All of our Associate Fellows are valued colleagues who have contributed to the life of the Centre in various ways.

Robert Allan

Robert is now retired, but he was most recently a partner in the Commercial Group at Simkins LLP. During his first 20 or so years of practice, Robert was a music talent lawyer specialising in the negotiation of recording music publishing and management contracts on behalf of artist clients, as well as the internal legal organisation of the bands that he represented.

During those years Robert represented many household names, including America, Mike Oldfield, Dire Straits, Wham, The Average White Band and The Scorpions.

More recently, Robert's clients have included EMI, who he has represented on a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Chrysalis Records, Filmtrax, Virgin Records and Virgin Music Publishing, as well as in connection with EMI's proposed, but ultimately aborted, merger with Warner Music Group. He also represented EMI in respect of many complex corporate issues following Terra Firma's acquisition of EMI.

Dr Simon Anderson

Simon is a composer and music publisher. He studied music at Edinburgh University, focusing on musicological research for his masters degree. He subsequently completed a PhD at Durham University on early English church music, where he also sang in the cathedral choir for nine years. 

Simon’s career in the music industry spans 20 years, where he has worked in licensing, royalty accounting and printed music publishing. Since 2005 Simon has been responsible for the publishing department of global production music group Audio Network. In 2015 he completed the LLM in Entertainment Law with distinction at the University of Westminster, and since then has been involved in the university’s Lost in Music project, a free access resource shedding light on the more complex areas of the industry.

Simon was elected a publisher director of PRS in 2016 and of the Music Publishers Association in 2017. He is an avid vinyl collector.

Sir Richard Arnold

Sir Richard Arnold was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1985 and became a QC in 2000. He was Chairman of the Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines Committee from 2002 to 2008, an Appointed Person hearing trademark appeals from 2003 to 2008 and a Deputy High Court Judge from 2004 to 2008.

He was appointed to the High Court, Chancery Division in October 2008 and was appointed to be Judge in Charge of the Patents Court in April 2013.

Following this, he was appointed as an External Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office in March 2016. In July 2019 Sir Richard was appointed as a Court of Appeal judge. 

He is the author of Performers’ Rights (5th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015), the editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England title Trade Marks and Trade Names (5th ed, Butterworths, 2014), was editor of Entertainment and Media Law Reports from 1993 to 2004 inclusive and has published numerous articles in legal journals.

Sir Richard is an alumnus of the University of Westminster when it was the Polytechnic of Central London. He took our Graduate Diploma in Law, following the completion of his studies at Oxford University. 

Arpan Banerjee

Arpan Banerjee is Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Jindal Global Law School, India. He is also an affiliated faculty member at the Centre for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Bloomington, and a visiting lecturer at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg. 

Arpan's main areas of interest are intellectual property law, media law and entertainment law. He has published widely, spoken at major conferences and received prestigious fellowships, prizes and grants.

Recently, Arpan was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor’s Fellowship. He was hosted by Bucerius Law School for 1.5 years, with research stays at Oxford University (as a Visiting Research Fellow) and King’s College London (as a Visiting Scholar).

Before joining academia, Arpan practised as an intellectual property lawyer. He worked on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Arpan holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the National University of Juridical Sciences in India and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from King’s College London. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Mike Garry

Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. His groundbreaking work with young people in inner city Manchester has won him awards from the National Literacy Trust - he used to read his poems to the hundreds of students he worked with and they encouraged him to perform at live poetry events.

Described by iconic designer Peter Saville as "a genius", Mike's work focuses on the city and its people, championing the under dog; finding beauty amongst the ugliness and triumph amongst tragedy. He has performed his poetry since 1995 and worked in USA, Hong Kong, and throughout Europe. He has been on a continuous tour with the iconic and much loved poet John Cooper Clarke since 2011.

He also performs in prisons, mental health units, children's homes and is passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn't normally reach. He has previously been Poet in Residence for Manchester United, Kendal Calling and Strangeways' Prison and regularly performs at festivals such as Latitude, the Isle of Wight and Festival Number 6. His poems have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and read on television and radio.

Mike was commissioned by the BBC to write a poem commemorating the life and work of music impresario Tony Wilson. The resulting poem 'St Anthony' was put to music by Salford born classical composer Professor Joe Duddell and has received wide international acclaim. Bernard Sumner of New Order described St Anthony as "brilliant" and Philip Glass described it as "Magical" and asked Mike to perform the poem with New Order at Carnegie Hall in March 2014 as part of the Tibet House Benefit Concert along with The National, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop. The writer, broadcaster and journalist Paul Morley said of Mike:

"Mike Garry walks like a man and talks like a man and writes like a great British Northern poet. That's Northern as in centre of the universe and poet as in using words to go beyond words."

