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London: Dispute resolution

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Lee & Thompson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP regularly acts for media and entertainment industry clients. Recent work for β€˜shrewd operator’ Mike Brookes includes representing Liam Payne in various claims against News Group Newspapers. Mark Stafford and β€˜brilliant’ associate Leo Dawkins are other names to note.

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London: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 3

Lee & Thompson LLP

At Lee & Thompson LLP, Catherine Bedford (β€˜charming, clever and tenacious; her clients all love her’) heads a β€˜very impressive team’ that includes newly promoted partner Mark Irving, who is β€˜great with clients’, and the β€˜very clever’ Nicholas Westley.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Lee & Thompson LLP

In January 2016, Lee & Thompson LLP merged with the β€˜consistently fantastic’ Forbes Anderson Free, taking on the β€˜down-to-earth and pragmatic’ Dominic Bray, whose clients include the Engine Group, the Marketing Agencies Association and World Wrestling Entertainment. The β€˜capable and straightforward’ Gordon Williams acts on trade mark and sponsorship matters for clients including the Beckhams and One Direction.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Lee & Thompson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP delivers β€˜very quick response times, first-rate knowledge and extremely appropriate advice’. The firm merged with Forbes Anderson Free in January 2016. Lawrence Engel heads the music department and acts for One Direction, while Kieran Jay and Andrew Thompson act for Jess Glynne and Depeche Mode, respectively. Other key names include Will Everitt, who β€˜gets to grips with problems quickly’; contentious music specialists Andrew Forbes and Gordon Williams; Reno Antoniades; and the β€˜extremely experienced’ Christos Michaels, who advised financiers and producers in relation to a number of major films. Sam Tatton-Brown advises Coutts & Co on financing transactions, and head of television Richard Lever acted for the production company behind The Night Manager. The firm also has expertise in digital media, publishing, theatre and advertising.

Leading individuals: media and entertainment

Andrew Forbes - Lee & Thompson LLP (Music)

Lawrence Engel - Lee & Thompson LLP (Music)

Reno Antoniades - Lee & Thompson LLP (Film and TV)

Leading individuals: media finance

Sam Tatton-Brown - Lee & Thompson LLP

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