Live Events

We advise on all legal and commercial issues involved in the structure, staging and promotion of all types of live events, including live music, theatre productions, e-sports, conferences, exhibitions and experiential events.

We are preeminent in advising some of the leading players in the UK exhibitions industry on all aspects of that business including the sale and purchase of events and their acquisition under licence. Clients have included the likes of Richard Copley-Smith, Phil Soar, Tim Etchells, Richard Hease, Steve Monnington, Chris Hughes and Peter Jones and their various businesses and events have included Cruise Show, Counter Terror Expo, Art HK, January Furniture Show, World Future Energy Summit, Learning Technologies, RSVP, Restaurant Show, Move It!, the Surfaces Show, Adventure Travel Show and the Spa Show.

Our specialism in acting on the acquisition of rights and licence arrangements to run conferences, shows and exhibitions has included working on such shows as the, London Fashion Week and Weekend, Countryfile Live, The Gadget Show Live, the British International Motor Show and Top Gear Live.

On non exhibition events we have advised on contractual arrangements for major world tours from bands such as One Direction, Queen and the Spice Girls to global theatrical triumphs such as Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance tour.

The team’s areas of expertise encompass:

  • Buying and selling of events and events companies
  • Organisation of events under licence
  • Joint venture arrangements
  • Event management agreements
  • Sponsorship, merchandising and brand licensing
  • Cloning and international roll outs
  • Venue hire and co-location
  • Trademarks and data protection
  • Performer agreements and TV format deals