Adrian Parkhouse > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co

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Adrian is head of the art and heritage group. He has broad experience of all aspects of dispute resolution. He also has leading experience of art-related disputes. Adrian is a CEDR accredited mediator. He has led teams in a number of major commercial cases this year, acting both for claimants and defendants on a range of matters.


Qualified in 1984; became a partner in 1989.


Oxford (BA).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Hall of Fame)

Adrian ParkhouseFarrer & Co

Farrer & Co‘s ‘really excellent‘ corporate and commercial litigation practice is regularly instructed in major disputes. It is a first port of call for clients in cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. Almost all of the practice’s work has an international dimension; recent highlights included matters spanning the Caribbean and Channel Islands, as well as the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Leading the firm’s commercial litigation team is Adrian Parkhouse, who has over 30 years of civil litigation experience. The group also includes Kate Allass, who has particular expertise in complex corporate and shareholder disputes. Jolyon Connell is noted for commercial disputes involving financial institutions, private banks and investment funds. Also integral to the department are commercial litigation specialists Ben Longworth and John WilkinsonIan De Freitas focuses on claims concerning data privacy, IP, IT and outsourcing issues. William Charrington and Blue Elliott are experienced senior associates, Victoria Atkins has ‘superb mastery of cases involving multiple jurisdictions‘ and Oliver Blundell is ‘a hard-working junior with good judgement‘.

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

(Leading individuals)

Adrian ParkhouseFarrer & Co

Farrer & Co is recommended for its work with the international super-rich in addition to advising collectors, dealers and art advisers. The ‘top notch‘ team also boasts considerable expertise in advising on philanthropic structures. It receives plaudits too for its impressive private banking practice and for its expertise in the art lending world. Adrian Parkhouse and James Carleton co-lead the group that also acts for leading museums, galleries and charities as well as top-class landed estates. Parkhouse has an enviable reputation for his work as an art litigator. Carleton has particular expertise in cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy. Julian Smith is well-regarded too for his work with charities and non-departmental public bodies in the heritage sector while Rhoddy Voremberg has extensive experience of working with the owners of landed estates on long-term strategic planning matters. Peter Wienand also advises a range of bodies in the heritage and cultural sector.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Providing ‘huge expertise and experience across a broad range of skills needed for fraud claims’, Farrer & Co primarily focuses on international, multi-party matters involving freezing injunctions and asset tracing. Key strengths are cases involving the Caribbean and Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia and Eastern Europe. The firm also has particular expertise in tackling substantial and highly complex financial services claims, utilising its ‘excellent collaboration with financial quantum and technical analysts, investigators and counsel‘. Adrian Parkhouse leads the team and specialises in civil litigation.