About the Authors

Gerald Montagu and Mark Weston first joined forces as Legal Practice Course students. Frustrated with lecture notes and the quantity of reading they had to do for their LPC, they thought there had to be better way and the Legal Practice Companion was born.

18 years later they are both experienced solicitors in leading firms but take time out every year to update the Companion and to help students and young lawyers (over 48,000 and counting) to excel in their legal practice.

Gerald Montagu

Gerald Montagu, solicitor, is a partner at Davenport Lyons specialising in tax law; he publishes widely and is General Editor of Norfolk and Montagu on the Taxation of Interest and Debt Finance (also published by Bloomsbury Professional).

Gerald graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1992 with a first class degree in History. He trained at Macfarlanes and qualified in 1996 and was an associate at Clifford Chance until mid 2005, and a Partner at Olswang, before joining Davenport Lyons as a Partner in September 2009.

Gerald‘s practice includes both UK and international tax planning for a variety of sectors including financial services, media and leisure. He specialises in advising on cases relating to financing arrangements, M&A, joint ventures, insolvency, and enforcement/litigation.

His recent experience includes:

  • Advising BBCW in relation to Project Kangeroo (a video on demand platform developed by BBCW with ITV and Channel 4).
  • Assisting The Guardian in relation to legal proceedings brought by Tesco in relation to articles published by The Guardian which included allegations of ‘tax avoidance’.
  • Advising a fund in relation to a significant ‘green’ investment in Portugal.
  • Assisting a bank in relation to the restructuring of a real estate investment purchased from a Lehmans fund shortly before Lehman’s insolvency.
  • Assisting an AIM listed company on a substantial disposal in Africa.

Gerald has written widely on tax and related subjects. He is co-author of the Legal Practice Companion, and advisory editor for Bloomsbury Professional’s Legal Practice Companion series.

Gerald has, for many years, been a member of the Loan Market Association’s Taxation Committee.

Outside work Gerald enjoys reading (very widely), classical (and a little jazz) music, theatre and cinema, photography, walking and travelling. He is experimenting with gardening and gliding.

Mark Weston

Mark Weston, solicitor, is a partner at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP where he heads the Commercial/IP/IT Team. He writes widely and currently lectures extensively on the commercial circuit (having previously tutored in law at University College London). He appears regularly on television on a variety of legal matters and chairs various intellectual property and IT national special interest groups.

Mark works across all areas of commercial law, information technology law, intellectual property law, on-line commerce law and media law. He has extensive experience in advising clients on all manner of commercial agreements from international franchising, distribution, procurement, agency and marketing documents through branding and intellectual property licensing, to advice and documentation regarding hardware and software issues. These include development, licensing, maintenance and distribution – solutions for and methods of transacting on the Internet, electronic commerce – including B2B, B2C and B2G, outsourcing, facilities management, procurement, company IT policies, data protection (privacy) and freedom of information issues. He is also experienced in dealing with software disputes and IT litigation.

The media side of the practice relates primarily to games and gaming platforms, as well as television, film and music exploitation. Elstree Film Studios, Sanyo, Retailcorp Brands LLC, mysupermarket.co.uk, Maxell, RTL Group S.A., The Gulf Marketing Group, Playboy UK and Imagination Technologies Plc are just some of Mark’s clients.