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Design and the law

This module delivers an excellent basic working knowledge of the legal and business frameworks in which design consultancies and their clients operate worldwide.

We consider different legal models for design businesses and their clients, along with their respective legal rights and duties.

We also explore essential contractual situations in the design industry, how to construct and manage them, as well as strategies for handling disagreements and legal disputes, and how to avoid them.

Delegate feedback:

“Very enjoyable and useful.” Cassandra Gregan, Reef Communications


About: Henry Lydiate

Henry Lydiate is a legal and business consultant specialising in the creative arts. An experienced lawyer, manager, educationalist, strategist and change specialist, with a life-long commitment to the arts and to the support of creative practitioners and organisations through innovation, people development and co-creation.

Over twenty-five years experience of international legal and business consultancy work in the creative arts, alongside work undertaken in other content-led industries such as sport, the legal professions, higher education, and public administration. Extensive experience as a public speaker, lecturer and trainer; published writer and journalist with broad experience of media liaison.

Sustained commitment to supporting creative arts practice that has been recognised nationally and internationally, most recently by appointment as Visiting Professor to the newly designated University of the Arts, London (formerly The London Institute).


Available as a half-day in-house session for a group of 6 or more. Prices per person:

  • Standard rate £325+vat (£390)
  • DBA members £210+vat (£252)

We are able to offer the following discount structure to the standard ticket price, based on the numbers attending the session:

  • 8-10 people – 5% discount
  • 11+ people – 10% discount

To discuss availability, please contact us at or call 020 7251 9229.

All DBA events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

Image credits: © Monticelllo


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