bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland


BTO’s Music and Creative Industries team provides expert legal advice to those working in the creative industries. Our lawyers have represented the interests of talented individuals and innovative businesses across the music, technology and creative industries.  

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MUSIC INDUSTRY clients include:

  • Recording artists and songwriters
  • Independent record labels
  • Digital distribution service providers
  • Music production companies
  • Touring companies
  • Music venues
  • Agents
  • Promoters
  • Managers

Services include:

  • Advising bands, established and developing artists, songwriters and producers
  • Record deal contract advice
  • Management contracts
  • Publishing deals
  • Band agreements, sponsorship agreements and endorsements
  • Trademark, copyright and IP protection / infringement and monetisation advice
  • Brand management
  • Licensing work
  • Live performance contracts

TV & FILM clients include:

  • Actors, Directors, Producers
  • TV and Film production companies
  • Talent management companies
  • Investors and Financing Companies
  • Touring theatre companies
  • Agents

Services include:

  • Commercial agreements
  • Clearances
  • Purchasing of literary and life story rights
  • Sequels and spin-off agreements
  • Production agreements
  • Music licensing and distribution deals

AUTHORS & PUBLISHING clients include:

  • Writers and publishers
  • Publishing houses (including digital publishing)
  • Distribution companies
  • Talent Management Companies
  • Investors

Services include:

  • Publishing deals and contract advice
  • Distribution contracts
  • Licensing
  • Acquisition of digital assets, rights and license arrangements
  • Monetisation publishing assets & digital exploitation

Paul Motion, team head, has advised many creative sector clients throughout his long career. He is classed as a “leading individual” by The Legal 500 for Media & Entertainment law. He is also an accredited specialist in Freedom of Information and Data Protection Law, one of only two such specialists in the private sector in Scotland. Paul currently plays bass in an Edinburgh covers band.

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Lynn Richmond focuses on intellectual property, technology and data protection and her experience also includes litigation in a wide variety of areas. Lynn has a particular interest in the creative industries and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Intellectual Property.

T: 0131 222 2939 D: 0131 222 2934 E:

Lauren McFarlane is a Senior Solicitor within BTO’s commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property and data protection teams. With experience working at Hearst Magazines in New York City and a Master’s degree in Publishing, she has acquired industry insight and is now a qualified solicitor for practice in Scotland, England and Wales.

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“The level of service has always been excellent, with properly experienced solicitors dealing with appropriate cases" Legal 500

Contact BTO


  • 48 St. Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 5HS
  • T:+44 (0)141 221 8012
  • F:+44 (0)141 221 7803


  • One Edinburgh Quay
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9QG
  • T:+44 (0)131 222 2939
  • F:+44 (0)131 222 2949