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Richard Meade QC


Year of call: 1991
Year of silk: 2008

Richard Meade QC practises across all areas of intellectual property, information technology, and media and entertainment. He has the greatest experience in technically complex patent disputes (frequently multi-jurisdictional), contractual and commercial disputes involving technology, and disputes involving the music business.

Richard took silk in 2008. “Big cases suit him” (Chambers & Partners) and he has an aptitude for handling large amounts of technical information, which he combines with the skills for working as part of a large team: “he treats all members of a team exceptionally well” (also Chambers & Partners).
His skills as an advocate are recognised by the legal directories. The Legal 500 (2015) says “"A formidable advocate with a huge intellect; not someone you want on the other side", Chambers & Partners (2016) says “He has a very good delivery in court. Judges like his combination of charm and dynamism", and “a great cross-examiner”.
Richard appears regularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. He has also appears in international arbitrations, and has represented clients in the Irish High Court in Dublin.
Richard is a Recorder, a Deputy High Court Judge, and a CEDR accredited mediator.

Richard was awarded 'IP Silk of the Year' by Chambers & Partners in October 2015.

Media and Entertainment

Richard works across the media and entertainment sector, but is particularly known for his expertise in music industry cases. "Incredibly gifted, diligent and exceptionally experienced", according to Chambers Directory 2010, he has built a strong track record in this area, including the well-publicised case of 19TV v Fremantle, Cowell and Simco, where he defended Simon Cowell and his company against claims that the format of ‘The X Factor’ infringed the copyright of ‘Pop Idol’. Richard has also had the distinction of acting for Sir Paul McCartney in McCartney v Christies, successfully preventing the auction of the original lyrics of ‘Hey Jude’. Other highlights include The Elvis Presley Trade Mark, a leading case on ‘rights of personality’. Jagger v. Decca concerned a royalties claim by members of the Rolling Stones.

19TV v Fremantle, Cowell and Simco (High Court 2005)

Acting for Simon Cowell and his company Simco in a copyright infringement action brought by Simon Fuller’s company, 19TV, alleging that the television programme “The X Factor” infringed the copyright in “Pop Idol”. The case settled on the third day of the trial. · Campbell’s Sponsorship v News Group (High Court, 2005) Trial of an action for passing off, breach of contract and copyright infringement relating to event management, acting for the defendant.

McCartney v Christies (High Court, 2002)

Acting for Sir Paul McCartney, successfully preventing the sale at auction of the original lyrics to “Hey Jude”.

Elvis Presley Trade Mark (1997 and 1999, High Court and Court of Appeal).

Opposition to registration of the trade marks Elvis and Elvis Presley by the estate of the well-known singer. Acting for Sid Shaw, a small businessman who has had a battle with the estate in
England and the US for over twenty years. Although decided under the 1938 Act, it remains a leading authority on “rights of personality”.

  • What the Directories Say
  • A very senior patent barrister and an excellent performer. He is level headed and cool under pressure." "One of the pre-eminent patent barristers in the UK right now. He is just incredibly calm, thoughtful and strategic"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Very quick, very smart and a lethal opponent." "He's massively talented and an intellectually awesome person to work with"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2017

    "The perfect combination of being incredibly bright, an outstanding advocate and a fantastic guy to work with."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

    "One of the leading patent silks at the Bar"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2016

    "He is very much in demand"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "He has a very good delivery in court. Judges like his combination of charm and dynamism"
    Chambers and Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016

    "He is very good, very tenacious and very pointed in his advice. He's also a great cross-examiner"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2016

    "He is just incredibly sharp-he cuts through it all and understands what the point is before you even realise, even though you're the one explaining it to him"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A formidable advocate with a huge intellect; not someone you want on the other side"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "He has a low-key style but shows exceptional judgement and is a very effective cross-examiner.Very determined, he never gives up and can make an argument from a difficult position"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A brilliant barrister who can turn his hand to anything"
    Chambers and Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

    "When it comes to a technology case his is a name that would leap almost immediately to mind" "Super-clever, he's always on top of everything and is very, very good as an advocate. He has a way of putting things across very effectively." " He shows incredible clarity of thought"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2015

    " He is calm and considered. and leads the new crop of silks"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015