Art and cultural property

The Collyer Bristow Arts and culture team is experienced in advising artists, art galleries, museums, agents, auction houses, private collectors, government bodies and organisations within the art sector on a wide-range of matters relating to art, antiques and cultural or heritage property.

Well-known within both the legal and art worlds for our ground-breaking in-house art gallery, Collyer Bristow has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for twenty years. In 2014 Collyer Bristow strengthened its support with the launch of the Student Award and exhibition for recent graduates from Goldsmiths, University of London and Middlesex University. 

 How we can help you

 Our art law experts can provide advice relating to:

 Tax and estate planning

  • UK and off-shore tax planning
  • Succession, trust and estate planning
  • Advice to charities, museums and trustees on the holding of art collections

Commercial services

The drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts relating to: 

  • Ownership and provenance
  • Intellectual property
  • Import / export
  • Shipment, transhipment and storage
  • Buying / selling
  • Lending / displaying
  • Insurance
  • Commission and consignment agreements
  • Auctions

Litigation and dispute resolution

  • Contractual disputes
  • Protection and enforcement of intellectual property, including copyright, image rights, trade marks, patents and artist’s resale rights
  • Trust and estate disputes
  • Shareholder and trustee disputes

We also advise on a range of other matters which those within the sector may face:

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