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Nicki Parfitt

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Lee & Thompson LLP

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Film and TV.


Nicki trained at the city firm Denton Hall and, after qualifying in 1993, spent two years in their media department specialising in publishing and libel law and also acting for a number of film and television production and distribution companies.

In 1996, Nicki joined Pearson Television and became Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Pearson Television Productions in continental Europe and Latin America.

In 1998, she was appointed as the Head of Legal and Business Affairs and a Board Director of Portman Entertainment Group (now Digital Rights Group). During this time Portman established itself as a prominent packager, executive producer and sales agent of international feature films and television drama programming and Nicki developed an expertise in the financing, production and distribution of high profile UK and international productions and co-productions.

Nicki joined Lee & Thompson as a partner in April 2001. In 2006 she left to pursue another role as a director in the film sales sector and returned to the firm as a partner in 2011. She represents a number of financiers, sales agents and production companies. Her sales agency work is unique in that it is unprecedented for a private practice lawyer to have worked so extensively within the film sales sector as well as running  a film sales agency.


Qualified 1993; partner Lee & Thompson 2001.

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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