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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.


Qualified 1977.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Lee & Thompson LLP β€˜combines a high degree of industry-specific knowledge and legal expertise with a very practical, commercial and strategic approach to problem solving’. Its expertise spans music, film, television, marketing, advertising, digital media, theatre and book publishing. It advises the BPI on a range of digital privacy matters against internet service providers (ISPs). It also advises Cornerstone Films on film acquisitions as well as distribution deals, and acts for Coutts on film and TV financing arrangements. Sony ATV, Channelflip, The Fyzz Facility, Engine Group, Queen, Harry Styles and Little Mix are also clients. Key figures on the music front include group head Lawrence Engel, who is β€˜exceptional’, and Kieran Jay, who acts for music artists. Head of dispute resolution Andrew Forbes delivers β€˜robust straightforward legal advice’; contentious music specialists Dominic Free and Gordon Williams are also noted. Mike Brookes β€˜leaves his ego at the door and gets the result the client wants’; he heads the reputation protection group. Also recommended are music and entertainment litigator Martyn Bailey, who is β€˜first-rate’; Will Everitt, who is active on theatre and music matters and β€˜is incredibly thorough in his thinking around a subject’; Mark Ashelford, who heads the digital media practice; Dominic Bray, who has β€˜great advertising industry knowledge’; Richard Lever, who heads the TV group; and film head Christos Michaels, who is β€˜superb’. Managing partner Reno Antoniades is also noted for film work, while Sam Tatton-Brown handles media finance and the β€˜practical, straightforward and solution-oriented’ Nicki Parfitt specialises in film and TV sales and distribution work. Lee Stone, Malcolm Murray, Jeremy Gawade, Mark Stafford and Andrew Thompson are also singled out, as are senior associates Simon Goodbody and Tim Fowler.

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