After a record-breaking year for entries, the six-strong Shoosmiths team led by partner Laura Harper and including associate, Carol Isherwood, is up against other leading London-based media and entertainment law firms and is the only shortlisted team based outside of the capital – a first for a national legal practice.

Music Week has been the UK’s leading music industry publication for over 50 years and the awards recognise excellence across the industry with categories including PR Campaign of the Year, Record Company of the Year and Festival of the Year. Other nominees up for an award include record labels: Syco, Polydor, Virgin EMI, Warner Bros; festivals: Kendal Calling, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury, as well as the Management teams for Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Rag’N’Bone Man and Stormzy.

The Shoosmiths Creative Industries team is recognised as a leading media and entertainment practice, holding a Tier 1 Ranking in the Legal 500 directory. They act for a broad range of clients including record labels, producers, songwriters, bands, music managers and festivals who they assist to protect and commercialise their work, as well as advising major brands in respect of synchronisation rights and brand endorsements with artists and labels.