Robert Horsfall


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Robert Horsfall has been a music industry lawyer for over 30 years and for the last 15 years or so has focused specifically on the representation of artists and managers.

One of the leading legal directories said of him the omnipresent Robert Horsfall "is recommended as a lawyer who breathes, drinks and eats music"  

Sound Advice started up in 2008 with a mission to be a dynamic and commercially orientated law firm focusing on artist work. Robert’s current clients include Yusuf /Cat Stevens, Ali Campbell (UB40), Pendulum, Knife Party, Snarky Puppy, GoGo Penguin, Jules Buckley (The Heritage Orchestra), Neil Cowley and many emerging artists such as the Mercury Prize nominee, Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Kelvin Jones and Ward Thomas.

Robert also works with overseas artists who are targeting the UK and European markets.  He has worked with a variety of acts from Australia (including Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio and Guy Sebastian), from Norway (including Ylvis (“What Does The Fox Say”), Katzenjammer, Bernhoft and Emilie Nicolas) and Raghu Dixit from India.

It’s a conscious policy of the firm to work across all the different genres other than pop / R&B and dance / rock. So, folk, Americana, country, classical, world and jazz acts all fall within Robert’s client roster.

The firm's other clients include Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Jonas Blue and producer-writer clients such as Stargate and TMS.

This all gives Sound Advice a wide ranging network of contacts and connections within the broad music industry, home and abroad

In addition, Robert works for several artist management companies including Crown (Ella Henderson and many others), Graphite Media (Ben Turner) and some of the leading managers from abroad, such as Stageway (Norway) and Sam Feldman and Associates (Canada).

Another valued client is the fast growing and highly respected booking agency, Echo Location, founded in 2013 by Obi Asika

On a small number of clients, Robert functions as a business manager as well as the lawyer.

Robert started his professional career at Theodore Goddard in 1980 as part of the team led by the highly respected Paddy Grafton Green. Robert joined Lee & Thompson in 1985 (which was then in its infancy) and soon became a partner there.

In 1987 Robert joined London Records as Director of Legal and Business Affairs, working for Roger Ames and with a dynamic A&R team including Tracy Bennett and Pete Tong. The  label had a great run of success with acts such as  Fine Young Cannibals, Communards, Los Lobos, Hothouse Flowers, Salt-N-Pepa and Run DMC. Rejoining Lee & Thompson in 1991, Robert helped them, over the next 17 years, to become one of the top music / media law firms in the country.

He represented household names such as Robbie Williams, All Saints, Charlotte Church, Kirsty MacColl, Eternal, Lene Marlin, White Town, Space, Des’ree and Republica. During this time, Robert also handled some high profile disputes, most notably Robbie Williams vs. BMG, Jonathan Shalit vs. Charlotte Church and Wall of Sound vs. Röyksopp.

Robert has been engaged as an expert witness in court cases and recently assisted the European Commission in one of its investigations into a music industry merger.

Robert has written extensively on legal issues within the music business, including editing the IAEL “Back to the Future” book in 2004 and contributing to the 2009 IAEL book on 360º deals.  He has spoken at numerous conferences including In The City, Midem, by:Larm in Norway, One Movement, IMS and MaMA.