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Art & Heritage Assets

Art and high value heritage assets are an increasingly important asset classes for individuals and families looking to diversify their wealth.

Owners and custodians of valuable art and other assets need to consider a wide range of legal matters to successfully protect and enjoy their portfolios, both for themselves and future generations.

Our specialist Art Group is immersed in the art world. We understand its complexities and sensitivities and how to navigate the challenges and opportunities it presents.

We help clients efficiently structure their portfolio and negotiate commercial agreements to best utilise existing holdings. We advise banks and lenders on how to manage their art risk in often complex financing agreements. Our leading arts disputes team also acts for private owners, trusts, foundations, charities, museums, dealers, auction houses, sovereign states and the estates of artists on all types of disputes.

Our expertise and our market relationships are relevant to Art and Private Wealth in its entirety, and our Art Group integrates capabilities from across our whole firm, in the UK and internationally, in commercial transactions, regulations, intellectual property, fraud and disputes.

Our client experience includes:

  • the buying and selling, financing and lending of artworks, heritage pieces and collectables;
  • tax and estate planning advice incorporating artworks and high value chattels including trusts, charitable donations, gifts and legacies;
  • disputes on provenance, authenticity and ownership and establishing title;
  • the protection of assets during family disputes;
  • copyright, moral rights and resale rights;
  • merchandising and commercial exploitation agreements; and
  • establishing charities and advice around philanthropy and community ambitions.