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Tim Maxwell

Tim Maxwell

Partner and Joint Head of the Arts Group

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7079 8226
tmaxwell@boodlehatfield.com

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Tim has extensive experience in commercial and financial litigation. Tim also has a particular specialism in art law and art litigation, being joint head of the Art Law team. 

Commercial / Financial Litigation

Tim has recently advised on complex and high value claims concerning financial, contractual and shareholder disputes. Most recently these include cases arising from the global financial crisis and its aftermath.

Tim also advises on cases in the following areas:

  • Corporate disputes
  • Commercial fraud
  • Contractual disputes
  • Claims for breach of warranty
  • Art law and Art litigation
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Family business disputes
  • Misrepresentation claims
  • Partnership and Shareholder disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Property disputes
  • Proceedings based on the Hotel Proprietors Act

Art Law / Art Litigation

Tim's clients include artists, auction businesses, charities, collectors, dealers, designers, galleries, institutions, experts and sculptors. 

Tim has advised on many interesting matters including auction house negligence, disputes as to dealers' commission, misattribution, authenticity, provenance, fakes and forgery, condition and recovery claims. Tim has been involved in some of the most significant art law cases in the UK in recent years. Notable highlights have included Old Master Paintings said to be by Titian, Caravaggio and, most recently, the recovery of a Banksy from the United States. 

Many of Tim's cases are high profile and international in nature, often involve law firms in other jurisdictions, and receive extensive media coverage. In 2015 Tim featured as Lawyer of the Week in The Times, following his lead role in the Banksy trial. Tim has also written extensively on Art Law including an article on the ownership of street art which appeared in the Institute of Art & Law's 'Art Antiquity and Law' in April 2016. 

 

Tim's recent projects

  • Tim acted on a case involving the recovery of Banksy's 'Art Buff' from the United States for a charity dedicated to the regeneration of Folkestone. Read the press coverage here.
  • Tim acted for an Isle of Man indirect subsidiary of the collapsed Icelandic bank, Kaupthing hf in a high value (the sums in dispute circa £500 million) multi jurisdictional multi party action arising from competing claims to various monies held in this jurisdiction, the US and the BVI. Claims concerned transactions entered into by the Manx subsidiary in the lead up to the 2007 banking crisis.
  • Tim acted for the vendor of a painting, said to be by Caravaggio, in a claim against Sotheby's, which recently was the subject of a trial at the High Court. Tim also acted for private collectors in a claim against Christie's in relation to a painting said to be by Titian which settled before trial.
  • Tim continues to act in several financial cases involving disputes over investments in other jurisdictions.
  • Continuing to advise a number of private individuals and galleries in relation to art litigation cases involving works of art or historic artefacts which are confidential at the present time.

Some recent reported cases

  • Creative Foundation -v- Dreamland Leisure Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 859 (Ch)
  • Creative Foundation -v- Dreamland Leisure Ltd & Ors [2015] EWHC 2566 (Ch)
  • Thwaytes -v- Sotheby's [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch)
  • Isis Investments Ltd -v- Oscatello Investments Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 7 (Ch)
  • Isis Investments Ltd -v- Oscatello Investments Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 745 (Ch)

Directory recognition

  • Tim is recognised in Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Arts and Cultural Property Law
  • Tim is recognised in the Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution
  • Tim is recognised in the Legal 500 for Arts and Cultural Property.
  • Tim is ranked in Chambers for Arts and Cultural Property Law.

Qualifications / Education

  • University of Leeds
  • BPP Law School

Memberships

  • Westminster & Holborn Law Society
  • Institute of Art & Law
  • PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market)

Recent awards

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SE1 8NW
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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London
W1K 4PZ

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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

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