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Lee & Thompson LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Lee & Thompson LLP's 'professional, efficient and reliable' team is 'highly regarded' for media and entertainment work. The firm handles a raft of work across the media, technology and creative industries. The advertising and marketing team advises brand owners, agencies, producers, media platforms, influencers, ad networks and tech disruptors on contentious and non-contentious work involving IP, copy clearance, ASA regulatory investigations, production, sponsorship, endorsement, merchandising, brand protection, commercial contracts, data protection, employment and corporate matters. Dominic Bray heads the advertising and marketing team and led advice for The Engine Group on several high-profile mandates. The digital and technology team handles gaming, social media and interactive content work, and is also experienced in games finance. The film and TV group, which features newly promoted partner Antony Swiatek and managing partner Reno Antoniades, is instructed by content creators, producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers; Sam Tatton-Brown handles film and TV finance mandates. The music department, which is led by Lawrence Engel  and also features consultant Dominic Free, recently promoted partner  Lizzie Payne-James, legal director Tim Fowler, and senior associate Simon Goodbody, acts for talent, industry organisations, music publishers, record labels and collection societies, and it handles contentious and non-contentious work in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Bray; Julian Ward; Christos Michaels; Richard Lever; Nicki Parfitt; Lawrence Engel

Other key lawyers:


The team is pro-active, knowledgeable and the team members make themselves available when needed.

The firm’s film and TV team has great strength-in-depth.

The team is very experienced and is able to provide valuable insights and opinions on important matters; it provides an exceptional service.


Key clients


Engine Group (WCRS, Synergy, PAA etc)


National Geographic



Social Chain

Avant Garde

Freud Communications


Team 17

Pixel Toys

Riot Games

Curve Digital

Hutch Games

Dovetail Games

Rovio Entertainment

Monterosa Productions

Warp Digital

Cornerstone Films

Red Production Company

Head Gear Films

Rocket Science


Eon Productions


Lionsgate UK



Harry Styles


Depeche Mode

Little Mix

Jess Glynne

“The Voice” Contestants (ITV)

Tinie Tempah

Craig David


One Direction

BMG Chrysalis


Universal Music



Gloucester Place Music


Universal Music International

Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols)

Reputation management Tier 2

Lee & Thompson LLP  has a 'superb depth of industry knowledge' and acts for both defendants and claimants with a focus on representing celebrity clients against the media. The department led by Mike Brookes works closely with the firm's other departments to provide the entire creative industry with tailored legal advice. Brookes, who 'remains at the top of his game', played a key role in extensive phone hacking litigation against Newsgroup and the Mirror and receives regular instructions from high-profile individuals across a range of sectors. 'Star associate' Leo Dawkins has considerable experience across all areas of reputation management cases including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection issues. Mark Stafford increasingly provides support to the reputation practice, representing clients from the music industry in disputes as well as giving pre-broadcast copyright clearance advice.

Practice head(s):

Mike Brookes

Other key lawyers:


A superb depth of industry knowledge in addition to great legal skills.

The team bring a wealth of experience and no issue we have brought to them to advise on has been beyond their capability.

Experienced in acting for both claimants, for instance in phone-hacking litigation, and media defendants. A superb and well experienced team.

Leo Dawkins is hard-working and tenacious, knowledgeable and articulate. He is a star associate.’

Key clients

Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco

Channel 5

Jude Law

Paul Hollywood

Liam Payne

Louis Tomlinson

AC Grayling CBE

James Stunt

Anna Friel

Brand management Tier 3

Lee & Thompson LLP's full-service capabilities in trade mark portfolio management enable it to act for well-known brands and celebrity figures in the media, technology and creative industries, such as David and Victoria Beckham, McDonald's and National Geographic. The firm is known for its experience in managing IP rights and advising on endorsement and sponsorship arrangements for clients in the retail, performing arts and music, television production and gaming industries. Key figures include Dominic Bray, Gordon Williams, Huw Morris, Mark Stafford and Julian Ward.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Bray; Gordon Williams

