Dispute resolution

Individuals in the national and international art arena may face many different types of legal disputes, from ownership conflicts to authenticity disputes, from intellectual property conflicts to unfair competition claims, and from fraud cases to tax issues involving Customs.

Our cultural assets and art team offers private art collectors, art dealers and designers a comprehensive dispute resolution service. We strive to find consensual means of resolving conflicts where possible, as negotiated settlements and mediated solutions are confidential, quicker, cheaper and less disruptive to our clients' lives. But if litigation is in the clients' best interests, we take vigorous, decisive action to promote or defend our clients' interests.

Recent work

  • Advising the heir to a prominent German Expressionist painter in relation to a contentious probate issue in various countries.
  • Successfully suing defendants in three jurisdictions on behalf of a US collector in a high profile art fraud case.
  • Winning judgment for a Swiss art collector against a shipping company that lost an important contemporary sculpture.
  • Negotiating with a London auction house on behalf of an Italian collector, to cancel the sale of a forgery.
  • Persuading the UK government that the British Library should return a 14th century manuscript that disappeared during World War II to the religious institution claiming ownership.
  • Acting for the estate of an Argentinean collector in an ownership dispute.
  • Advising the Spoliation Advisory Panel on various claims, including whether three Reubens oil sketches should remain in a British art institution or be returned to a Dutch family.
  • Assisting a US family in recovering several important paintings stolen in Massachusetts almost 30 years ago.
  • Representing a Swiss collector in court proceedings against a shipping company that lost an important contemporary sculpture.

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