Media & Entertainment
The things that are most valuable in the economy today are not things you can touch. They are ideas, media products, information, reputations, ways of doing and rights of access - the currency of an information age in a media world.
Intellectual property law dictates how we can protect and how we can use these intangible things. Using the full armoury of weapons at your disposal, you can use it to stake your claim in the real new world - the one where business will be done in the coming decades.
McCormicks combines cutting edge skills and creativity with traditional good sense and acumen to deliver the ideas and information you need - you see, it's our business too.
McCormicks is one of the UK’s leading legal firms in the field of media and entertainment together with the related fields of Sports law and Intellectual Property Rights.
The firm acts on behalf of a number of celebrities, actors, sports personalities and musicians as well as leading production companies in film and television.
McCormicks represents agency organisations specialising in the representation of artists in the film and television world as well as the music industry. The firm has continued to advise on media and other rights and have prepared standard contracts of representation and negotiated on their behalf with artists.
McCormicks acts for the FA Premier League and its member clubs
McCormicks manages and advises on the protection and exploitation of the full range of Intellectual Property Rights.
As part of the process McCormicks provide full services in connection with management, registration and protection of trade marks.
The firm advises on web site production and domain names.
In the field of advertising and sponsorship the firm advises on negotiations for a huge range of sponsorship deals in sport, business and the arts.
McCormicks have a vast experience of merchandising and licensing deals on behalf of users and owners of the rights.
McCormicks have successfully represented numerous high profile clients in defamation matters of every nature.
The firm has advised celebrities on publishing activities including the publication of a novel which entered the Bestsellers List and continuing advice in relation to autobiographies.
"Peter McCormick at McCormicks is a leading media and entertainment lawyer and regularly appears as a legal expert on news broadcasts. The firm handles the FA Premier League’s media and broadcasting work as well as advising various models, authors and actors." Legal 500
"At McCormicks, the group provides the full package, handling defamation, reputation management and all manner of litigation with aplomb. Its Lawyers are ‘aggressive when need be and have the ability to adopt the approach the clients want.’ It also offers political reputation management advice. Peter McCormick remains the firm’s primary contact." Chambers UK
“Renowned for his sports and media expertise, Peter McCormick of McCormicks is ‘a great communicator and outstanding with client relationships.’” Chambers UK
“This Professional Discipline team impresses clients with ‘its cooperative work ethic. The lawyers make you feel important and they prioritise your work.’” Chambers UK.
“Clients dub Peter McCormick ‘an intellectually clever, commercially astute lawyer who is very good to have on your side in a time of crisis.’ He applies his great depth of experience and legal knowledge in a calm and efficient manner.” Chambers UK
“Peter McCormick is ranked as a ‘star performer.’ This Harrogate-based team continues to operate on a national level for which a great deal of the credit must go to Peter McCormick, a solicitor whom clients simply could not praise enough. ‘A legend in the field of football’', he is extremely active for marquee client, the Premier League. ‘McCormick is an intellectually brilliant, commercially astute and hands-on lawyer – he’s as good as it gets’, proclaim happy clients. The team attracts praise for its commendable work ethic and excellent client skills: ‘these lawyers make you feel like you’re their priority – they’ll work day and night to get the job done.’” Chambers UK
“Offering ‘unrivalled industry knowledge in sport’, Peter McCormick at McCormicks continues to advise at the highest level in the football world.” UK Legal 500
“Peter McCormick is a star figure within the world of football.” Chambers UK.
“Peter McCormick at McCormicks is ‘an outstanding sports lawyer’ and a ‘striker who any informed client would choose to lead his team.’ Clients say the firm ‘punches way above its weight and is a true specialist in the field.’” UK Legal 500
“McCormicks’ Peter McCormick has an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious work across broadcasting, IP rights and sponsorship and for defamation complaints relating to print and broadcast media.” UK Legal 500
“Clients say the firm is ‘a very professional outfit with excellent credentials, contacts and knowledge.’"
"Peter McCormick is known for his experience in sports law and has a reputation as being a powerful advocate of his client’s case. Clients say he is a ‘very commercial, straight-talking lawyer who is incredibly driven with a clear determination to succeed.’” Chambers UK
“The well-regarded Peter McCormick leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious work and acts for high-profile companies as well as individuals. The practice spans broadcasting, media, personal contracts, sponsorship, defamation and complaints relating to broadcasters and the press.” UK Legal 500
“Clients say ‘They don’t just lay down the law. The advice we receive is pragmatic, common-sense and fits with the environment we are working within. Peter McCormick offers clients an authentic understanding of sports regulation and is applauded by sources for infusing his advice with commercial sense.’” Chambers UK
“McCormicks maintains a well-respected team. Practice head Peter McCormick is ‘knowledgeable, reliable, helpful and authoritative.’” UK Legal 500
“Harrogate-based McCormicks is highly influential in the football sector. Market observers say: ‘They have a really thorough knowledge of football, both the market and the law.’ Clients say the firm is 'immensely responsive, very prompt, very quick, respond carefully to all the requests we’ve made.’
Peter McCormick is a towering figure within football. Opponents, colleagues and clients alike are quick to attest to the value of the ‘practical common-sense advice’, provided by ‘a lawyer who not only understands football, but always sees the commercial realities as well.’” Chambers UK.
“McCormicks has established itself as one of the few English media firms outside London with a profile in the wider market.” Chambers UK
“According to one source this team ‘does what is said on the tin’. Peter McCormick is ‘thoroughly competent and absolutely responsive.’” Chambers UK
"McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ team has ‘unrivalled knowledge of football’. The ‘very commercial’ Peter McCormick is highlighted for his ‘expertise’ and ‘sound advice.’” UK Legal 500
“This Harrogate-based team plays an integral part in the region’s sports sector. However it is the team’s work for the Premier League which marks it out as one of the country’s elite sports practices.” Chambers UK
“Peter McCormick is a prominent figure within sport, especially football. One client was highly impressed with his ‘very practical approach to commercial business – when I make big decisions, I run them past him. He’s so streetwise that while I know his expertise is in sports law, I feel confident asking him about anything!’” Chambers UK
“Peter McCormick heads a multi-disciplinary team at McCormicks, and gives ‘invaluable advice’. Clients include Harrogate International Festivals.” - Legal 500
"They have total command of the subject area. Their hard work, tenacity and good humour impressed me in particular." - Chambers UK - Sport
"Sources say Peter McCormick is 'a realy leader who ensures that his team delivers. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves either, and everything he does he does with humour and charm.' He acts on a wide range of regulatory, commercial and contractual matters for the Premier League." - Chambers UK - Sport