Media and IT collide with McNeive merger

Media boutique McNeive Solicitors is merging with a group of specialists from Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit to form entertainment and technology firm, Smiths.

The newly merged firm, which went live today (April 5), is made up of three partners: internet expert Liam McNeive and music specialists Andrew Lewis and Paul Jones. The three met when McNeive was negotiating a record deal for his client, Friends Reunited.

Both Lewis and Jones are experienced music specialists, having worked both in private practice and industry. Lewis was most recently with Island Records in New York and was previously at Clintons. Jones was formerly at Polydor and Lee & Thompson. The pair act for both companies and clients, including Universal and Jamie Cullum.

McNeive said there was an “obvious rationale” in combining his online work with a music industry firm. “That is where the music industry is going, and very fast,” he said.