What our creative sector lawyers do
At Harper James, we are proud to advise the UK’s creative industries. Our creative sector solicitors keep abreast of the latest cases, legislative changes, and industry developments, to ensure our clients receive smart, pragmatic, insightful, and tailored legal services.
Our creative industries solicitors work closely with a range of sector stakeholders in the areas of design and fashion, broadcasting, and the arts (including music, literature, film, theatre and television), on all of their legal matters. We advise and represent designers, musicians, directors, writers, performance artists, content creators, television and radio presenters, software and IT, architects, publishers and cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and exhibition venues.
Our creative industry solicitors possess specific knowledge of the matters which underpin the following areas of law:
- Advertising, influencers and marketing
- Brand merchandising
- Intellectual property protection and infringement, including intellectual property disputes and intellectual property strategy
- Creative rights management
- Fashion and beauty
- Product design and development
- Media, entertainment and publishing
- Finance and investment
- Commercial contracts
- Data protection & privacy
- IT & commercial technology
- Immigration law (for example, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent)
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Harper James is a brilliant example of a company disrupting a traditional industry. Suddenly Solicitors become relevant and accessible for start-ups & small enterprises, with the best in-class knowledge of all major legal areas. I’ve used the business now for a year, and the Enterprise plan has been perfect for budgeting my company’s outgoings, and has given me a piece of mind when tackling key, decisive issues. Thank-you HJS!
Koral Ibrahim, Founder & MD
The Ready House
Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Harper James Solicitors have provided invaluable advice and the necessary instruments to raise capital from investors for our startup. The firm will remain as our solicitors of choice for the future.
Ellis Lynas, CEO
Really easy to engage your services, timely responses, nice to get advice from specialists within their field.
Will Coleman, Artistic Director
Golden Tree Productions
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Derek Moore, CEO and Co-Founder
Coffee & TV
Sarah was incredibly responsive to my e-mails and was accurate with rough timelines for completion. She was also very approachable and down to earth on an agreement that contains a lot of jargon and isn't that user friendly for people from a non legal background. She also took the time to get to know the purpose the document will be used for to make it accurate and legally binding.
Steph Darrah, Business Development Manager
Harper James has been invaluable. They drafted the relevant agreements and gave us sound legal advice in an area that we did not have prior experience in. As a start-up, having advice and feedback from an organisation that specialises in early-stage enterprises was instrumental in us having the confidence to push forward with our product
Dean Bryan, Co-Founder
Jas did an excellent job in pulling together what was a complex deal, not least because it involved co-ordinating parties in America, the UK and at the British Business Bank. But her perseverance and willingness to get the job done for us shone through and we were very impressed by the standard of service we received.
Peter Gerwe, Investor
As a small team, we’ve been so grateful for the support Harper James has given us over the last year at what was a pivotal moment in our business journey.
Jessica Valsler, Senior Project Account Manager
Creative Lives in Progress
The help we’ve received from Harper James to move our operations online gives us real peace of mind knowing we’ve done everything correctly for our new community of learners.
Laura Berridge, Founder
Legal advice for creative industries
Assisting creative business growth
Regardless of your legal requirements, or creative specialism, we are here to assist you. Our media and creative solicitors appreciate how much skill, time, and determination it takes to produce quality creative work. As such, we will work to protect your creative assets, mitigating the exploitation of your rights, assets, and intellectual property.
Furthermore, thanks to our experience in this sector and focus on start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs, we can help develop creative businesses and will support your business during its key stages of inception, funding (and funding agreements), growth, partnerships, acquisition, and sale.
And because Harper James is a full-service law firm, we can advise and represent you on all aspects of commercial law beyond the creative aspects. We can assist in relation to property, employment, disputes, reputational management, and commercial law. This is what sets Harper James apart; the advice and legal strategies we recommend are considered from all possible perspectives.
Creative industries agreements and contracts
As a creative industries law firm, our solicitors can advise and represent you in drafting and reviewing a wide range of creative law agreements, contracts, and legal documents, including:
- Management, agent & distribution agreements
- Copyright assignments and notices
- Provision of services
- Creative commissioning contracts
- Digital marketing agreements
- Finance and funding agreements
- Commission and royalty agreements
- IP assignments
- Publishing contracts
- Terms and conditions of business
- Trademark, patent, and design right applications (UK and international)
- Transfer of creative rights (including syndication)
Our team of specialist creative industries lawyers will work with you to determine your specific requirements and objectives and those of your business, making recommendations and add value wherever possible.
Examples of our work
Supporting StoryFirst to put their future first
7 June 2021
An acclaimed TV production company who turned to Harper James Solicitors for help in securing a Future Fund loan say the support enabled their business …
New start-up Viewture partners with influencers of the future
7 May 2021
YouTube has led to the creation of a new generation of celebrities for whom posting videos online is not just a full-time job, it is …
What’s in a name? Helping Creative Lives in Progress to rebrand
7 April 2021
Rebranding can be a pivotal moment for any growing business and getting it right is important as a company scales. Getting it wrong can not …
Our IP experts help artist Gladys cut out doubt and set up shop
15 March 2021
Like so many others, Gladys Holliday’s life changed dramatically in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. After overcoming personal obstacles and with the help of our …
From pirouette to pivot: Educational charity Arts Insight takes its performing arts classes online
16 April 2020
Harper James are delighted to be helping one West Midlands entrepreneur pivot her national performing arts charity into an online learning community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …
Creative industry solicitors with sector expertise
Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 law firms or international businesses, and come with a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of the creative sector. Our team spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a business solicitor with experience advising creative businesses and able to deal with your needs quickly and cost-effectively.
Some of their previous work within the creative/arts sector includes:
- Renegotiating a well-known children’s book illustrator’s relationship with his publishing company leading to greatly increased revenues from merchandising, theatrical and TV productions
- Consumer product personalisation and brand merchandise deals for major children’s TV characters
- Acting for a number of fashion designers throughout London Fashion Week
- Acting for high end shoe designers on cases of intellectual property infringements
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
Ian joined our dispute resolution team in 2016 and has over 25 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
A former partner in a leading north-west law firm, Michael is one of our business disputes partners specialising in alternative dispute resolution & litigation for complex claims.View profile
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Simon is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor and has worked in private litigation practice for over 25 years.View profile
Senior Employee Incentives Solicitor
Ian has over 25 years’ experience advising on employee incentive arrangements (including EMI, CSOP, SIP and SAYE plans and growth/hurdle share and phantom equity arrangements).View profile
Callum is a corporate associate at Harper James, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and investments, as well as other corporate/commercial matters.View profile
Head of Client Services
Kate is a commercial and corporate lawyer, advising businesses from start-ups up to global companies on everything from investment and franchising to sale and purchase transactions, exits and much more.View profile
Senior Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a senior commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
Senior Commercial Solicitor
Karen Mason has over 30 years’ experience practising business law. She has been a senior lawyer and partner in private practice as well as in-house counsel to some of the UK’s most highly regarded broadcast, media and internet companies.View profile
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