Peter Wienand > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co

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Intellectual property.


Peter is head of the IP and commercial team. His practice areas include media and publishing, research, higher education, art and cultural heritage. He is a Trustee of The Henry Moore Foundation; member of the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee of PPA Business; Member of the Advisory Board of Transforming Tate Britain; and a Member of the Museums Intellectual Property Network. Previously he served for 10 years as an Expert Member, and latterly Deputy Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI). He is the author of the chapter on Newspapers in Copinger, one of the leading text books on copyright law. Recent experience includes advising: Imperial College London on its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to launch a joint undergraduate medical degree programme at a new medical school in Singapore; the British Library on its Newspaper Digitisation Project a partnership with brightsolid online technology, owned by DC Thomson, for the digitisation of up to 40m pages of the Library’s newspaper archive (see the British Library announcement here); Duchy Originals on its Master Licence Agreement with Waitrose; he is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI), which advises Ministers on opening up opportunities for greater re-use of Government information. Peter represents the firm in its membership of the Professional Publishers’ Association (PPA), is a member of the Society for Computers & Law (SCL), a co-founder and former chair of the Museums Copyright Group (MCG) and also a trustee of The Henry Moore Foundation.


Trained at Farrer & Co, qualified in 1988 and made a partner in 1995.


Intellectual Property Institute (IPI); Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA); The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI); Museums Copyright Group; Collections Trust


St John’s College, Oxford.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

Farrer & Co has an excellent reputation for its art and cultural property expertise and is best-known for its work with the international super-rich. It advises on many family trusts both in the UK and overseas. Head of department is Adrian Parkhouse who excels in art litigation, and senior associate William Charrington is also developing a strong art-related disputes practice. James Carleton advises many commercial art dealers, private owners and collectors as well as other entities such as charities and banks on cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy. The team also has an impressive art lending practice. Bethan Waters regularly advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of finance and security where art is used as collateral. Julian Smith acts for some of the bigger historic house charities and private collections that are destined for public and charitable collections. Peter Wienand also plays a key role in this practice.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Companies in the education, media, retail, tech, charities and financial services sectors turn to Farrer & Co for assistance with a wide range of matters, spanning data subject access requests, data protection compliance, investigations and litigation. Leading the group is Henry Sainty, who excels in ePrivacy regulations, GDPR matters and freedom of information law. Ian De Freitas focuses on ICO investigations and data breaches and Peter Wienand is a key contact for international data transfers. Another name to note is Owen O’Rorke, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Clients instruct Farrer & Co’s IP department for advice on high-stakes cross-border transactions and litigation. Particularly strong in non-contentious contexts, namely IP strategies, copyright licensings and rights exploitation, the team is trusted by clients in the arts, education, charity and cultural sectors. Peter Wienand heads up the practice, advising on international deals and collaborations in the entertainment space. David Copping  also focuses on IP-rich sectors, including the technology, culture, and higher education industries, and Owen O’Rorke handles both contentious and non-contentious matters.