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Robert Horsfall – Lawyer / Business Manager, Sound Advice – MusicTank

Robert Horsfall - Lawyer / Business Manager, Sound Advice

Robert trained at the City firm, Theodore Goddard, where he spent three years in the entertainment department, before joining Lee & Thompson in 1985 to specialize in the music industry, working with various labels, publishers, artists and managers.

In 1987, he became Director of Business Affairs at London Records, working for Roger Ames (who subsequently headed up PolyGram and Warner Music worldwide and held a senior position at the EMI Group).  London Records’ roster included Fine Young Cannibals, Hothouse Flowers and Salt-N-Pepa.

Rejoining Lee & Thompson in 1991, Robert represented household names such as Robbie Williams, All Saints, Charlotte Church, Kirsty MacColl, Eternal, Lene Marlin, White Town, Space, Des’ree and Republica.  During this time, he closely oversaw the settlement of a number of high profile disputes, most notably Robbie Williams vs. BMG, Jonathan Shalit vs. Charlotte Church and Wall of Sound vs. Röyksopp.

Robert has written extensively on legal issues within the music business, including editing the IAEL “Back to the Future” book in 2004 and contributing to the 2009 IAEL book on 360º deals.  He has contributed to numerous conferences including In The City, Midem and by:Larm in Norway.  Robert also founded and hosts the industry forum, Chat®oom.

He currently concentrates exclusively on representing creative talent.