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Under the leadership of Simon Fitzpatrick at Boodle Hatfield LLP the team regularly advises on high-profile art litigation as well as on private art sales disputes. It is a full service offering that acts for a broad range of artists from well-known and high-net-worth artists, through to up-and-coming street artists. The skilled group is also increasingly acting for galleries, auction houses and museums. The department has particular skill in advising on significant art and luxury asset financing in the UK. Natasha Hassall is another known name for her work on long-term estate and tax planning. Hassall acts for various large landed estates where there is heritage property and substantial art collections. Becky Shaw is also recommended. However, it remains to be seen what impact the recent departures of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP will have on the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Natasha Hassall; Becky Shaw; Fred Clark

Testimonials

'Simon Fitzpatrick is a smooth, clever and determined head of department. He is a pleasure to work with and is astute in achieving the client's goals'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick always has a sense of calmness and has a way thinking outside of the box which has been extremely helpful in tricky situations'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a specialist art team and that team is extremely knowledgeable about the nuances and dynamics of the visual art world, and in particular the needs of the artist'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a well-established and successful art practice. The firm has developed this practice gradually and systematically over many years such that the recent loss of the highly-regarded Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo has been absorbed as a minor bump in the road'.

'Boodle Hatfield's team has a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting arts organisations, which has made them a natural first choice for us'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick and Becky Shaw are both very good, hardworking and responsive to clients'.

'Becky Shaw  is a talented lawyer who works hard for her clients'.

'Becky Shaw was incredibly patient and demonstrated enormous empathy with my situation and legal needs'.

'Fred Clark also stands out'.

 

Key Clients

Stik

Keith Hopewell (Sp Zero 76)

Farrer & Co’s excellent team acts for wealthy private individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect or invest in art. The first-rate team advises collectors, dealers and art advisors, and has an enviable client base of leading museums and galleries. The skilled team is also adept at handling art litigation and advising on complex art lending. Julian Smith is a well-known name for his expertise on charity law issues in the arts and heritage sector. Heads of department are Adrian Parkhouse, who leads on contentious matters relating to art and cultural property, and James Carleton, who advises on a wide range of art and cultural property matters including philanthropy. Mike Chantler is known for his work on the administration and taxation of heritage property and Rhoddy Voremberg is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse; James Carleton

Other key lawyers:Julian Smith; Mike Chantler; Rhoddy Voremberg

Testimonials

'All the team is excellent'.

'It is undoubtedly an outstanding a well-respected team in this area. Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable'.

'Adrian Parkhouse - universally recognised as a lead partner in this field. Friendly, charming and extremely knowledgeable in both the trade and the law'.

'James Carleton is very experienced on the non-contentious side'.

Key Clients

Natural History Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Imperial War Museum

Science Museum

Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College

The Art Fund

Museum of London

Historic Royal Palaces

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Geffrye Museum

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to a major art gallery.
  • Advised a well-known charity on a charitable art project.
  • Advising a HNW individual on a valuable collection of chattels (furniture, antiquities and paintings) connected with the family stately home.
  • Continuing to act for a leading art dealer on legal matters in connection with the sale and purchase of various artworks.
  • Acting for a charitable trust in relation to a dispute concerning art works.

Under the leadership of Karen Sanig at Mishcon de Reya LLP the art law team handles the full array of art-related legal matters. Sanig is regularly involved in some of the biggest art transactions and in the most important litigation in this area. Newly-promoted partner Amanda Gray is also recommended for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is highly regarded for the breadth of its art-related expertise and frequently advises on the sale and purchase of art, artists’ rights, the creation and management of artists' estates and other issues surrounding authenticity and ownership as well as the restitution of looted cultural property.

Practice head(s):Karen Sanig

Other key lawyers:Amanda Gray

Testimonials

'The team is ably led by Karen Sanig who also has a wider international reputation. She is technically excellent and empathetic to both art and cultural assets and the owning families behind them'.

'Mischon De Reya's art practice is unique in its deep knowledge of the art world, its understanding of art business practices and for its global connections'.

'Karen Sanig's understanding and knowledge of the industry is extremely comprehensive and her advice is always measured. She is backed up by a strong team'.

'Karen Sanig has been an incredible source of knowledge, fine judgment and technical experience for over 20 years working with her. No question is too small or obscure and no large problem too big'.

'Karen Sanig is incredibly approachable and pragmatic'.

