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Becky Shaw

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Senior Associate
Litigation

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Becky is a senior associate in the Firm's leading art law team and commercial litigation department.

Experienced in representing clients in a wide variety of art law matters, Becky advises on authenticity issues, fakes/forgeries, title disputes, damaged artworks, insurance claims, recovery of art works, disputes arising from art financing, injunctions to prevent sale and copyright and intellectual property disputes.

Becky acts for a wide range of clients including street artists, artists, galleries, dealers, private collectors, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, companies and CEOs.

Becky has recently acted for a number of street artists in claims involving breach of copyright by brands incorporating their work into advertisements without permission, which is an emerging area of law.

Although specialising in arts matters, Becky has also acted on a wide range of contractual disputes, negligence claims and commercial litigation. These included a multi-million pound claim relating to Kaupthing bank, a £50m commercial property dispute, and, at the more unusual end, a partnership dispute over an Argentinian steak restaurant, a dispute over a Greek Orthodox cemetery memorial, and a squatters eviction.

Becky co-founded and contributes to the Firm’s dedicated art law blog, Art Law & More and its accompanying Twitter page.

Track Record

The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited and Others [2015] EWHC 2556 (Ch)) which resulted in the recovery of a Banksy mural, ‘Art Buff’, which was removed from a leasehold property in Folkestone. As well as being one of the first cases to consider the ownership of street art, the case also has wider implications for landlord and tenant law

Thwaytes v Sotheby’s [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch) which was a professional negligence claim relating to the sale of a painting sold as a copy but subsequently attributed to Caravaggio

 

Awards & Rankings

Legal 500, Rising Star, 2020 – 2021

Chambers HNW, Associate to Watch, 2020

EPrivateClient, Top 35 Under 35, 2020

Citywealth Future Leaders Top 100, 2019

Conference Speaking

Courtauld Law Society

Christie’s Education

Education & Qualification

University of Cambridge

Qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and trained with Boodle Hatfield

Courtauld, Art history short-course

Arts Council, secondment

Institute of Art and Law’s Diploma

The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited and Others [2015] EWHC 2556 (Ch)) which resulted in the recovery of a Banksy mural, ‘Art Buff’, which was removed from a leasehold property in Folkestone. As well as being one of the first cases to consider the ownership of street art, the case also has wider implications for landlord and tenant law

Thwaytes v Sotheby’s [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch) which was a professional negligence claim relating to the sale of a painting sold as a copy but subsequently attributed to Caravaggio

 

Legal 500, Rising Star, 2020 – 2021

Chambers HNW, Associate to Watch, 2020

EPrivateClient, Top 35 Under 35, 2020

Citywealth Future Leaders Top 100, 2019

Courtauld Law Society

Christie’s Education

University of Cambridge

Qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and trained with Boodle Hatfield

Courtauld, Art history short-course

Arts Council, secondment

Institute of Art and Law’s Diploma