As Head of Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property at Battens, Brian advises on the law around the creation, exploitation and protection of brands and content, representing a wide range of clients from independent producers to global media companies. He is also joint head of Company Commercial with Katherine Gilmour and they both advise clients from all sectors on joint ventures, acquisitions, and disposals, the Companies Act and all commercial contracts.
During the past 20 years, Brian has developed a wealth of experience as a specialist in media law and IP. Graduating with an MA (Hons) in law from Downing College, Cambridge, he qualified with the global law firm Hogan Lovells in London before joining Battens in 2015.
Brian has been the Legal Expert on Audio-Visual Matters for the EU at all major film and TV markets (including MIPTV, MIPCOM and EFM), giving him a unique insight into how the worldwide media industry works. He advises a diverse range of clients, from the producers of award-winning multi-series prime time documentaries on channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, Channel 4 and Channel 5, to leading independent artists in the creative industries.
He is a renowned expert on all trade mark issues. Brian specialises in;
- option/development agreements, revenue-sharing and media finance arrangements
- all types of production agreements and all film, television and theatre legal and business affairs matters
- trademarks and designs in all forms of industry – including advice, registration and disputes
- sale, distribution and royalty deals
Regularly featured in the Legal 500, Brian is described as having “extensive experience in distribution agreements” and as leading a department which has a “strong pedigree in media and entertainment”. His most recent work includes acting for the producer on the funding and closing of an animation co-production involving the BFI, Creative Scotland and the BBC.