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Martin Varley

Martin helps to maximise the value of your business: by advising on the way in which people organise themselves, and the way in which the business is organised, to reduce risk.  This includes protecting and preserving your IP rights and getting contracts right.  Martin and his colleagues have been leading advisers to the design industry for decades and have recently rebranded as hklaw from Humphries Kirk LLP.

The MD of one studio said of Martin: “We spoke to another firm of lawyers and got the impression that we knew more about it than they did. It really is good to speak to an expert in the field ”.

Martin is a corporate and commercial lawyer who has acted as a trusted advisor to design studios and agencies for over 30 years, maximizing shareholder value and defusing the inevitable occasional conflict.

He advises on business structures, shareholder agreements, consultancy and freelance arrangements, as well as client facing documentation, such as framework agreements.

Martin has a thorough knowledge of the sector and particularly the needs of studios to ensure the protection of intellectual property and data.

Areas of expertise

Financial planning:

Mergers & acquisitions

People: Human resource management • Client/consultancy contracts • Terms & conditions • Employment contracts/handbook
Business processes: Business strategy & planning • Business diagnostics • Project management
Legal & ethical: Intellectual property rights • Client/consultancy contracts  Terms & conditions • Trademarks

Experience in the design industry

Design industry experience: 20+ years

Professional affiliations

Law Society (LSoc)


…I can only emphasise again, I am 100% satisfied with the diligence you have shown in dealing with this matter on behalf of the company at every stage since our first meeting. Your carefully crafted and accurate communications with the other party steered us progressively to a highly satisfactory conclusion …

Amazing – thank you so much.

“Martin has been our lawyer since we set up as a two man studio 35 years ago.  We have him to thank for helping us to develop the group to international success. He has guided us through many difficult contracts with common sense and considerable knowledge.”

“Thank you again for the high level of professional service that you and your colleagues have provided myself and the business!  I have no hesitation is using HK again for any future work that arises from either the business or myself on a personal level.”

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