Andrew Thompson is one of Lee & Thompson's founding partners and today is the firm's Senior Partner. Since he qualified as a solicitor in 1978, his work has focused on the media and entertainment industries. In the early years of his career he worked principally for independent record companies. In particular, he worked closely with Chrysalis Records from 1978 until the label was acquired by EMI in 1992. Andrew became one of the 'stand out' figures in the music business and has acted for world renowned acts over the years including Depeche Mode, Simply Red, the Spice Girls, Wet Wet Wet, Sir Tom Jones, Richard Ashcroft and Karl Jenkins. Andrew’s main focus is now on talent representation. He acts for leading composers, for a host of major recording artists and for songwriters, producers and managers. He also acts for writers and for various sports and other “personalities” including David and Victoria Beckham. Andrew played a significant role in the creation in 1987 of the Music Managers’ Forum which exists as a lobbying organisation to further the interests of music business managers and the artists they represent. Since the MMF’s inception Lee & Thompson has provided legal advice on a pro bono basis and Andrew is a major contributor to 'The Music Management Bible' published by SMT for the MMF. In 2003 Andrew (and Robert Lee) were inducted into the prestigious MMF Roll of Honour and were recipients of the MMF Founders Award. Andrew is also a trained mediator.