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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UK Me­dia & Sports High­lights 2019

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January 2020
Fund­ing for films, tele­vi­sion and oth­er au­dio-visu­al...
29 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion warns op­er­at­ors that treat­ment of VIP cus­tom­ers...
In Novem­ber 2018, the Gambling Com­mis­sion were con­tac­ted by the re­l­at­ives of a man who took his own life in April 2017, aged 25. The Com­mis­sion sub­sequently un­der­took an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to PT En­ter­tain­ment...
30 August 2018
CMS ad­vises Ad­vance on Stage En­ter­tain­ment ac­quis­i­tion
13 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion tight­ens up con­sumer pro­tec­tion dur­ing COV­ID-19...
Cor­rect as of 12:00 on 13 May 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. On 12 May 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion re­leased ad­di­tion­al guid­ance for re­mote op­er­at­ors to ad­here to dur­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic....
12 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion pen­al­ises FSB for reg­u­lat­ory fail­ings and warns...
Re­mote gambling op­er­at­or FSB Tech­no­logy (UK) Ltd is set to pay £600,000 to the Gambling Com­mis­sion, after the reg­u­lat­or dis­covered fail­ings in its over­sight of its white la­bel part­ners and its anti-money...
12 May 20
Loc­a­tion apps in the time of COV­ID-19
Con­tact tra­cing and loc­a­tion data-based ap­plic­a­tions have re­cently be­come the sub­ject of the heated de­bates in view of their wide­spread use in the fight against the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. In re­sponse to a...
05 May 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion An­nounces So­ci­ety Lot­tery Re­forms
On 29 April 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it would be mak­ing changes to an­nu­al lim­its and in­form­a­tion re­quire­ments in re­spect of so­ci­ety lot­ter­ies. The changes fol­low two con­sulta­tions;...
14 Apr 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion Pub­lishes Reas­on­ing for Triple­b­et's Li­cence Sus­pen­sion
On 8 April 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (“the Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished its reas­on­ing for the pack­age of sanc­tions it handed down to on­line gambling op­er­at­or Triple­b­et on 17 Feb­ru­ary 2020, which in­cluded...
03 Apr 20
The Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounces ac­tions from three in­dustry work­ing...
Fol­low­ing Neil McAr­thur’s break­fast brief­ing in Oc­to­ber 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion  es­tab­lished three in­dustry work­ing groups, each fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge iden­ti­fied by the Com­mis­sion...
03 Apr 20
Re­cord £13m set­tle­ment agreed with Caesars En­ter­tain­ment fol­low­ing...
On 2 April 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) agreed a re­cord £13m reg­u­lat­ory set­tle­ment with Caesars En­ter­tain­ment UK Lim­ited (“Caesars”) in re­la­tion to anti-money laun­der­ing,...
30 Mar 20
Coronavir­us And Force Ma­jeure in the Scot­tish Sports In­dustry
Dis­rup­tion caused by coronavir­us The break­out of coronavir­us has already had a pro­found im­pact on the Scot­tish and UK eco­nomy. One of the sec­tors that has been most af­fected is the Scot­tish sports in­dustry:...
27 Mar 20
Gambling Com­mis­sion stresses that op­er­at­ors must act re­spons­ibly dur­ing...
Cor­rect as of 12:00 on 27 March 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. Fol­low­ing its guid­ance last week about the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) has re­leased a...