This means that we understand the issues and challenges confronting you, as well as the opportunities you can grasp.

Our team deals with the whole range of music matters, including contracts, IP, copyright, distribution, clearance and merchandising agreements. We are experienced in all manner of musical projects and ensure that the rights of the creators are protected.

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We work with recording artists, songwriters, composers, production companies and record labels. A key area of our workload involves pursuing claims on behalf of the major rights collections agency – working tirelessly to ensure that artists collect royalties from their works.

We are proud to have seen our work recognised by Music Week who have shortlisted us in the ‘Law firm of the year’ category for the last four years running.

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This means that we understand the issues and challenges confronting you, as well as the opportunities you can grasp.

Our team deals with the whole range of music matters, including contracts, IP, copyright, distribution, clearance and merchandising agreements. We are experienced in all manner of musical projects and ensure that the rights of the creators are protected.

Find out more

We work with recording artists, songwriters, composers, production companies and record labels. A key area of our workload involves pursuing claims on behalf of the major rights collections agency – working tirelessly to ensure that artists collect royalties from their works.

We are proud to have seen our work recognised by Music Week who have shortlisted us in the ‘Law firm of the year’ category for the last four years running.

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Case Study

Music Collecting Societies

Hamlins act for Phonographic Performance Limited and PRS For Music in the protection of their copyright in sound recordings and musical works. Between them, the collecting societies represent hundreds of thousands of performers, composers and record companies and collect hundreds …

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Case Study

TRAP Worldwide

Advising and acting on behalf of long term client TRAP Worldwide (Trade mark and Rights holders Against Piracy). TRAP is the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry on issues such as unauthorised copying/counterfeiting of band merchandise, coordinating …

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Recommendations

‘Martin Ochs: his mix between business/commercialism and legal is what makes him perfect for us. He gives good and useful advice.’

Legal 500 2021 Testimonial - Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance) - ranked: Tier 3

‘With “true sector expertise”, Hamlins LLP is particularly well-known for its experience in the music sector, where it acts for UK music collecting societies, musicians and music publishers. Martin Ochs (who attracts praise for his “brilliant attention to detail and knowledge of copyright law”) leads the music sector practice. Beyond the music space, the group has a strong media offering headed up by Christopher Hutchings.’

Legal 500 2021 - Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance) - ranked: Tier 3

‘True sector expertise.’

Legal 500 2021 Testimonial - Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance) - ranked: Tier 3

‘Hamlins LLP stands out for its contentious music practice; the team, which is led by Martin Ochs (Next Generation Partner), handles litigation for the leading UK collecting societies, PPL, PRS For Music and PPLPRS.’

Legal 500 2020 - Media and Entertainment (Tier 3)

‘Christopher Hutchings (Notable Practitioner) heads the firm’s entertainment and media department and is noted for his extensive experience in reputation management matters including defamation and privacy disputes.’

Chambers and Partners 2020 (Notable Practitioner)

The team delivers ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and the team has ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business’.

Legal 500 2019

‘Hamlins LLP is “pre-eminent in the area of protecting the public performance rights of musicians and record labels”.’

Legal 500 2017

Martin Ochs is listed as a next generation music lawyer. He is described as tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’.

Legal 500 2017

Our Experience

    • Phonographic Performance Ltd and Performing Rights Society Limited v CGK Trading Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 2642 (Ch)
    • Phonographic Performance Ltd v Balogun (t/a Mama Africa) [2018] EWHC 1327 (Ch)
    • ITV Broadcasting Ltd & Ors v TV Catchup Ltd [2011] EWHC 1874 (Pat)
    • ITV Broadcasting Limited and Others v TVCatchup Limited and Others [2015] EWCA Civ 204

     

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