Partner, Bray & Krais
Simon heads up the dispute resolution team at Bray & Krais.
Joining the firm in 2019, Simon teamed up with Andrew Forbes to establish an industry-leading practice, providing specialist advice on contentious matters to clients in the creative industries. Prior to joining Bray & Krais, Simon spent more than 10 years at Forbes Anderson Free and Lee and Thompson.
Simon specializes in advising on intellectual property disputes, contractual disputes, brand protection and reputation management. He acts for leading recording artists and songwriters, record labels, music publishing companies and industry bodies. Simon also has a wider practice acting for theatrical production companies, book publishers, authors, broadcasters, social media marketing companies, vloggers and SVOD companies.
Simon is recognized by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” and is described by the Chambers and Partners’ guide to lawyers acting in contentious music matters as “very personable,” “very intelligent” and someone “who fights hard for clients.”
Cases of note:
Moss v O’Dowd et al [BL-2019-002078] (Ongoing)
Advising Jon Moss in a partnership dispute following his departure from Culture Club after almost 40 years.
Sheeran et al v Chokri et al  EWHC 827 (Ch)
Acting for Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and their respective music publishers in a trial concerning an allegation of copyright infringement relating to ‘Shape of You.’
Smith v Dryden & Ors  EWHC 2277
Acting for the writers of the Rudimental track, ‘Waiting All Night,’ in successfully defending a claim of copyright infringement.
Martin v Kogan  EWHC 2927 (IPEC)
Acting for Nick Martin in a trial concerning an allegation of copyright infringement relating to the screenplay of the celebrated film, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins.’
Gloucester Place Music v Le Bon & Ors  EWHC 3091 (CH)
Acting for Gloucester Place Music (a publishing company owned by Sony Music Publishing) in a dispute with the members of Duran Duran relating to the effect of US reversion rights on an assignment of copyright made by contract governed by English law.
Dramatico Entertainment Ltd & 8 Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & 5 Ors  EWHC 268 (Ch) (and other similar actions)
CLE: "Come on Now Follow My Lead"? Lessons from U.S. and U.K. Music Litigations
October 14, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM
In this program, you will hear from counsel at the forefront of music cases on both sides of the pond. Panelists include those who successfully represented Ed Sheeran in this year's landmark "Shape of You" case at the English High Court. Join us as we examine the latest developments and trends in music litigations, and how they may impact legal strategies, risk assessments, enforcement efforts, and deals in today's music space. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)