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Danielle Maddox

T: +44 20 7809 2180 Email Danielle | vCard Office: London

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Art & Cultural Property

Art & Cultural Property

Danielle Maddox Senior associate

Contact details

Danielle Maddox

Danielle Maddox
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2180 Email Danielle | vCard Office: London

Danielle is a senior associate in the firm’s commercial litigation team. She has particular expertise in the art and cultural property and professional services sectors.
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In the fine art sector, Danielle advises key market players on issues relating to title, restitution of looted art, misrepresentation, negligence, attribution and complex commercial disputes. Her work in this area goes beyond disputes and includes art transactions (both private and at auction), exhibitions, loans and export licensing. Danielle is a member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market) and regularly presents on legal issues affecting the art market. Danielle has also spent time on secondment to the inhouse legal team of a museum governing body. 

In the professional services sector, Danielle has acted both for and against professional advisers including auditors and accountancy firms, solicitors, insurance brokers, directors, tax advisers and art market professionals. Her practice includes advising on claims in the context of formal insolvency proceedings. Danielle regularly advises clients on insurance aspects of professional liability (including professional indemnity and D&O insurance).

"Very professional and doestn’t take an unnecessarily aggressive stance. You can talk to Danielle sensibly about tricky issues in a very friendly way. Danielle represents her clients very well but is sensible about reaching an agreement."
The Legal 500 UK 2021

  • Commercial litigation
  • Professional and management liability

Danielle has acted in High Court litigation proceedings for clients including leading auction houses, high net worth individuals, insolvency practitioners and professional services firms.

Accountancy firm

Successfully defending an accountancy firm by obtaining a summary dismissal of all claims arising out of the administration and liquidation of a technology company.

High-net worth individual

Advising a high-net worth individual in relation to claims arising out of the collapse of several banks, including defending a freezing order.

Auction house

Acting for a leading auction house in connection with a high value multi-jurisdictional dispute arising out of the sale of a 20th century masterpiece.

Professional services firm

Acting for the liquidators of a professional services firm in bringing multiple claims against the firm’s former members following its collapse. 

Art dealer

Advising an international art dealer on proceedings arising out of the sale of a high value artwork.

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Danielle has advised a range of clients on professional and management liability disputes including Big 4 accountancy firms, insolvency practitioners, art auctioneers and insurers.

Auditor negligence

Acting for the administrators of a retail company in relation to claims against the company’s former auditors.

Accountant negligence

Successfully defending an accountancy firm by obtaining a summary dismissal of all claims arising out of the administration and liquidation of a technology company.

Solicitor negligence

Acting for the liquidators of a special purpose vehicle on professional negligence claims against the company’s former solicitors in relation to their advice on fraudulent transactions.

Management liability

Acting for the liquidators of a professional services firm in bringing multiple claims against the firm’s former members following its collapse.

Auctioneer liability

Acting for an international auction house on a dispute with its professional indemnity insurer regarding cover for proceedings in the New York Supreme Court. 

More: Professional and management liability

  • Art and cultural property
  • Insurance

Danielle has extensive experience advising auction houses, museums, art dealers, private collectors and charitable organisations on a variety of contentious and non-contentious art law matters.

Danielle is a member of PAIAM and regularly presents on legal issues affecting the art market. She has recently been recognised by Citywealth for her work in this area. She also spent 6 months on secondment to the inhouse legal team at Qatar Museums in Doha, the lead governmental body for museums and cultural institutions in Qatar.

Museum authority advice

Advising on a wide range of non-contentious and contentious matters relating to artist commissions, an international cultural exchange programme, export licensing, art acquisitions, exhibitions, loans of artworks, intellectual property issues, artistic and cultural events and workshops, museum donations and archaeological missions.

Private collector

Advising a private collector on a high value multi-jurisdictional dispute with a leading auction house regarding the sale of a sculpture by a prominent artist.

Looted art

Advising on various restitution issues including on the successful return of a Dutch Old Master painting which was looted during the Nazi era.

High profile art dealer

Advising an international art dealer on a dispute regarding title to a Post-Impressionist painting.

Auction house liability

Acting for a leading auction house on a cross-border dispute arising out of the sale of a 20th century masterpiece.

Gallery

Advising a European gallery on a dispute with a high-profile collector regarding alleged damage to sculpture sold at an art fair.

Trade body

Advising numerous members of a leading trade body on legal and risk management issues including breach of contract disputes, competing title claims, commission disputes, insurance issues and art world bankruptcies.

More: Art and cultural property

Danielle has advised insurers, policyholders and brokers on a range of insurance-related matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Danielle has also spent time on secondment to two market-leading insurance brokers.

Auction house

Advising a leading auction house on a dispute with an excess layer insurer in relation to liability proceedings in the New York Supreme Court.

Professional services firm

Advising a professional services firm on claims under its global professional indemnity insurance arising out of third party claims and regulatory investigations into its financial advisory services.

Administrators 

Advising the administrators of a professional services firm on the firm’s professional liability and D&O insurance policies.

Captive insurer

Acting as insurers’ representative in relation to a high profile audit negligence claim.

Gallery

Advising a gallery on claims under its fine art insurance in relation to civil liability and damage to a contemporary artwork.

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Art & Cultural Property

Art & Cultural Property

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