Our Media Disputes team, led by Patrick Dunaud and composed of both UK and French-qualified lawyers, are experts in the media sector. We act in disputes relating to film, television, broadcasting, publishing, music, digital and traditional media, advertising and content distribution.
Applying Stewarts’ experience in high-profile and complex litigation, our litigators can help resolve any kind of media dispute, including in relation to intellectual property rights, privacy and defamation, breach of confidence, regulation and competition law, or a combination of such issues.
Our media litigators have represented major international content producers, publishers, advertisers, telecommunications and internet service providers, talent, and other media clients around the world. Their experience includes:
- International disputes relating to the unauthorised use of content, including copyright (droit d’auteur) litigation and format rights disputes across Europe
- Reputational assistance for various high-profile individuals and companies, including defamation and privacy cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal acting both for claimants and defendant publishers
- Representing clients before various regulators, including in relation to competition investigations
- Litigation risk advice, including clearance, acquisition of rights and assessing infringement, defamation and privacy risks.
We have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables our clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.
In addition to conducting litigation in the UK, our lawyers coordinate claims in overseas jurisdictions, when necessary working alongside specialist law firms around the world.
"They work hand in glove with you and can compete with the big firms"Chambers
"Stewarts has a go-to commercial litigation practice with strength in a number of fields"The Legal 500
"We find them excellent in terms of their tactical and strategic approach to running the case"Chambers
Meet the Media Disputes team
Our team are experts in the media sector. We act in disputes relating to film, television, broadcasting, publishing, music, digital and traditional media, advertising and content distribution.
Our team comprises some of the UK’s leading litigation lawyers and has vast experience conducting multi-jurisdictional disputes.