Law firm aims to take Music Award

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Lawyers from the Leeds office of national law firm Shoosmiths will be rubbing shoulders with record producers and composers today at the annual Music Week Awards.

Over the course of 2017 Shoosmiths advised on a number of large deals in the music industry, including the recording agreement for up-and-coming Halifax band The Orielles.

As such it has been nominated in the UK Law Firm of the year category.

Among the other deals it worked on included advising Allied London on the Low Four Recording Studios deal and advising Johnny Marr, The Vaccines, The Cribs and New Order producer Jim Spencer, in respect of the agreement relating to The Charlatans album ‘Different Days’.

It also advised Joe Duddell, a classical composer/arranger renowned for his collaborations with well-known indie/electro/dance artists in respect of his commissioning agreements relating to his collaborations with various artists including with New Order and artist Liam Gillick for the Manchester International Festival 2017.

Shoosmiths is also specialist music law advisers to Leeds based, NSM Music Ltd, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of digital audio and video jukeboxes.

Laura Harper, partner with Shoosmiths, said: “Our submission focussed on our objectives for 2017 as a team and how we are implementing our strategy going forward- in particular, in order to consolidate and grow our business and reputation across the North.”

The connections with the music industry even extend to the team, with associate Carol Isherwood being a skilled music lawyer, was also the lead singer and songwriter in Brit Pop indie band Pullover.

Shoosmiths is up against Collins Long, Hamlins, Lee & Thompson, Russells, Simons Muirhead & Burton and Van Straten Solicitors.

The awards take place today at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.