Art & Cultural Property
Passionate and creative about cultural property and the arts, our team provides the art market with practical advice and offers ‘a one-stop-shop’ of services. Our expertise covers all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property from the drafting and negotiation of agreements to litigation and the resolution of disputes.
We are regularly asked to advise on the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property and to provide estate planning for artists and collectors. Our clients include museums and public collections, galleries and dealers, public art organisations, charities/foundations, collectors, artists and estates, photographers, photo libraries and ultra high net worth individuals.
Mark Stephens is the chair of the Contemporary Arts Society.
Our services include:
- acquisitions, disposals and loans
- agency and partnership agreements
- cultural property
- charities and foundations
- commissions and art production
- copyright and moral rights
- freedom of expression
- indecency and obscenity
- provenance and ownership
- tax planning and wills
Recent experience advising:
- the Imperial War Museum, drafting an agreement with ITV for a major new exhibition on the outbreak of the Second World War
- Modern Art Oxford on the digitisation and making available online of its exhibition archives and materials
- The Photographer's Gallery (London) relating to the exhibition of photographicworks by the artist, Sally Mann
- Return of Holocaust looted artwork from an Italian collector on behalf of the heirs of the original owner
- Mark Wallinger on his public sculptural commission for Ebbsfleet, Kent