Brainteaser: what two things do boy band Busted, ‘80s pop combo Duran Duran, indie rockers Snow Patrol and law firm Hammonds have in common?
21 January, 09.56
Now here’s a brainteaser for you: what two things do boy band Busted, ‘80s pop combo Duran Duran, indie rockers Snow Patrol and law firm Hammonds have in common?
(Clue: it’s not their distinctive guitar-based sound.)
The answer is that they have all been involved in partnership disputes. And Blackstone Chambers has won instructions on all of the cases, developing a nice little niche for itself in partnership spats.
Chambers co-head Ian Mill QC and junior Tom Weisselberg have scooped a brace of leading roles on two high-profile music litigation cases, leading on intra-band disputes involving Duran Duran and Snow Patrol, instructed by Russells Solicitors litigation partner Brian Howard as defence on both cases.
Last year the dynamic duo also acted for two band members of Busted in a High Court bust up, which is seen to be the precedent for all band partnership disputes. Meanwhile Blackstone’s Charles Flint QC and Andrew George acted for the group of partners that left Hammonds, instructed by Pietro Marino at Addleshaw Goddard.
It is understood that the Snow Patrol case, which saw former member Mark McClelland sue the remaining band members for a share of the band’s royalties, has settled. Clintons advised McClelland, instructing John Baldwin QC at IP set 8 New Square and Edmund Cullen at Maitland Chambers.
Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon et al were apparently waiting for an outcome on that case to see what line they should take in their own dispute. Now, without the guidance from the High Court, they could end up bringing a bit of showbiz to the RCJ later this year.