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Farrer & Co LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Acclaimed team noted for its market-leading expertise in handling major art and cultural property matters, including art-related financing, transactions and disputes. Advises wealthy individuals and dealers in addition to internationally renowned institutional clients. Widely regarded as one of the leading firms in the field for both dispute resolution and non-contentious and transactional matters.

Strengths A source says: "I think the team as a whole is the best team in the country for this sort of work. I think they're absolutely ahead of the competition. They're professional and thoughtful and imaginative."

Another interviewee reports: "They act for many of the national museums, and continue to act for the landed estates and some very important collectors."

Work highlights Advised Tate Modern regarding the repatriation of a Turner sketch looted from Hungary by the Nazis, including overseeing the return of the painting to the family.

Acted for a private collector in an action against an art dealer who misappropriated the proceeds of sales. The firm obtained an injunction against the dealer and assisted the New York authorities to indict him.

Significant clients Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Art Fund, Historic Royal Palaces.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Parkhouse chairs the firm's art group, and is a highly experienced litigator who acts for both private and institutional clients. He is described by one interviewee as a "great strategist, but somebody who understands the softer skills," and by another as "tough-minded and fair."

James Carleton advises clients on the non-contentious aspects of art and cultural property law, including loan, sale and philanthropy, as well as tax implications. A source says he is "very well versed in art law and selling and tax planning."

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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Dedicated team recognised as one of the leading practices for contentious and non-contentious art and cultural property matters. Regularly advises collectors, galleries and auction houses. Also acts for artists, artists' heirs and art dealers.

Strengths An interviewee highlights the team's strengths as "organisation at short notice, delivery of a clear brief, commitment to the project and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the process ran smoothly and efficiently."

A source reports: "This art law team is the best I have had the fortune to work with."

Work highlights Advised Egypt on attempts to block the export of the Sekhemka statue after its sale by Northampton Museum.

Acted for an art-owning private trust to recover a sufficient insurance settlement after a painting it had loaned to a museum was returned damaged.

Significant clients Contemporary Art Society, Darius and Marc Azari, Oliver Sears, Piano Nobile, Leslie Wexner.

Notable practitioners

Described as "the pre-eminent art litigation lawyer in the country," Karen Sanig is among the longest-standing and best-connected figures in the art law world. She is "particularly adept at dealing with complicated cross-border art transactions and difficult situations," a source remarks, adding: "Karen will always keep a cool head and find a solution to any problem, while maintaining the client's confidence and morale under tough circumstances."

Amanda Gray is a managing associate at the firm, and acts on a variety of valuable and complex matters. She is described by interviewees as "very technical" and "diligent, professional, competent and quick off the mark."

About the Team (content provided by Mishcon de Reya LLP)

In 1995, responding to client demand, Karen Sanig founded our specialist art law group which was the first of its kind. Today, as a leader in this field, we have a presence in almost every aspect of the art market. Clients include: international collectors, artists, dealers, art institutions, art foundations, museums, galleries, governments and auction houses.

Specialist services range from advice on sale, purchase, loan, consignment and financing of art to exploitation and protection of copyright and cultural heritage issues. We have established an extensive international network of art world contacts and a close association with other specialist art lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.

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Boodle Hatfield LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 1 consultant
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Established art team handling significant litigation and advisory matters. Frequently assists wealthy international and domestic individuals and families with succession and tax issues relating to their substantial art collections. Also acts for street artists, charities, landed estates and venerable and renowned institutions.

Strengths A client says: "They have a very strong brand in the art law market. They are able to represent artists looking to assert their rights, as well as private collectors and companies. They are very approachable and have a highly acute expertise in all matters relating to art and cultural property."

Another client states that "the name is well respected and carries weight. The high level of diligence and professionalism is maintained regardless of deal size."

Work highlights Advising the street artist Stik on potential claims against a gallery based on the sale of a commissioned work created in Gdansk, Poland.

