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Art Overview

Disputes in relation to art cover many areas of law in which various of Serle Court’s barristers specialise.   Contract, intellectual property, insurance, charities, wills, trusts and professional negligence are the main civil fields involved.

Examples include issues of liability and quantum arising from the misattribution of works of art or failures to recognise great works; whether charities can or should sell works of art given to them in the past; recovery of lost or stolen art; and issues as to the propriety or otherwise of purchasing or returning stolen or looted art.


Chambers & Partners 2018

Andrew Bruce
A popular junior with a growing and varied art law practice. Sources describe him as a pragmatic and sensible practioner.
Strengths: "A very meticulous, hard-working, careful lawyer, who's a good cross-examiner." "He is incredibly helpful, very easy to deal with and a good member of the team. He's also generally somebody who'll give you an answer and then stick to it." 



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Notable Cases

Thwaytes v Sotheby’s [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch)

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Temple Island Collections Ltd v New English Teas Ltd [2012] FSR 9; [2012] ECDR 11

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Dickson v Christie’s

The facts of the case are widely reported - e.g.... more

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