Richards Butler nets Salans’ media team

Richards Butler has raided Salans, taking the firm’s entire London-based media team.

The team, including partners Jonathan Berger and Peter Armstrong, along with senior associates Sarah Clarke and Laura Clipsham, has joined Richards Butler ahead of its planned merger with Reed Smith.

Richards Butler media group head Stephen Edwards told The Lawyer that the hires would strengthen the media practice’s capability and position in the UK market.

“The arrival of the team gives a significant boost to our practice,” he said. “For Jonathan and Peter, the move gives their clients access to Richards Butler’s depth of experience in related media industry practice areas.

“The combined team will also be well placed to respond to technological changes faced by the industry.”

Berger and Armstrong are known for their work in film and television. Armstrong in particular has advised a number of Hollywood studios, including Universal, Disney and Sony Pictures. Most recently he advised on the Munich and Doom films for Universal. He is also the legal adviser to Film London.

Berger recently advised on Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring.

The appointments came just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that Richards Butler was merging with Reed Smith.

“We’re joining Richards Butler at a favourable moment. Our combined practices will be able to face the new media challenges and serve our clients more effectively,” said Berger.

Salans wished them well.