Marcus Rowland

Marcus is a partner and head of the Employment group. He provides employment law and HR strategy advice to a range of media and technology businesses including several household name broadcasters, TV and film production companies, TV channels, publishers, digital media, music and online gaming companies. He has particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for senior executives, talent, production crew and other staff engaged by media companies along with the specific tax rules applicable to the engagement of freelancers in the TV and film industry. Whilst Marcus advises on the full range of employment law matters, he has a particular focus on dispute resolution, employment tribunal litigation, the enforcement of post-termination restrictions and advising on the employment law issues arising out of business transfers, corporate restructurings and redundancy exercises. In addition to advising employers, he regularly represents senior executives in relation to contract and severance negotiations.

  • Recent Experience

    • Acting for various production companies and television channels in relation to the preparation and negotiation of the contracts for a number of well-known television presenters and other on-screen talent.
    • Advising the candidates for the TV series The Apprentice on the terms of their contract relating to their participation in the programme.
    • Representing a US film studio in relation to various disputes with production crew members working on a feature film being shot in the UK.
    • Acting for a listed digital rights business in relation to an application for an injunction to restrain the misuse of confidential information by a former employee.
    • Representing the Chief Executive of a global media organisation in relation to his severance terms resulting in a multi-million pound settlement.
    • Advising a well-known music industry body on a major restructuring involving a number of senior executive terminations.
    • Leading the successful defence of a £75 million claim brought by Unison against three employers on behalf of 15,000 employees alleging a failure to consult under TUPE – thought to be the highest value single employment tribunal claim ever litigated in the UK.