Buying, selling and viewing art is one of life's great pleasures. But it is also a sophisticated business that requires the very best legal advice.
We advise 40% of the 200 top art dealers listed in ARTnews Top Collectors publication, as well as many of the world’s leading collectors. We have been involved in a number of the highest profile matters of recent times including the controversial “Canyon” case and the Richard Prince litigation. We work with international galleries and museums. Working for many of the most successful people and cultural institutions in the world means much of what we do is confidential. But it’s fair to say that our connections among our client base provide us with sector expertise that is unmatched by most other law firms.
Protecting your success
We are the largest law firm in the world championing the interests of successful individuals and families. Whether you are deal making, tax planning or fighting to protect your investment, we have the right lawyers around the world to help. Art law partner Diana Wierbicki is listed by artnetnews as one of the world’s most highly-influential art lawyers focusing on structuring transactions, while Dean Nicyper on the litigation side has advised on the two biggest art fraud cases in the past decade and helps one of two largest art auction houses in dozens of lawsuits concerning authenticity and the purchase, loaning and movement of art. On the litigation side in London, Eleni Polycarpou has over 10 years’ experience of dealing with all kinds of art related disputes both in litigation and in arbitration, including two of the most well-known stolen art cases and restitution cases plus all kinds of title, authenticity and consignment disputes acting for collectors, artists, art galleries, art insurers, dealers and auctioneers. She has been listed as a leading individual by various legal directories for her expertise in this sector, with 2020 guides stating that ‘Eleni Polycarpou is an exceptional litigation solicitor – immensely experienced and very knowledgeable in this quite specialist field. Apart from anything else, she is a considerate person, with great client management skills’. This experience and understanding of the market has proved invaluable when advising individuals, galleries and institutions on both contentious and non-contentious art matters.
Art meets fashion
The lines between art and fashion have always been blurred but arguably never more so than today. As the law firm for successful people, fashion is a major area of work for us and we’ve worked on some of the world’s ultimate collaborations between high fashion and art.
We have a long history of representing museums, libraries and other important cultural institutions. Our in-depth understanding of the legal issues faced in this specialist area is enhanced by many of our lawyers serving or having served on various boards of directors, as in-house counsel and trustee.
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01 April 2021 - Article
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04 March 2021 - Article
Laura Watanabe and Kimberly Pallen comment on the impact of the pandemic on employees in the art space
15 January 2021 - Article
Arts Council England reports a record year for works allocated under Acceptance in Lieu and the Cultural Gifts Scheme
22 December 2020 - Article
New York Federal Court finds force majeure clause properly invoked to terminate auction consignment
04 November 2020 - Article
OFAC advisory notice highlighting potential sanctions risks stemming from dealing in high-value artwork
19 August 2020 - Article
Something's moving in the Italian contemporary art scene: the Trust for Contemporary Art
17 April 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: Managing contractual obligations in uncertain times - US and UK
15 April 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: Protecting your assets from international creditors - UK and Hong Kong
07 April 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: Temporary relief for cultural institutions under the CARES Act
03 April 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: How global art transport and storage businesses are operating during limited mobility
31 March 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: The impact of the government's decreased oversight of private sale of antiquities and other artwork
26 March 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: How the art world is quickly adopting the use of virtual viewing rooms
24 March 2020 - Article
The Art Market Adjusts: Insurance implications for fine art collectors and exhibitions
02 March 2020 - Article
Mary Boone sued by former director for withholding wages and 'misappropriating' more than $10m
17 January 2020 - Article
Art Money: A conversation about empowering people to engage with and buy art
09 January 2020 - Article
Tough UK anti-money laundering law comes into force tomorrow - here's what you need to know
03 January 2020 - Article
Ready or not, new UK Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations hit UK art sector from 10 January 2020
06 September 2019 - Article
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14 August 2019 - Article
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01 July 2019 - Article
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27 June 2019 - Article
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25 February 2019 - Firm News
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