Eliot Leggo

Senior Associate


Email: eliot.leggo@russells.co.uk

Phone: 020 7439 8692 ext 261

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PA/Secretary: Joanne Shepherdson

Email: joanne.shepherdson@russells.co.uk

Eliot is a member of the Litigation team at Russells and is qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).

Since qualifying in March 2017, Eliot has worked on a wide range of complex commercial disputes across a variety of different industries and sector areas (acting for both large corporates and individuals). Eliot’s practice is now focused on clients in the media and entertainment sector such as artists, filmmakers, record labels, managers and media companies.  Eliot advises on a broad range of contentious and potentially contentious matters, including contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes, partnership disputes and reputation management/defamation issues.

Before joining Russells, Eliot completed his training contract and practised for several years at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, one of the world’s leading disputes firms.  During his time there, Eliot acted on some of the highest profile contentious matters in the City, many of which involved High Court proceedings.  Eliot also completed a client secondment at Sky, the UK’s largest subscription television broadcaster, where he worked on a range of media disputes and anti-piracy matters.

Eliot’s experience on the client side means that he is always focused on delivering his advice in a way which is easily accessible and understandable to the end-user.

Work highlights:

  • Acting for a major record label in relation to an audit claim brought in the High Court by an artist alleging that the label has historically under-accounted for royalties .
  • Acting for Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions in relation to various boxing related matters, including negotiations around the Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte fight at Wembley in April 2022.
  • Acting for a well-known band in relation to a dispute against their former manager arising out of various breaches of the manager’s fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for various music artists, sports personalities and other celebrities in the phone hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers and News Group Newspapers.
  • Advising a well-known music artist on a dispute relating to equitable remuneration/neighbouring rights income from the exploitation of their performances on various recordings.
  • Advising a number of well-known individuals in the media and entertainment sector on potential defamation proceedings.
  • Acted as advocate on behalf of an athlete in an appeal hearing relating to selection for the Great Britain team at the European Championship for their discipline.
  • Acted for a well-known band advising on potential intellectual property infringement actions connected with band merchandise.

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