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Gregor Kleinknecht

Work 020 7412 0050
Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans

Work Department

Business services and litigation.


Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Business Services departments with a broadly based practice in international commercial dispute resolution and, in particular, complex and high value cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation cases. Other practice areas include a strong contentious and non-contentious international IP practice, focusing on brand protection, and the exploitation, protection and enforcement of trademarks, domain names, design rights and copyright; and a leading practice in art and cultural heritage law.


Trained; Qualified Germany 1995; England and Wales 1996; Berwin Leighton, 1994-98; CMS Cameron McKenna, 1998-2002; Howre, 2002-06; Klein Solicitors, 2007-14; Joined Hunters as partner following merger of Klein Solicitors and Hunters, February 2014. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1999; Accredited Mediator, ADR Group 2003; Panel Neutral, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center 2005; Panellist, Czech Arbitration Court Center for EU Domain Name Disputes 2006; Corporate Live Wire 2013 Lawyer of the Year in the category Litigation UK; Corporate Live Wire 2014 Lawyer of the Year in the category Intellectual Property.


German, French.


The Law Society; Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main; Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS); International Bar Association (IBA); Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA); American Bar Association International Section (ABA); International Trademark Association (INTA); Institute of Art and Law (IAL), Centre du Droit de l’Art; Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM); Art Investment Council (AIC); Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP); Institut für Kunst und Recht; Institut of Directors (IoD); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 


Undergraduate law degree Cologne, Geneva and Freiburg Universities (1991); London School of Economics (1993 LLM).

London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans  fields a ‘professional and capable’ team under the leadership of Hetty Gleave who has an ‘excellent track record in this area’. It has ‘several very able and knowledgeable practitioners who deal with all aspects of art and cultural property from litigation to problem solving for clients with cultural assets. The team also has a nice human touch’. Gleave has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ and the ‘very responsiveGregor Kleinknecht  ‘has a great eye for detail and is very well-informed in this area’. Senior associatePetra Warrington  is ‘very patient and is building up considerable experience in this field’ and all three make a ‘great team’. The skilled team has a ‘very good ethos and range of clients’ such as artists, dealers, galleries and collectors as well as public and private institutions. It advises on the full spectrum of issues from title disputes to other issues such as questions of misattribution. It also advises on a myriad of other complex issues including claims regarding illegally excavated and/or exported artefacts and advice in relation to treasure. Gleave is a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee which advises the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared treasure finds from the UK which museums may wish to acquire. Both Gleave and Kleinknecht are mediators and members of the Art Resolve (this is a specialist Art Dispute Resolution Service). In addition Gregor is a qualified arbitrator and is a member of the PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market) board.

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