Irving David

Irving read law at the LSE and The College of Law, London and subsequently trained with the leading London entertainment law firm, Wright & Webb.

He subsequently joined Warner Brothers in London and became their UK Director of Legal and Business Affairs.

Returning to private practice, he formed David Wineman with a colleague which in 2008 merged to become DWFM Beckman.

Over the years, he has built up an impressive roster of clients in the music, entertainment and media industries.

He has extensive knowledge of Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Rights including Copyright, Trademarks and Product Licensing.

His client roster reads like the “Who’s Who” of the UK entertainment industry ranging from a broad selection of independent record labels and music publishers to countless singer songwriters, managers and agents.

His corporate clients include Birmingham Royal Ballet, the British Ballet Organization, the Frederick Ashton Foundation, Viviana Durante Company, One Dance UK, Elstree Film Studios, The Harvey Goldsmith Group of Companies, Primary Talent International and the International Artist Managers’ Association (“IAMA”).

He is a director of SBT Trading Ltd (the trading arm of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (“the SBT”) advising the SBT on Commercial Law, Intellectual Property and Product Licensing matters; a corporate member of IAMA providing its membership with a legal helpline; the Music Publishers Association (“the MPA)”; is a full voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; gives frequent Master Classes for the Music Managers Forum and the MPA; and contributes regularly to trade publications on legal, commercial and IP issues relevant to the entertainment industry.

He is consistently recognised by the UK Legal 500 as a Recommended Media and Entertainment Lawyer for ‘London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)’.

Previous editions have described him as having “strong communication skills”; being “a good technical draftsman”; as “always going that extra mile to explain complex issues”; and “admired for his no-nonsense approach, his, seemingly, vast knowledge and his good humour”.

In the 2021 edition, Irving is described as being “a lawyer of the highest standard: efficient, speedy and keen to help you to understand the process/issues/agreement/contract”; he walks you through the process from start to finish with impeccable professionalism”.

He has “an impressive breadth of experience in advising on commercial and IP matters, particularly in the music space” where he “knows the industry inside out’.

“His work, knowledge and advice is second to none; he is engaging, understanding and sincere; is “very approachable” and “provides incredible support”.

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