Art & Cultural Property

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 understand 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 over all our practice areas.

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Hetty Gleave

Partner

Hetty Gleave

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

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

Partner

Alexandra Sarkis

Partner

Lucinda Tite

Partner

Lucinda Tite

Partner

Robert Wright

Partner

Robert Wright

Partner

Rebecca Christie

Associate

Rebecca Christie

Associate

Amanda Lathia

Associate

Amanda Lathia

Associate

Latest Art & Cultural Property Headlines

Jan 10, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington discuss new anti-money laundering rules for the art trade
Jan 09, 2020
Petra Warrington nominated to an officer role in the Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee of the IBA
Jan 02, 2020
Petra Warrington discusses loaning art at home and abroad in Antiques Trade Gazette
Nov 18, 2019
Petra Warrington comments on the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and art law in Antiques Trade Gazette
Nov 08, 2019
Hunters hosted a legal seminar for fine art auctioneers
Nov 06, 2019
Hunters is proud to sponsor the London Art Week 2019 Winter event
Sep 24, 2019
Partner Hetty Gleave is reappointed to the Treasure Valuation Committee
Sep 02, 2019
Gregor Kleinknecht comments on Timothy Sammons misleading clients over sales of works by artists in The Art Newspaper
Aug 29, 2019
Hetty Gleave discusses the largest coin hoard of the post-conquest period found near Somerset
Aug 09, 2019
Hetty Gleave discusses key legal issues affecting the art world today in Arts and Collections
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

“They are all tremendously skilful, knowledgeable and personable,” says a source.

Chambers HNW 2018

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