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Setfords partners with the Commonwealth Fashion Council to support the fashion industries across the Commonwealth

Setfords Solicitors has partnered with the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC), a not-for-profit, Commonwealth-accredited organisation dedicated to furthering the development and recognition of fashion industries across the 52 Commonwealth countries. Setfords has been appointed to provide all legal services to the CFC.

Supporting the CFC’s development, and launch later this year, John Greager, Senior Consultant, Solicitor-Advocate & Mediator at Setfords has joined the CFC’s Board.

Commercial advice for emerging talents

Together with Michael Edwards, expert in commercial and corporate law, they will help the CFC to deliver sustainable development programmes for all those who work across the Commonwealth fashion industries. They will provide expert counsel to the CFC on its global initiatives, as well as provide legal advice and support, including commercial advice for emerging talents.

Daniel Hatton, CEO and Founder of the CFC, said of John’s appointment: “I am thrilled to welcome John to the Board of the CFC.  John offers empathetic, intelligent advice and creative, practical solutions in all areas of the law relating to the fashion industry.  Alongside Setfords’ wider experience in the creative industries—from fashion to broadcast, digital to design—the firm is ideally placed to assist talented designers realise their ambitions, and for fashion brands to grow and prosper internationally.”

Protection underpinning creative endeavours

A new initiative, the CFC will host a series of events in February to coincide with London Fashion Week, showcasing Commonwealth fashion talent and facilitating debate and discussion on the development of the industry across the world. The CFC’s official launch will take place in April to coincide with the Commonwealth Summit (also known as CHOGM), which will be held in London and Windsor.

John said: “London ranks as one of the world’s leading fashion centres, and is arguably the legal and financial capital of the world.  Launching the CFC in the UK will help raise London’s profile within the global fashion industry.  While law and fashion may seem worlds apart, a legal underpinning is essential to any creative endeavour to ensure the protection of ideas and talent. Our work will ensure that emerging talents (as well as established brands) find themselves supported, inspired and importantly, protected.  I am delighted to join the CFC in its work to showcase the best of Commonwealth fashion talent. In this time of Brexit, the closer ties we can help forge with countries across the Commonwealth, the surer and brighter the UK’s future will be.”

Learn more about the CFC, or connect with John to learn about the services Setfords offers creative industries.