Traditional publishing has changed immeasurably and now encompasses digital and print, self-publication and social collaborations. We understand the change and the legal challenges that this has created. With extensive experience of working across all sectors of the publishing industry, along with industry experience in TV, Digital and Technology sectors means we can help maximise publishing assets including through cross-industry collaborations.

Whether we’re advising on a new publishing and exploitation business model, supporting contract negotiation on publishing deals or helping to resolve revenue related disputes we’re here to navigate you through the legal and regulatory landscape and provide practical solutions.


  • Working with a supplier of business intelligence data relating to acquisition of data for new automotive data subscription product

  • Advising client Journal International on UK regulatory issues including advertising and related partnership agreements

  • Providing advice to numerous Creative & Digital Agencies on social media campaign copy and approach

  • Advising independent UK print publishing house on its contracts with new titles

Case Studies

Licensing Agreement – Auto-Motive Industry

Our client publishes business intelligence aimed at the auto-motive industry. We were asked to help put a bespoke agreement in place for a new data product they were seeking to develop. Understanding our clients’ long-term plans for the product was key to ensuring it had sufficient flexibility in the contractual relationship with the data supplier.  It meant the client was able to fulfil those long term plans, while still acting within the confines of the agreement. With the long term plans in mind, we also helped the client to ensure that its confidential information and intellectual property rights were called out and protected. 

Meanwhile, quality standards of the data being provided was also key. We helped the client set out those standards and devised an escalation procedure if quality failed to meet the standards, including financial remedies and ultimately exit provisions.

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Licensing of English language content – Published Materials

Our client is an author and creator of English language content made available in a number of formats, including online.

Our client was approached by Penguin Books to licence and publish a database of this content. We advised our client on the licensing agreement with Penguin Books, in particular, this included the scope of rights being licensed (including the license of intellectual property rights in the database), exclusivity and obligation to provide ongoing updates.

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Who to contact

Rebecca Steer

Rebecca Steer
+44 (0)117 230 9700
+44 (0) 7887 627063

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