In this digital era, the publishing sector is continuously faced with new challenges and opportunities. We represent a growing range of authors and publishers on a wide range of publishing issues, from negotiating and preparing contracts to freedom of information advice, copyright infringement and disputes.

Clients include magazine, newspaper and book publishers as well as many authors and playwrights. We also act for a growing number of corporates, museums and public collections engaging in publishing activities (both printed and online).

We are legal advisor for all the major trade bodies in this area including the Society of Authors, the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, the Association of Illustrators, the Association of Authors' Agents and the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies. 

Our services include:

  • representing authors in relation to their publishing agreements and in relation to the licensing of their work to film and television companies and theatrical producers both in the UK and internationally
  • advising Journal publishers in relation to their agreements with contributors, editors and joint venturers
  • libel, defamation and reputation
  • media law and regulation
  • copyright issues
  • freedom of expression
  • dispute Resolution
  • brand protection
  • IT and software
  • corporate, commercial, employment and property issues.

Recent experience advising:

  • a global leader in business and financial news on numerous and complex data protection issues, copyright and Freedom of Information matters
  • a best selling internationally known author in relation to negotiations for a new  agreement with a major American publisher
  • a best selling author in relation to the licence of film rights to a film production company
  • two best selling authors in relation to their respective licences of television series rights to UK broadcasters
  • a best selling author in relation to the licence of musico-dramatic rights to a UK theatrical producer
  • a major European book publisher in relation to a full due diligence of their books governed by English law to ascertain if they were entitled to exploit e-rights
  • a publisher in respect of claims for breaches of copyright
  • an English author in respect of the publication of an internationally known sportsperson’s biography
  • several playwrights in relation to options and licences to theatrical producers and broadcasters
  • several Literary Agents in respect of the exploitation of their contracted authors’ exploitation rights and commercial disputes.

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Robert Lands

Robert Lands : Partner

  • "Maintains a strong presence in the publishing sector, specialising in the representation of specialist science and technical journals, and in acting for high-profile broadcasters and newspapers. Demonstrates additional experience in the theatre industry."

    Chambers UK 2015