Martin Soames

Partner
Media and Communications Disputes

+44 20 3206 2715
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Martin is a Partner in the Media & Communications Disputes and Dispute Resolution teams. He is a litigator specialising in publishing disputes, who runs cases at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court. He has a keen understanding of the commercial pressures of publication, deadlines and the need to balance editorial aims against legal risks.

He originally worked as a commissioning editor in book publishing and his clients include national and international book publishers, magazines, authors and content providers.

Martin is highly ranked in Chambers UK: “a highly experienced publishing lawyer who maintains a vibrant publishing practice”. He is described as “a go-to practitioner for pre-publication publishing matters’: ‘he’s a speedy, careful, meticulous reader.  He’s calm in a crisis and offers very balanced, measured advice”. Previous recommendations note that he gives “brilliant libel advice: succinct, cost-efficient, often entertaining and genuinely diligent”. Chambers commends his “invaluable insight into the media industry. Clients value his skill in assessing risk and negotiating his way through seemingly unwinnable situations.”

Testimonials

“He’s an incredibly experienced media litigator and he’s able to dispose of disputes quickly and efficiently.” Chambers & Partners, 2022

“He’s scrupulous, meticulous, knowledgeable, precise and has a realistic but very reassuring approach to risk. I trust him implicitly.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Very thorough, quick to respond and very knowledgeable.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Martin is a very efficient lawyer whose clients really trust his advice.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He is really responsive and nothing is too problematic.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Potential libel issues in the text are resolved constructively, always trying to ensure that the author’s original text is preserved while making sure that the risks are minimised as much as possible. He provides an efficient service and is flexible enough to respond to ultra-urgent deadlines when they arise.” Chambers & Partners, 2020

“He is reassuring, knowledgeable and a joy to work with.” Chambers & Partners, 2020

“He’s thoughtful, very clever and popular with clients.” Chambers & Partners, 2020

“I work with Martin Soames and Maninder Gill. Both have a wealth of expertise in the subjects of IP and contracts. Moreover they have an understanding of the practical realities of the publishing industry and this makes this advice not only legally correct but cognizant of the commercial realities of our business.” Legal 500, 2022

“Martin Soames and Gordon Clough offer exceptionally clear, constructive and timely advice. What is more, they seem to genuinely enjoy finding a way through challenging media law issues and share journalists’ passion for a good story.” Legal 500, 2022

“Renowned for his knowledge of publishing, defamation and privacy law.” Legal 500, 2020

“Excellent.” Legal 500, 2018

“Knowledge is incredibly detailed.” Legal 500, 2018

  • “He’s an incredibly experienced media litigator and he’s able to dispose of disputes quickly and efficiently.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2022
  • “Martin Soames gives direct advice that is spot-on.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2022
  • “He is very sensible, very astute and has a trusted client base.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2022
  • “I work with Martin Soames and Maninder Gill. Both have a wealth of expertise in the subjects of IP and contracts.”

    Legal 500, 2022
  • “Martin Soames and Gordon Clough offer exceptionally clear, constructive and timely advice.”

    Legal 500, 2022
  • “Martin Soames offers swift, knowledgeable and commercial advice, with a good understanding of our business and our industry.”

    Legal 500, 2021