Association of Cambridge Mediators
Telephone: 01223 370063
Andrew is a mediator and lawyer, with a proven commercial track record solving commercial disputes and brokering deals. He has over twenty years’ extensive business experience, both in the UK and internationally and understands commercial issues from a variety of perspectives. He has worked on both sides of the fence, for example as buyer and as seller, has run in-house legal departments and been a partner at a leading law firm. He knows what being in litigation (and mediation) feels like when it is your business.
Business and commercial
Copyright and intellectual property
Cross-border and transnational disputes
Distribution and licensing
Film, television and digital media
Solicitor - 1985
Accredited mediator – 2006
Andrew has a specific entertainment and media expertise, especially television, film and digital, covering all aspects of production, distribution, broadcasting, finance (including tax-based schemes) and insurance. He gets on well with creative people and understands creative issues, as well as their business ramifications.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1985 with Joynson Hicks, before joining Mishcon de Reya, representing Richard Attenborough, Anglia Television, CBS/Fox Video and the Laurel and Hardy library owners, among others. At 28, he became a partner.
In 1993 he moved to Channel 4 as Head of Business Affairs and looked after negotiations across film, drama, light entertainment, news and current affairs and multi-cultural programming. He became a member of Channel 4’s management committee. In 1998 he was promoted to Director of Business Affairs for its feature film mini-studio division, Film 4 and was involved in co-financing over 100 films, including Trainspotting, Secrets and Lies, Motorcycle Diaries and the Madness of King George, dealing regularly with Hollywood studios and mini-studios and other international partners. Andrew featured regularly in the Legal 500 as one of the UK’s leading in-house television and feature film lawyers.
From 2003-2006, he was Head of Commercial and Business Affairs for ex-Polygram chief Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films. In 2006 he executive produced the film ‘Closing the Ring’ for Richard Attenborough. Andrew was Managing Director at Future Films UK (2006-2008), then Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Europe (2008-2010) for leading independent distributor Momentum Pictures, where he was also involved in co-financing ‘The King’s Speech’.
Andrew mentors on Skillset’s ‘Guiding Lights’ film programme and is a Bafta member and former British Screen Advisory Council member. His interests include food and travel and he occasionally writes for the Sunday Telegraph.back to top