Art and cultural property in London

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a broad arts practice with a strong reputation.  It advises numerous wealthy clients and various major landed estates with valuable art collections, and is also known for its strength in art litigation matters. In addition, the team acts for galleries, artists and auction houses. Simon Fitzpatrick heads the department and is known for his specialist knowledge of art law and litigation; he frequently deals with cases involving auction house misattribution, authenticity and provenance claims. Natasha Hassall handles long-term estate planning matters and advises on both onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning issues and wills. She is experienced at dealing with large landed estates and is particularly adept at advising on heritage property issues around substantial art collections. 'Passionate and knowledgeable' senior associate Becky Shaw is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

Boodle Hatfield’s specialist art law practice is market-leading. The team has a wealth of experience advising artists, collectors, auction houses and museums. It could not have a better leader than Simon Fitzpatrick, who is calm and knowledgeable, and in Rebecca Foden and Becky Shaw it has two standout practitioners

This team is spot on regarding its industry knowledge and has a wealth of experience in this field of law, which make the firm a go-to address for art law. Its art law blog is a sign of its thought leadership

Simon Fitzpatrick stands out particularly for his pragmatic approach and extensive expertise. Rebecca Foden is sharp on details, strategic and dedicated, which makes her an asset on a case

‘Simon Fitzpatrick and Fred Clark have an excellent art market network and understand the legal requirements associated with the specific areas’

The team is highly professional, with a wide range of expertise, applied in a responsive and assertive manner. Simon Fitzpatrick is always analytical and perceptive, understanding issues from more than just a narrow legal perspective, recognising that behaviour and emotion must also be taken into account when devising a strategy for dealing with what are usually complex matters

Simon Fitzpatrick is a very strong head of department’

The practice has great private clients and for a small firm punches above its weight. For art litigation, Simon Fitzpatrick is sharp but approachable and well supported by Becky Shaw and Rebecca Foden. You would want them on your side

Becky Shaw is very passionate and knowledgeable about art and has an excellent manner with clients. Fred Clark is a tenacious and ambitious lawyer who is bound to go far

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rudy Capildeo and Tim Maxwell co-head the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and are recommended for their substantial experience in contentious and non-contentious art law and other luxury asset expertise. The group is experienced in advising on the full range of matters from the buying, selling and financing of art, to planning artists’ estates and the donation of art in lieu of inheritance/estate taxes. In addition the team is adept at advising on the day-to-day operation of museums and galleries and is well regarded for its expertise in the art finance market. It is a known name for its work with national institutions on projects of significant cultural importance. Other key members of the team include Robert Blower who frequently advises on tax and estate planning matters for individuals, families, estates and trustees where there is heritage property and high-value assets. Suzanne Marriott is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Rudy Capildeo; Tim Maxwell

Other key lawyers:

Robert Blower ; Suzanne Marriott

Testimonials

The art and private client teams have considerable expertise in specific areas of the market both on the litigation and client side. Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo: both have broad experience of the art market and in specific areas. Tim on the litigation side and particularly with contemporary art and Rudy on the client side with contracts and private sales‘.

Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo are fine lawyers with Tim in particular being a star in art litigation‘.

Problems are resolved in a highly professional manner by sensitive advice and guidance, anticipated by a efficient, detailed and precise preparation of the case followed by a sharp and humble approach towards a solution‘.

Robert Blower and Suzanne Marriott – top notch private client/tax planning advice to do with art and cultural property. The team is very strong in both tax matters related to art and contractual issues/litigation/restitution indeed all legal and fiscal issues to do with art and cultural property‘.

‘CRS is now the London/European power house for art law Rudy Capildeo and Tim Maxwell are both exceptionally good lawyers in this area – personably and very professional‘.

The team is very approachable and efficient, and it tackles complicated matters in a very quick and responsible manner, which makes the client feel that they are in good hands‘.

