Lewis Silkin hires radio legal head in media push

Lewis Silkin has bagged former Capital Radio legal head Cliff Fluet as a partner in its media, brands and technology group.

Fluet joins Lewis Silkin on 1 April, having left Capital Radio in October 2005 after its merger with GWR Group the previous May.

He said: “Having bought legal services over the past nine years, I’ve formed a very solid view about what in-house counsel actually want. What I want to do is have a client-driven service.” Fluet brings with him considerable expertise in media and music law. He moved in-house to Warner Music from Cameron McKenna in 1997 and was appointed as a legal adviser to Capital Radio in 2001.

In 2002, Fluet became Capital Radio’s group head of legal and in 2004 the role of company secretary was added to his responsibilities. He oversaw the 2005 merger and was director of legal services, while GWR legal chief Richard Manning was appointed as group legal director and company secretary.

Fluet said Lewis Silkin’s focus on media law was part of the attraction of returning to private practice. “I think it’s a great area of growth for the firm,” he added.