Stephen Bate

Profile

Stephen has a general Chancery/Common Law practice background. He specialises in media, entertainment, communications and sports law.

Stephen is also a Chartered Arbitrator, FCI Arb with an active arbitration practice as arbitrator. He is a member of Sport Resolutions’s panel of arbitrators and mediators and regularly sits as Chairman of the Football Disciplinary Commission, hearing arbitrations under the Rules of the Football League. A copy of Stephen’s arbitration CV is available from the clerks.

Stephen’s international work as arbitrator consists of appointments in commercial matters with claim values up to US$1.5BN and he has appointments in domestic commercial matters also with high values; from presidential appointments by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and appointments by CEDR and by (non-UK) courts. He is also a member of ARBDB, a chambers of arbitrators for international work in particular: www.arbdb.com.

He is a member of the British Horseracing Authority’s Licensing Committee, exercising a ‘fit and proper person jurisdiction in relation to jockeys and trainers; and also a Legal Assessor for the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service, hearing fitness to practice cases brought by the GMC against doctors. He is also a panel expert for Nominet, determining disputes over registrations of .co.uk domain names.

Stephen is an experienced CEDR accredited mediator and accepts mediation appointments  through 5RB. A detailed mediation profile is available from the clerks. He is also a member of CEDR Chambers (see at www.cedr.com) and a panel mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has handled mediations in a wide range of civil matters including media and entertainment disputes, with values up to £30M.

Stephen is one of the highest-ranking junior barristers in the Media & Entertainment sections of Chambers and the Legal 500 directories.He has regularly acted for well-known musical artists, song-writers, media organisations, publishers, production companies and record companies. He acted in a dispute concerning a TV advertising campaign for Marmite (Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd). He represented Universal in a multi-million dollar dispute over the licensing of the UK television rights to The Jerry Springer Show (Universal Studios Inc v Flextech Rights Ltd and acted for Aston Barrett, a former member of Bob Marley & the Wailers, in his claims for artist royalties and copyright infringement (Barrett v Universal-Island Records Ltd & Ors).

He acted for Michael Jackson in his litigation against Granada over the Martin Bashir interview and for Celador in a dispute over the licensing of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. He also acted for Robbie Williams, EMI and BMG in their dispute with other publishers over the lyrics to the song “Jesus in a Camper Van”; and for Random House at the trial of copyright infringement proceedings before Laddie J brought by the ex-Tory MP Rupert Allason concerning authorship of the memoirs of the spy, the late John Cairncross. Stephen acted for David Bedford in his dispute over the 118 118 advertising campaign and represented the footballer Gary Flitcroft in his privacy dispute with Mirror Group Newspapers, A v B plc.

Stephen also advises broadcasters and telecommunications organisations on regulatory, copyright and other issues. He is a co-author of the textbook, “Satellite Communications in Europe: Law and Regulation”.

Stephen is married with 3 daughters. His interests include a wide range of sports and reading history. He is also a member of the Royal Geographical Society.

Career

Called

1981 Called to the bar

Education

Magdalene College, Cambridge (M.A. Modern languages - French and German) - 1976-1979
City University (Diploma in Law) - 1980

Areas of work

  • Copyright
  • Defamation
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media Law
  • Mediation
  • Music Law
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Access
  • Sports Law

Testimonials

“Very thorough and knowledgeable … enjoys a great deal of respect when on his feet and is fantastic with clients”,  “Enjoys an excellent reputation” (Chambers and Legal 500, previous editions).

“A creative thinker ….”, “As good as it gets for understanding the industry”, “A tremendously hard worker [whom] solicitors like because he gets results” (Chambers, previous editions).

For mediation work, “We thought Stephen Bate was excellent .. his approach was very measured, sensible and helpful”, “He managed the day well and I will be recommending him for other mediations”.

