Art & Cultural Property

ART & CULTURAL PROPERTY

The strength and depth of our art practice is widely recognised

OVERVIEW

The art market functions at a global level. But while record prices for quality art grab headlines, forgery, deceit, and the plunder and theft of cultural heritage in crisis-torn regions have reached unprecedented levels, creating traps not only for the unwary amateur but also for sophisticated collectors and major international institutions.

Wherever art is created, acquired, sold, consigned, auctioned, loaned, insured, exhibited, exported, imported, or misappropriated, it is subject to a maze of international conventions and differing national laws, regulations and practices. These cover a diverse range: contract, property, tort, intellectual property, trade, customs, tax and inheritance law, as well as the rules on conflicts of laws, governing and controlling the activities of artists, publishers, dealers, galleries, auctioneers, financiers, insurers, private and public collectors, and major museums worldwide.

The strength and depth of Hunters’ art practice is widely recognised. Our team has specialist art market expertise, providing effective and discrete advice in preserving and protecting the reputation of our clients and the art works with which they are concerned. We regularly advise individuals, galleries and members of the art trade on all aspects of managing personal collections and business interests.

  • Commissioning arrangements
  • Artist Management and Agency Agreements
  • Provenance, appraisal, attribution, authenticity, ownership and title in art works
  • Risk management and pre and post-acquisition due diligence
  • Import, export, customs compliance and cross-border movement of art
  • Loan, bequest and exhibition of art works
  • All aspects of fraud, fakes, forgeries, theft and money laundering
  • Insurance coverage and insurance recovery claims
  • The law and practice relating to treasure
  • Art investment and finance
  • Creation, management and dissolution of art collections
  • Tracing and recovery of lost, looted or otherwise misappropriated art and cultural property
  • Sale and acquisition of artworks and antiquities through private treaty or at auction, including gallery, consignment and commissioning agreements
  • Creation, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights including copyright, moral rights and artist’s resale rights
  • Care, status and repatriation of human remains in museums and galleries

Art & Cultural Property Experts

We identify our clients’ needs and tailor our work to each set of circumstances, providing high quality, cost effective advice. We are a multi-disciplinary practice and work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive service across all of our practice areas.

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Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Paul Almy

Senior Partner

Paul Almy

Senior Partner

Stephen Morrall

Partner

Stephen Morrall

Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Julia Richards

Partner

Julia Richards

Partner

Alexandra Sarkis

Consultant

Alexandra Sarkis

Consultant

Lucinda Tite

Partner

Lucinda Tite

Partner

Anastassia Dimmek

Associate

Anastassia Dimmek

Associate

Latest Art & Cultural Property Headlines

Jul 26, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht comments on the national crackdown on money laundering and fraud, and how the new regulations could cripple the small art market in The Times
Jul 22, 2021
Hunters’ success in the Chambers HNW 2021 Guide
May 12, 2021
Anastassia Dimmek comments on investing in NFTs and what UHNW clients should consider in Citywealth
Jan 25, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington contribute to the first edition of The Art Law Review
Dec 10, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses lessons learned about buying and selling art during a global pandemic for London Art Week
Dec 03, 2020
Petra Warrington contributes to the International Bar Association’s Art law: Restrictions on the export of cultural property and artwork handbook
Jul 07, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht appointed as Chairman of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market’s Board
Jun 25, 2020
Petra Warrington to participate in a panel discussion hosted by London Art Week
Jun 24, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington highlight top ten tips for buying art, as part of London Art Week’s newsletter
May 05, 2020
Petra Warrington discusses how to protect your business when holding online auctions in The Art Newspaper
“Hunters is one of a small number of firms with a real focus on the art law field, offering an exceptional service”

The Legal 500 2021

The team is described by a leading barrister as: “high visibility in this field”, adding: “They work diligently and are very responsive and an absolute delight to work for.”

Chambers HNW 2018

“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”

The Legal 500 2021

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