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Arts, Culture & Heritage

From the gallery to the stage, our advice helps protect your past, shape your present, and plan your future.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Arts, culture and heritage are consumed in many different ways, and offer varied (and often understated) benefits to the economy, individuals and society.  This creates a wide range of key challenges and opportunities across the sector. 

It's vital to have a trusted legal advisor who understands your sector inside out; enter Muckle at stage right.

We advise theatres, museums, dance venues, concert halls, custodians of historic buildings/sites and other arts, cultural and heritage organisations on a variety of legal specialisms. Our clients also include learned societies and professional service firms operating within the sector. A number of these clients are Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations.

Our charities & social enterprise lawyers work with colleagues across the firm to offer organisations in the arts, culture and heritage sector joined-up support across a full spectrum of legal specialisms.

Our lawyers’ extensive experience, and strong personal interest, in your sector ensures we provide insightful and informed advice tailored to your organisation’s needs. 

See our legal specialisms for cultural organisations
  • General charity and company law advice
  • Safeguarding
  • Advising on capital projects
  • General governance
  • Real estate
  • Funding and finances
  • Acquisition and disposal of art works and other cultural property 
  • General intellectual property, digital and technology issues
  • Liaising with the Charity Commission and other regulators
  • Commercial contracts
  • Data protection and information law
  • Employment law 
  • Campaigning and advocacy 
  • Insolvency (and dissolution)
Added value to cultural organisations
  • Training - We provide training to our clients and contacts on all manner of issues, either as part of our series of free webinars or bespoke paid-for sessions.
  • Podcasts - Our Charity Matters podcast series explores the most talked about topics within the charity sector, with guests including Alnwick Garden Trust and Northern Stage.

Muckle LLP has been the main provider of legal advice for many years, and we have a great working relationship with them, which feels more like a partnership than a client / provider relationship. They gave us terrific help and assistance on some complex property and construction issues arising in our award-winning building redevelopment and restoration project . They are now helping us again with our latest redevelopment plans, in particular with advice on licensing, property and governance best practice, which has proved invaluable in regard to our charitable status. The advice that we get from them is always relevant, practical, commercial and prompt and I would unhesitatingly recommend them."

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