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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 lawyers 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. A number of our Media, arts and culture specialist lawyers also serve as trustees or directors for well-known institutions within performing 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 commercial 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 (including many actors) and companies in the media in litigation actions involving libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, and copyright and trade mark infringement cases.

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Recent experience

  • 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.

    MEDIA, ARTS AND CULTURE

    Advising a leading cultural institute

    Howard RicklowPartner

    Case study

    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.

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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.

    MEDIA, ARTS AND CULTURE

    Phone hacking scandal

    Steven HefferPartner - Head of Media & Privacy

    Case study

    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.

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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.

    MEDIA, ARTS AND CULTURE

    Acceptance in lieu scheme

    James CookPartner

    Case study

    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.

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Media, arts & culture

Media, arts & culture

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 lawyers 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. A number of our Media, arts and culture specialist lawyers also serve as trustees or directors for well-known institutions within performing 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 commercial 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 (including many actors) and companies in the media in litigation actions involving libel, breach of privacy, breach of contract, and copyright and trade mark infringement cases.

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Recent experience

  • Advising a leading cultural institute

    Case study

    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.

  • Phone hacking

    Case study

    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.

  • Acceptance in lieu scheme

    Case study

    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.

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