Key clients

The Wallace Collection

Fica Frio

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised The Wallace Collection on a loan agreement for a priceless piece of artwork.
  • Acting for Fica Frio who represents the interests of some of the world’s leading high net-worth individuals and collectors of high-value historic motor vehicles.
  • Acting as trustees of The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust that supports museums and art research projects, organises exhibitions, endows two annual prizes for young scholars and artists and promotes Sir Denis’s own art collection.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is well known for advising the international super rich. It acts for many wealthy individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect and invest in art. The leading practice also acts for a host of collectors, art dealers and advisers, along with various museums and galleries. The team is skilled too at advising borrowers and lenders where art is used as collateral security. Adrian Parkhouse has a strong reputation as an art litigator, while Julian Smith is highly respected for his work in advising charities and non-departmental public bodies on heritage matters. James Carleton has particular expertise in cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy, while Mike Chantler, who is now a consultant,  is renowned for his advice on the administration and taxation of heritage property. The well-regarded Rhoddy Voremberg is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parkhouse; James Carleton

Testimonials

The team overall is excellent and is particularly recommended for its work with major cultural institutions

Farrer & Co is recognised as having an outstanding offering in this area. The art and cultural property work fits extremely well within its private client, trusts and estates, and commercial expertise. Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely top tier in this field. He is extremely bright, hardworking and a brilliant strategist. He is one of the most highly respected names in the area and rightly so

Rhoddy Voremberg continues to be a leading light in the art world

A small team that  picks up much of the interesting art-related work in the London solicitor market

Adrian Parkhouse – what he doesn’t know about art law and art disputes isn’t worth knowing. He’s unbelievably knowledgeable and impressive, and knows the art litigation market better than anyone. Top quality. If you’ve got an art dispute, don’t go anywhere else’

‘ Adrian Parkhouse is practical, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with. Insider insight to the thinking of London’s deal makers and courts’

Adrian Parkhouse is an exceptional and experienced litigator in the art world, while James Carleton is equally prominent in the non-contentious field. I would also mention Rhoddy Voremberg and Mike Chantler

Will Charrington gave excellent, precise and commercial advice in a complex case’

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

Geffrye Museum

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Tate Britain

Various Private Family Offices

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Gallery on the purchase, subject to a successful public fundraising campaign, of Orazio Gentileschi’s masterpiece The Finding of Moses.
  • Advised Tate Britain on its ground-breaking ‘Year 3’ public artwork project by Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen, which involved taking the class photo of every Year 3 pupil in London; this raised complex issues relating to consent forms, compliance, safeguarding and data protection.
  • Negotiated terms on behalf of an international family office in relation to auction sales at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s for valuable works totalling £50m, one of which set a new record price for the artist.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a highly respected team that is lauded for the breadth of its art-related expertise. It has a 'high profile and is a top firm in this area'. Head of department Karen Sanig has a strong reputation and represents clients from around the world, including artists and their estates, collectors, dealers, art foundations and charities. Other key clients include galleries, museums and governments. The department receives a steady flow of instructions on matters as diverse as the sale and purchase of art, issues surrounding authenticity and ownership, and the restitution of looted cultural property. Sanig is known for her work on some of the biggest art transactions and the most significant litigation in this area. Amanda Gray is also well regarded for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of associate Simon Chadwick from Withers LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Karen Sanig

Testimonials

Karen Sanig’s reputation in the market is immense

Karen came highly recommended from everybody with whom I spoke in the art world both in the UK and abroad. Her well-deserved reputation for excellence preceded her and we have been more than impressed with her skill, knowledge and experience in the area, coupled with the fact that her years of high-level art world experience inspires confidence

The lawyers know the art world inside out and always see the whole picture, never just one piece

Exceptionally high level of expertise in arts and culture, with international breadth. Amanda Gray is a highly skilled lawyer and exceptionally well connected in the arts and culture sector. She has a genuine passion for her subject. She is quick and responsive in our dealings with her, and provides practical and succinct advice

Amanda Gray is a real star- she is a very, very good communicator, has a real feel for the art market and is very practical and very thorough

The team has been extremely efficient, very quick to get to the crux of the issues, intellectually very sharp, and clearly very experienced and expert. The lawyers have been very responsive both professionally and, I would say, emotionally

Amanda Gray is superb. She has a mastery of art law like almost no one else. She can manage a dispute from beginning to end and will always get the best result for her client. She is the go-to option for anyone with a dispute on their hands. Abby Brindley and the rest of the team are exceptional as well’

Everything about the team speaks of professionalism, penetrating intellect and genuine empathy’

Key clients

Alison Jackson (Artist)

Almine Rech Gallery Limited

Anthony d’Offay (Artist)

