Art Law (Dispute Resolution)

Art Law

Collecting art and artefacts can be a lifetime passion. But owning, managing and creating art entail obligations and responsibilities, for example reputation and legacy, the protection of cultural heritage and financial planning.

Art and antiques transcend national boundaries, moving around the world as they are bought, sold, exhibited and loaned. Art provokes political debate and attracts media attention, yet those who handle it are reliant on trust and discretion. The art world is a law unto itself.

Why we are different

In 1995, responding to client demand, Karen Sanig founded our specialist art law group which was the first of its kind. Today, as a leader in this field, we have a presence in almost every conceivable aspect of the art market. Clients include: international collectors, artists, dealers, art institutions, art foundations, museums, galleries, governments and auction houses.

Specialist services range from advice on sale, purchase, loan, consignment and financing of art to exploitation and protection of copyright and cultural heritage issues. Karen has established an extensive international network of art world contacts and a close association with other specialist art lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.


  • Dispute resolution in cases of defective title, provenance, authenticity and attribution
  • Art related aspects of estate, wills, trusts and tax issues
  • Creation, management and dissolution of art funds and other art investment structures
  • Advising on criminal and fraud aspects of art, including fakes, forgeries, money laundering and art theft
  • Advising on cultural heritage property claims, including spoliation and restitution
  • Advising on anti-money laundering regulations for art market participants including obligations, risk assessment, policy and implementation
  • Exploitation and protection of copyright and other intellectual property rights including Droit de Suite (artists’ resale rights)
  • Art import, export and movement
  • Art Insurance
  • Art Sale, purchase loan and consignment
  • Advice on Auctions Law including third party claims and auctioneers responsibilities
  • Art lending

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