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We are bigger!

As of 1 October 2022, we have joined forces with SH&A – an IP boutique founded and led by Sarah Hadland. While days may be getting colder and more autumnal, our new broader Open Plan Law team is fired up about this change. Small but perfectly formed, we punch above our weight in IP litigation and advisory work. Sarah’s reputation as a litigator will be a great asset for Open Plan Law’s creative clients, and Anna’s commercial, advertising and data protection practice may be of use to SH&A’s clients. Both firms’ ethos has always been to exceed client’s expectations – we look forward to doing it together.

1 October 2022

Open Plan Law advising on the EU out-of-commerce works register

Anna represented the Coordination of European Picture Agencies (CEPIC) in discussions with the EU cultural and heritage sector on the features of the register of out-of-commerce works introduced under the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. She focused on issues around works embedded in out of commerce works (e.g. photographs in books), which deserve a separate treatment.

10 December 2019 Read more

Navigating through online platforms T&Cs

Focal International is an association of audio visual archives, including members such as British Pathé, Sky News, Freemantle, the British Library. Anna was invited to its recent members day to deliver a talk about terms and conditions of social media platform, and how those allow (or not) to monetise audio visual content.

28 November 2019 Read more

Open Plan Law helps shape EU copyright

At Open Plan Law we enjoy any excuse for a party but International Women’s Day gives us a pause for thought. Do we need a designated day to celebrate women, or is the day an anachronism? And if we do celebrate women, what is it for?

15 November 2019 Read more

Ongoing: copyright webinars

Our extended time at home (read: in lockdown) is a good opportunity to refresh the building blocks of copyright. In collaboration with BAPLA, Anna will be delivering six webinars on topics ranging from copyright history, and differences between fair use and fair dealing, to a spot of crystal ball gazing into the future of copyright. You can find more details, and book tickets at https://bapla.org.uk/copyright-webinars/

29 September 2019 Read more

The London Legal Walk 2019

Our team took part in the London Legal Walk 2019 this year, raising £500.00 for The London Legal Support Trust which helps to raise funds for charities that offer pro bono legal advice and representation to those in need.

18 June 2019 Read more

International Women’s Day – more female entrepreneurs for all!

At Open Plan Law we enjoy any excuse for a party but International Women’s Day gives us a pause for thought. Do we need a designated day to celebrate women, or is the day an anachronism? And if we do celebrate women, what is it for?

8 March 2019 Read more

Top 5 legal tips for photographers

Any original photographs you create attract copyright, having protection from creation, for your lifetime, plus 70 years. If anyone infringes this right, you have a right to sue them for compensation and to stop further use.

20 January 2019 Read more

Legal News in Focus – January 2019

It’s January, so Happy New Year and welcome to our first newsletter of 2019! With that in mind, we’re kick-starting this newsletter with a focus on the key employment law developments to help you prepare your business for changes in the coming months.

15 January 2019 Read more

2018 Sucesses

Just before we enter into the New Year, below is a quick glance at how we did in 2018.

31 December 2018 Read more

Welcome to the latest Open Plan Law Newsletter – Legal News in Focus

It’s November and there are plenty of fireworks going off in the news, when it comes to employment law issues. As the latest row explodes over harassment claims and NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), and a major supermarket is hit with data protection sanctions, we’re here to shed some light on the issues that impact your business.

7 November 2018 Read more

Welcome to the latest Open Plan Law Employment Newsletter

A monthly round-up of developments in UK employment law for employers and HR professionals.

25 September 2018 Read more

The Brave New World of Blockchain: relevance for owners of IP assets

On September 14th 2018, Anna will present at a seminar for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on the subject of Blockchain: relevance for owners of IP assets.

11 September 2018 Read more

Anna shortlisted for The Law Society’s Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Anna has been shortlisted by a panel of expert judges in The 2018 Law Society Excellence Awards in the category ‘Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice’.

2 August 2018 Read more

The future of the UK’s Intellectual Property system

On Tuesday 6th February, Anna attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Intellectual Property.

16 February 2018 Read more

An Interactive Data Protection Workshop – the new obligations in practice

This Data Protection workshop will offer participants a grounding in data protection obligations as enhanced under the General Data Protection Regulation.

16 February 2018 Read more

Bapla Focus 2017

On September 26th 2017, Anna presented at BAPLA FOCUS for the 5th in its annual series of sell-out conferences.

16 February 2018 Read more

Copyright essentials: A series of seminars for photo agencies

Copyright essentialsSeminar 1: Copyright Essentials for Photo Agencies
Open Plan Law – 31 July 2017
Venue: The Incorporated Society of Musicians Meeting Room, London, W2 3JQ

16 February 2018 Read more

Speaking at CEPIC 2017

Recently, Anna was invited as ‘Speaker of the Day’ at the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press, and Heritage Congress (CEPIC) in Berlin.

16 February 2018 Read more

Welcome to our new website and blog!

After a couple of months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of the new Open Plan Law website. We hope you like its fresh new look. We’ve designed the website to allow you to find the information you need quickly and easily. We will continue to publish useful information about our work and various legal issues, so please do check back with us for updates.

28 October 2015 Read more