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 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

Rebecca Christie

Associate

Rebecca Christie

Associate

Latest Art & Cultural Property Headlines

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Apr 14, 2020
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Apr 09, 2020
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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
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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