Languages

French, German

Cases

Privacy and Confidence

Bedford v The Number (UK) Ltd

[2004] ISLR SLR-18 27/01/2004

A v B plc (Flitcroft v MGN Ltd)

[2002] EWCA Civ 337; [2003] QB 195; [2002] EMLR 371; [2002] 3 WLR 542; [2002] 2 All ER 545 11/03/2002

Sports Law

Bedford v The Number (UK) Ltd

[2004] ISLR SLR-18 27/01/2004

A v B plc (Flitcroft v MGN Ltd)

[2002] EWCA Civ 337; [2003] QB 195; [2002] EMLR 371; [2002] 3 WLR 542; [2002] 2 All ER 545 11/03/2002

Intellectual Property

Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd & Ors

16/12/2009 16/12/2009

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Bedford v The Number (UK) Ltd

[2004] ISLR SLR-18 27/01/2004

Ludlow Music Ltd v Williams & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 638 (Ch); [2002] FSR 868 14/02/2002

Allason v Random House UK Limited

16/10/2001 16/10/2001

Radio Taxicabs (London) Ltd v Owner Drivers Radio Taxi Services Ltd

[2004] RPC 351 12/10/2001

Phonographic Performance Ltd v South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

[2001] 1 WLR 400; [2001] EMLR 446; [2001] RPC 594; [2001] LGR 176 23/11/2000

Ludlow Music Inc v Williams & Others

[2001] EMLR 155; [2001] FSR 271 01/10/2000

Phonographic Performance Ltd v Candy Rock Recording Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 97; [2000] EMLR 618 30/03/2000

Performing Right Society Ltd v Boizot

[1999] EWCA Civ 700; [1999] EMLR 359 02/02/1999

Island Records Ltd v Tring International Plc

[1996] 1 WLR 1256; [1995] 3 All ER 444; [1995] FSR 560 12/04/1995

A&M Records Ltd & Anr v Video Collection International Ltd

[1995] EMLR 25 28/10/1994

Contempt

Allason & Anor v Random House UK Ltd

[2002] EWHC 1030 (Ch) 19/04/2002

Copyright

Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd & Ors

16/12/2009 16/12/2009

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Ludlow Music Ltd v Williams & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 638 (Ch); [2002] FSR 868 14/02/2002

Allason v Random House UK Limited

16/10/2001 16/10/2001

Phonographic Performance Ltd v South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

[2001] 1 WLR 400; [2001] EMLR 446; [2001] RPC 594; [2001] LGR 176 23/11/2000

Ludlow Music Inc v Williams & Others

[2001] EMLR 155; [2001] FSR 271 01/10/2000

Phonographic Performance Ltd v Candy Rock Recording Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 97; [2000] EMLR 618 30/03/2000

Performing Right Society Ltd v Boizot

[1999] EWCA Civ 700; [1999] EMLR 359 02/02/1999

Island Records Ltd v Tring International Plc

[1996] 1 WLR 1256; [1995] 3 All ER 444; [1995] FSR 560 12/04/1995

A&M Records Ltd & Anr v Video Collection International Ltd

[1995] EMLR 25 28/10/1994

Entertainment Law

Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd & Ors

16/12/2009 16/12/2009

Universal International Inc v Flextech Rights Ltd

[2006] EWCA Civ 1036 18/07/2006

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Arief International Inc v Celador International Ltd

[2004] EWHC 1277 (Ch) 28/04/2004

Ryder v Nicholl & Anor

[1999] EWCA Civ 1139; [2000] EMLR 632 15/12/1999

General Common Law

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Arief International Inc v Celador International Ltd

[2004] EWHC 1277 (Ch) 28/04/2004

Ryder v Nicholl & Anor

[1999] EWCA Civ 1139; [2000] EMLR 632 15/12/1999

Human Rights

A v B plc (Flitcroft v MGN Ltd)

[2002] EWCA Civ 337; [2003] QB 195; [2002] EMLR 371; [2002] 3 WLR 542; [2002] 2 All ER 545 11/03/2002

Injunctive Relief

A v B plc (Flitcroft v MGN Ltd)

[2002] EWCA Civ 337; [2003] QB 195; [2002] EMLR 371; [2002] 3 WLR 542; [2002] 2 All ER 545 11/03/2002

Ludlow Music Ltd v Williams & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 638 (Ch); [2002] FSR 868 14/02/2002

Radio Taxicabs (London) Ltd v Owner Drivers Radio Taxi Services Ltd

[2004] RPC 351 12/10/2001

Ludlow Music Inc v Williams & Others

[2001] EMLR 155; [2001] FSR 271 01/10/2000

Media Law

Universal International Inc v Flextech Rights Ltd

[2006] EWCA Civ 1036 18/07/2006

Bedford v The Number (UK) Ltd

[2004] ISLR SLR-18 27/01/2004

A v B plc (Flitcroft v MGN Ltd)

