Art and law

Russell Advocaten is internationally renowned for being one of the most important specialists in the field of art and law.

Legal 500 2021 | Russell Advocaten leading firmInternational art dealers, collectors, and museums from around the world seek the advice of Russell Advocaten in disputes relating to authenticity of works of art, such as paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures of both old and modern art. Clients seek the advice of our lawyers in specific questions, such as auction purchase, consignment, or resale right. Russell Advocaten is internationally renowned for being one of the most important specialists in the field of art and law.


Legal 500 2020 – Dispute resolution: Commercial: “The ‘experienced and dedicated team‘ at Russell Advocaten B.V. is singled out as the ‘best Dutch firm specialised in art law‘, providing ‘specialist knowledge‘, as well as ‘in-depth advice‘. The practice advises clients, among them art dealers and auction houses, on matters regarding trade and ownership of works of art. Other sector specialisms include fashion, luxury goods, and real estate. Practice head Paul Russell is ‘a best-in-class art lawyer‘ with a wealth of experience in international litigation.”

Russell Advocaten is a member of PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.

More information can be found at our website on Art and Law,

Our art lawyers

Meet our specialists for legal disputes about art


Our offices

Russell Advocaten focuses on entrepreneurs, director and major shareholders, managers, supervisory board members, affluent individuals and expats. We will gladly assist you on all fronts in your daily business operations. We provide legal advice, mediate between different parties and assist you in legal proceedings.


Our hourly fees are in line with the market. Costs due to third parties under the mandate (such as charges, bailiff’s costs and court fees) will be discussed with you in advance.

In addition, we are prepared to agree on fixed rates for certain services. Following a personal meeting with you, we will determine whether your case is suitable for this as this concerns usually cases that are relatively easy to understand from a legal point of view.

No legal aid (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand)

We do not provide state funded legal assistance, what is referred to as “toevoeging”. You can find out whether you are eligible for a “toevoeging” on the website of the Raad voor Rechtsbijstand:


Art law news

Our lawyers regularly publish blogs, newsletters, articles and books on art and law. We also regularly organize seminars and workshops for art dealers, collectors and museums. Below you will find an overview of our publications and events.

  • Retail
  • Real estate and rent

Rent reduction due to lockdown?

28 December 2021

The Dutch Supreme Court has determined when coronavirus measures entitle to a rent reduction. And how such a reduction must be calculated. When are you or your tenant entitled to lower rent? And how do you calculate it?

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  • Art
  • Litigation

Auction house is reimbursed for 30,000 euros in storage costs

14 December 2021

A buyer at a French auction house was ordered by a Dutch court to pay € 30,000 for storing drawings for two years. That is almost as much as he had paid for the drawings. How did the auction house get this together?

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  • Art
  • Employment law and dismissal

Russell Advocaten recommended by The Legal 500 2021

20 April 2021

Russell Advocaten has for the 17th consecutive year in a row been included in The Legal 500. We are pleased with the recognition for the quality of our legal services by experts and clients. Please read what they say about us:

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  • Art

New rules restitution policy also apply to old cases

30 March 2021

The Dutch restitution policy returns to its original principles and is rightly becoming more generous. Cases that have already been settled can also be resubmitted. What will change in the policy?

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  • Art

Proposals of Buma Committee not sufficient for the protection of Dutch cultural heritage

3 March 2021

The sale of a drawing by Rubens, owned by Princess Christina, at an auction in New York caused great indignation and a discussion about the policy for cultural heritage in the Netherlands. This resulted in two advice committees, the Pechtold Committee and the Buma Committee. The latter has issued an interim opinion, that, if adopted, could have serious consequences for art collectors and art dealers in the Netherlands.

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  • Art

Dutch restitution policy has gone too far in the protection of Netherlands art property

8 December 2020

Russell Advocaten noticed in its proceedings before the Dutch Restitutions Committee that the committee increasingly attached importance to the interest of the current owners. This is contrary to the Washington Principles. The committee appointed to evaluate Dutch restitution policy agrees with us in its “Striving for Justice” report.

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  • Art
  • Litigation

Dutch government can block restitution of Nazi-looted art by designating it a protected cultural object

4 December 2020

Even if the Restitutions Committee recommends to return looted art, it is not certain that the work of art will actually return to its rightful claimants. It could be that the work of art is irreplaceable and indispensable to Dutch cultural heritage and may not leave the Netherlands.

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  • Art

13 November 2020: VKCR-event on the protection of cultural goods and the Heritage Act

13 November 2020

At the online symposium of the Vereniging Kunst Cultuur Recht on the Heritage Act and the protection of cultural goods, Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. threw a few stones into the pond. How useful are protective measures to keep cultural heritage in the Netherlands without making underlying purchase funds directly available? Is the designation procedure necessary?

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