Alex Hardy is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Technology, Media & Entertainment Group. Alex’s work sits at the intersection of traditional media and digital technology, where she advises clients across the TME sector, with a particular focus on the publishing industry. Her work involves advising on a broad range of intellectual property and commercial matters, including data protection and ecommerce.
Alex’s background as a former editor and in-house lawyer means she is highly regarded in the Publishing industry for her sound commercial approach. She advises the full breadth of clients across the industry including authors, publishers (trade, academic and independent), agents, literary estates, media platforms and providers, distributors, ebook aggregators, retailers, and online writing communities.
- Commercial agreements in the Technology, Media & Entertainment sector, including distribution, outsourcing and non-disclosure agreements
- Clearance and acquisition of content and rights
- Publishing contracts – Drafting and advising on all types of author, illustrator, ghost writer, translator, editor and project manager contracts for print and digital media
- Advising on royalty and payment structures, interpretation of rights and key performance terms
- Advising on Open Access publishing arrangements
- Electronic publishing – Advising on new media and digital exploitation of content including via digital subscription services, cloud based services, virtual learning environments and apps
- Advice on marketing and advertising campaigns, including in social media and more traditional media
- Data protection and e-commerce – Advice for new businesses, websites and digital services
- Brand licensing – Advising on licensing and use of brands. Advising brand owners and licensees on their brand portfolios including merchandising opportunities.
- Advising the JL Brisley Charitable Trust on the development of heritage children’s publishing property, Milly Molly Mandy across media formats
- Advising Caroline Webb, CEO of Seven Shift Ltd, a cognitive-science based coaching firm, in relation to her forthcoming book How to Have a Good Day
- Advising US online booking tool for restaurants, OpenTable on data protection, marketing and advertising issues
- Working with major UK publishers including Hachette, Oxford University Press and Egmont on a variety of intellectual property, commercial and data privacy matters.
In 2015 Alex was listed as Star Associate in Chambers (TME – Publishing) and as a Legal 500 recommended lawyer. Alex was the editor of the Publishing Industry section of Copinger & Skone James on Copyright, 17th edition, she was also a judge at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2014 and 2015.
Alex is involved in the industry through her membership and support of:
- The Society of Authors
- The Publishers Association
- The Independent Publishers Association
- The Association of Authors Agents
- Book Industry Communication
- The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper makers
- Byte the book
- Alex Hardy spoke as part of a panel on “Shifting Sands: What’s affecting your business?” hosted by Andrew Tein, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Wiley at The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publisher’s annual conference on 15 September 2016.
- Members of the Publishing team from Harbottle & Lewis attended the Independent Publishers Guild Autumn Conference on 20 September 2016.
- Alex Hardy attended the Frankfurt Book Fair between 18-21 October 2016 and provided one-to-one consultations on data protection and digital contracts to attendees of the Business Club.