Negotiated a conditional inheritance tax exemption for the Folkestone Estate, based on providing public access to the estate's fine art collection.

Significant clients Creative Foundation, League of Sound (Collaboration).

Notable practitioners

Simon Fitzpatrick leads the firm's litigation department. As well as handling disputes, he also advises clients on a wide range of non-contentious matters. According to one interviewee, he is "sensible, commercially-minded, and knows when it's right to direct clients towards a negotiated solution."

Tim Maxwell acts for a number of high-profile artists, as well as collectors and institutions, in contentious and non-contentious cases. He is "laid back in a cool, super-intelligent way," according to one source, and "can always find a solution."

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Constantine Cannon LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Specialist team devoted to advising clients on international art law. Handles contentious and non-contentious matters for globally renowned galleries, collectors, dealers, artists, museums and other major players in the art world. Work includes spoliation and title disputes as well as transactions.

Strengths One interviewee says that "Constantine Cannon are almost always available at the end of a telephone – they will always call back if not – and provide unfailing solid advice."

Another source adds: "Constantine Cannon covers all the major points which are related to the art market, including tax and IP."

Significant clients Athena Art Finance Corp, Holtermann Fine Art, Claes Oldenburg, White Cube, Paddle8.

Notable practitioners

Pierre Valentin is one of the leading figures in the art law market, and much admired by solicitors and barristers alike. He has a broad practice, and "a keen understanding of the requirements of the market," according to a source.

Azmina Jasani is a senior associate, qualified in New York as well as England and Wales. Jasani acts on valuable and sensitive cases, and a source says she "goes above her duty to make sure that the client is happy and understands all angles of the topic at hand."

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Howard Kennedy LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly respected team with a long-standing art law practice, offering expertise in a broad range of art law areas including spoliation claims, copyright matters, purchases and sales, loans, and commissions. Assists well-known institutional clients as well as artists, collectors, dealers and others with interests in culturally significant property.

Strengths A client enthuses: "Daniel and his colleagues have made every effort to explain the differences and risks to us in a clear, concise and efficient manner. I also find them all, and Daniel in particular, to be incredibly collegial and pleasant to interact with."

Work highlights Defended Art Recovery International in a claim by the Art Loss Register for breach of employment covenants and use of confidential information.

Acted for a Dubai gallery on behalf of a number of artists and artists' estates, seeking to recover over 300 artworks.

Significant clients The Tate, Contemporary Arts Society, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Design Artists Copyright Society, Gavin Turk.

Notable practitioners

Daniel McClean acts on a variety of cases for both private and institutional clients, including artists and artists' estates. Having previously worked in the art market, he is "deservedly regarded as somebody who knows what he's talking about."

Mark Stephens has a very broad practice, including acting for artists, institutions and governments on domestic and cross-border matters. In the words of one source, "he does a lot, and he is very high-profile. He's been around a very long time and is knowledgeable."

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Hunters - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Notable firm with a fine reputation for providing specialist heritage property advice to landed estates. Offers additional expertise in matters in respect of authenticity, attribution and titles to dealers, collectors and institutional clients. Commentators also highlight its work in promoting alternative dispute resolution for the art and cultural property market.

Strengths One source notes that "they're pretty active in spreading the word about mediation, and certainly very knowledgeable about the market, and the law relating to restitution in particular."

A client says: "I have never been let down by the firm, and I can't really think of a way for them to improve their service, as they have given excellent service and results."

Notable practitioners

Hetty Gleave acts on high-value and complex art litigation, and is a mediator and neutral evaluator with Art Resolve. "She's a very good lawyer in this space," says one source, adding: "She's been doing it a long time." A barrister calls her "a very efficient, personable, experienced litigation lawyer."

Gregor Kleinknecht advises clients on a broad range of art-related matters, including questions of authenticity and title. A client mentions his "enormous skill with art law, and his ability to handle difficult art legal issues with immense presence and skill. He explains confusing or tricky situations very clearly, and acts decisively and firmly on the client's behalf."

