Bray & Krais is an established niche legal practice, advising a large variety of clients operating within the music and entertainment industry. Established in 1996, the firm has grown to be an acknowledged media law firm and leader in its field with an outstanding reputation. Bray & Krais also has an expanding sports law department and represents high-profile sports personalities and works closely with sports agencies who represent professional sportsmen and women. The firm are involved in pro bono work, including representing the Stephen Lawrence Trust on the Unity Concert for Stephen in 2013 and advising the Band Aid Charitable Trust.
Chambers UK recognises Bray & Krais as being a leading media and entertainment law firm. The firm is particularly well known for its non-contentious music practice and for its work on high-profile and international branded live events. Clients of Bray & Krais praise the firm for its ability to handle matters sensitively and deliver an “experienced, pragmatic service”. The firm is also noted for its technical ability - "They can do things that have never been done before" - and for their industry knowledge, and are described as having "Outstanding understanding of an artist's revenue streams in the new music paradigm."
Richard Bray advises on all areas of the entertainment industry including recording, publishing, management, sponsorship, endorsement and other exploitation of commercial rights. His many years of practice in this industry are acknowledged and “stand him in good stead for acting on deals in the music space”. Richard “counts an impressive number of household names amongst his enviable client base” and is described as “incredible talented and well respected” and "a real guru". He boasts “amazing attention to detail coupled with incisive commercial nous” and he is also praised for his "sound, sensible and well-reasoned commercial advice."
Mark Krais acts for artists, live event production companies, record labels and publishing companies. Interviewees applaud him for being "extremely sensible" and note that "he works hard" in the interests of clients. Mark is described as "very knowledgeable about the music industry as a whole – not just the law but also the business and the people involved". Mark is “equally well regarded for his high profile non-contentious work and experience of advising on international live events”. He “wins praise for his in depth music expertise, especially with regard to live work” and “has a much sought-after specialism in international live events and tours for some of the biggest brands in music history.” He is praised for being “incredibly sensible and constructive in all that he does” and "is recognised for his first-rate industry knowledge." One source said of his negotiating skills: "He's a master – his timing is outstanding. I'm endlessly impressed."
Simon Dixon acts for artists and record companies, particularly in relation to theatre work, and is recognised for his "exceptional people skills" and found to be "very personable and practical." Sources praise his balanced approach, noting that he "knows his stuff," "doesn't give up easily" and yet "remains friendly, polite and calm at all times".
Legal 500 UK recognise Bray & Krais as acting "for a range of high-profile music clients. The 'dyanmic, well-connected, industry-savvy, and well respected' Mark Krais advised Richard Thompson on the sale of talent management agency Merlin Elite to M&C Saatchi; and also advises in relation to live music events. Richard Bray and Simon Dixon are other key partners. The practice includes film, TV and theatre matters for music clients."