- 19 years qualified
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Partner | Dispute Resolution
George is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team, he also heads up our Technology team and our contentious Intellectual Property, IT, Data & Reputation practices.
He is recognised by Legal 500 UK as a 'Recommended Lawyer' and Chambers & Partners as a leading practitioner for dispute resolution, IP, IT and Media & Entertainment.
He has worked on some very high-profile disputes for regional, national and international clients from a wide range of sectors.
This included advising companies in relation to a variety of contractual disputes, prosecuting and defending minority shareholder actions for unfair prejudice and reputation management, privacy and defamation issues.
‘George Festing is very switched on, both commercially and from a legal standpoint. I would describe him as a “smooth operator”. He gets on very well with clients on a personal level, giving them a lot of confidence that they are getting a good and cost-effective service.’
George’s broad practice encompasses the full roster of contentious and advisory work, including press and reputation management, rights infringements, shareholder disputes, royalty claims, sponsorship, celebrity endorsement and licensing.
George acts for songwriters and recording artists in a variety of copyright infringement and commercial and contract claims. He has worked on a number of high-profile entertainment industry matters. Recent examples include advising in relation to artists James Lavelle, Duran Duran, Iron Maiden and Jay Sean.
‘George Festing is considered, articulate and personable. He consistently delivers pragmatic and reliable counsel. A pleasure to deal with.’
George has led the firm’s contentious Intellectual Property and IT work for over seven years dealing with issues such as rights ownership disputes, software licensing problems and copyright, trade mark and patent infringement claims. He also advises on data, data breaches and GDPR issues and recently successfully defended a multi-million-pound damages claim brought under the Data Protection Act.
“George Festing has significant experience litigating music and digital media copyright infringement cases, and is also recommended for trademark, designs and patent disputes. He has an uncanny knack for getting right to the centre of the issue with minimal fuss and laser-like precision."