About Ruby Red

RubyRed Legal is an entertainment law practice based in Perth, Western Australia. Its founder Francesca Cotton worked in the UK as an entertainment lawyer for over 20 years before returning to Perth to establish RubyRed Legal in 2013.

RubyRed Legal represents clients from all aspects of the entertainment industry including music, film and television, modelling, book publishing and employment .

Fran Cotton

Fran has over 25 years experience working in the entertainment industry, 21 of which were spent working in the UK. 

She worked as a commercial property lawyer for a large Perth law firm, before moving to London to specialise in entertainment law. 

She worked for Warner Music in London, the largest record company in the world at the time, where she worked as Business Affairs Manager for WEA Records, working with artists signed to WEA (Enya, The Pretenders, The Pogues), ZTT (Seal, Shane McGowan), Blanco Y Negro (Catatonia, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dinosaur Junior) the dance label Eternal (Gina G) and Warner Music Ireland.  

She later joined Universal Music, the largest record company in the world by then and to this day, where she worked as Director of Legal and Business Affairs for Mercury Records, working with  artists signed to Mercury (Metallica, Texas, Sir Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Beautiful South, James, Def Leppard), Giles Petersen’s drum and bass label Talkin’ Loud, the dance label Manifesto (Café Del Mar series), Universal Music Ireland and a very active back catalogue (INXS, Thin Lizzy, Sir Bob Geldorf,  Marc Almond, Plant & Page).

Whilst working at the labels Fran also managed the rock band Vega4.

After leaving Universal, Fran set up her own legal consultancy practice F C Cotton & Co  representing television personalities, actors, production companies, authors, singer songwriters, bands, dj’s, promoters, publishers, producers, managers and record labels.

She also managed one of Ireland’s legendary singer songwriters (the late Christie Hennessy).

Fran returned to Perth to continue representing clients from all aspects of the creative industries and set up RubyRed Legal in 2013.  Her clients include musicians, song writers, script writers, models, authors, presenters, film production companies and record labels.  

She also managed Perth based multi-award winning singer songwriter Gina Williams.

   


 

 

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Fran Cotton

History

1987

Phillips Fox
1987 - 1991
Commercial Lawyer
Perth, Western Australia

1991

Warner Music UK Ltd
1991 - 1999
Business Affairs Manager, WEA Records
London, England

1999

Sěan Management Ltd
1999 - 2002
Artist Management
London, England

1999

Universal Music UK Ltd
1999 - 2002
Director of Legal & Business Affairs, Mercury Records
London, England

2003

FC Cotton & Co Ltd
2003 - 2017
Legal & Business Affairs Consultant
London, Bath & Belfast, UK

2003

RubyRed Management Ltd
2003 - 2017
Artist Management
London, Bath, Belfast & Perth 

2005

RubyRed Publishing Ltd
2005 - present
Music Publishing
Bath, Belfast, Perth

2007

RubyRed Records Ltd
2007 - 2008
Record Label
Bath, England

2013

RubyRed Legal
2013 - present
Entertainment Lawyer
Perth, Western Australia