Keith Arrowsmith

Partner and Head of Department
Intellectual Property

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Keith worked in the not for profit sector for a mutual building society. During that time, he became interested in governance issues for the sector, and has developed his interest in charity law and practice.

Since qualification, Keith has provided legal services to a broad range of third sector organisations, including unions, societies, trusts, co-operatives and not for profit companies. He regularly assists in the formation and management of these types of organisations, as well as dealing with brand and reputation management.

Keith applies his specialist knowledge of intellectual property rights to this sector, helping to protect and exploit these valuable assets. He prepares and comments on a broad range of commercial agreements, often in the light of the relevant regulator’s codes of practice. As well as dealing with the Charity Commission, the CIC Regulator and the FSA, Keith advises in relation to data protection, freedom of information, and child protection.

Keith’s clients include national umbrella organisations, as well as local arts, education and poverty relief charities. They range from the government licensed Creative and Cultural Sector Skills development agency (CCSkills), internationally renowned Creative Industries Development Agency (CIDA Co), Danceworks UK, the Ministry of Stories and theatre company Mr Bugg Presents.

He continues to provide advice to David Fishwick (Burnley Savings and Loans), the subject of Channel 4’s series, The Bank of Dave. Keith was part of the team who provided advice on Credit Union, crowdsourcing, and peer to peer lending rules.

Keith works alongside other lawyers at JMW who are especially chosen to apply their field of legal expertise to this specialist sector.

Keith is also a certified business mentor.

 Tel: 0161 828 8338


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