Firm Profile > Lee & Thompson LLP > London, England
Lee & Thompson LLP Offices
4 GEE'S COURT
ST CHRISTOPHER'S PLACE
Lee & Thompson LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
Engine Group (WCRS, Synergy, PAA etc)
Red Production Company
Head Gear Films
“The Voice” Contestants (ITV)
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.
‘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.’
Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco
AC Grayling CBE
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.
Dominic Bray; Gordon Williams
David and Victoria Beckham
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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’.
Draw Art Fair
Various high-profile art galleries including Karsten Schubert, Hetzler Gallery and Timothy Taylor
Lee & Thompson LLP > Firm Profile
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.
|Partner, Film & TV and Managing Partner||Reno Antoniadesfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Head of Employment||David Andrewsemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Consultant & Co-Founder||Andrew Thompsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Consultant & Co-Founder||Robert Leeemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Brand Protection||Gordon Williamsfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Head of Corporate||Malcolm Murrayemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner and Head of Film||Christos Michaelsfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Head of Dispute Resolution and Partner, Advertising & Marketing||Dominic Brayemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Film & TV and Head of Media finance||Sam Tatton-Brownfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner and Head of Music||Lawrence Engelemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Reputation protection||Mike Brookesfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Corporate||Oliver Shiptonemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner and Head of Television||Richard Leverfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Music||Will Everittemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner and Head of Art & Fashion||Sarah Barkerfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Advertising & Marketing||Huw Morrisemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner and Head of Digital & Technology||Julian Wardfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Film & Television||Lee Stoneemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Consultant, Film & Television||Jeremy Gawadefirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Music||Kieran Jayemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Dispute Resolution||Mark Staffordfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Film & Television||Nicki Parfittemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Dispute Resolution||Martyn Baileyfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Film & TV||Anwen Griffithsemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Film & TV||Antony Swiatekfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|Partner, Music||Lizzie Payne-Jamesemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|Head of Marketing & Business Development||Jo Rosenblattfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 3073 7600|
|CFOO||Simon Boydenemail@example.com||020 3073 7600|
|David Andrews||View Profile|
|Mr Reno Antoniades||View Profile|
|Martyn Bailey||View Profile|
|Sarah Barker||View Profile|
|Dominic Bray||View Profile|
|Mike Brookes||View Profile|
|Lawrence Engel||View Profile|
|Will Everitt||View Profile|
|Jeremy Gawade||View Profile|
|Kieran Jay||View Profile|
|Robert Lee||View Profile|
|Richard Lever||View Profile|
|Christos Michaels||View Profile|
|Mr Huw Morris||View Profile|
|Malcolm Murray||View Profile|
|Nicki Parfitt||View Profile|
|Oliver Shipton||View Profile|
|Mark Stafford||View Profile|
|Lee Stone||View Profile|
|Sam Tatton-Brown||View Profile|
|Andrew Thompson||View Profile|
|Mr Julian Ward||View Profile|
|Mr Gordon Williams||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber 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.