Brais & Krais Blog

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October 2016       Corporate Live Wire's 2016 Legal Awards   Entertainment Industry Law Firm of the Year UK   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Entertainment Industry Law Firm of the Year UK' in Corporate Live Wire's 2016 Legal Awards.
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October 2016       Global Law Experts Awards 2016   Music Law Firm of the Year in England   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Music Law Firm of the Year in England' by Global Law Experts.
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August 2016   Mark Krais (comments)   S&P Global Market Intelligence   Music labels battle for longevity as streaming gains momentum   Music labels have been hit hard by the digital wave of unlimited streaming. A recent tie-up between Sony's U.K. unit of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Ministry of Sound demonstrates a determination to win back the dance floor and establish longevity in the music industry.
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March 2015   Dorothea Thompson       Blurred Lines in Focus   Dorothea Thompson examines the recent judgment on Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.
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February 2015   Ben Gisbey and Dorothea Thompson   Intellectual Property Magazine   Judicial Review of UK private copying exception.   The Musicians' Union, among others, have applied for a judicial review of the UK's private copying exception. Ben Gisbey and Dorothea Thompson examine what it could mean for consumers.
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January 2015   Dorothea Thompson   Class 46 Blog & Law Society Gazette    Rihanna victory in Topshop t-shirt claim   On January 22, the Court of Appeal for England and Wales issued its much-anticipated decision in Fenty v Arcadia, confirming the law on image rights, merchandising, and endorsement in the UK.
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January 2015   Robin Davis   Employee Benefits   High Court ruling protects bankrupts' pensions   A bankrupt has retained his pension after a High Court judge held that he should not be compelled to hand it over under an Income Payments Order (IPO).
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December 2014       Super Lawyers London   Mark Krais ranked in Super Lawyers London 2014   Bray & Krais are delighted that Mark Krais has been ranked in Super Lawyers London 2014 for Intellectual Property.
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November 2014   Ben Gisbey and Dorothea Thompson   Intellectual Property Magazine   Musical Chairs   The UK government has finally introduced private copying exceptions, but will the music streaming public even notice?
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October 2014       Chambers & Partners UK 2015   Bray & Krais ranked for Media & Entertainment    Bray & Krais is delighted to have retained their Band 2 ranking in Chambers UK 2014 for Media & Entertainment: Music, UK-wide. 
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October 2014    Robin Davis       Robin Davis comments on the potential unintended consequences of the new Pensions Bill   The coalition government's plans to allow workers greater freedom to access their pension pots could have an unintended consequence for those declared bankrupt after their 52nd birthday. 
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September 2014       Legal 500 UK 2014    Bray & Krais ranked as a leading firm for Media and Entertainment in Legal 500 UK 2014   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been ranked as a leading firm by Legal 500 UK 2014 for Media Entertainment, and both Mark Krais and Richard Bray have been ranked as Tier One 'Leading Individuals' in the same category. 
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September 2014       Global Law Experts Practice Awards 2014    Editor's Choice - Music Law Firm of the Year in England   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Editor's Choice - Music Law Firm of the Year in England' by Global Law Experts.
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August 2014       Acquisition International 2014 Finance Awards   Media & Entertainment Advisory of the Year   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Media & Entertainment Advisory of the Year - UK' in Acquisition International Magazine's 2014 Finance Awards.
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June 2014       Acquisition International 2014 M&A Awards   UK Dealmaker of the Year - Merlin Elite Transaction   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'UK Dealmaker of the Year - Merlin Elite Transaction' in Acquisition International Magazine's 2014 M&A Awards.
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May 2014       Media Law International   Bray & Krais ranked in the UK - England section   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been ranked in Media Law International's directory for the UK - England.
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March 2014       Finance Monthly's Law Awards 2014   Shortlisted for 'Mergers and Acquisitions - UK'   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been shortlisted in the category of 'Mergers and Acquisitions - UK' in the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2014.
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February 2014    Ben Gisbey       Grants, Awards and Charitable Funding   I have therefore started to collate a list of links to organisations that provide grants, awards, bursaries and other charitable funding within the music, entertainment and arts industries, which will hopefully be a useful tool for artists in the early stage of their careers and others seeking to access such funding.
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January 2014    David Manlow       The continued rise of streaming services   As we enter 2014, it appears that streaming services are continuing to develop in terms of both scale and offering, with more and more consumers choosing to consume music in this way.
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Winter 2013    Mark Krais    Concordia   Interview with Mark Krais    Looking back at my career so far, I recollect that a key moment occurred at the end of the second year of studying Jurisprudence at university. 
