Lewis Silkin hires former Mel Gibson lawyer as partner

The former legal director of Mel Gibson’s entertainment label has closed his law firm to join Lewis Silkin as partner.

Film lawyer and executive producer Phil Rymer established his own firm, Rymer Media Law, in 2009 after leaving his position as director of legal and business affairs at Mel Gibson’s Icon Entertainment International.

As the sole practitioner of his firm, Rymer will be closing the brand and moving his practice to Lewis Silkin, working as a partner in the firm’s media, brands and technology (MBT) team.

With over 20 years’ experience working in film and television law, Rymer has been responsible for the legal enforcement and finance structuring of major studio feature films including Billy Elliot, The Mummy, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Borrowers, and Apocalypto.

Earlier this year Lewis Silkin was the only firm to make it into the top 20 in The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For list, ranking at number 19 (5 March 2012).

Rymer was not available for comment at the time of writing.