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 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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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

Consultant

Alexandra Sarkis

Consultant

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

Apr 09, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington discuss terms and conditions of art sales during the Covid-19 lockdown
Apr 06, 2020
Gregor Kleinknecht and Petra Warrington discuss private treaty sales
Apr 06, 2020
Petra Warrington appointed as Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee
Apr 02, 2020
Petra Warrington discusses cultural objects in the context of post-Brexit in Business Matters
Mar 09, 2020
What We’ve Learned from the BAMF Guidance on Anti-Money Laundering: Ten Questions and Answers
Feb 07, 2020
The British Art Market Federation (BAMF) publishes new guidance on anti-money laundering
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
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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