Law firm backs homecoming Viz show | 18 August 10

LEADING law firm Ward Hadaway is helping a fellow home-grown success story by sponsoring Viz Comic’s 30th anniversary exhibition.

Alex Shiel (left) with Graham Dury of Viz

Viz-ual support – Alex Shiel of Ward Hadaway (left) with Graham Dury of Viz at the launch of the Viz 30th Birthday exhibition at the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle.

Ward Hadaway, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, has a long association with Viz, which also started in Newcastle and is still based in the city.

Intellectual property experts at the law firm have advised the team who write Viz for the past seven years on a range of publishing and commercial issues.

Ward Hadaway is now sponsoring The Viz 30th Birthday exhibition, which takes place at the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle until September 4 and features over 70 pieces of original artwork with classic characters from the “grown-ups” comic including Roger Mellie (The Man on the Telly), Sid the Sexist and Biffa Bacon.

Alex Shiel, partner and head of intellectual property at Ward Hadaway, said: “Having worked with the team at Viz for a number of years, we were only too pleased to be able to help with the staging of this ‘homecoming’ exhibition which brings two very different yet equally precious North-East institutions together in the shape of Viz and the Lit & Phil.

“Hopefully, this also shows that lawyers do have a sense of humour as well!”

The Viz Editors said: “We are delighted that the Lit & Phil is going to stage the exhibition of Viz artwork that was first shown at the London Cartoon Museum.

“Ward Hadaway are sponsoring the exhibition, and they are our favourite firm of corporate lawyers in the world.”

Caroline Lievesley, marketing manager at the Lit & Phil, said: “We are very grateful to Ward Hadaway for their generous support of the Viz Exhibition.

“The event is a celebration of a North-East cult classic and was very popular when it was first shown at the Cartoon Museum in London late last year.

“This is a great chance for people from the region to see some of Viz’s iconic work up close and in its original form.”

Ward Hadaway has a long track record of working with a wide range of creative and artistic businesses.

As well as its work with Viz’s creators, the firm has its own specialist Creative Industries team, which advises a range of enterprises across the creative, digital and media spectrum.

Clients include technology companies, games developers, international artists, advertising and design agencies, film companies, musicians and producers.

The Viz 30th Birthday exhibition runs at the Lit & Phil in Westgate Road until September 4.

Admission is £4 with £2 concessions and Lit & Phil members with further details available at

The Lit & Phil Library is one of the largest private libraries outside London and dates back over 200 years.

It boasts 160,000 volumes, an extensive music collection and holds a range of literary and theatrical events.

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