Incredibly capable litigator
Chambers UK 2012
Roland is the firm's senior partner and a commercial litigation partner with a particular emphasis on professional indemnity work and the general art market.
He leads the firm's professional services and art law teams and has 25 years of extensive experience in both these areas. Much of his work involves advice on the management of risk and the avoidance of claims, nipping problems in the bud and working with clients to resolve issues early and cost-effectively.
His experience also includes advice and representation in the professional disciplinary and regulatory spheres. He is rated as a leading individual for dispute resolution by Chambers.
Roland has long specialised in art law where his clients include Christie's, the world's leading auction house who he advises on a wide range of matters including claims and disputes, dealers and charitable trustees.
His recent experience also includes advice on a wide range of issues including attribution claims, export issues, looted and illegally excavated art and complex debt recoveries as well as risk advisory work including advice on terms and conditions.
Much of the work has a substantial international element. The team are one of the few recognised by The Art Newspaper as providing specialist skills in this area. Roland is a member of the Art, Cultural and Institutions Committee of the International Bar Association.
In professional services, Roland 's clients include a big 4 firm of accountants, who he is advising in relation to practice protection and risk management issues.
His cases include the Prince Jefri confidential information case in the House of Lords, advising the liquidators of Bank of Credit & Commerce Gibraltar Limited on a range of matters and representing the Executive Counsel of the Joint Disciplinary Scheme on a number of high profile issues involving his investigations including into Polly Peck and Equitable Life.
He was also closely involved in the leading Court of Appeal case in accountants negligence on issues of causation and loss, Sasea Finance Limited.
Art and cultural property
- Commercial disputes
- Commercial litigation
- Fine art and cultural property
- Professional and management liability