Martin Ochs

Martin is a Partner in the Entertainment, Media and IP team.

Martin has wide experience of contentious IP and commercial litigation, particularly in the media and entertainment fields where he focuses on contentious music and copyright litigation.

He is regularly instructed in High Court litigation for leading UK collecting societies, Phonographic Performance Limited and PRS For Music.

Martin also acts for other rights holders and leading brands to assist with protection of trade marks, copyright and design rights. He is also an Associate Member and acts for the music merchandising body Trade Marks and Rights Holders Against Piracy (TRAP).

Martin progressed quickly to Partner having gained first rate experience acting in several high-profile IP cases, including FAPL v QC Leisure, UEFA & BskyB v Euroview Sport before joining the firm and assisting in ITV v TV Catchup in the Court of Appeal and subsequent references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Martin regularly acts for rights holders in claims for copyright infringement. He has obtained successful rulings against Defendants in claims in the High Court for injunctions and for infringers to be committed to prison for contempt of court. Several of these important cases have been reported as follows:

  • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Fletcher [2015] EWHC 2562 (Ch)
  • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- Nash [2014] EWHC 3986 (Ch) (click here)
  • Phonographic Performance Ltd -v- John t/a Socialite [2015] EWHC 3394 (Ch)

Further reported cases are as follows:

  • FA Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure & Others [2008] EWHC 1411 (Ch) UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
  • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
  • ITV Broadcasting Limited and Others v TVCatchup Limited and Others [2015] EWCA Civ 204
  • UEFA v Euroview Sport Ltd [2010] EWHC 1066 (Ch)
  • Football Association Premier League Ltd and others v QC Leisure and others [2012] EWHC 108 (Ch)
  • ITV Broadcasting Limited and Others v TVCatchup Limited and Others [2015] EWCA Civ 204

Martin joined Hamlins in 2011 having previously trained and worked in the city at Smithfield Partners and Orchard Brayton and Graham LLP.

 

 

Martin is listed in the Legal 500 2017 as a next generation music lawyer. He is described as ‘tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’.