+44 (0)20 7421 8000
36 Bedford Row
London, WC1R 4JH

Areas of Experience

  • Commercial transactions/sale of goods
  • Claims in conversion
  • Breach of contract
  • Negligent misstatement
  • Misrepresentation
  • Disputes over ownership or value of the object
  • Damage to goods
  • Lien over property
  • Issues concerning the export or import of goods
  • Artists and designers' rights
  • Intellectual property, branding and copyright
  • Moral rights and rights to resale royalties

What is Art Law?

Art Law is a generic term, used to cover the different types of law that apply to the sale, ownership and movement of art across the world. Chambers’ involvement with Art Law most often relates to the above.

Our Art Lawyers Represent:

  • Art collectors
  • Artist agents
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Dealers
  • Auction houses
  • Artists and designers in the creative industries
  • Film makers
  • Fashion designers
  • Architects and interior designers

Why Use an Art Law Barrister from The 36 Group?

Our Art Law team have very specific sector knowledge.

Art Law is a niche specialist area and our barristers have immersed themselves in the arts and understand very well the needs of their clients.

We also have the technical knowledge across the commercial, civil, criminal and international law that applies, such as theft of art, criminal damage to art, money laundering, the sale of or making of fakes and forgeries.

We are public access qualified, which means you can come directly to us without first instructing a solicitor. Our ethos is to bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion avoiding court litigation through formats of alternative dispute resolution, wherever possible.

Examples of the Service We Provide to Our Clients:

  • Art sales, art deals between dealers, purchase loans or consignment to auction
  • Auction sales and any potential claims of negligence
  • Advise on issues concerning legitimate ownership of an object, provenance and due diligence checks
  • Review and draft contracts covering exhibitions or loans or artist agent agreements for the representation of artists
  • Copyright and intellectual property issues for all artists and creative and fashion designers; including artists resale rights
  • Criminal matters – including theft, criminal damage, fakes and forgeries and money laundering
  • Cultural heritage claims that include restitution
  • Advise on import and export issues
  • Trading standards cases
  • Trusts, wills and probate issues concerning artwork
  • Tax issues


Sector Awards and Recommendations

Global Awards Corporate Livewire Winner 2015 Global Law Experts Recommended Attorney Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2014 - Jessica Franses Art Litigation Lawyer of the Year Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015 - Women in Law - Jessica Franses Global Law Experts 2015 M&A Best Public Access Barrister ACQ 5 2015 - Leading Female - Jessica Franses Global Law Experts - Recommended Firm