New Art and Contested Heritage book by Chambers team

We are delighted to let you know of the imminent publication of a new book on art, heritage, planning and property law by Richard Harwood QC, David Sawtell and Catherine Dobson.  It is called 'Contested Heritage – Removing Art from Land and Historic Buildings'.

It covers three interrelated topics.  The first is the status of statues, paintings and other art works which have a relationship with buildings and land.  This is considered first from the historic environment law perspective, such as whether listed building consent is required for their removal and how this can be obtained. The general heritage and planning issues of what is a building, part of a building or its curtilage and the processing of heritage applications are addressed, meaning it is of wider interest to those involved in heritage planning.

Property law is considered – who owns works which are part of buildings – along with conversion and issues on conveyances.  The book considers the legal and policy issues about contested heritage.  This includes discussions of the Colston statue which was tipped into Bristol harbour, the Rustat Memorial at Jesus College, Cambridge and the renaming of streets.

There is in-depth analysis of recent developments, in particular the Dill case in the Supreme Court on whether lead urns could be listed buildings, in which Richard and Catherine appeared, the Hampshire curtilage case and the 2021 law and policy changes for memorials.

The book is being published on 31st May.

The easiest way to get the book is from Law Brief Publishing The usual price is £79.99 (with free delivery) but there is a 15% pre-publication discount available until 15 June.  Please use the coupon K3NS92 when you checkout.