If you need a solicitor, it is important to be able to identify the right one to handle your particular situation and to prepare adequately, in order to minimise your costs. This checklist by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharpe outlines how to go about selecting a solicitor.
Nicholas Sharp is a solicitor who has advised visual artists on legal matters, especially contracts for many years. He was special adviser to the Arts Council's Percent for Art Steering Committee on Contracts for Public Art Commissions in 1990 and author of the a-n Visual Arts Contracts series. He is a Board member of a-n The Artists Information Company, the founder director of The Multiple Store and a consultant with London-based law firm Swan Turton www.swanturton.com