Shoosmiths appoints Olly Leyden to intellectual property team

Shoosmiths has bolstered its intellectual property (IP) offering with the hire of Olly Leyden, who was previously in house at NBC-Universal.

Leyden brings particular expertise in advising clients in film and television across development, production, financing, sales and distribution. He has worked on licensing deals for well-known titles such as Good Vibrations, Peppa Pig, The Snowman and The Snowdog and Class of 92 across the world.

His move follows the additional recent hires of Laura Harper and Carol Isherwood into the Shoosmiths IP team.

Shoosmiths’ IP team is regularly ranked as a tier-one practice in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories.

Gary Assim, head of Shoosmiths’ IP team, said: ‘Just like Olly, the majority of our lawyers have worked in house, meaning they are acutely aware of the demand to deliver meaningful business solutions in context, rather than just pure legal advice.’