Ian Felstead

  • Partner
  • Eian.felstead@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.4733


Ian Felstead, Global Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, advises clients on a variety of commercial litigation and regulatory disputes, with a particular focus on the media, technology, and sports industries.

Mr. Felstead draws on nearly two decades of experience navigating complex and high-profile disputes to achieve clients’ business objectives. He regularly advises many of the world’s leading companies in the media, technology, and sports industries on high-value, multijurisdictional issues.

Combining sophisticated industry knowledge and practical problem solving, Mr. Felstead handles a diverse range of commercial disputes — from breach of contract claims and intellectual property disputes to allegations of misconduct and internal investigations. His practice encompasses proceedings brought before a variety of venues, including the High Court and domestic and international tribunals, as well as specialist tribunals such as the UK Copyright Tribunal.

Additionally, Mr. Felstead advises clients on a wide-range of regulatory and public law matters, including acting on behalf of claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings. He also has particular experience in media litigation, including in relation to data protection, defamation, and breach of confidence/privacy. Mr. Felstead regularly advises individuals and companies on reputation management issues.


Mr. Felstead's experience includes advising:

Commercial Litigation
  • A leading media company in defending unfair prejudice proceedings in the High Court, including successfully resisting an interim injunction application seeking to prevent completion of a corporate acquisition
  • ITV on:
    > Various contractual and intellectual property disputes around the world regarding a well-known television program format
    > Copyright Tribunal proceedings against PRSfM regarding music licensing*
    > Its High Court litigation with STV*

  • Various Miramax companies in relation to claims arising out of alleged misconduct of Harvey Weinstein
  • A major bank in relation to a contractual dispute with a leading technology provider
  • A leading television production company in relation to a contractual dispute with a high-profile Hollywood actor arising out of allegations of misconduct
  • Computer Associates in High Court litigation regarding the Commercial Agents Regulations*
  • A major broadcaster in an international arbitration regarding a contractual dispute arising out of the FIFA World Cup*
  • A leading private equity company on various breach of warranty claims arising out of its acquisition of a technology business*
  • A leading technology company in relation to contractual disputes with a number of Premier League football clubs*
  • Video Performance Limited on Copyright Tribunal proceedings regarding music video licensing*
Regulatory Disputes
  • Facebook in various litigation and regulatory inquiries, including managing and coordinating its global litigation and regulatory response in relation to a data breach
  • A major newspaper group regarding the Bribery Act and associated issues*
  • ITV in relation to a judicial review of Ofcom*
  • A football club in relation to a number of Football Association arbitrations*
  • Clearcast defending judicial review proceedings regarding the clearance of claims in television advertising*
  • Post Office Limited on a national program of sub-Post Office closures, including in relation to number of judicial reviews arising out of such closures*
Media Litigation

  • Various high net-worth individuals and leading companies in relation to reputation management issues
  • ITV in relation to libel proceedings brought by Lord McAlpine*
  • A high-profile television presenter in relation to a number of disputes and reputation management issues following the presenter’s departure from a major broadcaster*
  • A leading sports broadcaster in relation to a libel claim brought by a Premier League football club and its manager*
  • News Group Newspapers on the high-profile voicemail interception litigation*
  • A television production company on content compliance in respect of a major new factual series*
  • A high-profile employee of a Premier League football club in relation to the employee’s departure from the club and associated reputation management issues*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – England and Wales -  January 26, 2021
  • The Commission’s Draft Updated Standard Contractual Clauses — A Close Look -  December 07, 2020
  • The EDPB’s Draft Data Transfer Guidance Following Schrems II – A Close Look -  November 19, 2020
  • UK Supreme Court Clarifies Position on Vicarious Liability for Data Breaches -  April 09, 2020
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – England & Wales -  February 04, 2020
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – England & Wales -  January 09, 2019
“An excellent litigation lawyer who is capable of handling complex disputes”The Legal 500 UK 2018
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, 2000
  • BA (Hons), University of Cambridge, 1999
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • Technology
  • Communications Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information