Tim Maxwell, Partner
Tim is an accomplished litigator experienced in cross border disputes. Tim is also a recognised leader in the field of art law, including art litigation, and that relating to other luxury assets including wine, yachts and cars.
Tim combines commercial litigation and private wealth expertise with a market leading specialism in art law. Tim’s clients include financial institutions, individuals, family businesses, charities and other luxury asset focused businesses.
Tim separately represents clients across the spectrum of the art world including artists, auction houses, collectors, dealers, galleries and institutions. Tim has acted in cases involving artists’ rights, art finance, attribution, authenticity, cultural and underwater cultural property/treasure, dealer disputes, disputed ownership, fraud, fakes, guarantees, misattribution, pledges, provenance, recovery, restitution and street art. Tim’s practice extends to other luxury assets and collectibles including classic cars, wine, jewellery and yachts.
He also guest lectures at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, Institute of Art & Law, University of Glasgow and various international conferences.
Tim is recognised in Legal 500, Chambers, Chambers HNW, Who's Who Legal and Spear's 500 and was Lawyer of the Week in The Times.
- Acting on some of the most substantial art and luxury asset refinancings in recent times;
- Advising clients, including trustees, in numerous matters involving auction houses;
- Claims concerning disputed provenance including notable historic or royal collections and cultural/underwater cultural property;
- Numerous claims concerning street art including the recovery of a Banksy mural from the US and the use by major brands of artwork;
- Cases relating to the recent economic crises including Iceland, UK and South America.
The art of alternative investment scams
Tim and Jil look at the risks of investing in art
Tim Maxwell and Jil Birnbaum write for ThoughtLeaders4 Fire Magazine on alternative investments scams
Art is increasingly being offered as a potential alternative investment, but what pitfalls does this present?
The Lawyer feature the Art and Luxury Assets team's appeal on behalf of Bernard Carl in the Court of Appeal as part of its 'In court this week’
Tim Maxwell and the Art and Luxury Assets team are acting in the Court of Appeal on behalf of Bernard Carl.
Tim Maxwell quoted by the Antiques Trade Gazette on the European Union's proposed ban on the import and export of ivory
Once the UK law comes into effect it will prevent the export of most ivory from the UK regardless of what form the new EU regulation takes.
Brexit Deal: Impact on the UK Art and Luxury Market
After four years of negotiations, on 30 December 2020 Parliament approved the long-awaited Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The Charles Russell Speechlys Art & Luxury team’s pro bono work on behalf of the Vision Foundation reported in The Times, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Algemeiner
Landed Estates and Historic Properties: Business Interruption
Tim Maxwell and Manoj Veghela discuss the implications of business interruption.
Tim Maxwell quoted in Apollo on the growing trend of restitution by private individuals in the art industry
Tim Maxwell quoted by the Mail Online on the removal of a Banksy by TFL from a tube carriage
Tim Maxwell quoted in The Times, Artnet and Antiques Trade Gazette on the Court of Appeal's ruling in the Ivory Act appeal
Tim Maxwell and Tamara Bell write for Apollo Magazine on the importance of cybersecurity for art businesses
Tim Maxwell quoted by The Art Newspaper on the challenges faced by art-related cases going through the courts
Tim Maxwell quoted in The Art Newspaper on the art financing market
Breaking the Banksy's
Tim Maxwell quoted in World Intellectual Property Review and Intellectual Property Magazine on the judgment in Ai Weiwei's claims against a car dealer
The fruits of passion (investments)
Where the streets are for gain
Tim Maxwell quoted in The Guardian on copyright infringements of artists' rights in music videos
Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo write for STEP Journal on the nuances of UK artists' estates and how to manage them
Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo featured in the Financial Times