International 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, www.artandlaw.nl.
Meet our specialists for legal disputes about art
Reinier advises national and international companies
Paul is a highly experienced, creative and tenacious litigator
Eileen provides advice and litigates for entrepreneurs and employers
Lisanne is lawyer for corporate litigation, GDPR, and contracts
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: www.rvr.org.Litigation
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Russell Advocaten has been included in The Legal 500 for the 16th consecutive year. We are pleased with the recognition for the quality of our legal services by experts and clients. Read what they say about us:
The Rijksmuseum Twenthe paid almost EUR 3 million into a fake bank account. Hackers had taken over the correspondence between the museum and an art dealer on the purchase of a painting by Constable. Who pays for the damage? The museum or the art dealer?