This year only one lawyer in the entire Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region (i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) made it into the prestigious Who's Who Legal of recommended Entertainment lawyers and it was one of our own - Joby Beretta. By comparison, in the same list for the US there are 75 recommended lawyers and in England there are 40. Joby was also recommended in the Sports category this year, alongside only one other lawyer (Steve Bainbridge from Al Tamimi).
The Bench's Sports team provides a full range of advice to the sector including:
Sponsorship / Brand Ambassador Agreements
Player Agreements and related employment advice
Regulatory Body Approvals
Broadcasting / Media Rights Agreements
Corporate Set-Ups and Licensing
On the Entertainment side we advise on matters such as:
TV Rights Licensing
Music Rights Licensing
Theatrical Rights Licensing
Location Filming Permits
Media sector M&A
Channel Distribution Agreements
Film Production Agreements
The Bench's Sports & Entertainment lawyers are also recognised as specialists in this field by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, which noted that our “expertise includes TMT, hospitality and sports” and Legal 500 2019 which describes us "client-focused efficient and unstuffy". Media Law International 2018 also notes our "expertise in the media, entertainment and sports industries".
The Bench is also short-listed for 'TMT Law Firm of the Year' at the The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2019 coming up next month in Dubai.