OUR STORY

In 2003, the UK was a different place. Mark Zuckerberg was in his dorms, dreaming up Facemash, only renamed TheFacebook the following year. Google was a private company and AOL bombarded the world with installation discs (“you’ve got mail!”). Robbie Williams had just signed his infamous 360 music deal with EMI, a deal which over the next decade would become the norm as the labels fought the online pirates. Apple was only just launching iTunes, and we chilled without the Netflix.

The world of law was unassailable: big was beautiful, atriums were large, tradition was lauded, events sponsored, and legal services, like beer, were reassuringly expensive. Frustrated by the politics and the focus on profits which plague larger firms and which left little room for more interesting work brought by start-up clients or creatives, M Law was established in 2003, recognising a better way for our clients, and for ourselves. With decades of expertise from various industry specific city firms, we came together to offer something more personal and effectual.

Fast forward to now. Online business has a foot on the high street’s neck and the world is abuzz with influencers, vloggers, multi-channel networks, 360 deals, cryptocurrency, AI, blockchain, Brexit, and e-sports.

M Law has kept pace. Our full service commercial firm with clients from the worlds of media (digital and traditional), retail, telecoms, entertainment and sport continues to provide innovative and savvy advice that meets and exceeds the ever evolving demands of these industries.

OUR TEAM

Eva Ren

Eva joined the firm in 2019 as a trainee solicitor. Eva graduated from University of Bristol with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2015. She subsequently completed the LPC at the University of Law in London as well as obtained a Master degree in Law, Business and Management. Before joining M Law, Eva gained experience as inhouse paralegal in a bank, investment firm as well as a commercial law firm.

Something you may not know about Eva

Eva organised weekly Jazz gigs in Clifton, Bristol for 2 years despite Jazz not being her first choice of music. Eva is one of few people in the world can imitate every face emoji. Eva has been featured on BBC2 Glastonbury 2019 as a girl in the crowd.

Eva Ren

 

 

Freddie Besant

Freddie advises on both contentious and noncontentious matters with a focus on media & intellectual property. His practice areas cover tech,film & TV, music, sport & regulatory matter.

Freddie joined M Law as a trainee in 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2016. He graduated from Nottingham University in 2009 with a philosophy degree before completing the GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London. Prior to starting at M Law Freddie gained experience as a paralegal both in-house and at various national firms.

Something you may not know about Freddie

He had a very brief spell as a removal man and has an extremely realistic dog bark.

Freddie Besant

 

 

Peter Coles

Whilst I am basically a commercial, transactional lawyer, my specialism is that elusive animal, the law relating to Entertainment – which I see as covering all aspects of the creation, production, financing and exploitation of audio-visual products. Whilst delivery methods and revenue generation areas may have changed, most structures and lessons learned from my first days as an inhouse lawyer at National Film Finance Corporation are still very relevant today. A case of plus ça change … 

 

Something you may not know about Peter

Peter is a keen amateur actor, and enjoys photography. He also likes walking - not just long distance footpaths; he is currently doing two circular walks around London, and enjoys exploring out-of-the-way corners of the city

Peter Coles

 

Matthew Higdon

Matthew specialises in corporate and commercial law. He advises SMEs in the media, entertainment and sports sectors and has a particular skill in supporting brand strategy at a high level.

Previously rated ‘Hot 100’ by The Lawyer for his media work and ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times, Matthew started his career at Clifford Chance after gaining a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property law.

Something you may not know about Matthew

Matthew plays the bass in The Sad Dad Band

Matthew Higdon

 

Oliver Fetiveau

With clients in the world of media, entertainment, retail and sport, Oliver runs the dispute resolution practice at MLaw. He qualified as a solicitor at Ashurst, before spending two years as in-house counsel for an independent music publisher. He joined M LAW in March 2006, and was made a partner of the firm in 2007. Oliver is half French, and deals with French-speaking clients.

Something you may not know about Oliver

Oliver is a lifelong supporter of Hull City football Club, a bad guitarist, and he hopes one day, when he has time,to write a screenplay.

Oliver Fetiveau

 

Sarah Bridge

Sarah has specialised in private client law for over 14 years, working for a broad spectrum of clients including high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, families, landed estates and trusts. Her expertise covers all aspects of private client work from wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and probate to estate planning, capital gains tax planning and trust planning for both UK and non UK domiciliaries. Sarah was formerly head of private client at west end media and entertainment law firm, Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

 

Sarah Bridge

 

Neil Paterson

Neil, a solicitor qualified in Scotland, has a broad range of commercial experience with special interests in music, sport and the FMCG markets. Neil studied Law at the University of Glasgow.

Something you may not know about Neil

A proud Scotsman, as he likes to remind us, Neil once ran his own bar. He has a keen interest in Prince and his associated cache of electronic musical instruments and hopes one day that his tennis skills are more widely appreciated than at present. (by whom we are not sure…)

Neil Paterson

Robin Bynoe

Robin Bynoe graduated in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He was successively a partner and head of the intellectual property groups at Jaques & Lewis (which became Eversheds London) and Charles Russell. His practice includes data protection and privacy, IT, franchising, copyright and trade mark work, as well as media. He has published and spoken widely on these topics and is the co-author of two books: Franchising with Martin Mendelsohn and Privacy and Disclosure for Family Lawyers with Miranda Fisher and Tanya Roberts.

Robin Bynoe

Victoria Russell

Victoria acts for clients in the media, technology and communications sectors with over 10 years’ regulatory and commercial experience. A specialist in the delivery of voice, data and visual content, Victoria has a background in telecoms and contract law and an expertise in specific regulated activities, including gambling and television broadcasting. Prior to joining M Law, Victoria was a Partner in the Telecoms, Media, Technology & Sport department at Charles Russell LLP.

Victoria Russell

Tom Wesel

Tom joined M Law in 2013 as a consultant. He advises on UK and cross-border tax issues and the advantage of tax planning opportunities through the overlap of a number of countries’ tax systems.

Tom heads up the MA in Tax at King’s College London Law School. He is a barrister and member of the Tax Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Tom obtained his LLB from the London School of Economics and an LLM in Tax from Queen Mary College, University of London, speclialising in international taxation and trained at Enterprise Chambers, 9 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

Tom Wesel

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