Latest IAL News

Mossgreen Auction House: A Fall from Grace

Posted on: March 12, 2018 by Holly Woodhouse

The Australian Financial Review recently reported the collapse of Mossgreen Auction House, which has left the Australian art market reeling and industry insiders calling for reform.  The auction house is now being wound down after failed attempts to restructure the company. Founded in 2004 by British-born Paul Sumner, Mossgreen Auction House and Gallery quickly grew to […]

Study Forum in London

Posted on: March 6, 2018 by Kiri Cragin Folwell

On Saturday 3rd March 2018 we were pleased to host an all-day study forum in London at the Queen Mary University’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies. The event had talks from expert speakers covering specific areas related to art and cultural heritage law. Talks included: ‘The Implementation of the Hague Convention and the work of […]

The V&A’s ReACH programme

Posted on: February 28, 2018 by Alexander Herman

We were fortunate enough to be able to take the students from the LLM programme in Art, Business and Law to the V&A to hear the museum’s in-house solicitor, Anthony Misquitta, speak about the various legal issues faced by the institution on a daily basis. This covered things like copyright and digitisation, trade mark issues […]

The Lot of a Registrar: Another Day, Another Challenge

Posted on: February 22, 2018 by Emily Gould

Installing living bees, exhibiting fatbergs and importing 3D printed firearms…just another average day in the life of a registrar it seems! We were delighted to attend the latest of the regular meetings of the UK Registrars Group (UKRG) on Friday 9th February at Wellcome Collection. Attendees were treated to a fascinating series of talks about […]

The Impact of Brexit on IP in the UK

Posted on: February 9, 2018 by Holly Woodhouse

The current intellectual property framework in the United Kingdom is underpinned by various international agreements, but is fundamentally shaped by EU Directives transposed into UK law.  With the Government yet to outline how transposed EU law will operate within the UK following the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, the fate of the UK’s […]

Culture as a unifier: the Ethiopian manuscripts

Posted on: by Alexander Herman

The story begins 150 years ago. In 1868, deep in the deserts of east Africa, a British expedition led by General Robert Napier, was attacking the capital of the Abyssinian Empire, Maqdala, ruled over by King Tewodros. The British were looking to teach Tewodros a lesson for having imprisoned a number of British envoys and […]

‘Road’ Vandalism at World Heritage Site in Peru

Posted on: February 5, 2018 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are possibly one of the most mind-boggling archaeological sites in the world. Filled with various geoglyphs, they are about 2,000 years old and cover an enormous area of roughly 450 square kilometres. They are an icon of Nazca culture and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. […]

The de Pury case: the pitfalls of going to court

Posted on: January 31, 2018 by Alexander Herman

The recent case involving art dealer and former auctioneer Simon de Pury makes clear once again why it is always advisable to get your contracts down in writing. The art world is notorious for doing things on a handshake (or a wink/nudge) and the facts behind this dispute are a perfect example. The case involved […]

Art Transactions Afternoon Seminar

Posted on: January 30, 2018 by Kiri Cragin Folwell

On Wednesday, 24 January we were pleased to host the Art Transactions Afternoon Seminar with gracious support from Hunters Solicitors at the Swedenborg Society in London. The afternoon focused on transactions involving artworks and other cultural objects. Talks included Top 10 tips for buying and selling art by Gregor Kleinknecht (Hunters), Art market transactions by […]

Restrictions on Ivory Trade

Posted on: January 24, 2018 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

An article published last Saturday in The Times has raised some interesting points about the restrictions on the ivory trade and the challenges to proper enforcement of current regulations. This is a topic that has been touched upon previously by several other sources, including The Guardian and The Telegraph. At the core of the restrictions on […]