Duran Duran, Snow Patrol spats see Blackstone win litigation double bill

Blackstone Chambers has scooped a brace of leading roles on two high-profile music litigation cases, with co-head Ian Mill QC leading on disputes involving pop groups Duran Duran and Snow Patrol.

Both groups have been sued by former members over breaching partnership duties. Blackstone barrister Tom Weisselberg is also ­acting for the groups.

It is understood that the Snow Patrol case settled at the last minute. The settlement means that the litigants in the Duran Duran case will not get any advance guidance from the court to resolve the dispute, making a court trial more likely.

“Band members frequently trade in partnership,” said Mill. “When a band breaks up or a member leaves for any reason, there has to be a valuation of the partnership assets and an appropriate accounting between the band members.

It’s surprising how often bands don’t have written partnership agreements.”

Brian Howard, litigation partner at Russells Solicitors, instructed Blackstone on behalf of the remaining members of Duran Duran and Snow Patrol after both groups had band members leave.

Charles Russelllitigation partner John Sykes is ­advising former Duran Duran member Andy Taylor, instructing Andrew ­Hunter at Blackstone.

Clintons advised former Snow Patrol member Mark McClelland, instructing John Baldwin QC at IP set 8 New Square and Edmund Cullen at Maitland Chambers.

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