1. Roger Alexander, senior partner, Lewis Silkin
The doyen of UK advertising lawyers with more than 30 years' experience.
Clever, very popular with clients and commanding enormous respect for
his corporate and employment work. Acts for a raft of companies in the
sector, including some of the largest agency groups, and advises
2. Stephen Groom, partner, Osbourne Clarke
A major reason for the increasing profile of the law firm, particularly
for its advice on new-media, digital and internet issues. "Always
impressive" and "a good guy for the difficult campaign or cutting-edge
stuff" clients say.
3. Brindsley Dresden, head of advertising law, Lewis Silkin
Rising reputation in pure advertising underlined by his appointment to
write the standard below-the-line agency contract for sales promotion
and direct marketing activities in conjunction with industry bodies. A
frequent adviser on making and defending complaints to the Independent
Television Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority. Combines
a relaxed manner with active interest.
4. Charles Swan, partner, The Simkins Partnership
Former director of consumer affairs at the Office of Fair Trading. Has
an extensive network of contacts within regulatory bodies and trade
associations. Highly regarded among fellow solicitors and clients for
his consistently sound advice and for his tailored and specific
5. Vanessa Hall-Smith, partner, Harrison Curtis A rising star who dealt
a blow to The Simkins Partnership when she jumped ship. Her clients
agree she is easy to get along with and accessible. Can be expected to
significantly enhance the reputation of the specialist firm.
6. Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp, head of commercial section, MacFarlenes
A good operator with an outstanding corporate reputation. Respected for
his understanding of the business and for speaking plain English. He
successfully defended Comet against the ASA and ITC rulings on a price
claim dispute with Currys. Courtenay-Stamp acts for five of the top 20
7. Rupert Earle, partner, Theodore Goddard
Successfully acted for the ASA in defence of the judicicial review
proceedings brought by SmithKline Beecham over advertising claims for
Ribena Toothkind. A key player in Theodore Goddard's efforts to alter
perceptions that it lacks a heavy-hitting advertising specialist.
8. Guilherme Brafman, managing partner, Kat Scholer
Although the US-based law firm he joined in February this year has yet
to establish a reputation in the UK, Brafman is highly rated for his
corporate work. He advises on all aspects of advertising with the buying
and selling of agencies a speciality.
9. Robert Wegenek, partner, Hammonds Studdards Edge
Acclaimed as the supreme client handler at the law firm best known as
the corporate advisor to WPP. Rated for his pragmatism and understanding
of the business and has worked closely with J. Walter Thompson and
MindShare on their contracts with Boots.
10. Julian Pike, partner at Farrer & Co
Saint Pike is Campaign's lawyer. Let's just say that the editorial
bravery of your essential weekly read sends us in his direction quite
often. Luckily, he's a damn fine practitioner and a great laugh.