• TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

    Please note our new office adddress is Fourth Floor 56A Poland Street, London, UK W1F 7NN

  • TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

    We are a team of experienced lawyers, all recognised as experts in our respective fields.

  • TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

    Our areas of expertise encompass litigation, media and entertainment, sport, property, commerce and insolvency.

  • TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

    We offer an effective, pragmatic and friendly service with an emphasis on cost consciousness and client satisfaction.

More About Us

Our Services.

We pride ourselves on offering a first-class service to our clients. We strive to fully understand our clients' legal needs and budget and to deliver exceptional results and value. Based in the heart of central London, we are suitably positioned to meet the demands of speed and convenience that distinguish an effective and modern practice.


Our highly experienced team advises on all aspects of litigation from preparation of claim or defence through trial and appeals where necessary. We are skilled in Alternative Dispute Resolution and will advise on the best way to reach a cost effective settlement wherever possible.

Media and Entertainment.

We provide advice on all music, film and TV agreements, the protection and exploitation of copyrights and related disputes. Our entertainment clients include songwriters, producers, recording artists, record labels, music publishers, record producers, DJs, management companies, TV production companies, art directors, models, chefs and media personalities.


Whether you are looking to purchase your first home, a company looking for new business premises or a landlord looking to lease your building  we offer a seamless and personal service. We also have particular expertise in collective enfranchisement claims / leasehold reform issues.


We have extensive experience in representing football players at all ages from youth to senior and all levels from non-league to senior international. Our advice encompasses transfer negotiations, contract negotiations, endorsements and kit contracts as well as non-playing issues. Our litigation experience enables us to provide a full advice service in dealing with the media including issues of defamation.


We act for insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, specialist lenders, directors and creditors in all types of insolvency both corporate and personal. We deal with both contentious and non-contentious insolvency work.

Corporate and Commercial.

Our lawyers draft and negotiate Shareholder Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements, Partnership Agreements.  We can also advise on company and LLP incorporation, Directors Service Agreements and Terms & Conditions for for supply of goods and / or services.


We offer a full range of family legal services including advice on separation, divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, civil partnership dissolution and related children issues.

Meet Our Team.

Mike Shepherd - Partner and New York attorney, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Mike Shepherd

Partner and New York attorney

Mike is a dual qualified lawyer (England & NY) specialising in litigation with an emphasis on media & entertainment and IP disputes. Chambers and Partners records that Mike is “a real tactician” and has “tremendous expertise” - the Legal 500 has described him as "a knowledgeable, technically able and an excellent litigator".

Chris Phillips - Partner and New York attorney, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Chris Phillips

Partner and New York attorney

Chris specialises in commercial transactions and copyright law. He co-wrote the textbook Music Business Agreements (3rd Edition) and is also a dual qualified lawyer (England and Wales / New York). He is listed as one of the top 25 solicitors in the directory "The Legal & Accountancy 50 - The best lawyers and accountants in the music industry".

Nicholas Melin - Partner, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Nicholas Melin


Nick qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and specialises in insolvency law, commercial law and litigation. Nick deals with all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency work and has a broad experience in commercial law as well as litigation matters arising from the foregoing from simple debt recovery to complex multi-jurisdictional high value litigation. Nick is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

Vivienne Haynes - Partner, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Vivienne Haynes


Vivienne is a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and property transactions. Her corporate client base is drawn from new business start-ups and small to medium enterprise firms mainly in the leisure, media and retail industries.

James Collins - Partner, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

James Collins


James qualified as a barrister in 1988 and spent three years practising in the area of intellectual property and contract. In 1990 James joined Lee & Thompson Solicitors, in due course relinquishing his position as barrister and requalifying as a solicitor. He set up his own firm in 1996 and in May 2000, he joined forces with Simon Long as joint senior partner of Collins Long. In his dual role as both litigation and commercial lawyer, James has represented clients across the industry spectrum. James is a member of the BRIT Awards Voting Academy, a music industry seminar speaker and a regular industry panellist.

Simon Long - Partner, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Simon Long


Reading the Melody Maker and NME it became apparent that the business stuff revolved around contracts … a light went on – maybe a career in the law was the way in. Fast forward through nearly 20 years of reviewing record deals and advising artists, Simon founded Collins Long with James Collins …with the ethos of providing sound advice combined with a personal and dedicated service to clients. Fast forward again to the present time and the firm represents some impressive talent, from double Academy Award winners, Ivor Novello winners, multiple Grammy winners to Mobo winners, BRIT and Mercury nominees.

Darrell Webb - Partner, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Darrell Webb


Darrell predominantly deals with high net worth divorce and financial cases, but also has extensive experience in acting for unmarried couples with property disputes, children cases and couples requiring pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Much of his work involves the resolution of financial settlements, complicated or otherwise, requiring complex valuations, accountancy and taxation issues, often with an international perspective. Darrell is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and Resolution.

Stephen Talbot - Senior Associate, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Stephen Talbot

Senior Associate

Stephen practises exclusively in matrimonial law, helping people with pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, financial settlements, and to resolve arrangements for children (including international child abduction). Stephen also helps unmarried people dealing with property claims that may arise. As a member of Resolution, Stephen’s approach is to try to reduce the animosity and to focus on the issues in a constructive fashion.

Camilla Cokell - Solicitor, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Camilla Cokell


Camilla specialises in commercial litigation, copyright protection and trademarks. Her clients include the UK's largest independent music distribution company and media companies.

Patrick Lawrence - Solicitor, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Patrick Lawrence


Patrick works across the full range of commercial, litigation and entertainment matters handled by the firm, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property litigation and the representation of new and emerging songwriters, recording artists and independent rights holders. Patrick is also qualified to practice as a solicitor advocate in the higher courts of England and Wales.

Nick Trainer - Consultant, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Nick Trainer


Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has been involved in professional sport for some 30 years. He is substantially experienced in litigation, including defamation, particularly in a sports context, as well as in commercial issues in the sports environment. Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession has described Nick as "highly regarded amongst lawyers for his expert knowledge of football and the demands and needs of players."

Janet Thacker - Legal Executive, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Janet Thacker

Legal Executive

Janet has over forty years experience and is a Retired Member of the Institute of Legal Executives specialising in commercial and residential property. She has acted for clients in the world of music, art, fashion, television, stage and politics as well as housing associations and union members. Many of these clients have stayed with her over the years and she continues to practice in the same fields.

Nick Kanaar - Consultant, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Nick Kanaar


Nick is a consultant and his practice, whilst specialised in the entertainment industry, has a wide commercial spread and his expertise is in the area of the transactional making of contracts and the contentious variation of them. He is a veteran in the music industry and in particular was responsible for the seminal case of Macaulay (Instone) -v- Schroeder. He acts for a variety of artists, actors, managers, independent record companies, music publishers and film and TV producers.

Leighton Lloyd - Consultant, TSPMH music, entertainment and commercial lawyers in London

Leighton Lloyd


Leighton Lloyd specialises in film finance, mostly serving the commercial, entertainment, and banking sectors. His practice areas include entertainment law, media and intellectual property, music, mergers and acquisitions. He has represented and worked on film financing with a diverse range of clients regarding banking, equity, and international tax incentives, as well as offering strategic advice to producers, banks, and commercial equity investors. Leighton enjoys being part of the entrepreneurial side of film financing and production and music promotion. He is currently producing his own film in partnership with other producers. His film credentials are included in IMDB.com.


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