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A lawyer writes: Art world needs to be aware of stricter copyright definitions

22 January 2024

Recent Court of Appeal judgment confirms a more demanding test of when copyright applies

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CITES saga: a client stuck in a Kafkaesque world

02 January 2024

A lawyer writes: Case study of an ivory import shows how frustrating the system can become

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A lawyer writes: Russia – a labyrinthine world of sanctions regulations

06 November 2023

The minutiae of the rules make risks even more intense for the art trade

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A lawyer writes: Stolen items – it’s wise to know your limitations

18 September 2023

Ownership claims can rest on a six-year restriction and proving good faith

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A lawyer writes: Dealer Dickinson emerges victorious in appeal judgment

10 July 2023

Confidence in Simon Dickinson’s expertise is key to court decision

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A lawyer writes: Some day your Prince will come – but he could also lead to a long and complicated copyright court case

29 May 2023

A Supreme Court judgment involves intriguing questions of image rights.

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A lawyer writes: Why it is crucial to avoid crossing the line from being potential purchaser to adviser

22 May 2023

‘Substantial payout’ underlines the need for absolute clarity from experts

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A Lawyer Writes: Why ‘Studio of’ needs a qualified response

17 April 2023

Do your forensic investigation before bidding to avoid nasty surprises

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A Lawyer Writes: Andy Warhol painting of Prince photograph creates a legal question of fair or foul use

23 January 2023

Final appeal court decision is now imminent in copyright conundrum

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A Lawyer Writes: Anti-money laundering regulations – beware of the money behind the deals

05 December 2022

Close investigation is vital to avoid difficulties with sanctioned individuals

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A Lawyer Writes: When an adviser can also become a buyer it is vital to make their position crystal clear

26 September 2022

Two cases dealt with recently underline problem of this clash of interests.

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A lawyer writes: Client confidentiality becomes a problem when anti money laundering rules kick in

25 July 2022

Two case studies reveal the kind of challenges the art trade has to tackle

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A lawyer writes: How judges assess when art and antiques cases need expert witnesses in court

30 May 2022

Focus on how judges assess when art and antiques cases need special evidence

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A lawyer writes: How individual taste could affect ivory quality control

28 March 2022

Decisions on act exemptions inevitably run the risk of subjective assessments

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A lawyer writes: Buyers beware of later ownership disputes

07 February 2022

Arguments surround time limits imposed on subsequent stolen goods claims

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A lawyer writes: Dumb as a rock or the new smart money?

04 October 2021

The market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) presents some notable legal issues

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A lawyer writes: Due diligence – relying on others leaves you at risk

09 August 2021

A lawyer writes: Leaving client checks to others as an art market participant can be tricky

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A lawyer writes: Handy reminder that an auction house is first and foremost the agent of the consignor

07 June 2021

Painting was reoffered without the original vendor being kept in the loop

A lawyer writes: Wise words of advice when it comes to valued clients and expectations

12 April 2021

Longstanding customers can muddle up the different roles of galleries and advisers

A lawyer writes: Dealers beware – the High Court could override your attempts to keep buyers unidentified

01 February 2021

Case shows how confidentiality cannot always be completely relied on

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