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Pinsent Masons - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Offers expertise to high net worth individuals and families, government entities, museums, artists, publishers and other high-profile clients with significant interests in art and cultural property. Handles a broad spectrum of matters including art financings, acquisitions, sales, conservation and museum loans. Interviewees particularly praise its flexibility and responsiveness.

Strengths A client says: "They are very fast to react, and they understand the time constraints and the objective, and the partners are very commercial, so they realise what needs to get done."

Work highlights Acted for the heirs of a Jewish gallery owner to recover Modigliani's 'Seated Man with a Cane', which was looted during the Second World War. The matter involves dealing with the revelations of the Panama Papers.

Advised a leading art institution in the UAE on the legal form and consequences of an artist-in-residence programme and design programme.

Significant clients University of the Arts London, Courtauld Institute of Art, Homes & Communities Agency, Tashkeel, Sussex University.

Notable practitioners

Richard Hart works with private individuals on tax, philanthropy and private exhibitions, as well as advising a number of institutional clients and artists. "My dealings with him are structured and professional and always entirely smooth-running," says a source.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Significant art law practice respected for its strength in depth. Works with dealers, collectors and institutional clients across the art and cultural property world on contentious and non-contentious matters. Areas of expertise include sales, purchases, financings, tax issues and complex disputes.

Strengths Sources say the firm has "deep knowledge of the art world and a very impressive roster of clients."

Another interviewee adds: "They're so plugged in to how the art world works. That's a huge bonus for clients."

Work highlights Acted for an art dealer in pursuing a sizeable professional negligence claim against its former solicitors, arising out of the drafting of transaction documentation.

Acted for an Old Master dealer in an important and high-value dispute about a painting sold via Sotheby's and later claimed to be a forgery.

Significant clients Christie's, Society of London Art Dealers, Royal College of Art, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Hazlitt Gooden & Fox.

Notable practitioners

Roland Foord is senior partner of the firm and a highly respected figure in the art law market, with an excellent contentious and non-contentious practice. "He gives no-nonsense advice with strong commercial understanding," remarks an interviewee.

About the Team (content provided by Stephenson Harwood LLP)

Our art law team has a deep understanding of the art market. Our lawyers combine extensive experience of advising clients operating in the art market with a passionate interest in art and cultural history. Many in the team have first-hand experience of working within the art industry.

Our team comprises lawyers from all of the firm’s main practice areas and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. As well as advising on art and cultural property law issues, we can provide clients with general commercial, tax, employment, real estate and corporate advice. As an international firm, we can also provide clients with a range of local advice.

We act for a diverse range of clients including:

  • artists
  • art advisers and valuers
  • auctioneers
  • collectors
  • dealers
  • financial institutions
  • Government bodies
  • national galleries and museums
  • private galleries
  • trade associations.

We advise on an equally diverse range of matters:

  • acquisitions and disposals of art
  • agency and commission agreements
  • attribution and authenticity disputes
  • borrowing and lending against art
  • CITES regulations
  • criminal law
  • competition law 
  • corporate strategy and investment
  • export licensing
  • insurance claims
  • intellectual property
  • internet trading and distance selling
  • professional negligence disputes
  • regulatory and compliance
  • risk management
  • stolen and looted art
  • standard terms of business
  • tax and VAT
  • title disputes.

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Band 1

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Parkhouse chairs the firm's art group, and is a highly experienced litigator who acts for both private and institutional clients. He is described by one interviewee as a "great strategist, but somebody who understands the softer skills," and by another as "tough-minded and fair."

