The Creative Industries team at leading national law firm, Shoosmiths in Manchester have been nominated for 'Law Firm of the Year' at the prestigious Music Week Awards.
After a record-breaking year for entries, the six-strong Shoosmiths team led by partner Laura Harper and including associate, Carol Isherwood, is up against other leading London-based media and entertainment law firms and is the only shortlisted team based outside of the capital - a first for a national legal practice.
Music Week has been the UK's leading music industry publication for over 50 years and the awards recognise excellence across the industry with categories including PR Campaign of the Year, Record Company of the Year and Festival of the Year. Other nominees up for an award include record labels: Syco, Polydor, Virgin EMI, Warner Bros; festivals: Kendal Calling, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury, as well as the Management teams for Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Rag'N'Bone Man and Stormzy.
The Shoosmiths Creative Industries team is recognised as a leading media and entertainment practice, holding a Tier 1 Ranking in the Legal 500 directory. They act for a broad range of clients including record labels, producers, songwriters, bands, music managers and festivals who they assist to protect and commercialise their work, as well as advising major brands in respect of synchronisation rights and brand endorsements with artists and labels.
Laura Harper, head of the IP & Creative Industries team at Shoosmiths, said: "With such a London-centric music industry, the fact that the team has been shortlisted for the work we do both regionally and nationally by Music Week, is testament to our investment in the practice and the standard of work. We are incredibly lucky to work with such interesting clients within the music business on projects across the UK and beyond.
"The last year has seen us advise on agreements between our clients and record labels Universal, BMG and Heavenly, music publishers Kobalt and Universal as well as agreements with Global Media and Entertainment Limited. We have also advised in a number of litigious matters concerning bands which are household names. Being shortlisted is an acknowledgement of the quality of the work we do and we are delighted to be amongst such esteemed company."
The awards are set to take place on Thursday 26 April at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.