Latest News Articles by Milton Silverman
A lawyer writes: Hals or not, ‘reasonable and rational’ wins out20 January 2020
The most interesting recent art world case to find its way to trial, with judgment given in December 2019, was Sotheby’s vs Mark Weiss Limited (‘MWL’) and Fairlight Art Ventures Limited (‘Fairlight’).
A lawyer writes: Take care – copyright can cover contents18 November 2019
Legal action by Duchess of Sussex highlights an issue of concern to the art world
A lawyer writes: Sort out the paperwork to avoid years of stress30 September 2019
Property case also has lesson for the art trade when it comes to handshake deals
A lawyer writes: Know the law or run risk of trouble in store12 August 2019
Why having terms and conditions on uncollected goods is a wise move.
A lawyer writes: The concept of ‘relative title’08 July 2019
Case from way back in 1722 underlines this sometimes baffling aspect of English law.
A lawyer writes: Philatelist’s fight highlights the issue of authorative bodies and their judgments20 May 2019
In 2006 a well-known philatelist submitted three important penny red stamps on cover to the Royal Philatelic Society (‘RPSL’) for an opinion on authenticity. The response came that they had been ‘faked’. The process was repeated in 2014 and the same reply received.
A lawyer writes: Duty calls for traders on money laundering29 April 2019
Stupidity is no defence if suspicious transactions are a serious possibility.
A lawyer writes: Get an agreement right or face a sleepless night25 February 2019
Initial drafting on a deal is vitally important if later disputes take place.
A lawyer writes: The deals without full disclosure of final price21 January 2019
Sellers should be wary about Private Treaty Sales where the exact result is hidden
A lawyer writes: Banksy stunt - when a work is better shred than dead22 October 2018
Banksy's images have thrown up all kinds of legal puzzles over the years.
A lawyer writes: Art market intermediaries and the issue of definition15 October 2018
The case of Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev versus dealer Yves Bouvier highlights a widespread problem in the art world: the definition of the role of agent.
A lawyer writes: The rights and wrongs of ideas and expression27 August 2018
Copyright can be a minefield for original works when others claim it was based on their initial creations
A lawyer writes: The frustrations of chasing faceless identity fraudsters16 July 2018
Taking action against con artists is difficult but a new data protection law can help...
A lawyer writes: When can an auctioneer be held liable legally?07 May 2018
I was consulted by an art dealer who bought a painting at auction which turned out to belong to someone other than the vendor. The painting went back to the true owner, the consignor to the auction was not worth suing, but did we have a case against the auctioneer?
A lawyer writes: Why the art trade’s oral agreements still stand05 March 2018
The recent court case concerning Simon De Pury’s claim against Swiss trustees for a commission of $10m on the sale of a $210m Gauguin (ATG No 2326) has raised a few eyebrows.
A lawyer writes: In Germany, a winning bid may not be a winner29 January 2018
I was enjoying the annual SLAD Christmas drinks in December, when a dealer started to recount an extraordinary experience he had with a German auction house.
Buyers: your rights with chargeback facilities06 November 2017
The Consumer Credit Act provisions enable an aggrieved consumer buyer to make a claim against the credit card company for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by the retailer or trader.
A lawyer writes: The fine balance in export licensing30 October 2017
The UK rules around judging export licence applications for art works need to be more straightforward...
Stargazer case looks at fundamental art issues18 September 2017
Christie’s sale of an ancient marble idol has created an art world battleground between Turkey and the saleroom, testing ownership laws...
A LAWYER WRITES: When does sold really mean sold?21 August 2017
A lawsuit filed against Christie’s highlights the legal questions over when the legal title of a work transfers, writes Milton Silverman.