How to translate a legal contract into English
Contracts are designed to intimidate artists. This session will equip you to cut through the key legal phrases and signpost areas in contracts where negotiation can be key to better rights and more money.
Robert Horsfall has been a music industry lawyer for over 30 years and for the last 15 years or so has focused specifically on the representation of artists and managers. One of the leading legal directories said of him the “omnipresent” Robert Horsfall "is recommended as a lawyer who breathes, drinks and eats music". Sound Advice started up in 2008 with a mission to be a dynamic and commercially orientated law firm focusing on artist work. Robert’s current clients include Yusuf /Cat Stevens, Ali Campbell (UB40), Pendulum, Knife Party, Snarky Puppy, GoGo Penguin, Jules Buckley (The Heritage Orchestra), Neil Cowley and many emerging artists such as the Mercury Prize nominee, Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Kelvin Jones and Ward Thomas. Robert also works with overseas artists who are targeting the UK and European markets. He has worked with a variety of acts from Australia (including Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio and Guy Sebastian), from Norway (including Ylvis (“What Does The Fox Say”), Katzenjammer, Bernhoft and Emilie Nicolas) and Raghu Dixit from India. It’s a conscious policy of the firm to work across all the different genres other than pop / R&B and dance / rock. So, folk, Americana, country, classical, world and jazz acts all fall within Robert’s client roster. The firm's other clients include Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Jonas Blue and producer-writer clients such as Stargate and TMS. Irish Clients include Eskies, Ailbhe Reddy, Stephen James Smith, Colm Mac Ilomaire and Toucan.