Ian Penman


Ian Penman is one of the founding partners of New Media Law LLP, which began in 2002.  Ian’s practice involves mostly copyright and IP advice in the Media and Entertainment industries.  

Before starting his career in the law in 1990, Ian spent 10 years in the music industry – both here and in the USA, starting as a performer (including appearing twice on Top Of The Pops, with Dan Hartman and John Parr), and moving on to record producer/recording studio owner and then artist manager and publisher.  

In 1990, Ian began a law degree at the University of London (achieving a 2:1 in 1993), followed by a Masters in Law from the University of Westminster, after which he joined DLA Piper in the City where he enjoyed over 7 years practice, before leaving to form New Media Law at the end of 2001. 

Ian regularly lectures on subjects around his practice area, and designed the Entertainment and Media and E-Commerce courses for the LPC at the University of Westminster, which began in 1996 and 1997 respectively. 

Recent deals completed include the sale of P & P Songs to Reservoir Media in 2013 (including the hit writer Ina Wroldsen), and advising on the Irish film “Hardy Bucks”.  Ian has a multitude of music industry clients, including record companies (such as RightTrack/Universal), music publishers (such as Peter McCamley), music managers (such as Martin O’Shea) and of course the artists themselves (whether established, such as “Frankie Goes to Hollywood” - http://www.frankiesay.com/ , or new such as “Dee Dee Loves Me” - http://www.deedeelovesme.com/ ).

Ian teaches Media Business law at the “MEGA” course in Ronda in Spain (since 2011), and is the founder of the Media Law & Business Affairs course which is being held at the University of Westminster in London in June.

Ian is also a main board director of Synchtank (and a founder shareholder) www.synchtank.com and a main board director of Pleimo (www.pleimo.com).