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    Martin is a Partner in the Entertainment, Media and IP team.

    Martin has wide experience of contentious IP and commercial litigation, particularly in the media and entertainment fields where he focuses on contentious music and copyright litigation.

    He is regularly instructed in High Court litigation for leading UK collecting societies, Phonographic Performance Limited and PRS For Music.

    Martin also acts for other rights holders and leading brands to assist with protection of trade marks, copyright and design rights. He is also an Associate Member and acts for the music merchandising body Trade Mark and Rights Holders Against Piracy (TRAP Worldwide).

    Martin progressed quickly to Partner having gained first rate experience acting in several high-profile IP cases, including FAPL v QC LeisureUEFA & BskyB v Euroview Sportbefore joining the firm and assisting in ITV v TV Catchup in the Court of Appeal and subsequent references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    Martin also advises several other clients ranging from SMEs to large international business in various contentious matters in High Court litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Long-standing clients include a major hotel brand, a large high street retail chain and an international holiday business.

    Martin is recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for music and as a Recommended Lawyer for commercial litigation and intellectual property.


    ‘A very impressive and commercial lawyer.’

    Chambers and Partners 2023

    ‘He is innovative, tenacious and a good sounding board.’

    Chambers and Partners 2023

    ‘Martin is generous with his time and expertise and often presents evaluated alternative solutions to the problems in hand. He is held in high regard across the industry for his experience.’

    Legal 500 2023

    ‘Martin Ochs is a great example of going above and beyond in providing invaluable support to us. He is always able to immediately answer any question we have which just highlights the great level of expertise he has.’

    Legal 500 2023

    ‘Martin Ochs – expert at copyright law and enforcement. Very commercial and focused on outcomes.’

    Legal 500 2023

    ‘Martin Ochs has in depth knowledge of IP law and vast experience at litigating in this area.’

    Legal 500 2022

    ‘Martin Ochs has specialist expertise, and a user friendly manner and approach.’

    Legal 500 2022

    ‘Martin Ochs has brilliant attention to detail and knowledge of copyright law.’

    Legal 500 2021

    ‘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

    ‘Martin Ochs is an impressive litigator who has proven himself to be extremely efficient in producing high-quality work under tight deadlines’.

    Legal 500 2020

    ‘Martin Ochs has a pragmatic approach and gives clarity in his advice.’

    Legal 500 2020

    Martin Ochs is noted as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the Legal 500 2020.

    Legal 500 2020

    Martin is listed as a Next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500 2019 and described as a ‘sensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients’.

    Legal 500 2019

    Martin is listed in the Legal 500 2017 as a next generation music lawyer. He is described as ‘tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’.

    Legal 500 2017

    “Martin Ochs handles the vast majority of PRS’ instructions for infringement of copyright. Hamlins offer an excellent service, providing sound advice and a considerable collection of damages and royalties from legal actions which are vital to the protection of the music industry.”

    Litigation Manager - PRS For Music

    Work Highlights

      Martin regularly acts for rights holders in claims for copyright infringement. He has obtained successful rulings against Defendants in claims in the High Court for injunctions and for infringers to be committed to prison for contempt of court.

      Several of these important cases have been reported as follows:

      • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Fletcher [2015] EWHC 2562 (Ch)
      • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Nash [2014] EWHC 3986 (Ch) (click here)
      • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- John t/a Socialite [2015] EWHC 3394 (Ch)

      TV Catchup

      Acting on behalf of TVCatchup in one of the leading judgments of recent years in the IP and media sector. Hamlins advised on the defence of claims brought by broadcast powerhouses ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and others. The case concerned the live streaming of broadcasts over the internet.

      • 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

      Further reported cases are as follows:

      • FA Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure & Others [2008] EWHC 1411 (Ch) UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
      • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
      • UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
      • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
      • 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)
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