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Mark Stafford

Lee & Thompson LLP

Location London

About Mark

Mark is a partner in Lee & Thompson's Dispute Resolution, Brand Protection and Digital & Technology Groups. He joined Lee & Thompson in 2006 and handles all types of contentious work across the media, technology and entertainment industries, for both individuals and corporate clients.

Mark represents a number of media, film and television clients, advising producers, distributors, financiers, broadcasters, publishers and agents on all types of contentious issues, as well as advising talent clients, such as Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey and Jude Law, on brand protection matters. Mark has a particularly strong reputation for pre-broadcast copyright and libel clearance work, which he regularly undertakes for the producers of high-profile feature films and television series. Recent highlights include ‘American Honey’, ‘The Man From Mo’Wax’, ‘Killing Eve’, 'The Durrells' and ‘The Split'.

Mark also advises on the full spectrum of music industry disputes, from copyright infringement matters to breach of contract claims, acting for artists, labels, publishers, management companies and agents, and has been involved in a number of high-profile Court actions. Mark represents a number of talent clients, from mainstream acts such as One Direction, Little Mix and Queen, through to more niche artists, such as FKA Twigs, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah and Camelphat.

A significant part of Mark’s practice is his privacy and defamation work, in which he has represented a number of celebrities and corporate clients in disputes with print publications and online media platforms.

A member of the firm’s Digital & Technology Group, Mark also acts for a number of start-ups, app, web and game developers, tech innovators, content creators and e-commerce platforms, providing advice on various contractual and intellectual property matters, including business disputes, online infringement, piracy and social media issues. He also advises regularly on brand protection matters, including digital asset protection, trade mark registration, portfolio management and domain name acquisition. 

Years of experience

15

About their firm

Mark is a partner in Lee & Thompson's Dispute Resolution, Brand Protection and Digital & Technology Groups. He joined Lee & Thompson in 2006 and handles all types of contentious work across the media, technology and entertainment industries, for both individuals and corporate clients.

Mark represents a number of media, film and television clients, advising producers, distributors, financiers, broadcasters, publishers and agents on all types of contentious issues, as well as advising talent clients, such as Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey and Jude Law, on brand protection matters. Mark has a particularly strong reputation for pre-broadcast copyright and libel clearance work, which he regularly undertakes for the producers of high-profile feature films and television series. Recent highlights include ‘American Honey’, ‘The Man From Mo’Wax’, ‘Killing Eve’, 'The Durrells' and ‘The Split'.

Mark also advises on the full spectrum of music industry disputes, from copyright infringement matters to breach of contract claims, acting for artists, labels, publishers, management companies and agents, and has been involved in a number of high-profile Court actions. Mark represents a number of talent clients, from mainstream acts such as One Direction, Little Mix and Queen, through to more niche artists, such as FKA Twigs, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah and Camelphat.

A significant part of Mark’s practice is his privacy and defamation work, in which he has represented a number of celebrities and corporate clients in disputes with print publications and online media platforms.

A member of the firm’s Digital & Technology Group, Mark also acts for a number of start-ups, app, web and game developers, tech innovators, content creators and e-commerce platforms, providing advice on various contractual and intellectual property matters, including business disputes, online infringement, piracy and social media issues. He also advises regularly on brand protection matters, including digital asset protection, trade mark registration, portfolio management and domain name acquisition.