Digital Media Group

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Digital Media Group Committee

Chair:
Sacha Wilson, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis LLP


Sacha Wilson is a partner in the Tech, Media & Entertainment (TME) group at Harbottle & Lewis. He is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with particular expertise in advertising, tech/digital, and data privacy. He has advised clients from a variety of sectors including some of the world’s best known brands, agencies, platforms and media companies. Sacha advises on a range of commercial transactions and has particular expertise in advertising and marketing related agreements (such as creative agency, media buying, and brand development) as well as more tech focused deals (including software development/licensing, cloud services and adtech). He also has expertise in general advertising compliance (including prize promotions, native advertising and product placement) as well as ecommerce and online consumer regulations. In relation to data privacy, Sacha has advised on all the key compliance areas and has worked with a large number of clients on their GDPR compliance programmes. Sacha has particular expertise in the data privacy aspects of marketing, adtech and digital media – he frequently advises on adtech vendor arrangements, programmatic advertising, mobile apps, and innovative digital marketing projects.

Committee:
Dominic Bray, Partner, Lee & Thompson LLP

Prior to joining Lee & Thompson in 2016, Dominic was a partner at Forbes Anderson Free, a highly respected boutique practice specialising in litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution for clients in the media and entertainment industries. Before joining Forbes Anderson Free, Dominic headed the IP, Media & Technology group in the London office of international law firm, K&L Gates.

Penelope Jones
, Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Penelope is a solicitor at VWV LLP. She is passionate about media and technology law, with a particular interest in Internet regulation and the protection of rights and individuals in an increasingly digital world. Before joining VWV, Penelope worked at media law and cyber security firm Schillings, and during her legal studies wrote reports on the protection of copyright online and the liability of Internet intermediaries for online harms.

Neelam Dass, Associate, Bristows LLP

Neelum is an associate in the commercial IP/IT team at Bristows. She specialises in commercial transactions related to information technology, intellectual property, data privacy and e-commerce.

Neelum’s experience includes assisting and advising on the interpretation, negotiation and drafting of a wide range of commercial contracts related to technology, e-commerce, software licensing and social media. Neelum also drafts terms and conditions for websites and apps, privacy policies, sponsorship agreements and digital media contracts.

Neelum has completed secondments to the in-house legal departments of various clients where she gained valuable commercial experience. She spent several months with the in-house legal department of a leading IT outsourcing company, a global video games company and a top UK insurer.

Alice Esuola, Associate, Bristows

Alice is an associate in the commercial IP/IT team at Bristows. She specialises in commercial transactions relating to information technology and intellectual property.

She has advised clients on a broad range of commercial matters, including in relation to e-commerce, technology transactions, the development and exploitation of intellectual property and the provision of media services, with particular expertise in advising consumer-facing clients. In addition, Alice advises on consumer protection, advertising and marketing law compliance.

Alice has undertaken secondments to the in-house legal teams of a news and media group and a leading IT outsourcing company. Her experience has given her a good grounding to provide tailored and commercially-focussed legal advice which helps clients to achieve their strategic aims.

James Balfour, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

James is a Senior Associate in the Media and Digital team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, focusing primarily on media, entertainment and communications law and regulation of the digital landscape. James advises on a wide range of media and digital matters, including digital platforms and content, e-commerce, gambling and gaming, content creation, acquisition and distribution, sports rights and sponsorship deals and advertising and marketing arrangements (including influencer marketing). James is a co-author of the PLC notes "Overview of Broadcast Content Regulation" and “TV (Broadcasting and Internet) Industry Overview” and has spent time on secondment at Sky and Wayra (a start-up incubator in the telecoms sector).

Marlon Cohen, Senior Associate, RPC

Marlon is an experienced commercial lawyer at RPC, specialising in complex strategic work for clients in the media, retail and technology sectors. His wide-ranging practice covers all sides of the media, broadcasting and communications spectrum, acting for brands and content owners, global platforms, broadcasters and telecoms companies on a broad range of commercial and content-related matters. Specialising in complex commercial contracts and technology arrangements for clients, he often works for both suppliers and customers of services. 

He regularly works on complex commercial work with a media focus including sponsorship and endorsement deals (including sponsorship tie-ups with Team GB and Paralympics GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), marketing related agreements (such as creative agency, media buying, and talent agreements), broadcasting, digital content and production agreements, publishing deals, as well as more tech/digital focused deals (including gaming platform, digital multiplex, content distribution and transmission arrangements).

Function of the Group

To provide thought leadership on the interaction between computers and the media. This includes audio (radio), audio-visual (TV), magazines, newspapers, books, content aggregators, blogs, social media and other forms of UGC.

  • Responding to, and commenting on, law reform proposals.
  • Writing articles, blog posts etc.
  • Sponsoring and hosting events with leading speakers.
  • Identifying new legal issues for the sector.

Sharing knowledge on:

  • The law.
  • Market developments.
  • Business issues affecting the media sector.

Enhancing the SCL's reputation and influence in the media sector; providing 'added value' to SCL members with an interest in this area; and helping to inform the SCL committee on key media developments.

Areas of Interest

Convergence

  • Format shifting, eg E-Books, Apps, online TV, online content aggregators.
  • New delivery platforms.
  • Social media.
  • Media business models.

Broadcast

  • Communications Act: licensing; EPGs etc

Regulation of Online Content

  • Defamation, misuse of private information, contempt.
  • Regulatory content standards – Ofcom, ATVOD, BBC Trust.
    Injunctions.
  • Social media issues.

Jurisdiction

  • The application of UK law to online content.
  • The regulation of online content in other jurisdictions.
  • Enforceability of UK and foreign judgments affecting the media.


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