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Welcome to Software, digital and creative industries

Businesses and people working in the software, digital and creative sectors face a unique set of challenges and opportunities – so they deserve a unique legal service.

Our specialist team not only has a wealth of in-depth expertise on how the law affects the sector, we also have a genuine understanding of how to tackle its challenges and make the most of its opportunities.

We’re passionate about our work and about ensuring that our clients get the recognition and rewards they deserve for their creative endeavours.

We work with a wide range of creative organisations and individuals to help them deal confidently with a whole spectrum of issues.

Not only can we show you how to protect your work and get the most commercial value out of it, we can also help with everything from company formation, staffing and HR issues to rights clearances, patents, trade marks and licensing.

We can also advise on things such as property matters, attracting investor funding and buying and selling businesses.

Members of the team are actively involved in the sector, from working as consultants to creative organisations to serving as board members, so our advice comes with an added appreciation of the issues faced.

We have been at the forefront of advising on legal aspects of commercialising new technologies and have significant experience in working with new media businesses and with new models of software and database licensing.

We help to support some of the most innovative e-commerce solutions in the country, not only on the Internet but also in relation to a range of mobile-based applications.

When it comes to data protection and privacy, we have some of the leading legal minds in the country on hand, helping to provide a truly integrated approach to issues in the sector.

Our services include advice in areas including:

  • Advertising and design
  • Arts and artists
  • Digital media
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Gaming
  • Music Law
  • Publishing
  • Software creation
  • Television

For more details on a truly creative approach to legal advice, please get in touch.

Take a look at some of the corporate transactions we have advised on in this sector.


What Our Clients Say

  • "Extremely professional, timely, business-focused and courteous"

    Gosia Grant-Lipinksa, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Sharp Electronics (UK) Limited.

Independent Verdict

  • “Clients of Ward Hadaway assert that the team ‘delivers excellent response times and is technically savvy with appropriate commerciality built in’.”

    Legal 500

  • "Strong on brand protection and exploitation issues. Well versed in the full range of trade mark issues, with particular emphasis on defending clients in opposition proceedings."

    Chambers & Partners

  • "High quality advice to suppliers and customers in the private and public sectors. Also noted for expertise in data privacy law and its commercial implications."

    Chambers & Partners

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Government presses on with its Apprenticeship Levy plans

posted: October, 2016

In line with its commitment to implement new apprenticeship arrangements from next May, a raft of documentation was published on 25 October 2016 on GOV.UK. Publications from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) set out in considerable detail how levy and apprenticeship training will interact as the Government looks to drive up both quality and quantity in apprenticeships.

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