Music, Media & Entertainment services

We are constantly adding material to this site, including handy overviews of different legal issues affecting artists and companies in the industry. Do call us if you want to discuss things in more depth.

Here are our services at-a-glance:-

Music

We support…

  • Artists, from individual musicians and bands, to DJs and composers with recording, publishing and management agreements.
  • Managers and Agents with their client agreements.
  • Record Labels, Music Publishing Companies and Distributors with the entire spectrum of legal obligations and protection: production, distribution and sample clearance agreements, digital and DVD rights, synchronisation and compilation licensing, brand protection and copyright.
  • Event Managers and Promoters with tour and merchandising agreements.

Media and Digital

We advise….

  • Content Aggregators and Owners on publishing agreements, digital content licensing and related rights.
  • Online Digital Providers, Retailers and Mobile Operators on compliance with internet and data protection laws.
  • Media Broadcasters and Public Figures on matters of defamation and privacy
  • Publishers on clearance of copyright materials for print publication.

TV and Film Entertainment

We negotiate…..

  • Producers and Production Companies on director, producer, production, location and cast & crew agreements.
  • Artists and Broadcasters on talent deals including music for television.
  • Distributors on broadcast licensing, merchandising rights, clearances and acquisition.

Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett.  That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.

Michael is a Director and Head of the Corporate & Commercial department, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.  

His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.

Michael is a trustee of two charities: The Peter Osgood Trust and the Hampshire Professional Golfers’ Benevolent Association.  He is also a non-executive Director of Portsmouth FC.

Businesses

  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate re-structuring
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Joint ventures
  • Agency and distribution agreements

Individuals

  • Entertainment and media law
  • Sports law
  • Shareholders’ agreements