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Martin is a Partner in the Entertainment, Media and IP team.

Martin has wide experience of contentious IP and commercial litigation, particularly in the media and entertainment fields where he focuses on contentious music and copyright litigation.

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He is regularly instructed in High Court litigation for leading UK collecting societies, Phonographic Performance Limited and PRS For Music.

Martin also acts for other rights holders and leading brands to assist with protection of trade marks, copyright and design rights. He is also an Associate Member and acts for the music merchandising body Trade Mark and Rights Holders Against Piracy (TRAP Worldwide).

Martin progressed quickly to Partner having gained first rate experience acting in several high-profile IP cases, including FAPL v QC LeisureUEFA & BskyB v Euroview Sportbefore joining the firm and assisting in ITV v TV Catchup in the Court of Appeal and subsequent references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Martin also advises several other clients ranging from SMEs to large international business in various contentious matters in High Court litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Long-standing clients include a major hotel brand, a large high street retail chain and an international holiday business.

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Work Highlights

    Martin regularly acts for rights holders in claims for copyright infringement. He has obtained successful rulings against Defendants in claims in the High Court for injunctions and for infringers to be committed to prison for contempt of court.

    Several of these important cases have been reported as follows:

    • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Fletcher [2015] EWHC 2562 (Ch)
    • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Nash [2014] EWHC 3986 (Ch) (click here)
    • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- John t/a Socialite [2015] EWHC 3394 (Ch)

    TV Catchup

    Acting on behalf of TVCatchup in one of the leading judgments of recent years in the IP and media sector. Hamlins advised on the defence of claims brought by broadcast powerhouses ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and others. The case concerned the live streaming of broadcasts over the internet.

    • ITV Broadcasting Ltd & Ors v TV Catchup Ltd [2011] EWHC 1874 (Pat)
    • ITV Broadcasting Limited and Others v TVCatchup Limited and Others [2015] EWCA Civ 204

    Further reported cases are as follows:

    • FA Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure & Others [2008] EWHC 1411 (Ch) UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
    • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
    • UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
    • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
    • Phonographic Performance Ltd and Performing Rights Society Limited v CGK Trading Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 2642 (Ch)
    • Phonographic Performance Ltd v Balogun (t/a Mama Africa) [2018] EWHC 1327 (Ch)
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Martin is listed as a Next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500 2019 and described as a ‘sensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients’.

Legal 500 2019

Martin is listed in the Legal 500 2017 as a next generation music lawyer. He is described as ‘tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’.

Legal 500 2017

“Martin Ochs handles the vast majority of PRS’ instructions for infringement of copyright. Hamlins offer an excellent service, providing sound advice and a considerable collection of damages and royalties from legal actions which are vital to the protection of the music industry.”

Litigation Manager - PRS For Music

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