Key clients


Social Chain

David and Victoria Beckham


National Geographic

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Lee & Thompson LLP acts for various wealthy clients including art agents and dealers, well-known artists and collectors as well as senior gallery and auction house directors. Other clients include retail entrepreneurs, a range of corporates as well as art technology businesses, art fairs and creative events companies. Head of team Sarah Barker has significant experience in the arts, photography and visual arts sector. The team frequently advises on diverse matters that are relevant to this sector including intellectual property, digital and various regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Barker

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Bailey


Sarah Barker has an extremely determined but warm personality – this makes her a real stand out‘.

Sarah Barker is brilliant. Always available, super professional, creative, flexible and dedicated. She can be tough when required yet she is always fair‘.

‘I have worked with Sarah Barker for many years, I am always reliant on her in-depth knowledge of the art market and its nuances’.

Sarah Barker is intelligent, sharp and extremely effective all-round‘.

Sarah Barker is smart and diligent. She goes the extra mile’.

‘Martyn Bailey, who handles disputes, is also a fantastic asset for the firm; he is a highly capable and intelligent partner‘.

Martyn Bailey is a brilliant and hugely experienced operator‘.

A very knowledgeable and intelligent team’.


Key clients


Draw Art Fair


Various high-profile art galleries including Karsten Schubert, Hetzler Gallery and Timothy Taylor


Lee & Thompson is one of the UK’s leading law firms for the media, technology and creative industries.

The firm: Lee & Thompson provides clients with the legal services they need to succeed in their creative and commercial ambitions. The firm counts multinational media organisations, brand and rights owners, production companies, record labels and entrepreneurs as clients as well as acting for many of the world’s most successful creative talent throughout their careers.

Since its inception in 1983, the firm has been at the top of its game and it has achieved this by prioritising two things: building a firm that understands the interdependence of the creative industries and by being relentless when it comes to meeting the needs of all its clients, whether these are professional or personal, creative or commercial.

It’s not just the high quality or breadth of the firm’s legal advice that sets it apart. It is the lawyers’ ability to merge this expertise with both a rigorous understanding of the industries in which the firm’s clients operate.

Types of work undertaken: All aspects of commercial, corporate and IP law  together with a strong and complementary litigation and employment offering.  We work across the media, entertainment and creative industries with particular strength and experience in advertising & marketing; art; digital & interactive entertainment; fashion; film & tv; live events; music; publishing; sport; theatre; video games.


