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 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. We have 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.
- 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
- Advice on Auctions Law including third party claims and auctioneers responsibilities
- Art-related aspects of estate, wills, trusts and tax issues
- Creation, management and dissolution of art funds and other art investment structures
- Dispute resolution in cases of defective title, provenance, authenticity and attribution
- Exploitation and protection of copyright and other intellectual property rights including Droit de Suite (artists’ resale rights)
- Import, export and movement
- Sale, purchase loan and consignment
- Advising the Arab Republic of Egypt in relation to the prevention of export of a cultural heritage artefact.
- Advising the company of a Russian billionaire in relation to ownership issues connected to works reportedly worth $1 billion.
- Representing the Commissioners for the Church of England in relation to the sale of the Zurburán Old Masters at Auckland Castle, County Durham.
- Advising a Swiss private collector on a claim against an auction house for delivery of a damaged Picasso.