Jessie Bowhill

CALL: 2003
Jessie Bowhill
Jessie is a leading IP Junior and a Tier 1 Leading Junior for Media and Entertainment, who is highly rated as “excellent on her feet, extremely capable and clients love her” (Chambers & Partners 2021) and “excellent, skilful and very driven” (Legal 500 2021).

She focuses in particular on copyright, trade marks and passing off, design right, breach of confidence and privacy, representing musicians, academics, artists, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, brand owners (from global businesses to SMEs) and well known individuals across all of these areas. Her previous training as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she is described in the directories as the “go-to Junior” in this area of law.

  • Experience

    Media, Sport & Entertainment

    Jessie is ranked as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in Media and Entertainment, with her background as a classical pianist making her the “go-to junior for musical copyright cases” (Legal 500 2020).  Recent high profile music cases have seen Jessie acting for Sir Bob Geldof (“I Don’t Like Mondays”), Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), Barry McKay (the lyrics of various Iron Maiden songs) and Gary Brooker (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).  As well as musicians Jessie also regularly represents record companies, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, artists, academics and other well known individuals in entertainment matters, Brian Belo v Lime Pictures (a dispute over the format of the hit dramality soap TOWIE) and 19TV v Simon Cowell (a dispute over the format of Pop Idol and X Factor) being examples. She is currently acting for HRH The Duchess of Sussex in her claim against Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of data protection.

    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited [2021] EWHC 273 (Ch): Acted for the Duchess of Sussex on her application for summary judgment in respect of her claim for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.  The claims relate to the defendant’s publication of substantial extracts of a handwritten letter sent by The Duchess of Sussex to her father in August 2018.  The Judge granted her application in its entirety, save for a minor issue on the copyright claim which will be dealt with as part of a later hearing to determine the quantum of her claim.  The Court’s Press Summary is available here.
    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers (2020)Acting for The Duchess of Sussex in her claim against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright and breaches of statutory duty under the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR in relation to the publication of extracts of a handwritten letter.
    • Sheeran & ors v Chokri & ors (2018): Acting for Ed Sheeran and others in an authorship dispute over aspects of the music of “Shape of You”.
    • Barry McKay v Harris & ors (2020): Acted for Barry McKay in an authorship dispute over the lyrics of various songs performed by Iron Maiden.
    • Moylett v Geldof & anr (2016-2018): Acted for Sir Bob Geldof in an authorship dispute over the music (and some of the lyrics) of “I Don’t Like Mondays”.  The case settled on the eve of trial
    • Andrew Ridgeley v Beezy Marsh (2019): Acted for Andrew Ridgeley in a dispute over the rights in a literary memoir concerning the lives, friendships and careers of Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael.
    • Reach Plc v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2018): Action to protect the exclusivity of an article and associated video footage of Jamie Carragher first published in the Daily Mirror, and the ability of the Daily Mirror to obtain damages over and above the licence fee that would have been paid for the rights in the video prior to publication.
    • IPC v Media 10 Ltd [2-13] EWHC 3796 (IPEC): Honest concurrent use of IDEAL HOME for magazines and exhibitions
    • Michael Mitchell v British Broadcasting Corp[2011] EWPCC 42: Acted for the BBC in defence of a claim for copyright infringement relating to the designs for a group of characters appearing in the animated tv programme “Kerwhizz”.
    • Fisher v Brooker & Onward Music[2008] EWCA Civ 287: Acted for Gary Brooker and Onward Music in an authorship dispute over the music of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
    • 19TV v Simon Cowell & ors (2005):  Acted for Simon Cowell and others in a format dispute concerning X Factor and Pop Idol.

    Trade marks & Brands

    Jessie has an extensive trade mark practice, recent highlights include acting for the cosmetics giant Benefit (Beauty Bay v Benefit), EASY Group in litigation concerning the EASY family of marks (W3 v EasyGroup Ltd) and Nike in litigation concerning the use of LDNR in a campaign about young Londoners (Frank Industries v Nike Retail).  Jessie regularly appears before the IPO (and in appeals to the Appointed Person) where clients have included BskyB, VISA,  The Union, the proprietors of the ZARA brand, Sony, Burberry, Monsoon, Barclays, Virgin and B&Q.

    • Beauty Bay Ltd & anr v Benefit Cosmetics Ltd [2019] EWHC 1150 (Ch): Acted for Benefit Cosmetics in defence of a claim for trade mark infringement and passing off relating to a Christmas cosmetic product.
    • Frank Industries Pty Ltd v Nike retail BV &Ors [2018] EWHC 1893 (Ch): Trade mark infringement claim arising out of Nike’s use of the letters LDNR in relation to a sports campaign that focussed on young Londoners.
    • Dyson Ltd & ors v Grey Technology Ltd & anr (2018): Comparative advertising dispute concerning vacuum cleaners.
    • W3 v EasyGroup Ltd [2018] EWHC 7 (Ch):  Complex trade mark dispute concerning the EASY marks.
    • Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch): Dispute over the right to use SUPREME in relation to pet food in circumstances where there had been concurrent use for almost two decades.
    • NOCN v OCN Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC): Dispute between educational charities over the distinctiveness and ownership of various marks used by members of the NOCN over the course of the last two decades.
    • IPC v Media 10 Ltd [2013] EWHC 3796 (IPEC): Honest concurrent use of IDEAL HOME for magazines and exhibitions.

