John Critchley

Call: 1985

Head of Chambers since 2010
Bencher of Gray’s Inn

John Critchley specialises in Media & Entertainment Law together with other business law disputes.  This includes Copyright & related rights, Trade Marks, Fine Arts, Contempt of Court, Music Business, Film & Television, Publishing, Passing Off, Confidential Information, Privacy/Misuse of Private Information, Defamation and Sports Law.

The hallmark of this work is its great variety, which has ranged from advising on the ownership of the physical property in the fossil of a dinosaur (for the Russian Academy of Sciences) to a case concerning title to the physical property in certain letters written by the late Princess of Wales (for James Hewitt). In addition to representing or advising corporate media rights owners (from television broadcasters to music publishers), periodicals (from The Guardian to The Lawyer) and the like, he has advised or represented many prominent individuals.

If you would like more information about John’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

 

Areas of expertise

Other areas

John undertakes general business-related litigation, which frequently straddles the traditional Chancery/ Commercial/Common Law boundaries. He has been instructed on behalf of many different companies and individuals, from charities to dotcoms and from lenders (bank/building society) to borrowers.

He is also instructed on behalf of institutional funders of litigation, as diverse as the Police Federation of England and Wales and the National Union of Journalists.

John was instructed by the solicitor to the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court to act as amicus curiae.

Key clients

In the past John has represented many prominent individuals, including:

Notable cases

Rankings

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2021

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2021

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2020

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2016

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2015

Ranked Leading Junior – Chambers & Partners 2014

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2014

Ranked Leading Junior – Chambers & Partners 2013

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2013

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2012

Ranked Leading Junior – Chambers & Partners 2012

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2011

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2010

Recommended – Legal Experts 2010

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2009

Additional professional information

John has broadcast on TV and was invited to appear at the Radio Festival 2000 in Glasgow to present a courtroom drama (with Nicky Cambell and others) ‘Guilty as Branded’, addressing branding issues in the media.

He has also provided continuing education talks to solicitors & others on Media & Entertainment subjects.

 

Education

Professional memberships

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