Essex law firm Birkett Long creates music and media team

Ian Allchin who heads the new music and media team at Essex law firm Birkett Long.

Ian Allchin who heads the new music and media team at Essex law firm Birkett Long. - Credit: Archant

Law firm Birkett Long, which has offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon, has launched a music and media team which it believes is the first of its kind in the county.

It headed by Ian Allchin, who left a career in the music and media business in favour of law, and includes specialists employment, disputes and intellectual property.

Mr Allchin, originally from Bury St Edmunds but now living in Chelmsford, says the music industry is littered with disputes which could easily be avoided if the band members had entered into simple contracts before they hit the big time.

After 10 years in the music business working at every level with promoters, labels, managers, bands, media partners and sponsors, Mr Allchin has dealt with characters from across the full spectrum of the industry.

He spent two years at the BBC Television Centre working on a number of studio shows, was tour manager across Europe and the United States for The Specials and had other operational roles on tours for Glaswegian musician Paolo Nutini and The War of the Worlds stage show as well as being part of the management team at club nights in Ibiza such as Manumission and Ibiza Rocks.

He said: “People wouldn’t necessarily think legal advice would be something they could afford or need but for any music-based artist who plans a long career in this industry it is worth talking to us.”

The team can also help with intellectual property for the digital media, video production or publishing businesses.

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“Essex has an incredible range of creative industries. Our vision for the department is to provide a new and important service that hasn’t previously been available to people in this county. There is no reason why, over time, it cannot rival some of the big firms in the industry,” he added.