Art Resolve

10 February 2019

James Ratcliffe speaks at the PAIAM event to discuss the benefits of mediation

On Wednesday 13 February, PAIAM is hosting an event at The Photographers’ Gallery in which members are invited to the ‘Roman Vishniac Rediscovered’ exhibition. James Ratcliffe will discuss the benefits of mediation and its relevance to art disputes, especially those concerning Nazi-looted objects. For more details, please see here.
7 February 2019

Nicola Wallace will be a Judge at the 14th International Mediation Competition

Nicola Wallace has been invited to be a Judge for the third year running at the 14th International Mediation Competition at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. The competition, which runs for 7 days, brings together global leaders in the field of mediation and 66 University teams and their coaches. More information can be found at
6 February 2019

Petra Warrington writes on the proposed reforms to save more art for the nation

Proposed reforms to save more art for the nation – Petra Warrington (1 February 2019, Law Gazette) In the UK, cultural objects of a certain age and monetary value require a licence in order to be exported out of the country. An owner wishing to export a valuable work must obtain a licence from the Arts Council following a review process. When an application for an export licence is made in respect of an object deemed to be of outstanding national significance, the granting of the licence is deferred for a period of time to allow domestic institutions an opportunity to raise funds to acquire the object at fair market value, should the owner agree. Critics of the UK’s export licensing regime for objects of cultural interest sometimes lament that the system lacks teeth. As a result, each year the opportunity to retain significant works of art and precious objects for […]
10 September 2018

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

Petra Warrington and Gregor Kleinknecht Court proceedings can be very expensive, consume much valuable time, generate harmful publicity, destroy goodwill and relationships between the parties and, in the end, satisfy none of the parties. There is often a clear incentive and, in many cases, an obligation on the parties to a dispute to consider and actively engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), primarily by way of mediation. There are added advantages for the parties in using ADR in art and cultural heritage disputes, where publicity can “burn” a work’s marketability. Case law consistently points to the judiciary’s encouragement of ADR. This is reflected in court guidance and case management, which includes asking the parties whether they have considered ADR at various stages of the litigation process. The court has discretion to order a stay of proceedings to encourage the parties to explore settlement through mediation and other forms of ADR […]
18 September 2017

Art Resolve members to offer seminar as part of Mediation Awareness Week 2017

On 17 October, members of the Art Resolve team will join art market professionals to share experiences of disputes within the art market which could have benefited from mediation. This seminar is being presented as part of a series of events during Mediation Awareness Week 2017.
14 August 2017

Tony Baumgartner of Clyde & Co., writes in ‘Contract Certainly Under the Hammer’ where terms of sale can sometimes lead to unexpected and perhaps even unintended outcomes.

Read the full article here.
31 October 2016

Nicola Wallace writes on ‘Mediation: Meeting the Needs of the Arts and Heritage Sectors’ Christie’s Bulletin for Professional Advisers, Autumn 2016

‘When the latest CEDR report confirms that approximately 86% of mediated disputes are resolved within a day, or shortly afterwards, and that mediation account for £10.5billion worth of commercial claims, why it is that mediation is still considered by some to be a soft option that weakens a litigation strategy’.
9 June 2016

Art Resolve’s Gregor Kleinknecht co-authors article on Standards of Care in the Art Market

The increasing globalisation and eclecticism of the art market, together with the proliferation of online sales platforms, have attracted buyers all over the world, at all levels of the market. In addition to the traditional professional buyers, consumers are increasingly accessing the art market directly through these new sales channels. This widening reach and ease of access, and the sheer volume of transactions increase the likelihood of unwary buyers making costly mistakes and emphasise the need for careful due diligence and thorough investigations of artworks prior to any acquisition.
1 February 2016

Overdue Library Books: lessons learnt from the theft and trafficking of texts and manuscripts by Hetty Gleave

This topic was the subject of a one day conference at the British Library in London on 26th June 2015 entitled “The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril”. The conference was organised by the Art Law Commission (ALC) of the UIA together with the Institute of Art & Law and its audience included international dealers, collectors, curators, museum officials, auction houses, lawyers and security experts, many of whom who had personal knowledge or experience of dealing with stolen books, maps and manuscripts.
7 April 2015

The perils of going to Law

The start of 2015 sees the publication of Professor Norman Palmer’s book ‘Art, Adventure and Advocacy’. The author looks at art transactions which have ended in dispute, and the litigation to which they have given rise – often with further calamitous results. A chapter worthy of particular mention deals with family fall-outs and the corrosive animosity that stems from disagreements about chattels which once belonged to an ancestor or sibling. While some of these family assets are of great value others have purely symbolic or emotional worth: a single dilapidated piano or an assortment of derelict cars. What makes these disputes so sad is not only that they cause lasting rifts among family members, but also that the cost of going to court over such objects quickly outstrips any financial gain. This in turn leads to adverse rulings on costs, through which even a successful party can be left severely […]