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.

  • Clare Hoban - Senior Lawyer  A highly experienced content lawyer, Clare began her legal career advising magazine publishers, followed by 11 years as an in-house lawyer at the BBC.

  • 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.



zoom-in is Abbas Media Law’s quarterly e-magazine. Aimed principally at programme-makers working in television and film production, each quarter zoom-in brings you a round-up of interesting legal and regulatory decisions, as well as the latest media and compliance law news affecting broadcasters and Indies.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, reporting restrictions are lifted in Ant McPartlin’s divorce case; Ofcom rejects a secret filming complaint against Channel 4’s Dispatches; and in the US a new trial is ordered in a Led Zeppelin copyright dispute about their 1971 hit Stairway to Heaven.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, actor Geoffrey Rush gives evidence in his Australian defamation case; MP Nick Brown’s libel claim against publisher Faber and Faber settles; and the Court of Appeal confirms Morrisons is liable for a data breach committed by a rogue employee.

In this issue of zoom-in brief, feud over Feud continues as Olivia de Havilland vows to take her fight to the US Supreme Court; an Oxford Mail journalist