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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Broad changes to the broad­cast­ing (and oth­er video me­dia) rules: the re­vised...
UK Me­dia & Sports High­lights 2019


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January 2020
Fund­ing for films, tele­vi­sion and oth­er au­dio-visu­al works in West­ern Europe
29 May 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion warns op­er­at­ors that treat­ment of VIP cus­tom­ers has...
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...
January 2020
UK Me­dia and Sports High­lights 2019
Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful 2018, CMS ex­per­i­enced an­oth­er busy year with lots of in­ter­est­ing me­dia and sports work. Read more about our achieve­ments here.
13 May 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion tight­ens up con­sumer pro­tec­tion dur­ing COV­ID-19 lock­down
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....
17 October 2019
CMS ad­vises ICC on ground-break­ing di­git­al con­tent part­ner­ship with Face­book
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the In­ter­na­tion­al Crick­et Coun­cil on its latest di­git­al con­tent rights tender pro­cess, which saw Face­book be­come the ex­clus­ive di­git­al con­tent rights part­ner in the In­di­an sub-con­tin­ent for all of the ICC glob­al even
12 May 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion pen­al­ises FSB for reg­u­lat­ory fail­ings and warns op­er­at­ors...
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...
19 July 2019
CMS ad­vises BBC on trans­form­a­tion­al part­ner­ship with ITV to launch Brit­Box...
CMS ad­vises BBC on trans­form­a­tion­al part­ner­ship with ITV to launch Brit­Box stream­ing ser­vice in UK. Find out more.
12 May 2020
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...
09 April 2019
CMS ad­vises BBC Stu­di­os on land­mark agree­ments with Dis­cov­ery in­clud­ing...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised BBC Stu­di­os on a series of land­mark agree­ments with Dis­cov­ery which in­clude the ac­quis­i­tion by BBC Stu­di­os of sev­en UK­TV chan­nels; a glob­al con­tent part­ner­ship to power a new glob­al stream­ing ser­vice; and a be­spoke p
05 May 2020
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;...
15 January 2019
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Me­dia - 2018
Tech­no­logy, Me­dia & Com­mu­nic­a­tions
14 April 2020
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...