Robert founded the niche employment and media law firm Barclay Taylor in 2006 along with Nicki Barclay, prior to that he was called to the Bar in 2001 and cross qualified as a solicitor in 2006.
Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Robert was a professional scriptwriter, writing numerous episodes of ChuckleVision and the sitcom ‘Out of Tune’. Robert also worked in partnership with Rory Clark on Farcical Films creating comedy shows and projects throughout the 90s.
Robert’s practice encompasses media and entertainment contract drafting and negotiating – ranging from creative, talent and production contracts in TV, film and theatre to investment and project structuring work. Robert has a strong interest in new media and has advised numerous start up internet companies in sectors ranging from eBooks to fashion. Robert also advises on rights infringement disputes for the creative industries and commercial and technology copyright based disputes.
Robert also frequently works on rights acquisition or re-acquisition for a variety of clients. Robert will consider instructions on fixed fee or a retainer basis for non-contentious work and CFA for contentious work.
Robert maintains a strong interest in creative rights and was formerly Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He is President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe and regularly lobbies the European Commission and Parliament on copyright issues. Robert is a member of the Notting Hill Chapter of BNI.
Robert brings a genuinely creative mind to legal problems and enjoys getting stuck in to contentious disputes or difficult negotiations.
As of April 2013 Robert continues to work with his former Barclay Taylor clients as a Consultant at Cubism Law.
Robert holds a Postgraduate Diploma in UK, US, and EU Copyright Law from Kings College London and can give expert advice on complex copyright disputes such as ownership of copyright, exploitation and reservation of rights and fair dealing and exceptions to copyright. Robert can also advise on international copyright issues.
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