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Gordon Williams

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Lee & Thompson LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner, Dispute Resolution and Head of Brand Protection


Gordon joined the firm in 1997 to lead its contentious practice. 

Representing both individual and corporate clients, he has specialised in the litigation and resolution of entertainment industry disputes throughout his career since his qualification in 1989. Gordon has unique experience of dealing with disputes involving high profile entertainers, from musicians and sports personalities to actors and celebrities. One Direction, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, the Spice Girls, Sir Tom Jones, Robert Plant, the Jimi Hendrix Estate and The Rolling Stones are among the household names he has acted for, while corporate clients have included EMI, Sony and Universal. Under his direction, the firm has established itself as one of the UK's leaders for contentious entertainment work with a reputation for providing a quality "one-stop" service covering all types of dispute, whether they involve contractual rights, intellectual property rights or a client's image, brand or reputation.

Recognising its growing importance as a practice area, Gordon also set up the firm's dedicated Brand Protection Group through which he directs the brand management programmes for a broad range of clients across the areas of music, film, television and sport, including David Beckham and One Direction.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Lee & Thompson LLP¬†‚Äôs brand management practice spans trademark portfolio management work and marketing and sponsorship work. ¬†The team was joined by Huw Morris¬† in August 2017 from¬†Reed Smith LLP¬†¬†. Marketing specialist¬†Dominic Bray¬† advises The Engine Group on advertising and brand management matters including a ‚ÄėPride and Breadjudice‚Äô campaign for Warburton‚Äôs. Gordon Williams¬† assists David Beckham on worldwide management and enforcement of the Beckham brand. Mark Stafford¬†'s entertainment area experience includes¬†brand protection for music industry clients¬†¬†such as Stormzy and Little Mix.¬† Julian Ward¬† works with digital, technology and video gaming clients such as Team17 and Pixel Toys on development and licensing deals.

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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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