'Karen Sanig is extremely able and very well-known and respected'.

'Amanda Gray cuts to the chase, is concise, considered and thoughtful in her approach'.

'Amanda Gray is very active, focused and immersed in the art and cultural property world'.

'Amanda Gray is a standout (now) partner. Her knowledge of the art world is extremely deep and she moves comfortably in that world and the legal world. A great asset'.

Key Clients

Anthony d'Offay (Artist)

Alexandra Moll of Fine Art

Alison Jackson (Artist)

Almine Rech Gallery

Art Africa

Artists Pension Trust

Artwide (HK)

Ben Uri Museum

Borro

Cheffins Fine Art

Christina Chandris

Clore Wyndham Fine Art

Contemporary Art Society

Damilola Oduste (Artist)

Darius & Marc Azari

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Estate of artist Ken Kiff (RA)

Forum Auctions

French and Company

Gagosian Gallery

Guy Dellal

Halcyon Gallery

Hermitage Art Foundation, Israel

Isaac Julien (Artist)

Embassy of Italy

Ivor Braka

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

The Kings Road Gallery

Lionel Smit (Artist)

Lisson Gallery

Lyndsey Ingram London

Morgan Art Foundation SA

Maddox Gallery

Marisa Bellani

Murphy Partners LLP

Museum of Everything

Offer Waterman

Oliver Sears Gallery

Ori Gersht

Other Art Fairs

P&D Colnaghi and Co

Piano Nobile

Pissarro & Associates Fine Art

Reza Aramesh (Artist)

Richard Green Galleries

Roaring Fork Fine Art LLC

Roman Road

Schoyen Collection

Skartstedt Gallery of London

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Fine Art Group

The Klesch Collection

Vastari Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dr Schøyen in the  complete vindication of a matter which involved an intra-judicial request from the Greek Government relating to allegations of misappropriation of Greek cultural heritage property which transpired to be based on erroneous facts.
  • Advising a US art foundation on the enforcement of the artist's rights and protection of his legacy.
  • Advising Morgan Art Foundation SA (which owns the intellectual property rights in many of the most iconic works by Pop Art artist, Robert Indiana, including the infamous 'LOVE' sculpture, since the 1990’s) on the worldwide strategy for the protection and exploitation of those rights.
  • Advising a leading UK art dealer on litigation between a Dutch museum and this dealer in relation to the cyber-hacking of funds payable for an important artwork.
  • Advising a Far Eastern art owning public company on a dispute relating to the demand for restitution of an important piece of impressionist art situated in the UK by heirs of a famous art dealer who was a victim of looting during the holocaust era.  

Stephenson Harwood acts for the major players in the art world on some of the most high profile transactions and disputes. It acts for leading international auction houses and also advises financial institutions and art associations. It has seen an increase in instructions on all aspects of cybersecurity risk management and has been advising high-net-worth individuals either as collectors, dealers or sellers on this issue. Roland Foord leads the firm’s art and cultural property group and advises clients on both contentious and transactional matters. Foord also has extensive experience in auction law. Stephen Roberts specialises in dispute resolution and risk management and is skilled at advising on issues involving title, provenance and attribution in particular.

Practice head(s):Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:Stephen Roberts; Guy Harper; Caleb Bompas

Testimonials

'SH is very unique due to its extensive legal knowledge of the art world. The diversity of its expertise is helpful when needing strategic thinking on how to approach new projects, issues or challenges'.

'I believe that Stephenson Harwood offers an unparalleled service to clients given its level of expertise and market experience in the fine art world'.

'Roland Foord heads a team of lawyers with an unrivalled depth of knowledge of the art market'.

'Roland Foord and Caleb Bompas were magnificent, as I especially valued their empathy and understanding and their dogged resilience in defending my interests'.

'Roland Foord's long experience as a litigation expert makes him an expert tactician when it comes to disputes. His understanding of art and the art business makes him the first choice for advice in this field and he is widely known and respected in the art world as a result'.

'Roland Foord is really well-known, well-regarded and liked'.

'Roland Foord has years of experience in the field and has to be one of the first names to consider for representation in any art and cultural property dispute. He has incredible pull across the field'.

'Roland Foord is a 'go-to' for heavy hitting work. Excellent'.

'Stephen Roberts has a strong and well-established reputation in the art law field'.

'Up and coming associates Caleb Bompass and Guy Harper have exceptional legal and client handling skills as well as hands-on experience in the art business'.

