Our art team combines wide-ranging expertise in the financial, tax and import/export aspects of art ownership with a deep understanding of the sensitivities and peculiarities of the international art market.
The acquisition, ownership and sale of works of art is a highly specialised field. Whatever the circumstances, we aim to identify and deliver commercially informed, pragmatic solutions for our clients.
Our specialist art law practice deals with art transactions and with various related issues and disputes. These include matters relating to contract, auction, attribution, provenance, restitution, artist’s rights, cultural heritage, intellectual property, tax and estate planning – including tax incentives such as the Cultural Gifts Scheme and inheritance tax conditional exemption – export licences, CITES, insurance, finance and collateral.
Our clients are primarily collectors and investors, agents and introducers, but we have also acted for and dealt with artists, dealers, auction houses, museums and galleries, consignors, storers, valuers and exhibitors, as well as the descendants of the victims of Nazi-looted or forced-sale art and innocent purchasers.