Art Africa Ltd

Artists Pension Trust

Artwide (HK) Limited

Ben Uri Museum

Borro Limited

Camden Arts Centre

Cheffins Fine Art

Christina Chandris

Clore Wyndham Fine Art Limited

Contemporary Art Society

Damilola Oduste (Artist)

Darius & Marc Azari

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Dr Farhad Farjam

Embassy of Italy

Estate of artist Ken Kiff (RA)

Fergus Hall Limited

Forum Auctions Limited

French and Company LLC

Gagosian Gallery Limited

Generation Three Family Partners

Guy Dellal

Halcyon Art International Limited

Halcyon Gallery Limited

Hales Gallery Limited

Hales Gallery LLC

Heirs to Nina Zouboff

Hermitage Art Foundation, Israel

Isaac Julien (Artist)

Ivor Braka

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Lionel Smit (Artist)

Lisson Gallery

Lyndsey Ingram London Limited

Maddox Gallery Ltd

Marisa Bellani

Matthew Stephenson Limited

Morgan Art Foundation SA

Murphy Partners LLP

Museum of Everything

Offer Waterman

Oliver Sears Gallery

Ori Gersht

Other Art Fairs Limited

P&D Colnaghi and Co Ltd

Piano Nobile

Pissarro & Associates Fine Art

Reza Aramesh (Artist)

Richard Green Galleries

Roman Road Limited

Schoyen Collection

Simon C Dickinson Limited

Simon Salama-Caro

Skartstedt Gallery of London Limited

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Klesch Collection

Vastari Group Limited

Yves Bouvier

Work highlights

  • Representing leading international art dealer Simon C Dickinson Ltd in a claim involving ownership of a Constable artwork sold to a Dutch museum by the dealers where hackers intercepted funds due to Dickinson for the artwork.
  • Continuing to advise philanthropist, art collector and curator Anthony d’Offay in relation to his £126m gift to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, which have come under pressure due to newspaper allegations and as a result of Tate’s public response to the same.
  • Advising a leading arts and cultural organisation across the board with a particular emphasis on gallery services and how best to balance the creative rights of artists with its business.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a well-established and experienced team that regularly acts on significant disputes and advises the key players in the market. Head of department Roland Foord advises clients on both contentious matters and on major transactions. In addition, Foord has niche expertise in auction law. Stephen Roberts is highly regarded for his work in dispute resolution and risk management, with particular skill in advising on issues relating to provenance, title and attribution. The team has also been active in advising its clients on all aspects of cybersecurity risk management and in relation to the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, either as collectors, dealers or sellers, as well as major international auction houses, financial institutions and art associations.

Practice head(s):

Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Roberts; Danielle Maddox

Testimonials

Roland Foord is extremely well known in the art world

Roland Foord knows all there is to know. He has a string of high-profile clients  and for good reason’

‘Roland Foord offers balanced, realistic and wise counsel. Danielle Maddox is a very good senior associate in the team

Roland Foord is excellent

Roland Foord and Danielle Maddox are both very professional and don’t take an unnecessarily aggressive stance. You can talk to them sensibly about tricky issues in a very friendly way. They represent their clients very well but are sensible about reaching an agreement

‘Roland Foord and Stephen Roberts are both outstanding, with a real interest in, and understanding of, the art market and its legal issues

Roland Foord is one of the most experienced art lawyers in London. I confidently recommend him and his team to my clients

The lawyers are very knowledgeable and up to date, particularly on the litigation/dispute resolution side. Roland Foord is a standout individual. Always available and provides good balanced advice’

Key clients

Mark Weiss

Qatar Museums Authority

The Modern Institute

Sadie Coles HQ Limited

Ms Inna Victoria Feanne Hontiveros Mauricio

Christie’s

Waddington Custot Galleries

The Society of London Art Dealers

Hazlitt Gooden & Fox Limited

The Royal College of Art

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mark Weiss Limited in a dispute over a painting by Frans Hals that was sold through Sotheby’s in which its authenticity has been questioned.
  • Instructed by the Qatar Museums Authority on a number of matters including the Cultural Heritage Project, National Museum of Qatar, the Qatar-France 2020 cultural exchange programme and various exhibitions.
  • Advising The Modern Institute on a dispute arising out of a fire which it is alleged was caused during the fabrication of an artwork.

