Art lawyer who has specialised in legal and business issues relating to international art business since being called to the English Bar: founding partner of The Henry Lydiate Partnership LLP, the international art business consultancy whose clients include artists, artists’ estates, collectors, agents & dealers, art fairs, auction houses, foundations, and public-facing art institutions.
Specialist practice areas include: international legal frameworks for art business; international art transactions; international art auction practices; public-facing museum and gallery management & development; international intellectual property rights & management; and artists’ estate planning & management.
Scholar-practitioner: visiting tutor in professional practice studies at leading UK art schools since 1978; former Visiting Professor in Art Law, University of the Arts London. Current educational portfolio: designing and delivering international legal and business modules for Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, and Southwestern University Law School Los Angeles where he is Adjunct Professor in International Art Law.
Publications include: The Visual Artist and the Law, The Visual Artist’s Copyright Handbook, Visual Arts and Crafts Guide to New Laws of Copyright and Moral Rights, The Creative Act Revisited: New Ways of Working – New Challenges, Posthumous Legal and Ethical Issues, Public Art Commissions – Good Practice; contributor to Art for Architecture: A Handbook on Commissioning, The Trials of Art, The Art Business, Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law. Writes a regular column for Art Monthly; collected articles published as the Artlaw Archive by Artquest for which he also provides online advice to artists (www.artquest.org.uk).
Professional memberships: Non-Executive Director of Acme Artists Studios; Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM).