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The artist contract in the digital world

Posted on: 29 September 2015
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A conversation between Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chris Ancliff (Warner Music Group) and Paul Pacifico (Featured Artists Coalition) on the evolution of the artist/record company contract.

Following on from previous successful music business related events at Westminster law School, including the Once in a Lifetime negotiation, we are delighted to be able to announce this very special event to take place in October. Chris Ancliff is the General Counsel (International) at the Warner Music Group and was previously General Counsel at EMI Group plc. Paul is the first full time CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition. Nick Mason is a renowned composer, musician and producer, who in some ways will be ‘coming home’ for the event – along with fellow architecture student Roger Waters, he held rehearsals for their band Sigma 6 in the student common room in what is now the Law School building. As part of Pink Floyd he later returned to play in the building’s grand art deco Portland Hall, where this event takes place.
It is now almost 50 years since Pink Floyd signed their first contract with EMI, and the evolution of this relationship will be discussed, along with consideration of various current issues.
Attendance is free, please register online.

Westminster Law School hosts Law Commission symposium on Firearms Law.

Posted on: 23 September 2015
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Westminster Law School was very pleased to host a Law Commission symposium as part of the review of Firearms Law.

The Law Commission published a scoping consultation paper on Firearms Law on 21 July 2015 and the symposium was organised to give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the issues examined in the paper.

More details about the Law Commission symposium on firearms law.

Professor John Flood on The Rule of Law: are lawyers necessary or even the most capable of maintaining it?

Posted on: 21 September 2015
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Distinguished faculty lecture followed by reception, 29 September 2015, 5pm.

The central argument is that the legal system and the rule of law are now the domain of the legal profession. Professional ethos, which was once based on a compact with the community, has effectively been broken asunder by the entrenchment of neoliberalism. This has entailed justice being subject to economic tests such as cost-benefit analysis and gradually being divorced from any moral force within society. The spirit of Beveridge has been lost. Can we recover this? If so, how? To begin a debate on this I turn to anthropological studies of acephalous societies to show how the law jobs in society could be done with partial help from lawyers and a re-engagement with community.

All welcome, admission free, please register online.

Once in a lifetime: a mock negotiation of the sale and purchase of a music publishing company

Posted on: 13 February 2015
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An entertainment law ‘dream team’ is to assemble at Westminster Law School on 18 March 2015, to conduct a mock negotiation of the sale and purchase of a music publishing company. All of the participants have worked with each other over many years on transactions totalling billions of dollars, and Westminster Law School is thrilled to be able to host them for this groundbreaking event. The participants are:

Fred Wistow

Fred Wistow

Fred Wistow is a consultant to and director of several non-profit organizations and a contributing writer to a periodical for therapists. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Time Warner’s Music Group.

Fred will be the moderator of the session.

Evan Medow

Evan Medow

Evan graduated from UCLA and was admitted to the California and Federal Bars in early 1968. He has represented clients as diverse as Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Music Publishing (now Warner Chappell Music Publishing), Colombia Pictures, Geffen Kaye Music Publishing, and Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co, as well as many successful songwriters, producers and record companies. In 1991, he took a position as the CEO of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. and subsequently, its successor entity, Windswept Holdings LLC.

Evan has a dual role in the negotiation as seller and M&A counsel.

Chris Ancliff

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Chris Ancliff joined Warner Music Group in 2009 as General Counsel, International, WMG. In this position he has responsibility for all of the Group’s legal and business affairs activities outside the US, working closely with WMG’s recorded music and music publishing affiliates throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to this, he was Vice President at EMI International, rising to the position of General Counsel, EMI Group, in 2007. During his eleven-year tenure at EMI, Ancliff eventually became responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal and business affairs activities including mergers and acquisitions, artist negotiations, litigation and industry issues.

Chris is acting as the buyer in the negotiation.

John Frankenheimer

John Frankenheimer

John T. Frankenheimer’s practice is centred in the entertainment and media industries, with emphasis on both institutional and talent clients. He also represents writers, producers and directors in both film and television, as well as various technology and media companies. Mr Frankenheimer speaks frequently on topics related to entertainment law and has given presentations at numerous universities as well as numerous industry sponsored events and seminars.

John will be acting as the buyer’s M&A counsel.

Charles Bradbrook

Charles Bradbrook

Charles Bradbrook has been advising clients in the media and entertainment sector for over 30 years. He is currently a partner in SRLV, a media specialist accountancy practice, prior to this he was a partner in Deloitte. Charles has advised on a number of transactions involving the purchase, sale and restructuring of a wide range of independent recording and publishing companies. This has made him an expert on the issues that affect the owners of those companies both from a commercial and tax perspective.

Charles will be undertaking financial due diligence and providing tax advice where necessary.

Robert Allan

Robert Allan

Robert is an Associate Fellow at Westminster Law School and was a partner in the Commercial Group at Simkins LLP. During the first 20 or so years of practice Robert was a music talent lawyer specialising in the negotiation of recording music publishing and management contracts on behalf of his artist clients as well as the internal legal organisation of the bands that he represented. During those years Robert represented many household names, including America, Mike Oldfield, Dire Straits, Wham, The Average White Band and The Scorpions. More recently, Robert’s clients have included EMI (who he represented on a number of transactions including the acquisition of Chrysalis Records), Filmtrax, Virgin Records and Virgin Music Publishing. Robert also worked in connection with the proposed – but ultimately aborted – merger between EMI and Warner Music Group. He represented EMI in respect of many complex corporate issues following the acquisition of Terra Firma by EMI.

Robert will be undertaking copyright and contractual due diligence.

Robert also undertook the enormous task of organising the event, and without him this would never have happened!

Register online for this event

More information and online registration for once in a lifetime: a mock negotiation of the sale and purchase of a music publishing company.

Professor Audrey Macklin on citizenship deprivation

Professor Audrey Macklin

Posted on: 6 January 2015
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Professor Audrey Macklin (Professor of Law and Chair of Human Rights, University of Toronto) gave a talk on the contemporary issue of citizenship deprivation at Westminster Law School on 27 November 2014. The transcript of the lecture is available to download in PDF format.

Meet the academic: Victoria Brooks

Victoria Brooks

Posted on: 6 January 2015
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Please describe yourself and your role in a few sentences?

I am a Lecturer in Law and Doctoral Researcher at the School of Law. I teach a combination of modules (through a variety of different methods) across the LLB and GDL, including Tort, Mooting, Philosophy of Law and Law of the Environment. My teaching and my research are radical and interdisciplinary, theoretical and applied.

What is your area of academic interest?

My PhD in progress is Deleuzian and attempts to examine laws in spaces of sexuality, particularly the coast. My philosophical interests concern the relation between law and immanence, as well as the legalities of the material body and its folds. I am also interested in the space and performance of law, particularly the courtroom, and how bodies and the materiality of the space produce and affect the act of judgment.

Please tell us a bit about the teaching that you are involved in?

I teach both traditional legal disciplines, together with more radical and theoretical approaches to law. I like to make my sessions as interactive and inclusive as possible, as well as playing with the spatial dynamics of the classroom, in addition to integrating visualisation and technology into the classroom as teaching aids. I currently teach Tort law at undergraduate level, as well as the Graduate Diploma in Law, in addition to Law of the Environment on the LLB.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a Legal Secretary in a law firm back in 2001.

Where did you work before coming to Westminster?

Following my first job as a Legal Secretary, I then worked my way up to being a Paralegal in various other law firms before deciding to come to the University of Westminster to study my LLB in 2009. In my final year, I was inspired by my dissertation supervisor (now my PhD supervisor) to undertake a PhD at Westminster.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

The highlight of my career so far has been a completely electric seminar that I did for Law of the Environment last year, which I delivered on Deleuze and his conceptualisation of immanence and its relation to law. The students were amazing, completely engaged and helped in both ‘drawing’ the concept of immanence and its relation to law, as well as helping to build a virtual ‘word cloud’ of what immanence means to them. It is a highlight because ideas flew between all of us, meaning that all of us were inspired, and we were able to see the concept growing and building throughout the session. I was left buzzing for days afterwards and the pictures we drew are displayed in my office to remind me of this inspirational seminar!

