Eversheds Sutherland advises Manchester International Festival

Big Ben Lying Down installation by Argentinian artist Marta Minujín

Law firm Eversheds Sutherland has provided pro bono legal support to Manchester International Festival (MIF).

This year’s Festival started on 1 July and includes 18 days of arts, theatre, dance and music world premieres across the city.

Launched in 2007, MIF has been turning the city into a world stage for the arts over the past decade.

This year’s highlights include gigs from Arlo Parks and Damon Albarn at Manchester Central, the world premiere of movie All of this Unreal Time starring and poetry recital Arcadia which will give audiences the first glimpse inside the new Factory arts space which will become the permanent home of MIF.

The Eversheds Sutherland team is led by Kuljeet Gill (client partner) and Michael Clavell-Bate (Manchester senior partner), and is supported by partners Tom Bridgford and Phillip Tunney, legal director Amanda Dodsworth, principal associates Sasha Fasolilli, Lisa Highet and Helen Cairns, senior associate Alexandra Emery and associates Amy Parkinson, Mark Rand, Misha Sealy and Laura Nally.

The team advises MIF on a multitude of matters including working with artists across the globe to finalise commissioning agreements; advising on The Factory, supporting with queries regarding IP infringement and various regulatory compliance issues; providing bespoke IP training; and creating customised precedent agreements for MIF to use going forward.

Kuljeet Gill said: “Eversheds Sutherland is proud to support this amazing organisation and is committed to working closely with MIF to showcase the arts and culture that Manchester has to offer.

“The collaboration, creativity and inclusivity of the Festival align with our purpose and values, and we’re excited that this year’s Festival will increase footfall in Manchester’s vibrant city, while shining the spotlight on the wider global arts community.”

 John McGrath, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at Manchester International Festival added: “We’re thankful for Eversheds Sutherland’s professional expertise and are appreciative of their continued support over the years.

“As a global professional services firm with a strong presence in Manchester, it feels like a fitting partnership.

“With their help we can continue to put Manchester on the world stage and support internationally-acclaimed artists to present work at the Festival and online.”