Gilead Cooper QC
Call: 1983 QC: 2006
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Art & Cultural Property
Gilead has been involved in Art & Cultural Property cases since 2006, when he led Professor Norman Palmer QC in a claim by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for the return of a collection of human remains held by the Natural History Museum. He is now regularly instructed by museums and auction houses in claims for restitution or disputes over title, and art-related cases have become an important part of his practice. He has represented parties before the Spoliation Panel, and has given expert evidence in art-related cases in the US. Most recently, he was instructed to act as sole arbitrator (under LCIA Rules) in a claim by a wealthy collector to rescind the purchase of two Old Master paintings that had been bought from a major London gallery.
Gilead is recognised as one of three Leading Silks specialising in Art & Cultural Property in the Legal 500 2019 (“an experienced advocate with real knowledge of the art market and its issues”) and is featured in Band 2 in Chambers HNW 2019 (“He is steeped in knowledge of trusts and bailments as they relate to art matters”). He is the author of a chapter on the limitation of actions in Palmer on Bailment, and recently contributed a chapter to Trusts, Artistic Estates and Collections (2019) entitled “Inherited Guilt and Inherited Grievance: Prescription, Limitation and Ownership of the Past” (Trusts & Trustees review can be read here).
Key cases include:
- Re Claim for Beaching a Boat . Claim before the Spoliation Panel for the restitution of a painting.
- Schoyen v UCL. A case concerning disputed antiquities.
- Trustees of the Natural History Museum v Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. A dispute about a collection of human remains in the custody of the Natural History Museum.
Gilead is a member of the LCIA, and has recently been listed as an arbitrator and mediator in Art Law cases by the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA).