Simpsons has been included on the federal government’s “Legal Services Multi-User List” (LSMUL) for corporate and commercial law.
After a rigorous assessment process, the Civil Law Division in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department has listed Simpsons as a firm accredited to provide legal services to federal government agencies. Simpsons has a strong track-record in providing legal advice to federal government entities – and particularly to cultural institutions such as museums and galleries.
The advice it can provide covers most commercial matters, but particularly focuses on:
– copyright and other areas of intellectual property
– establishing appropriate legal structures
– governance responsibilities and ethical issues
– establishing title to and authenticity of objects
– acquiring objects
– donations, gifts and bequests
– deaccessioning and disposal
– loans and touring
– statutory protection of cultural material
– licensing, merchandising and sponsorship
– the taxation incentives for the arts scheme and
– public liability insurance
Shane Simpson wrote the only Australian book on the subject: “Museums and Galleries: a Legal Guide”, commissioned by the Museums Association. Shane has recently completed a new book on museum law and practice in Australia, “Collections Law” 2009.
For more information, contact copyright lawyer Adam Simpson, Shane Simpson (author of both “Museums and Galleries: a Legal Guide” and “Collections Law”) or Ian McDonald (Special Counsel, Copyright) at Simpsons Solicitors.