News | January 18, 2023

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 joined by Petra Warrington (Senior Associate), Tamara Bell (Associate) and Jil Birnbaum (Solicitor).

The team advises clients ranging from artists, private collectors and international art galleries through to collector car dealers, fine wine and yacht financiers, and private equity backed musical instrument funds.  They have recently acted on some of the most ground-breaking cases relating to artists’ rights and high-value title disputes, while also saving collections for the nation and helping clients to achieve world-record auction results.

Tim’s practice focuses on art and other luxury asset related disputes while Rudy advises on a range of non-contentious matters including high value-transactions.   They are both top ranked in the leading legal directories, reflecting their expertise and the sector’s continued growth and evolution, whether it involves the restitution of objects back to their places of origin or the disruption of non-fungible tokens and the metaverse.

 Commenting on the five-strong team appointment, Rudy and Tim, say:

“We are thrilled to have joined a firm with such complementary practice areas for our work and client base.  Since arriving we have already begun collaborating across Wedlake Bell assisting its existing clients but also providing our own clients with a first class, full service offering and we look forward to taking the practice from strength to strength.

Martin Arnold, Managing Partner at Wedlake Bell, concludes:

“The hire of one of the market’s leading art law teams is a real statement of intent for Wedlake Bell as we enhance our art and luxury offering for clients. Rudy and Tim are real assets to the partnership, alongside their dedicated team of associates and solicitors. I very much look forward to working with them.”