Constantine Cannon LLP

Constantine Cannon LLP has a dedicated team of specialist art lawyers who are adept at advising on all aspects of the international art market. The practice has significant transatlantic capabilities with both UK and US-qualified lawyers. Under the leadership of Pierre Valentin, the group advises on a myriad of contentious and non-contentious issues, from complex, high-value art transactions through to export controls, anti-money laundering and endangered species. Clients include art collectors, galleries, dealers, auction houses, artists and museums, as well as private banks, family offices, insurance companies and art investment funds. Newly promoted partner Azmina Jasani is a well-regarded art and luxury asset specialist. Fionnuala Rogers is another key contact who has a particular interest in cultural property and has extensive experience in the Middle East. Associate Till Vere-Hodge is also noted for his expertise, particularly in looted art matters.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Valentin

Testimonials

Pierre Valentin brings a lot of practical experience of the art market into his cases and helps to find creative solutions to potential problems. He is extremely well connected on an international level. He is a real team player

Pierre Valentin is excellent and well known in the market

The lawyers at Constantine Cannon demonstrate a wealth of experience and relevant insights within the art and cultural property sector, and approach their research and professional guidance with the highest degree of competence and diligence. They are a particularly intelligent, knowledgeable and approachable practice, and locate their clients firmly at the centre of their institutional operations and commercial activity

‘I have been very impressed by Till Vere-Hodge’s professionalism and his passion for art law. As he is bilingual (in German and English), he is perfectly placed to advise on any cases which involve one or more German protagonists or which have a historic connection to Germany, such as cases involving Nazi looted art

I have had the fortune to work alongside Till Vere-Hodge and Fionnuala Rogers. Their communication is both clear and authoritative, and evidences a commendable understanding and comprehension of this idiosyncratic legal field. In this way they distinguish themselves from their competitors and I thoroughly value their collective assiduousness and humility

‘We were extremely impressed by the team’s acute and forensic attention to detail. We felt that Constantine Cannon not only understood the whole legal conundrum we were faced with but had a clear strategy on how to move things forward

‘Pierre Valentin is an exceptional lawyer. His depth of experience is very helpful in reframing any issues. He is a gifted problem solver and is very strategic, which is useful when a commercial approach is required. He is also a great leader and has built a very capable team at Constantine Cannon’

‘Fionnuala Rogers is very responsive and conscientious in all matters related to acquisitions, consignments and museum loan agreements. She is very resourceful, and can think around and legislate for all possible issues. She is incredibly efficient and an absolute pleasure to work with

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s expertise spans all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from the drafting and negotiation of agreements to dispute resolution. It has an extensive client base of museums and public collections as well as galleries and dealers, public art organisations, charities and foundations. Other key clients include artists, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The practice is particularly recommended for its work in the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property, and for its estate planning advice to artists and collectors. Mark Stephens heads the team and has undertaken a significant number of cases in relation to spoliated art. Daniel McClean is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Daniel McClean

Testimonials

Good advice and not overly costly compared with other firms

Mark Stephens is very, very clever

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

Hunters Law LLP

Under the leadership of Hetty Gleave, the multi-disciplinary team at Hunters Law LLP advises auctioneers, valuers, dealers and galleries, as well as collectors and public and private institutions, on a broad array of contentious and non-contentious matters. Areas of expertise include title disputes and questions of misattribution, in addition to Holocaust-era restitution claims, excavated and exported goods, fakes and money-laundering issues. Dispute resolution remains a significant area of work for the team, which includes three mediators and one arbitrator. In addition, the practice is adept at handling the sale and acquisition of important artworks and collectables, as well as advising the owners of estates and other heritage property on diverse tax matters. Gleave is the deputy chair of the Treasure Valuation Committee and a director and panel mediator with Art Resolve, where key team member Gregor Kleinknecht is also a panel mediator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Hetty Gleave

Testimonials

We value Gregor Kleinknecht’s tailored, client-based approach, whereby he takes pains to understand our concerns, what we are seeking to achieve and our budget, before presenting the options and following through as agreed

‘The team offers an exceptional service. Gregor Kleinknecht is outstanding, with a profound understanding of issues relating to art law. Hetty Gleave is also superb’

Hetty Gleave is superb. Gregor Kleinknecht knows the art market like the back of his hand. Petra Warrington is an exceptionally bright and competent junior, who is really making a name for herself in the art world

‘Hetty and Petra are both hardworking and diligent. Hetty is very well known in this area, especially in the field of art mediation

