Robert Horsfall


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Robert Horsfall has been a music industry lawyer for over 35 years and is known mostly for his work with 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".

He was included in MBW’s 2018 Power 50 listing.

Sound Advice started up in 2008 with a mission to be a dynamic and commercially orientated law firm focusing on artist work. It’s a conscious policy of the firm to work across all the different genres and not just pop, dance and rock.

Robert’s current clients include Yusuf /Cat Stevens, Ali Campbell (UB40), Pendulum, Knife Party, Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Kelvin Jones, Kamaal Williams and Ward Thomas.

In recent years, Robert has built up a formidable roster of clients from the Jazz world: Snarky Puppy, GoGo Penguin, Neil Cowley, Bill Laurance, Jules Buckley, Theon Cross, Ashley Henry, Binker Golding, Matthew Halsall, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Judi Jackson, Kansas Smitty’s, Daniel Casimir, Emma-Jean Thackray and many others.

Robert also works with overseas artists who are targeting the UK and European markets: 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.

The firm's other clients include Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Jonas Blue, Bring Me The Horizon, Let’s Eat Grandma, MJ Cole. The firm is a market-leader with it’s roster of producer-songwriter clients, such as Stargate, TMS, Sam Dixon.

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

Another valued client is the booking agency, Echo Location (Obi Asika).

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

Robert was previously with the law firms Theodore Goddard and Lee and Thompson. He also worked at London Records as Director of Legal and Business Affairs, working with acts such as Fine Young Cannibals, Communards, Los Lobos, Hothouse Flowers, Salt-N-Pepa and Run DMC.

In the past, Robert has represented household names such as Robbie Williams, All Saints, Charlotte Church, Kirsty MacColl, Paul Oakenfold, Eternal, Lene Marlin, White Town, Space, Des’ree and Republica; managers such as Jonathan Shalit and Jho Oakley; labels such as Wall of Sound. Robert has been engaged as an expert witness in court cases and European Commission investigations.

Robert has written extensively about 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 the BRIT School and at numerous conferences, including In The City, Midem, by:Larm in Norway, One Movement, IMS and MaMA.