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Constantine Cannon's Arts and Cultural Property Law Practice Recognized in the 2019 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) UK Guide

Posted  July 17, 2019

Constantine Cannon has been recognized as a leading law firm in the 2019 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide for its esteemed Arts and Cultural Property Law practice. The practice, based in London, was highlighted in the Chambers HNW Guide as a preeminent firm with a distinguished reputation for providing counsel across the spectrum of multi-jurisdictional art and cultural property law. Along with the practice ranking, four attorneys within the team were individually recognized for their professional distinction.

 The Chambers HNW Guide credited Constantine Cannon’s Arts and Cultural Property Law practice for its “tremendous depth of knowledge in the art and antiques sector.”

“The team represents various clients in the sector, including dealers, collectors, auction houses and museums. A market insider notes that ‘their name comes up as a top art law firm,’ enthusing: ‘I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. They do a great job.` The firm can provide multi-jurisdictional advice on high-profile matters, and market experts particularly recognize the ‘specialist advice’ the lawyers can offer ‘on selling cultural goods and collections of rare books.’ A source reports that ‘the output of all their work is very high-quality’ and praise the firm’s ‘very active profile and being very much part of the art world.’”

Pierre Valentin, the partner in charge of the Arts and Cultural Property Law practice, was named as a Band 1 Leading Individual, the highest ranking awarded by Chambers & Partners.

Of Valentin, Chambers wrote: “Described as ‘an authentic art insider,’ Pierre Valentin is acknowledged as ‘one of the pre-eminent lawyers in the field and responsible for the focus and creation of art as a specialist area of law.’ He acts for several high-profile artists, collectors and dealers as well as major cultural institutions. ‘He is hugely experienced and will do both transactional and litigation work to a very high level,’ reports one peer. He is recognized as ‘very well connected, especially in the auction world,’ and a legal expert observes that ‘his clients are as impressive as they get.’ The expert adds: ‘He has real clout and is one of the pioneers of art law in the UK.’ Another source says: ‘Clients really like him and his style. He has a way about him that makes them feel comfortable.’”

Azmina Jasani and Till Vere-Hodge were both recognized in the “Associates to Watch” category.  In fact, Constantine Cannon is the only law firm to have its associates recognized in the category of Art and Cultural Property Law.

Of Jasani, Chambers wrote: “Azmina Jasani represents several institutional clients, including galleries, museums and auction houses, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. ‘She is extremely helpful and her advice and documentation is very clear,’ reports a market source, who continues: ‘She is precise, clear-thinking and has a sharp mind. She is easy and straightforward to deal with as well as diligent and effective.’ She is dual-qualified and has much experience handling art-related matters in New York and London. An industry expert explains: ‘She is dual-qualified so can provide some very beneficial and pragmatic guidance to clients on international issues, especially in relation to transatlantic issues.’”

Of Vere-Hodge, Chambers wrote: Till Vere-Hodge is recognised for his specialist expertise in relation to art litigation, especially in connection with restitution cases. One private client lawyer reports: ‘He handles everything amazingly and is very efficient, proactive and a pleasure to work with. Clients are very happy with his work.’ Another industry insider highlights that ‘he will be a very important lawyer when it comes to restitution issues.’”

 Fionnuala Rogers was recognised under the independent consultants category as an up-and-coming individual in the industry.

Of Rogers, Chambers wrote: “Fionnuala Rogers is ‘a good operator’ who ‘demonstrates a real understanding of the art market and is a well-established adviser to the industry.’ She is a freelance consultant solicitor and advises a wide spectrum of clients in the art world. ‘She is very good and has encyclopedic knowledge of cultural property law,’ reports an industry insider who continues: ‘She understands both the claimant and the defendant perspective, which is quite a rare insight as most tend to focus on one side.’ Her specialist expertise is highlighted by one expert who observes that ‘she is a real expert on art in a Middle Eastern context and has some excellent clients in that region.’ Another source comments: ‘Her knowledge on cultural property and heritage matters is phenomenal,’ adding: ‘Her advice is spot-on and deeply invaluable. Lots of important world bodies like the UN thinks she is great, she is a key lawyer for international antiquities.’”

Constantine Cannon is proud to celebrate its Arts and Cultural Property Law practice as an internationally recognized team of lawyers leading the industry.



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