Art & Cultural Property

Business services

Business services

We develop close relationships with our clients and have acted for many as their on-going principal advisers as their businesses grow and evolve. We act for dealers, galleries, auctioneers, institutions, art and design studios and art market professionals.  Our lawyers bring legal expertise and commercial perspective to the most complex transaction or project.  Where appropriate, we work closely with our other teams to provide a comprehensive service.

We are available at short notice to meet any sudden need, and are committed to giving speedy and practical business advice.

  • Artist Management and Agency Agreements
  • Terms and Conditions of business
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Art loans and financing
  • Business structures – company and partnership formations
  • Business succession planning and exit arrangements
  • Articles of Association, shareholders’ and investors’ agreements
  • Consumer law
  • Advice helpline

Employment

We act for both employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, the contract of employment itself, to drafting and interpreting work place policies, and helping when things go wrong.

  • Standard contracts for employees
  • Part time workers, zero-hours contracts, interns, contractors and other non standard staff
  • Policies
  • Advice helpline
  • Dispute resolution

Commercial Property

While the internet continues to affect the way in which collectors interact with and buy art and cultural property, a gallery and exhibition space remains an important part of the business model of most galleries and dealers.  Our Commercial Property team offers all the necessary skills to provide a one-stop service for your diverse legal requirements in connection with the occupation of business premises.

  • Sale and acquisition of freehold or leasehold business property
  • Assignment of leases and underletting of surplus space
  • Sharing occupation
  • Licences for alterations
  • Contracts for building and fitting out works including professional team documentation
  • Lease surrenders
  • Lease renewals
  • Property development projects
  • Temporary exhibition spaces and pop-up galleries
  • Loan or facility agreements and associated security documentation

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

Jun 04, 2019
Hunters continues its sponsorship with London Art Week Summer 2019
Jun 03, 2019
Petra Warrington is now a member of The Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA)
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
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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