Niri Shanmuganathan

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Newspaper readers will probably have come across Niri Shanmuganathan’s name as the lawyer representing David and Victoria Beckham’s former nanny and beautician in connection with their revelations about the celebrity couple’s private lives.

But Niri  (aka Niri Shan) has been involved in many high-profile cases – including one involving Madonna’s wedding photographs. He is the Board Director for IP, Commercial Disputes, IT & Telecoms and Competition at the London office of international law firm Taylor Wessing.

Chambers and Partners 2015 describes him as an “absolutely top-notch performer” and “second to none when it comes to investigation and strategic analysis” in its UK-wide Defamation/Reputation Management section, where he is ranked in Band 1. He is also ranked in Band 1 in its UK-wide Media & Entertainment: Publishing category. The Legal 500 2014 says Niri enjoys an excellent reputation among peers and lists him as recommended for Defamation & Privacy and Media & Entertainment.

Niri graduated from Durham University in 1991 and joined Taylor Wessing in 1993 as a trainee. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995, after being awarded first-class honours in his Law Society Finals, and obtained a diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Bristol University in 1996. He was made a partner at the law firm in May 2002 and took up his current post in 2012.

His most notable cases have included recovering in excess of £1 million on a copyright claim against a major mobile phone company over their use of unlicensed music; acting for the Mail on Sunday on a copyright and privacy claim brought by Madonna over her wedding photos – one of the leading cases on the assessment of damages in copyright actions; acting on one of the biggest  oppositions to proceed through the Trade Mark Registry, which involved over 30 witnesses of fact, six experts and numerous documents (including 2,000 survey questionnaires); and obtaining the first capping order awarded against a claimant bringing a defamation claim on a Conditional Fee Agreement. 

In the past he was listed in the up and coming law section of The 1000 London's Most Influential People - ranking alongside the likes of the Shadow Home Secretary, the Lord Justice of Appeal and the Director of Public Prosecutions. He was also nominated in the Lawyer Awards as Partner of the Year. Legal Business recommended him in its legal experts section for both IP and Defamation and Best Lawyers in the UK.

Niri is a member of the legal group of the Publishers Association, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, The British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, the US Copyright Society and the Media Law Resource Centre.

He is regularly asked to give expert comment by the news media - on radio and TV – and was quoted on (amongst others) BBC News, BBC Radio London, Bloomberg, the FT and The Times in connection with a number of IP and media cases. 


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