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This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the key legal issues relating to the trade in and ownership of art. In addition to an overview of legal issues facing the art world, specific topics for investigation will include provenance, restitution, artists’ rights, and ethical concerns surrounding confidentiality and transparency.

Over two intensive days, participants will explore critical legal issues that are unique to the art world, such as auctions and private sales, due diligence, taxation, and the complexities of street art and online art sales. The course welcomes non-lawyers with an interest in arts and culture, as well as lawyers from other disciplines.

This course includes:

  • Expert lectures with time for questions and discussion;
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury;
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and fellow participants;
  • Certificate of participation on completion of the course.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Type: Day course (2 consecutive days)
    Dates: May 28 - May 29, 2020
    Times: Thursday & Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Tom Christopherson read Modern History at Oxford and Law (Common Professional and Finals Examinations) at the College of Law, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1989 and working at the private client specialist law firm Withers from 1987-1989 and at Freshfields the international corporate law firm from 1989 to 1996, before joining Sotheby’s in 1997. During that time he worked in London and Brussels specializing in commercial and anti-trust law, and spent a year on secondment with the Corporate Strategy Department at the UK entertainment corporation, The Rank Organisation plc. He was Sotheby's European General Counsel 2000 - 2013 and a Senior Director at Sotheby's until 2016.

    Christopherson also served for several years on the Committees of the British Art Market Federation and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, of which he is now an Honorary Associate. Tom is a member of PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market), and Master (2016-17) and a Charitable Trustee for the City Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees


    Minimum age for this course is 18*
    Click here to register now and pay online.

    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
    *Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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