National law firm Shoosmiths has advised up and coming surf pop band The Orielles on a deal with leading indie record label Heavenly Recordings.
The Liverpool-based teenage band, originally from Halifax, have already played a string of festivals and they are tipped to take the music scene by storm with their infectious surf pop sound.
The Orielles, who were recommended to use Shoosmiths' to advise them on the deal by a number of Manchester music business professionals, say are thrilled to be working with Heavenly.
The London-based indie label has previously worked with renowned artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Beth Orton, Doves and St Etienne and its current roster includes Temples, Hooton Tennis Club and Cherry Ghost.
Commenting on working with Shoosmiths and signing to Heavenly, the band said: 'We are really excited to be working with Heavenly. They have released some of our favourite records and we're very honoured to be among some amazing bands.
'When we were looking for a music lawyer we asked our contacts in the industry who recommended speaking to Shoosmiths about acting on our behalf. Right from the start, the guys at Shoosmiths have been great. We can't thank them enough.'
Creative industries associate at Shoosmiths, Carol Isherwood, who advised on and negotiated the deal, is no stranger to the challenges facing young bands when signing a record deal.
Before becoming a lawyer, she was the lead singer and songwriter in a signed band herself. She also worked in music management for several years before going into law.
She said: 'Clinching a record deal is an exciting time in any band's career but getting good advice and negotiating the right deal is vital. It's so easy to get carried away in the heat of moment and it's no secret that a lot of bands have had their fingers burnt.
'Having been in a signed band myself, I have experienced first-hand some of the pitfalls of rushing into a record deal that didn't properly protect my interests and that is partly why I became a music lawyer. I can't stress enough how important it is for bands to seek good legal advice in order to make sure they get the right level of protection.
'I am thrilled to have helped The Orielles to strike the right deal for them. They're an extremely talented young band and I wish them every success with their new label.'
Shoosmiths IP and creative industries team act for a broad range of music business clients, ranging from independent labels, producers, artists and managers. Laura Harper, Partner and head of the creative industries team said: 'This is another great project we are pleased to have worked on. We pride ourselves on having one of the leading music law practices in the UK and successfully helping musicians, bands like The Orielles, managers and labels to advance their careers and protect their businesses has been key to our continued growth.'