Protecting and optimising in a digital world

Music is changing, from the way it’s created, to how it’s developed and distributed. The industry has undergone a transformation as it has adapted to the digital world, and is now moving into a new phase of harnessing technology to its benefit. With deep sector expertise and an understanding of the latest trends, we’ll work with you in perfect harmony to help you navigate the rapidly evolving world of music. 

Our international music group operates across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, providing you with practical advice and solutions wherever you’re located.  

As a group of music lovers, we thrive on working with and for the artists and creators who are where the music starts, as well as record labels, music publishers and other rights owners; music events companies; collecting societies and investors. The one thing our clients tend to have in common is a desire to do things differently. 

Whether you’re entering an emerging market or looking to sing above the noise of an established audience base, we’ll help you navigate the complexities of music rights and royalties, music financing, sponsorship, NFTs, copyright law, blockchain technologies, licensing, tax and more.  

For more information on how we can help you get the most from your music, get in touch with one of the team below. 


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Staffan Boström is a highly acclaimed practitioner in the media sector who typically acts for clients in the music and entertainment industries. Clients say: "He has the capacity to think and work outside the box."

Chambers Europe 2017

"They are fully dedicated to the client," an interviewee says, with another adding: "The team is always helpful."

Chambers Europe 2017

"The firm has lawyers that really know the sector well and understand the market trends. You get a well-crafted way forward"

Chambers Europe 2017

"Bird & Bird is praised for its ‘pragmatic and commercial approach, combined with fantastic industry knowledge’."

Firm, Legal 500 2017

"International media group head Phil Sherrell is ‘an absolute delight to deal with’ and handles litigation in the music, broadcasting, advertising and media sectors."

UK, Legal 500, 2016

The "very approachable" Phil Sherrell impresses with his multifaceted and international digital media practice, and acts for publishers and music industry players. He handles contentious and non-contentious media matters, demonstrating particular proficiency in copyright matters. Clients say: "More than simply advocating a legal position, he works with you to think through business issues."

Chambers UK 2016

Staffan Boström is widely regarded as the number one music lawyer in Sweden. Clients appreciate that he knows the industry inside out and highlight his negotiation skills as a key asset. He is particularly popular with music companies for advice on co-operation agreements, IP rights and music rights.

Chambers Europe 2018

As head of the firm's media and entertainment department, Jerker Edström principally focuses on copyright law, licensing agreements and right-clearances. Clients describe him as "very attentive and knowledgeable"

Chambers Europe 2018