Brian Levine

Solicitor and Head of Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property

Media, Entertainment and Technology, Company Commercial Law

Location: Bath

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.

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 at the same time as moving to the South West.

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 wide range of clients, from the award-winning Bristol-based producer Mallinson Sadler Productions on the legal aspects of multi series prime time documentaries to the French photographer Michael Haddi in protecting and promoting his portfolio of images.

Brian also handles the full spectrum of company commercial work across all industry sectors including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder and director matters and all commercial agreements, including terms and conditions and privacy policies.

Brian specialises in:

  • Option/development agreements and revenue-sharing and media finance agreements,
  • Trademarks and designs - advice, registration and disputes, and
  • Distribution and royalty deals and production contracts

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”.


“A highly responsive and knowledgeable lawyer with a wide range of experience internationally, Brian Levine is usually available and efficient in providing necessary guidance when needed urgently”

The Legal 500 2023

“Brian handled a share sale on my behalf and he was extremely efficient and professional. Nothing is too much trouble and he was also very patient with me asking every little question. Communication was great as Brian always responded to all emails and calls in a timely manner. Highly recommended.”