Everything you need to know

Paul Byram Associates is a member of the Personal Managers Association (PMA) since 2010. Please note , in 2019 we formed a partnership with the Hancock Agency 

to increase our international client base and are now listed as Byram Hancock Associates on the PMA members list.

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for representation?
All requests for representation should only be made via the contact form on this website. Paul Byram Associates operates a paperless office where possible. Please don’t post your CV, think about the environment.
How many people do you represent?
This question is better framed; “how many people like me do you represent?”. The reality is that the number of clients is somewhat irrelevant unless they are all like you with your skill sets. Professional and experienced agents are able to manage multiple clients and their career paths, that’s what we do!
Is there a charge for being on your website?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! We do not charge any fees for being on our books, on our website or indeed in any type of promotional campaign. The only fees you will pay are commission on work at the agreed rates . Paul Byram Associates is a member of the Personal Managers Association and we urge you to report to Equity any agency that wishes to charge any fee for being on their books, their website or indeed anything other than commission.
What is the notice period if I choose to leave the agency?
We would hope that you don’t want to leave the agency, however, on occasion, things don’t work out as planned. If you decide that you wish to leave we don’t require any notice period, however, we would expect you to give us a call or drop us an email and we will deal with your move professionally and politely.
Does the agency represent Directors and Writers?
We are principally an actors’ agency, however we do represent a small number of other creatives including Stunt Persons, Musicians, Musical Directors, Directors and Casting Directors, some clients also have directing and writing skills.
How do I approach your clients for an autograph?
For all fan mail, autographs and charitable requests, please mark the envelope “FAN MAIL”. Please address your letter for the attention of the actor in question and it will be forwarded on to his/her home address. Please note that it is the client’s decision as to whether or not they respond. Please be aware that for security reasons, all letters to clients must be opened at the agency before being passed on. Do not call or email us to chase for a response to your request. Our clients are often busy with heavy work schedules and they cannot always respond to every request. Do not send any items that are valuable or personal to you as we cannot be held responsible for any items lost or damaged in the post. FAN MAIL SHOULD BE SENT TO Name of Actor c/o Paul Byram Associates Kemp House 152-160 City Road London EC1V 2NX
Can I repost Social Media content from your clients/influencers?
No. All content posted by our clients and influencers is copyrighted to them. Permission must be obtained before reposting any copyrighted content
How do I check the availability of your clients?
Please call the office on 020 3137 3385 (or one of our local number in LA or Sydney) OR use the contact form
How do I make an accounts enquiry?
Please email [email protected] or call the office on 020 3137 3385 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
Are electronic signatures legal in the UK?
Yes, e-signatures are court admissible. Each country has it’s own regulations that determine whether an electronic signature is seen as legal or not. So, as long as your electronic signature adheres to these, a signature won’t be rejected simply for not being handwritten.
Can e-signatures be used in business?
Whilst they are 100% legal; there are exceptions for very specific types of transactions. It is still up to the discretion of the independent user, or governing body, whether they are used or not. As each business needs are different and the agreements themselves may vary. We always advise you to speak with an authority within your businesses category.
E-signatures - Legally accepted (what does this mean?)
Legal Model The UK’s legal model is a tiered one. This means that Qualified Electronic Signatures as a legal type of e-signature are valid and legally binding. This doesn’t mean that a non-Qualified Electronic Signature e-signature can’t be submitted in court, but it will need extra evidence to support it. Legal Classification The UK operates a Common Law system, which is based on: Judicial decisions are seen as binding Laws aren’t always of a written structure Few provisions are hinted at into the contract, by law Generally, everything is permitted that isn’t expressly prohibited by law Few provisions are implied into a contract under the common law system – so it’s important to cover all the terms governing the relationship between the parties to a contract in the contract itself. This usually means that contracts are typically longer than one in a civil law country. Full Summary In the UK handwritten signatures aren’t needed for a contract to be seen as credible, and they’ll be seen as such as long as legally able individuals have reached an agreement (this can be by agreeing verbally, electronically or by physically signing). Since July 2016, the eIDAS regulation has meant that all companies in the EU comply with each other’s e-signature regulations. Standardising them across Europe.