A consultant in the Media team, Lawrence is one of the leading litigators in the media industries in the UK, advising on both media and commercial disputes.
Lawrence has extensive knowledge of all areas of the entertainment and media industries, including music, television, film, publishing, sport and interactive entertainment. His expertise covers a broad range of disputes and he has represented many high-profile individuals and corporate organisations. Lawrence has also advised a number of syndicates and company insurers in film insurance claims in the Commercial Court. He is a member of both the British Association of Sport and Law and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.
Thank you very much for your advice and suggestions. I'm also very grateful for the speed and obvious thoroughness with which you answered my questions. I can only echo the many highly complimentary quotations on the Keystone website. And shall without doubt return to Keystone for my future legal needs. Very impressive.
Thank you for your excellent work Lawrence. You'll be my first port of call if I need advice in the future.
Thank you Lawrence for everything, you truly have been brilliant.
I am stunned by your competence, it is a very rare thing in these days for someone like me to meet someone like you and I trust your judgement completely.
Thank you so much for all your help with this, I know we wouldn’t have got this far without you, you’ve been brilliant. We can finally look forward now and not over our shoulder.
Mei Fields Design Ltd
Lawrence did such a good job. I now feel very positive about the future and his handling of the case was excellent.
It’s a true pleasure to see such professionalism and greatness in handling our case. Thank you very much for caring about us as a client. Great work Mr Abramson!
Wanted to thank you for the great work on our case. I know cases don’t necessarily go one way; however, this was a great result given the circumstances.
Franco Fubini, CEO
- Contractual and other forms of commercial disputes
- Copyright and trade mark issues and passing off
- Defamation and reputation management
- Production and distribution agreements
- Minority shareholders protection
- Director’s duties
- Management, recording and publishing agreements
- Computer games development
- Warner Bros v Channel 4 (Clockwork Orange case) – still one of the leading cases on fair dealing involving a Channel 4 documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s notorious film
- Ludlow v EMI (‘Jesus in a Camper Van’ case) – a claim brought by Woody Guthrie’s publishers alleging breach of copyright in two lines of a Woody Guthrie song in Robbie Williams’ song, ‘Jesus in a Camper Van’
- Arief v Celador (‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ case) – a ten-day trial following Celador’s decision to unlawfully terminate its relationship with its Indonesian licensee
- Cairns v Modi – Britain’s first libel action over a tweet
- ITV v BBC and Sky – a dispute over the TV rights to a world heavyweight boxing contest
- ITV v FA Premier League – an attempt by ITV to prevent the FAPL concluding an agreement with BSkyB
- Universal Television v Flextech – a dispute over a contract for the Jerry Springer series
- Lace and ors v Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (Enfield Riots case) – a claim against the police for damages sustained by video labels from the destruction of the Sony warehouse during the riots
- Fisher v Brooker (‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ case) – a claim by Procul Harum’s keyboard player to be entitled to a share of the ‘60s classic ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ which went all the way to the House of Lords, and was the last case to be determined by the House of Lords before it became the Supreme Court
- Swiss Bank v FA Premier League – a claim for commission on the sale of TV rights
- Wienerworld v Polygram – remedies available for breach of copyright
- Experience Hendrix v Chalpin – a case which went to the Court of Appeal on the extent to which a claimant who had not suffered any quantifiable loss as a result of being in breach of contract could nevertheless recover damages
- Experience Hendrix v Times Newspapers – a ten-day damages enquiry in respect of a Jimi Hendrix covermount
- Forstater v Python (Monty) Pictures (Holy Grail case) – a claim for rectification of a producer’s agreement against the members of Monty Python
- Henderson v All Around the World – infringement of performers’ rights
- Acting for Peter Davies who claims to be the copyright owner of the club’s distinctive angular wolf’s head logo.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised by Best Lawyers (UK) in the practice area of Media & Entertainment Law 2019, 2018 and 2017
“Lawrence Abramson has built a good reputation for his music work, especially in music rights litigation. He is lauded for his technical prowess and for being collaborative rather than prescriptive. Clients speak of him as quick, cost-effective and thorough in his dealings”. Chambers UK 2013
He is also recommended as a legal expert in Media & Entertainment by the Legal Business Legal Experts 2012 and by the Legal 500 2012 which highlights his “pragmatic and responsive” approach.
Recognised as Best in Commercial Media Disputes (UK) by Acquisition International Magazine at the 2017 Dispute Resolution Awards.
Lawrence is on the panel of approved Independent Film and TV Alliance (IFTA) arbitrators.
Lawrence qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2014, he worked at the following firms:
- Harbottle & Lewis
- Denton Hall