If you’re in the public eye, your image can have a major commercial value. Our personality and image rights lawyers help individuals and brands commercialise, protect and enforce these rights.

What Are Image Rights?

“Image” or personality rights refer to a range of rights that you have over your own public persona. These rights obviously include your image, but can also extend to your name, personality, catchphrase or other things that are well-known as being part of you.

Your image as a well-known person can be valuable commercially. It’s crucial that your rights in this area are protected from misuse, and that you’re able to get the most out of them if you choose to.

What Image Rights Services Do We Offer?

There are three main areas where our lawyers can help:

  1. Registering trade marks – although image rights themselves can’t be registered, certain elements of your image may be able to be trade-marked (such as your name, or signature for instance)
  2. Commercialising your image – we help brands and individuals with a range of commercial agreements, including sponsorships, product endorsements and advertising
  3. Infringements and disputes – we can help if your image has been used without your permission, or in a way you didn’t agree to.

Who Can We Help?

Our image rights lawyers have many clients across the sport, media and entertainment sectors. Our client base includes celebrities, musicians, sportspeople and influencers. We also regularly help brands who want to work with well-known personalities.

Why Choose Our Image Rights Lawyers?

Our team is very experienced in cases involving image rights, and we work with a number of high-profile clients. We can help you with a range of issues surrounding being a celebrity – including:

We are particularly well-known for our litigation work, and have a proven track record when disputes arise. Our image rights solicitors work for brands and individuals in this area. As we have experience of both sides of image rights disputes, we have the advantage of being able to foresee the arguments the other side will make, and prepare for them.

Our clients tell us that it’s our human touch that sets us apart. We treat you as an individual – not just as another case. We pride ourselves on these special relationships, and the career-long partnerships we form with our clients.

Contact Us

If you need advice about an image or personality rights issue, our lawyers are here to help. Call us on 0808 271 2602 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Legal 500 UK Leading Firm 2022

“The IP team at Irwin Mitchell is exceptional.”

Legal 500, 2022

"The team is tenacious and dogged, approaching substantial pieces of work with unwavering determination."

Legal 500, 2020
Quote

“You have done sterling work on our behalf for which we thank you. I am already recommending you should anyone be in need of your services.”

MD of regional property agent

We also offer the following services:

Copyright Lawyers

Our specialist copyright lawyers can help protect or commercialise your rights, as well as in cases of copyright disputes or infringements.

Design Rights Lawyers

Our specialist design rights lawyers can help you file and protect designs, as well as resolve disputes relating to registered or unregistered design rights.

Intellectual Property Audit

Get a thorough audit from our solicitors to identify your business’s IP opportunities and risks, with government funding available for growing SMEs.

Resolving Unfair Seller Account Or Listing Suspensions On Online Marketplaces

If your seller account or product listing is suspended without valid grounds, our intellectual property team can help get your account or listing reinstated and get you back to business.

Stopping IP Infringement By Sellers On Online Marketplaces

If you’re an IP rights-owner and an online marketplace seller is infringing your IP rights, our expert intellectual property team can help you strategies and tackle IP infringement head on.

Patent Lawyers

Our specialist patent lawyers can help you protect, commercialise and enforce your intellectual property rights, both in the UK and internationally.

Trade Mark Lawyers

Our team of experienced trademark lawyers and attorneys can help you register, protect and exploit your intellectual property in the UK, Europe or worldwide.

Trade Secrets Lawyers

Our team of specialist trade secrets lawyers can help you protect and enforce your rights over trade secrets, know-how and confidential information.

Case Study - Representing Lady Leshurr

We’ve played an important background role in the rise this hotly tipped grime artist over the last few years, ensuring she arranges the most promising deals and that her interests and rights are protected.

Lady Leshurr has been hailed as “Britain’s Hottest Female Rapper” by Vogue and listed in Forbes’ 30 under 30 most influential people for 2018. She has collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Etta Bond, Gyptian and Fatman Scoop. Her track ‘Queen’s Speech 4’ track had over 45 million views on Youtube.

After signing her Sony Records and BMG Publishing, we continue to represent her in a number of ongoing matters including a high value brand deals with Footlocker and Skoda.

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

See our latest health and safety updates before visiting our offices

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

Chambers & Partners 2020 logo

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.