Key Clients

Qatar Museums Authority

Christie's

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Mark Weiss

Waddington Custot Galleries

The Society of London Art Dealers

Hazlitt Gooden & Fox

The Royal College of Art

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mark Weiss on a high profile claim by Sotheby’s in relation to the sale of a painting attributed to Frans Hals which is now alleged to be a forgery.
  • Acting for the Qatar Museums Authority on all aspects of its business including art commissions, acquisitions, exhibitions, loans and export licensing issues.
  • Advising the Qatar Museums Authority on its annual, international cultural exchange programs, including negotiating exhibition and loan agreements with world-leading museums and cultural institutions.
  • Advised a high-end London art gallery in relation to cyber fraud.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Constantine Cannon LLP has a dedicated team of art lawyers that advise a diverse range of clients, from galleries and dealerships, private collectors and family offices, through to auction houses. Other clients include banks lending against art, artists, renowned museums and other public institutions. Head of team Pierre Valentin advises clients on buying and selling artwork, art finance and other issues such as Nazi-era restitution, regulatory matters and art disputes. The team has substantial transatlantic capacity with both UK and US-qualified lawyers. Azmina Jasani is a dual-qualified lawyer who routinely advises on a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters. Fionnuala Rogers is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Pierre Valentin

Other key lawyers:Azmina Jasani; Till Vere-Hodge; Fionnuala Rogers

Testimonials

'Pierre Valentin is well regarded, he is a stand out individual and is well known for his work on art financing and art contracts'.

'Pierre Valentin's extensive experience and knowledge in the field makes him one of the 'go-to' art lawyers in Europe. He is a strong strategic thinker and has good commercial nous'.

'Pierre Valentin has so much gravitas, is very well connected and immersed in the art world'.

'Pierre Valentin is an absolute pleasure to deal with and very knowledgeable'.

'Fionnuala Rogers is an incredible asset to the firm. Her experience and knowledge of the fine arts sector enables her to catch potential liabilities'.

'Azmina Jasani. Effective and diligent'.

'Pierre Valentin and Till Vere-Hodge are both quick in grasping the relevant questions to be asked on each case'.

'Till Vere-Hodge was very responsive and was always on top of deadlines'.

Key Clients

Rupert Wace Ancient Art

Oblyon LLC

British Contemporary Artist

Association of Ancient Art Dealers,

Academics and Collectors

Preeminent British Art Dealership

American Private Collection

US Specialist Auction House Concierge Auctions

Pre-eminent British Book Dealership

Prominent European industrial family’s art collection

British Aristocratic Family

Pre-eminent British Antique Dealership

South African Family Office

European Family Office

International Family Office

Work highlights

  • Represented a well-known art dealer in the high-profile seizure and dispute brought by the NY District Attorney’s office in relation to the Persepolis Relief.
  • Helped in the recovery of a sculpture by Yayoi Kusama that was wrongfully withheld by the sellers
  • Advised a well-known British contemporary artist to sever his 40-year exclusive relationship with an international art gallery.
  • Advised on the implications of the Government’s proposed ivory ban on the art market including assessing the legality of the ban under EU law.
  • Instructed by the client to defend a claim in relation to the sale of artworks to a high net worth collector.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s expertise covers all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting and negotiating agreements, to litigation and the resolution of disputes. Clients include museums and public collections, galleries and dealers as well as public art organisations, charities/foundations and collectors. It also receives a steady flow of instructions from artists and their estates, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-net-worth individuals. In addition the skilled team is adept at advising on looted art and cultural property as well as all aspects of intellectual property rights. It frequently provides legal opinions to national entities and their trustees on matters as diverse as outraging public decency, to obscenity and indecency. Mark Stephens and Daniel McClean are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens; Daniel McClean

Testimonials

'There is a synergy between all members of the team. Everyone knows what is going on and that means that in the absence of the first line of contact there are others who can pick up when needed'.

