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Arts & Law Conference 2016

23rd August 2016

09:30am - 12:00

Anderson Strathern, Edinburgh

Bringing together professionals from the arts and legal sectors, Visiting Arts hosts an enlightening Arts & Law Conference presented in partnership with law firm Anderson Strathern during the Edinburgh Festivals.

The event addresses the legal implications of international work and collaboration, intellectual property, and art in a digital landscape. There will be a chance to meet and connect with professionals in both fields, and an opportunity to inquire about the many legal issues faced by those working in artistic and cultural industries.

£8 early bird/ £10 standard

9.30 Welcome introduction from Visiting Arts Executive Director, Yvette Vaughan Jones

9.45 Working Internationally: What Are The Legal Bear Pits? – Speaker TBC

10.15 Intellectual Property – Douglas McLachlan, IP Lawyer in the Corporate Team at Anderson Strathern

10.45 Arts In A Digital Landscape – Anne Mannion, Associate Solicitor at Swan Turton LLP

11.15 Panel open discussion with audience questions

Stay for networking with drinks and nibbles after the event.


Meet The Speakers

Anne Mannion is an Associate Solicitor at Swan Turton LLP where she advises on intellectual property disputes involving copyright, trade mark and advertising law. She regularly speaks at seminars and has recently provided comment and opinion on copyright matters to The Photography Show, BAPLA: Focus on Copyright and BBC Radio 4. She is a Board Member of the Association of Photographers and contributed to the legal sections of the Association of Photographer’s guide for professional photographers, Beyond the Lens. Before starting her career in law Anne was a professional actress, theatre and film producer and is an alumna of the National Film and Television School. Anne is a member of Equity and Bafta.

Douglas McLachlan is a senior associate in Anderson Strathern’s corporate department and a highly experienced lawyer. He works on all aspects of IP/IT law, including the protection and exploitation of trade marks, copyright, branding, patents, know-how, database and design rights. Douglas also has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts such as software licences, agency, distribution and franchise agreements. Other expertise includes the provision of advice on advertising and marketing, passing off, and a range of data protection and freedom of information issues. Sharing the benefits of his extensive knowledge and experience, Douglas acts as an online tutor for the Edinburgh University LL.M in Innovation, Technology and the Law.


About Our Sponsors

Anderson Strathern provides a complete range of specialist legal services delivered by highly skilled professionals. Their aim is to help their clients realise their ambitions. The firm’s approach is fuelled by passionate commitment, progressive thinking, and a belief in placing client priorities at the heart of their work. Anderson Strathern is trusted and chosen by private individuals, companies, government departments, education establishments, public sector bodies and commercial decision makers of many different kinds. The Arts is a core part of the firm’s Creative & Future Industries Sector group.

Anderson Strathern’s approach and ethos is also shaped by the ambitions of their own people. The firm’s exceptional and supportive working environment is reflected by its Investors in People Gold and Investors in Young People Gold ratings.

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