Art and heritage property
Led by partner Ed Powles, our team has considerable experience advising collectors, dealers, museums and private individuals on art-related and heritage property matters.
Buying and selling art
We advise on art loan arrangements, arrangements for the safe custody and sale of artwork (both collections and individual pieces), negotiations with auction houses, gallery contracts and contracts for sale.
We advise on developments in the law relating to the taxation of heritage property and, in particular, tax efficient gifts of heritage property. We have also assisted a number of clients in relation to ‘Holocaust Art’ claims.
We have extensive experience of working with UK resident non-UK domiciled art collectors to review and structure the ownership of their collections as efficiently as possible in light of the ever-evolving UK tax regime, their succession planning objectives and the issues which surround continuing enjoyment of works of art.
Charities and art
Our Philanthropy and Charity team also works closely with a number of high-profile art charities on the legal, practical and tax-related issues which are relevant to them.
Ranked in Tier 3 of the 2021 Legal 500, clients and peers describe the team and it's members as follows:
‘One of the very few firms that has a dedicated art and culture department. A team that has been in place for some years now, giving it continuity and, as the years go by, more and more experience.‘
'Excellent to work with.'
‘The lawyers are interested in art-related work and actively develop it. Standout partners include Jennifer Chambers and Ed Powles.’
‘Ed Powles has a brilliant mind, but is also more than adept at handling practical matters of all forms. Jennifer Emms is excellent.'