Art & Cultural Property Disputes

Art & Cultural Property Disputes

We understand the disruption and uncertainty which unresolved disputes can cause to art businesses, their management, reputations and external relationships. As a full service firm we offer a broad range of expertise to resolve disputes relating to all aspects of running an art business. We regularly deal with cross-border and multi-party disputes.

Every dispute is different and from the outset we assess the most efficient method of reaching a solution, outside of court where possible and in court where necessary. We frequently work with alternative dispute resolution methods that may also provide quick, effective and confidential solutions such as:

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Expert Determination

Our team includes trained mediators and arbitrators who are members of Art Resolve and may be able to work as neutral third parties in a dispute to try and resolve matters without involving the court process.

Our specialist team of lawyers share our clients’ passion for art and apply our legal experience and expertise in this area when acting for private, corporate, professional and institutional clients both in the UK and overseas. Our services include resolving disputes in relation to:

  • Art recovery
  • Ownership and provenance
  • Restitution and historical claims
  • Authenticity and attribution
  • Fakes and forgeries
  • Fraud and money laundering
  • Regulatory
  • Insurance coverage and recovery
  • Illegal export and import
  • Repatriation of human remains
  • Treasure finds

Dispute Resolution 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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David Draisey

Partner

David Draisey

Partner

Hetty Gleave

Partner

Hetty Gleave

Partner

Richard Kershaw

Partner

Richard Kershaw

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Gregor Kleinknecht

Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

Polly Atkins

Associate

Polly Atkins

Associate

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Rejection to register Caffè Nero EU trademarks
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Controlling the Mastermind
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“A rare mix of toughness with the opposition and sensitivity to its own clients means that its clients are devoted to the team, and rightly so. The lawyers carry the heaviest cases with ease, and never lose sight of the human issues which underlie them”

The Legal 500 2021

“Richard Kershaw is an absolute master of all the arts. He can be hard when that works, or gentle if that helps. And he still manages to retain a sense of humour. David Draisey is an imaginative as well as dedicated litigator. You do not want to see him on the other side”

The Legal 500 2021

Hunters “has the ability and expertise to carry the heaviest cases, while unusually retaining the flexibility and light-footedness to react swiftly and adeptly to the idiosyncratic demands of each client”

The Legal 500 2020

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