CMS has led on more media deals than any other law firm in both the UK and Europe. These are exciting times for the media sector, given the opportunities – and challenges – arising from the convergence of media, technology and telecoms, changes in consumer behaviour and content delivery, the proliferation of data, and an ever-changing regulatory regime heavily influenced by political and economic factors.

They are exciting times for us too. After our merger on 1 May 2017, combining CMS, Nabarro and Olswang, we are the largest –and newest – law firm in the UK to have a top tier media practice. The synergies that will come from combining Olswang’s famous excellence in media law with the vision, innovation and sector focus of the new CMS promise great things, and a greater service then ever for our clients.

CMS is ranked Tier 1 for Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance) – Legal 500 UK 2018.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Me­dia - 2018

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30 August 2018
CMS ad­vises Ad­vance on Stage En­ter­tain­ment ac­quis­i­tion
13/06/2019
No pic­tures, please: Scot­land v Eng­land as a for­um for de­fam­a­tion...
The Court of Ap­peal in Eng­land & Wales has handed down its judg­ment in the mat­ter of Howard Kennedy v The Na­tion­al Trust for Scot­land [2019] EW­CA Civ 648, on ap­peal from the de­cision of Sir Dav­id Eady, sit­ting as a judge of the High Court on the Queen's Bench.
06/06/2019
GDPR: 12 months on, 12 Takeaways
Some com­ment­at­ors were ex­pect­ing the GDPR to be the new Y2K, and oth­ers the dawn­ing of the data apo­ca­lypse. The real­ity has been less dra­mat­ic, but has non­ethe­less brought a range of chal­lenges and les­sons learned.
20/05/2019
Re­mind­er: Changes to the pro­tec­tion of con­sumer funds rat­ing sys­tem
As we first re­por­ted in March, fol­low­ing an in­form­al con­sulta­tion the Gambling Com­mis­sion ("Com­mis­sion") has up­dated the in­form­a­tion that gambling op­er­at­ors must set out un­der Li­cence Con­di­tion 4. 2. 1.   The re­quired in­form­a­tion must set out ar­range­ments for.
15/05/2019
ASA rules against Wil­li­am Hill
On 15 May 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) up­held a com­plaint against an ad from WHG In­ter­na­tion­al Lim­ited ("Wil­li­am Hill") shown on the dat­ing app Tinder. The ASA found it was in breach of the UK Code of Non-Broad­cast Ad­vert­ising ("Cap Code").
10/05/2019
ASA rules against Paddy Power, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, Wil­li­am Hill and...
On 8 May 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) pub­lished rul­ings on the com­pli­ance of two gambling re­lated ads with the UK Code of Non-Broad­cast Ad­vert­ising (“CAP Code”) and one with the UK Code of Broad­cast Ad­vert­ising (“BCAP Code”).
08/05/2019
Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity con­firms that its in­vest­ig­a­tion...
In a joint let­ter, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (CMA) and the Gambling Com­mis­sion con­firmed last week that the CMA in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the on­line gambling sec­tor has con­cluded. The in­vest­ig­a­tion, which began in Oc­to­ber 2016, con­cerned sus­pec­ted breaches.
23/04/2019
ASA find in fa­vour of Bet­fred
On 17 April 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) pub­lished a rul­ing on Pet­fre (Gibral­tar) Ltd t/a Bet­fred in re­la­tion to a TV ad's com­pli­ance with the UK Code of Broad­cast Ad­vert­ising ("BCAP Code").
09/04/2019
Gambling ads and chil­dren op­er­at­ors caught by new ASA tech­no­logy
Last week, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity ("ASA") an­nounced that five gambling op­er­at­ors were in breach of the UK CAP Code pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren from gambling ads. Us­ing child "avatars" (on­line pro­files that mim­ic chil­dren.
08/04/2019
A new age for copy­right reg­u­la­tion in the EU di­git­al mar­ket - Part...
The Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”) has now been ap­proved by the European Par­lia­ment and once ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU it will form part of the EU Mem­ber States’ na­tion­al le­gis­la­tion by the end of the im­ple­ment­a­tion.
03/04/2019
A new age for copy­right reg­u­la­tion in the EU di­git­al mar­ket - Part...
The European Par­lia­ment voted on 26 March in fa­vour of the Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”). If, as ex­pec­ted, it is ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU (rep­res­ent­at­ives of Mem­ber State gov­ern­ments) in mid-April, it will be­come.
02/04/2019
Say what? The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment con­sults on re­form to the Scots...
The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is cur­rently con­sult­ing on re­forms to the Scots law of de­fam­a­tion, the area of law which aims to pro­tect in­di­vidu­al and busi­ness repu­ta­tions from false state­ments. In an era of on­line re­views and vir­al shar­ing of opin­ion, pro­tect­ing.