Author Archives: Geoffrey Bennett

About Geoffrey Bennett

Geoffrey Bennett is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Art and Law.

Art and Dishonesty: The New Test

Posted on: August 12, 2020 by Geoffrey Bennett

When the worlds of Art and Crime collide consideration of the issue of ‘dishonesty’ is not likely to be far behind. Not only is it a crucial ingredient in theft it also permeates other offences such as fraud under the Fraud Act 2006, or Conspiracy to Defraud at common law, and the specific offence of […]

Coronavirus, art and contract

Posted on: April 3, 2020 by Geoffrey Bennett

The impact of the Coronavirus epidemic is likely to be felt for many years across a wide range of legal issues including employment, the supply of goods and services and even human rights. In the art world, major fairs in Asia and Europe have been cancelled at comparatively short notice, auctions postponed and major exhibitions […]

Revising the definition of ‘treasure’

Posted on: May 1, 2019 by Geoffrey Bennett

Assiduous followers of the media, and possibly even those with no interest at all, may have noticed that Her Majesty’s Government has in recent months been slightly preoccupied with European legal perspectives. It therefore came as a welcome surprise that in February 2019 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced a long-awaited […]

Hoard of gold coins found in old piano

Posted on: May 9, 2017 by Geoffrey Bennett

On the year marking the 20th anniversary of the modernisation of treasure law in England, a case has come to light serving as a throwback to the earlier law of ‘treasure trove’. The Treasure Act 1996, implemented in 1997, marked a significant advance on the previous law. The definition of ‘treasure’ under the Act is […]