Keith Arrowsmith
Consultant Solicitor - Charity, Third Sector & Governance

Keith Arrowsmith

Keith is a long-time passionate advocate for the arts. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995, working in high street and regional law firms, and has since then been helping charities and other organisations in the cultural, creative, heritage, and educational sectors.

Keith provides guidance and assistance on governance, intellectual property, business law, contracts, website regulations and charity law.  He also contributes to workshops, planning days, talks, written reports and provides other bespoke guidance.

Keith is an expert in: Charity, Third Sector, and Governance

Keith is a Governance Associate for the Clore Leadership Programme. He is one of the lead authors of the sector endorsed handbook, Governance in the Arts and Museums for Cultural Organisations and helped set up the Cultural Governance Alliance.  In addition, he is a member of the Charity Law Association.

Keith has been recommended in the independent publications, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He was awarded a LLM for his research with Sheffield Hallam University relating to the use of Charity Governance Codes and is now a postgraduate researcher at Liverpool University’s Charity Law and Policy Unit.

Recent examples of Keith’s work include:

  • Providing governance advice to a large charitable art gallery following a board review
  • Incorporating a charity to oversee a major cultural investment programme
  • Drafting a suite of employment contracts and employee handbook for an arts charity
  • Converting Registered Societies to charitable companies
  • Registering trademarks for a charitable organisation following a rebrand
  • Updating a charitable museum’s governance to ensure readiness for financial investment
  • Providing trustee training and support to student unions
  • Charity formations, incorporations and registrations
  • Mergers and closures
  • Fundraising, grants and donations
  • Contracts, employment law and service provision

For fun, Keith is a theatre director, producer and audience member.

Keith was played by actor Joel Fry in the recently-released Netflix film, Bank of Dave.

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