Legal services for entertainers
UK music solicitors, lawyers listings, centres and legal advice resources, plus international law centers and associations are listed below for your convenience. Members of some music industry organisations like Musicians Union receive free legal advice.
Please Note:- This listing is purely for reference and information and does not constitute recommendation of any kind.
International Association Of Entertainments Lawyers represents the interests of Music Industry Lawyers and Solicitors and may provide details of members on request.
The Law Society UK
The professional body for solicitors in England and Wales.
3 Verulam Buildings
Tel: 020 7831 8441
Altar Boy Music
454C Kingsland Road
London E8 4AE
Tel: 0800 814 5446
Provide advice on music law and other legal services to musicians and the music industry.
81-83, Essex Road
London, N1 2SF
Tel : +44 20 7700 1414
Specialists in business, copyright, trade marks, designs, and IT law. Free initial interview and fixed fee quote.
Babbington & Bray Solicitors Ltd
42 Southwick Street
Tel: 0207 724 4707
Barry & Co, Bay Terrace
East Sussex. BN21
London EC4Y 9BW
Tel: 020 7583 1770
A leading commercial, public, and employment law set, is recognised by both the leading UK legal directories as the leading set in media & entertainment law.
Bolt Burdon Solicitors
London N1 0QX
Tel: 0207 2884748
Contact: Chris Phillips: Media Department
Currently run an ‘E- legal music clinic’, which operate on a pro bono basis.
Campbell Hooper Solicitors
35 Old Queen Street
Tel: 0207 222 9070
Elliot Chalmers **
Independant Music Law Advisor
14 Vane Close
London NW3 5UN
07748 593 758
** Read articles on music law at Vocalist by Elliot in the Music Contracts section.
55 Drury Lane
Tel: 0207 379 6080
Carnson, Morrow & Graham Solicitors
20 May St
Tel: 028 9023 4606
Also offices in Bangor, Donaghadee and Newtownards, Ireland.
Collins Long Solicitors
24 Pepper Street
London SE1 0EB
Tel: 020 7401 9800 Fax: 020 7401 9850
We are a niche music practice and Legal 500 recommended. We offer a free first consultation and fixed fee billing.
Collyer Bristow Solicitors
4 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4DF
Tel: 020 7242 7363 Fax: 020 7405 0555
Head of Music, Media and Entertainment Team: Howard Ricklow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Offer free one hour appointments or telephone consultations where appropriate
1 Old Burlington Street
Tel: 0207 468 2600
Tel: 0207 831 0521
Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens
5 Chancery Lane
Tel: 0207 242 1212
22 Blades Court
Tel: 0208 877 9727
Entertainment Advice Ltd
31 Penrose Street
London SE17 3DW
Tel: 020 7708 8822 Fax: 020 7703 1239
Recently established legal and business affairs advice to the music and tv industries. Special consideration is given to those starting out in the business with practical career advice and non-prohibitive costs.
Entertainment Law Associates
9 Carnaby Street
Tel: 0207 439 6194
Essex Court Chambers
24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3EG
Tel: 020 7813 8000 Fax: 020 7813 8080
Barristers chambers with independent legal specialists in a variety of subjects including entertainment and media law.
Steven Fisher & Co
19 Cato Street
Tel: 0207 262 3240
Gersten and Nixon Solicitors
60-66 Wardour St
London WIF OTA
Tel: 0207 439 3961 & Fax: 020 7734 2479
26 Grosvenor Street
Tel: 0207 629 3304
Harbottle & Lewis
14 Hanover Square
Tel: 0207 629 7633
Hart-Jackson & Hall
3A Ridley Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE1.
Hayler Joynson & Garrett
50 Victoria Embankment
Tel: 0207 353 1234
Howard Kennedy Solicitors
19 Cavendish Square
Tel: 020 7636 1616
37 Trinity Rd
London N2 8JJ
Tel: 0208 356 2962
Jeffrey Green & Russell Solicitors
56 New Bond Street
Kanaar & Co
6-8 James Street
Tel: 0207 495 6060
17 Saxon Road
Tel: 023 8023 5979 Fax: 023 8033 9617
Lee & Thompson
Green Garden House
1-22 St Christophers Place
Tel: 0207 93 4665
Legal Protection Group
America House, 2 America Square
Tel: 0207 702 3200
Leonard Lowry & Co. Solicitors
500 Chiswick High Road
Tel: 020 8956 2785 Fax: 020 8956 2786
Also provides free online articles on management, recording contracts and band agreements.
