Piercing the art world's cloak of secrecy: Hickox v Dickinson

Jack Martin, solicitor & Caroline Miller, partner, Wedlake Bell, 08/01/2021

The common practice in the art world of protecting clients’ confidentiality and shielding transactions with a cloak of secrecy has been challenged in a recent decision by the High Court (Hickox v. Dickinson [2020] EWHC 2520 (Ch)) which has resulted in a peek behind the normally closed doors of private art sales.

In July 2019, British art dealer Timothy Sammons pleaded guilty in New York to fraud and grand larceny, and is now se...

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