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Art

We represent many of the world’s leading artists, art dealers and collectors, as well as top international galleries and museums. Our extensive experience allows us to offer valuable advice on everything from structuring transactions to challenging fraud.

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 many of the world's leading 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.
 

Cultural institutions

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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Our team

Diana Wierbicki

Diana Wierbicki

Partner | New York

Diana Wierbicki

Partner | New York

Art law

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Partner | Hong Kong

Wei Zhang

Partner | Hong Kong

Private client and tax

Paul R Brecknell

Paul R Brecknell

Partner | London

Paul R Brecknell

Partner | London

Real estate

Kenneth Mullen

Kenneth Mullen

Partner | London

Kenneth Mullen

Partner | London

Intellectual property and technology

Hugh More

Hugh More

Partner | London

Hugh More

Partner | London

Employment

Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker

Partner | London

Sarah Barker

Partner | London

Art law

Kimberly Pallen

Kimberly Pallen

Partner | San Francisco

Kimberly Pallen

Partner | San Francisco

Litigation and Arbitration

Claire Christy

Claire Christy

Partner | London

Claire Christy

Partner | London

Employment

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