Experience & Background

Brian enjoys over forty years' experience as a commercial lawyer, specialising in the fields of IP and media. He advises UK and international clients, both corporate and personal, in the fields of theatre, film, television, publishing, music and sports. A veteran of the media industry, his expertise includes advice in relation to financing, production, distribution, franchising and merchandising as well as upon digital and internet issues and data protection. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator and sits on several panels including those of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the Law Society and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Over the many years of his practice he has represented top talent across many fields including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burrton, Rex Harrison, Sir Georg Solti, The Stranglers, Chas and Dave, Bruce Forsyth, Dick Emery, top selling authors, screenwriters and musicians, a leading F1 driver, a title winning boxer and corporate media and sports entities including Peter Schaufuss Balletten, Lord Lew Grade, The Old Vic , Rugby World Cup, the IRB, a major international publishing company etc and a plethora of films, TV programmes and series.

Brian advised upon and did all the legal work relating to the transfer of the hit musical 'Chicago' from Broadway to the West End where it ran for 14 years and he also dealt with its touring productions. He was instructed in relation to the West End musical of 'The Commitments' and 'Sunset Boulevard' starring Glenn Close. He is currently advising in relation to the transfer to the West End of the play 'The Guinea Pig Club' from York Theatre Royal and a parody of 'Gone with the Wind' entitled 'Gone with the – what the?!'.

Brian is currently working on a diverse number of matters including, the film "Silver Ghost" being co-produced by Anthony Haas and Martin Scorsese and to be directed by Asif Kapadia, a musical 'Spectacular' of "Gone with the Wind" to be presented in Beijing next year, licence agreements for the merchandising of R.A.F marks and agreements for several television series and theatrical presentations for international authors and playwrights.

Brian is a founder trustee/director of The Ralph and Meriel Richardson Foundation and The Solti Foundation and is a voting member of BAFTA.