Heritage assets

The legal issues relating to heritage assets – including historic houses and gardens, surrounding land, works of art and other contents, and the funds to support them – demand a range of specialist knowledge and negotiation skills that only come with frequent application and practice.

In particular, the taxation treatment of heritage assets is both highly complex and very different from that of other assets, and expertise in this area is essential in helping clients to plan for the future in a way which is both practical and tax-effective.

We deal with such issues more frequently than many of our competitors and our Heritage Assets team has developed expertise, professional connections and influence that will help clients through this difficult area.

Heritage issues are of immediate personal importance to the owners involved and have a very real impact upon them; they may also be of great interest to the wider community, including bodies with a particular focus on these matters, and the team places great importance on all these factors in framing its advice.

Great responsibility comes with great things, and we work closely with other professional firms and bodies, including HM Revenue and Customs, to achieve the best outcome possible.

The Heritage Assets team is recommended in Legal 500 2013 and in the Art, Collectables and Auctions section of Chambers 2014 and in Chambers Global 2014

“One of the few firms with a specialist team in this field” Legal 500 2016

“The department is described as ‘very thorough, with a good specialist knowledge of heritage legislation” Legal 500 2015

“Hunters is active in fine art law” Legal 500 2012

Introducing your heritage property team

We understand our clients’ needs and tailor our work to each set of circumstances, providing high quality, cost effective advice. We are a multi disciplinary practice and work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive service over all our practice areas.


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