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Solicitors' practice areas

Media & entertainment

Lawyers working within and for media and entertainment clients may seem like the rock stars of the legal world, but they have to be persistent and versatile to succeed. Among the different types of client are performers; their managers and agents; the creators of artistic works; the owners of theatres and festival grounds; broadcasters and publishers, distributors and advertising agencies; and the big brands that employ celebrities to endorse their products. Contract and IP law are at the heart of practice, and some lawyers will regularly deal with issues of privacy and defamation. A media lawyer may lean towards either contentious or transactional matters. It is common to focus on a specific area, say music or publishing, and this in turn involves plenty of out-of-hours socialising.