Areas: Intellectual Property & Media, Technology & Internet Law, Trademarks
Justin’s expertise spans all areas of intellectual property from passing off to design rights to trademarks. But it is copyright, and particularly (although far from exclusively) the use of copyright in the music industry, that demands the bulk of his attention.
“I’ve always had an interest in IP and media,” Justin explains. “The fascinating thing about copyright is that it’s interesting in a pure academic sense, but also in terms of the real and practical issues raised when trying to answer ‘who wrote this?’.
“Who should get paid for streaming music and how much? If someone writes a book or screenplay and someone else helps, at what point does their help confer rights in the work? These things can sound legally dry but copyright is about far more than rights. Often these matters are of public importance and debate. Frequently the results can have profound professional, financial and reputational impact.”
Justin’s clients value his knowledge and experience and his ability to “fill in the legal blanks when they don’t start from a legal standpoint.” Whether dealing with corporate clients or individuals, he helps them establish who owns copyright, how to license their rights and how to stop somebody infringing them.
“Valuation is an important element of this,” he adds, “because if a client wishes to license their work you have to know how to value it.”
Qualifications & Experience
Justin attended Lincoln College, Oxford (BA in Jurisprudence) 1991 and Nottingham University (LLM in International Law) 1993. He was called to the Bar in 1994 having specialised in IP, joined GSC in 1997 and was appointed Head of IP Litigation in 2002. He is a member of the Bar European Group, a regular conference speaker and delivers training for corporate clients on IP issues.
‘A small firm which punches well above its weight’ GSC Solicitors LLP undertook leasing transactions for several blue-chip corporate tenants, particularly in the media sector. It acted for a number of hotel owners regarding the acquisition and development of new hotels.
“We have found the service excellent, and it is for this reason we have continued to use GSC. The key strengths for us have been a commercial approach to deals that is often missing from solicitors, and a personal service based on a knowledge of us and our needs and long-term plans.”
“The main positive comparison we have noted from GSC is the personal touch and commercial acumen.”
“We have often used different legal firms for IP and other work in the past, but GSC’s commercial approach and professionalism, coupled with the excellent working relationship we have built up over a number of years makes it our preferred choice.”
“As a Financial Advisor I have been personally using and recommending GSC for over thirty years. I have referred clients of mine to them and only ever been thanked for the recommendation, which should convey the confidence I have in the individuals, and the firm.”
“Great result today. Just wanted to say thank you for your continued hard work in fighting our corner on this case. You have both been amazing. Michael incredible support and good ideas.”
Today WIPO – the World Intellectual Property Organization - launched a new service called WIPO PROOF to assist creators to evidence and prove the date a......
One of the key features of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) is that the costs recoverable are subject to costs caps both for particular stages of the litigation and for the over......
Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) obtained an injunction against the Defendant preventing him from playing (or authorising the playing of) PPL’s sound reco......
For every part of your life and business, talk to GSC
GSC Solicitors LLP
31-32 Ely Place, London EC1N 6TD
DX: 462 London/Chancery LN (View on map)