Museums & galleries

Farrer continues to build on its robust reputation in the cultural and charitable fields, handling IP issues on behalf of clients such as the National Gallery.

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The UK’s museums, galleries, heritage sites and visitor attractions are at the heart of its culture and economy and, as the leading firm working in the sector, we recognise the unique pressures that this sector faces.

Farrer & Co offers those in the sector three cardinal benefits: quality, trust, and value for money. These underpin our service and have been our guiding principles over the many years that we have been fine-tuning our expertise on all of the legal issues that concern the sector.

Our dedicated lawyers comprise specialists from across the firm, offering an unrivalled breadth of recognised specialists across relevant areas. Many of our lawyers have been seconded to museums, so they understand the pressures faced by cultural institutions in particular having to consider a broad range of legal risks while at the same time delivering value for money and fulfilling the charitable and cultural objects so dear to them all.

Our penetration of the cultural sector extends to those institutions and associations that support the sector. Anthony Misquitta, a partner at Farrer & Co and the Chair of the Museums & Galleries Group, is the Secretary of The Association for Cultural Enterprises. Our solicitors also lecture for, and are proud to be associated with, The Museums Association, The Historic Houses Association, The Association of Independent Museums, The Institute of Art & Law and The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). In addition we sponsor, and regularly speak at, ALVA’s Visitor Attraction Conference (VAC).

We have for some time now been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) panel of preferred legal advisers in one of LUPC’s key lots, the “One Stop Shop”. This means we are able to advise members (many of whom are museums and galleries) on all of their legal needs at preferential rates.

Recent work highlights include:

  • advising on the collective procurement of security services under a tripartite arrangement between three national cultural institutions;
  • advising a London museum in claims arising out of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme;
  • advising several institutions on the establishment of a separate fund-raising charity;
  • advising on commercial revenue generating activities, from hire of the museum to licensing and retail activity, publishing and sponsorship.   
  • advising a national museum on FOI and reputation management;
  • advising the British Library on its partnership with brightsolid online technology, owned by DC Thomson, for the digitisation of up to 40m pages of the Library's newspaper archive.

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