I'm an associate at Bird & Bird in London, specialising in intellectual property law and reputation management, primarily in the media, entertainment, sport and technology sectors.

My IP practice involves advising organisations on the full spectrum of 'soft' rights, with a focus on copyright (including related rights, eg moral rights and performers' rights), and trade mark issues. I have particular experience advising both rightsholders and online platforms in the music, sports and tech industries in relation to infringement issues relating to the use of content, in addition to advising on commercial deals, negotiating licences and rights-clearances.

In addition to my intellectual property experience, I also advise corporates and individuals in relation to media disputes and reputation management, covering defamation, malicious falsehood, harassment, privacy and breaches of confidence.

Combining these areas, I am particularly well placed to deal with digital and traditional publishers, digital content platforms, social media platforms and ISPs, in relation to the removal of sensitive and infringing content from the digital sphere.

Finally, as an editor of the online legal news publication, MediaWrites.Law, I keep well informed about the latest developments in the media, entertainment, sport and technology industries, both from a legal and political perspective.

  • Advising a UK music collecting society in relation to potential copyright tribunal and copyright infringement proceedings against a number of digital content platforms.
  • Acting for an online platform defending a copyright infringement claim brought in the High Court by two of the biggest record labels in the world.
  • Spending nine months seconded to the Perform Group (which included brands such as Opta, DAZN and Goal.com), advising on copyright and trade mark protection, licensing and enforcement matters.
  • Acting for a household brand in relation to a dispute with a competitor about their advertising breaches of the ASA's CAP Code, in addition to ancillary trade mark and copyright infringement claims.
  • Providing pre- and post-publication advice for a non-departmental public body in relation to their high-profile investigation into alleged drug-taking by sports professionals and the publishing of the subsequent findings, which had significant media coverage.
  • Providing legal and public relations strategy advice to a professional football club in order to manage threats to publish defamatory allegations about executives at the club by a former insider.
  • Sony Music & Warner Music v TuneIn (test-case on copyright infringement liability for hyperlinking).
  • JW Spear & Mattel v Zynga (trade mark infringement proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to the iconic Scrabble brand)
  • Horrocks v Carney (copyright infringement proceedings in the IPEC)
  • Monarch Airlines v Yaqub (anti-harassment injunction case in the High Court)
Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • GDL and LPC leading to an LL.B, Kaplan Law School
  • English, University of Nottingham
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2014