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Textile dealer victorious again: costs of court case to be paid by landlord

26 August 2021

Following a long running legal dispute between textile dealer S Franses in Jermyn Street, London and its landlord, Capitaland, presiding Judge Parfitt ordered the landlord to pay the costs of the case.

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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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British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case

27 July 2021

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.

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One Leonardo sold, another caught up in a court battle

12 July 2021

Two Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) drawings created national news last week as Christie’s posted a record for a sketch by the great master in London while a court in Paris is to determine whether another can be legally exported from France.

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London dealer hails victory in six-year legal battle over St James’s lease

28 June 2021

“We want art and antiques galleries to know that this area is now affordable," says dealer S Franses after High Court victory

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Court judgment on rent for St James’s gallery ‘will impact wider market’

22 June 2021

A court victory for textile dealer S Franses will have wider implications for rents across the West End of London, experts predict.

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S Franses returns to court over lease dispute

12 April 2021

Tapestry and textiles specialist S Franses is to face its landlord in court for the fourth time next month.

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The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

15 March 2021

BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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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Open Art Fair appeals court ruling on stand fee

11 January 2021

The organiser of The Open Art Fair is to appeal a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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Legal wrangle into disputed Frans Hals painting continues as investment firm wins right to appeal

17 June 2020

The legal dispute over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting sold via Sotheby’s by Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss and Fairlight Art Ventures is set to reach the Court of Appeal.

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Sotheby’s loses New York court case against Greece over ancient horse figurine

10 June 2020

The Greek ministry of culture has won a court ruling over auction house Sotheby’s involving the ownership of an 8th century BC horse figurine.

A lawyer writes: Hals or not, ‘reasonable and rational’ wins out

20 January 2020

The most interesting recent art world case to find its way to trial, with judgment given in December 2019, was Sotheby’s vs Mark Weiss Limited (‘MWL’) and Fairlight Art Ventures Limited (‘Fairlight’).

Elgar Practical Guides

Lawyer’s new book published covering the ‘nuts and bolts’ of art market law

14 January 2020

A recent addition to Elgar Practical Guides – a series of handy, concise and practical guides to a range of legal practice areas – has been penned by Martin Wilson, the chief general counsel at Phillips Auctioneers.

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Sotheby’s wins court case over a disputed €10m ‘Frans Hals’ painting

11 December 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has won its case against Fairlight Art Ventures, the former business partner of Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss, over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting that the auction house now deems is a fake.

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Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up

21 November 2019

Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.

Trade’s latest challenge to Ivory Act could delay the near-total ban until spring 2020

18 November 2019

Dealers and collectors have one final chance to overturn the Ivory Act 2018, after a judge granted them leave to appeal a High Court ruling upholding the new law.

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Appeal planned after High Court legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails

11 November 2019

A High Court judge has turned down an attempt by a group of dealers and collectors of antique ivory to stop the Ivory Act 2018 coming into force.

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French auction reform closer to reality as bill passes through Paris’ Senate

01 November 2019

A draft bill recommending further reform to the French auction system has passed through the Senate in Paris.

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Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act

16 October 2019

“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018, at the High Court today.