Magrath & Co
52-54 Maddox Street
Tel: 0207 495 3003
Offices in London and Oxford
Specialising in music and other entertainment services with first hour of legal advice provided free. Contact: Alex Watt
Matheson Ormsby Prentice
30 Herbert Street
Tel: +353 1 619 9000
The Barn Studios
Burnt Farm Ride
Herts EN7 5JA
Contact Constantina Nicolaou Tel: 00 44 (0) 1707 877707 Fax: 00 44 (0) 1707 877708 Mob: 00 44 (0)7785 933 377
We are a specialist entertainment firm which delivers service to a standard of excellence in straightforward English. Our clients range from established players with 20 million annual turnover to complete newcomers to the industry. Call for a free consultation
P. Russell & Co
18-24 Turnham Green Terrace
Tel: 0208 742 8132
National law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
4 De Montfort Mews
Leicester LE1 7FW
Tel: 0845 50 50 025
1-4 Warwick Street
Tel: 0207 439 8692
RT Coopers Solicitors
6/8 The Highway
London E1W 2BS
Tel: 020 7488 2985 Fax: 020 7488 2102
Full service commercial law firm, specialising in media and entertainment, intellectual property and commercial contracts. We advise on all areas of media law, including recording contracts, publishing agreements, composer agreements, music sample clearance & licensing, cue sheet preparation and digital rights, Internet, website & online music licenses.
Denton Wilde Sapte
5 Chancery Lane
Tel: 020 7242 1212
Also offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Ruwi, Singapore, Tashkent and Tokyo.
Schilling & Lom & Partners
72-74 Dean Street
Tel: 0207 453 2500
26a Munster Road
Tel: 0207 371 0555
5 Portman Square
Tel: 0207 486 9681
14 Red Lion Square
Tel: 0207 404 0444
The Simkins Partnership
45-51 Whitfield Street
Tel: 0207 331 2248
SJ Berwin & Co
222 Grays Inn Road
Tel: 0207 533 2222
Spraggon Stennet Brabyn
225 Kensington High Street
Tel: 0207 938 2223
Statham Gill Davies
55 Cavendish Street
Tel: 0207 487 5566
150 Aldersgate Street
Tel: 0207 606 8855
Todds Murray LLP
66 Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 4NE
Contacts: Richard Findlay or Andy Harris
Tel: 0131 226 4771
T2M, a client focused service from law firm Tods Murray, Edinburgh and Glasgow offering clients in the UK access to recognised specialists in the fields of music, film and television. top of page
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British Music Rights
BMR provides advice to songwriters, performers, publishers with tips and contact addresses of relevant organisations available on their website.
Business Link UK
Now hosting information that was available on the Direct Access Government for Business. The site provides regulations and information in a variety of topics including tax, management, starting a business, accounting and choosing a solicitor plus a host of related subjects.
The government pages provid a A-Z of local and central government, up to date news on latest policies plus online facilities for tax assessment, passport applications, tv licencing, finding local childcare, debt recovery and change of address services.
Up-to-date information for the public and legal professionals with articles on housing law, forms for automobiles, constitutional law and the latest information on current class action suits.
Find Legal Forms
Provides collections of various legal forms for all US states prepared by attorneys and including information and checklists to guide you. Includes Copyright forms, leasing, power of attorney, divorce and more with a 100% guaranteed refund if you are unsatisfied with the forms.
USA site providing legal forms, links, articles, a searchable database of lawyers and free legal information online. There are also a bundle of agreements and contracts for sale with everything from agents fo licensing, prices range from $10 to $32 each.
Free Legal Information for Individuals
Maintained by Delia Venables has a wealth of information and resources for individuals, companies and professional legal advisors including barrister search, latest news, legal sites and resources in the UK and Ireland, online legal service directory and links to firms providing free legal information for companies.
International Law Office
Provides an online search facility for finding Law Firms Worldwide.
Just Ask! Advice Search
Free online search engine to find legal information from over 300 sites. The directory provides details of all solicitors, advice agencies and information providers across England & Wales who hold the CLS Quality Mark.
Law Girl – Legal Info about the Music Biz
provides US copyright basics, tips for the trademark challenged, articles with musicians and A&R on legal aspects and other articles related to the law in relation to music plus an FAQ and music law forums.
US site providing free answers to your legal questions. You can search previously posted questions or ask a free question. There are over 35,000 questions and answers in their database and over 2,000 law firms in over 35 countries in their BBS network which Attorneys can join free. There is a bundle of other legal resources, links, news and articles plus legal search engines and other informative areas.
