Rudy Capildeo


Art & Luxury
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Rudy joined Wedlake Bell together with Tim Maxwell as joint Head of the Art & Luxury group.

He advises a broad range of international clients ranging from private collectors, artists and galleries/dealers to museums, financial institutions and off-shore trustees on a variety of complex, commercial matters. He also has a strong client base who operate in the classic car, fine violin and fine wine worlds.

His practice is predominantly non-contentious, and involves the purchase and sale of artworks and other high value collectibles, luxury asset financing, the protection of artists’ rights and the import and export of artworks, classic cars and other luxury assets. He also advises on the purchase and sale of yachts.

Career History

  • Member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.
  • Member of the Institute of Art & Law.


Copyright protection for painters, sculptors and cartoonists in The Subject of Literary and Artistic Copyright published by Edward Elgar.

Guest lecturer at Courtauld Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Institute of Art & Law.


  • Best Lawyers – Art Law 2024
  • Tier 1 Chambers HNW
  • Tier 1 Chambers UK
  • Leading Individual Legal 500
  • Top Recommended Art Lawyer, Spears 500

Rudy has excellent knowledge of law and of the art market.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2023

Rudy Capildeo understands the market really well. He is very calm and knowledgeable.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2023


Change to the legal definition of “treasure”: pearls of wisdom for landowners

The government has announced that the legal definition of “treasure” in the Treasure Act 1996 will be expanded. Currently, the definition includes that objects must be “at least 300 yearsRead more


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



It was recently reported that the building on which one of Banksy’s latest murals was painted had been demolished, destroying the mural in the process. Titled ‘Morning is Broken’, theRead more


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


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