Music, copyright and entertainments

ACM now has three panel members who are experienced in the areas of music, copyright and entertainments. We also have the wide range of associated expertise covered by other members of our panel, including commercial / contracts, employment and finance.

Dennis Muirhead is a well-known music business figure, a former solicitor, co-founding partner of Simons Muirhead and Burton and founding chairman of the Music Managers Forum. Dennis has managed many well-known record producers and artists and is also experienced in music publishing and catalogue acquisitions.

Andrew Hildebrand is a film and television lawyer. He is a former Mishcon de Reya partner and former head of business affairs / legal at Channel 4, FilmFour and Momentum Pictures.

John Byrne formed John Byrne & Co in 1987 as a copyright / entertainments practice. He has acted for a wide variety of music business and entertainments figures, both on his own account and through Harbottle & Lewis, Hamlin Slowe and Statham Gill Davies. John practises as a litigation solicitor with a focus on mediation.

Carolyn Graham is a former director of the Southbank Centre in London. She has an arts and entertainments background and has worked as agent, as artist manager, in tour management, and in event production and promotion, and has also run festivals and her own arts management business. Her work has always involved responsibility for the management of people, of contracts, of relationships and of finance, and the negotiation skills that go with them.

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Please do not hesitate to ring us on 01223 370063 to discuss whether these or any of our other people might be suitable for your case, or email .

"I was impressed by the ability of the mediator to grasp and summarise the essence (and the undertones) of what people were expressing."


"Even though there was no agreement on the day, the benefits of working through the issues in such a welcoming and particularly well-managed, contained and low-pressure process, have reaped many benefits."

Client's Partner

"I have worked with Dennis for over twenty years and highly commend him as one of those rare individuals who has the practical experience and skills drawn from different perspectives of his work. Whether as legal adviser, manager or entrepreneur, his judgment is exemplary."

Jonathan Caplan QC