Key Clients

The Tate

Design Artists Copyright Society

Contemporary Arts Society

Sir Peter Blake

Mark Wallinger

Pilar Corrias Gallery

Gavin Turk

Lisson Gallery

Sprueth Magers Gallery

Art Basel

Work highlights

  • Advising Kathleen Simonis on a high profile dispute with the Arts Council of England regarding its refusal to provide a permanent EU export licence for a painting owned by Kathleen Simonis, attributed to the Italian early Renaissance master, Giotto di Bondone.
  • Acted for Meem Gallery in a claim against Sotheby's about a misrepresentation of the provenance of a bronze statue purchased at an auction.
  • Advising a leading international art gallery in a high-value dispute over the sale of a painting.
  • Advised a gallery on an agreement to commission artwork for a well-known painter.
  • Acting for Opus Art in a breach of contract claim, in respect of a series of sponsorship and social media agreements made with an organisation that promised access to more than 50% of the UK rich list.

Hunters Law LLP has a multi-disciplinary team that advises dealers, galleries, collectors and public and private institutions on the sale and acquisition of important artworks and other collectables. It also represents clients on title disputes, questions of misattribution and the authenticity of art as well as other complex claims regarding illegally excavated artefacts and advice in relation to treasure. Head of the team is Hetty Gleave who is the deputy chair of the Treasure Valuation Committee and a director and panel mediator with Art Resolve (the specialist Art Dispute Resolution Service). Gregor Kleinknecht is also a panel mediator and arbitrator with Art Resolve and a qualified arbitrator and member of the Board of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).

Practice head(s):Hetty Gleave

Other key lawyers:Gregor Kleinknecht; Petra Warrington;Julia Richards

Testimonials

'Blue-chip clients need blue-chip legal advice - which is what the Hunters' ethic seems to be'.

'The team is very knowledgeable, approachable and well-connected within the art world with a profound understanding of the issues that concern both its private and professional clients'.

'Hetty Gleave is an excellent communicator who is able to articulate complex issues in a very straight-forward manner'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced and pushes hard for his client'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht has huge knowledge of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is an excellent detail man'.

'Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced in restitution claims'.

'I have worked mainly with Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington, and have found them both to be exceptional'.

'The team seems to have particular strength with advising on heritage assets'.

'Julia Richards is very understanding of demanding clients'.

Key Clients

Mr Ali Jeddi

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mr Jeddi in the reported case of Jeddi –v- Sotheby's and Ors [2018] EWHC 1491 (Comm) in complex proceedings against Sotheby's and other parties in relation to possession of a valuable antique rock crystal jar consigned to Sotheby's in 2012 for sale by Mr Jeddi's agent.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has considerable experience of working with UK resident non-UK domiciled art collectors in the review and structuring of the ownership of their collections, in accordance with UK tax regimes and in line with succession planning objectives. It acts for a diverse range of clients including artists and their personal representatives as well as national galleries and museums, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and traditionally wealthy families who have extensive collections in their family homes. Ceris Gardner leads the team that includes Clare Maurice and Jennifer Chambers .

Practice head(s):Ceris Gardner

Other key lawyers:Clare Maurice; Jennifer Chambers

Testimonials

'The team at MTG is highly talented but what makes it unique is that you feel you are dealing with a family and you are part of it. The Danish word "hygge" comes to mind, you just feel comfortable and safe when you are with this team'.

'Ceris Gardner is an authority on all things related to international private wealth and succession planning. Her bedside manners are impeccable. She has all the answers'.

'Ceris Gardner is extremely client-friendly. The team's knowledge of international tax law is second to none'.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a trust, on structures and the tax implications relating to a substantial multi-jurisdictional art collection.
  • Advising CIO trustees in relation to grant-making policy.
  • Providing strategic advice to a charity regarding a proposed donation of a work of art and issues relating to conditional exemption.
  • Advising the charity beneficiary of the estate of a deceased artist.
  • Providing extensive advice to an individual regarding a high-value bespoke item.

Clients of Withers LLP benefit from its network of international offices. It has a long-established reputation in tax and estate planning work particularly for the owners of major art collections and works on a broad mix of contentious art matters, from restitution, to disputes about title, contested provenance and contractual issues. Eleni Polycarpou is a known name for her work on contentious art law. Celia Lloyd-Davidson is a notable practitioner for non-contentious art matters and for her work in the creative sector working closely with commercial galleries, museums and artists. Simon Chadwick is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Celia Lloyd-Davidson; Eleni Polycarpou

Other key lawyers:Simon Chadwick

Testimonials

'Eleni Polycarpou is an exceptional litigation solicitor - immensely experienced and very knowledgeable in this quite specialist field.  Apart from anything else, she is a considerate person, with great client management skills'.

'Eleni Polycarpou is an excellent commercially-minded lawyer who immediately sees potential risks and offers solutions for their mitigation'.

