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Edmund Cullen QC

Call 1990
Silk 2012

ecullen@maitlandchambers.com

Edmund’s practice covers a broad range of Chancery and commercial litigation/arbitration, including solicitors' and accountants' negligence, insolvency and company-related disputes, including claims for breach of directors' duties and minority shareholders' actions, breaches of warranty, the enforcement of guarantees and security, civil fraud and asset tracing/recovery.

He also specialises in media and entertainment work and related copyright and trade mark disputes, in particular in the music, film and broadcasting industries. He has particular expertise in Copyright Tribunal matters.

Edmund is recommended in Chambers UK Bar Guide for chancery: commercial and media and entertainment, in The Legal 500 for commercial litigation and media and entertainment, and in Chambers Global for dispute resolution: commercial chancery.

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Edmund will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Edmund accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

Selected Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation/Arbitration

Advises and represents clients in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, including contractual disputes, banking transactions, enforcement of security, warranty claims arising out of business acquisitions, jurisdiction issues, breach of confidence, commercial fraud and asset recovery.

Company law

Advises and represents shareholders, directors and companies in contentious work in relation to corporate governance and the rights and duties of shareholders and directors. Regularly involved in minority shareholders' litigation.

Intellectual property and media law

Advises and represents participants in all areas of the music industry, including artists, writers, managers, record companies and collecting societies. Has been instructed in disputes in relation to recordings of artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie, The Verve, The Smiths, Damon Albarn, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Mis-Teeq, Elton John, Stereophonics, Kylie Minogue, Steve Winwood, Snow Patrol, Muse, Lily Allen, Sugababes, Placebo, Peggy Lee and Seal.

Also advises and represents broadcasters, programme makers, publishers, film producers, distributors, theatre producers, actors, agents, and others in contractual, licensing, copyright and ‘format’ rights disputes. He has particular experience in the field of online exploitation of rights.

In addition, he has extensive experience in the Copyright Tribunal and of passing off and trade mark claims.

Insolvency and restructuring

Acts generally in all areas of personal and corporate insolvency, including both the initiation of insolvency procedures and subsequent asset recovery, resolution of trust/equitable claims, etc.

Professional negligence

Represents claimants and defendants in professional negligence and related areas, in particular in relation to solicitors, accountants, valuers, etc.

Partnership

Deals with all aspects of partnership litigation, including valuation and accounting issues.

Sport

Advises on disciplinary and regulatory issues in sport and on related contractual and licensing disputes with broadcasters, agents, etc

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
COMBAR.

Qualifications

BA (Bristol)

Testimonials

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial
"A strong advocate." (2021)
"A cool, calm advocate. You always want him on your side. He's very astute and good at helping the client see the bigger picture." "His advice is comprehensive, decisive and quickly delivered." (2020)
"A user-friendly silk who is an excellent communicator." (2019)
"Displays meticulous attention to detail coupled with an unflinching determination to get to the right result. He works exceptionally hard and provides tremendous value for money." (2018)
Media & Entertainment
"Edmund is ferociously clever, user-friendly and has great clarity and judgement." "He's brilliant and great to work with. He turns things around so quickly, gives really clear advice and is a great advocate." "He's super intelligent and provides a really efficient service. His strategic mind is the best I've come across. He's a fantastic advocate who doesn't mind wading through the detail." (2021)
"He's thorough, user-friendly and responsive." "He's down to earth, approachable and gives very sensible advice." (2020)
"He's extremely intelligent and a brilliant advocate." "He is exceptionally pragmatic, good with clients and a real team player. He knows what can and can't be achieved so he's very good at giving sensible and reasoned advice." (2019)
"Has a very analytical mind and is very precise; he's a valuable addition to any case." "He's exceptionally bright, provides sound commercial advice and is brilliant at cross-examination." (2018)

Legal 500

Commercial Litigation
"A notable practitioner." (2021)
"An excellent silk." (2020)
"Just brilliant to work with – really gets into the detail and is great with clients." (2018/19)
Media & Entertainment
"A superb barrister and a notable practitioner in this field. Great expertise and experience." (2021)
"He is exceptionally bright, responsive and approachable." (2020)
"He is brilliant to work with, really gets into the detail and is great with clients." (2018/19)
Professional Negligence
"He is user-friendly." (2020)
"Really gets into the detail." (2018/19)