Creative, Digital Media & Technology

With its unique blend of culture and heritage, a strong commitment to sustainability and innovation and independent spirit; Bristol has become one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing Creative, Digital Media and Technology (CDMT) hubs outside of London.

Businesses operating in the CDMT sectors share many things in common:

  • an origin in innovation and creativity which, for the most part, revolves around the exchange of money for rights in various types of creative output;
  • increasing regulation as “analogue laws” are found to be wanting in the digital age; and
  • a need to differentiate products and services to protect goodwill and enhance brand value in what is an extremely competitive marketplace.

In many ways, the legal needs of CDMT businesses are no different to those of other businesses – they lease premises, employ people and at some stage, require investment in order to grow. However sometimes CDMT businesses require specialist advice from lawyers who speak their language, appreciate the opportunities and threats posed by new technologies and business models and understand their commercial objectives. This is where our CDMT team can add value.

Our CDMT team acts for:

  • Actors and performers
  • Advertising, brand identity, PR and communications agencies
  • Artists, animators and designers across all media types
  • Film/TV directors, producers and financiers
  • Musicians, composers, songwriters, managers and record labels
  • Publishers and distributors of all types of content across all channels and platforms
  • App/game/software/website developers, value added resellers and IT support businesses

Gregg Latchams is proud to be a preferred supplier of:

Bristol Media

Some of things we can advise Creative, Digital Media and Technology (CDMT) businesses on include:

  • setting up a new business or setting out on a joint venture or collaboration;
  • obtaining investment from banks, venture capital investors and crowdfunding platforms;
  • employing staff and engaging freelance consultants and contractors;
  • protecting and making money out of copyright (and all types of content protected by copyright including code, photographs, graphics, music and videos), trademarks and other rights;
  • preparing contracts for procuring, developing, hosting, licensing and maintaining IT systems (including mobile apps and web applications);
  • doing business online including e-commerce and distance selling laws (our "iAudit" service is great for online retailers), advertising rules, cookies, payment security and privacy matters;
  • collecting, controlling, processing, sharing and destroying personal data as well as handling requests from individuals to access their personal data;
  • advertising and marketing goods and services;
  • buying and selling businesses; and
  • preparing Wills (including what should happen to your "digital estate" when you die).
  • The CDMT team advised my company on a strategic acquisition of brand rights which has added to our international events and online publishing portfolio and helped us to reach new audiences in the technology, media and telecoms marketplace. The advice I received was pragmatic and straightforward.
    Ian Johnson, Founder & Managing Director, Six Degrees Events
  • The advice I received from the team on the sale of my rights in a software tool was clear and concise. Their technical understanding of the software and its component parts was very important to me.
    John Davis, Software Developer

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Richard Gore
Partner, Head of Department
0117 906 9424
0791 6160387
Edward Boal
Solicitor
0117 906 9486