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Helplines – Legal, HR and employment, Insurance and R&D tax credits

DBA members have access to extensive support from a range of DBA helplines and partner businesses covering Legal advice, HR and employment advice, Insurance cover (from office contents to Professional Indemnity) and R&D tax credits.

Details on how to access each service are given below.

Legal helpline

Humphries Kirk – As well as a free legal health check when you join, DBA members have ongoing access to free and impartial advice via our partnerships with Humphries Kirk, which has been in place since the Association was first set up. 

Humphries Kirk are highly experienced in design law. DBA members get a free legal health check when they join. Throughout your membership, you can access half an hour free consultation on any particular topic. This service is unlimited, meaning DBA members can access free consultations on any number of topics at any time.

Darrell Stuart-Smith, Partner, Humpries Kirk
Tel: 01305 251 007

CC – Teresa Nightingale  –


HR and employment helpline

Croner Consulting – members get immediate access to a team of highly experienced, professional consultants who can provide practical, reliable HR and employment telephone advice.

Simply call 08445 618133, between 9am and 5pm weekdays, quoting the DBA scheme number DBA35482. (Calls are charged at a local call rate from a BT landline. Call charges from a mobile may vary).


DBA Insurance Broker

Bluefin – from Professional Indemnity to Office Contents insurance our brokers, Bluefin, have developed insurance products especially for design agencies.

Call 0345 894 4684
Click here to view more information and to download a proposal form


DBA R&D Partner

ForrestBrown – whether you’ve worked on designing a new product, or developed a bespoke digital solution for a client, you may be eligible to receive a valuable tax credit or refund. ForrestBrown have extensive knowledge of the design industry and come recommended by many DBA members.

Read some testimonial from a range of DBA members on their experience with R&D tax credits and ForrestBrown in particular – from industrial designers who have always been aware of the tax scheme to branding agencies who had no idea their were eligible, but now claim over £50,000 a year.

Lauralei Chapman-Ludgate, Senior Associate, ForrestBrown
Tel: 07377 676 129


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