Petra Warrington

Partner

Art & Luxury

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Expertise

Petra has considerable litigation and transactional experience in the art, cultural property and luxury markets, acting on behalf of a wide range of private clients, businesses and institutions. Petra’s non-contentious practice involves advising clients on buying, selling and lending art and luxury assets, drafting commercial agreements and terms and conditions of business. Her dispute resolution work often involves complex issues of title, history, provenance, attribution, authenticity and value of works of art and cultural property in an international context.

Petra has practical experience of the art market, having held research, collection management and business roles at museums, galleries and auction houses in the United States and London before training as a lawyer. She holds a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, PA, and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Petra has guest lectured at Christie’s Education, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the Institute of Art and Law. She has contributed to journals and publications, including Art Antiquity and Law, the IBA’s Art law: restrictions on the export of cultural property and artwork and The Art Law Review and regularly comments in the trade press on current art law issues.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for and against galleries and auction houses in disputes involving authenticity, misattribution, title and payment.
  • Advising artists in negotiating gallery representation agreements, protecting their intellectual property and resolving disputes when they arise.
  • Acting for collectors in claims to ownership of artworks and cultural property and in buying and selling works of art and luxury assets.
  • Advising claimants, collectors and institutions in relation to restitution of art and cultural property.

Career History

  • Wedlake Bell LLP since November 2022
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 2021 – 2022
  • Hunters Law LLP 2014 – 2021

Senior Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee. Member of Art Resolve, Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM) and the Institute of Art and Law (IAL).

Endorsements

  • Chambers UK, Associate to Watch, 2023
  • Chambers HNW, Associate to Watch, 2023

With good attention to detail, she has great client management on complex international cases with multiple points of issue.

Chambers UK, 2024

Petra is a very good lawyer and I would rate her highly - she is a very diligent lawyer.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2023

Petra Warrington is a reassuring and calming presence in even the most eventful disputes. She is clearly a partner of the future, and a pleasure to work with.

Legal 500, 2023

Petra Warrington is exceptionally capable and a star of the future.

Legal 500, 2023

She's very hard-working and diligent. She has an art background prior to law so she really has that art knowledge in her DNA. She's very switched on.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2022

Petra is a terrific lawyer. She is smart, capable and experienced.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2022

News

Senior Associate quoted in The Financial Times – Rediscovered Klimt painting tells a tale of post-war restitution

Last week, it was revealed that a recently rediscovered painting by Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of Fräulein Lieser” (1917), will be sold at the Viennese auction house Im Kinsky, in Vienna,Read more

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Tim Maxwell and Petra Warrington author article in ‘The Times’ on Post-Colonial Claims and the Complexities of Negotiating Returns of Art and Cultural Property

Post-colonial claims have exploded in recent years, partly because information is becoming more accessible, but also because moral and ethical considerations have become harder to ignore. In this article forRead more

Bulletins

Wills and Probate Monthly Update – March 2023

A round-up of legal updates for the Wills and probate industry over the past month is as follows. Estate administration – change to the legal definition of “treasure” The governmentRead more

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Art and Responsibility: Lessons Learned from Unscrupulous Advisers

The art market has witnessed several high-profile fraud and theft cases involving art advisers and dealers in recent years. Last year, art dealer Inigo Philbrick was sentenced to prison afterRead more

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Wedlake Bell sponsors London Art Week 2023

Wedlake Bell has announced its sponsorship of London Art Week 2023  enhancing its commitment to clients’ private capital needs following the recent recruitment of one of London’s market leading ArtRead more

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Wedlake Bell Partners feature in ‘Tatler’ article on unregulated art market

In this article for Tatler, Partners Camilla Wallace and Rudy Capildeo comment on UHNWs investing in art and the risks associated with this unregulated market. To read the article pleaseRead more

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Proud to have represented The Artists’ Collecting Society and the Design and Artists Copyright Society

Wedlake Bell are proud to have represented ACS and DACS in their claim against Ivor Braka Limited which has successfully settled. See below for further details. The Artists’ Collecting SocietyRead more

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Wedlake Bell enhances Art & Luxury practice with top-ranked team hire

City law firm, Wedlake Bell, is delighted to announce the arrival of Partners Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo who will lead the firm’s Art & Luxury practice.  They are joinedRead more

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What Banksy teaches us about art ownership

Think the elusive artist has automatic rights to their famous murals? It’s a bit more complicated than that. Jack Martin and Kate Johnson break it down. In law, land includes buildings and fixtures. OnceRead more