Leading law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn today announced its sponsorship of a major new Museum of London exhibition: Sherlock Holmes.

Devoted to the world’s most famous fictional detective, the exhibition will place the character under the microscope, thematically dissecting the traits that define him and the city that influenced his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It will feature everything from hand-written manuscripts to the coat and dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series “Sherlock”.

Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said:

“Shepherd and Wedderburn exude the qualities of Holmesian deduction and are therefore a natural fit for this exhibition. The museum prides itself on the fantastic opportunities it can offer its supporters. As the first sponsors of this exhibition, we look forward to showcasing Shepherd and Wedderburn’s support and inviting them – and their clients – to really get under the skin of this London icon. We are hugely grateful for their support and I’m thrilled that they will join us on this journey.”

The exhibition will be the largest of its kind for over 60 years, drawing on the museum’s fabulous Victorian and Edwardian collection and bringing together material from across the globe relating to Sherlock Holmes, including several key world class loans.

Speaking about the sponsorship, Stephen Gibb, Shepherd and Wedderburn CEO, stated:

“We are delighted to be associated with this major exhibition. Elements of the Sherlock Holmes persona certainly resonate with what Shepherd and Wedderburn as a law firm is all about: I’d like to think that our own powers of enquiry and analysis together with unwavering determination to solve complex problems are not dissimilar to those of the great fictional hero.”

“Sherlock is known and loved throughout the world, and the fact that Shepherd and Wedderburn was founded in Edinburgh, the same birthplace as his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, heightens our sense of connectedness to the character. In addition to our Scottish offices, we have strong connections and a long-established presence in Sherlock’s own stamping ground - the City of London - so it makes perfect sense for the firm to get involved in this exciting exhibition.”

Sherlock Holmes opens at the Museum of London on Friday 17 October 2014 and runs until Sunday 12 April 2015