Fine art and cultural property
Roland has been actively advising in the fine art sector for almost 30 years. He has accumulated significant experience in that time, acting for Christie's as well as a whole range of other clients in the sector such as dealers, brokers, collectors, artists and institutions.
Christie's auction house
Acted for Christie's in the successful defence of a claim challenging the enforceability of aspects of their conditions of sale.
Auction bidding dispute
Representing a collector in a bidding dispute with an auction house.
Negligent misattribution claim
Representing an owner alleging the negligent misattribution of an important Old Master by an auction house.
Defective title and breach of warranty claim
Defending a major dealer on a claim by a purchaser alleging defective title and breach of warranty in respect of an Impressionist masterpiece.
Dealer commission advice
Advising a dealer in the defence of claims in respect of commissions arising from a transaction involving an Old Master drawing.
Acting for collectors on the acquisition and disposal of Old Master, Impressionist and Contemporary paintings, classic cars, antique manuscripts and other objets d'art.
High profile collector
Acting for the original purchaser in a high value multi-jurisdictional dispute arising out of a breach of a contract for sale of a sculpture by a prominent artist. This dispute involves proceedings in three jurisdictions in Europe and America.
Providing a range of services including drafting standard terms for shipping services, to cover the collection, storage, packing and delivery of artworks, and addressing issues such as responsibility for insurance and liability for loss and damage.
Advising on the cancellation rights of a consumer who bids in an online auction, which is a key concern for auction houses given the rising popularity of online sales.
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Represented KPMG in the leading Court of Appeal decision on issues of causation and loss in accountant negligence cases, Sasea Finance Limited.
Represented KPMG in the claim against it by Prince Jefri of Brunei in relation to the protection of confidential information and information barriers. The House of Lords decision remains the leading case on the subject today.
Acted for KPMG in successfully applying for summary dismissal of a claim for over $50 million in respect of lending to a mobile telephone trader denied VAT repayments by HMRC on the grounds of suspected carousel fraud.
Professional negligence claim – pension funds
Acted for a major pension fund in a claim against a global fund manager for negligence and breach of an investment mandate arising as a result of the over-exposure of the fund to risky financial instruments.
Professional negligence claim – accountants
Acting against a global firm of accountants on a negligence claim in relation to a capital gains tax saving scheme which did not work and was anyway defectively implemented.
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