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Band 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Described as "the pre-eminent art litigation lawyer in the country," Karen Sanig is among the longest-standing and best-connected figures in the art law world. She is "particularly adept at dealing with complicated cross-border art transactions and difficult situations," a source remarks, adding: "Karen will always keep a cool head and find a solution to any problem, while maintaining the client's confidence and morale under tough circumstances."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Constantine Cannon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Pierre Valentin is one of the leading figures in the art law market, and much admired by solicitors and barristers alike. He has a broad practice, and "a keen understanding of the requirements of the market," according to a source.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Baumgartner of Clyde & Co LLP has a particularly strong reputation in art insurance work, and is also deputy chair of the Spoliation Advisory Panel. "The insurance market knows Clydes," says a source, "and he's the go-to man for them on art-related issues."

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Band 2

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Carleton advises clients on the non-contentious aspects of art and cultural property law, including loan, sale and philanthropy, as well as tax implications. A source says he is "very well versed in art law and selling and tax planning."

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Band 2

Ludovic de Walden

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Ludovic de Walden of Charles Russell Speechlys is one of the best-known names in the art law market, regarded by one source as "sort of a legend in this area." A commentator remarks: "As a litigator he's top-notch. If I were looking for a litigator, I would go to him. He looks after some really interesting and important clients."

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Band 2

Simon Fitzpatrick

Boodle Hatfield LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Fitzpatrick leads the firm's litigation department. As well as handling disputes, he also advises clients on a wide range of non-contentious matters. According to one interviewee, he is "sensible, commercially-minded, and knows when it's right to direct clients towards a negotiated solution."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Roland Foord is senior partner of the firm and a highly respected figure in the art law market, with an excellent contentious and non-contentious practice. "He gives no-nonsense advice with strong commercial understanding," remarks an interviewee.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel McClean acts on a variety of cases for both private and institutional clients, including artists and artists' estates. Having previously worked in the art market, he is "deservedly regarded as somebody who knows what he's talking about."

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Band 3

Hunters

From the Chambers UK guide

Hetty Gleave acts on high-value and complex art litigation, and is a mediator and neutral evaluator with Art Resolve. "She's a very good lawyer in this space," says one source, adding: "She's been doing it a long time." A barrister calls her "a very efficient, personable, experienced litigation lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Hart works with private individuals on tax, philanthropy and private exhibitions, as well as advising a number of institutional clients and artists. "My dealings with him are structured and professional and always entirely smooth-running," says a source.

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Band 3

Gregor Kleinknecht

Hunters

From the Chambers UK guide

Gregor Kleinknecht advises clients on a broad range of art-related matters, including questions of authenticity and title. A client mentions his "enormous skill with art law, and his ability to handle difficult art legal issues with immense presence and skill. He explains confusing or tricky situations very clearly, and acts decisively and firmly on the client's behalf." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Boodle Hatfield LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Maxwell acts for a number of high-profile artists, as well as collectors and institutions, in contentious and non-contentious cases. He is "laid back in a cool, super-intelligent way," according to one source, and "can always find a solution."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Lipman Karas

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeremy Scott of Lipman Karas has a particular practice involving stolen artworks or items of cultural significance, including acting on behalf of national governments. Sources describe him as having "a really good name as a major litigating force."

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Band 3

Milton C Silverman

Streathers Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Milton Silverman of Streathers Solicitors LLP is a well-known practitioner with a great deal of experience. Sources describe him as a "very good lawyer" for art-related matters.

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Band 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Stephens has a very broad practice, including acting for artists, institutions and governments on domestic and cross-border matters. In the words of one source, "he does a lot, and he is very high-profile. He's been around a very long time and is knowledgeable."

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Associates to watch

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Amanda Gray is a managing associate at the firm, and acts on a variety of valuable and complex matters. She is described by interviewees as "very technical" and "diligent, professional, competent and quick off the mark."

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Associates to watch

Constantine Cannon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Azmina Jasani is a senior associate, qualified in New York as well as England and Wales. Jasani acts on valuable and sensitive cases, and a source says she "goes above her duty to make sure that the client is happy and understands all angles of the topic at hand."

^ See whole ranking table