Legal and Business Advice Clinic…

Posted on: Thursday 07 July 2011 4:33pm




Nina Koo-Seen-Lin enjoys a salmon bagel and gets some legal and business advice at the CMC lunchtime clinic with “an unholy trinty.”


Speakers: Keith Arrowsmith (Partner of Intellectual Property and Media – Ralli Solicitors), Judith Chan (Coutts), John Daly (RSM Tenon)  

There’s nothing like a bit of financial advice while chomping down a free lunch. Sitting in what resembles a mini amphitheatre I’m here to get some funding, legal and business advice from Keith, Judith and John – a lawyer, banker and accountant respectively – “an unholy trinity if ever there was one” Keith says in the introduction.  These are the people to speak to if you want to know everything from corporate finance to copyrighting. They know their stuff and they’re not afraid to tell you.


The trio stand in front of an audience of people full of questions and are here to learn what makes a good business plans. This is probably one of the serious talks in the whole conference, and I can see everyone either taking notes and listening attentively.


I must admit, the idea of setting up my own business and sorting out the financial and legal side of it puts me in a cold sweat. Talk of super injunctions and increasing alliance and I’m lost. I hear the word tax and I run away. I’ll never be a successful businesswoman. I’ll have to let go of that dream, but I can see I’m sitting among people that have a business head on a banking neck and financially strong shoulders.


The floor is open for questions. One guy asks who in the “unholy trinity” he should go to first with his plan. The Lawyer is probably best – this said from the lawyer. Someone else asks about the rules of protection and rights which leads to Keith talking about Sir Cliff Richard who wants to increase the 50 year cap on music. Sir Cliff doesn’t want his music ending up in a blue movie. The idea of “Bachelor Boy” from Summer Holiday played during a scene in a Confessions movie comes in to my head. I don’t think anyone wants to see that.


There’s a lot to take in, and I see a lot of people milling about waiting for some one-on-one sessions. I leave having a clearer idea of the whole business side of children’s media along with a few new Twitter followers – not something you’d expect from a lunchtime clinic but very nice all the same.