'Eleni Polycarpou was excellent throughout. She quickly identified the key issues and guided a multi- jurisdictional team through the due diligence'.

'The team works seamlessly across offices and jurisdictions'.

 

Key Clients

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Hauser + Wirth

Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation

Private collector

Fine Art Group

London Art Dealer

London Art Gallery

Cambridgeshire auction house

Executors and beneficiaries of an estate

Private collector

Work highlights

  • Advising the Institute of Contemporary Arts on its internal restructuring, general employment matters and GDPR.
  • Advising Hauser+Wirth on transactional matters, e-commerce and data protection issues, and GDPR compliance.
  • Assisting the Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation in the management of its collection and transactional matters.
  • Acting for the consignee who has been joined to proceedings in the High Court brought against a leading global auction house.
  • Acting for the Fine Art Group in contractual matters and on enforcement issues.

BDB Pitmans is best known for providing tax and structuring advice to the owners of art and cultural property. The experienced team frequently advises trustees and individuals who own assets that are subject to historic conditional exemptions from estate duty and inheritance tax. The group has also been busy advising on all the issues that arise from the sale and purchase of art as well as issues of provenance, artefact recovery in addition to agency agreements, contracts and IP issues. Susan Johnson and Hugo Smith co-head the team.

Practice head(s):Susan Johnson; Hugo Smith

Other key lawyers:Simon Weil; Jonathan Fewster

Testimonials

'Very strong on cultural heritage and landed estates. Susan Johnson - experience in all aspects of cultural assets'.

'Susan Johnson has a long history of working on heritage matters'.

'The team is always friendly and efficient. Simon Weil and Jonathan Fewster - both have been excellent'.

 

Key Clients

Royal Opera House

Handel House Trust

Historic England

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Crossrail Art Foundation

The Landmark Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising long-standing client, the Royal Opera House, on various contractual and regulatory matters including IP issues, including artist and media contracts, contractual disputes, brand protection and copyright infringement.
  • Advising The Landmark Trust in the successful mediated settlement of a potentially damaging property litigation claim involving a historic English Civil War property in Dorset, near Corfe Castle.
  • Acting for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to obtain a (rarely granted) parliamentary scheme of the Charity Commission and associated statutory instrument in order to bring about various changes to the constitution of the charity.
  • Advising on the establishment of a joint venture charity, The Crossrail Art Foundation, between Crossrail and the City of London Corporation to create a programme of public art to tie in with the completion of each of the seven Crossrail stations.
  • Advising Historic England, a public body that looks after England’s historic environment, on a number of heritage issues as well as commercial, planning and property matters.

Browne Jacobson LLP works for some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions and public bodies. It is also recommended for its work with street and urban artists. Alex Watt has extensive experience of dealing with artists on the protection of their intellectual property as well as galleries on their relationship with artists. Other areas of expertise lie in acting for the owners of landed estates and for local authorities on issues affecting listed buildings and conservation area issues. Declan Cushley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Alex Watt

Other key lawyers:Declan Cushley

Work highlights

  • Sole counsel to world famous artist EINE.
  • Sole counsel to world famous artist SHOK1
  • Sole counsel for the world renowned street artist, CEPT.
  • The team has acted for the National Trust for over 10 years on a wide range of matters.
  • Acted for Triumph Motorcycles ( a global motorcycle brand) on a deal between the artist D*Face and Triumph Motorcycles.

Forsters LLP has a wealth of experience in acting for influential individuals and institutions in the UK and international art markets. Clients range from international collectors, auction houses, dealers, museums and charities, to living contemporary artists seeking to establish structures to safeguard their artistic legacies and provide for their family members. Its client base also includes families and their trustees owning old masters and chattels of national importance. Catherine Hill heads the team that also includes Rupert Mead who has a particular interest in the taxation of heritage property (chattels, historic land and buildings).

Practice head(s):Catherine Hill

Other key lawyers:Rupert Mead; David Robinson

Testimonials

'All the people at the Forsters art & cultural property team are very approachable and combine this with knowledge. They also listen which is rarer than you might think'.

'Stand-out individuals are Rupert Mead, David Robinson and Catherine Hill. They have good clients who they look after very well. They are proactive and bring energy to what they do'.

'Catherine Hill is first-class. Smart, diligent and she consistently goes the extra mile'.

