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Lawyer: Jonathan Coad (Lewis Silkin LLP)

Status: Founder Member since 2004


Jonathan Coad has been a specialist media lawyer for seventeen years. Before training as a lawyer, Jonathan graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, after which he spent six years pursuing a career as a professional musician.

He trained in the media and entertainment department of a London city law firm, and on qualification in 1991 he joined the celebrity firm Schillings, where he became a partner in 1994. In 2001 he joined the specialist media firm The Simkins Partnership as a partner.  From 2005 Jonathan headed up the litigation team at specialist media firm Swan Turton. In November 2010 he joined the MBT department of Lewis Silkin LLP where he specialises in the law of copyright, defamation and privacy.

Jonathan acts for a wide range of media corporations and publishers. He successfully defended the Granada Media Group and ITV in the action brought against them by Charlie Parsons and Castaway Productions Limited over the rights in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. As well as acting for a number of corporate and individual clients in format rights disputes, he has also delivered seminars both in the UK and Europe on format rights and protection.

Jonathan also advises many well known personalities and organisations in the public eye, and regularly delivers seminars on media management. He is the author of numerous media law articles and is an expert commentator on media law issues for television, radio and the press. He is married, with two children, and still plays jazz professionally.

For details of our seminar on how to protect your format rights contact Jonathan Coad at





Jonathan Coad
Lewis Silkin LLP

5 Chancery Lane



+44 (0) 20 7074 8115
+44 (0) 20 7074 2774
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