It is an experienced team

Hunters provides an excellent boutique service in this field. It is a very committed and close-knit team and I would recommend it unreservedly

Hunters is one of a small number of firms with a real focus on the art law field, offering an exceptional service

Key clients

Ali Jeddi

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Ali Jeddi in the reported case of Jeddi  v Sotheby’s and Ors and continues to advise the claimant on his underlying claims against Sotheby’s for conversion.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has substantial experience of advising a diverse range of clients both inside and outside the UK, including artists (and their personal representatives), collectors, national galleries and museums, as well as philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Other key clients include wealthy families with extensive collections in their family homes. Ed Powles leads the firm’s art and heritage property group, which has particular expertise in complex tax issues and gifts and estate planning. In addition, the team is skilled in advising on significant disputes, sales and purchases, financings and loans. Ceris GardnerJennifer Chambers and Clare Maurice are also notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ed Powles

Testimonials

One of the very few firms that has a dedicated art and culture department. A team that has been in place for some years now, giving it continuity and, as the years go by, more and more experience

The lawyers are interested in art-related work and actively develop it. Standout partners include Jennifer Chambers and Ed Powles

It has a tight and precise team. A pleasure to work with. The team is making a very noticeable entry into the art world

 ‘Ed Powles has a brilliant mind, but is also more than adept at handling practical matters of all forms. Jennifer Emms is excellent

Withers LLP

The team at Withers LLP has a well-established reputation for tax and estate planning work. It acts for the owners of major art collections and, alongside its international tax team, is able to advise clients on the full range of issues, such as the importation and exportation of artworks. The group is also adept at advising on high-profile disputes in the art world; it acts in a whole host of contentious matters, ranging from disputes about title to contested provenance and contractual issues. The 'incredibly hands-onEleni Polycarpou is the firm's UK head of art.

Testimonials

Eleni Polycarpou’s team is one of a kind when it comes to arts and cultural property. The depth and breadth of knowledge and experience should be appealing to any client. The team has skills and knowledge’

Eleni Polycarpou is incredibly hands-on whilst approachable. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get into the work herself.  She will go the extra mile for a client

I have worked in this field with Eleni Polycarpou. She and her team have a very strong presence in this area of litigation, and fully deserve their excellent reputation

Eleni is a tough litigator, really committed to her clients, and with bags of energy and spirit

Eleni is very helpful and excellent to deal with, offering sage advice. Always attentive and immediately responsive. Super efficient

Eleni Polycarpou is a particularly hardworking lawyer. Very brilliant and with great tenacity. I recommend her very highly

‘Eleni Polycarpou is an excellent negotiator and has excellent knowledge of the files

‘Acts for quality gallery clients

Key clients

Owners of seized Banksy artworks

Tate Gallery

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans is well known for providing tax and structuring advice to the owners of art and cultural property, including assets that are subject to historic conditional exemptions from estate duty and inheritance tax. It also advises on matters such as suitable ownership structures for well-known artists; agency agreements for the promotion of their work; the creation of charities to hold art and cultural property; and the sale and purchase of art. Susan Johnson and Hugo Smith co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Susan Johnson; Hugo Smith

Key clients

Royal Opera House

Handel House Trust Limited

Historic England

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Crossrail Art Foundation

The Landmark Trust

Reading Gaol, Arts, Museum and Theatre Company

The Britten-Pears Foundation, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Music Festival

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Opera House on various contractual and regulatory matters.
  • Advising the merger committee of the Britten-Pears Foundation, Snape Maltings and the Aldeburgh Music Endowment Fund in relation to their legal merger.
  • Advised on the setup of the Reading Gaol Arts, Museum and Theatre Company as a charity.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Under the leadership of Declan CushleyBrowne Jacobson LLP acts for major cultural institutions and public bodies, and has built up considerable niche expertise in acting for street and urban artists, advising on brand partnerships and infringement actions. The group also assists the owners of landed estates and local authorities with listed building and conservation area issues. Intellectual property partner Alex Watt has extensive experience of advising artists on the protection of their IP, as well as galleries on their relationships with artists.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Alex Watt

Key clients

Global Street Art Foundation

SHOK1

EINE

Pure Evil

CEPT

Vinnie Nylon

Gary Stranger

CHU

ESPO

Remi Rough

Forsters LLP

At Forsters LLP, the arts and cultural property team is led by experienced estate planning lawyer Catherine Hill. The team has strong relationships with specialist valuers, art advisers and institutions, and acts for various living contemporary artists as well as families and trustees who own masterpieces and chattels of national importance. Rupert Mead advises the owners of landed estates and has a particular interest in the taxation of heritage property (both chattels as well as historic land and buildings).

