Free legal support for creative and cultural enterprises from qLegal

In partnership with the Culture & Commerce Taskforce

Free legal support for creative and cultural enterprises from qLegal

In partnership with the Culture & Commerce Taskforce

Free legal support for creative and cultural enterprises from qLegal

In partnership with the Culture & Commerce Taskforce

qLegal, the award winning pro bono law clinic at Queen Mary University of London, offers free legal support to creatives and cultural enterprises. Access written legal advice, legal masterclasses or team support - all for free!

Written Legal Advice

1-2-1 tailored legal advice on business law delivered by postgraduate law students to creative entrepreneurs under the supervision of practising lawyers from leading City firms. qLegal's clients have included an artist, an art gallery, a publisher and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

To be eligible for free written advice, you must fall below a maximum turnover threshold:

  • £1,000,000 for a social enterprise or not-for-profit
  • £25,000 for a for-profit organisation
  • £10,000 for an individual entrepreneur

Legal Masterclasses

Legal workshops delivered by postgraduate law students, working under the supervision of practising lawyers from leading City firms. Previous audiences have included fashion designers and digital music-makers.

Topics include:

  • How to structure a business
  • Business planning and sources of funding
  • Data protection/GDPR
  • Protecting your Intellectual Property
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Commercial agreements
  • Terms & Conditions, supplier contracts

Team Support

A postgraduate law student will join you as an 'Extern’, helping you and your business. In addition to using their legal skills, qLegal externs have created presentations, developed social media campaigns, and set up a web analytics programme. Current participants include smart textile designers and storytellers.

Externs help 1 day per week for 6 months, starting in October or February (though this can be flexible).

If you're interested in any of the above, please email qlegalenquiries@qmul.ac.uk with a short outline of what help you need and qLegal will be in touch.