Publishing

Technology has changed the publishing industry significantly and we’re here to help our clients navigate these shifts and harvest opportunities in the new era of electronic and online publishing.

Offering digital, intellectual property, commercial and corporate advice, our team advises authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, hosts and developers and draws our lawyers’ pan-sector experience to provide our clients with advice that will help them exploit and protect the value of their content.

Over the years, we’ve advised on a broad range of book deals for football players and pop stars, and across a wide variety of genres from children’s stories to cookery books and in 2013, we advised Wilbur Smith on what was the biggest publishing deal of the year.

We have an in-depth understanding of how traditional book rights need to be tailored to evolving digital platforms, apps and social media and combined with the firm’s pan-media expertise, we can offer the publishing fraternity an unparalleled level of service, knowledge and skill.

Our Publishing Group is also supported by our impressive contentious practice. These skilled and specialist lawyers are able to prevent challenging circumstances from arising and handle any disputes swiftly and appropriately if required.

Our services include advising on:

  • Commercial deals
  • Corporate deals: acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Copy Clearance (pre and post publication): Libel, privacy and other pre-publication advice, and advice on marketing and advertising campaigns, including in social media and more traditional media
  • Dispute resolution