Pete Bott has been appointed as a Partner at Blacks Solicitors to set up and lead the new music law team and to provide specialist support for musicians in Yorkshire.
Pete Bott, who trained at Blacks Solicitors and then worked at boutique music firm Sound Advice (Legal) LLP in London, brings with him a decade of specialist experience in supporting successful musicians, writers, producers and other music talent, as well as independent record labels and managers.
“The culture at Blacks Solicitors was key in my decisioN. It’s well known as a fantastic place to work with a strong community feel.”
-Pete Bott, Black’s latest niche hire, discussing his future at Black’s Solicitors
Pete’s expertise spans the key areas of music law, including major and independent record label and publishing deals, music distribution, management, sync licensing and merchandise.
Commenting on his appointment, Pete said: “London has been well known as the centre of the UK’s music industry for years. The Covid pandemic and evolving technology have helped to change that and given musical talent the opportunity to really thrive outside of the capital. After seven years of honing my craft at specialist law firms in London, I felt that it was time to return home to Blacks Solicitors and Yorkshire to offer my support to northern talent in an area of the country where music law specialists are sadly few and far between.”
Pete aims to expand the music law side of the business and establish a team of home-grown legal talent that will support clients in a complex and challenging sector. He will also provide training to more junior team members in this niche area of legal expertise, and bring on additional senior level team members.
Beth Brindley, the first apprentice to qualify at Blacks Solicitors, will initially support Pete in client work as he looks to grow the team.
Expanding on his reasons for rejoining the team at Blacks, Pete adds: “The culture at Blacks Solicitors was key in my decision to accept this exciting opportunity. It’s well known as a fantastic place to work with a strong community feel. Everyone works closely together and is open to knowledge and experience sharing, which only makes us stronger as a firm. This will give me a great support network for my specialist music work and also allow Blacks Solicitors to offer a wider range of legal services to music clients than are usually offered by music specialist firms. I’m also looking forward to getting stuck into the social side of the firm and getting my colleagues down to client gigs in the city!”
Pete works with a number of well-known clients including Leeds Conservatoire, While She Sleeps, Hybrid Minds, DnB Allstars and Bring Me The Horizon who headlined this year’s Leeds & Reading Festival and opened the BRIT Awards in collaboration with Ed Sheeran.
Chris Allen, Managing Partner at Blacks Solicitors, added: “Pete’s appointment provides Yorkshire’s growing base of exceptional creative and music talent with a credible alternative to London-centric professional advice. We will work closely to grow this new specialism available to clients, and lay the groundwork for a strong team of legal professionals that will give us the edge over our competitors.”
Pete’s appointment brings the Yorkshire-based law firm’s headcount to 200, with over 19 legal specialisms on offer to clients. For more information, please visit www.lawblacks.com.
About Blacks Solicitors
Blacks Solicitors is a 27 partner firm providing a wide range of legal services to commercial and private clients in Yorkshire and across the UK. With 180 employees, the Firm continues to go from strength to strength.
Operating from its Head Office at City Point in Leeds, Blacks provides advice on: Corporate & Commercial Law; Commercial Property and Family law, alongside a range of other legal sectors.