Writing about the appointment of Mike, Guy Osborn said:

'We are delighted to announce that the poet Mike Garry has agreed to join the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture as 'Writer in Residence'. This is an exciting departure for the Centre, and we believe that this is the first time a British law school has developed a relationship with a practicing artist in this way. In addition to work with Westminster Law School, Mike will be working with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and with the University of Westminster Archives. Mike is, in fact, not the first poet to be linked to the University. In addition to a number of poets heavily involved in the work of the Department of Creative Writing, a number of poets such as David Gascoyne, Menghistu Lemma, George Barker, Clive Sansom and Ezra Pound have been involved in the University's work in various forms and we are really pleased to be able to add Mike Garry to this list'.

Lawrence Harrison

Lawrence is a very experienced entertainment lawyer who is currently a commercial mediator and independent advisor to a broad range of clients across a number of creative industries. He has previously been a Partner at Russell-Cooke, Managing Partner at Harrison Curtis Solicitors and a Partner at the Simkins Partnership and has been involved with Westminster Law School for a number of years, including teaching on the LLM module Technology, Rights and the Law.

Visit the website of Lawrence Harrison, Entertainment Law Specialists.

Dr Arve Hjelseth

Arve is a sociologist, currently based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Arve has been involved with Westminster Law School in a number of ways, including with the organisation and delivery of the Erasmus Mundus Intensive programme developed between NTNU, Westminster and Malmo and research projects with Professor Guy Osborn.

More about Dr Arve Hjelseth on the NTNU website.

Mark James

Mark James graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds before completing the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He began his academic career in 1994 at Anglia Polytechnic University with his PhD research on the role of consent and the criminal law in the regulation of sports injury disputes. This work focussed on the appropriateness of using the criminal law instead of governing bodies' disciplinary tribunals as a means of punishing violent play.

Mark was Course Director for LLM programmes at MMU and Associate Head (Research) and Acting Head of School at Salford Law School before joining Northumbria University School of Law in September 2013. He re-joined Manchester Metropolitan University as Professor in Sports Law in 2016. He has maintained his teaching interests in sports law criminal law and torts whilst developing his research as one of UK's leading sports lawyers.

He has published extensively on a range of sports law topics, including in particular the use of the criminal law to punish on-field violence, the regulation of football supporters and the policing of football-related disorder and the criminalisation of public space around sporting mega-event venues, especially the Olympic Games.

More about Mark on the Manchester Metropolitan University website.

Philip Kolvin QC

Called to the Bar in 1985, Philip became a QC in 2009, a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2017, and was Head of his Chambers, Cornerstone Barristers, from 2014–2020. Kolvin is a Patron and past Chair of the Institute of Licensing, the Co-Chair of Crystal Palace Park Trust and a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and the King’s College Hospital Charity.

Philip is also a past Chair of Purple Flag and Best Bar None. He is widely published in the field, his books including Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Police; Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration; and Sex Licensing.

Alex Sinclair

Alex Sinclair has LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Westminster, and is, in addition, a Barrister (Gray's Inn). Before entering academia Alex had a long and successful career working in the entertainment industry, particularly in the music industry where he worked for a number of years for the Robert Stigwood Organisation amongst others.

Alex has taught in the Law School for a number of years and continues to contribute to the LLB and LLM programmes across a number of subject areas. His research interests are in the area of film and law, and as well as helping organise the BBFC/University of Westminster exhibition in 2012, also published a chapter in the British Film Industry text 'Behind the Scenes at the BBFC. Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age' and continues to be involved in law and film research.

Daniel Geey

Daniel is a Partner in the Sports Group at Sheridans. Daniel’s practice focuses on helping clients in the sports sector, including rights holders, leagues, governing bodies, clubs, agencies, athletes, sports technology companies, broadcasters and financial institutions.

Daniel has written for myriad publications including The World Sports Law Report and the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. He regularly appears in the media providing analysis for Sky Sports News, Sky News, BBC, CNN, The Daily Telegraph and others.

In addition, he is the author of the influential The Final Score on Football Law blog. Daniel has delivered and organised a number of valuable sessions for LLB and LLM students at Westminster Law School over recent years, many of which are available via the Directors’ Cuts section of the website.