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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Julia Richards

Partner

Julia Richards

Partner

Amy Scollan

Partner

Amy Scollan

Partner

Mark Stiebel

Partner

Mark Stiebel

Partner

Anastassia Dimmek

Associate

Anastassia Dimmek

Associate

Latest Art & Cultural Property Headlines

Jun 13, 2022
Amy Scollan and Anastassia Dimmek examine what happens to an art collection when couples divorce in Antiques Trade Gazette
Jun 08, 2022
Amy Scollan and Anastassia Dimmek discuss the distribution of artwork during divorce proceedings in EPrivateClient
May 09, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses the Nicosia Convention and how it could tackle cultural goods trafficking in Antiques Trade Gazette
May 05, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht examines the new international convention to create criminal law sanctions to protect cultural property in The Times
Apr 28, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht and Annabelle Woosnam examine the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property in Lawyer Monthly
Apr 05, 2022
Hunters art law team assists Forum Auctions with its first ever NFT auction
Jan 19, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht and Anastassia Dimmek contribute to the second edition of The Art Law Review
Dec 16, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses NFTs and why artists must protect their copyright in The Times
Dec 08, 2021
Fee earners choose their favourite pieces from London Art Week Winter 2021
Nov 02, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht and Anastassia Dimmek examine the lessons learned from the cancellation of Banksy trademarks in Lawyer Monthly
“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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