Legal Cases

Make your views known on firearms law

20 August 2015

Dealers, collectors and auctioneers of antique firearms are being invited to a meeting in London to discuss proposed changes to the law governing the sale and ownership of such weapons.

German collectors and artists join protest against new heritage law proposals

11 August 2015

In Germany, software billionaire Hasso Plattner has become the latest collector to demonstrate opposition to the proposed cultural property law changes.

Industry urged to give views on gun laws

27 July 2015

The antiques industry is being called on to take part in a consultation to reform the law governing the sale and ownership of antique firearms.

Petitioners protest at German rule change

24 July 2015

Opposition to controversial new laws governing cultural heritage in Germany is gathering pace. Auctioneers, dealers and collectors are backing a petition ‘preserving the right to privately collect’ and calling for German the government to rethink its proposals.

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Hôtel Drouot ‘pleased’ as 47 auctioneers and porters face trial

14 July 2015

The Hôtel Drouot, the communal saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers, has welcomed the news that swathes of former staff members are to face charges relating to stolen property.

Mayfair art agent accused of multi-million-pound swindle

10 July 2015

Mayfair art agent Timothy Sammons is facing a string of legal claims over soured multi-million-pound deals in the United Kingdom and the United States involving paintings by Van Gogh, Canaletto, Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani and Magritte.

Dealer admits selling fake Cornish paintings

29 June 2015

Art dealer David Carter has admitted intentionally selling fake paintings purporting to be by well-known Cornish artists. He has pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud at Truro crown court and may face jail.

California resale right remains with new limits

22 June 2015

The US Court of Appeals has ruled that the California Resale Royalty Act (CRRA) can stand but apply only to sales made within the state and not to those made out-of-state by California residents.

NY crime conference set for third outing

01 June 2015

The third annual ‘Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium’ will be held in New York on June 4-6.

Hatton Garden victims urged to be patient

26 May 2015

Eight men have been charged in connection with the Hatton Garden heist following 12 coordinated raids across London and Kent by officers from Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad.


Reward offered after London watch heist

20 April 2015

A significant reward is being offered for the recovery of 125 watches stolen from an antiques store in north London.

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Christie’s withdraw lots after antiquities alert

14 April 2015

Four lots were withdrawn at the eleventh hour by Christie’s last week amid fresh allegations in the media over illicit antiquities at auction.

Hatton Garden theft: victims still wait for news

13 April 2015

Dealers in London’s jewellery quarter are still waiting to discover if they were among the victims of the theft at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.

Cameo duo’s convictions go to appeal

30 March 2015

Two of the three people sentenced for their role in the Cameo auction house fraud have lodged appeals against their convictions.

Tribunal set for showground VAT ruling

27 January 2015

The tribunal that will decide if British showground fairs must charge 20% VAT on pitch rentals will go ahead on February 10-12.

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Sotheby’s fend off Caravaggio claim

16 January 2015

A High Court judge has dismissed a claim made against Sotheby’s surrounding the sale of a disputed version of Caravaggio’s ‘The Card Sharps’.

‘Innocent until proven guilty over CITES’

22 December 2014

The burden of proof in CITES court cases should now switch from the defence to the prosecution, says a lawyer who has just won an important victory on the matter.


Asking Portobello dealer to prove age of ivory carving is “a bridge too far” says judge

25 November 2014

A Portobello Road dealer, charged with the sale of an ivory carving police believed had contravened CITES rules, has won her case after a judge said it was up to the Crown to prove its age.

Thirteen charged over spate of thefts targeting jades

24 November 2014

Thirteen men have been charged with conspiracy to steal as part of a national investigation into high-value thefts from an East Sussex saleroom and museums across the country.

Cameo fraud trial sets out list of scams

17 November 2014

The boss of Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers near Reading lived the high life, fleecing customers to line his pockets, a jury has heard.