Music, Media & Entertainment services

We are constantly adding material to this site, including handy overviews of different legal issues affecting artists and companies in the industry. Do call us if you want to discuss things in more depth.

Here are our services at-a-glance:-


We support…

  • Artists, from individual musicians and bands, to DJs and composers with recording, publishing and management agreements.
  • Managers and Agents with their client agreements.
  • Record Labels, Music Publishing Companies and Distributors with the entire spectrum of legal obligations and protection: production, distribution and sample clearance agreements, digital and DVD rights, synchronisation and compilation licensing, brand protection and copyright.
  • Event Managers and Promoters with tour and merchandising agreements.

Media and Digital

We advise….

  • Content Aggregators and Owners on publishing agreements, digital content licensing and related rights.
  • Online Digital Providers, Retailers and Mobile Operators on compliance with internet and data protection laws.
  • Media Broadcasters and Public Figures on matters of defamation and privacy
  • Publishers on clearance of copyright materials for print publication.

TV and Film Entertainment

We negotiate…..

  • Producers and Production Companies on director, producer, production, location and cast & crew agreements.
  • Artists and Broadcasters on talent deals including music for television.
  • Distributors on broadcast licensing, merchandising rights, clearances and acquisition.

Michael is Head of Business Law at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.  

Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett.  That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.

His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.

Michael is mentioned in Legal 500 (2017) as an 'extremely sound and level-headed lawyer'.

Client testimonials

"Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done. A key factor in the successful outcome was Mike's intimate knowledge of the club. Having acted for the Trust and individual presidents on the original purchase in 2013 Mike not only had the necessary experience but also the required empathy in dealing with a stakeholder group that had made an emotional as much as a financial investment in the club."

Trevor Birch
Managing Director
Duff and Phelps Ltd

Michael is a trustee of two charities: The Peter Osgood Trust and the Hampshire Professional Golfers’ Benevolent Association.  He is also a non-executive Director of Portsmouth FC.


  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate re-structuring
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Joint ventures
  • Agency and distribution agreements


  • Entertainment and media law
  • Sports law
  • Shareholders’ agreements

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