Gregor Kleinknecht

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Gregor qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt in 1995 and as an English solicitor in 1996.

Following a career at two leading international City of London law firms and at a US law firm, Gregor founded and led the boutique firm of Klein Solicitors. He joined Hunters as a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Business Services departments upon the merger of the two firms in February 2014.

Gregor has a broadly based practice with an emphasis on international commercial dispute resolution and, in particular, on complex and high value cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation cases. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator with ADR Group.

Two other aspects of Gregor’s practice are a strong contentious and non-contentious international IP practice, focusing on brand protection, and the exploitation, protection and enforcement of trademarks, domain names, design rights and copyright; and a leading practice in art and cultural heritage law.

Gregor’s clients have to date included sovereign governments, multi-national corporations, banks and other financial institutions, an Ivy League University, but also small innovative start-up companies, art galleries, dealers and collectors, artists and sports personalities, family offices and private clients.

Languages

  • FRENCH
  • GERMAN

Awards

The Law Reviews Expert Panel 2022

The Art Law Review; chapter on the United Kingdom

Spear's 500 2022

Top Recommended Art Lawyer

Chambers & Partners UK 2022

Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He has excellent knowledge about the art market and the issues involved. He has deep industry expertise and is very professional and results-oriented. He is flexible to client needs”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recognised as a Leading Individual in the Art and Cultural Property category

“Gregor is a patient and understanding European-UK lawyer with great knowledge of the art sector. ”
“‘Gregor Kleinknecht is the partner at Hunters in this area that I know best. He has built a a good reputation in the area (eg board member of PAIAM), is pragmatic and good to deal with as an opponent‘.”
“‘Gregor Kleinknecht has established himself as one of the leading practitioners in the field of art and cultural property. He is an exceptionally able lawyer, with an in-depth knowledge of the art market and all aspects of art-related litigation‘.”

Chambers HNW 2021

Ranked in Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“One of the names you come across often. He is extremely bright and knows this area inside out and is good with clients.”
“He is a really personable lawyer, and has international experience in art and cultural property matters.”

The Law Reviews Expert Panel 2021

The Art Law Review; chapter on the United Kingdom

Spear's 500 2021

Art Advisors

Chambers & Partners UK 2021

Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is an excellent communicator and very personable. He can break everything down into a really digestible fashion, which is a real skill.”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in ‘Art and Cultural Property’

“Gregor Kleinknecht knows the art market like the back of his hand”
“We value Gregor Kleinknecht’s tailored, client-based approach, whereby he takes pains to understand our concerns, what we are seeking to achieve and our budget, before presenting the options and following through as agreed”
“Gregor Kleinknecht is outstanding, with a profound understanding of issues relating to art law”

Chambers HNW 2020

Ranked in Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is “brilliant”, “very knowledgeable and experienced“ and “a calm, sensible and knowledgeable lawyer.”
“A commentator notes “I like him very much – he is very, very focused, professional and down to earth. He is a calming influence and he has a very measured approach.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2020

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is extremely knowledgeable about the art market and particularly strong on contractual matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in ‘Art and Cultural Property’

“Gregor Kleinknecht has huge knowledge of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is an excellent detail man.”
“Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced and pushes hard for his client.”

Chambers HNW 2019

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“Gregor is 'incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about art'”
“He has a breadth of experience in art law to be considered an expert. He can handle litigation and the IP side of things as well. He is the total package”
“Recognised as 'very clear and very efficient'. He 'always responds very promptly'”

Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 3 in the Art and Cultural Property Department

“Recognised as 'very knowledgeable, thoughtful and efficient, and is keen to give the client the best advice and get the right results'”

The Legal 500 2019

Recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 3 in the Art and Cultural Property Department

“Recognised for his 'enormous skill with art law, and his ability to handle different art legal issues with immense pressure and skill. He explains confusing or tricky situations very clearly and acts decisively and firmly on the clients behalf'”

The Legal 500 2017

Listed in the Art and Cultural Property section

“'Prominent in the area' and a 'tough litigator'”

Chambers HNW 2017

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

Chambers UK 2016

“Recommended as 'very involved and is one of the few I would think of as being an art market specialist'”

The Legal 500 2016

Recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section

“Referrers note that he has 'a great eye for detail and is very hardworking'”

Corporate Live Wire 2014

Lawyer of the Year in the category Intellectual Property – UK

Corporate Live Wire 2013

Lawyer of the Year in the category Litigation – UK

MEMBERSHIPS

Professional Memberships:

The Law Society, Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS), Art Resolve, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA)(Member of the Steering Committee for Art & Cultural Heritage), Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)(Chair of the Board); Art Investment Council (AIC); Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP), Institut für Kunst und Recht.

Corporate Memberships:

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Institute of Art and Law (IAL), Art Law Foundation, Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts, German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Franco-British Lawyers Society.

Personal Memberships:

The Arts Club, Fondation Maeght, National Farmers Union (NFU), Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Goodwood Road Racing Company, Wadebridge Coasters Cycling Club, British Cycling.

