I advise on the purchase and sale of businesses, joint ventures, partnerships, financing and other structures and attendant share issues including upsizing or downsizing. I handle commercial contracts in the media, IT, telecoms and entertainment spaces.
As Head of Media and Entertainment at Battens, I have dealt with a wide variety of issues arising out of the creation, exploitation and protection of intellectual property from the unique perspective of a producer/creator (having produced four feature films and written four books): from option/development agreements to revenue-sharing and media finance agreements, distribution and royalty deals and production contracts. I am also delighted to be the Legal Expert on Audio-Visual Matters for the EU's Creative Europe during all major film markets including MIPTV, MIPCOM and EFM. I regularly deal with trademark issues, as well as other copyright, design and patent issues for clients worldwide.
I come from a background as a general counsel for an international commodities trader, a FTSE 250 media group and a film production company. I know what it's like to deal with lawyers, and when I was a client I wanted a lawyer who thought like me.
I hold an MA (Hons) in law from Downing College, Cambridge and qualified with Magic Circle firm Hogan Lovells. I joined Battens in early 2015, at the same time as moving to the South West.
I speak French and German and am based in London, Bath and Yeovil.
Brian is 'highly professional, knowledgeable and acessible'; his experience coupled with his specialist knowledge of intellectual property, particularly trademarks, makes him a popular choice for advising on a range of IP-related matters. Legal 500 2017