Practice head(s):

Catherine Hill

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Mead

Lee & Thompson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP advises on all matters pertinent to the art, design, photography and the wider visual arts industries. It has considerable strength on the litigation side, handling contentious matters relating to title, authenticity, intellectual property and agency disputes. Under the leadership of Sarah Barker, it has a good reputation for supporting individual artists, photographers, business owners, agents and dealers in addition to investors and art galleries. The practice also frequently advises start-up and emerging businesses in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Barker

Testimonials

The standard and quality of work output is exceptional. Commercial and practical advice as well as very reasonable fees

Excellent client care by Sarah Barker. Sarah is highly commercial, astute and understands broader strategic objectives on projects. The advice she provides is high level and to the point. Sarah has a stellar private practice corporate background and also an in-depth understanding of the art market. It is rare to find lawyers with that mix. I have also found it easy to have frank conversations about fees and estimates which she always sticks to

Key clients

Draw Art Fair

British Art Fair Group

British Antique Dealers Association (BADA)

Thomas Dane Gallery

Karsten Schubert Gallery

Addis Fine Art

Cabinet Gallery

Steve McQueen

Magnum

Artangel

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of Draw Art Fair in the disposal of this art fair to the British Art Fair Group.
  • Providing Magnum with legal and commercial advice across all areas of the business.
  • Advising Addis Gallery on the terms of its artists’ agency agreement.

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach advises private individuals, trustees, art dealers and charities, with particular strength in advising private owners of art and heritage land and buildings on tax, title and bailment issues. The team also assists with planning issues relating to heritage fixtures; the administration of high-value private art collections; and public access and conditional exemption matters. Practice head James Bacon is recommended for his knowledge of heritage property taxation and the use of maintenance fund settlements for land.

Practice head(s):

James Bacon

Other key lawyers:

Rosamond McDowell

Testimonials

Rosamond McDowell had complete mastery of my situation and I would follow her blindly wherever she is

Rosamond McDowell is highly efficient but also very personable and charming. A reliable source of all information needed to meet my legal and tax requirements. I trust her completely

A firm with weight, and a proven record, in the art and cultural property sector over a long period. The lawyers are consummate professionals

James Bacon is a leading figure in this field. He has a rare combination of sensitivity to the client and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the law and its complexities

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's multi-disciplinary team acts for a range of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, Royal Family members, art foundations and cultural institutions, as well artists and government bodies, in respect of their collections. It is adept at advising on the loaning of art for discrete and large-scale exhibitions and on loan agreements with major international museums. Team head Richard Hart is well regarded for advising clients on structuring their collections and on their philanthropic endeavours through cultural foundations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hart

Testimonials

‘The team deploys patience and humility with as much ease as tenacity and diligence. Its unique ability to placate the most demanding of clients is what puts it a head above in my opinion’

Richard Hart is exceptionally responsive and never fails to offer quick and sound counsel across a range of issues

Richard Hart is calm, collected and balanced

Richard Hart is exceptional and is always available to assist with the most important of legal aspects

There is good teamwork between the London and Paris offices, where seamless advice is provided. Richard Hart provides an exceptional client service, working way beyond the normal requirements at all hours in many countries. A great personality making him great to work with. Commercial, practical and honest

Key clients

Saffery Champness (through its clients)

Various members of Middle Eastern Royal Families

Ultra-high-net-worth individuals

Swiss Foundation

Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg

The Lenbachhaus

The City of Munich

Work highlights

  • Advised the Al Thani Collection Foundation on the loan of numerous artworks from its collection to temporary exhibitions to be held in a new gallery at the Hôtel de la Marine.
  • Advised the Lenbachhaus on potential claims to the estate of a deceased Jewish couple, one of whom had sold a number of valuable paintings to a German collector at some point in or around the Second World War.
  • Acting for a Swiss-based foundation on the loan of a collection of artworks (including pieces by David Hockney and Anish Kapoor) to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, for an exhibition.