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Constantine Cannon’s Art and Cultural Property Law Group Ranked as a Band 1 Practice in Chambers & Partners’ 2021 UK High Net Worth Guide

Posted  August 5, 2021
The prestigious ranking granted the group the guide’s highest honor

LONDON, August 5, 2021 – Constantine Cannon today announced that its Art and Cultural Property Law Group has been ranked in the top tier, Band 1, of the Chambers & Partners 2021 UK High Net Worth (HNW) Guide for the second consecutive year. The firm is delighted to celebrate this recognition of Constantine Cannon as a leading law firm in the industry. In addition to the Band 1 ranking for the practice, four members of the team, who have been consistently ranked for several years, were named in the guide.

The Chambers & Partners UK HNW Guide ranks the “leading and most dedicated lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.” Over the years, sources contacted by Chambers & Partners have described Constantine Cannon’s Art and Cultural Property Law practice as “always at the cutting edge of art law,” “really sophisticated,” having “phenomenal” attention to detail and “a leading name in London’s art and cultural property legal market.”

Constantine Cannon’s Art and Cultural Property Law Group, based in London, has a distinguished reputation and history providing counsel in the art and antiques sector. The Chambers & Partners UK HNW Guide describes the firm as “very competent and well-organised,” citing their work on “high-value international transactions and difficult disputes.” Attorneys Pierre Valentin, Azmina Jasani, Till Vere-Hodge, and Fionnuala Rogers were honored in the guide.

Pierre Valentin, a partner at the firm and the leader of the practice, was once again ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual. Sources contacted by Chambers & Partners have described him as “the star name of the art world,” “a leading individual who is exceptionally well known,” and “a go-to lawyer, particularly where there is a contentious angle.” This year again the Guide notes his “superb reputation for his work advising key industry players, including galleries, collectors and artists, on transactional and disputes matters” with sources complimenting his “huge breadth of knowledge on everything” and noting he is “very involved in the market generally” and “very passionate about the art world.”

Azmina Jasani, also a partner at the firm, was once again ranked as a Band 2 Leading Individual, described as “a key member of the next generation of art law partners.” Chambers & Partners sources have described Azmina as “a powerhouse,” “fantastic to work with” and someone who is “precise, clear-thinking and has a sharp mind.” Her dual-qualification and experience in New York and London is deemed as “a real asset,” while adversaries have described her as “a formidable counsellor, a zealous advocate for her client, and a pleasure to work with from the perspective of opposing counsel, which is a rare combination.” This year, clients praised Azmina’s “insights, patience, thoroughness and thoughtfulness,” adding: “I feel much more at ease knowing she is on our team.”

Till Vere-Hodge, a senior associate at the firm, was this year again named in the “Associate to Watch” category. Over the years, sources have described Till as someone with an “in-depth expertise in art litigation, especially in connection with restitution cases.”  Clients appreciate that he “is ready to go the extra mile and to think about the problem outside the box,” adding that he “handles everything amazingly and is very efficient, proactive and a pleasure to work with.” This year, sources again acknowledged Till’s exceptional expertise in the area of restitution saying he is “very, very strong” and that “he has unlimited knowledge” in the area of restitution, echoing a previous year’s source who said, “I can’t think of many people who know about Nazi restitution as much as him.”

Fionnuala Rogers, a consultant for the firm, was once again ranked as a Band 2 Leading Individual. Sources commented that “she is one of the best art lawyers around,” adding: “she really understands all the practical things of absolutely everything to do with art,” with others commenting that “the diversity of her work is great and she has built that thorough and precise expertise” and “has an encyclopaedic knowledge.”