Top Rankings in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2024

20th October 2023

Chambers & Partners is one of the UK legal sector’s most respected independent directories and we are delighted to be again ranked highly in the 2024 edition, which launched this week.

With 21 of our lawyers ranked for their expertise and experience across multiple sectors, we are certainly recognised as being at the top of our game, particularly for the many sub-categories that comprise Media & Entertainment – Advertising & Marketing; Film & TV; Music and Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content.   We are also consistently ranked for our strong Defamation & Reputation Management practice and recognised for our Employment work for Senior Executives.

And a big thank you to our clients who responded to Chambers during the research period, particularly for their generous comments and feedback.  Here are just a few of the quotes provided by clients about our team:


Media & Entertainment

“They are excellent. They can turn on the aggression when necessary but are sensible with their clients. They have expertise in film, TV and music.”

“The Lee & Thompson team have excellent industry knowledge, which means that they provide invaluable commercial advice.”

“They have a highly attentive team with a diverse range of specialisms in the media and entertainment space.”

“They are very experienced and know both the UK and international markets well, which is particularly useful in relation to complex talent negotiations.”.

Film & TV

Richard [Lever] is passionate, caring and brilliant at his job.”

Nicki [Parfitt] ticks all the boxes in terms of what a film producer needs from their lawyer. She is reliable, perceptive, astute and flexible.”

Anwen [Griffiths] takes her client’s interest to heart and protects them while finding solutions to make the closing happen. She is very invested and available, which makes working with her a true pleasure.”

“Anwen is very collaborative and helpful, an expert in her field.”

Christos [Michaels] has an incredible track record and is widely known as an indefatigable supporter of creative people working in the industry.”

Games, Interactive Content & Social Media

Julian [Ward] is an exceptionally experienced legal expert in the game industry. He is pragmatic and in control of the detail.”

“Julian is an excellent commercial lawyer with excellent video game sector knowledge.”

Advertising & Marketing

Huw [Morris] is great at building and maintaining relationships.”

“[Huw] is responsive and has broad experience.”

[Dominic Bray] is a calming presence and is technically knowledgeable. He is good at explaining and getting to the point of the issues.”

“Dominic is superb at managing witnesses. He is a calm pair of hands.”

Music: Non-Contentious

Lawrence [Engel] is an excellent lawyer; he is very pragmatic.”

Lizzie [Payne-James] is relatable to her clients, forming great connections with them while providing a pragmatic, deal-making approach with excellent efficiency and commercial nous.”

Liv [Lyons] is an incredible negotiator and client advocate. She has excellent music industry knowledge.”

“[Liv] approaches every matter with a comprehensive understanding of the client’s artistic and commercial concerns to ensure she achieves the best possible result for them.”

Music: Contentious

Mark [Stafford] is a very practical, commercial lawyer.”

“[Mark] is straight-talking and fights his client’s corner, delivering to a high standard.”

Martyn Bailey is brilliant at dealing with clients. He is very client-friendly and an astute litigator.”

“The advice [Martyn] gives clients is always really well tailored in terms of what is actually attainable. He is very dependable.”

Gordon [Williams] is tremendously reliable and gets results for his clients. He knows everyone.”

“[Gordon] is pragmatic, efficient and a clear communicator.”

Defamation/Reputation Management

“They can simplify even the most complex of legal issues for us and our clients with great speed and effectiveness.”

“Lee & Thompson were excellent and thorough and kept me updated throughout the process.”

Mike [Brookes] used to do mostly claimant work and now does mostly defendant work. That is a useful perspective to have.”

“[Mike is] deeply knowledgeable and an expert in his field.”

Leo [Dawkins] is a thoughtful, intellectual solicitor. He takes the time and trouble to explain matters clearly to clients and is effective.”

“Leo is intelligent, charismatic, efficient and transparent.”

“[Leo is] excellent, knowledgeable and caring lawyer, Leo provides a sound, reasoned and entirely professional, reassuring approach.”

Employment: Senior Executive

James [Baker] is very straightforward and takes a sensible approach to negotiations. He fights the corner of his client while being easy to deal with.”

“[James] is amazing and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Nothing is too much trouble for James, and his expertise and creative thought is second to none.”

“James is pragmatic, expert and insightful.”


See the full rankings and feedback from our clients here.