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By James BaxterHarbottle & Lewis has scooped the work advising the winners of the ITV docusoap Popstars, as well as a second band comprising of the losing finalists.The client win is likely to provide lucrative work for Harbottles, which also represents Robbie Williams and K-Tel.Senior associate James Sully is advising the band after each of the 10 finalists met individually with seven leading music lawyers who had been shortlisted by production company London Weekend Television.Brian Howard at Russells is representing record company Polydor. Former Harbottles’ partner Andrew Stinson is advising LWT Granada on specialist music issues.Stinson, who boasts ex-Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller as a client, left Harbottles last year after 19 years to set up as a sole practitioner.Sully is now also in the process of finding the five losing finalists a manager and record deal after they decided to set up a group themselves.He said: “I am now acting for both groups and have been advising on all issues from selecting a manager to merchandising agreements.”Another music partner at the firm, Gerrard Tyrell, has also been advising the band on press and publicity issues.The winning group has already spent time working on its debut album and the first single is expected to be released shortly. The group’s name remains a closely guarded secret.

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