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

Amanda Lathia

Associate

Amanda Lathia

Associate

Latest Art & Cultural Property Headlines

May 16, 2019
Hetty Gleave provides current law and best practices for would-be treasure hunters
Apr 16, 2019
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington’s introduction to the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive for the American Bar Association discussed in Cultural Property News
Apr 01, 2019
Hetty Gleave writes on when to mediate and what can happen if one fails to do so in Art Resolve
Mar 25, 2019
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington examine the art trade and the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive in the ABA’s Art & Cultural Heritage Law newsletter
Mar 06, 2019
Petra Warrington and Alexandra Baggallay attending the Bill Viola/Michelangelo – Life Death Rebirth exhibition
Feb 21, 2019
Stephen Morrall and Jonathan Godwin-Austen speak at The LAPADA Conference 2019
Feb 01, 2019
Petra Warrington discusses cultural objects and export licensing in The Law Society Gazette
Jan 29, 2019
Hunters succession planning at latest LAPADA conference, mentioned in Antiques Trade Gazette
Jan 22, 2019
Hunters are an approved service provider of LAPADA, The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers
Nov 26, 2018
Gregor Kleinknecht comments on the diamond-encrusted tiara made for King Edward VII’s coronation stolen at a country estate in the Daily Mail
The team is highlighted by a 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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