Legal, Financial & Collections

'Odalisque' - The disputed work at the centre of Avrora Fine Arts Investment Ltd -v- Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd. (2012). Painting courtesy of Sotheby's. An article on this case can be read here.  

'Odalisque' - The disputed work at the centre of Avrora Fine Arts Investment Ltd -v- Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd. (2012). Painting courtesy of Sotheby's. An article on this case can be read here.

 

When all else fails and people go to court, finding the right expert can be a key part of your case. With the numerous specialists seeming to offer expertise in the technical aspects of art, how do you find the right one? We can help from the earliest preparation of a case through to the final trial, providing clear, well-argued and factually supported testimony that reflects best practice in our field. Our critical independent peer review of opposing experts’ submissions can identify weaknesses in the other side. AA&R offers experienced support for this, having acted in both the UK and the US in cases such as De Balkany -v- Christie Manson & Woods Ltd. (1995) and Avrora Fine Arts Investment Ltd -v- Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd. (2012), both in the High Court in London, as well as ongoing high-profile disputes in the US. Working together with local art lawyers, we have written reports that allowed the resolution of legal cases in other European countries, such as Germany, and have provided independent third party assessment in cases of conflict of opinion, such as contradictory analytical reports.

For those lending against art or insuring its value, proper due diligence must include reliable evaluation of the risk. Careful and appropriate surveys of the material aspects of art portfolios can help protect against unnecessary exposure. AA&R offer a range of relevant services from assessment of condition, authentication of art studies and ultra-high resolution imaging for security. We can also liaise with a range of other specialists as part of a holistic solution tailored to your specific needs.

Assembling and managing a collection presents many challenges. Pre-purchase, AA&R can assist with evaluations of art you want to buy, including reviewing documentation supporting offers and undertaking independent assessments. Post-purchase, we can help manage your collection through developing a deeper understanding of artworks, including specialist technical research, writing of catalogue entries, preparing ultra-high resolution images for documentation and sharing as well as supporting conservation treatments.

We also offer services to Artists’ Foundations ranging from help with developing and protecting the understanding of an artist’s works, developing conservation approaches, preparation of catalogues raisonnés, through to supporting educational remits.

We have worked successfully with a number of specialist art lawyers and law firms, some of whom are listed here.