Art & cultural property

Forsters has a specialist team of lawyers drawn from across the firm to provide a full service to clients owning heritage property and works of art.  We have a broad range of clients including artists, galleries and auction houses, individual owners and collectors of art, owners of historic houses and their contents, whether individuals, trustees or charities in the UK or overseas.


Click here to download our Art and Heritage Property Group credentials in PDF format


Our team gives advice on:

  • tax and succession planning
  • structuring of artists' businesses, agency agreements and lending arrangements
  • formation of charities and art foundations
  • intellectual property rights including artists' resale rights
  • import and export of works of art
  • buying and selling art privately or at auction
  • conditional exemption and public access requirements, acceptance in lieu scheme, maintenance funds specific to heritage property
  • liability and insurance issues for trustee owners of heritage property and art
  • disputes regarding ownership, provenance and authenticity of art
  • litigation over transactions involving agents, auction houses and galleries.

Forsters' Private Client practice is top ranked in the latest edition of The Chambers HNW Guide.

Further information on our Art and Cultural Property Group's specialist expertise can be found here.


“Follow the paint” on a unique tour of artist Jock McFadyen’s studio whilst he reveals the mastery behind his paintings and artistic legacy

Forsters’ Head of Art and Cultural Property, Catherine Hill, joins longstanding client Jock McFadyen at his artist studio in London Fields for a captivating conversation in which Jock reveals his painting techniques, reflects on a 50-year career and the challenges of accepting the kind of artist you’ve become, as well as musings on the future of the art market.

a unique tour of artist Jock McFadyen’s studio whilst he reveals the mastery behind his paintings and artistic legacy


Forsters sponsors acclaimed artist and client Jock McFadyen’s exhibition at the Royal Academy

Forsters are honoured to be sponsoring a five-week long exhibition of celebrated contemporary artist and longstanding Forsters Art Group client Jock McFadyen at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Forsters sponsors acclaimed artist and client Jock McFadyen’s exhibition at the Royal Academy


Painting a legacy: How Forsters’ Art Group advised pre-eminent artist Jock McFadyen on his estate planning

Jock McFadyen is a pre-eminent contemporary British painter and Royal Academician who is best known for his gritty urban landscapes and use of texture. Jock's works are held in 40 museum collections, including the Tate, National Gallery, the V&A, the British Museum and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Renowned Artist Jock McFadyen posing with his work in his studio.


Generation Now - Disrupting Perceptions

A Forsters podcast series that delves into the minds of some of today’s most ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. They have grown businesses that are disrupting the way we live, how we buy, and the way businesses are run. How have the life experiences of this generation informed their success and what can we learn from them?

Generation Now - Disrupting Perceptions


The Life Cycle of Family Wealth

From growing a business to starting a family or handing over control of that business to the next generation, every individual has their own goals to aspire to. Our Private Wealth lawyers advise our clients throughout this family life cycle, providing the legal advice required for specific transactions such as purchasing a home or selling a business, whilst also advising on the long-term opportunities for succession and estate planning.

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"Definitely a name in this space."
Chambers UK, 2021
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