Charles Russell Speechlys

Art and Cultural Property Law Department

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Charles Russell Speechlys acts for clients including galleries, museums, auction houses and collectors on contentious and non-contentious art-related matters. One source notes: “The team are extremely capable and user-friendly. I always recommend Charles Russell Speechlys for art lawyers. They are the dominant law firm for art, and they have more top lawyers than anyone else.”

An art expert remarks: “The team was very hands-on and monitored the whole transaction, providing advice beyond what was expected from them, and this is what makes them different from, and more valuable than, all the other big legal firms out there.” The interviewee adds that "they have all the resources of a large firm, but they also provide a very boutique and tailor-made service," and also says: "They are always reachable, approachable and ready; they excel in time management and in-depth knowledge of the industry.”

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Notable practitioners

Rudy Capildeo
has “a real speciality in art” and “is remarkably well connected in the art world,” according to sources.He assists clients with matters including the sale and purchase of artworks. A client comments: “I find him delightful, super smart and just so strong. He really gets the art world and he gets people - he is a people person and very nice. I would recommend him.” Another client describes Capildeo as “bright, conscientious and dedicated.”

Tim Maxwell
focuses his practice on art law disputes including issues relating to title, provenance and authenticity. He also has expertise representing street artists, with one of his peers observing: “Tim is excellent and has an offering in the street art arena which is really interesting and unique.” One industry expert says: “He has really good instincts in the art world; he is an excellent fit in this field. He knows how it operates, knows the risks, the positives, the negatives, the way to communicate issues and when to act.” Another source states: “I cannot sing his praises enough. He is really, really good.”