Dispute Resolution

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 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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- David Draisey


David Draisey


- Hetty Gleave


Hetty Gleave


- Richard Kershaw


Richard Kershaw


- Gregor Kleinknecht


Gregor Kleinknecht


- Dominik Opaliński


Dominik Opaliński


- Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

Petra Warrington

Senior Associate

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Chambers & Partners UK 2019

Hetty is described as “empathetic and a good litigator”

Chambers & Partners UK

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

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