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December 2013       Acquisition International's 2013 Legal Awards   Joint Ventures Legal Practice of the Year - UK   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Joint Ventures Legal Practice of the Year - UK' in Acquisition International's 2013 Legal Awards.
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December 2013       Best Lawyers United Kingdom 2014   Mark & Richard included in Best Lawyers 2014   Bray & Krais are delighted that Mark and Richard have been included in the 2014 edition of 'Best Lawyers United Kingdom'
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November 2013       Acquisition International's 2013 Finance Awards   UK Private Client Advisory Firm of the Year   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'UK Private Client Advisory Firm of the Year' in Acquisition International's 2013 Finance Awards.
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October 2013       Chambers & Partners UK 2014   Bray & Krais ranked for Media & Entertainment   Bray & Krais are delighted to have retained their Band 2 ranking in Chambers UK 2014 for Media & Entertainment: Music, UK-wide.
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October 2013   Robin Davis       Letter to The Times regarding Sharon Shoesmith   Sir, The level of compensation allegedly paid to Sharon Shoesmith has become a source of much recent debate. Some of which is informed; some not.
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October 2013   Ben Gisbey       How can I get funding for my music project?   The New MusicTank report, Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide to Funding Music Projects, by Remi Harris sets out to answer this question.
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October 2013   Mark Krais and Laura Eversden       UNITY: A CONCERT FOR STEPHEN LAWRENCE   This year marked twenty years since the eighteen year old, Stephen Lawrence, was brutally killed in a racist attack.  Whilst nothing could compensate for Stephen's absence or his parents' loss, the "UNITY" concert, held in celebration of his life, certainly did his memory proud.
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October 2013       Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2013   Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Joint Ventures Law Firm of the Year' in Lawyer Monthly's Legal Awards 2013.
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September 2013       Legal 500 UK 2013   Bray & Krais ranked as first tier firm for Media and Entertainment   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been ranked as a first tier firm in Legal 500 UK for Media and Entertainment, and Richard Bray and Mark Krais have also both been ranked as Leading Individuals.
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September 2013   Laura Eversden       Bestival 2013   On the first weekend of September, the Isle of Wight hosted what is often thought of as the finale to the UK's summer of festivals.  I was one of the 60,000 music fans who jumped aboard HMS Bestival and joined the fancy dress frenzy for four very showery but undoubtedly fun-filled days.
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August 2013       Corporate International
Legal Awards for Practice Excellence 2013
  Music Law Firm of the Year in England   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Music Law Firm of the Year in England' in Corporate International's Legal Awards for Practice Excellence 2013.
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July 2013   Laura Eversden       Glastonbury: a festival like no other   Far from the blues inspired event originating in 1970, commanding an entrance fee of just £1 (which included free milk from the farm), today’s event is the world’s biggest open air arts & music festival attracting over 180,000 people and one which should not be missed!
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July 2013   Simon Dixon       Rock Werchter 2013   Rock Werchter is probably the biggest music festival most people in the UK have never heard of.  It’s one of the five biggest music festivals in Europe (alongside the likes of Glastonbury and Roskilde) and boasts a stellar line-up each year. 
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July 2013       Acquisition International 2013 M&A Awards   Niche Media Law Firm of the Year   Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded 'Niche Media Law Firm of the Year' in Acquisition International Magazine's 2013 M&A Awards.
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May 2013   Laura Eversden       Sofar Sounds Festival   The concept of Sofar (Songs From A Room) was originally created in 2009 as a means of bringing emerging talent (of all genres) to audiences of appreciative fans in intimate spaces.
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May 2013   Laura Eversden       The Great Escape Festival 2013   The Great Escape is a unique, three day, multi-venue festival jam-packed with an array of musical delights, which this year celebrated its eighth anniversary in the sunny seaside town of Brighton.
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February 2013       Acquisition International   Deal Diary: M&A from around the world   Ad agency M&C Saatchi has acquired a majority 60% stake in UK-based talent management agency Merlin Elite, in a deal worth an estimated £1.5m.
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March 2012   Robin Davis   Franchise Focus   Pension auto enrolment - Employees' Rights and Implications for Employers   From 1 October 2012, new laws come into force requiring all employers in the United Kingdom to automatically enrol eligible "jobholders" in a pension schemet.
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March/April 2012   David Manlow (comments)   ISM Music Journal   'To stream or not to stream'   Streaming refers to how media is delivered by the streaming provider to the end user. There are several music subscription services available on websites such as Spotify, Rhapsody and Napster, which allow consumers to search and play music. The subscriber is allowed to ‘rent’ the music for the period of their subscription only.