The International Centre for Commercial Law provides actual case stories, updated legal news and developments online for a variety of countries including UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, North America, Latin America and Africa. Choose a country and practice area to view the articles or search the site to find recommended law firms and lawyers worldwide.
‘lectric Law Library USA
Massive resource packed with information for general public and professional legal advisors includes forms, case notes, articles and a host of searchable information on all aspects of US law.
Law for Internet
provides self-help legal information for starting, building and operating an internet business. US orientated but supplies information that is relevant to anyone running a website including linking and framing, avoiding credit card fraud, copyright and free sample forms.
Law On The Web for UK legal advice
is a free legal information, guidance and gateway site for individuals and small businesses – devised, built and maintained by a solicitor formerly in private practice in the UK
Translate Legalese Into Plain English – If you are having a hard time understanding the language of law, then check the LawInfo Legal Resource Center. It has a plain English dictionary of legal terminology that includes links to FAQs on the subject. It also has a legal forms section and legal help guides, both of which are broken down into state and practice areas.
UK Legal information on the internet from Templeman Library & Kent Law School includes an annoted list of websites providing legal information.
Register free to search for a UK Solicitor online.
Leading law portal in the UK providing legal information
Legal ~ Splut
A fast and free directory of UK websites ~ Legal
Legal Information Institute
Cornell Law School provides advice, news, court opinions, constitutions and diretories online.
Legal Jungle – Music Law
Provides a variety of free information for musicians online, including a glossary of music industry terms, a discussion of issues to be negotiated with a manager, article on music agents, copyright and publishing plus a Music Law Quiz!
UK site contains brief information on the areas covered by their members. Not too hot for entertainment but ok for automotive, housing, employment, housing law. A variety of contracts are available with prices ranging from 9.50 to 75.00 GBP each.
Covers legal aspects of music law including managers, agents, copyrights and live performance.
Music Law Updates
UK based website reporting on global developments in music and entertainment law. The site includes monthly updates, music business news and articles on music and entertainment law.
USA national network of non-profit Lawyer Referral Services operated by local Bar Associations meeting American Bar Association standards. The group supply unbiased lawyer referrals with an affordable 30 minute constultation included for Attorneys specialising in Intellectual Property Law including Copyright, Trademark, Patents, Music, Entertainment, Performance and Artists matters. Site also contains a list of common questions with answers provided by legal experts and a library of information covering most areas of US law.
Musicians Intellectual Law & Resources Links USA
Attorney Jay M. Schornstein provides information on copyright in compositions and sound recordings, royalty collection, mechanical royalties, trademarks and servicemarks and contracts with links to musician resources, agents, managers and publishers.
National Fraud Info Center
An internet and telemarketing fraud resource where you can find tips to learn how to recognise fraud and avoid being victimized, also provides advice and an online complaint form.
National Consumers League
Provides information and resources on identity theft and it’s prevention.
Contains a list of organizations in the U.S. that can provide artists with free referrals to artist friendly lawyers and legal advice.
Stream IP Barristers
London EC4Y 6AS
Tel: +44 207 797 8811
Provide specialist music litigation and business services directly to artists, composers, writers, production companies, publishers and record companies.
Swarb – Case law summaries law-index UK
Part of Wrigley Claydon Solicitors provides law notes, case law, extracts of various acts/statutes/conventions and a wealth of information on a wide range of legal issues.
Provides information on US law including commercial law, immigration, gamily, employment, real estate, finance, health & injury and other topics plus an online search facility to find a lawyer by zip code.
Informative source of legal postitions on internet orientated subjects including ASP, IT and Webdesign contracts, data protection, domain name issues, e-commerce provider links and an ask the Expert facility.
International Law Centres & Associations
New York University School of Law
provides an extensive database of information and links to foreign and international legal databases, official EU documents and major EU websites.
Irish Law Site
Hosted by the UCC Law Faculty the site provides Irish Law List, Constitution, legal systems and courts, governments, academics and practitioners, finding law on the web and a list of case notes or books on various subjects including copyright.
Law Society of England & Wales
has a directory of solicitors and provides guidance on choosing a solicitor. They also operate the “Lawyers for Your Business” service that provides a free consultation to assess your legal needs.
Law Society for Scotland
directory of solicitors and advice on choosing a solicitor.
Law Society for Northern Ireland
directory of solicitors and advice on choosing a solictor.
Search for a lawyer by type of practice and geographical location. Check the “Hiring a Lawyer” section for articles on what an attorney may cost and an attorney’s responsibilities to their clients.
Nolo Press Law Center USA
Provides information and lists books relating to music and other law related subjects.