’ve advised them on mergers and acquisitions, public company flotations and ultimately on to their sale. We helped them hire people and fire people, and now we teach them how look after millennials. We advised on them on their contracts, their IP, their premises, their disputes, their tax and their immigration issues.
But a few years ago, advertisers began to realize that if they wanted specialist advertising advice, they should speak to a firm that is immersed in the business. So now we advise them too, particularly in relation to data protection and privacy (including the GDPR), advertising regulation, talent contracts, employment status of freelancers and intellectually property protection, enforcement and disputes.
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You can view our latest 2 AdLaw blog posts below and our full blog here.
Avertising & Marketing - Social Media: Update on the legal and regulatory risks of influencer marketing20 November 2019
Regulators in both the United Kingdom and United States are taking an increasingly close interest in the activities of influencers.
Advertising & Marketing - Is increased privacy regulation killing targeted advertising?17 September 2019
Whilst all the attention has been focussed on the GDPR, European legislators have been busy putting the finishing touches to the new E-Privacy Regulation.
Advertising & Marketing - Mergers & Acquisitions: Somewhere over the rainbow…may be your future20 June 2019
The M&A landscape in the advertising & marketing and related technology sector has become characterised by new buyers from a variety of non-traditional backgrounds, but with the traditional network holding companies still being the most prolific acquirers.
Advertising & Marketing - Mental Health: What should agencies do to protect the mental well-being of employees?16 May 2019
NABS have reported that calls to its advice line are up 26% and the need for emotional support is the most common reason for making contact (representing a third of calls).
Advertising & Marketing - Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Has it done any good? And will ethnicity pay reporting follow?28 February 2019
The perceived success of gender pay gap reporting has emboldened the government to start a consultation on compulsory ethnicity pay reporting but has gender pay gap reporting really changed the pay practices of agencies? We will:
Lewis Silkin advises on sale of leading digital service design agency We Are Friday to PA Consulting17 December 2018
Leading law firm Lewis Silkin LLP has advised We Are Friday, a leading digital service design and engineering agency, on its acquisition by PA Consulting.
Freelancer tax: What ad agencies need to know29 November 2018
The Chancellor, who has dubbed himself ‘Fiscal Phil’, announced in the Budget the latest measure to combat what HMRC calls “false self-employment”. There will be a fundamental reform of who bears the risk of PAYE and NIC under the IR35 rules. However there are concerns that this change will simply make it harder to engage freelancers without a disproportionate compliance cost.
Lewis Silkin advises global communications agency Way To Blue, on its acquisition by The Miroma Group29 November 2018
The Lewis Silkin Corporate team has advised its client, Way To Blue, on its acquisition by The Miroma Group.