Andrew Yeates, former director general of U.K. labels body the BPI, has joined London-based law firm Sheridans as a consultant. Yeates will tackle general copyright and rights issues for the entertain

Andrew Yeates, former director general of U.K. labels body the BPI, has joined London-based law firm Sheridans as a consultant.

Yeates will tackle general copyright and rights issues for the entertainment and media-law specialist. He will work closely with the firm's film and television partners, Peter McInerney and Robin Hilton.

Yeates was director general of the BPI from July 2000 until April 2004. Prior to joining the BPI as legal affairs director in July 1999, he served for 10 years with national U.K. broadcaster Channel 4. He held a number of roles at the broadcaster, including head of business affairs. Prior to that, he was legal advisor for U.K. collecting society PPL.

He continues to chair the U.K.'s Department of Culture, Media and Sport's Creative Exports Group, and has existing roles with a string of other creative organizations.