• Introduction to Rights – 2019 Speakers

    The ever-popular Introduction to Rights conference returns to The London Book Fair 2019, and once again expert speakers will share easy to follow knowledge and tips on publishing contracts, sales and acquisitions.

  • Diane Spivey

    Group Contracts Director

    Hachette UK

    Diane joined British publishing over thirty years ago as an assistant in an export sales department. She swiftly moved over to the area of contracts and rights where she has stayed, working her way up from Rights Assistant to Contracts and Rights Director. Her experience is mainly in general trade publishing and she has worked for many companies over the years including Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster UK, Cassell, Harrap, Methuen and Hodder & Stoughton.  She is now Group Contracts Director for Hachette UK.  She is also a regular lecturer on rights, and a contributor to Clark's Publishing Agreements.



    Stephanie Purcell

    Rights and Co-Editions Director

    Simon & Schuster

    Stephanie sells a diverse range of rights including translation, audio, large print, educational, film rights, and part works and has over 20 years' experience in publishing. Prior to her role at Simon & Schuster, Stephanie worked for companies including Watts Publishing Group (now Hachette Children's Books), Mitchell Beazley and Gaia Books.




  • Duncan Calow


    DLA Piper LLP 

    Duncan is well known for his work in the convergent TMC worlds of content, technology and e-commerce. He advises on commercial and contractual legal issues in copyright, databases and branding; advertising and consumer law; privacy and libel; gambling; film, music and sports.

    Lynette Owen

    Copyright and rights expert


    Lynette is former Copyright Director of Pearson Education Ltd.  She is the author of Selling Rights (7/e, Routledge 2014) and is the General Editor of, and a contributor to, Clark's Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents (10/e, Bloomsbury Professional 2017). She regularly runs training courses on copyright and licensing in the UK and overseas.


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