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Petra Warrington, Senior Associate

Petra acts for private, institutional and commercial clients in resolving disputes and negotiating transactions involving art and luxury assets.

About

Petra has a wide range of litigation experience involving the ownership, provenance, condition and authenticity of art and luxury assets. She also advises on the sale and purchase of artworks, collection management, loans, import and export, intellectual property protection and terms of business.

Petra obtained a BA and MA in History of Art before pursuing a legal career and has worked in museums, galleries and auction houses in the United States and London.

Petra regularly publishes on art law matters, including in Art, Antiquity and Law, The Art Law Review and the IBA publication, Art Law: Restrictions on the Export of Cultural Property and Artwork.

Petra is recognised for Art and Cultural Property Law in The Legal 500 and Chambers.

Petra is admitted to practice in England and Wales.

Experience

  • Acting for the successful claimant in interpleader proceedings to establish title to a rare object consigned to a major auction house;
  • Advising claimants in relation to recovering property lost during the Nazi era, including in proceedings before the Spoliation Advisory Panel;
  • Advising private collectors in disputes over the authenticity and attribution of artworks purchased at auction;
  • Drafting terms of business for auction houses and dealers;
  • Acting for artists in negotiating commission and representation agreements.
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