Art and creative media

Providing holistic legal advice for the particular needs of the art and creative media world

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"They always play to win and are prepared to think out of the box and be creative."

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2020

We provides a full suite of client services for the particular needs of the art and creative media world. 


Art and creative media lawyers

Our cross-practice team are recognised experts in their field and have significant experience in advising on matters that impact those in the art world including galleries, artists, auction houses and investors ranging from art fraud and disputes, litigation, anti-money laundering, reputation management, tax, copyright infringement, global talent immigration, legacy and estate planning.  We also support with advice on the day to day running of businesses including property, employment and regulation.

Art knows no boundaries and our understanding of the international requirements of art and creative media helps our clients and their work traverse the globe. Our top ranked Immigrations specialists have copious experience of moving talent around the world.

We represent artists of all genres, art galleries, auction houses, creative groups and media companies in the following areas:

Art Fraud

We can assemble a multi–disciplinary team to deal with all aspects of an art fraud case. Our fraud team is made up of highly experienced lawyers from throughout the firm including our criminal defencedispute resolutionemploymentregulatory and private prosecution teams – we have unparalleled expertise in this area.

We represent corporates and individuals,  defendants, victims, and witnesses - we understand the strategic, tactical and financial considerations required in fraud matters.

Visit our fraud page to find out more  or contact our specialist art fraud lawyers.



We have one of the largest financial crime practices in the UK and we are experts in advising both organisations and individuals who find themselves caught in the fight against financial crime. From those accused of perpetrating “high-end” money laundering, to those suspected of facilitating it further along the laundering process, whether payments are electronic or cash-based or whether parties are knowingly or unwittingly involved, we can assist.

The Anti-Money Laundering regime has been extended to cover the art market. Those falling within these new categories -  ‘art market participants’ - must now take a thorough risk-based approach to their business which includes customer due diligence, record keeping, reporting suspicious activity and regulatory supervision by HMRC.  Failure to comply can result in financial penalties and criminal prosecution.

For further information, or if you need advice, please contact our specialist financial crime and AML compliance lawyers.


Employment advice

  • Exits or disciplinary proceedings for employees working in art galleries; 
  • Contract advice for those curating exhibitions around the globe;
  • Exit advice for art dealers; and,
  • Redundancies / settlement agreements.


Real Estate

  • Advice in relation to leases of commercial spaces used for galleries and studios;
  • Purchase and sale advice in relation to residential properties and tenancies for artists; and, 
  • Advising tenants on leasing property for workspaces and exhibitions.



  • Assist artists looking to relocate to the UK;
  • Advise artists on what they are allowed to do on short term temporary visits to the UK; 
  • Assist visual and combined artists, writers and performers on the Global Talent Visa endorsement by the Arts Council;
  • Support art galleries, museums and institutions to sponsor the global staff they need as Skilled Workers and to remain compliant


Corporate and Commercial

  • Advice in setting up  private art galleries;
  • Advising on loans secured against works of art;
  • Advice in setting up contemporary personal corporate vehicles and group structures; and,
  • Advising clients on making / receiving investments into galleries and helping develop their business interests.


Private client 

  • Art as a legacy - estate planning; and,
  • Philanthropic structuring.



  • Advising HNW clients on  international divorce and child arrangements.


Notable cases

  • Advising Art Market Participants on compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations and Proceeds of Crime Act
  • Advising an individual in the arts sector charged with two counts of theft and facing extradition proceedings
  • Coordination of immigration advice for seamlessly moving teams around the world for performances and tours
  • Assisting with applications for work permits for entertainers and their entourage
  • Advising a tenant on the grant of a lease of a property which is used as part cafe, part workspace and part exhibition area
  • Dealing with sensitive issues concerning immigration applications of high profile performers, including issues of past convictions or immigration issues
  • Providing advice on the Creative Route under the new immigration system
  • Advising a well-known international e-Sports company on the permissibility of creative entertainers entering the UK to attend events as visitors
  • Advising employees working in art galleries as managers or negotiators in connection with exits or disciplinary proceedings
  • Advising a renowned rapper subject to being removed from the UK and successfully obtaining entry
  • Advising a renowned theatre group on a Europe-wide tour involving multijurisdictional immigration advice
  • Advising high-profile celebrities on Tier 1 (Investor) applications and other short term visas for filming in the UK
  • Providing advice to an auction house on redundancy / settlement agreements
  • Advising on Global Talent applications for artists and performers
  • Advising a client on entry to the UK from Ireland on a Creative visa-free concession basis


Further information

If you need advice please contact one of our specialist art fraud and art theft solicitors

We are delighted to announce that Kingsley Napley and Creative United UK are sponsors of the London Art Fair 2022.
This is a great opportunity to discuss AML for Art Market participants with our experts. If you want to discuss Anti Money Laundering for Art Market Participants and the impact of recent changes make sure to visit us at booth S4.

To get in touch with one of their experts visit:



Nicola Finnerty

Criminal Litigation

White Collar and Financial Crime

Financial Services


The team has extensive experience of acting for high-net-worth individuals and those in the public eye. These can be some of the most challenging clients to work for. Not only do they have the expertise in this area, they are adept at handling such clients and matters sensitively, with utmost discretion and with a very genuine personal touch."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Universally respected by its peers, many of whom look enviously at its happy workforce, media profile and public standing.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

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