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About Laurence Kaye
I have worked on digital media, e-commerce and technology projects since the late 1980's, helping clients successfully navigate the 'digital shift' as the Internet, Web, search and social media disrupt existing business models and create opportunities for new ones.
Before setting up Laurence Kaye Consulting to provide strategic and business development advice, my work as a lawyer spanned over 40 years. I was one of the first lawyers in the UK to advise on Internet law, combining cutting-edge legal work on with strategic and policy-related work in the field of copyright and online regulation.
In the independently-researched Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2016, I am top ranked as a leader in the field of Media Entertainment, Publishing – “Laurence Kaye of Laurence Kaye Consulting described as "first-class," and handles both traditional and digital matters for clients. He is also highly influential in the formulation of copyright policy. He recently left the partnership at Shoosmiths but continues to act as a consultant for the firm.”
I led the legal team on the initial development of Pottermore.com, the digital home of the ‘Harry Potter’ books.
I act as copyright adviser to the European Publishers Council and was a contributor to its influential Copyright Vision Paper in 2014.
From December 2008 to August 2010, I served as a member of the Copyright Expert Panel appointed by the UK Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy. I advise, write and lecture regularly on digital media and e-commerce legal issues in Europe. In 2014, I was appointed to the Programme Advisory Council of CREATe, a research organisation into copyright and new business models.
I've also worked closely on a number of key EU Directives, including the Copyright, Database and E-Commerce Directives and take part regularly in copyright policy think tanks and roundtable discussions with policy makers and industry. I'm also a regular blogger on digital media law.
I remain as a consultant to the law firm Shoosmiths LLP through whom I am available to provide legal services, where needed.