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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January 2020
Fund­ing for films, tele­vi­sion and oth­er au­dio-visu­al...
05 Mar 20
"The Mak­ing of a Mu­si­cian": A Pan­el Dis­cus­sion
17 Feb 20
Opin­ion on stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses: more a com­pli­ance head­ache...
A re­cent non-bind­ing Opin­ion of the Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al has sig­nalled that the stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses can con­tin­ue to be used as a safe­guard for trans­fer­ring per­son­al data out­side the EEA. However,...
January 2020
UK Me­dia and Sports High­lights 2019
12 Feb 20
On­line Harms White Pa­per - The Gov­ern­ment's ini­tial con­sulta­tion re­sponse
This morn­ing, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its ini­tial re­sponse (the “Re­sponse”) to last year’s On­line Harms White Pa­per con­sulta­tion. The Re­sponse leaves many is­sues con­cern­ing the reg­u­lat­ory and le­gis­lat­ive...
17 October 2019
CMS ad­vises ICC on ground-break­ing di­git­al con­tent...
06 Feb 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion’s con­sulta­tion on so­ci­ety lot­tery re­form clos­ing...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion’s con­sulta­tion on so­ci­ety lot­tery re­form is due to close next month, on 12 March 2020. The con­sulta­tion seeks views of both gambling in­dustry stake­hold­ers and con­sumers on what...
19 July 2019
CMS ad­vises BBC on trans­form­a­tion­al part­ner­ship with...
31 Jan 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion calls for ‘Fea­ture Buy-Ins’ to be re­moved
The Gambling Com­mis­sion has warned its li­censees not to of­fer gambling products to Brit­ish cus­tom­ers on­line that in­clude ‘fea­ture buy-ins’. The re­mind­er fol­lows in the wake of the Com­mis­sion dis­cov­er­ing...
09 Apr 19
CMS ad­vises BBC Stu­di­os on land­mark agree­ments with...
27 Jan 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounce the form­a­tion of gambling in­dustry work­ing...
As part of its ef­forts to make gambling safer, the Gambling Com­mis­sion has an­nounced the form­a­tion of three in­dustry work­ing groups. Each group will fo­cus on a dif­fer­ent as­pect of the in­dustry that has...
15 January 2019
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Me­dia - 2018
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