Expert Meeting: Layers of Meaning

From H-Museum:

'Layers of Meaning'
Fakes, Forgeries and the Authenticity of Art

An international expert meeting organised by the Institute of Art and Law in
association with Devonshires
London, 23rd November 2007, 10 am - 5 pm

A select committee of experts comprising lawyers, public officials, academics and art trade specialists will exchange views and information on legal and other concerns relating to issues of authenticity of antiquities and works of art. Subjects to be addressed include:

- English civil law and civil actions in respect of fakes and nonauthentic works
- The criminal investigation and prosecution of those responsible for fakes and forged works
- The liability of auction houses in the sale of fake or forged artworks (England and France) with detailed consideration of the case of Thomson v. Christie, Manson & Woods
- The continued expansion of the criminal market for fakes and forgeries; Russian and Aboriginal cases, and examination of the causes and cures
- What law applies in cases of an international nature?
- Conditional Fee Arrangements and ATE Insurance in 'fake' claims

The proceedings will be chaired by Philip Barden (Devonshires) and speakers will include Professor Norman Palmer (Barrister), Professor Brian Harvey, Luke Harris (Barrister), Rebecca Hossack (Rebecca Hossack Gallery), Tamara Oppenheimer (Barrister), Nicholas Queree, Sgt Vernon Rapley (Scotland Yard), Pia Sarma (Finers Stephens Innocent), Dr Sophie Vigneron (University of Kent), Olga Yudina Mazure (formerly Hermitage Museum).

This seminar qualifies for 5 hours Law Society CPD and 5 hours Bar Council CPD

To reserve a place at this seminar, please use the form overleaf or visit our website:


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