'Catherine Hill speaks your language, she is efficient and has an excellent bedside manner'.

Lee & Thompson LLP acts for various wealthy clients including art agents and dealers, well-known artists and collectors as well as senior gallery and auction house directors. Other clients include retail entrepreneurs, a range of corporates as well as art technology businesses, art fairs and creative events companies. Head of team Sarah Barker has significant experience in the arts, photography and visual arts sector. The team frequently advises on diverse matters that are relevant to this sector including intellectual property, digital and various regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Sarah Barker

Other key lawyers:Martyn Bailey

Testimonials

'Sarah Barker has an extremely determined but warm personality - this makes her a real stand out'.

'Sarah Barker is brilliant. Always available, super professional, creative, flexible and dedicated. She can be tough when required yet she is always fair'.

'I have worked with Sarah Barker for many years, I am always reliant on her in-depth knowledge of the art market and its nuances'.

'Sarah Barker is intelligent, sharp and extremely effective all-round'.

'Sarah Barker is smart and diligent. She goes the extra mile'.

'Martyn Bailey, who handles disputes, is also a fantastic asset for the firm; he is a highly capable and intelligent partner'.

'Martyn Bailey is a brilliant and hugely experienced operator'.

'A very knowledgeable and intelligent team'.

 

Key Clients

Artangel

Steve McQueen

Draw Art Fair

Cultureshock

Artscape Management

Various high-profile art galleries such as Thomas Dane and Sadie Coles HQ

Artlogic

Leading primary and secondary dealing global Art Gallery

Hetzler Gallery (London)

Work highlights

  • Advised Artangel on its collaboration agreement with the Tate in relation to the joint production of the forthcoming Steve McQueen Year 3 Project.
  • Advising artist and Oscar winning film maker Steve McQueen in relation to an IP and data protection matter for his Year 3 Project at the Tate.
  • Advising Draw Art Fair on various commercial arrangements and contracts.
  • Advising media agency, Cultureshock, on a large ongoing contract with Sotheby’s.
  • Advised Artscape Management on The Fourth Plinth Commission

Payne Hicks Beach has particular expertise in advising on tax, title and bailment issues for private owners of art and heritage land and buildings as well as advising on the planning laws that are applicable to these heritage fixtures. Other areas of expertise lie in the administration of high-value private art collections, issues surrounding public access/conditional exemption issues in addition to the resolution of title disputes. James Bacon heads the team and is vastly experienced in heritage property taxation. Bacon has niche expertise in the use of maintenance fund settlements for land and his clients include the owners of substantial art collections and landed estates. Alastair Murdie has now retired.

Practice head(s):James Bacon

Pinsent Masons LLP fields an excellent team that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, royal family members, art foundations and cultural institutions, as well as artists and government bodies on all aspects of their collections. The practice is also adept at advising on the loaning of art for discrete and large scale exhibitions and on loan agreements with major international museums. Richard Hart often advises clients on how to structure their collections and on their philanthropic endeavours through cultural foundations.

Practice head(s):Richard Hart

Testimonials

'Richard Hart works tirelessly for his clients. It is a great team in London and in Paris that works seamlessly together on all art matters'.

'Delivers an exceptional service for clients'.

Key Clients

Saffery Champness (through their clients)

Various members of Middle Eastern royal families and ultra-high-net-worth individuals

Work highlights

  • Advised the cultural Al Thani Collection Foundation that was set up by a prominent Qatari family on the loan to Hôtel de la Marine of numerous artworks from its collection to be showcased as part of temporary exhibitions to be held in the course of the next 20 years in a new gallery of the renovated historical monument Hôtel de la Marine in Paris.
  • Advised the Lenbachhaus, an art museum in Munich, on which individuals had legal entitlement to any potential claims belonging to the estate of a deceased Jewish couple, one of whom sold a number of valuable paintings to a German collector at some point in or around the Second World War.
  • Advising a large multinational company with a portfolio of art investments in relation to the establishment of a website to showcase certain of the client's collection of gemstones, jewellery and artefacts.
  • Advised cultural Al Thani Collection Foundation that was set up by a prominent Qatari family on the loan of its Indian jewellery collection and pieces from its antiquities collection in two separate exhibitions at the Palace Museum from April to June 2018.
  • Advising a Qatari investment vehicle in relation to its global trade mark filing strategy for its extensive art collection.

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    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
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  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
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    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
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    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

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