The UK’s cultural sector, from its museums and galleries, to prominent performing arts venues, stately homes and historic gardens is the envy of the world. These institutions are an important part of our national identity and they play a vital role in the economy. They are run by large, sophisticated organisations that are constantly adapting to ensure continued success in the context of pressures on funding and frequent changes to policy, law and regulation affecting the sector.
We have been one of the top legal advisers to the cultural sector for decades. We are privileged to count as clients some of the UK’s highest profile galleries, museums and cultural institutions, internationally renowned for their work.
With long-standing relationships in the sector, we have experience of advising on all the major challenges your organisation faces. Clients trust us to help them deliver transformational infrastructure projects, plan ahead to secure compliance around new data protection and fundraising regulations and resolve complex questions of employment or immigration law.
Our lawyers are attuned to the commercial realities in which you operate, and your need to obtain best value for stakeholders. We work closely with clients seeking to reduce costs, for example through putting in place shared service or outsourcing arrangements, and new financing models. Alongside projects designed to achieve better use of existing resources, we advise those looking to develop new resources by exploiting alternative revenue streams. Our intellectual property specialists regularly act for cultural organisations on sponsorship, brand licensing, publishing and retail opportunities. Clients draw on our expert advice when they are exploring new partnerships and developing new locations, at home or overseas.
Our clients value our informed perspective and track record delivering solutions for the critical issues they face. Our wide-ranging sector knowledge gives us the ability to respond quickly and efficiently, no matter how complex the challenge, and we always keep in mind the values and objectives (be they statutory and/or charitable) that underpin your activities.
Operating at the heart of the sector for many years, our lawyers regularly contribute their expertise and insight through industry associations including The Art Fund, The Museums Association, Historic Houses, The Association of Independent Museums, The Institute of Art & Law, and The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.