Humphries Kirk, a leading solicitors’ firm with offices in Dorset, Somerset, London as well as a network of international lawyers, is celebrating its continued support for the Design Business Association, a partnership which now spans more than 20 years.

With a membership of over 400 businesses, the Design Business Association is a supporting network and voice for those involved in the delivery, commissioning and management of design operating at the highest standards of professional practice.

Each year Humphries Kirk teams working within land law, employment, litigation and commercial law provide their expertise for free to members of the Design Business Association in the form of a help line. The law firm advises both the Design Business Association itself as well as its members.

Darrell Stuart-Smith, partner and head of commercial law at Humphries Kirk, and Design Business Association recognised expert, said: “Our close association with the Design Business Association goes back to its inception and is something of which we are very proud and value highly. It has given Humphries Kirk a tremendous insight into how design and creativity works in business and this has enabled us to advise extensively into the creative sector and to build productive partnerships around this work.”

Deborah Dawton, CEO at the Design Business Association, commented: “Humphries Kirk has been an invaluable partner to both the DBA and its members for over 20 years, playing a critical role in the founding of the association. Their knowledge of the design industry is second to none, making them valued advisors to our members whose challenges can vary enormously. Their advice often gives our members a professional advantage over their competitors particularly given the rate of change we see in industry today. They are the UK design industry’s legal safety net.”

Humphries Kirk has a team of commercial lawyers providing specialist advice on a wide range of business transactions and agreements, often with an international element.