The Shoosmiths intellectual property and creative industries team, headed out of the firm's Manchester office, has been appointed to provide specialist arts legal services for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 after winning a national competitive tender.
Under the contract, Shoosmiths will provide a broad spectrum of arts and culture legal services, along with commercial sponsorship and brand and trade mark advice to Hull 2017. This will include support on agreements relating to production, commissioning, venues, talent, partnerships, delivery and music commissioning.
The Shoosmiths intellectual property and creative industries team is bringing a wealth of relevant experience to bear on the appointment. Headed by Manchester partner Laura Harper, the team advises businesses, organisations and professionals across the creative and cultural sector. Its high-profile client base includes the Liverpool Sound City, Kendal Calling, Louder than Words and FutureEverything festivals.
The city of Kingston-upon-Hull has recently been named as one of the top 10 global cities to visit in 2016 by the Rough Guides publication.
The Hull 2017 team is led by Chief Executive Officer and Director Martin Green, former Head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics and organiser of the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014. The team comprises professionals from the Hull region as well as former members of the London 2012 operations team, including Executive Director and leading culture expert Fran Hegyi.
Shoosmiths' Manchester-based creative industries experts will be supported by colleagues from the firm's Reading and Milton Keynes offices, who will provide additional film production and distribution expertise, specialist TV commissioning advice and artist commissioning know-how. The firm has already begun to advise the Hull 2017 team, under a contract that will run until the delivery of the festival in 2017.
Commenting on the appointment, Laura Harper, head of creative industries at Shoosmiths, said, 'This is fantastic news for Shoosmiths and we are hugely excited about supporting Hull 2017 and working closely with the festival team. As a firm we are committed to supporting cultural events like Hull 2017, given the important role they play in supporting UK economic growth.
'Cultural regeneration is a key stimulus for economic growth in cities. As a go-to legal advisor for major cultural initiatives we can help drive this growth and ensure a lasting legacy for our clients' events.'
Fran Hegyi, Executive Director / Director of Partnerships and Development at Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: 'We are really pleased to be working with the Shoosmiths team. They have a great reputation and an impressive track record in the field of specialist arts legal services. It's brilliant to have them on board as we deliver 365 days of transformative culture through the UK's next major cultural event - Hull 2017.'