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
15 Oct 19
ASA rules Casumo ad was tar­geted ir­re­spons­ibly
On 9 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) con­cluded that a sponsored Google search res­ult for Casumo Ser­vices Lim­ited (“Casumo”) of­fer­ing free spins had been ir­re­spons­ibly...
15 Oct 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion agrees £322,000 pack­age with Bet­fred for anti-money...
On 10 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced that it had reached a reg­u­lat­ory set­tle­ment with Pet­fre (Gibral­tar) Lim­ited, trad­ing as Bet­fred ( “Bet­fred”) in re­la­tion to...
08 Oct 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion sets out its ex­pect­a­tions re­gard­ing li­censees...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion has is­sued a state­ment set­ting out its ex­pect­a­tions of li­censees who leave the Brit­ish mar­ket. The state­ment ap­plies to on­line and high street gambling busi­nesses choos­ing to leave...
02 Oct 19
An­oth­er wild goose chase: Canada Goose v Per­sons Un­known
Last year, we com­men­ted on the High Court’s prag­mat­ic ap­proach to in­junct­ing against Per­sons Un­known where there was a “sig­ni­fic­ant risk” of presently uniden­ti­fied oth­ers dam­aging or tres­passing...
26 Sep 19
ASA Rul­ing on 32Red Ltd
On 25 Septem­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) in­vest­ig­ated two is­sues in re­la­tion to two sponsored on­line search en­gine ad­verts paid for by on­line casino 32Red Ltd, both of which...
25 Sep 19
UK Par­lia­ment­ary Com­mit­tee says ‘loot boxes’ should be con­sidered...
An in­quiry led by the Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport Com­mit­tee has con­cluded that the sale and pur­chase of loot boxes should be con­sidered gambling and there­fore reg­u­lated un­der the UK Gambling Act....
23 Sep 19
ASA Rul­ing on Bet­In­dex Ltd
On 18 Septem­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) up­held a com­plaint against Bet­In­dex Ltd (“Bet­In­dex”) re­gard­ing a sponsored video avail­able on a so­cial video plat­form. The ASA...
23 Sep 19
ASA Rul­ing on Cor­al In­ter­act­ive (Gibral­tar) Ltd
On 18 Septem­ber 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) up­held a com­plaint against Cor­al In­ter­act­ive (Gibral­tar) Ltd (“Cor­al”) re­gard­ing an ad­vert shown on TV. The ASA ruled that the...
20 Sep 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion im­pose £1.8 mil­lion fine on Park Lane Club op­er­at­or
On 11 Septem­ber 2019, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (“the Com­mis­sion”) is­sued Sil­ver­bond En­ter­prises Lim­ited (“Sil­ver­bond”) a £1.8 mil­lion fine, an op­er­at­or li­cence warn­ing and ad­di­tion­al con­di­tions...
17 Sep 19
Gambling Com­mis­sion re­mind­er – “the re­spons­ib­il­ity for com­pli­ance...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion has is­sued a re­mind­er to re­mote op­er­at­ing li­cence hold­ers that the re­spons­ib­il­ity for reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance with the Li­cence Con­di­tions and Codes of Prac­tice (the “LCCP”),...
27 Aug 19
ASA rules against Bet­In­dex Ltd
On 21 Au­gust 2019, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (“ASA”) up­held a com­plaint against an ad from Bet­In­dex Ltd ("Bet­In­dex") shown on so­cial me­dia. The ASA found it was in breach of the UK Code...