Department Name Email Telephone
Partner, Film & TV and Managing Partner Reno Antoniades 020 3073 7600
Head of Employment David Andrews 020 3073 7600
Consultant & Co-Founder Andrew Thompson 020 3073 7600
Consultant & Co-Founder Robert Lee 020 3073 7600
Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Brand Protection Gordon Williams 020 3073 7600
Head of Corporate Malcolm Murray 020 3073 7600
Partner and Head of Film Christos Michaels 020 3073 7600
Head of Dispute Resolution and Partner, Advertising & Marketing Dominic Bray 020 3073 7600
Partner, Film & TV and Head of Media finance Sam Tatton-Brown 020 3073 7600
Partner and Head of Music Lawrence Engel 020 3073 7600
Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Reputation protection Mike Brookes 020 3073 7600
Partner, Corporate Oliver Shipton 020 3073 7600
Partner and Head of Television Richard Lever 020 3073 7600
Partner, Music Will Everitt 020 3073 7600
Partner and Head of Art & Fashion Sarah Barker 020 3073 7600
Partner, Advertising & Marketing Huw Morris 020 3073 7600
Partner and Head of Digital & Technology Julian Ward 020 3073 7600
Partner, Film & Television Lee Stone 020 3073 7600
Consultant, Film & Television Jeremy Gawade 020 3073 7600
Partner, Music Kieran Jay 020 3073 7600
Partner, Dispute Resolution Mark Stafford 020 3073 7600
Partner, Film & Television Nicki Parfitt 020 3073 7600
Partner, Dispute Resolution Martyn Bailey 020 3073 7600
Partner, Film & TV Anwen Griffiths 020 3073 7600
Partner, Film & TV Antony Swiatek 020 3073 7600
Partner, Music Lizzie Payne-James 020 3073 7600
Head of Marketing & Business Development Jo Rosenblatt 020 3073 7600
CFOO Simon Boyden 020 3073 7600
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Andrews  photo David Andrews Head of Employment
Mr Reno Antoniades photo Mr Reno Antoniades Reno is managing partner of Lee & Thompson. He trained at the…
 Martyn Bailey  photo Martyn Bailey Partner, Dispute Resolution 
 Sarah Barker  photo Sarah Barker Partner and Head of Art and Fashion Groups
 Dominic Bray  photo Dominic Bray Head of Dispute Resolution; Head of Advertising & Marketing Group 
 Mike Brookes  photo Mike Brookes Mike is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department and head of…
 Lawrence Engel  photo Lawrence Engel Lawrence is a partner at Lee & Thompson and heads the firm’s…
 Will Everitt  photo Will Everitt Will is a partner in the firm’s Music Group having specialised in…
 Jeremy Gawade  photo Jeremy Gawade Jeremy is a partner at Lee & Thompson with over 25 years’…
 Kieran Jay  photo Kieran Jay Kieran joined Lee & Thompson in May 2011 as a Partner. He…
 Robert Lee  photo Robert Lee Robert Lee co-founded Lee & Thompson in 1983 and is now a…
 Richard Lever  photo Richard Lever Richard is a partner and heads Lee & Thompson’s Television Group, advising…
 Christos Michaels  photo Christos Michaels Christos is a partner and heads up Lee & Thompson’s renowned Film…
Mr Huw Morris  photo Mr Huw Morris Partner, Advertising & Marketing 
 Malcolm Murray  photo Malcolm Murray Malcolm is a partner and heads up Lee & Thompson’s Corporate &…
 Nicki Parfitt  photo Nicki Parfitt Nicki trained at the city firm Denton Hall and, after qualifying in…
 Oliver Shipton  photo Oliver Shipton Oli is a Partner and a member of the firm’s Corporate &…
 Mark Stafford  photo Mark Stafford Mark is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution, Brand Protection and…
 Lee Stone  photo Lee Stone Lee is a partner in Lee & Thompson’s Film and Television Groups.…
 Sam Tatton-Brown  photo Sam Tatton-Brown Sam is a partner in Lee & Thompson’s film and TV group.…
 Andrew Thompson  photo Andrew Thompson Andrew is one of the Lee & Thompson’s founding partners and is…
Mr Julian Ward  photo Mr Julian Ward Julian is Head of Lee & Thompson’s Digital & Technology Group –…
Mr Gordon Williams  photo Mr Gordon Williams Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Brand Protection
Number of UK partners : 23
Number of UK fee-earners (non-Partner) : 37

Lee & Thompson is a truly special place to work and at the very heart of the business are some exceptional people. There is a unique culture that fosters real passion for delivering good results for clients, expression of personality, respect and genuine support for all who work at and with the firm.

We want to ensure that our people are able to become the very best that they can be and we offer the support and encouragement required to fulfil these ambitions. Above all, we want everyone to take pleasure and pride in all that they do. A significant part of our culture is fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion and we work hard to ensure that our people, and all those who we work with, are able to bring their whole selves to the office.

Our Inclusion Network celebrates diversity and belonging at our firm and beyond. We are committed to ensuring that we are inclusive of and accessible to anyone and everyone who wants to work at or with the firm. The Network’s activity is varied and multi-faceted – from raising awareness of inequality and supporting various creative industry led D&! organisations to regularly reviewing and improving the firm’s own recruitment and wellbeing programmes.

In 2019 we launched our inaugural Vacation Scheme, opening the doors to students from diverse backgrounds and giving them first hand experience of working in a specialist media firm. We are hopeful that the firm will be able to offer positions to Vac Scheme alumni when the time is right.