Richard Lever > Lee & Thompson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lee & Thompson LLP
80 Charlotte Street

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Richard is a partner and heads Lee & Thompson’s Television Group, advising a diverse and extensive television client list which includes most of the UK’s leading television production companies. He advises on all areas of the television industry, including the creation of talent based TV production companies and the setting up and financing of high end television projects.

Richard was actively involved with PACT, having served on the PACT Council for a number of years and was extensively involved in policy making affecting producers across the television industry. In particular, Richard advised PACT’s TV policy group on the Terms of Trade for UK broadcasters which has provided significant opportunities for UK ‘indies’.


Qualified 1996.

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV

Richard Lever heads up the television side of Lee & Thompson LLP’s practice, while fellow co-head Christos Michaels is more focused on the film sector. Lever’s broad expertise spans the creation of talent-based television production companies, the set-up and financing of high-end television projects, and related commercial arrangements. Michaels specialises in the financing and production of independent films in addition to implementing exploitation models of emerging and established media. Other recommended individuals include managing partner Reno Antoniades, internal film and television head Nicki Parfitt, head of media finance Sam Tatton-Brown and Antony Swiatek.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Media finance

Steered by television head Richard Lever and film head Christos Michaels, Lee & Thompson LLP regularly handles financing arrangements for a range of high-profile productions, as well as inbound studio investments. Key media finance specialists within the team include Sam Tatton-Brown – noted for his representation of major banks – and Stephen Spence, who routinely acts for both financiers and production companies.