Art & cultural assets

The ‘superlative practice’ at Farrer & Co attracts a myriad of instructions from its stable of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, enviable landed estates, and a host of well-known museums and galleries, including the Natural History Museum, the V&A, and Historic Royal Palaces.

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As leaders in the art and heritage sector, we have a strong track record in high-profile transactions and disputes in the art world as well as in complex tax negotiations and cross-border issues such as the international transfer of art. We act for a wide range of clients ranging from major museums, galleries and art collections to institutional and private buyers and collectors, landed estates, art dealers and auction houses, both in the UK and overseas.

Frequently commended for our in-depth knowledge of the taxation of heritage property and negotiated sales to national institutions, we have particular expertise in cross-border art and heritage law, in relation to both UK and international individuals and trustees as well as overseas charitable foundations.  We provide advice on a very wide range of issues including ownership disputes and the recovery of stolen art, intellectual property rights, where we advise on the reproduction and exploitation of art and literary works, and working with purchasers and sellers prior to auctions or private sale on conditions of sale, authenticity and provenance issues. Clients also look to us for advice on their duties and obligations in relation to the maintenance, insurance and exhibition of artworks or collections. 

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