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Legal Support

On this page you will find access to solicitors, and guidance on copyright and intellectual property.

Legal Enquiry Line

We are proud to pilot a free legal enquiry line service to our members, in partnership with Cloch Solicitors. This service will provide member companies, small and large, with access to guidance and information on a range of legal queries particular to their business.

Philip Hannay is an award winning corporate lawyer with considerable personal, legal and business experience relating to the creative industries. Philip runs his own Glasgow based law firm, Cloch Solicitors, and has been advising businesses in the creative industries throughout the UK and beyond; on the identification, protection, exploitation, management and valuation of their intellectual property rights, and a range of other commercial issues since 2001.

Cloch Solicitors have expertise in the following areas:

  • Starting up: commencing business, forming a company or partnership
  • Intellectual property advice: managing creativity and its legal protection
  • Licensing: gaining and granting permission and use of artistic works
  • Contracting: making money from products and services
  • Compliance: rights and obligations of stakeholders and those in positions of authority
  • Dispute resolution: risk management, enforcement, planning for settlement
  • Transactional: business investment, asset sale or purchase, fundraising
  • Succession: entering and leaving a going concern

Sessions are offered on Mondays on a fortnightly basis, dependent on service referral. The 15 minute advice sessions take place by phone. To book an appointment or for further information please email info@stla.uk.com

Please note:

Our legal advice is delivered by a qualified and registered Scottish solicitor and offers guidance relative to intellectual property and commercial legal issues, as well as general business matters. This does not include preparation, review or endorsement of the terms, adequacy, or the entering into, of any specific document.

Appropriate commentary may be given on meaning, context, or general procedure relating to legal process and/or specific contract clauses, and if given, is solely to be taken as guidance and not formal legal advice. Each Textile Scotland client has the right to take independent legal advice and may be directed to do so. Textiles Scotland does not endorse such independent legal advice or the choice of provider and reminds clients that such advice will be on the terms and conditions of that provider.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind; such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

The Intellectual Property Office can help you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention - see here for IPO guidance and information.

The IPO has also provided a guide to the IP Bill for SMEs, explaining what some of the proposed changes to IP law on Designs and Patents would mean.

The Cultural Enterprise Office provide a full range of information on legal matters that affect the Creative Industries, this great resource can be found here.

Manage your Intellectual Assets with support from the Intellectual Asset Team at Scottish Enterprise.

Guidance on how to protect your Intellectual Property internationally can be read here.

ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organisation, set up as a round table action group in 1996, by designers for designers. ACID is a membership organisation committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility. By helping its members to understand and protect their rights, ACID is intent on stamping out intellectual property rights abuse.


CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright.

The Centre brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies within a consortium of seven UK universities (Glasgow, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths University of London, Nottingham, St Andrews, and Strathclyde), and over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners.

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