Awards

The Law Reviews Expert Panel 2022

The Art Law Review; chapter on the United Kingdom

Spear's 500 2022

Top Recommended Art Lawyer

Chambers & Partners UK 2022

Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He has excellent knowledge about the art market and the issues involved. He has deep industry expertise and is very professional and results-oriented. He is flexible to client needs”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recognised as a Leading Individual in the Art and Cultural Property category

“Gregor is a patient and understanding European-UK lawyer with great knowledge of the art sector. ”
“‘Gregor Kleinknecht is the partner at Hunters in this area that I know best. He has built a a good reputation in the area (eg board member of PAIAM), is pragmatic and good to deal with as an opponent‘.”
“‘Gregor Kleinknecht has established himself as one of the leading practitioners in the field of art and cultural property. He is an exceptionally able lawyer, with an in-depth knowledge of the art market and all aspects of art-related litigation‘.”

Chambers HNW 2021

Ranked in Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“One of the names you come across often. He is extremely bright and knows this area inside out and is good with clients.”
“He is a really personable lawyer, and has international experience in art and cultural property matters.”

The Law Reviews Expert Panel 2021

The Art Law Review; chapter on the United Kingdom

Spear's 500 2021

Art Advisors

Chambers & Partners UK 2021

Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is an excellent communicator and very personable. He can break everything down into a really digestible fashion, which is a real skill.”
Legal 500 Leading Individual 2021

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Leading Individual in ‘Art and Cultural Property’

“Gregor Kleinknecht knows the art market like the back of his hand”
“We value Gregor Kleinknecht’s tailored, client-based approach, whereby he takes pains to understand our concerns, what we are seeking to achieve and our budget, before presenting the options and following through as agreed”
“Gregor Kleinknecht is outstanding, with a profound understanding of issues relating to art law”

Chambers HNW 2020

Ranked in Band 2 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is “brilliant”, “very knowledgeable and experienced“ and “a calm, sensible and knowledgeable lawyer.”
“A commentator notes “I like him very much – he is very, very focused, professional and down to earth. He is a calming influence and he has a very measured approach.”

Chambers & Partners UK 2020

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“He is extremely knowledgeable about the art market and particularly strong on contractual matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual in ‘Art and Cultural Property’

“Gregor Kleinknecht has huge knowledge of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is an excellent detail man.”
“Gregor Kleinknecht is very experienced and pushes hard for his client.”

Chambers HNW 2019

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

“Gregor is 'incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about art'”
“He has a breadth of experience in art law to be considered an expert. He can handle litigation and the IP side of things as well. He is the total package”
“Recognised as 'very clear and very efficient'. He 'always responds very promptly'”

Chambers UK 2019

Ranked in Band 3 in the Art and Cultural Property Department

“Recognised as 'very knowledgeable, thoughtful and efficient, and is keen to give the client the best advice and get the right results'”

The Legal 500 2019

Recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section

Chambers UK 2018

Ranked in Band 3 in the Art and Cultural Property Department

“Recognised for his 'enormous skill with art law, and his ability to handle different art legal issues with immense pressure and skill. He explains confusing or tricky situations very clearly and acts decisively and firmly on the clients behalf'”

The Legal 500 2017

Listed in the Art and Cultural Property section

“'Prominent in the area' and a 'tough litigator'”

Chambers HNW 2017

Ranked in Band 3 for Art and Cultural Property Law

Chambers UK 2016

“Recommended as 'very involved and is one of the few I would think of as being an art market specialist'”

The Legal 500 2016

Recommended in the Art and Cultural Property section

“Referrers note that he has 'a great eye for detail and is very hardworking'”

Corporate Live Wire 2014

Lawyer of the Year in the category Intellectual Property – UK

Corporate Live Wire 2013

Lawyer of the Year in the category Litigation – UK

MEMBERSHIPS

Professional Memberships:

The Law Society, Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS), Art Resolve, International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA)(Member of the Steering Committee for Art & Cultural Heritage), Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)(Chair of the Board); Art Investment Council (AIC); Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP), Institut für Kunst und Recht.

Corporate Memberships:

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Institute of Art and Law (IAL), Art Law Foundation, Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts, German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Franco-British Lawyers Society.

Personal Memberships:

The Arts Club, Fondation Maeght, National Farmers Union (NFU), Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Goodwood Road Racing Company, Wadebridge Coasters Cycling Club, British Cycling.

“Gregor is described as 'incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about art'.”

- Chambers HNW 2019

“He is 'keen to give the client the best advice and get the right results'.”

- Chambers & Partners UK 2019

“Gregor is 'very knowledgeable, thoughtful and efficient.'”

- Chambers & Partners UK 2019

Latest Headlines

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
Feb 18, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses Trademarks, Design Rights and Copyright to Promote Business Growth and Innovation in University of Buckingham Press
Jan 19, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht and Anastassia Dimmek contribute to the second edition of The Art Law Review
Jan 14, 2022
Gregor Kleinknecht comments on the General Court clarifying the law on rights of representation before EU courts in Managing IP
Dec 16, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses NFTs and why artists must protect their copyright in The Times
Nov 02, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht and Anastassia Dimmek examine the lessons learned from the cancellation of Banksy trademarks in Lawyer Monthly
Sep 03, 2021
Gregor Kleinknecht discusses NFTs in the London Art Week Summer 2021 catalogue
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

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