Authenticity, attribution and the law – Seminar on 28 March

Posted on: January 23, 2023 by

This afternoon seminar, offered in partnership with Stephenson Harwood LLP, will explore the legal issues around the authenticity and attribution of artworks.  When disputes arise, such questions become especially contentious. In this respect, the event will feature experts considering disputes involving art dealers and auction houses, either in relation to claims brought by sellers of art or by the ultimate buyers. After the recent English cases of QIPCO v Eskenazi and Fielding v Dickinson, these discussions will be especially topical. The event will also look at choosing and instructing experts in relation to disputes, as well as transactions, and the way in which contractual clauses can best protect those operating in the art world.

Location: Stephenson Harwood LLP, 1 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7SH

Date and time: 28th March 2023, from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm, followed by a reception, kindly hosted by Stephenson Harwood

Cost: £96.00 (including VAT). 50% discount for IAL members (and UKRG / BADA members)


Topics and speakers

The use of experts in attributing works and proving authenticity

  • Jo Jones, Managing Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Anna Bennett, Art Scientist, Conservation and Technical Services Limited


Claims brought by sellers of art against art dealers or auction houses


Claims brought by buyers of art against art dealers or auction houses


Contractual solutions to the risks involved in attribution


This event qualifies for CLE/CPD credit. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

The featured image shows a Chardin similar to that at the heart of the recent Fielding v Dickinson dispute.

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About Alexander Herman

Alexander is Director of the Institute of Art and Law. You can find him on Twitter @artlawalex and on LinkedIn. His two books 'The Parthenon Marbles Dispute – Heritage, Law Politics' and 'Restitution – The Return of Cultural Artefacts' are out now.