[2002] EWCA Civ 337; [2003] QB 195; [2002] EMLR 371; [2002] 3 WLR 542; [2002] 2 All ER 545 11/03/2002

Music Law

Far Out Productions Inc v Water Music Productions Ltd & Ors

16/12/2009 16/12/2009

Barrett v Universal-Island Records & Others

[2006] EWHC 1009 (Ch); [2006] EMLR 567 15/05/2006

Ludlow Music Ltd v Williams & Others (No.2)

[2002] EWHC 638 (Ch); [2002] FSR 868 14/02/2002

Phonographic Performance Ltd v South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

[2001] 1 WLR 400; [2001] EMLR 446; [2001] RPC 594; [2001] LGR 176 23/11/2000

Ludlow Music Inc v Williams & Others

[2001] EMLR 155; [2001] FSR 271 01/10/2000

Phonographic Performance Ltd v Candy Rock Recording Ltd

[2000] EWCA Civ 97; [2000] EMLR 618 30/03/2000

Ryder v Nicholl & Anor

[1999] EWCA Civ 1139; [2000] EMLR 632 15/12/1999

Performing Right Society Ltd v Boizot

[1999] EWCA Civ 700; [1999] EMLR 359 02/02/1999

Island Records Ltd v Tring International Plc

[1996] 1 WLR 1256; [1995] 3 All ER 444; [1995] FSR 560 12/04/1995

A&M Records Ltd & Anr v Video Collection International Ltd

[1995] EMLR 25 28/10/1994

Passing off

Bedford v The Number (UK) Ltd

[2004] ISLR SLR-18 27/01/2004

Radio Taxicabs (London) Ltd v Owner Drivers Radio Taxi Services Ltd

[2004] RPC 351 12/10/2001

Professional Discipline

Universal International Inc v Flextech Rights Ltd

[2006] EWCA Civ 1036 18/07/2006

Publishing

Allason v Random House UK Limited

16/10/2001 16/10/2001

Publications

Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media, Second Edition

By Stephen Bate. 17 Mar 2011

Overview of The Copyright and Related Rights Regulations

By Stephen Bate. 12 Mar 2004

The Law of Privacy and the Media

By Stephen Bate. 17 Oct 2002

News

3 Jan 2012

5RB barristers join Sport Resolutions panels

Mark Warby QC and Stephen Bate appointed

28 Oct 2011

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Adam Wolanski wins Defamation and Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year

27 Sep 2011

‘Truly experts’

The Legal 500 review 2012

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

Second edition of Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media published

5 Nov 2010

5RB tops directory ranking

Chambers & Partners 2011 edition praises set

12 Nov 2009

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Set and 21 barristers praised in Chambers UK 2010 Directory

24 Sep 2009

5RB’s juniors: the Legal 500 verdict

What the legal directory had to say about 5RB's junior barristers

10 Jul 2009

BHA declare Hayley Turner fit to ride

Medical Review Panel allows appeal by leading female jockey

11 Nov 2008

Chambers: 5RB is the ‘gold standard’

Set and 21 barristers praised in Chambers & Partners 2009 Directory

31 Jan 2008

Stephen Bate joins CEDR panel

First practising barrister appointed to CEDR's Solve Direct mediator panel

8 Nov 2007

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

20 Barristers rated and recommended in the new annual survey

20 Sep 2007

5RB tops Legal 500

20 Barristers rated and recommended in Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Sport and Media & Entertainment Law

24 Oct 2006

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

Nineteen barristers recommended in Annual Survey

27 Sep 2006

5RB tops Legal 500 survey

Twenty barristers recommended across core practice areas

16 Mar 2006

Wailers royalties battle begins

Bob Marley's bass guitarist brings claim against Island Records

24 Oct 2005

Chambers’ Review: 5RB top again

20 barristers recommended for Media, Entertainment, Defamation, Privacy, Intellectual Property & Sports Law

21 Sep 2005

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

17 barristers named as leaders in their field

5 Nov 2004

5RB top in Chambers & Partners Review

Seventeen 5RB members ranked

3 Oct 2004

New Mediator Appointment

Stephen Bate joins CEDR Panel

24 Sep 2004

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

15 barristers named as leaders in their field

20 Sep 2003

Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003

5RB give series of talks


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