Founded by Nigel Abbas, Abbas Media Law is a specialist niche law firm working principally in the television, film, advertising and publishing industries.  We are experts in all aspects of the law and regulation affecting these sectors and advise many of the UK’s leading broadcasters, independent production companies and other content producers.

With particular expertise in television and film, we have advised on thousands of hours of programmes and films over the last two decades, across all genres, from comedy and light entertainment to the most legally complex undercover investigations.

Our lawyers and advisors have worked ‘in-house’ in the past at major UK broadcasters, and advised a wide range of independent production companies and other content producers over many years. We have a clear understanding of the editorial process and how production works.  This means that we fully understand the needs of our clients.

We pride ourselves on providing practical, creative solutions.  We believe that WHAT THEY SAY and our CLIENTS speak for themselves.

We are specialists on all aspects of UK law and regulation affecting the television, film, advertising and publishing industries. We advise before publication and broadcast, working with creatives to minimise legal and regulatory risk, and following publication and broadcast, defending content when it and its producers come under attack. We work day-to-day with many of the country’s leading creative content producers. We are known to all the major media insurers and regularly advise on content for media insurance (E&O) purposes.



We are experts in all aspects of the law – defamation, privacy, contempt, copyright (including fair dealing), the criminal law – that affects the publishing and broadcasting of content in the UK, as well as all relevant regulatory rules – Ofcom, ASA, BBC Editorial Guidelines, IPSO and the Editors’ Code.



Lawyers at Abbas Media Law have worked on some of the most legally challenging programmes over many years, including programmes made for the BBC’s Panorama and Channel 4’s Dispatches strands, fending off threats of attack from numerous high profile individuals and companies.


Business Affairs & Rights

We advise clients, both companies and individuals, on all aspects of business and commercial affairs, and chain of title and rights issues, in connection with the television, film, advertising and publishing industries.

  • Nigel Abbas - Founder, Barrister  Nigel is a leading media lawyer specialising in advice to the television, film, advertising and publishing industries.

  • Paul Schaefer  - Lawyer An experienced media content lawyer Paul joined Abbas Media Law in November 2017.  Prior to joining, Paul spent several years working in the Programme Legal Advice Department of the BBC.

  • Jenny Spearing - Consultant  Jenny is a business affairs consultant with nearly 20 years’ experience in television production.

  • Karen Harper - Executive Assistant  Working as a personal assistant, often at executive level, Karen has worked in the television industry for over 25 years.

  • Lucy Chisholm Batten – Trainee Lucy began her training contract in September 2018 having worked as a Paralegal for Abbas Media Law since 2017. Lucy draws on her media and entertainment industry experience having worked alongside brands, clients and record companies to create and deliver partnership deals prior to joining Abbas Media Law.

  • Jan Tomalin - Consultant Jan is one of the most experienced, trusted and talented media lawyers working in television today.



In this issue of zoom-in brief, Meghan Markle sues The Mail on Sunday over a letter to her father, singer Daniel Johns sues Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph over brothel allegations and Lord Hall reverses the BBC’s decision to uphold a complaint about Naga Munchetty.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Ariana Grande sues Forever 21 over lookalike campaign, Netflix Fyre Festival documentary faces another copyright claim and the BBC agrees to pay Sir Cliff £2m in legal costs.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, Times article about Ben Stokes’ prosecutor found to be defamatory; Heather Mills settles phone hacking claim; and Michael Jackson fans sue singer’s accusers in France.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, fashion brand Missguided is ordered to pay $2.7m damages to Kim Kardashian West; Tommy Robinson is given a prison sentence for contempt of court; and “released under investigation” by police cases still active for contempt purposes. (US) IP rights – Missguided to pay $2.7m damages to Kim Kardashian West [...]