Andrew Sharland

Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy & Reputation Management

Andrew Sharland leads Clintons’ Litigation Department.

In a career in Litigation, which has now extended across four decades and has been recognised repeatedly by all the major professional legal guides, his practice has developed from one predominately music-based to one which now encompasses clients from across the entertainment, media, sports, tech and art worlds. His clients include internationally known musicians, artists, film and television production companies, major recording and publishing companies, tech companies, sporting personalities, actors, actresses and television presenters and the managers and agents of all these professionals.

Andrew has a track record of involvement in landmark litigation. He represented Sony in the litigation brought unsuccessfully by George Michael. He has separately brought or defended actions for Sony Music, Robert Smith (The Cure), Nigel Martin-Smith (the founding manager of Take That), Disclosure, Radiohead, Sony Music, EMI Music Publishing, Universal, Imagem Music Publishing and numerous other household names.

In the last decade, Andrew has been involved in litigation concerning the recording and format rights to the “Pop Idol” series; a landmark Court of Appeal decision on reversionary rights under the 1911 Copyright Act; a series of disputes concerning the live festival industry; claims in relation to the licensing of music and audio and audio-visual recordings and on new technological platforms; contractual issues concerning the rights of artists to receive fair payment under legacy contracts in respect of the exploitation of their works in new digital forms; and the worldwide enforcement of common law and registered trademarks. 





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