Areas of work

As well as enjoying its pre-eminent reputation for defamation, malicious falsehood, trade libel and contempt of court, 5RB specialises across the broader spectrum of media, entertainment, intellectual property and sports law, including: copyright, trade marks, patents, designs, moral rights and performers’ rights; data protection; music, film, television, internet and book publishing and licensing; passing off; restraint of trade, particularly in sport and music; judicial review, particularly of regulatory decisions; hearings before regulatory bodies; EU and competition; regulatory multimedia, broadcasting and telecommunications; freedom of information; the internet, including domain name disputes; trespass and protection from harassment.

Some members of 5RB undertake public access work in media, entertainment and sports law.

In particular, since the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998, 5RB has been involved in significant developments in the law of confidentiality, privacy, intellectual property and pre-publication injunctions, including close consideration of Articles 6 (fair hearing), 8 (privacy) and 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.