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Till Vere-Hodge

Till Vere-Hodge
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Till Vere-Hodge

Till is a Partner specialising in Art & Cultural Property. Till advises international private collectors, art dealers and auction houses, galleries and museums, as well as art investors and advisors, in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Till has built up a particular expertise in handling restitution claims to looted artworks. He regularly lectures at various Art Law forums and comments in the media on matters pertaining to Art and Cultural Property Law. Recent examples include lectures at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), the Royal Academy, the Federal Bar Council (New York), an international conference at the Ateneo in Venice, the ARCA Art Crime Conference in Umbria and the Art Market Day at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as an interview on restitution matters on Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT 1.

 

 

Till has been described in Chambers and Partners as having “in-depth expertise in art litigation, especially in connection with restitution cases.” “He is ready to go the extra mile and to think about the problem outside the box.” “He handles everything amazingly and is very efficient, proactive and a pleasure to work with. Clients are very happy with his work.” Another source told Chambers that “he will be a very important lawyer when it comes to restitution issues.”

Prior to his career in the law, Till worked for several years as a Public Diplomacy Officer at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London. During that time, he worked for three German ambassadors to the Court of St. James and advised the German Foreign Office on the latest political, economic and cultural developments in the UK.

Ranked by Chambers UK 2024 in Band 2 for Art & Cultural Property Law, testimony includes that Till, “particularly stands out for experience in dealing with claims relating to looted art.”

Till is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 UK 2024 for Art and Cultural Property. The directory recognises that Till covers “all areas of law relating to artworks, antiquities and collectibles, and has built up considerable expertise in resolving claims pertaining to looted artworks and antiquities” and that “clients include high-net-worth individuals, dealers, galleries and museums.” One commentator says, “Till Vere-Hodge is the star of the team, with his many years of experience in undertaking complex litigation and legal research” and “he is more approachable and customer focused than any of his market competitors, and his intelligence, humility and discretion are second to none.” Another comments “Till Vere-Hodge is a practitioner of exceptional knowledge and judgment” and “his breadth of expertise in matters related to the contemporary art market and its disputes, to questions of ownership and interaction between choices of law between the UK and Germany are unmatched.”

Ranked in Chambers HNW 2023, the law directory writes that Till is a noted expert in restitution cases and heads the art and luxury practice at the firm. He has been ranked in Chambers consistently since 2019, most recently in Band 2.

Comments in Chambers HNW:

“I am happy to recommend Till to our clients for any art-related questions. I think he particularly stands out for experience in dealing with claims relating to looted art.” Chambers HNW 2023

“I consider Till a highly qualified lawyer in a complex field such as art law. He also offers creative ideas in restitution claims.” Chambers HNW 2023

Ranked as “Up and Coming” in Chambers HNW 2022 with expertise in restitution cases.

Comments in Chambers HNW:

“He’s fantastic. He’s so experienced in Nazi looted cases. He really knows that area. He’s got a good head for regulation and policy. He’s got great commercial sense,” Chambers HNW 2022

“He is very competent in a technical field of law and is also pragmatic, approachable, available and proactive in communicating with the client.” Chambers HNW 2022

Ranked as a “Top Recommended Art Lawyer” in the Spear’s 500 2024 and Spear’s Art Lawyers Index 2024.

2023

Speaking engagement: Christie’s: Reflecting on Restitution – watch here:

https://players.brightcove.net/6057940598001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6330508060112

Speaking engagement: Art and the Market: Examining the Intersections between Museums, Philanthropy, Commerce and the Law

Speaking engagement: Center for Truth and Justice – Second Annual International Conference – Panel VII – Cultural Heritage at Stake: How to Preserve, Mitigate Damage, and Punish Destruction

 

Article: The Times: Why Returning the Benin Bronzes is  Complicated

Article: The Art Basel and UBS Art Market Report 2023 – Exhibit 4. Run Rabbit Run

Article: LexisNexisPSL: Shades of grey revisited — applicant’s appeal dismissed

 

2022

Article: A Survey of Global Collecting in 2022 – An Art Basel & UBS Report – Exhibit 2: The Regulatory Framework of the International Art Trade

Article: LexisNexisPSL: Shades of grey: expert opinion and works of art (Feilding (suing as trustees of the Wemyss Heirlooms Trust) v Simon Dickinson Ltd)

Article: TL4 Private Client Magazine: Around the World 2022 in 80 Days (or Less) (pp6-7)

 

2021

Article: The Art Newspaper: Is there loot lurking in your collection? Find out before someone else does