LawFuel.com – UK Law – Law Jobs – Steeles has been retained by the 24-hour channel, which was launched in November amid a blaze of publicity and reaches 80 million homes. It is the first English language news and current affairs channel headquartered in the Middle East, and has attracted a team of leading journalists and presenters
Steeles media team have already advised Al Jazeera English on numerous pre-transmission issues relating to reporting restrictions, content, intellectual property rights acquisition and clearance, defamation and privacy.
The team is led by Rhory Robertson, whose clients include newspaper and magazine publications, independent production companies, talent agencies and broadcasters, journalists, actors and authors.
Don Christopher, head of business affairs and compliance for Al Jazeera English, based in Qatar, said: “We’re very happy to have Rhory Robertson as part of our worldwide legal team: his experience and judgment help us manage the legal risks of telling the stories that matter.”
With a broadcasting centre in London, Al Jazeera English provides news, analysis, documentaries, business, entertainment and sport. It aims to set the news agenda and act as a bridge between cultures, with a potential world audience of more than one billion English-speakers. The channel has other news centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC. Advising Al Jazeera English is another coup for the expanding media team.
The specialist media lawyers including Rhory Robertson, Dominic Crossley, Steven Fisher and Will Everett, have expertise in music, television, advertising and reputation management.
Mr Robertson said: “I speak for the entire team when I say we are delighted to be working for such a high-profile organisation as Al Jezeera. Over the last 12 months we have substantially increased our client base and are able to offer a wide range of commercial legal services across the music, television, broadcast, sport and print publishing industries.”
steeles is retained by the Musicians’ Union, the UK’s only trade union for musicians, and is also among panel lawyers for the Association of Independent Music, Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society, Performing Right Society, and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
The firm has achieved successful outcomes in libel proceedings on behalf of The Independent, Trinity Mirror Group, New Moon TV and a number of high-profile individuals.
With offices in central London and East Anglia, steeles has a turnover of 10m and 190 staff.