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Thrings LLP

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What makes Thrings different from other law firms? We help out behind the scenes, through our role as legal advisors to Bristol Media.










Bristol and London are both worldwide centres of excellence for the traditional and new media sectors. Having an office in each city allows us to be part of a global trend-setting scene, from world-famous animators and wildlife producers to cutting-edge digital and advertising creatives.

Our media and marketing experts work closely with businesses across the industry, service providers as well as their clients - for instance our advertising clearance service for FMCG manufacturers. We also help out behind the scenes, through our role as legal advisors to Bristol Media.

We advise on:

Finance and investment
Insurance (assets, key personnel, adverse events, projects)

Acquisitions and disposals
Media business share sales and purchases

Creation and acquisition of content

  • commissioning agreements
  • actors and artistes agreements
  • creenwriters, directors and producers agreements
  • musicians agreements
  • employment and consultancy contracts
  • registration of intellectual property

Licensing of content

  • satellite and TV broadcasting agreements
  • online and mobile devices exploitation
  • endorsement, sponsorship and brand licences
  • syndication
  • ecommerce and electronic payments

Marketing law

  • content issues, copy clearance
  • terms and conditions
  • competitions and promotions
  • marketing services agreements

Dispute resolution

  • mediation
  • litigation
  • expert determination

Key People

Graeme Fearon Partner

Graeme is a leading specialist in intellectual property, IT law and data protection, and is a regular speaker at national conferences and seminars. He helps individuals and businesses develop, protect and exploit their brands, technology and know-how. Graeme Fearon ?always considers the wider angle?. The Legal 500 UK 2012 Graeme has a particular interest in working with clients in the creative and media sectors, giving them practical commercial advice on the intellectual assets which are the cornerstone of their business. Graeme is currently legal advisor to Bristol Media, the regional support network for creative businesses. Recent highlights include: ?negotiating satellite broadcast agreements for UK, European and World championship boxing matches; ?advising on the value and maintenance of the worldwide trade mark portfolio of a major multi-national vehicle manufacturer; ?drafting and negotiating international service provision and service level agreements for a financial software developer; ?enforcing patent rights against an importer and reseller of infringing goods

Andy Braithwaite Partner

Andy has over 20 years? experience handling a wide range of commercial, intellectual property and IT transactions and technology issues. By developing lasting relationships with his clients and understanding their business needs, Andy aims to give priority to problem solving and a commercial and practical approach. "Andy Braithwaite of Thrings LLP is considered to be a "first-class" lawyer, and clients underline his responsiveness and ability to assess clients' technical knowledge appropriately: "His advice is always pitched at the right level." Chambers UK 2013 Andy joined Thrings in 2010 having spent 13 years with Osborne Clarke and Beachcrofts before that. As well as advising technology businesses, he has extensive experience advising brand owners, manufacturers, retailers, creative businesses, automotive businesses, defence contractors, franchisors and sports property owners. He has recently advised on: ?Advising Ryder Cup in the negotiation of the venue agreements with Gleneagles and arrangements with the Scottish Government for the staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup matches. ?Acting for B4 Claims in negotiating their arrangements with Ageas Insurance for the Tesco Legal Guard legal expenses insurance product sold by Tesco Finance. ?Handling the negotiations for Boxing Channel Media on all of the agreements required to set up the new pay per view TV channel Box Nation dedicated to the sport of boxing. Our team advised on and negotiated: Promotion and content Licence Agreement with Frank Warren Promotions; EPG platform agreement with Sky; satellite uplink agreement with Arqiva; channel content distribution agreement; and a customer/subscriber services agreement. ?Acting for fast-growth silicon designer EnSilica in licensing IP in a microprocessor architecture for ASIC and FPGA applications. ?Advising a luxury retail brand on a product licensing deal with one of the country?s most recognised retailers.

Kerrie Hunt Partner

Kerrie has a practice encompassing contentious and non-contentious employment advice, working closely with corporate clients at senior level, identifying and managing risk in their business. She advises on all day-to-day aspects of employment law, as well as providing more strategic advice for some of the firm?s regional and national clients. This includes dealing with Trade Union issues, collective consultation over re-organisation and restructuring, and changes to terms and conditions. With a litigation background, Kerrie is a keen advocate, representing corporate clients in Employment Tribunals. She is noted for being ?calm, even when under fire? and ?able to deal with complex issues? (Legal 500 2010). She also has particular expertise, working alongside the firm?s leading Agriculture team, in advising farmers and landed estate owners. Recent highlights include: ?Successfully defending a claim for injunctive relief for alleged breach of covenants and misuse of confidential information at the interim stage, in Birmingham Mercantile Court. ?Advising a plc client on major programme of restructure and consolidation of its group businesses, involving several rounds of collective consultation on redundancy, closure of parts of the group and outsourcing and transfer of staff under TUPE. ?Tribunal wins include defending a plc client in a disability discrimination and constructive dismissal claim; defeating a challenge by a freelance contributor claiming to be an employee of a national daily sports publication; acting for a new business following its purchase of assets from the Administrator of an insolvent company, giving rise to complex claims under TUPE by a former employee. Kerrie is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). S


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