Advisers sharing your passion.

Media, arts and culture are key to the fabric of our society and we believe they should be fostered and encouraged. Whether you are part of the art world or involved in the media in some capacity, from time-to-time you will need support from advisers with a truly in-depth knowledge your industry and the legalities surrounding it. As a firm and as individuals we are passionate about the arts, championing emerging artists with our in-house contemporary art gallery; regularly sponsoring literary awards; and hosting seminar programmes with topics centred around the arts.

Our passion extends to our work, with our multi-disciplinary team advising artists, art galleries, museums, agents, auction houses, private collectors, government bodies and organisations within the art sector on a wide range of matters relating to art, antiques and cultural or heritage property. Our Private Wealth team provides tailored guidance on the tax and estate planning considerations for private clients, trustees, museums and charities. On the business side, our Commercial team drafts and negotiates robust contracts relating to ownership and provenance, intellectual property, import and export, buying and selling, insurance, auctions and other relevant commercial requirements.

Our work also covers activities in music and publishing, advising a variety of high-profile clients and their agents both in the UK and internationally. We draft commercial agreements around event management and sponsorship, marketing and agency, recording, publishing and management and live performances. We also advise on image rights, defamation and reputation management. On the litigious side, we draw on the expertise of our Media and privacy and Intellectual property teams to advise high profile individuals and companies in the media in litigation actions involving libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, and copyright and trade mark infringement cases.

Advising a leading cultural institute

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We provide regular and ongoing advice to a world class art and cultural institute. Our advice is in respect of their activities including charities, corporate and commercial, intellectual property and IT work.

Steven Heffer

Partner - Head of Media & Privacy

Phone hacking scandal

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We have represented a number of very well-known clients including actors, celebrities, politicians and sportsmen, with privacy claims arising out of the phone hacking scandal. The claims involved a range of allegations including unlawful phone hacking and so-called ‘blagging’ of personal information by private investigators. We were successful in recovering substantial damages for our clients. We have acted for more than 200 individuals with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal against News Group and Mirror Group.

James Cook

Partner

Acceptance in lieu scheme

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We were instructed in the administration of the estate of an English actor who, during his lifetime, had amassed a collection of thousands of items relating to the performing arts. The family were keen to preserve their father’s legacy and hard work in amassing this incredible collection that included items dating back to the 19th century. The acceptance in lieu scheme (AIL) was quickly identified to enable the majority of the collection to be maintained and displayed whilst ensuring that the family did not suffer a financial loss. We assisted the executors to make an application of AIL which was accepted.

Advising a leading cultural institute

We provide regular and ongoing advice to a world class art and cultural institute. Our advice is in respect of their activities including charities, corporate and commercial, intellectual property and IT work.

Steven Heffer

Partner - Head of Media & Privacy

Phone hacking scandal

We have represented a number of very well-known clients including actors, celebrities, politicians and sportsmen, with privacy claims arising out of the phone hacking scandal. The claims involved a range of allegations including unlawful phone hacking and so-called ‘blagging’ of personal information by private investigators. We were successful in recovering substantial damages for our clients. We have acted for more than 200 individuals with claims arising from the phone hacking scandal against News Group and Mirror Group.

James Cook

Partner

Acceptance in lieu scheme

We were instructed in the administration of the estate of an English actor who, during his lifetime, had amassed a collection of thousands of items relating to the performing arts. The family were keen to preserve their father’s legacy and hard work in amassing this incredible collection that included items dating back to the 19th century. The acceptance in lieu scheme (AIL) was quickly identified to enable the majority of the collection to be maintained and displayed whilst ensuring that the family did not suffer a financial loss. We assisted the executors to make an application of AIL which was accepted.

View our Media, arts & culture Lawyers:

William Hancock

William Hancock

Partner

Talk to William about Trusts, tax & estate planning

Steven  Heffer

Steven Heffer

Partner - Head of Media & Privacy

Talk to Steven about Privacy & reputation management