Alex Hardy is a partner 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.
- Publishing contracts – Drafting and advising on all types of author, illustrator, ghost writer, translator, editor and project manager contracts for print and digital media
- Data protection – Advice on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly in the publishing and content sectors
- Commercial agreements in the Technology, Media & Entertainment sector, including distribution, outsourcing and non-disclosure agreements
- Clearance and acquisition of content and rights
- 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
- Brand licensing – Advising on licensing and use of brands. Advising brand owners and licensees on their brand portfolios including merchandising opportunities
- Developed an online data protection toolkit in partnership with technology consultancy Stigmergist for the Publishers Association
- Advising literary agents on talent agreements and corporate arrangements
- Advising the award winning Edtech platform, Bibliotech, on commercial and data protection issues
- Working with major UK publishers including Hachette, Bloomsbury and Egmont on a variety of intellectual property, commercial and data privacy matters
Alex is the editor of the Publishing Industry section of Copinger & Skone James on Copyright, 17th edition and she is also a judge at the British Book Awards.
Alex has been recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer for Publishing by Legal 500 in 2017 and she has also been listed as a Star Associate (TME – Publishing) in Chambers and Partners in 2016 and 2017.
In addition to this Legal 500 recognised her as a Recommended Lawyer in 2012 and 2016, and she was named as a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013.
Alex is involved in the publishing industry through her membership and support of:
- The Society of Authors
- The Publishers Association
- The Association of Authors Agents
- Book Industry Communication
- The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper makers
- Byte the book
- The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
- Alex Hardy chaired a panel of experts at a Harbottle & Lewis sponsored Byte the Book panel discussion on “How is EdTech Enhancing and Disrupting Publishing?” The session explored how education technology is transforming the ways that educators, students and readers access content and how publishers monetise that content.
- Alex Hardy has spoken at a number of events and seminars aimed at preparing the publishing industry for the General Data Protection Regulation, including at the BIC New Trends in Publishing Seminar 2017 as well as at seminars for the ALPSP and the Publishers Association.
- Alex Hardy is a judge at the British Book Awards, which Harbottle & Lewis sponsor.