What advice would you give students during their studies and after graduation?

To keep an open mind, to seek inspiration, to wander.

What advice would you give students considering studying this subject?

To take modules that will challenge your way of thinking and to think creatively.

What are your interests/leisure activities?

Reading, walking, long baths and peppermint tea.

Meet the academic: Ioannis Glinavos

Ioannis Glinavos

Posted on: 6 January 2015
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Please describe yourself and your role in a few sentences?

I am Senior Lecturer in Law at Westminster Law School. I am module leader for Company Law and teach on a range of Business and Commercial Law modules. My research is on Law and Economics, focusing particularly on the financial crisis.

What is your area of academic interest?

Law and Economics, Financial Regulation, Investment Arbitration.

Please tell us a bit about the teaching that you are involved in?

Company Law, Commercial Law, Introduction to Business Law.

What was your first job?

Teaching Fellow in Law at SOAS.

Where did you work before coming to Westminster?

University of Reading.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

The publication of my second monograph in September 2013.

What advice would you give students during their studies and after graduation?

Listen to advice and always do the best you can.

What advice would you give students considering studying this subject?

Think critically about the world around you.

What are your interests/leisure activities?

I spend all my time on Twitter.

Meet the academic: Simon Flacks

Simon Flacks

Posted on: 6 January 2015
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Please describe yourself and your role in a few sentences?

I co-convene Family Law and teach criminal justice. Before entering academia, I worked in the charity sector (undertaking human rights work and mental health advocacy) and in journalism.

What is your area of academic interest?

I have broad research interests that include youth justice, drug policy, human rights, discrimination and gender/sexuality. My PhD addressed under-18 drug treatment.
Please tell us a bit about the teaching that you are involved in?

At the moment, I teach family law, although I will also be teaching on criminal justice modules in the future. Both are really broad subjects, and I enjoy discussing controversial issues that students can get their teeth into!

What was your first job?

My first full time job was as a local newspaper reporter on the Brighton Argus, although I did lots of waiting tables and bar work before that.

Where did you work before coming to Westminster?

The University of Reading.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

Getting a job in the university sector. I love the work and feel lucky to have found something I really enjoy doing.

What advice would you give students during their studies and after graduation?

Although there is a lot of emphasis on gaining the right skills and grades, try and enjoy the opportunity to learn about interesting subjects too. Choose modules that arouse your curiosity, rather than the ones you suppose might be easiest – I always found I did better in the subjects I liked anyway! In the same vein, try work experience in a variety of organisations so you can find out what you really enjoy doing. University should be about exploration.

What advice would you give students considering studying this subject?

The great thing about law is that there is so much variety. You can stick to legislation and cases if that’s what interests you, but there is also the opportunity to study the law ‘in context’. That might include learning about sociology, philosophy or politics.

What are your interests/leisure activities?

I love travel and the outdoors. I also take an interest in film and popular culture.

FILM MATTERS: six film screenings

Posted on: 17 December 2014
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Film Matters series of film screenings

The Regent Street Cinema, the birthplace of British cinema, is due to open to the public in spring 2015 and the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture at Westminster Law School is screening a series of films to mark this special occasion.

The Centre has long championed film at the University, creating the first UK module on Film and the Law, setting up the Compton Film Club and organising the exhibition Classified with the British Board of Film Classification in 2012, in addition to publishing research in the area.

FILM MATTERS, will be a series of six films covering a variety of perspectives and areas of interest to the work of the Centre, including intellectual property and censorship. In addition the film Paths of Glory will be screened as part of the Centre’s activities relating to World War One.

We are delighted that screenings of Dear Censor and Pretty Baby will be followed by a discussion with Craig Lapper, Senior Examiner at the British Board of Film classification.

More information and screening times for FILM MATTERS.