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Mike Brookes

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Lee & Thompson LLP

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Dispute Resoluition and Reputation protection 


Mike is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department and head of the firm's Reputation Protection Group.

He joined Lee & Thompson in 1998 and has played a key role in creating the firm's reputation for quality dispute resolution, handling the full range of copyright and contractual disputes for clients within the industries of music, film, television and sport, and ranging from artists and actors to record labels and production companies.

Much of his work involves protecting the reputation of some of the firm’s highest profile clients. Various battles with the press have been fought and won for well-known names, such as One Direction and its members, Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Frankie Boyle, Paul Hollywood, Christopher Eccleston and Charlotte Church. He has also acted for a number of prominent figures in industry and politics, even royalty.

In 2017, Mike successfully represented His Highness Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco in the Court of Appeal in a libel and Data Protection Act claim against the online publisher Elaph.  The case has been the subject of much academic discussion in the ongoing debate as to whether claims under the DPA for the “tort of inaccuracy” now provide Claimants with an alternative, often easier, route to vindication than the traditional libel route.

In 2016 Mike obtained the much talked about privacy injunction against the Mail on Sunday preventing it from publishing details of a police investigation which the Court found attracted a “reasonable expectation of privacy” (ERY v Associated Newspapers). 2016 also saw Mike and his team acting for dozens of claimants and recovering substantial damages for them in the high profile hacking litigation against the Daily Mirror.

In 2014 Mike secured a rare anti-harassment injunction against the paparazzi for Harry Styles, for which he was acknowledged as Lawyer of the Week by The Times newspaper.

In 2012 Mike ran what is likely to have been the last ever trial by jury in a defamation action, successfully suing the Mirror on behalf of longstanding client Frankie Boyle who obtained damages of over £50,000 after the paper wrongly labelled him a racist.

Also fully immersed in the film and television world, Mike has a significant copyright and defamation clearance practice acting for producer clients on major feature films and television productions, including the Oasis documentary “Supersonic“, “The Theory of Everything” and “The Darkest Hour” for Working Title; and “Broadchurch” for Kudos.


Qualified 1995.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Mike Brookes - Lee & Thompson LLP

Within: Reputation management

Lee & Thompson LLP¬†represents clients across the media, technology, entertainment and creative industries. ‚ÄėLevel-headed‚Äô partner Mike Brookes¬† led the team acting for Moroccan Prince Moulay Hicham in his libel and data protection claim against Elaph Publishing Limited, and is defending Channel 5 in a privacy claim brought against them by Mr Ali and Mrs Aslam. Other names to note include¬†Leo Dawkins¬† and Mark Stafford¬†.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėquick and efficient‚Äô team at¬†Lee & Thompson LLP¬†specialises in the media, technology and creative industries. Dominic Bray‚Äôs advertising and marketing group has been bolstered by the arrival of Huw Morris¬†from Reed Smith LLP, and advised Engine Group on several matters. Digital and technology head Julian Ward¬†joined in 2017 from Hamlins LLP¬†and advises clients such as video game developers Pixel Toys, Rovio Entertainment and Team 17. Lawrence Engel¬†¬†heads the music group, which represents a range of high-profile talent, industry organisations, major and independent music publishers and record labels and collection societies. Kieran Jay¬†and senior associate Lizzie Payne-James¬†represent a number of new and emerging artists. ¬†‚ÄėOutstanding litigator‚Äô Gordon Williams¬†represented publisher Bourne Co in a case brought by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing involving a music publishing catalogue. Martyn Bailey¬†is representing independent record label, Brille Records on a dispute with the Swedish band, The Knife. TV group head Richard Lever¬†acted for writer Beau Willimon and his production company, Westward Productions on The First,¬†a straight-to-series drama. Film group head Christos Michaels¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, well connected and always available‚Äô; he advised Rocket Science Industries on its establishment, appointment, sales, distribution and finance agreements for a number of Hollywood films. Managing partner Reno Antoniades¬†heads the film and TV group and advised¬† Potboiler Productions on the adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Nicki Parfitt¬†advised Eon Productions on the production of The Rhythm Section. Film and TV finance lawyer Sam Tatton-Brown¬†is ‚Äėvery practical, thorough and responsive‚Äô.¬†Mike Brookes¬†heads the reputation protection group and is recommended alongside corporate head Malcolm Murray,¬†Mary Burrows,¬†Mark Stafford,¬†Lee Stone,Will Everitt,¬†Jeremy Gawade¬†and consultant Andrew Thompson.¬†Senior associates Simon Goodbody, Antony Swiatek¬†and Tim Fowler¬†are also singled out. Mark Ashelford¬†has joined Russells Solicitors.

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