Diana Wierbicki


Trained tax lawyer Diana Wierbicki is global head of Withers’ increasingly busy art law department, dealing with purchases, sales, loans, consignments and charitable giving. ‘Decades ago art was just like any other household item,’ she says. ‘Now people are paying… Read More

Pierre Valentin

Constantine Cannon

With 18 years’ experience advising top art collectors and businesses on the law, you can see why Pierre Valentin was recruited by specialist New York law firm Constantine Cannon five years ago to set up its London office. ‘I like… Read More

Mark Stephens

Howard Kennedy

Art and media law statesman Mark Stephens says he was ‘tricked into being a lawyer’ by the manager of Pink Floyd, who was lodging in his family home when he was growing up. ‘He’s now a multi billionaire and I’m… Read More

Karen Sanig

Mishcon de Reya

‘I created art law as a specialism at Mishcon de Reya over 22 years ago before it existed at all in UK law firms,’ says Karen Sanig, a pioneer in this arena, whose eureka moment came when representing one of… Read More

Adrian Parkhouse


Adrian Parkhouse has been at Farrer for 35 years, with 25 as a partner. Now heading commercial litigation, he advises established art owners and national institutions (as well as new HNW collectors, many based abroad) on buying and selling, tax,… Read More

Tim Maxwell

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tim Maxwell focuses on art litigation as a new partner in Charles Russell Speechlys’ recently expanded team of specialist art lawyers. Art law and litigation is now so in demand it warrants its very own sector. Maxwell has worked on some… Read More

Laurence Lieberman

Taylor Wessing

A partner in Taylor Wessing’s Disputes and Investigations team, Laurence Lieberman took on his first art law case five years ago when a HNW family was referred to him with a complaint about a painting they’d purchased. Lieberman acts predominantly… Read More

Shane Gleghorn

Taylor Wessing

‘If the client comes into your office saying he’s interested in purchasing Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St Peter, if you know the importance of that piece, you immediately establish a rapport,’ says art enthusiast and art law master Shane Gleghorn…. Read More

Annabelle Gauberti


After 12 years at some of the world’s top law firms, Annabelle Gauberti founded Crefovi, the ‘one-stop shop’ law firm for those working in the creative industries. The firm specialises in everything from fashion and luxury to entertainment and, of… Read More