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Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Very cerebral and knowledgeable and excellent for a written opinion.’
Henry Legge KC5 Stone Buildings ‘Henry is a fantastic art barrister – he knows the market, is client-friendly and focusses on the result the client needs.’
Andrew Onslow KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘His assessment of the merits of a case is always right. He has an ability to see long into the future of a case and predict what will happen. He is an excellent go-to when you need to decide if what will be a hugely complex and expensive case should be pursued.’
Rajesh Pillai KC – 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A very bright and engaging advocate who is particularly strong on his feet. Great on the written and advisory side too.’
Philip Shepherd KCChambers of Philip Shepherd KC ‘An absolute heavyweight on cross border jurisdictional and governing law cases.’

Leading Juniors

Andrew BruceSerle Court ‘Andrew’s advice is very thoughtful and considered. He provides excellent advice both on the law and practicalities of pursuing a particular course of action.’
Bobby FriedmanWilberforce Chambers ‘Bobby embodies what is best about the modern Bar – ferocious bright and relentlessly hard-working, with a facility for rapidly mastering large volumes of detail whilst never losing sight of the big picture commercial and legal strategic considerations.’
Luke Harris5 Stone Buildings ‘Luke is exceptional for advising on thorny art law problems and provides practical and creative solutions; he is very detail oriented yet is fantastic with clients.’
Angharad Start3 Verulam Buildings ‘Angharad is an exceptionally forceful advocate, and a formidable personality. She has appeared in a number of high-profile art law cases and is highly respected by solicitors in this field.’

Rising Stars

Nico LeslieFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely bright but also very commercial. Clients absolutely love him and note his ability in hearings to run rings around much more senior opposition. He is a brilliant advocate.’

Art and cultural property in London Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

Members of 3 Verulam Buildings continue to be involved in a number of high-profile cases and are considered ‘sector specialists’ within the art and cultural property sector. Andrew Onslow KC recently acted as sole counsel for Lord and Lady Wemyss in Wemyss v Simon C Dickinson Ltd, a case concerning alleged professional negligence against an art dealer concerning the sale of a Le Bénédicité painting by Jean Simeon Chardin. Angharad Start has also been very active in this practice area, and is currently representing Dmitry Rybolovlev in his long-running case against Sotheby's concerning an alleged secret profit by Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier.


‘3VB is an excellent set with excellent counsel.’

‘It is a set with a strong stable of art lawyers from Andrew Onslow at the top end to Sophia Dzwig at the junior end. Few Chambers have as many sector specialists.’

‘The counsel at 3VB are, on the whole, fantastic in the area of art and cultural property. They are a go-to set in this field.’

‘A very helpful clerking team.’


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5 Stone Buildings

‘A very strong set in the art sector’ 5 Stone Buildings houses excellent barristers in this field and are considered to be one of ‘the leading chambers for art law’. Art and chattel dispute specialist Henry Legge KC, recently acted for the art dealer in the Countess of Wemyss v Simon C Dickinson Limited case, regarding the sale of Le Bénédicité painting by Chardin, which the claimant alleged was negligently handled. In QIPCO and Al Thani v Eskenazi, Luke Harris is representing Qatari government claimants who argue that $5m of Asian and Middle Eastern antiquities they purchased from the defendants were forgeries. Fellow junior Jordan Holland continues to develop his art specialism and is part of the complex Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd v Fan Wa Ebdaa LLC & Ors case regarding the sale of a Qur’an exceeding £7m.


‘Always a high level of service.’

‘They are a very strong set in the Art sector with some very good silks and junior who practice in this area.’

‘Very efficient and helpful – run excellent seminars and always top of their game.’

‘5SB is the leading chambers for art law. It has a number of barristers knowledgeable in art law.’

‘Extremely good Chancery set – always number one for Trust issues and art law issues. Never look anywhere else. Clerks work with you to find alternatives if your first choice in not available and they are always right in terms of skill sets.’

‘Very good clerks. Very responsive.’

‘Efficient and helpful.’

‘Clerks are user friendly.’

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Essex Court Chambers

The barristers of Essex Court Chambers have been involved in prominent and high-profile cases in the field of art and cultural property, including cases of fraud, negligence and contractual disputes. Joe Smouha KC, whose broad commercial practice includes heavyweight disputes in the art world, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases recently, including the Bouvier v Rybolovlev case.

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