our people

James Ware
tel: +44 20 3214 8220 james.ware@jwssllp.com
James is a founding partner of JWSS. He has expertise in all aspects of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights and ideas in the creative industries including related commerce and personal asset management.

Previously James set up the legal and business affairs department for the Virgin Group. From Virgin he moved to become Managing Director and regional Vice President of the UK and European music publishing division of CBS Corporation. During that time, he also served as director of the Mechanical Rights Society (now merged with MCPS) and was chairman of its Audit Committee. Subsequently, as a partner at Davenport Lyons for 18 years until 2005, James revitalised that firm's music department and contributed to the firm’s growth in the creative industries and related areas of information technology, including computer software, e-commerce and the internet.
Joanna Stephenson
tel: +44 20 3214 8220 joanna.stephenson@jwssllp.com
Joanna is a partner at JWSS and has worked over 16 years at all levels in the entertainment and media sectors. She heads the firm’s private client and trade mark practices and has extensive experience advising international brands on contentious trade mark disputes. Having worked as a freelance business affairs advisor to several independent music publishing companies and record labels, Joanna has extensive experience in negotiating commercial licenses and undertaking global rights clearance. Joanna works with individuals and businesses from a wide cross section of industry, from sport and leisure activities to property management and financial advisory services. 
Rupert Sprawson
tel: +44 20 3214 8220 rupert.sprawson@jwssllp.com
Rupert has a broad entertainment practice focusing on music, games software, distribution, brand marketing and live sectors. He has expertise in advising trans-national corporations in the US and other major jurisdictions in general commercial work including company and catalogue disposals, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Rupert was previously head of legal and business affairs at a substantial international logistics operation. Rupert is also the director of Ultra Music Publishing Europe, a division of Ultra Music – a leading New York based entertainment group.
Sherlon Hernandez
tel: +44 20 3214 8220 sherlon.hernandez@jwssllp.com
Sherlon has over 20 years of legal experience and is an expert in client care and office administration. Prior to joining JWSS she worked as an Executive Assistant at Howard Kennedy LLP.

Sherlon manages all the firm’s systems and heads the office management. She liaises with all service providers and coordinates client relationships and invoicing on behalf of the fee earners.

For general enquiries regarding the firm please contact Sherlon. 
Silvia Baumgart
tel: +44 20 3214 8220 silvia.baumgart@jwssllp.com

Prior to joining JWSS, Silvia has worked for some 15 years in the creative sector in Germany and England in a range of positions in curatorial and educational projects at major public art galleries and art and design practice-based universities.
 
As General Manager of the Association of Illustrators she initiated the campaign for fairer contracts for visual creators and represented the organisation at the British Copyright Council and the Creators Rights Alliance.
 
At University of the Arts London, she lead the development of IP information resources and training for creative students and small businesses working closely with leading law firms specialising in IP. She also produced resources and lead workshops on intellectual property for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the Academy of the European Patent Office.
 
Silvia remains involved in a research project on design rights infringement and its impact on rights holders commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office.
 
Silvia is a German native speaker. 

We are located at Fitzroy Square, a beautiful Georgian square at the heart of creative excellence in Fitzrovia