Neighbouring Rights – Director, Business Affairs (UK)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified lawyer with a good understanding of the landscape of Neighbouring Rights to join our Business Affairs department based in London. This is a legal role and will involve hands-on negotiating and drafting of our agreements offering a lot of autonomy, so ideal if you are a natural self-starter and detail-oriented.

It will also provide an excellent opportunity for you to develop both professionally and personally in a highly progressive music company, focusing on Neighbouring Rights which is a rapidly growing and competitive area in the industry, increasingly becoming an important source of income for performers and labels.

  • Draft, negotiate and handle the signature and the implementation (along with internal teams) of various global client (both performers and labels) agreements and a range of side letters such as extensions, amendments, variations and novations;
  • Draft, negotiate and handle the signature and the implementation (along with internal teams) of various other agreements relating to Neighbouring Rrights both internally and externally such as agreements with group companies, agents, societies and consultants;
  • Advise and additively support our Executives and finance, creative, society and client relations teams on a variety of matters including without limitation deal terms, IP matters, GDPR/data use-related matters, dispute resolution, deal-flow and efficient operational processes with a BA angle, best legal and business practice and general BA queries; and
  • Maintain good relationships with external lawyers – especially at Associate and Partner level – as well as societies and client teams.
  • +3 years PQE with relevant experience from a top music/entertainment private practice law firm and/or in-house role within a significant Neighbouring Rights and/or record company or organization (individuals with in-house publishing experience and an understanding of and passion for the Neighbouring Rights part of the industry may also be considered)
  • Strong and significant negotiation and drafting experience
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to disseminate complicated legal and contractual principles to non-BA staff in a coherent and precise manner
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a role that can be pressurized
  • Leadership and self-starter qualities as the successful candidate for this role would be responsible for the successful day-to-day running of the BA needs and requirements of the business
  • Attention to detail and an analytical and proactive/efficiency-driven mindset
  • Good relations with music industry lawyers
  • Ideally good relationships with and understanding of the landscape of Neighbouring Rights societies and agents in various territories (though if such society/agency relationships and knowledge are not already present, we will consider strong applicants who are willing to learn and immerse themselves in this side of the industry quickly and with dedication)

Through centralized, automated and efficient administration services using the latest technology, our Neighbouring Rights team offer a reduction in royalty collection time of up to 50%, more effective collection as well as substantially improved transparency to ensure performers are paid fairly around the world.

We thrive on creativity and are committed to championing diversity. We’re dedicated to inclusiveness and provide all the resources and benefits you need to grow your career and reach your potential. We offer competitive compensation packages, professional development opportunities, and an entrepreneurial culture that makes working here not just fun, but also rewarding.

If you feel like the fast-paced, rewarding environment of our rapidly growing company is for you – share your story! Apply today and tell us why you are the next best addition to our successful team!


Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. A full DBS check will be conducted on acceptance of an offer.

KNR is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status or characteristic protected by law

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