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February 2012   David Manlow   International Arts Manager   Why we must continue to embrace legal streaming services   This year will be a very interesting one for the continued growth and development of subscription streaming services.  The likes of Spotify, Rhapsody (the new owner of Napster), We7, and mflow have built up substantial user bases in the last few years and, according to a recent Bloomberg report, streaming services now make up the US record industry's second largest source of revenue (after iTunes).
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February 2012   Ailish McKenna   Total Licensing   What restrictions can brands reasonably impose on artists?   The word "partnership" can be used to describe a whole range of relationships in varying settings.  In the area of brand endorsements, the word is commonly used to define the nature of the relationship between the Brand and the Artist chosen to endorse certain goods and services under that Brand.
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January 2012   Ben Gisbey   Financial Regulation International   Negotiating the pitfalls of investing in music industry corporate deals   The music industry is vibrant and generates billions each year.  Figures for 2011 currently show worldwide music industry revenues of US$67.6bn, which is just under US$7bn more than five years ago.
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December 2011   Ben Gisbey   Wealth Briefing   How To Hit The Sweet Notes As Music Investors   The huge - at least for now - popularity fo music contests like the X-Factor has highlighted how there is big money to be made in backing artists even at a time when conventional models of music business have been hit by the downloading revolution and the assaults on traditional forms of intellectual property.
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December 2011   Ben Gisbey   International Adviser   Perfect Pitch   The music industry is glamorous and vibrant and generates billions each year. But music industry corporate deals have a number of pitfalls which need to be negotiated if the venture is to be successful, advises leading music and entertainment lawyer Ben Gisbey from Bray & Krais Solicitors.
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December 2011   Ben Gisbey   Money Market UK   Avoiding the pitfalls of music industry deals   The music industry is glamorous and vibrant and generates billions each year. But music industry corporate deals have a number of pitfalls which need to be negotiated if the venture is to be successful, advises leading music and entertainment lawyer Ben Gisbey from Bray & Krais Solicitors.
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October 2011   Ailish McKenna   Soft Drinks International   Brand ambassadors   The word "partnership" can be used to describe a whole range of relationships in varying settings.
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September 2011   Ailish McKenna   E-Commerce Law & Policy   COMMENT: What restrictions can brands reasonably impose on artists?   The word "partnership" can be used to describe a whole range of relationships in varying settings.  In the area of brand endorsements, the word is commonly used to define the nature of the relationship between the Brand and the Artist chosen to endorse certain goods and services under that Brand.
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August 2011   Ailish McKenna   Music and Copyright   Brands and artists: the delicate balancing act between rights and obligations   Artist endorsements of products and services, as well as company sponsorships of tours and festivals, have been a part of the music industry for many years, and examples of successful alliances between brands and artists are numerous.
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August 2011   Ailish McKenna   IMRO   What restrictions can brands reasonably impose on artists?   The word “partnership” can be used to describe a whole range of relationships in varying settings.  In the area of brand endorsements, the word is commonly used to define the nature of the relationship between the Brand and the Artist chosen to endorse certain goods and services under that Brand.
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August 2011   Ailish McKenna   Cream   Brands and artists: A legal guide to relationships   The word “partnership” can be used to describe a whole range of relationships in varying settings. In the area of brand endorsements, the word is commonly used to define the nature of the relationship between the brand and the artist chosen to endorse certain goods and services under that brand.
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July 2011   Robin Davis   Recruitment Consultant   PAYE DAY   Robin Davis expalins implication of change in PAYE treatment of post termination payments.
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June 2011   Robin Davis   Better Business   Employers alerted to post-termination tax code change   A change in the PAYE treatment of post-termination payments means that employers must now use the OT tax code rather than BR.
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June 2011   Robin Davis   HR Magazine   Severe tightening of PAYE treatment of post-termination payments   As of 6 April 2011, the PAYE treatment of post-termination payments has changed.
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May 2011   Robin Davis   HR Bullets   New PAYE treatment of post-termination payments   Robin Davis, an employment law expert at law firm Bray & Krais Solicitors, considers the practical implications of a recent change to the PAYE treatment of post-termination payments.
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May 2011   Robin Davis   OnRec   Implications of change in PAYE treatment of post termination payments   From 6th April 2011 the PAYE treatment of post termination payments has changed. Before 6th April 2011, if a termination payment was made after the termination date and the issue of the P45 and is taxable (that is, it does not fall within the £30,000 exemption), then the employer had to use the BR tax code for PAYE purposes.
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Robin Davis explains implications of  change in PAYE treatment of post termination payments