From streaming services to TV sync deals, there are now more ways than ever to get your music out there. It also means it’s more important than ever to make sure your rights are protected across all platforms.

From copyright issues to licensing agreements, our expert music lawyers can help you get the right contracts in place to ensure the best deals for you and your clients.

Our dedicated music law team includes Aurelia Butler-Ball, who previously worked in-house at Universal Music. We offer unique insight into the industry along with a strong commercial approach.

Who Do You Work With in The Music Industry?

Our music solicitors work with businesses and individuals across the music industry, including:

  • Management companies
  • Record labels
  • Music publishing companies
  • Licensing companies
  • Brands
  • Recording artists and songwriters.

We’re proud to work with many well-known personalities and household names in the media and entertainment industries.

What Music Law Services Do You Provide?

Some of the areas our music lawyers can help with include:

  • Writing and reviewing recording and publishing contracts
  • Negotiating royalty arrangements
  • Brand deals
  • Royalty and contract disputes
  • Trademarks and intellectual property
  • Reputation management.

We build long-term relationships with our clients, helping artists develop their careers and helping their management teams and record labels secure the best deals for them.

In an industry that’s always changing, you can rely on us to support you throughout.

Can You Help If I’m Not Based In London?

Our music law team is based in the South-East but we work as part of a national firm. Wherever you are in the country, we can help.

Although London has traditionally been the centre of the music industry, the landscape is changing with increasing diversity in how music is distributed and enjoyed. We reflect this in how we work with our clients and are proud to offer a countrywide service.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell’s Music Lawyers?

Our experience across the music and entertainment industries means that whatever situation you’re in, we’re ready to help. Independent legal directory Legal 500 has ranked us as a Tier One firm for media and entertainment work, referencing our “prompt responses, clear advice and great support”.

Aurelia Butler-Ball works exclusively in with music and entertainment clients. With a deep understanding of the industry, she is now one of the go-to lawyers for both individuals and businesses who need music-related legal advice and representation.

We also have access to a sophisticated and trusted network of international legal experts who work with us to support our clients around the world.

Contact Us

Get in touch with our expert team today to discuss your music law needs. Call on 0808 271 2602 – or use our online contact form and we’ll call you back.

Case Study - Representing Lady Leshurr

We’ve played an important background role in the rise this hotly tipped grime artist over the last few years, ensuring she arranges the most promising deals and that her interests and rights are protected.

Lady Leshurr has been hailed as “Britain’s Hottest Female Rapper” by Vogue and listed in Forbes’ 30 under 30 most influential people for 2018. She has collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Etta Bond, Gyptian and Fatman Scoop. Her track ‘Queen’s Speech 4’ track had over 45 million views on Youtube.

After signing her Sony Records and BMG Publishing, we continue to represent her in a number of ongoing matters including a high value brand deals with Footlocker and Skoda.


Working with an artist from when they are playing small venues through to signing a major label deal and on the main stage at Glastonbury is always hugely rewarding.

It’s one hell of a journey and we’re there, every step of the way, making sure they are getting the best deals for their incredible talent.”

Aurelia Butler-Ball, Senior Associate

Awards & Accreditation

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

Recent Work

Intellectual Property Advice

We provide ongoing advice to a US artist who is one of the most commercially successful musical performers of the 20th Century, having sold over 100 million records worldwide

Royalty Dispute

We advised the estate of a late member of an English rock band who pioneered heavy metal music on a royalty dispute and song writing credit.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

"The analysis of the issues was really top. They are exceptionally thorough and helped us to make the proper decisions and lay out strategy."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“They really care about getting a good result for their clients.”

Legal 500, 2022
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“You have done sterling work on our behalf for which we thank you. I am already recommending you should anyone be in need of your services.”

MD of regional property agent

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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