Celia Lloyd Davidson

Associate, UK Head of Art Law

  • Education: University of Cambridge, English Literature (MA) • University of Cambridge, Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (MPhil)
  • Admitted: England & Wales, 2010
  • Languages spoken: French
  • Year joined: 2011


Celia is a member of the intellectual property team at Withers, advising on all aspects of IP protection, exploitation and enforcement. Celia has specialist knowledge in relation to a wide range of commercial and intellectual property issues of relevance to the art and creative sectors.

She has experience of working with a range of clients, from charities and entrepreneurs, to multi-national companies, across a number of jurisdictions. Celia has previously practiced with global law firms in Paris, Brussels and Alicante, the home of the European Agency for Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM).

Before joining Withers, Celia worked at a magic-circle law firm and is able to draw on her broad commercial and competition law expertise when advising clients.

Celia is described as 'very interested in the client's market and business'  and 'easy to work with' by Legal 500, 2014.


  • Advising a well-known gallery on the intellectual property issues relating to the use of third party imagery in a video installation piece.
  • Advising on contracts relating to research into the provenance of a well-known painting.
  • Advising on commercial contracts, terms and conditions, for a new gallery to be established in Europe.
  • Advising a commercial gallery on its agency contract to represent individual artists.
  • Advising a UK-based artist on the licensing of original designs to a third party manufacturer for prestige consumer goods.
  • Advising a gallery on contracts for a limited edition print run.
  • Advising galleries, artists and other organisations on issues in relation to IP infringement, lookalikes, copying and passing off.
  • Advising Christopher Kane on the IP aspects of the investment made by luxury group PPR.
  • Advising Nicholas Kirkwood and JW Anderson on the IP aspects of the investments made by LVMH.
  • Advising on contracts, manufacturing, distribution and agency agreements for a wide range of organisations.
  • Advising authors in relation to publishing agreements for a number of fiction and non-fiction books, with both multi-national and independent publishing houses.
  • Advising a wide range of businesses on the protection and development of their brand.
  • Advising designers on contracts and disputes relating to licences, franchises and diffusion lines.
  • Advising on the IP aspects of the launch of an own-name luxury brand for a well-known individual.

Publications and speaking engagements

Celia is a regular contributor to Antiques Trade Gazette, and is often quoted in a number of articles in various publications, such as...


  • IP Society
  • Institute of Art & Law
  • Competition Law Association (Committee Member)
  • La Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) (Committee Member)
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

On a personal note

Celia has a keen interest in the arts, and is a regular visitor at theatres and galleries. Having previously worked in publishing, she can often be found absorbed in a book.


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