    Copyright & Databases

    Jessie’s background as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she has become the go-to Junior in this area of law.  Recent high profile music cases have seen Jessie acting for Sir Bob Geldof (“I Don’t Like Mondays”), Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), Barry McKay (the lyrics of various Iron Maiden songs) and Gary Brooker (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).  As well as musicians Jessie also regularly represents record companies, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, artists, academics and other well known individuals in entertainment matters, Brian Belo v Lime Pictures (a dispute over the format of the hit dramality soap TOWIE) and 19TV v Simon Cowell (a dispute over the format of Pop Idol and X Factor) being examples. She is currently acting for HRH The Duchess of Sussex in her claim against Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of data protection.

    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited [2021] EWHC 273 (Ch): Acted for the Duchess of Sussex on her application for summary judgment in respect of her claim for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.  The claims relate to the defendant’s publication of substantial extracts of a handwritten letter sent by The Duchess of Sussex to her father in August 2018.  The Judge granted her application in its entirety, save for a minor issue on the copyright claim which will be dealt with as part of a later hearing to determine the quantum of her claim. The Court’s Press Summary is available here.
    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers (2020)Acting for The Duchess of Sussex in her claim against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright and breaches of statutory duty under the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR in relation to the publication of extracts of a handwritten letter.
    • 77M Ltd v Ordnance Survey Ltd [2019] EWHC 3007 (Ch): Acted for Ordnance Survey in a trial relating to database infringement in mapping and addressing databases.
    • Sheeran & ors v Chokri & ors (2018): Acting for Ed Sheeran and others in an authorship dispute over aspects of the music of “Shape of You”.
    • Barry McKay v Harris & ors (2020): Acted for Barry McKay in an authorship dispute over the lyrics of various songs performed by Iron Maiden.
    • Moylett v Geldof & anr (2016-2018): Acted for Sir Bob Geldof in an authorship dispute over the music (and some of the lyrics) of “I Don’t Like Mondays”.  The case settled on the eve of trial
    • Andrew Ridgeley v Beezy Marsh (2019): Acted for Andrew Ridgeley in a dispute over the rights in a literary memoir concerning the lives, friendships and careers of Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael.
    • Reach Plc v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2018): Action to protect the exclusivity of an article and associated video footage of Jamie Carragher first published in the Daily Mirror, and the ability of the Daily Mirror to obtain damages over and above the licence fee that would have been paid for the rights in the video prior to publication.
    • Londongrad Limited v BBC & ors (2018): Format dispute concerning the TV series “McMafia”.
    • Brian Belo & ors v Lime Pictures Ltd and ITV Plc (2013): Acted for Lime Pictures and ITV in a format dispute concerning The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE).
    • University of Southampton & anr v Mohtasham [2012] EWHC 1630 (QB): Copyright infringement, malicious falsehood, harassment and intimidation claim in the field of nuclear non-proliferation. Acted for the University.
    • ITV Broadcasting & ors v TV Catch Up (Case C-607/11) [2010] EWHC 3063 (Ch): Acted for ITV in a copyright infringement dispute relating to the live internet streaming of television programmes on a website.
    • Michael Mitchell v British Broadcasting Corp[2011] EWPCC 42: Acted for the BBC in their defence of a claim for copyright infringement dispute relating to the designs for a group of characters appearing in the animated tv programme “Kerwhizz”.
    • Fisher v Brooker & Onward Music[2008] EWCA Civ 287: Acted for Gary Brooker and Onward Music in an authorship dispute over the music of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
    • 19TV v Simon Cowell & ors (2005): Acted for Simon Cowell and others in a format dispute concerning X Factor and Pop Idol.

    Design Rights

    • Action Storage Systems Ltd v G-Force Europe & anr [2016] EWHC 3151 (IPEC): Dispute over UK unregistered design rights in the shape and configuration of plastic lockers.
    • Sistema Plastics Ltd v B&M Retail Ltd (2018): UK unregistered and Community registered design right claim concerning the shape and configuration of plastic containers.
    • DKH Retail Ltd v AFH Stores UK Ltd ors (2015):  Dispute between the owners of the Superdry brand and the owners of the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister branded clothing.
    • A Khan Design Ltd v Horsley [2012]: Registered design right trial concerning the designs of alloy car wheels.
    • Numerous cases in the field of fashion – including the designs of corsets, ladies clothing, and designer shoes.

    Trade Secrets, Confidentiality & Privacy

    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited [2021] EWHC 273 (Ch): Acted for the Duchess of Sussex on her application for summary judgment in respect of her claim for misuse of private information and copyright infringement against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.  The claims relate to the defendant’s publication of substantial extracts of a handwritten letter sent by The Duchess of Sussex to her father in August 2018.  The Judge granted her application in its entirety, save for a minor issue on the copyright claim which will be dealt with as part of a later hearing to determine the quantum of her claim. The Court’s Press Summary is available here.
    • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers (2020)Acting for The Duchess of Sussex in her claim against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright and breaches of statutory duty under the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR in relation to the publication of extracts of a handwritten letter.
    • Andrew Ridgeley v Beezy Marsh (2019):  Acted for Andrew Ridgeley in a dispute over the rights in a literary memoir concerning the lives, friendships and careers of Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael.
    • Londongrad Limited v BBC & ors (2018): TV format dispute over the format of “McMafia”.

    Arbitration & Mediation

    • Geneva Mediation (2016): acted for the rights owner in a format dispute that was mediated under the WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media.
  • Education & awards
    • Bristol University, LLB Hons 2:1 (2002)
    • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
    • Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2002)
  • Languages

    French

  • Hobbies & interests
    • Classical pianist
    • Horse riding (dressage)

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