Mark Hill, Partner
Mark’s main areas of expertise are Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Technology.
Mark is a Partner with 30 years of experience as a high level strategic commercial lawyer. Mark’s main areas of expertise are Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Technology.
Mark has experience at some of the world’s leading professional firms and in 2003 he founded The Rights Lawyers where he was the Managing Partner. Having been based in Dubai since 1999, Mark is regarded as one of the leading IP, Media and Technology lawyers in the region and is recommended in Chambers and Legal 500 directories on a yearly basis. Mark acts for a variety of high end retail franchising groups, leading local telecommunications firms, financial service sector clients, sports bodies, entertainment and media companies, celebrities and artists, production and events companies as well as technology and app providers.
Having decided at the age of 12 that he wanted to be a media lawyer, he is as passionate now about what he does as ever. Having spent his early career doing a mix of IP and media related work, he then worked for a rock band for a few years (which he describes as “a lot of fun” although he says “yes, there are things I can’t talk about…”). His focus has been on projects with a MENA context since the late 1990s.
Mark has received many awards from industry and legal publications, including being the first recipient of the Digital Studio Service to the Industry award for his contributions to the production, broadcast and film industries in the region. His involvement on the City of Life movie was rewarded with the Group Achievement Award from the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards, having been judged as having raised the bar for the legal sector – his team’s innovative approach to client needs and the provision of commercial advice was viewed as having gone beyond the ordinary service provided by a law firm.
Mark stands on the Board of various companies from the sectors in which he operates including key industry organizations such as the Middle East International Live Events Association (“ILEA”) and as Board advisor to the UAE’s Production Forum. He is also regularly featured as a speaker at industry events, seminars and conferences throughout the region.
Media and Entertainment - The Changing Landscape in the Middle East #2: The Digital Context
NFTs in Film and TV
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Mark Hill quoted by ArtNet on the copyright dispute between French-Tunisian artist eL Seed and the Tunisian pavilion at Dubai’s World Expo
The case illustrates a growing tension around the ownership of calligraphic script in the digital era.
Mark Hill and Lara Haidar write for The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates
An overview of the latest intellectual property laws and regulations applicable in United Arab Emirates.
Mark Hill writes for In-House Community Magazine on solutions templating, a new priority for in-house legal teams
Removing the burden from legal teams, contract managers and administrators.
Mark Hill writes for Media Law International on best practice for production houses to ensure that the return to set is safe and compliant
Bahrain Ultimate Beneficial Owner
The Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism publishes new Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) Rules
The UAE’s recent laws on ultimate beneficial owners and economic substance
The UAE is ramping up measures to tackle tax avoidance and money laundering, the team look at two important new developments.
Retail Recovery: Middle East Perspective
Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 has affected the Middle East
Document execution in the Kingdom of Bahrain - The use of Electronic Signatures
Considering the shift towards the use of digital documents in day-to-day transactions in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Mark Hill interviewed on Dubai Eye's Business Breakfast show on the importance for businesses to protect their intellectual property rights
New Data Protection Regime in Bahrain
Download our guide to the new Data Protection Regime in Bahrain.
The Oath covers the news of the hires of Mark Hill and Thanos Karvelis
Charles Russell Speechlys launches startup programme during Unbound Festival in Bahrain
A comprehensive programme launched during the Unbound Festival in Bahrain, for start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs.
World Intellectual Property Review and World Trademark Review cover the hire of Mark Hill in Dubai
Charles Russell Speechlys grows Middle East practice with the hire of two new partners
Charles Russell Speechlys’ Dubai office continues to grow with the addition of Thanos Karvelis and Mark Hill as partners.