Personal Profile

Amanda Gray is a Managing Associate in Mishcon Private, specialising in Art Law. She is valued by her clients for her commercial, flexible approach and depth of knowledge across a diverse range of legal problems that are faced by those operating within the art market and related fields.

As a senior member of Art Law, she is one member of the established team who are recognised for finding creative solutions to intractable problems.  Clients include collectors, dealers, auction houses, artists, foundations, public and private institutions.

She assists clients with a broad scope of  contentious and non-contentious issues that cover ownership, provenance attribution and reputation:

Her non-contentious work includes: sale and purchase agreements, art collection management,  loan and agency agreements, artists' resale rights regulations and bringing new discoveries to the market place.

Her specialist contentious work includes: looted and Holocaust art claims, authentication and title claims, and advice on disputes arising out of breaches of contract, negligence and misrepresentation.

As a leading member of our multi-disciplinary Luxury Assets Group, Amanda provides advice to clients on luxury assets including classic cars, bloodstock to jewellery, each with nuances individual to their respective fields.

Key Experience

  • Assisting an international client with a dispute arising from the importation of Russian icons into the UK
  • Advising a  church council on the discovery of a  16th century lost masterwork by Quentin Massys
  • Advising an art dealer on a Holocaust looted art claim by an individual on an Old Master
  • Advising an heir seeking restitution of a Holocaust looted artwork from a public institution in the UK
  • Advising a collector on the importation,  attribution and potential resale of an antique coin collection within the UK
  • Facilitating an art foundation on the recovery of stolen artworks
  • Defending a contemporary art collector faced with criminal investigation in respect of their collection
  • Advising consignors on a multi-jurisdictional  dispute and stakeholder claim involving an auction house over the ownership of an art collection
  • Advising  an artist manager on a contractual dispute with one of their artists
  • Advising a property company on the acquisition of artworks as part of a multi-million pound property transaction
  • Advising a company on negligence  claims arising from the acquisition of  art made by an art fund
  • Advising a consignor on a dispute over warranties following a sale of a 19th century artwork at auction
  • Advising a client on a dispute arising from the renovation of a classic car
  • Advising a purchaser on title  and  attribution issues following the acquisition of a classic car at auction
  • Assisting an international client with the importation of horses into the United Kingdom
  • Assisting clients with part-ownership arrangements of a high value international dressage horse
  • Advising a client on a dispute with a number of auction houses on the authenticity and condition of jewellery purchased

Recent articles:

RICS Property Journal, "Taking on the New Frontier", Sept/Oct 2014
RICS Property Journal, "Protecting your image", November 2014

Recent speaking engagements/conferences:

  • Guest lecturer at the Courtauld Institute Law Society, "The Importance of Due Diligence", London, April 2016
  • Guest lecturer at the ESCP Executive Specialised Master's Programme, "International Wealth Management – Art: Legal & Tax", London  December 2014
  • "Risk, Rules & Opportunities in Art Investment", Art Law Foundation Conference, ICA, London, November 2014
  • Regular lecturer on the Christie's Arts Business Course
  • RICS Arts and Antiquities Roadshow Lecture, London, May/June 2014

In 2010 Amanda was named as one of Wealth-Bulletins  40 Rising Stars  in European Wealth Management 2010 which described her as a remarkable lawyer who combines a huge breadth of skills and experience.

In 2014 she was identified in Chambers and Partners UK Legal Directory for art and cultural property law as an associate to watch.


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