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Publishing & Media

We support and advise our clients at all stages of their development; and the depth of our sector knowledge and the breadth of our relationships mean that we can often provide commercial as well as legal input and guidance.

We regularly attend and speak at industry conferences, seminars and book fairs and enjoy an active role in the promotion and growth of the publishing and media industry.  We are members of the Independent Publishers Guild and proud to be the appointed sponsors of the overall winner of the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year 2017.

The rapid and continuing development of media platforms and services presents exciting challenges and opportunities for publishers, business information providers and other media businesses, as well as for their advisers.


With over 30 years’ experience in the publishing and media sector and market-leading expertise in technology and digital applications and intellectual property, lawyers in our cross-departmental Publishing and Media corporate team have advised leading independent publishers, business information providers and other UK and international publishing and media companies on over 60 mergers, acquisitions, disposals and investments.

Intellectual Property and Libel

Our Publishing and Media team includes specialist intellectual property lawyers who advise publishing houses, licensing agencies, authors and other content providers on the full range of copyright, trademark, imprint and brand protection matters, and also perform an important due diligence and advisory role in support of our transactional and investment work.  The team includes specialist dispute resolution lawyers who have particular experience in copyright, trade mark and defamation cases.  The team can both prevent the spread of infringement and help secure financial compensation for the infringement.  They can also advise on responses to allegations of infringement or defamation, including minimising the risk of such allegations being made at all.

Commercial Contracts

Our Publishing and Media team also provides ongoing support and specialist advice on the preparation, review and development of key trading contracts and arrangements – including contracts with authors, editors, contributors and consultants; subscription arrangements; rights licences; co-publishing and packager agreements; agreements with e-book consolidators and distributors; agreements for the exploitation and use of electronic rights, interactive apps and social media; and agreements with agents, representatives and distributors.

Employees and Incentives

Incentivising and rewarding employees is of course an important component of a successful and developing business. Our Rewards Team advises our Publishing and Media clients on the ways to achieve this, in a tax efficient manner - through share options, growth shares and other incentive arrangements.


Recent news, articles and deals:

Fox Williams advises on the sale of online legal publisher, Justis Publishing Limited, to global legal research company vLex Holdings Limitedmore
Fox Williams LLP advises the estate of Peter Mayer on the disposal of the majority of Duckworth’s publishing assetsmore
Fox Williams advises on sale of I B Taurismore
Fox Williams LLP advises the shareholders of Jessica Kingsley (Publishers) Limited on its sale to Hachette UK Limitedmore
Publishing in the digital marketmore
Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year Award 2017 winnermore
Fox Williams sponsors the 2017 Independent Publisher of the Year Awardmore
Fox Williams advised Wayne Davies and David North on their minority investments in digital publisher Canelo Digital Publishing Limited.more
Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year Award, 2016more
Fox Williams LLP advises Palazzo Publishing on its acquisition of Palazzo Editionsmore
Fox Williams sponsors Independent Publisher of the Year Awardmore
Fox Williams LLP advises Robert Hale Limited on the sale of its publishing business to The Crowood Press Limited. more
Fox Williams LLP advises Nicholas Brealey on the sale of NB Limited (incorporating Nicholas Brealey Publishing) to Hachette UK Limitedmore
Fox Williams LLP advises the shareholders of Rising Stars UK Limited on its sale to Hachette UK Limitedmore
Investing in successmore
Fox Williams advised Osprey Publishing Ltd on its recent investment from Alcuin Capital Partners LLPmore
Fox Williams LLP advises the shareholders of Woodhead Publishing Limited on its sale to Elseviermore
FW advises on the purchase of Duncan Baird Publishers more
FW acts for Earthscan on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Informa Group plcmore
FW Advises on the Sale of Willan Publishing Limitedmore

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Who should I contact?


Peter Faber
Senior Consultant
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2525


Mary Elliott
Direct dial: +44 (0)20 7614 2628


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