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Andrew is one of the Lee & Thompson’s founding partners and the firms senior partner, focusing on media and entertainment. In the early years of his career he worked principally for independent record companies, in particular, Chrysalis Records until the label was acquired by EMI in 1992. Andrew became one of the ‘standout’ figures in the music business and has acted for world renowned acts over the years including Depeche Mode, Simply Red, Sir Tom Jones, Wet Wet Wet, Richard Ashcroft, the Spice Girls and Karl Jenkins. His modest manner and straight forward, commercial advice has placed him at the heart of the industry and in 2003 Andrew (and Robert Lee) were inducted into the prestigious MMF Roll of Honour and were recipients of the MMF Founders Award. Andrew’s main focus is now on talent representation. He acts for leading composers, for a host of major recording artists and for songwriters, producers and managers. He also acts for writers and for various sports and other “personalities” including David and Victoria Beckham. Andrew played a significant role in the creation in 1987 of the Music Managers’ Forum which exists as a lobbying organisation to further the interests of music business managers and the artists they represent. Since the MMF’s inception, Lee & Thompson has provided legal advice on a pro bono basis and Andrew is a major contributor to The Music Management Bible published by SMT for the MMF. Andrew is also a trained mediator.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Lee & Thompson LLP delivers ‘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 ‘gets to grips with problems quickly’; contentious music specialists Andrew Forbes and Gordon Williams; Reno Antoniades; and the ‘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.