Skip to content

Tim Maxwell

Tim Maxwell

Partner (Commercial Litigation) and Joint Head of the Arts Group

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7079 8226
Contact Tim

Download vCard

Tim is a highly experienced commercial litigator with a focus on complex disputes usually with an international element. He effectively blends in-depth commercial litigation expertise with a market-leading specialism in art law. Tim’s clients include international financial institutions, high net worth individuals, family businesses, charities and luxury asset focused businesses. As part of his arts practice Tim acts for clients across the art world.

Tim’s wide experience in banking and financial litigation places him at the cutting edge of art finance and he has acted on some of the most substantial luxury asset refinancing matters. In an increasingly regulated business world, Tim is complimented for being adept and for his no-nonsense, intelligent approach to dispute resolution.

In the art law and litigation field, Tim established the art group at the firm and has been involved in high profile and reported cases, breaking new ground both in the UK and internationally in this growing area. He has acted for clients on cases involving authenticity disputes, fakes, attribution, art finance and pledges, artists’ rights, disputed collections, cultural property and dealer disputes with works ranging from Old Masters through to Street Art where Tim is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in protecting artists’ rights. Tim has contributed papers for the Brexit committees of both PAIAM and the Creative Industries Federation. Tim has become a go-to lawyer for commentary and advice on market issues.

For more information on Tim's Art Law practice click here.

To find out more about Tim's Commercial Litigation work click here.

Notable projects

Tim has recently been involved in:

  • Extensive litigation arising from luxury asset refinancing and pledges;
  • High profile cases involving cultural property and underwater cultural property;
  • Litigation arising from the credit crunch and the international debt crisis (including Iceland, UK and South America);
  • Professional negligence claims against auction houses;
  • Corporate restructurings including director and shareholder claims;
  • Test cases in relation to street art (for which Tim was fortunate enough to be recognised by the Times as their Lawyer of the Week), artists’ rights and numerous claims by street artists against major brands;
  • Commission and introduction agreements in various industry sectors;
  • Misattribution, fakes and forgery claims in various market sectors within the art world.

Conference and publications

Tim has written and lectured extensively on art law and litigation. This year he has appeared in both the mainstream global media (e.g. the FT, the Times, Bloomberg, Evening Standard) and various industry publications (e.g. Antiques Trade Gazette). Tim has guest lectured at conferences across the UK and worldwide for the Courtauld Institute, the Institute of Art and Law, PAIAM, STEP Society, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute, the University of Glasgow, Queen Mary University and various international law firms or conferences.

Professional membership

Westminster & Holborn Law Society

Institute of Art & Law

PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market)

Qualifications / Education

University of Leeds

BPP Law School

Recent awards

How to find us:
London Bankside

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Oxford

Oxford Office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Get directions

Contact us